NEWS   MONDAY 9, 2017   NEWS

Vice President Mike Pence Leaves Colts-49ers Game After Players Kneel During Anthem
Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the national anthem, but a report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all, will stand if given another shot in the NFL was quickly dialed back. "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence tweeted. Pence later posted a statement which read, "I left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. Fox
VOA VIEW: The NFL and Colts have lost and will lose fans and money.

Russia Warns It May Restrict US Media Within Its Borders
The latest in a string of saber-rattling announcements between the U.S. and Russia saw Moscow claiming it was within its rights to restrict the operations of U.S. media. Russian officials have accused Washington of unfairly targeting the U.S. operations of RT, a Kremlin-funded broadcaster accused by some critics of interfering in domestic U.S. politics, according to a report from Reuters. Fox
VOA VIEW: Russia can do what it wants.

Donald Trump Just Claimed He Invented 'Fake News'
Donald Trump has a grandiose view of himself and his centrality to, well, everything. He is the first mover. He comes up with things. Like the idea of putting the words "fake" and "news" together. "The media is really, the word, one of the greatest of all terms I've come up with, is 'fake,'" Trump told Mike Huckabee in an interview for the two-time Republican presidential candidate's new show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.  CNN


Bannon Expands His List Of Senate Republican Targets For 2018
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is expanding his efforts to unseat sitting Senate Republicans in primaries next year. In the two weeks since Bannon-backed former judge Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama's Republican primary, Bannon has expanded his map of targets in the 2018 midterms and ramped up his efforts to establish a donor network to fund his slate of insurgent candidates. CNN
VOA VIEW: Bannon may be working with Trump.

KKK Leader Awaits Hearing On Charlottesville Gun Charge
A Baltimore Ku Klux Klan leader who authorities say fired a gun during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is in custody in Virginia awaiting a court appearance this week. Richard Wilson Preston is charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school on Aug. 12, the day of the rally that descended into violent chaos. The American Civil Liberties Union said it provided law enforcement officials with a video of the shooting before Preston's arrest. It shows a man yelling and firing a handgun one time while standing on a crowded sidewalk. No one was struck. ABC News

Trump Says He Called Schumer, Touts Prospect Of 'Great' Bipartisan Health Care Bill
President Trump tweeted today that he called Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer about possibly doing a bipartisan health care bill in the wake of Republicans' repeated failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Schumer in a statement confirmed that he talked to the president about health care and said he told Trump that repealing Obamacare is "off the table."  ABC News
VOA VIEW: Trump shuold let Obamacare fail.

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre Won’t Commit To Backing Bump Stock Bill, Tells ATF To "Do Its Job"
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that in the wake of the deadly Las Vegas shooting, the ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) needs to now "look at" current laws on bump stock laws and "do its job" amid calls for stronger gun legislation. . CBS News


"First Ex" Ivana Trump On Parenting And The President's Tweets
After all these years, Ivana Trump, walking her toy Yorkie in her leopard-print coat on the tony East Side of New York, still evokes the lifestyles of the rich, if not quite as famous. But at 68 -- more than a quarter-century after her marriage to Donald Trump broke up -- Ivana says she doesn't miss a thing. Axelrod asked, "Do you miss the old life? Life with Donald?" "I don't. No," she replied. "Nothing really change. I have a beautiful home here. I have a spectacular apartment in Miami. I have a 300-year-old fisherman houses in harbor of Saint Tropez. What more can I have?" CBS News

After Being Shot, Rep. Steve Scalise Still Opposes More Gun Control
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who is still recovering from his wounds after a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress in June, told Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview for “Meet the Press” that he still stands behind the unlimited right to bear arms. “Our Founding Fathers believed strongly in gun rights for citizens," said Scalise, R-La. Instead of passing new regulations in the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, which thrust the country’s lawmakers into the center of the debate over gun control, existing ones should be enforced, he said. NBC News

Trump Goes After Senator Bob Corker, Who Bites Back
President Trump on Sunday lashed out at Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican whose support will be critical to the White House on tax reform and the fate of the Iran nuclear deal, saying on Twitter that the senator had decided not to run for re-election because he “didn’t have the guts.” “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee,” Mr. Trump wrote. “I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement).” Mr. Trump also said that Mr. Corker had asked to be secretary of state. “I said ‘NO THANKS,’” he wrote. NY Times
VOA VIEW: NY Times is liberal and a bad news source.

Family Of Las Vegas Shooting Victim Seeks To Freeze Shooter’s Assets
Family lawyers for one of the victims who died in the shooting massacre outside Mandalay Bay filed court papers seeking to freeze the assets of the late shooter, Stephen Paddock. Henderson attorney Richard Chatwin said in the Family Court papers that he represents Travis Phippen, the son of John Phippen, who died in the shooting last Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival across from Mandalay Bay. The elder Phippen, a 56-year-old father of six from Santa Clarita, California, was among 58 people killed by Paddock when he sprayed the concert with rifle fire from his 32nd-floor hotel room. Phippen had attended the concert with his son, who was shot in the arm during the attack. Las Vegas Review

Why Geography Stops Gun Control From Taking Root
After the mass shooting in Las Vegas last weekend, guns and gun control are, yet again, topics in Washington. And yet again, most analysts believe that substantial change on the issue seems unlikely. The reason behind that expected lack of movement is best understood by looking at who owns guns and, critically, who is the most invested in the gun debate. In total, about 42 percent of Americans households are home to at least one gun, according to data from a June Pew Research Center survey, but firearms aren’t spread evenly around the United States. NBC News

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Hurricane Nate Weakens As It Soaks Mississippi, Alabama
Hurricane Nate weakened to a tropical depression on Sunday after coming ashore in Mississippi, flooding roads and buildings but sparing the state from catastrophic damages. Maximum sustained winds from Nate, the fourth major storm to hit the United States in less than two months, dropped to 35 miles (55 km per hour) as it moved northeast into Alabama, prompting the National Hurricane Center to end its tropical storm warnings for the region.  Reuters

NRA Opposes Outright U.S. Ban On Gun Devices Used By Las Vegas Killer
The powerful U.S. gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, said on Sunday it would oppose an outright ban on bump-stock devices that the killer in the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people used to turn rifles into automatic weapons and strafe a crowd with bursts of sustained gunfire. The NRA, which has seldom embraced new firearms-control measures, stunned gun control advocates last week when it issued a statement voicing willingness to support a restriction on bump stocks. Reuters

Donald Trump Revels In Recounting The ‘Very Good Towels’ He Threw To Hurricane Victims
President Donald Trump congratulated himself on his trip to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico last week by celebrating the “incredible” cheering of the “crowd of a lot of people” who watched him throw rolls of paper towels. In a fawning interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) that aired Saturday on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, a Christian news outlet, Trump recounted the trip as if it were a sporting event. Huckabee — whose daughter is White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — had asked him elaborate on “the effusive praise” from officials. Huffington Post

Jerry Jones Gives Cowboys Players Ultimatum
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Sunday any player who disrespects the flag will not play. Jones’ comments, the strongest made on the anthem controversy, came after he was asked about Vice President Mike Pence leaving the game in Indianapolis early after several San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the national anthem. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good move by Jones and Pence.

Trump Seeks Sanctuary-City Crackdown
The Trump administration on Sunday announced it's seeking several major changes to the country's immigration system —  in exchange for extending the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The requests included additional crackdowns on “sanctuary cities” that protect illegal immigrants; reducing the number of incoming refugees; 10,000 more Customs and Border Patrol agents; and new initiatives curbing the number of unaccompanied immigrants who come to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats already have said many of the White House's terms are off the table. Fox News

Harvey Weinstein Fired From His Production Company
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his job at the Weinstein Company following allegations of sexual harassment. “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Company - Robert Weinsten, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Taka Ben Ammar - have determined, and have informed Harvey Weinstein, that his employment with The Weinstein Company is terminated, effective immediately,” reads a statement from the company’s board of directors, obtained by Variety. Huffington Post


Trump Is Filling Court Seats With Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Abortion Judges
Thursday was a good day for Amy Coney Barrett. A Senate committee voted to advance her nomination to be a federal judge. It wasn’t a pretty vote. Every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee opposed her nomination. They scrutinized her past writings on abortion, which include her questioning the precedent of Roe v. Wade and condemning the birth control benefit under the Affordable Care Act as “a grave infringement on religious liberty.” One Democrat, Al Franken (Minn.), called her out for taking a speaking fee from the Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit that’s defended forced sterilization for transgender people and has been dubbed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: To the victor belongs the spoils - the country would be worse off with a Hillary win.

Kaepernick’s Girlfriend: He Won’t Be Standing For Anthem
Pro-football quarterback Colin Kaepernick has no plans to stand for the national anthem if he gets another job in the league, his girlfriend said Sunday, following reports he would spike his protest given a second shot. “The reports that Colin will stand for the anthem are completely false! He has never discussed this with anyone,” tweeted Kaepernick’s gal pal, Nessa Diab, after stories that he would change his tune to land a job surfaced again Sunday. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Good reason Kaepernick has not been hired.

Crying Odell Beckham Carted Off The Field In Giants Disaster
The alarming Giants season is going full disaster. Odell Beckham Jr. was carted off the field in the closing minutes of Sunday’s home loss, 27-22, to the Chargers, the team’s fourth (and best) wide receiver to be hurt on the day. Beckham went down on a pass that fell incomplete with about 4 minutes left in the game, the Giants up 22-20 at the time, before they promptly blew the game. New York Post

FEMA Head Brock Long Dismisses San Juan Mayor's Complaints
FEMA Administrator Brock Long said on Sunday that as his agency responds to the crisis in Puerto Rico, it's also "filtered out" San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, adding: "We don't have time for the political noise."  More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria lashed the island, killing 36 people, Cruz tweeted Sunday: "Increasingly painful to undestand the american people want to help and US Gov does not want to help. WE NEED WATER!" She later wrote, "Power collapses in San Juan hospital with 2 patients being transferred out. Have requested support from @FEMA_Brock NOTHING!" Fox News
VOA VIEW: Cruz is an idiot.

Houston Teen Expelled For Not Standing For Pledge Of Allegiance
As America’s national anthem protests have grown louder, consuming the NFL, the office of the president and a good chunk of public discourse, India Landry has had her own silent revolt, sitting quietly during the Pledge of Allegiance at her Houston high school. The 17-year-old senior was one of many relatively anonymous people who have followed the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police violence against blacks and other discrimination. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: The NFL and the teen are losing bad - disrespectful fools.

Medical Marijuana Patients Report Reduction In Use Of Prescription Drugs
Some medical marijuana patients in Illinois say the drug has allowed them to reduce or eliminate their use of other prescription medication, a new study reports. The study by DePaul and Rush universities was small, with 30 participants, and involved only those who volunteered to respond to the topic, so researchers conceded the results might be biased in favor of marijuana.  Chicago Tribune

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White Supremacists Say Rally In Charlottesville Is Model For Protests Across Nation
A white nationalist rally dubbed "Charlottesville 3.0" could provide a blueprint for future controversial protests across the nation even as livid political leaders struggle to halt the demonstrations they consider racist. The rally on Saturday, featuring white supremacist leader Richard Spencer, was the third prompted by the Virginia city's plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its Emancipation Park. USA Today

Looking For Answers
Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith weathered three days of congressional testimony this week as he defended his ex-employer in the wake of a cybersecurity breach believed to have exposed the personal information of more than 145 million Americans. Smith appeared Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before lawmakers in the House and Senate to elaborate on a cybersecurity breach believed to have taken place between May and July of this year that compromised names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, credit card information and driver's license numbers. US News & World Report
VOA VIEW: The is only one answer - Rquifax hurt many people.

California Hepatitis A Outbreak On Verge Of Statewide Epidemic
The California hepatitis A outbreak is on the verge of reaching statewide epidemic status, as cases have spread through homeless tent cities from San Diego north to Sacramento. California health officials have reported that at least 569 people have been infected with the hepatitis A liver disease and 17 have died since a San Diego County outbreak was first identified in November. Cases have migrated north to homeless populations in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Sacramento over the last 11 months. Google News

U.S., Turkey Mutually Suspend Visa Services After Arrest Of Consulate Employee
The U.S. mission in Turkey and subsequently the Turkish mission in Washington mutually scaled back visa services after a U.S. consulate employee was arrested in Turkey, in the latest sign of fraying diplomatic relations between the NATO allies. Last week, the U.S. mission employee in Istanbul was arrested on charges of links to a cleric blamed for last year’s failed coup, a move condemned by Washington as baseless. “Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey to the security of U.S. mission and personnel,” the mission in Ankara said in a statement. Huffington Post

Italian-Americans Fight Against Movement To Abolish Columbus Day
A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S., with Los Angeles in August becoming the biggest city yet to decide to stop honoring the Italian explorer and instead recognize victims of colonialism. Austin, Texas, followed suit Thursday. It joined cities including San Francisco, Seattle and Denver, which had previously booted Columbus in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberals in this country will ultimately lose.

Trump Defends His Hurricane Response In Puerto Rico
President Trump patted himself on the back Sunday for his response to Hurricane Maria and the devastation in Puerto Rico. “Nobody could have done what I’ve done for #PuertoRico with so little appreciation,” Trump tweeted. “So much work!” The comments came just hours after the president blasted the “fake” news media for criticizing his administration’s relief efforts in the US territory, which was ravaged by Maria last month. NY Post

Harvey Weinstein Is Losing Allies After Sex Abuse Allegations
Harvey Weinstein, the brash outsider from Queens who upended Hollywood, has always liked to think of himself as an underdog. So there may have been no prouder moment for him than the night of March 21, 1999, when he stood on the stage at the Academy Awards accepting the best picture Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love,” which had won in a stunning upset over Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.” NY Daily News

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49ers' Eric Reid On Mike Pence's Walkout: 'This Is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like'
Count San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid among those unhappy with Vice President Mike Pence's actions on Sunday. After Pence left the Indianapolis Colts' game against the 49ers minutes after 23 San Francisco players kneeled for the national anthem, Reid said he believed the series of events was an orchestrated effort. "This looks like a PR stunt to me," Reid said of Pence's exit.  USA Today

Dove Apologizes For Racially Insensitive Ad
Dove has apologized after a body wash advertisement with racist overtones featured on the brand's Facebook page sparked the ire of customers. The since-deleted spot featured four photos arranged in a square. The first two pictured a black woman in the process of removing a brown shirt from her body. In the two photos below those, the black woman lifts up her shirt and becomes a smiling white woman, as if to imply that Dove's body wash transformed her skin color. NY Daily News

Chief Justice Roberts, Gerrymandering Isn't Just 'Sociological Gobbledygook'
For 12 years, Chief Justice John Roberts has worked overtime peddling the dubious conceit that he and his life-tenured colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court are above politics and determined to remain so. Yet Roberts himself is a consummate politician — a strategist who worries about appearances and harbors a ward heeler's contempt for the intelligence of the average voter. And his cynicism was on full display last week when justices took up the politically fraught problem of gerrymandering. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Roberts is no conservative.

Dolphins O-line Coach Seen Snorting A White Substance In Video
The Dolphins' season has gone off the rails. The Dolphins are reportedly investigating offensive line coach Chris Foerster after a video surfaced on Facebook Sunday evening showing Foerster snorting a white powdery substance, according to the Miami Herald. "We were just made aware of the video and will have no comment at this time," a team spokesman told The Herald Sunday night. Foerster can be seen snorting three lines of the white powdery substance in the 56-second video. His face is clearly visible and a team spokesperson confirmed to The Herald that is Foerster in the video. NY Daily

Italian Leader Gives Putin Duvet Cover With Their Picture On It
Italy’s controversial former leader isn’t keeping his love for Vladimir Putin under wraps, or under the covers. Three-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gave his longtime Kremlin colleague a duvet cover of them shaking hands as part of a series of birthday gifts, Correire della Serra reported Sunday. Putin, who turned 65 on Saturday, has long enjoyed a warm relationship with the Italian, who stepped down in 2011 after his last term in office was marred by scandals and has been barred from politics after a 2013 tax fraud conviction. NY Daily News

Protect Dreamers, Pass Reform
President Donald Trump set off the first opening for immigration legislation of this term when he terminated the Obama-era program that protected immigrants brought to the country as children – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But he allowed a six-month "wind-down" window, in which he specifically asked Congress to pass legislation that would provide a permanent status for this group, commonly called "Dreamers." US News & World Report

Sessions Says DOJ To Probe Harvard University On Affirmative Action
In a potentially crippling assault on affirmative action, Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday acknowledged the Department of Justice is taking aim at race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University, one of the nation's most exclusive institutions of higher education. The news comes as the university continues to defend itself in a discrimination lawsuit that parallels the Department of Justice probe. At issue is whether stellar Asian students are being passed over so Harvard can admit less-qualified African American and Hispanic students for the sake of artificial diversity. US News & World Report

Aid Makes It To Needy Hurricane Maria Survivors In Puerto Rico
Sometimes being in the right place at the right time makes all the difference in the world. When Stan Brock, the founder of the volunteer-driven non-profit Remote Area Medical, reached out to a friend he heard was already doing relief work on the battered island of Puerto Rico there was no hesitation to alter plans. Once Brock called, Titusville, Fla., missionary Joe Hurston delayed returning to the mainland and switched gears to help facilitate a massive shipment of aid to the hurricane-ravaged island. USA Today

Will President Trump End The Iran Deal?
The 2015 agreement between Iran, the United States and the other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and the European Union is in trouble. On the campaign trail, President Trump promised repeatedly to rip up the deal, which is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and is likely to "decertify" it in the days ahead. Does that pull the U.S. out of the deal? CBS News

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