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No Evidence Linking Vegas Shooter To Antifa
Stories claiming that the Las Vegas shooter was linked to antifa, a loosely organized group of anti-fascist activists, are proliferating online. But his purported links to antifa are either false, fabricated or unsubstantiated. Authorities have identified Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nevada, as the shooter who opened fire on a crowd of more than 22,000 from his 32nd-floor hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Oct. 1, killing 59 people and injuring more than 500. Google
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are having a hard time spinning the Las Vegas massacre.

Corker Says Trump's Threats Could Put The Nation 'On The Path To World War III'
Sunday in a New York Times interview, Corker said Trump was treating the presidency like a reality show, and could set the nation "on the path to World War III." In what has been widely perceived as an effort to save face, Trump claimed that Corker had "begged" the president to endorse him for re-election, but that Trump had turned him down. According to the president, that refusal is what ultimately led to the high-ranking senator's September announcement that he would not seek another term. NPR
VOA VIEW: NYT liberal spin.

Massive Wildfires In Napa And Sonoma Counties Burn Structures, Force Evacuations
Several massive wildfires were burning out of control in Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday morning, forcing evacuations of neighborhoods and at least one Wine Country resort as firefighters sought to halt the advance of the infernos amid high winds. Images of flames racing across fields and freeways and skies filling with embers and ash emerged as the National Weather Service said the blazes — which caused power outages and blanketed much of the Bay Area in smoke — were fanned by strong and dry northeast winds. SF Gate

Bob Corker Joins Long List Of Republican Senators President Trump Has Attacked On Twitter
President Trump once again showed this weekend that when it comes to attacking political opponents, he is bipartisan. His twitter dustup with fellow Republican Bob Corker in response to the Tennessee senator's criticism of the president's sometimes erratic behavior would appear to further imperil Trump's legislative agenda. With a narrow Republican margin of 52 to 48 in the Senate, you'd expect Trump would be trying to curry favor within the GOP caucus. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Expect the non expectable from Trump.

California Wine Country Wildfires Kill At Least 10, Force Tens Of Thousands To Evacuate
Several raging wind-whipped fires killed at least 10 people and forced massive evacuations Monday in the area around California's world-famous wine country, as Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and officials estimated at least 1,500 homes and commercial buildings were destroyed. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott said an estimated 20,000 people have been evacuated as 14 large fires are zero percent contained. The fires are burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties. Fox News

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill Suspended From Network For Two Weeks
Jemele Hill, the controversial ESPN anchor who called for fans to boycott the NFL after labeling President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter, has been suspended for two weeks by the network. Hill violated the company’s social media guidelines a second time, according to ESPN, after she called on fans to take indirect action against the Dallas Cowboys after owner Jerry Jones told players they would be benched if they didn't stand up during the national anthem. Fox
VOA VIEW: Two weeks is not a long time or a bad punishment for a wrong act.

Melania Trump Slams Ivana For Calling Herself First Lady
First lady Melania Trump's office fired back at President Trump's ex-wife Ivana on Monday after she boasted of her access to the White House and even referred to herself as the real "first lady." In an interview with “Good Morning America” to promote her new book “Raising Trump,” Ivana Trump said she and the president speak “about once every 14 days.” “I have the direct number to White House, but I [don't] really want to call him there because Melania is there,” she said. “I don’t want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that because I’m basically first Trump wife.” She added with a laugh: “I’m first lady, okay?” But Melania Trump’s office said there “is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex.”  Fox

Jerry Jones Says Any Cowboys Player Who 'Disrespects' The Flag Won't Play
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will not tolerate any players kneeling during the national anthem. Jones said after Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers that anyone who "disrespects the flag" won't be allowed to play, per Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News. "We cannot in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag," Jones added, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. "We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind, that the [NFL] and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag." CNN
VOA VIEW: Jones is making the right move.

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Corker 'Unburdened,' Trump 'Not Finished:' Inside The Republican Feud Roiling Washington
Sen. Bob Corker's willingness to repeatedly drop a verbal hammer on President Donald Trump's fitness for office isn't a strategy likely to spread -- or be appreciated -- by his colleagues on Capitol Hill, several senior Republican aides and outside advisers told CNN. But that doesn't mean he isn't echoing what many of his fellow Republicans have privately conveyed to colleagues, aides and donors in recent months. CNN

Russians' Lawyer Says New Documents Show Trump Tower Meeting Not About Dirt On Clinton
An attorney for the Russian billionaire who allegedly pushed for the June 2016 meeting between senior members of Trump's team and a Russian lawyer says he has documents showing the meeting wasn't really about dirt on Hillary Clinton. An email exchange and talking points provided to CNN are the latest indication of how some of the meeting participants plan to make their case about why the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. did not amount to collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. CNN
VOA VIEW: The real truth may be known.

Trump, Graham Golfing At Trump Course In Virginia
President Donald Trump is spending Columbus Day at his golf club in Virginia. The president arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling just before noon Monday. The White House said he will be golfing with Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham. Trump has regularly visited golf courses throughout his presidency, though his staff does not always confirm that he played. As a candidate he attacked former President Barack Obama, saying he spent too much time playing golf. ABC News

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Turkey And US Scale Back Visa Services Amid Diplomatic Row
Turkey and the US have become embroiled in a consular row, mutually scaling back visa services. The American mission in Ankara said it had suspended all non-immigrant visa services in order to "reassess" Turkey's commitment to staff security. Turkey's embassy in Washington replied by suspending "all visa services". The latest spat began when a US consulate worker in Istanbul was held over suspected links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup in Turkey. BBC

EPA Plans To Repeal Clean Power Plan, Major Obama-Era Climate Rule
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced today that the agency plans to repeal a major carbon-emissions rule put in place by the Obama administration — the latest step the Trump presidency has taken to roll back his predecessor's climate regulations. The Clean Power Plan caps the amount of greenhouse gases that may be emitted from power plants and was a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's plan to slow the effects of global warming. ABC News

Kellyanne Conway Denies Mike Pence’s Expensive NFL Exit Was A ‘Political Stunt’
Kellyanne Conway is pushing back against claims that Vice President Mike Pence’s early exit from an NFL game Sunday was a “political stunt.” The White House counselor defended Pence’s decision to leave the game in his home state of Indiana after several players on the visiting San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Expected push by the liberal media.

Trump Tweets Appreciation For Jerry Jones After National Anthem Remarks
President Trump on Monday tweeted his appreciation for Jerry Jones after the Dallas Cowboys owner took a hard stance against players who kneel for the national anthem by threatening their playing time. “A big salute to Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, who will Bench players who disrespect our Flag. ‘Stand for the Anthem or sit for the game!’” Jones doubled down on his hardline stance Monday, telling ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen there will be “no exceptions” to his rule because players who disrespect the flag need consequences. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good!

Santa Rosa Fires Destroy 1,500 Homes And Buildings
More than a dozen wind-whipped wildfires continue to rage across Northern California wine country, burning buildings, forcing thousands of evacuations and injuring several people, reports CBS San Francisco. According to Cal Fire assistant deputy director Daniel Berlant, one person was killed in the Redwood Complex Fire in Mendocino County. CBS News

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E.P.A. Announces Repeal Of Major Obama-Era Carbon Emissions Rule
The Trump administration announced on Monday that it would take formal steps to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature policy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, setting up a bitter fight over the future of America’s efforts to tackle global warming. At an event in eastern Kentucky, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said that his predecessors had departed from regulatory norms in crafting the Clean Power Plan, which was finalized in 2015 and would have pushed states to move away from coal in favor of sources of electricity that produce fewer carbon emissions. NY Times

Trump May Visit Demilitarized Zone During Trip To South Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump may travel to the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas as part of his first visit to South Korea in November, Yonhap News reported Tuesday, citing an unidentified military official. Trump is expected to send a "significant message" to North Korea either verbally or "kinetically" during the trip, Yonhap said, without elaborating on what that may mean. Bloomberg

Ivana Trump: 'I Am Glad Melania Is There And I Am Here'
Ivana Trump, President Trump's first wife, said she is glad Melania Trump is in Washington instead of her amid a tiff over who gets to call herself the first lady. "I am glad Melania is there and I am here," Ivana Trump says interview set to air Tuesday morning on "Fox & Friends." "Washington is [a] tough, tough town," she said, adding that she turned down an offer to serve as an American ambassador to her native Czech Republic because the role would make her "lose" her freedom. The Hill

Mattis Tells Army To "Be Ready" On North Korea Military Options
Defense Secretary James Mattis says the U.S. Army "must stand ready" in the face of continued provocations by the North Korean regime. While delivering the keynote address at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting on Monday, Mattis outlined the current strategy in North Korea for the U.S. military, saying "it is right now diplomatically led, economic sanctioned, buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off its path." CBS News
VOA VIEW: Good - we should be ready.

Born Addicted: The Number Of Opioid-Addicted Babies Is Soaring
As a team of nurses unwrap baby Jayden from the comfort of his swaddling cloth, he wails. His tiny feet shake. His hands clench and unclench. His suffering is obvious. Born dependent on opiates, the month-old boy and thousands like him are the smallest victims of the opioid epidemic. Scenes like this now play out every day in hospitals across the country, as increasing numbers of women of childbearing age struggle with opioid addiction. Nationally, the rate of American children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a set of symptoms experienced by babies exposed to drugs in the womb, has quadrupled over the past 15 years. NBC News

Trump Administration To Terminate Obama’s Climate Plan
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that he will sign a new rule overriding the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era effort to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. "The war on coal is over," EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declared in the coal mining state of Kentucky. For Pruitt, getting rid of the Clean Power Plan will mark the culmination of a long fight he began as the elected attorney general of Oklahoma. NBC News

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Trump's Popularity Is Slipping In Rural America
Outside the Morgan County fair in McConnelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed U.S. President Donald Trump in last year’s election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect. The 70-year-old retired banker said he is unhappy with infighting and turnover in the White House. He does not like Trump’s penchant for traveling to his personal golf resorts. He wishes the president would do more to fix the healthcare system, and he worries that Trump might back down from his promise to force illegal immigrants out of the country. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal media bias fake propaganda.

Trump-Corker Spat Complicates Drive For Tax Reform In U.S. Senate
A public feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and Senate Republican maverick Bob Corker could narrow the path for tax reform in the U.S. Senate, where a Republican go-it-alone effort is already showing signs of disunity. Days after the Republican-controlled Congress took two important steps toward advancing tax legislation, a Trump-Corker shouting match threatened to further alienate Trump from key Republican senators such as John McCain, who prevented the party earlier this year from repealing Obamacare. Reuters

South Korea Prepared To Bomb The North’s Electrical Grid
South Korea is prepared to use non-lethal graphite bombs — also known as “blackout bombs” — to short-circuit the North’s electrical grid in the event of a nuclear war, according to a report. The bomb works by spreading a cloud of extremely fine, chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities, military sources told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. NY Post

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Jones Act Waiver Expires For Puerto Rico, Won’t Be Renewed
The Jones Act waiver that suspended shipping restrictions to aid hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico expired on Sunday and the Department of Homeland Security will not extend it, Reuters reported on Monday. DHS issued the waiver on Sept. 28 after a request by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello and other lawmakers, including Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The Jones Act requires that all goods shipped between US ports to be carried by American owned-and-operated ships. NY Post

Bob Corker Was A Trump Enabler Until He Saw A Chance Of Global War
During the wild 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump often treated his supporters to a dramatic reading of song lyrics. “You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in,” the GOP nominee liked to say in front of thousands of adoring fans. “Take me in, tender woman. Take me in, for heaven’s sake.” Trump reveled in reciting the words to “The Snake,” a song about a treacherous reptile that bites its generous host, as a cautionary tale against admitting Syrian refugees into the country. A year later, top Republicans are suddenly discovering the moral of Trump’s favorite story may apply to more than U.S. immigration policy. Huffington Post

Ivanka Trump Takes On Taxes
More than six months since she formally joined President Donald Trump’s administration in March, the first daughter has yet to make her mark on any of the administration’s major policy decisions. Now she’s staking her reputation in Washington on making sure her father’s tax reform plan includes an expanded child tax credit – a version of a pet issue she championed during the campaign. So far, Ivanka Trump’s approach has been markedly different than her past efforts in pushing policy, evidence of the way Washington has schooled her in her seven months in the West Wing, according to interviews with more than a dozen people, including White House officials, congressional aides, and conservative leaders and policy experts. POLITICO

CNN’s Erin Burnett Knocks Democratic Leaders Over Weinstein Silence: ‘That’s Not Leadership’
CNN’s Erin Burnett has some questions about why Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats are not turning out in force to denounce Harvey Weinstein over his sexual harassment scandal. Maria Cardona argued that Democrats haven’t tried to defend Weinstein’s behavior, and party leaders like Hillary Clinton can choose what to talk about since she’s no longer in public office. Cardona also panned RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for dismissing the notion that President Trump‘s sexual controversies have any similarity to Weinstein. Google News
VOA VIEW: Liberals are excusing their lack of action to Weinstein.

North Korea Says 'Terrorist' CIA Tried To Assassinate Kim Jong-Un With Chemical Weapon
North Korea has claimed the US tried to assassinate its Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, earlier this year. The state-run Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed the CIA attempted to use a chemical or biological poison to take out the dictator. The alleged attempt shows the US is the “main culprit behind terrorism”, it said. The news agency, which is seen as the propaganda wing of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party, said: “In May this year, a group of heinous terrorists who infiltrated our country on the orders of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US and the South Korean puppet Intelligence Service with the purpose of carrying out state-sponsored terrorism against our supreme headquarters using biological and chemical substance were caught and exposed. Independent UK
VOA VIEW: Un silly propaganda.

South Korea Developing Graphite 'Blackout Bombs' To Paralyse North's Electrical Grid
South Korea is ready to deploy graphite bombs - also known as "blackout bombs" - that will paralyse North Korea's electrical power plants in the event of war breaking out on the peninsula. Blackout bombs were first used by the United States in Iraq in the 1990 Gulf War and work by releasing a cloud of extremely fine, chemically treated carbon filaments over electrical components. The filaments are so fine that they act like a cloud, but cause short circuits in electrical equipment. Telegraph UK

Ophelia Poised To Break A Hurricane Season Record More Than A Century Old
The feverish 2017 hurricane season doesn’t seem to be letting up: on Monday, Tropical Storm Ophelia formed in the central Atlantic and is expected to become a hurricane this week. While the storm poses no threat to land, it could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength — a streak of intense systems that will tie a record last set in the late 1800s. It comes in a season that has already produced five major hurricanes, including three ferocious Category 5 storms, and 15 named storms. Miami Herald

As Democrats Denounce Weinstein, Clintons And Obama Stay Mum
Many Democratic office holders were quick to repudiate disgraced Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein following a bombshell report detailing decades of alleged sexual harassment. But former Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- all of whom have longstanding ties to Weinstein, a major Democratic Party fundraiser -- have not publicly addressed the accusations. Representatives for the Clintons have not responded to comment for this story, and Obama's office declined to comment. CNN

Leaked Email: Here’s Lisa Bloom Teasing Stories That Undermine Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers
Last Thursday, after the New York Times reported on decades of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, attorney Lisa Bloom emailed the Weinstein Company’s board of directors about her client. “This is the worst day,” she wrote in an email provided to HuffPost by a recipient. Bloom, who criticized the “largely false and defamatory” story, is known for defending women against a number of high-profile alleged harassers, including Bill O’Reilly and Bill Cosby. Bloom was an adviser on Weinstein’s legal team when she sent the email, but resigned Saturday as sexual harassment allegations escalated. Huffington Post

Steve Bannon Tells Sen. Bob Corker To Resign For Insulting Trump
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon called on Sen. Bob Corker to “resign immediately” after the Tennessee Republican’s blistering attack against President Donald Trump. “Sen. Corker is an absolute disgrace,” Bannon, who left the White House in August, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “If Bob Corker has any honor, any decency, he should resign immediately. He should not let those words stand.” In an interview with The New York Times on Sunday, Corker said he was concerned Trump’s volatility could lead to “World War III” and said he believed the president had “hurt” the country at times with his online Twitter tirades. Such opinions, the senator continued, were shared by the “vast majority” of congressional Republicans. Huffington Post

Insider Claims Bill Clinton Is ‘Heartsick’ Over Hillary’s Book Tour
Edward Klein, who has written several books about the Clintons and Kennedys, has a hotly anticipated book, “All Out War: The Plot to Destroy Trump,” out Oct. 30. In the meantime, he reveals that Hillary Clinton’s finger-pointing book, “What Happened” — which is chock-full of excuses for her shocking election loss to Donald Trump — may be a best seller, but Bill Clinton tossed his copy in the trash can and is heartsick over his wife’s current blame-game book tour. NY Post

Britain Prepares For Possible War With North Korea
Britain is preparing for all-out war with North Korea — amid concerns that the escalating tensions between dictator Kim Jong Un and President Trump could spiral out of control, according to a report. Among the plans being mulled is the deployment of the Royal Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the 65,000-ton HMS Queen Elizabeth, before it has undergone flight trials. “We have plenty of ships to send … the Type-45 destroyers, the Type-23 frigates. Britain’s new aircraft carrier could be pressed into service early if things turn south,” a senior Whitehall source told the Daily Mail. NY Post

Texas Tech Student Fatally Shoots Campus Police Officer
A Texas Tech University police officer was shot and killed Monday night at campus police headquarters, a school official said. The suspect who the police wanted to question in a drug case, escaped after the shooting and was later apprehended, authorities said. “Earlier this evening, Texas Tech police made a student welfare check,” the school said in a statement shortly after the 7:45 p.m. shooting. “Upon entering the room, officers found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing. During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and shot an officer in the head. The officer is deceased.” NY Daily

OPEC Secretary General Urges U.S. Shale Oil Producers To Help Cap Global Supply
OPEC’s Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo on Tuesday called on U.S. shale oil producers to help curtail global oil supply, warning extraordinary measures might be needed next year to sustain the rebalanced market in the medium to long term. “We urge our friends, in the shale basins of North America to take this shared responsibility with all seriousness it deserves, as one of the key lessons learnt from the current unique supply-driven cycle,” said Barkindo. Reuters

Democrats See Budget Fight As Chance To Force Trump's Hand On 'Dreamers'
While Democrats and immigration advocates recoiled at hard-line immigration proposals unveiled this week by the White House, they see a chance to force Republicans’ hand on legislation to help young “Dreamers” brought to the country illegally as children. Their focus? A spending bill that Congress will need to pass in December in order to keep the U.S. government open. Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, may need Democratic votes to approve the legislation because of divisions within their party over fiscal restraint. Democrats are considering insisting on help for the Dreamers as their price for providing the votes that may be required to prevent a government shutdown. Republican President Donald Trump ended the Obama-era DACA program last month that protected the Dreamers, and gave Congress six months to find a solution. Reuters

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