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Hillary Clinton Breaks Silence On Harvey Weinstein: 'I Was Shocked And Appalled'
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday broke her silence on the sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer and Democratic donor Harvey Weinstein, saying such behavior "cannot be tolerated.” “I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said in a statement, released on Twitter by spokesman Nick Merrill. “The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Hillary had no choice - she waited a long time to say nothing.

The Democrats' IT Scandal Just Got Even More Bizarre
Perhaps you’ve lost track of the Democrats slowly exploding IT scandal, as much of the media is doing all it can to simply ignore it away. I’m referring to the strange case of Imran Awan, the IT aide Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., kept on her congressional payroll even after it became known he and his wife, Hina Alvi Awan, were being investigated by the Capitol Police for possible theft, fraud, moving terabytes of data off Congress’s system and more. Fox
VOA VIEW: Democrats can't accept one of their own going bad.

The California Wildfires, By The Staggering Numbers
More than a dozen wildfires are scorching Northern California, aided by the state's epic drought, low humidity and high winds. Here's some eye-popping numbers that tell the scope of the tragedy. More than 119,000 acres have been burned, much of it the lush, picturesque landscape of the state's beloved wine country. The area burned so far in Napa and Sonoma is three times larger than Washington D.C. The fires torched 20,000 acres in about 12 hours on Monday alone. This means the fires advanced at a rate of more than a football field every 3 seconds. CNN

Trump Boasts Of A Higher IQ Than Tillerson
President Donald Trump, scorned by reports that Rex Tillerson called him a "moron" earlier this year, told Forbes in an interview released Tuesday that he has a higher IQ than his secretary of state. The comment underscores the volatility between the two men after multiple reports that their relationship has frayed over the secretary of state's comment. Trump and Tillerson, along with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, will have lunch together at the White House on Tuesday afternoon. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is an n of a rift between Trump and Tillerson.

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Roger Goodell Sends Letter To NFL Teams, Wants Players To Stand During Anthem
The NFL has developed a plan to "move past" its ongoing debate about player protests during the national anthem and could enact it next week, commissioner Roger Goodell wrote Tuesday in a letter to all 32 teams. Goodell made it clear in the letter, obtained by ESPN's Adam Schefter, that he wants players to stand during the anthem. He did not provide specifics on how he intends to ensure it, but he wrote that it would "include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues." The issue will be discussed, and likely acted upon, during the NFL's regularly-scheduled fall meetings on Oct. 17-18. Google
VOA VIEW: The NFL has lost - a will lose more.

Trump Mocks Bob Corker’s Height, Escalating Feud With A Key Republican
President Trump escalated his attack on Senator Bob Corker on Tuesday by ridiculing him for his height, even as advisers worried that the president was further fracturing his relationship with congressional Republicans just a week before a vote critical to his tax cutting plan. Mr. Trump gave Mr. Corker, a two-term Republican from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a derogatory new nickname — “Liddle Bob” — after the two exchanged barbs in recent days. He suggested Mr. Corker was somehow tricked when he told a reporter from The New York Times that the president was reckless and could stumble into a nuclear war. NY Times

Trump’s Bold Declarations Don’t Always Lead To The Results He Promises
Should President Trump announce later this week that he will “decertify” the Iran deal he has derided as a historic “embarrassment” to the United States, he in effect would be passing along to Congress responsibility for the fate of the international nuclear accord. In so doing, Trump would be taking a page out of his own playbook: Make a showy declaration of transformational change that excites his political base, which is hungry to disrupt the status quo, even if the substance of the move is incremental or indeterminate. Washington Post

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University Of Hawaii Sends 'In The Event Of A Nuclear Attack' Email About North Korea Crisis
University of Hawaii students reportedly opened their inbox Monday to find an email headlined: “In the event of a nuclear attack” -- an ominous message sent as North Korea continues to threaten a missile attack on the United States. The email to students and faculty members gave instructions to “shelter in place” if a nuclear or ballistic missile attack by Kim Jong Un’s regime did occur, Hawaii News Now reported, citing a copy of the message.  Fox

Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie And Others Say Weinstein Harassed Them
When Gwyneth Paltrow was 22 years old, she got a role that would take her from actress to star: The film producer Harvey Weinstein hired her for the lead in the Jane Austen adaptation “Emma.” Before shooting began, he summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting that began uneventfully. It ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said. NY Times

NFL Owners Considering Rule Change Requiring Players To Stand For National Anthem
NFL owners are considering changing league rules to make it mandatory that players stand for the national anthem, a league spokesman said Tuesday. The owners will discuss the possibility of changing the rule in a meeting next week. The league’s current policy asks that players players “stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand and refrain from talking” during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, but only allows for potential discipline from teams toward players failing to be on the field at that time. Google

Iran's Secret Sites Linked To Nuclear Weapons Development
President Donald Trump is expected this week to “decertify” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known simply as the Iran deal, declaring that the agreement reached in 2015 by the U.S. and five other international powers is not in America’s national interest. The matter will then be tossed back to Congress, which will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose hefty pre-2015 sanctions. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good!

Supreme Court Dismisses One Travel Ban Case
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed one of two cases over President Trump's ban on visitors from mostly Muslim countries, suggesting it will step away from the controversy for now. The court got rid of a case that originated in Maryland and involves a ban that has now expired and been replaced by a new version. Officially, the justices told a lower court to dismiss the original challenge to the president's ban, CBS News' Jan Crawford reports. All nine justices agreed the case should be dismissed. But the justices took no action on a separate case from Hawaii. That dispute concerns both the travel ban and a separate ban on refugees, which does not expire until Oct. 24. CBS News

U.S. Voting Machines Are Susceptible To Hacking By Foreign Actors
Hacking and national security experts say that U.S. voting machines are vulnerable and could allow Russia to access to them, according to a new report out of DEFCON, one of the world's longest-running hacker conferences. The report concludes that it is incredibly easy to hack U.S. voting machines, and the system is not nearly as safe as it's portrayed by election officials because many voting machines contain foreign-manufactured internal parts that may be susceptible to tampering. Hackers also do not need advanced knowledge of voting machines to hack them -- it would take only a few minutes or hours for someone with the technical knowledge to infiltrate the machines. CBS News

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Corker Was Channeling Most Republican Senators
As the public feud between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker stretched through its third day on Tuesday, a collective, if private, acknowledgment emerged that Corker was speaking for most Senate Republicans when he stood up to a Trump taunt. You wouldn’t know if from senators’ public pronouncements. After Corker tweeted on Sunday that the White House had been turned into “an adult day-care center,” most Republicans were silent — deciding to ride out this moment with the belief that it would fade away. Washington Post

The Trump White House's 'Joke' Excuse
In a Forbes magazine interview published Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump was asked about reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had called him a "moron" over the summer. "I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests," Trump responded. "And I can tell you who is going to win." That comment, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, was a joke. "He wasn't questioning the secretary of state's intelligence," she said during the daily press briefing Tuesday. "He made a joke. Maybe you guys should get a sense of humor and try it sometime. He simply made a joke." CNN
VOA VIEW: It was a joke.

North Korean Hackers Stole U.S. And South Korean Wartime Plans, Seoul Lawmaker Says
North Korean hackers stole a huge trove of classified U.S. and South Korean military documents last year, including a plan to “decapitate” the leadership in Pyongyang in the event of war, a lawmaker in Seoul said Tuesday. The purported revelations come at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea. President Trump recently said that “only one thing will work” when it comes to Pyongyang, hinting that he thinks diplomatic efforts are proving futile and military action may be necessary.  Washington Post

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Police: Student Confessed To Killing Texas Tech Campus Cop
A Texas Tech University student confessed to killing a campus police officer who had been booking him on a drug possession charge, telling detectives he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend," an investigator said. In an affidavit released Tuesday, Det. Thomas Bonds of the Lubbock city police department said Hollis Daniels III confessed to killing Officer Floyd East Jr. after his recapture Monday night. Chicago Tribune

‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Hits Season Low As Vikings Win Tight G
With the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears were tied near the end of last night’s Monday Night Football, it looked for sure that the game was going into overtime. Then, even with injured quarterback Sam Bradford put on the field, the Vikings took control and won the game 20-17. That now finds Minnesota 3-2 in the fifth week of the 2017 season. However, even with the much plugged world debut of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer at halftime, for the NFL and ESPN it was not such a great result in what is clearly a season of lower ratings amid protest controversies surrounding the national anthem – even on a night when the latter was not shown on-air. Deadline News

US Fails To Reach 2018 World Cup; Argentina Breathes Sigh Of Relief
For the first time since 1986, the US Men's National Team will be watching the World Cup from home. Falling 2-1 to Trinidad and Tobago, the US failed to qualify for Russia 2018. An early own-goal from Omar Gonzalez set the tone for the defeat, before Alvin Jones doubled the Trinidad and Tobago lead on 37 minutes. Despite a fightback, which included a goal straight after the half-time break from 19-year-old Christian Pulisic, American hearts were to be broken, with the defeat plunging the Americans into fifth place in the CONCACAF table. CNN

Carter Page Says He Will Plead The Fifth To Senate Russia Investigators
Former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page told CNN Monday he is going to plead the Fifth Amendment to keep from turning over a "vast array" of documents the Senate Intelligence committee requested, which he said is "beyond the charter" of the inquiry. But Page demanded an opportunity to testify publicly before the panel, saying he offered to appear November 1 at the committee's open hearing on Russian attempts to influence the election through social media. CNN

Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Says Son's Arrest Is A 'Cheap Political Trick'
The son of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore was arrested Monday in Alabama on a misdemeanor charge linked to allegations of illegal hunting, according to police. Caleb Moore, 27, turned himself into the Etowah County Jail in Gadsden and was charged with third-degree criminal trespassing, authorities said. Moore was accused of hunting without permission and hunting over bait last November. He was released on $1,000 bond just minutes after the arrest, according to county records. This is reportedly the ninth time Caleb Moore has been arrested. ABC News
VOA VIEW: No question politics is at play.

Bannon Declares War On GOP Establishment: "We're Coming After All Of Them And We're Going To Win"
On Monday's edition of Hannity, Breitbart executive chairman and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon talked about his plan to challenge every Republican Senator up for re-election in 2018 in the primary, except Sen. Ted Cruz. Bannon said Republican incumbents have committed "economic hate crimes" against the "forgotten man." Bannon said he is declaring "war" on the Republican establishment and those that don't back what President Trump ran on. He said there is a "new game in town" and promised to "cut off the oxygen" to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and stop his fundraising for establishment candidates.  Real Clear Politics

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If ISIS Was Behind Las Vegas Shooting, There's A Terrifying Reason It Won't Prove It Yet
Authorities continue to doubt that the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) was behind last week's massacre in Las Vegas, despite the jihadists' persistent claims the shooter acted on their behalf. According to one leading expert's analysis, however, the conflicting narratives might be playing straight into ISIS's hands. Despite digging deep into Stephen Paddock's background, investigators have struggled to understand what drove the 64-year-old man, who described himself as a "professional gambler," to slaughter 58 people and injure hundreds more when he opened fire on crowds attending a country music concert from his 32nd-floor hotel room in Las Vegas. Newsweek

'USS Bread And Water': Old And Rare Punishment Loomed Over A Demoralized Crew
Sailors aboard the cruiser Shiloh during the 26-month command of Capt. Adam M. Aycock often worried about the CO’s use of one of the Navy’s most arcane punishments: confinement for three days in the brig while being fed only bread and water. Over time, Aycock’s proclivity for using bread and water to punish junior sailors became well-known on the Yokosuka, Japan, waterfront, where the Shiloh is based, according to sailor comments in three of the ship’s command climate surveys.  Navy Times

Trump Unsettles Allies By Picking Fights With Republicans
Wisdom was an elusive quality in the Oval Office on Tuesday as President Trump questioned the brains of his secretary of state and the Senate’s top Republican on foreign policy, while allies questioned his wisdom in picking those fights. Mr. Trump renewed his feud with Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, saying the Tennessee Republican was “made to sound a fool” in a newspaper interview in which the lawmaker warned that the president is putting the U.S. “on a path to World War III.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal news is mistaking the facts.

Obamas Say They’re ‘Disgusted’ By Harvey Weinstein Harassment Scandal
Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, released a statement on Tuesday responding to the reports of alleged sexual misconduct by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. “Michelle and I have been disgusted by the recent reports about Harvey Weinstein. Any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable, regardless of wealth or status,” the statement reads. Malia Obama, the president’s eldest daughter, was an intern at The Weinstein Co. earlier this year before starting at Harvard University this fall. Huffington Post

Megyn Kelly Is Destroying NBC’s Morning Ratings
The numbers are in, and “Megyn Kelly Today” is dragging down the “Today” show franchise, an insider explained to Page Six. “Not only are ratings plummeting since Megyn Kelly joined the ‘Today’ franchise, but the numbers show Kelly’s lead-in has also affected Kathie Lee [Gifford] and Hoda Kotb’s show, which follows straight afterwards,” a source said. “They’ve taken a huge hit with Megyn as their lead-in,” the insider added. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Kelly is a nothing that should be fired.

Brain Exam On Vegas Shooter Shows No Signs Of Abnormalities
Doctors have begun Stephen Paddock’s autopsy — with an examination of his brain revealing no abnormalities on Tuesday, according to police. Little is known about the 64-year-old retiree’s mental health, but his brother had previously told reporters that he was hoping authorities would find “a tumor in his head” in the days following his Las Vegas massacre. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says this wasn’t the case, though. NY Post

USS McCain's Top Officers Fired After Deadly Collision
The US Navy has relieved the USS John S. McCain's top two officers for a "loss of confidence" following the deadly collision in August that killed 10 sailors. While the investigation into the collision continues, a Navy statement said "it is evident the collision was preventable." "The commanding officer, Cmdr. Alfredo J. Sanchez, and executive officer, Cmdr. Jessie L. Sanchez, of the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) were relieved of their duties by Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer, Commander, Seventh Fleet, on Oct. 11," said a statement from the Navy's Seventh Fleet. "Both were relieved due to a loss of confidence." ABC News

North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies
The cybersecurity company FireEye says in a new report to private clients, obtained exclusively by NBC News, that hackers linked to North Korea recently targeted U.S. electric power companies with spearphishing emails. The emails used fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims, FireEye said. A victim who downloaded the invitation attached to the email would also be downloading malware into his or her computer network, according to the FireEye report. The company did not dispute NBC's characterization of the report, but declined to comment. NBC News

Nunes Subpoenaed Firm Behind Trump Dossier Without Telling Democrats
Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, issued subpoenas to a U.S. firm involved in the Donald Trump dossier without consulting the Democrats on the committee, three people familiar with the matter told NBC News. A source close to Fusion GPS, a firm co-founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson, confirmed to NBC News that its partners had received subpoenas from the committee. And a Democratic congressional source told NBC News that the subpoenas were issued unilaterally by the Republicans "despite good faith engagement thus far by the witnesses on the potential terms for voluntary cooperation." NBC News

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Donald Trump Summons US Generals To White House WAR ROOM Over North Korea
US Generals and senior politicians – including General James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – are said to have been in the meeting today in Washington. The Situation Room often hosts war councils and emergency breifings during times of conflict or national crisis with the President and the National Security Council. It was made famous as when President Barack Obama was pictured monitoring the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Tensions between the US and North Korea have been worsening as Kim Jong-un refuses to give up his quest for nuclear capable ICBMs. Daily Star UK

College: Art Show With KKK Robes Too Disturbing For Public
A Pennsylvania college has barred the public from seeing a provocative art exhibition on slavery, white supremacy and racist violence against blacks, deeming it "potentially disturbing." The touring "Rewind" exhibition opened at York College on Aug. 31, a few weeks after the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The show includes a display of mannequins dressed in colorful KKK-style robes, images of lynchings and artwork that deals with recent police shootings of unarmed blacks. Yahoo News

Russia Signals Move To Require US Broadcasters To Register As ‘Foreign Agents’
Angered by reported pressures brought to bear on its media mouthpieces in the U.S., the Kremlin is taking aim at American media organizations in what it’s calling a “mirror” response to what it sees as unfair targeting of Russian outlets. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) received a letter from the Russia’s justice ministry on Monday, warning that the broadcaster may face some restrictions on its operations in Russia, under that country’s controversial “foreign agent” law. CNS

U.S. Flies Bombers Over Korea As Trump Discusses Options
The U.S. military flew two strategic bombers over the Korean peninsula in a show of force late on Tuesday, as President Donald Trump met top defense officials to discuss how to respond to any threat from North Korea. Tensions have soared between the United States and North Korea following a series of weapons tests by Pyongyang and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The US must hold tight against North Korea.

Exclusive: U.S. Warship Sails Near Islands Beijing Claims In South China Sea
A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three U.S. officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. But it was not as provocative as previous ones carried out since Trump took office in January. Reuters

Trump Threatens To Kill Tax Breaks For NFL Stadiums
President Trump escalated his battle with pro football players protesting the national anthem by urging the government Tuesday to end use of tax-exempt municipal bonds used to build or renovate National Football League stadiums. Hours later, the NFL appeared to acquiesce. Commissioner Roger Goodell released a letter saying the league’s position is that “everyone should stand.” It remains to be seen how the league follows through on that stance, but it suggests the NFL is feeling the heat from a president who has spent the better part of a month blasting the anthem protests and turning the issue into a major dividing line in American society. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The NFL is hurting where it hurts them most - wallets.

For Republicans, ‘Failure Is Not An Option’ On Tax Cuts
Republicans are staggering, knocked off kilter by internecine conflict between President Trump and his own party in Congress. Incumbents are under aggressive challenge from conservative activists. Frustrated veteran lawmakers are bailing out. Given the swirling tumult, one political and legislative reality is suddenly becoming crystal clear: Republicans must deliver a tax cut or face an epic backlash that would pose a significant threat to their governing majority and long-term political health. NY Times

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Host Dinner On Criminal Reform
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have begun working with a bipartisan group of senators weighing legislation on criminal justice reform, an issue that's emerged as a priority for lawmakers of both parties in recent years but without getting very far on Capitol Hill. "The reason for having us there was to try to find a path forward for the bill, and a bipartisan path, a consensus path forward," Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, who attended a dinner at the couple's home last week, told reporters Tuesday. US News & World Report

Trump Asks Congress For $4.9 Billion Loan To Puerto Rico
U.S. President Donald Trump asked Congress on Tuesday for a $4.9 billion loan to help the cash-strapped Puerto Rican government pay its bills as the U.S. territory struggles to recover from Hurricane Maria, an administration official said. Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello had asked for help with lines of credit in late September, saying his government was in a bind and did not expect to have any near-term revenue.  Huffington Post

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