NEWS   FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018   NEWS

Massive Mars Discovery: Organic Molecules Fundamental To Our Search For Life Found By NASA Rover
During a press conference at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Goddard, Md., and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., scientists noted that the molecules provide fresh insight into the Red Planet. “We found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lake bed,” explained Jen Eigenbrode, research scientist at Goddard. A variety of molecules were identified, she added. The rocks are billions of years old, according to NASA. Fox
VOA VIEW: The Universe is older that can be imagined.

WH Slams Philly Mayor For 'Disgusting' Victory Dance Over Sanctuary City Ruling
The White House on Thursday slammed the mayor of Philadelphia’s “disgusting” celebratory dance after a court ruled in favor of the city in a fight with the Trump administration on its sanctuary city status. U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson ruled Wednesday that the Trump administration cannot cut off grants to the city over policies limiting cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Baylson said the conditions the administration placed on the city were unconstitutional, “arbitrary and capricious.” Fox
VOA VIEW: The mayor acted like a child idiot.

Kaepernick's Legal Team Expected To Seek Subpoenas For Trump, Pence
Colin Kaepernick's legal team is expected to seek subpoenas for President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other campaign officials relating to the quarterback's collusion case against the NFL, a source familiar with the ongoing grievance process has told CNN. The new move intends to explore NFL owners' ties with Trump, the source said, adding that several owners, as well as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, have already been deposed in the case. Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, said the league had no comment. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fools!

Trump Says Coast Guard Rescued People Who Went Out In Their Boats To Watch Harvey-The Locals There Disagree
President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that a main reason the US Coast Guard was so busy rescuing people during Hurricane Harvey was that people were watching the storm on boats. But local officials -- including the state's Republican governor -- have no idea what he's talking about. The Coast Guard "saved 16,000 people, many of them in Texas, for whatever reason that is," Trump said during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters for a briefing on hurricane season. CNN

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Trump: I Don't Think I Have To Prepare Very Much For North Korea Nuclear Summit
President Donald Trump said Thursday that he doesn't need to study for his upcoming nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump is expected to travel to Canada on Friday for a two-day meeting with the Group of Seven industrial nations that is likely to focus heavily on trade issues before heading to Singapore for his historic sit-down with Kim. "I think I'm very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much," Trump told reporters at the White House Thursday as he posed for photos with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  NBC

Judge: Seperation Of Immigrant Families 'Brutal', 'Offensive'
A federal judge in California has ruled a lawsuit against U.S. efforts to separate families in its crackdown on illegal immigration can go forward because it may violate the Constitution. U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in his ruling Wednesday called the Trump administration's process a "wrenching separation" of families. "At a minimum, the facts alleged are sufficient to show the government conduct at issue 'shocks the conscience' and violates [immigrants'] constitutional right to family integrity," Sabraw wrote. UPI
VOA VIEW: Legal Americans who are arrested or incarcerated are separated from their children.

CDC: Suicide Rates Rose 30% Across Nation Since 1999
Suicide rates have risen 30 percent nationwide in less than two decades, data released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate. In 2016, nearly 45,000 Americans age 10 or older died by suicide, the 10th leading cause of death, the federal agency said. The CDC examined state-level trends from 1999 to two years ago, finding that rates have risen in 44 states, including 25 states with gains more than 30 percent.  UPI

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Dems-More Than GOP-Say Country Would Be Better Off With More Elected Woman
As Democrats continue to vote for women in record numbers this midterm cycle, a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal shows just how pronounced the party’s enthusiasm for female candidates is in 2018. Among registered voters of all political stripes, two-thirds (67 percent) say that the country would be better off if more women were elected to political office, while just a quarter of voters (24 percent) disagree. NBC
VOA VIEW: Taking woman from the family is a major problem.

US Immigration Authorities Sending 1600 Detainees To Federal Prisons
U.S. authorities are transferring into federal prisons about 1,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees, officials told Reuters on Thursday, in the first large-scale use of federal prisons to hold detainees amid a Trump administration crackdown on people entering the country illegally. An ICE spokeswoman told Reuters that five federal prisons will temporarily take in detainees awaiting civil immigration court hearings, including potential asylum seekers, with one prison in Victorville, California, preparing to house 1,000 people. Reuters

Trump To Skip Climate Portion Of G7 After Twitter Spat With Macron And Trudeau
President Donald Trump plans to depart from this weekend's Group of 7 summit in Canada several hours early, the White House announced Thursday, punctuating an explosion of acrimony between Trump and his foreign counterparts on the eve of the talks. The White House said Trump would depart mid-morning on Saturday, skipping sessions on climate change and the environment. An aide will take his place, the White House said. The announcement came as Trump engaged in a bitter back-and-forth with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over Twitter. CNN
VOA VIEW: The action sends a clear message.

American's Wealth Supasses $100 Trillion
Americans’ wealth surpassed the $100 trillion mark for the first time in early 2018, as rising home prices offset the hit to households’ assets from a stock-market swoon in the first quarter. Household net worth—the value of all assets such as stocks and real estate minus liabilities like mortgage and credit-card debt—rose by 1% from the previous quarter, or more than a trillion dollars, to a record $100.768 trillion, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve on Thursday. WSJ
VOA VIEW: The Trump factor is working.

Stormy Daniels' Former Attorny Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Her
A Beverly Hills attorney who represented Stormy Daniels filed a defamation lawsuit against her Thursday, one day after the adult film actress claimed the lawyer colluded against her in connection with an alleged affair with President Trump. Keith Davidson's lawsuit, filed in federal court and obtained by CNN, also targeted Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti. The new lawsuit denies allegations laid out in Daniels' lawsuit filed Wednesday that claimed Davidson worked with Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen and acted as a "puppet" for Cohen and the president and "colluded" against Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good!

Mitt Romney Predicts A 'Solid' 2020 Win For Trump
He once called Donald Trump “a con man,” but Mitt Romney on Thursday night predicted that Trump would “easily” win his party’s presidential nomination in 2020 and “solidly” win a second term. Romney, the GOP’s failed 2012 presidential nominee from Massachusetts, now a Republican Senate candidate in Utah, made the prediction as he welcomed dozens of high-profile business and political leaders to a mountainside retreat in Utah Thursday night. As he has every year since 2012, Romney played host to an invitation-only summit focused on the future of American leadership at home and abroad. NY Post

Bernie Sanders Is Losing Primary Battles, But Winning A War
Since most of the congressional candidates that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed this year are losing contested primaries, then Sanders' political clout must be fading, right? "That's a stupid argument," Sanders told NPR this week. "You know, he has a much broader look at politics than just elections," Sanders' longtime strategist Jeff Weaver said. That is evident. The 2016 candidate repeatedly questioned the political value of his endorsements, and even expressed some mild indifference to the race-by-race results of the primaries he's waded into. NPR
VOA VIEW: Sanders is a liberal media loud mouth socialist.

Facebook To Users: You May Want To Update Your Privacy Settings Again.
It. Just. Doesn't. Stop. Facebook is embroiled in a snafu that exposed users' private postings and made them public, the company admitted Thursday. For four days, between May 18 to 22, Facebook tested a new feature that inadvertently switched the default settings for 14 million users from private to public allowing anyone on the Internet view status updates that were intended only for private audiences. "We recently found a bug that automatically suggested posting publicly when some people were creating their Facebook posts," Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan, said in a statement. NPR
VOA VIEW: All should and must cut ties with Facebook.

Ryan: 'Gowdy's Initial Assessment Is Accurate' on FBI Doing Its Job in Campaign-Season Probe
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) today backed House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy's (R-S.C.) defense of the FBI last week after sitting in on a classified briefing about oversight of the FBI's campaign-season investigation into Russia's influence operation and possible Trump campaign contacts. "I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump,” Gowdy told Fox News a week ago. PJ Media

Top Clinton Ally: Matt Drudge Is 'Evil Incarnate'
Influential news aggregator Matt Drudge is the embodiment of evil itself, according to the head of a top liberal think tank. Center for America Progress President Neera Tanden, a close ally of failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, leveled the accusation while appearing on a National Review podcast, The Jamie Weinstein Show. “Evil incarnate,” Tanden said when asked her opinion of Drudge, who runs the eponymous Drudge Report. Drudge was the first to report in 1998 on former President Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Expected from the liberal left.

Retaliatory Tariffs May Hit 46 Percent Of US Spirits Exports
An estimated $759 million worth of spirits exports are the target of tariffs from the country’s trading partners, which, if imposed, would severely harm producers, farmers and industries associated with the spirits business, the U.S. Distilled Spirits Council said in a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The trade group estimated that 65 percent of global U.S. whiskey would take a hit if the European Union, Canada, Turkey and/or China retaliated. Reuters

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Pot Dealers On Why Legalization Won't Kill The Black Market
It’s a case of My Guy versus The Man: who will you buy your pot from? As legalization looms, governments across Canada are angling for a generous slice of what was a $5.7bn marijuana business in 2017. The rules vary across the country – some provinces will permit licensed private retailers; others will sell pot exclusively through government stores – but success will ultimately depend on just one thing: beating the black market. Guardian

Uproar Continues Over Pro-Right Remarks By U.S. Ambassador To Germany
Richard Grenell has been the U.S. ambassador to Germany for barely a month, but already politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are demanding he be recalled. The uproar is over Grenell's recent comments on Twitter and the right-wing Breitbart news site in support of Europe's conservative politicians who he said are making gains against the political establishment. German and U.S. politicians charge that the remarks could amount to meddling in Germany's political affairs. But some current and former State Department officials say Grenell didn't violate any rules. NPR
VOA VIEW: No rules were violated.

Trump Officially Resurrects ZTE
China's ZTE is alive, escaping what once looked like a death sentence for repeatedly violating U.S. sanctions and being seen as a threat to national security. The details: The deal requires a $1 billion fine for ZTE, plus $400 million in escrow to cover any future violations. ZTE will also have to "retain a team of special compliance coordinators" who answer to the U.S., and change its top leadership. The big picture: Trump's broad tariffs against Chinese goods concern Beijing, but the Commerce Department going after ZTE — a state-owned enterprise in a strategic sector — hit a sore spot for the Communist Party. Axios

Manfort's Allies Abandon Him
The special counsel’s accusation this week that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, tried to tamper with potential witnesses originated with two veteran journalists who turned on Mr. Manafort after working closely with him to prop up the former Russia-aligned president of Ukraine, interviews and documents show. The two journalists, who helped lead a project to which prosecutors say Mr. Manafort funneled more than $2 million from overseas accounts, are the latest in a series of onetime Manafort business partners who have provided damaging evidence to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Any report from the NYT is suspect as fake news.

Pelosi: 'Medicare For All Should Be 'Evaluated' If Dems Win House
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Thursday that "Medicare for All" proposals should be “evaluated” if Democrats win back the House this year, adding “it’s all on the table." Pelosi has long backed a public option for health insurance, but has not supported going further — as many Democrats want — and setting up government-run, universal health insurance. The Democratic leader did not explicitly endorse the idea of Medicare for All during a press conference Wednesday, but she also did not rule out the proposal. The Hill

Donald Trump’s Campaign to Discredit the Russia Investigation May Be Working. It’s Also Damaging American Democracy
In a warren of low-ceilinged rooms on the ground floor of the West Wing, down the stairs from the Oval Office and next to the Situation Room, Donald Trump’s lawyers are waging war. They’re locked in battle with Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, who has indicted 19 people over the past 13 months, five of whom have pleaded guilty. Now he is homing in on the investigation’s most powerful subject: the President, whom Mueller wants to testify under oath about what he knows. Time

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Trump Says He'd Invite Kim Jong Un To White House If Summit Goes Well
Donald Trump would invite the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, to the White House if next week’s summit in Singapore is successful, the US president told reporters on Thursday. “Certainly if it goes well, and I think it would be well received, I think he would look at it very favourably, so I think that could happen,” Trump said at a joint press conference with the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe. Asked whether such a meeting would happen at the White House or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, Trump replied: “Maybe we’ll start with the White House.  Guardian

Samantha Bee Apologizes For Apologizing For Calling Ivanka Trump A [C-Word]
To recap: Last week, former TV comedienne Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a "c*nt" for cuddling her own baby instead of somehow forcing her father to do what Samantha Bee wants. Here's what that looked like. Somebody on Bee's show wrote that line, and somebody on her show approved that line, and somebody on her show wrote it on her teleprompter, and somebody on her show filmed her as she read it out loud. And somebody at TBS saw the result and said, "Yeah, okay. Let's go with that." They all had an entire week to put together an episode of a current events show, and that was the best they could do. Then a lot of people got angry. Then the advertisers on Bee's show started to do what her father should have done back in the '60s: pull out. So, having no other choice, she defecated this apology: PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Bee should be looked as if she is an idiot.

Israel Shows What Alliances Are For
A residual rancor against America's $3 billion military aid budget to Israel still can be detected in the corners of the conservative movement. Yes, Israel is the only democracy in the region, and yes, Israel is an American ally, but Israel is out for Israel's interests just as America is out for America's interest -- so why should American taxpayers subsidize the powerful and prosperous Jewish state? Never mind that the $3 billion in military aid amounts to a Pentagon subsidy for American arms manufacturers. Never mind also that Israeli military technology and intelligence make an enormous (and largely untold) contribution to American security. PJ Media

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Battle Over Spygate Documents Will Soon Come To A Head
The Justice Department has offered to brief the so-called Gang of Eight regarding documents about the FBI’s use of an informant to maintain contact with members of the Trump campaign. The DOJ said it would provide access on Monday or Tuesday — with a possible delay — to documents related to a subpoena issued in May by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes in a late-night statement issued on Wednesday. The documents, which deal with an FBI informant who has been identified as Stefan Halper, are at the center of a tense battle involving congressional Republicans, the Justice Department and the White House. Daily Caller

Pelosi: Subsidies For Food Insecurity And Housing Have Not Gone Down
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the number of Americans relying on food and housing subsidies was not decreasing in a press conference Thursday, but that claim doesn’t match the facts. “This is one unusual time … where the unemployment rate is down but the dependence on subsidies, whether its food insecurity, housing subsidies … has not gone down,” Pelosi said. In reality, the number of Americans relying on the Supplemental Nutrition Program, or SNAP, decreased 7.8 percent from October 2016 to February 2018, according to the latest Department of Agriculture numbers. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Pelosi and liberals lie with impunity.

Trump Wanted to Make Fox News Pundit Pirro A Supreme Court Justice
It’s no secret that the president of the United States watches a lot of cable TV, and particularly the offerings of Fox News, whose various “personalities” mostly share Donald Trump’s very high opinion of himself. It should be even less of a surprise that one of his favorites is Jeanine Pirro, star of Justice With Judge Jeanine, a weekly discussion of legal news. Aside from Pirro’s relentless support for Trump before and after his election as president (she is one of the most fervent supporters of his conspiracy theories involving his terrible persecution by elements of the Department of Justice and the FBI), she and POTUS go way, way back, to the days when her then-husband Albert Pirro (who subsequently went to the hoosegow for tax evasion associated with the couple’s lavish lifestyle, though nobody blamed her for that) did legal work for Trump and they traveled in a lot of the same Greater New York social and political circles. NY Mag

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Why Intelligence Agencies’ Abuse Of Power Should Be A Litmus Test For The Right
Last year, President Trump claimed his campaign had been spied on, and was roundly ridiculed. Now we know that not only was the Trump campaign spied on, but at least one human intelligence source was used—a person widely and publicly known to be associated with the Central Intelligence Agency—to try to get Trump campaign people to admit to collusion with Russia, an allegation for which there is still no evidence after two years of investigation. Federalist

Inspector General Report On Hillary Email Investigation To Be Released June 14, Trump's Birthday
The highly-anticipated inspector general report about the Justice Department and FBI’s handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server is set to be released on June 14, President Trump's birthday. Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley that the report is currently under review and certain parts are being classified, but “[m]ost of this process is complete.” Washington Examiner

Melania Trump's Spokeswoman On The First Lady: She's Never Discussed Her Thoughts On Anything With Rudy
Melania Trump's spokeswoman blasted Rudy Giuliani Thursday for saying the first lady believed President Trump over porn star Stormy Daniels. “I don't believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani,” Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's communications director, told New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman. Giuliani told attendees at Globes Capital Market Conference in Israel Wednesday that Melania Trump did not think her husband had an extramarital affair more than a decade ago with Daniels. Washington Examiner

Former Senate Intel Panel Security Director, Indicted For Lying To FBI
A former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee -- who was in charge of maintaining all classified information from the Executive Office to the panel -- was indicted for allegedly giving false statements to FBI agents looking into possible leaks to reporters, the Justice Department announced Thursday night. James A. Wolfe, 58, served as the panel's security director for 29 years, according to the feds. Wolfe lied to the FBI in December 2017 about contacts he had with three reporters, the indictment read. He also allegedly lied about giving two reporters non-public information about committee matters. Fox News
VOA VIEW: The Dems are getting nervous.

Feds Seize NY Times' Reporter's Phone, Email Records In Leak Probe
One of the reporters was identified as New York Times correspondent Ali Watkins, the newspaper said Thursday night, adding that the Senate staffer and Watkins had a personal relationship. "Mr. Wolfe's alleged conduct is a betrayal of the extraordinary public trust that had been placed in him," said Jessie Liu, the chief federal prosecutor in D.C. "It is hoped that these charges will be a warning to those who might lie to law enforcement to the detriment of the United States." Wolfe is expected to make his first court appearance Friday. USA Today

US Plan To Release Alleged American ISIS Fighter In Syria Draws ACLU Legal Challenge
The Trump administration’s plan to release a suspected American ISIS fighter caught in Syria back to Syria is facing a legal challenge from a civil rights group that decried the move as the “death sentence.” An unidentified man, who holds a dual Saudi-U.S. citizenship, has been held in Iraq by the U.S. military for about nine months. The U.S. government’s attempt to transfer the American into Iraq or Saudi Arabia failed in April after a U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan blocked the release. Last month, a federal appeals court panel upheld the ruling. Fox News

Merkel Urges Europe To Step Up In Trump's New World Order
Chancellor Angela Merkel made a forceful pitch for Europe to play a more assertive role in global affairs as U.S. President Donald Trump dismantles the post-World War II order, setting the stage for a potential tense standoff at the Group of Seven summit this week. The German leader again questioned the durability of trans-Atlantic relations by referring to eye-raising comments she made over a year ago in which she said that “the times when we could fully rely on others are to some extent over.” Those words, spoken at a beer-tent election rally, were a reaction to Trump hectoring European leaders for not spending enough on defense at a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Brussels. Since then, more fuel has been added to the fire. Bloomberg Quint

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