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Democratic Candidates Revolt Against Pelosi In House Races
Anyone looking for signs that Nancy Pelosi has lost clout within the Democratic ranks this cycle need only catch a glimpse of last week’s candidate forum in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. When 10 Democratic candidates were asked if they’d support the House minority leader for speaker if elected and the Democrats regain the chamber’s majority, only one raised his hand. Their hesitation speaks to a growing uneasiness among this year’s midterm candidates – especially in swing districts – with the veteran California Democrat’s grip on power. Fox
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is hurting the alleged blue wave.

Romney Eyes Comeback In Utah
“I have looked at what happens to anybody in this country who loses as the nominee of their party,” Romney, who was defeated by then-President Barack Obama in the 2012 race, said in the documentary “Mitt” about his two failed Republican bids for the presidency. “They become a loser for life.” But on Tuesday, Romney is hoping to shed that self-applied label. Fox

Supreme Court Rules In Support Of Trump's Travel Ban
In its most consequential decision of the term, the Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's so-called "travel ban" -- arguing that the chief executive has the power to limit entrance into the US from seven countries. It is a massive win for Trump, who had watched as his attempts to put travel bans in place were repeatedly blocked by lower courts -- arguing that to do so exceeded his power and that his emphasis during the campaign on making this a "Muslim ban" violated the Constitution. "Wow," was all the usually voluble Trump offered up -- via Twitter -- in the immediate aftermath of the ruling. CNN
VOA VIEW: America had a win.

18 Attorney Generals Sue Over Trump's Family Separation Policy
A coalition of 18 attorneys general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday over the Trump administration's separation of undocumented children and parents at the border. The lawsuit argues that the practice of family separations is "irrationally discriminatory" and violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection "because it targets only people crossing our southwestern border, the majority of whom are from Latin America, and not anyone crossing the northern border or entering the United States elsewhere," according to a news release from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood's office. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fools go nowhere.

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Feds Failing To Actually Put Migrant Parents In Touch With Their Kids
It has been 11 days since Iris Yolani Eufragio-Mancia last saw her 6-year-old son, or heard his voice. "I sleep and dream of him, running to me," she told NBC News, from the safety of a local shelter for migrants. "I can't wait until the day I have him in my arms again." On Tuesday, Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar told Congress that migrant children taken from their parents are being put in contact with them within 24 hours of their arrival at a facility. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Trump Threatens Harley-Davidson For Moving Production Overseas
President Donald Trump blasted Harley-Davidson on Tuesday in a series of tweets for its decision to shift some production of its bikes overseas, warning that it would be the "beginning of the end" for the venerable American motorcycle maker. "A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them," Trump claimed in one tweet, citing no evidence of internal complaints. "If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!" NBC
VOA VIEW: HD will lose bad.

Judge Rules Uber Can Keep Driving In London
A British judge ruled Tuesday ride-share company Uber can operate in London, after a regulatory agency sought a ban last year. The city's transportation regulatory agency, Transportation for London, decided not to renew Uber's license when it expired Sept. 30, citing "a lack of corporate responsibility" and "potential public safety and security implications." UPI

Macron Granted Honorary Catholic Title By Pope Francis
French President Emmanuel Macron met Pope Francis Tuesday at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. Macron made the visit to accept an inherited title of Honorary Canon of the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Pope Francis and Macron exchanged gifts, Vatican News reported. Macron's wife, Brigitte, accompanied him at the papal audience. UPI

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Automakers Warn Trump Of $45B Higher Costs If Tariff Imposed
An automotive trade group said on Tuesday it would tell the Trump administration that a U.S. threat to impose a tariff of up to 25 percent on imported passenger vehicles under national security grounds would cost American consumers $45 billion annually, or $5,800 per vehicle. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, a group representing General Motors Co (GM.N), Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T), Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and other major automakers, will file written comments with the U.S. Commerce Department later this week, spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said. Reuters
VOA VIEW: A cowardly mistake.

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Anti Abortion Clinics In Free Speech Case
Clinics that call themselves crisis pregnancy centers are not obliged to tell women when state aid may be available to obtain an abortion, according to a US supreme court ruling that represents a blow to pro-choice groups. Crisis pregnancy centers are storefronts which have the look and feel of women’s health clinics, but are often backed by Christian groups that try to persuade women not to have abortions. The split ruling by the justices, coming from a case in California that went all the way to the supreme court, is a win for anti-abortion groups, which have gained ground under Donald Trump’s administration. Guardian

Toronto Cannot Take Any More Asylum Seekers, Mayor Warns
Canada’s biggest city is unable to accommodate any more asylum seekers, Toronto’s mayor has warned, after temporary resettlements used to house them reached near full capacity. “We have exhausted our available sites, our resources and our personnel,” Mayor John Tory said on Tuesday, as he sought help from provincial and federal governments to resettle new arrivals. Guardian

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France And Germany Will Block May's Single Market Plans, Says Spain
Theresa May’s plan to protect British industry by keeping the UK in a single market for goods without respecting the free movement of people after Brexit will be rejected by an “angry” France and Germany, despite some sympathy within the EU to Downing Street’s cause, Spain’s foreign minister has said. The new Spanish government would also block such a political fix, Josep Borrell told the Guardian, ahead of both a summit of leaders in Brussels and a summer tour by the prime minister of EU capitals during which May hopes to convince leaders of her economic case. Guardian

Abortion And Travel Ban Rulings Are Victory For GOP Tactics On Gorsuch
The consequences of President Trump’s nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to the Supreme Court — and the Republican blockade of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland in 2016 for that seat — became powerfully clear on Tuesday after the court’s conservative majority handed down major decisions to uphold Mr. Trump’s travel ban and in favor of abortion rights. NY Times

Bernie Congratulates Progressive Candidates On Primary Wins
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday issued a statement congratulating two progressive candidates on their primary wins. Sanders endorsed Ben Jealous in the Democratic primary for Maryland governor. Jealous, a former NAACP president, won Tuesday and will take on Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in November. “Ben showed that running a progressive, issue-oriented campaign can bring all working people together in the fight for justice,” Sanders said in the statement. Hill
VOA VIEW: Primary voting means little.

Judge Orders Migrant Family Reunification Within 30 Days
A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to end its migrant family separation policy within 30 days late Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw of San Diego issued the preliminary injunction, finding the practice likely violates the Constitution. The decision is not a ruling on the merits of the dispute. “Asylum seekers like Ms. L. and many other class members may be fleeing persecution and are entitled to careful consideration by government officials, particularly so if they have a credible fear of persecution,” he wrote. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Liberal judgments want do much.

Secret Service Protection For Sarah Sanders
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection as soon as Wednesday, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN, but they did not specify how long it will last. The Secret Service declined to comment, telling CNN: "For operational security purposes the Secret Service does not comment on its protective operations." The news comes days after Sanders was asked to leave a small Lexington, Virginia, restaurant because of her role with the Trump administration, a move that has since sparked a national conversation on civility and public service in the age of Trump. NBC News first reported that Sanders would begin receiving protection. CNN
VOA VIEW: Waters has opened the doors to violence.

On Both Sides Of Atlantic, Migrants Meet Hostile Reception
On both sides of the Atlantic, migrants flooding across borders by the hundreds each day have met a hostile reception and governments unable to agree on how to cope with the arrivals. In Europe, where far-right parties have joined the governments in Italy and Austria and made gains elsewhere, even the most basic decision of which port would accept a ship filled with migrants has been fraught. Yahoo

Trump Goes On Tweetstorm While Stuck On Air Force One
President Trump tweeted from Air Force One on Monday night as a storm delayed him from getting to a campaign rally in South Carolina on time. Trump claimed that a “near drunken” Democratic senator might be doing something “illegal” while his presidential plane circled Columbia Metropolitan Airport for nearly an hour. “Why is Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), perhaps in a near drunken state, claiming he has information that only he and Bob Mueller, the leader of the 13 Angry Democrats on a Witch Hunt, knows?” Trump tweeted at around 7:22 p.m. NY Post

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Trump Tries To Delay AG Lawsuit Until After Midterm Elections
An attorney for Donald Trump is trying to delay the New York attorney general’s lawsuit alleging the president illegally used money form his charity for personal and political expenses until after the November midterm elections. “Is there any way to have the hearing the second week of November after Nov. 6,?” the president’s lawyer Alan Futerfus asked Justice Saliann Scarpulla in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday. NY Post

Trump's Trade War Triggers Recession Fears
President Donald Trump could be running a “Morning in America” midterm campaign strategy, bragging about an economy growing as consistently as it has in over a decade with an unemployment rate tied for the lowest level in nearly half a century. Instead, he’s banking on hard-line trade and immigration policies that could excite his base while undoing economic gains from other Trump policies and nudging the U.S. toward a recession. Politico
VOA VIEW: Trump's economic direction is positive for the US.

Trump Endorses Republican Who Renounced Him After "Access Hollywood" Tape
President Donald Trump on Friday endorsed a Republican lawmaker who disavowed him following the 2016 revelation of a tape in which he bragged about groping women. In a tweet, Trump backed Rep. Martha Roby, an Alabama Republican facing a primary runoff next month for her 2nd District seat. The president called the fourth-term representative "a reliable vote for our Make America Great Again Agenda." Trump also criticized Roby's GOP opponent Bobby Bright, who previously represented the 2nd District as a Democrat for one term. CNBC

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Kudlow Moves To Restock White House Economic Team
Lawrence A. Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, returned to work at the White House on Monday, two weeks after being hospitalized for a mild heart attack. On his immediate to-do list was interviewing candidates for key soon-to-be-vacated NEC roles. Kudlow is considering Dan Clifton, head of policy research at Strategas Research Partners, for the role of deputy director, according to three people familiar with the matter. He is also considering bringing on Stephen Moore — economist, conservative commentator and close personal friend of Kudlow’s — for a senior advisory role, these people said. CNBC

Trump Picks Navy Veteran As Top Counterterrorism Official
President Donald Trump is nominating a Navy special operations veteran to be the nation's top counterterrorism official. Trump announced Friday that he's picked Joseph Maguire to lead the National Counterterrorism Center. Since 2013, Maguire has been president and chief executive officer of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. His last government assignment was deputy director for strategic operational planning at the counterterrorism center where he was a member of the National Security Council's counterterrorism security group. WSBTV Atlanta

Warren Buffett Chooses New Path For Newspapers After Lamenting Decline
The changes come just months after Buffett said at his annual shareholder meeting that he hadn’t succeeded in finding a way to overcome the decline in newspapers in recent years. Berkshire has been cutting jobs at BH Media, announcing a plan earlier this year to reduce staff by 148 employees and not fill 101 vacant roles. “Although the challenges in publishing are clear, I believe we can benefit by joining efforts,” Buffett, who is chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said in the statement Tuesday. “Lee Enterprises’ growth in digital market share and revenue has outpaced the industry.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The written newspapers are dead - just not buried - dated  contents.

Farmers In America Killing Themselves In Staggering Numbers
"Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago." That's how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today. The unequal economy that's emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas, have had a severe impact on the people growing America's food. Recent data shows just how much. Farmers are dying by suicide at a higher rate than any other occupational group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CBS

ESPN Features Same Sex Couple On Cover For First Time
ESPN’s Body Issue has celebrated the nude and semi-nude bodies of athletes — from football players to yachtsmen — every year since 2009. And this year, in its 10th annual issue, it made history by featuring a same-sex couple on the cover for the first time. Professional soccer star Megan Rapinoe and basketball legend Sue Bird are front and center in one of the 2018 Body Issue’s 10 different covers, which all debuted Monday. In the photo, the couple appear nude, with Rapinoe resting her foot on a soccer ball as Bird spins a basketball on two fingers. NBC

Melania Trump Will Visit Border Again After Jacket Fiasco
A week after her peculiar fashion statement distracted attention from her visit to a Texas facility where migrant children are detained, Melania Trump is planning a second trip to the border. “Yes, Mrs. Trump plans to visit additional facilities sometime this week,” her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN Tuesday. Details were sketchy, but it was likely the first lady would visit an immigration processing detention center, which was part of her plan after visiting the McAllen detention center last Thursday before flooding stopped her from going. NY Post

Trump Congratulates Romney On Primary Win In Senate Race
President Donald Trump is congratulating his onetime critic Mitt Romney on his Republican primary win in the U.S. Senate race in Utah. Trump tweeted Tuesday that he looks forward to working with Romney and said “a great and loving family will be coming to D.C.” Romney’s landslide win came two years after he blasted then-candidate Trump as a “phony” and a “fraud” during the 2016 campaign. NY Post

North Korea Making 'Rapid' Upgrades To Nuclear Reactor Despite Summit Pledges
North Korea has continued to upgrade its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program, satellite imagery has shown, despite ongoing negotiations with the US and a pledge to denuclearise. Infrastructure improvements at the Yongbyon nuclear plant are “continuing at a rapid pace”, according to an analysis by monitoring group 38 North of commercial satellite images taken on 21 June. Guardian

US Rep. Joe Crowley Defeated In Democratic Primary In NY
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old political novice running on a low budget and an unabashedly liberal platform, upset longtime U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley on Tuesday in the Democratic congressional primary in New York. The surprise victory by the community organizer in a district that includes parts of the Bronx and Queens came after an energetic, grassroots campaign that mustered more than enough support in a low-turnout race that many had expected to be an easy win for Crowley, a member of the Democratic House leadership. AP
VOA VIEW: Democrats against Trump have much to worry.

How Social Networks Set The Limits Of What We Can Say Online
Content moderation is hard. This should be obvious, but it’s easily forgotten. It is resource intensive and relentless; it requires making difficult and often untenable distinctions; it is wholly unclear what the standards should be, especially on a global scale; and one failure can incur enough public outrage to overshadow a million quiet successes. We as a society are partly to blame for having put platforms in this situation. We sometimes decry the intrusions of moderators, and sometimes decry their absence. Wired

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Donald Trump's Enforcers Have Lost The Right To Civil Courtesy
Last Tuesday Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was challenged on television about a 10-year-old girl with Down’s syndrome who was separated from her mother at the Mexican border and put in a detention centre. As a Democratic strategist cited the case, Lewandowski mocked the girl’s plight, imitating the sound of a sad trombone. “Womp womp,” he said. Three days later, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, because of the policies of the administration she represents. “I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty and compassion and cooperation,” the owner, Stephanie Wilkinson, told the Washington Post. “I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’” Guardian

Mueller Poised To Zero In On Trump-Russia Collusion Allegations
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is preparing to accelerate his probe into possible collusion between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russians who sought to interfere in the 2016 election, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Mueller and his team of prosecutors and investigators have an eye toward producing conclusions -- and possible indictments -- related to collusion by fall, said the person, who asked not to be identified. He’ll be able to turn his full attention to the issue as he resolves other questions, including deciding soon whether to find that Trump sought to obstruct justice. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Liberal anti Trump wishful thinking.

Apple Tries To Avoid Facebook's Mistakes With 2018 Midterms
From now until November, you will see a little Midterm Elections 2018 banner above the curated Top Stories section of the app. Whether you normally check Apple News just for celebrity gossip and sports doesn’t matter—the app is pushing this module to all US users. Clicking it will take you to a list of stories Apple News editors have deemed trustworthy, well-sourced, uninflammatory, and relevant. It is this human curation that Apple hopes will save it from the misinformation campaigns that have bedeviled other tech companies and online social networks. Wired

Dear Liberals-You're Just Getting Him Re-Elected
Last week was a very bad week for President Trump. His disgraceful new policy of separating migrant children from their parents rightly blew up in flames of hellish vitriol and scorn. There was no defence for such a vile, heartless action and Trump fully deserves all the criticism that has since rained down on his head – including from his own wife and daughter, and senior Republicans. You can tell just how bad it was by the way he performed an almost unprecedented, panicky U-turn within days of the scandal being exposed. Yet when America’s liberals had their No1 enemy right where they want him – a wounded object of widespread revulsion even from within his own party and family – they still conspired to get it horribly wrong and allow Trump to regain the high moral ground. Daily Mail UK
VOA VIEW: The smart American voters don't trust the liberal media.

Congressman Could Make History As Nation's First Gay Governor
Openly gay US Rep. Jared Polis won the Democratic primary Tuesday in a race to replace term-limited Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. The Democratic politician may be the first-ever openly gay governor in the United States if elected in November. The liberal Polis, a five-term congressman, easily defeated three challengers in the top race of the purple state's midterm primary. Polis vowed to protect Colorado residents from efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, and reiterated a pledge to secure free preschool and kindergarten for all Colorado children. Daily Mail UK

Red Hen Owner Resigns As Director Of Volunteer Organization After Backlash
Stephanie Wilkinson, the now infamous social justice warrior that kicked Sarah Sanders out of her Red Hen restaurant, has resigned from a local volunteer group following major backlash. As the local NBC news outlet reports, Stephanie Wilkinson has resigned from her role as Executive Director with Main Street Lexington, a volunteer-based organization. Elizabeth Outland Branner, the president of the organization, accepted Wilkinson's resignation Tuesday morning. Zero Hedge

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