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Thousands Protest Over Migrant Separations
Tens of thousands of people have joined nationwide protests across the US over the Trump administration's hardline immigration policies. More than 630 events were planned, with protesters calling for migrant families split at the US border to be reunited. Some 2,000 children remain separated from their parents, despite President Donald Trump bowing to public outrage and curtailing the policy. Concerns remain that records were not kept linking parents and children. BBC
VOA VIEW: Nobodies seeking attention.

Trump Urges Saudis To Raise Oil Output 'By 2 Million Barrels'
US President Donald Trump has urged Saudi Arabia to sharply increase its oil production to combat the rising cost of fuel. Mr Trump tweeted that he had asked Saudi ruler King Salman to raise oil output by up to two million barrels a day. "Prices to [sic] high! He has agreed!" the president added. Mr Trump said the move was needed due to "turmoil and dysfunction in Iran and Venezuela". BBC

Pelosi: 'Our Values Are About....Honoring The Vows Of Our Founders'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said in her weekly press briefing on Thursday that the Democratic Party is about “honoring the vows of our founders. “Our values are about supporting America’s working families, about honoring the vows of our Founders, about honoring the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, honoring the aspirations of our children,” she said. CNS
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a big mouth idiot.

Trump Defends 'Brave' Ice Agents As Dems Call To Abolish Agency
As more Democrats join the parade of liberal pols calling for the end of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, President Trump is pushing back. “To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit,” he tweeted Saturday. “You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. So brave!” NY Post

Trump, Trudeau Discuss Trade, Economic Issues Over Phone
The phone call between the two leaders was the first to be publicly disclosed since Trump blasted Trudeau as “very dishonest and weak” at the end of the Group of Seven leaders meeting in Canada earlier this month. Trump has repeatedly suggested Canada was profiting from U.S. trade, and his blistering comments after the G7 meeting drove bilateral relations to their lowest point in decades. Reuters

Trump Calls US Immigration Laws 'The Dumbest Anywhere In The World'
President Trump took to social media on Saturday to deride U.S. immigration laws as "the dumbest anywhere in the world,” and to  highlight Republicans' platform for “Strong Borders,” as thousands of protesters nationwide rallied for the reunion of parents and children separated at the nation's southern border. Fox

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Michael Moore: 'Electoral College--Get Rid Of It, Democrats!'
"I'm just saying that the majority of Americans are very liberal," liberal activist Michael Moore asserted on Thursday night in an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." They take the liberal position on most issues. They believe women should be paid the same as men, they believe that there's climate change -- go down the list. They don't believe people should be thrown in jail for smoking marijuana -- go down the list. CNS
VOA VIEW: Liberals are the worst part of America.

Giuliani Calls For Iran Regime Change
Giuliani spoke to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella coalition largely controlled by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which was once listed as a terrorist organisation in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist-Islamist cult built around the personality of its leader, Maryam Rajavi. Guardian

New Cali Law Could Send $350M Worth Of Cannabis To Incinerator
About $350m worth of cannabis products could be destroyed as new regulations take effect on Sunday in California. New rules stipulate that all cannabis products must be sold in child-resistant packaging, and must be lab-tested for potency and a variety of contaminants. Additionally, edibles will be limited to 100mg of THC per package, divided into 10mg servings. Guardian

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Medicare Spent $2B For Drug As The Manufacturer Paid Doctors Millions
More than 80% of doctors who filed Medicare claims in 2016 for H.P. Acthar Gel -- a drug best known for treating a rare infant seizure disorder -- received money or other perks from the drugmakers, according to a CNN analysis of publicly identified prescribers. CNN

Polls Due To Open After Campaign Marred By Violence
Polls are due to open across Mexico for Sunday's presidential, parliamentary and local elections. Front-runner for president is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-wing former mayor of Mexico City who has pledged to crack down on corruption. If he wins he will oust the two parties that have governed Mexico for nearly a century. However, campaigning has been marred by some of the worst political violence in the country for decades. BBC
VOA VIEW: Mexico has a difficult road.

White House Backs Off Tweet On Saudis Helping Lower Oil Prices
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration backed off an assertion he made hours earlier indicating he persuaded Saudi Arabia to effectively boost oil production to its maximum capacity, which would have threatened to blow up a fragile truce agreed by OPEC last week and inflamed the Saudi-Iran rivalry. Bloomberg

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Bitcoin Creator, Whoever It Is, Hints At Telling All In Book
The site details the "first excerpt to a literary work consisting of two parts" that promises to be "a short story if you will, with some of the most brought up questions and answers. I wanted the people and the facts to be known." In true Nakamoto style, it even includes a cryptogram, which purports to reveal names related to the title of the book. Bloomberg

New Jersey Government Shutdown Averted As Budget Deal Reached
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature have agreed on a state budget, hours before a constitutional deadline, according to a person familiar with the deal. Failure to pass a spending plan before midnight, the start of the fiscal year, could have forced a shutdown of state government. Bloomberg

Senator Calls Race Discussion With Trump 'Painful", 'Uncomfortable', But 'Hopeful'
Republican Sen. Tim Scott discussed conversations he's held with President Donald Trump on the issue of race, calling them difficult and "uncomfortable," but also saying they gave him reason to be hopeful. "Yeah, they're hard. They're painful. They're uncomfortable, to sit in the Oval Office and have a conversation with the President about things that you strongly disagree about," Scott said in an interview on CNN's "The Van Jones Show" airing Sunday at 7 p.m. ET. CNN

Maxine Waters Brushes Off Alleged Threats, Vows To 'Impeach 45'
Waters took the podium at the Families Belong Together rally in downtown Los Angeles, one of the many rallies staged across the country urging for the reunification of families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. She told the crowd that she has “no fear” and is “in this fight” after saying some congressional lawmakers felt “intimidated.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Waters is an idiot.

Syria: Southern Towns Surrender To Assad Forces After Thousands Flee Homes
Several southern Syrian towns have surrendered to the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, after more than a week of fierce attacks forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. The United Nations says fighting has driven 160,000 people from their homes, towards borders with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Both countries say they will not allow any Syrians to cross. Guardian

Trump Says He'll Discuss Election Meddling With Putin At Summit
Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he planned to discuss Ukraine, Syria and Crimea as well as election interference when he meets with the Russian president in Helsinki, Finland, next month in a summit he said could help defuse tensions between Moscow and Washington. NY Post

Melania Trump Weighs Migrant Visits With Husband's Policy
Melania Trump lit up when a 3-year-old boy darted out of "Family Unit 8" at a migrant center in Tucson, Arizona. "Hello!" said the first lady, brightening amid the semicircle of eight cells in a short-term holding center for migrants. "How are you?" Trump, an immigrant and a mother herself, wanted to find out more about how her husband's strict immigration policy was playing out on the ground, especially among families that have been separated at the border. Two tours of migrant detention centers in a week gave her a sometimes grim view. Newsday

'Shaken' Rosenstein Felt Used By White House In Comey
In the days after the F.B.I. director James B. Comey was fired last year, the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, repeatedly expressed anger about how the White House used him to rationalize the firing, saying the experience damaged his reputation, according to four people familiar with his outbursts. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein is a liar and deceitful.

The New Arms Race Threatening To Explode In Space
For days, US intelligence had been picking up indications that China was about to conduct a missile test aimed at outer space. The analysts next door—and their counterparts around the world—were tracking ground-based radar signals, monitoring infrared sensors, and poring over images from telescopes in space. All of them were briefing Shelton on what they were observing in real time. Wired

North Korea Working To Conceal Key Aspects Of Its Nuclear Program
U.S. intelligence officials, citing newly obtained evidence, have concluded that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile, and instead is considering ways to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities, according to U.S. officials. The evidence, collected in the wake of the June 12 summit in Singapore, points to preparations to deceive the United States about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, the officials said. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Playing Trump would not be wise.

America's Love Of SUVs Is Killing Pedestrians
So Amy Bonta Ferin didn't worry about her parents each winter when they left their chilly Iowa home for the saguaro-dotted desert hills near Phoenix. Her mother, Ferin said, who also kept a bag packed to travel to events involving her three children and 10 grandchildren, lit up a room with her hopeful, smiling face. "One of the hardest things to see was her in a casket," Ferin said. "She didn't have a smile on her face." Robert and Karen Bonta, 72 and 71 respectively, were killed after an SUV struck them March 13 in the desert community of Fountain Hills, Arizona. USA Today

DHS Names New ICE Acting Head
The Department of Homeland Security named Ronald D. Vitiello as acting head and deputy director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Saturday. Vitiello has worked in law enforcement for 30 years, and currently serves as deputy commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement that Vitiello "brings to ICE the vision and leadership needed to continue the exceptional work the agency is doing to accomplish its crucial national security and public safety missions." Google News

Unsealed Documents Detail Tactics In Clinton Email Probe
Court documents approved for release in the lead-up to a massive Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email account offer fodder for both critics and defenders of the bureau's work. The newly-unsealed court filings, obtained by POLITICO, may well serve as a Rorschach test about the Clinton email probe. They demonstrate that the FBI's investigation did not rely solely on the voluntary cooperation of those involved, since agents and prosecutors used a combination of search warrants and other court orders to gain evidence relevant to the probe. Politico

DNC Chair: Obama Is America's 'Real President'
Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez introduced former President Barack Obama as America’s “real president” at a DNC fundraiser Thursday night. “Let’s give it up for the real president of the United States,” Perez said at Thursday’s fundraiser, Politico reported. Obama reportedly then told the crowd of Democratic donors that they are “right to be concerned” about Trump’s presidency. Daily Caller

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Amazon Could Radically Change How You Get Prescriptions
In the last 24 hours, Amazon announced a program that all but franchises its last-mile deliveries and bought the popular online pharmacy PillPack. At first glance, these may seem like utterly unrelated deals -- another case of Jeff Bezos digging into his very deep pockets to reach even further into your life. CNN
VOA VIEW: What  happens when there is only one package and when there is a change in medication?

Journalist Murdered In Southern Mexico Before Sunday's Elections
A Mexican journalist was murdered in the southern state of Quintana Roo, authorities said on Saturday, in the latest case of a reporter being killed before a presidential election riddled with violence. Jose Guadalupe Chan Dzib was killed in the village of Saban, in the municipality of Jose Maria Morelos, the state government said in a statement. Local media reported that he was shot dead in a bar around 10 p.m. on Friday. Reuters

How Conservative Weaponized The First Amendment
On the final day of the Supreme Court term last week, Justice Elena Kagan sounded an alarm. The court’s five conservative members, citing the First Amendment, had just dealt public unions a devastating blow. The day before, the same majority had used the First Amendment to reject a California law requiring religiously oriented “crisis pregnancy centers” to provide women with information about abortion. NY Times

What It Costs To Be Smuggled Across The US Border
Shortly before dawn one Sunday last August, a driver in an S.U.V. picked up Christopher Cruz at a stash house in this border city near the Gulf of Mexico. The 22-year-old from El Salvador was glad to leave the one-story building, where smugglers kept bundles of cocaine and marijuana alongside their human cargo, but he was anxious about what lay ahead. NY Times

A US Ambassador Resigned Over Trump's 'Factually Wrong' Attacks On Allies
The U.S. ambassador to Estonia — a NATO ally bordering Russia — abruptly resigned Friday, telling friends that he cannot abide President Trump's apparent hostility toward institutions that have stabilized Europe since the end of the Cold War. James D. Melville Jr.'s resignation comes at a crucial moment for independent countries along Russia's western border — amid the possibility of military conflicts and as Trump suggests he is rethinking the United States' traditional support for its allies in Moscow's shadow. Washington Post

'I Snookered Them': Illinois Nazi Candidate Creates GOP Dumpster Fire
Illinois Republicans botched four opportunities to stop an avowed Nazi from representing their party in a Chicago-area congressional district. Now they’re paying the price. Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier who will appear on the November ballot as the GOP candidate against Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, has become campaign fodder for Democrats as they seek to defeat Gov. Bruce Rauner. And some Republicans even fear the taint from Jones‘ extremist views poses a threat to the party up and down the ticket. Politico

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The Newsroom Is No Longer A Safe Place
Most reporters have heard the threats, either in face-to-face clashes or via the anonymity of email. You’ll get yours. I know where you live. Do you have a family? And then there’s the classic, I’ll kick your ass. Reporters tend to discount the menacing comments as the journalistic equivalent of road rage. It’s hot air, situational anger, we tell ourselves. And we’re right. American journalists get roughed-up from time-to-time and even body-slammed on the campaign trail, but relatively speaking we’re safe. The threats usually fade at the same rate as they escalate. Politico
VOA VIEW: Liberal journalists have created their own problem.

U.S. Evacuates More Staffers From China Over Mystery Illness
The State Department has evacuated nearly a dozen American personnel from China in connection with the mysterious illness that has already left one staffer with a mild traumatic brain injury, The New York Times reports. The unexplained ailment, which first prompted evacuations at the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou in April, may also have affected U.S. personnel in Beijing and Shanghai. Google News

Trump Won’t Rule Out Lifting Sanctions After Putin Meeting
President Trump on Friday told reporters on Air Force One he’d bring up the issue of election meddling when he meets with Russia’s Vladimir Putin next month—but he wouldn’t rule out lifting sanctions or recognizing the Kremlin’s annexation of Crimea. “We’ll be talking about elections. We don’t want anybody tampering with elections,” he said of his upcoming meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki. Google News

Russian Foreign Minister: 'Post-West World Order' Currently Being Shaped
A new multipolar order, driven by economics and history, is emerging in the world and Western attempts to stop or to slow it down are unlikely to succeed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told UK’s Channel 4. “I think that we are in the post-West world order,” Lavrov told the British Channel 4 in an interview on Friday. “It is a historical epoch, if you want. Certainly, after five or so centuries of domination of the collective West, as it were, it is not very easy to adjust to new realities that there are other powerhouses economically, financially and politically,” he added, pointing to China, India and Brazil. InfoWars

NSA Deletes Hundreds Of Millions of Records They Should Never Have Had
The National Security Agency announced it has been deleting hundreds of millions of phone calls and text messages it has collected since 2015 that they should never have had in the first place. The Chicago Tribune reports that the number is close to 685 million. The NSA's bulk collection of call records was initially curtailed by Congress after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing extensive government surveillance. The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but that the intelligence agency could query the massive database. PJ Media

Evangelical Leaders Downplay Potential Roe V. Wade Reversal
For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail. Like many religious conservatives in a position to know, the Liberty University president with close ties to the White House suspects that the Supreme Court vacancy President Donald Trump fills in the coming months will ultimately lead to the reversal of the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. But instead of celebrating publicly, some evangelical leaders are downplaying their fortune on an issue that has defined their movement for decades. AP

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