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Trump Administration Breaking From Obama Era Affirmative Action Policies
The guidelines, implemented under Obama between 2010 and 2016, put forth legal recommendations that officials in the Trump White House say “mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than the law allows,” according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good!

NBC's Andrea Mitchell Slammed
NBC News star Andrea Mitchell is under fire for citing the wrong law when attempting to attack the White House amid its Twitter feud with Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. On Monday, the White House targeted Harris and Warren individually on Twitter, accusing Harris of “supporting the animals of MS-13” and Warren of “supporting criminals moving weapons, drugs and victims across our nation’s borders.” Mitchell attempted to defend the Democratic leaders, but it didn’t go so well. Fox
VOA VIEW: Mitchell is a loser.

Medics Reach Boys Trapped In Thai Cave
Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand have received their first food and medical treatment for 10 days. Seven divers, including a doctor and a nurse, joined the group inside the caves in the north of the country after they were discovered alive on Monday. Rescuers are now considering how best to bring the group to safety. More heavy rain could see water levels rise and threaten the air pocket where the group has taken refuge. BBC

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Accused Of Ignoring Sex Abuse At OSU
Former wrestlers for Ohio State University have accused Trump ally and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a former assistant coach at the school, of failing to protect them from sexual abuse at the hands of a team doctor. According to NBC News, the wrestlers claim that they suffered years of abuse from Dr. Richard Strauss, who would allegedly shower with team members and touch them inappropriately during examinations. Google News
VOA VIEW: Expeccted liberal smear tactic.

NY Times Reassigns Reporter After Affair With Senate Aide
The New York Times announced Tuesday that it has reassigned reporter Ali Watkins, whose three-year affair with a Senate aide came to light as part of a leak investigation by the Justice Department. Watkins, 26, had a relationship with Senate Intelligence Committee aide James Wolfe, who’s been charged with making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with journalists. Her phone and email records were seized by the Department of Justice as part of the leak probe. Google News
VOA VIEW: NYT has done very little.

Gmail Messages 'Read by Third Parties'
Google has confirmed that private emails sent and received by Gmail users can sometimes be read by third-party app developers, not just machines. People who have connected third-party apps to their accounts may have unwittingly given human staff permission to read their messages. One company told the Wall Street Journal that the practice was "common" and a "dirty secret". BBC

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Auto Sales Risk Slowdown As Trump's Tariffs Imperil Top Imports
With President Donald Trump’s auto tariffs looming, General Motors Co., Nissan Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV are among those taking advantage of top-selling imports while they still can. The three boasted some of the top-selling or fastest-growing imported vehicles in the U.S. in the first half, which turned out better than many analysts expected. Deliveries have jumped 11 percent for GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and 10 percent for Nissan’s Rogue this year through June, while Fiat Chrysler has more than tripled Jeep Compass sales. All of them are sourced in part or entirely from plants in Mexico, Canada, Japan or the U.K. Bloomberg

No New Stats On Separated Families
How many immigrant families have been reunited since a judge ordered the US government to halt most family separations at the border? And how many kids from separated immigrant families are still in government custody? We don't know, because officials aren't saying. It's been a week since they released a tally of how many kids from separated families remain in government custody. CNN
VOA VIEW: Send those separated back across the border.

Senate Intel Concludes Russia Interfered In 2016 Election To Aid Trump
The Senate Intelligence Committee released its summary of its review of the U.S. intelligence community's January 2017 assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a press release, the panel, led by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Mark Warner, D-Va., said that the judgments in the intelligence community’s assessment “were well-supported and the tradecraft was strong.” Washington Examiner

McConnell: 'Not Much' Congress Can Do To Stop Gun Violence
While addressing a group of community leaders in Kentucky—a state that lost two students to gun violence earlier this year—U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell punted responsibility for stopping gun violence away from Congress. “I don’t think at the federal level there’s much that we can do other than appropriate funds,” McConnell told the assembled leaders on Tuesday, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. Google News

Trump Haters Attack 'American Idol' Star Over 4th Of July WH Event
When Fox News asked about the backlash she has received, the pop artist said, “It was things like, ‘die,’ or ‘kill yourself,’ crazy things that are really sad.” Jax says her performance is about showing appreciation for America and the troops, not about politics or Trump although she is a Trump supporter. In a recent Instagram post, she wrote, “Don’t fold to all the haters!! #trump ???????? I stand by you!! From the beginning ?? #maga” InfoWars

Walmart Removes 'Impeach Trump' Apparel
US retail giant Walmart has removed anti-Trump merchandise following online boycott threats from the president's supporters. The items, including baby clothes and shirts featuring the words "Impeach 45", were for sale on Walmart's online marketplace from a third-party seller. The "Impeach 45" clothes are no longer on the site, but a large selection of pro-Trump items are still for sale. BBC
VOA VIEW: Smart removal.

Sprint Deal Needs Scrutiny Over China Ties, Lawmakers Say
U.S. lawmakers plan to pressure the Trump administration to closely scrutinize T-Mobile US Inc.’s planned purchase of Sprint Corp., arguing the acquisition poses a threat to American security because the owner of Sprint has ties to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies Co. Bloomberg

Judge Tosses Suit Alleging Trump Campaign Conspired With Russia In DNC Hack
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump's campaign and former Trump adviser Roger Stone conspired with Russia and WikiLeaks to publish hacked Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential race. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle said in a ruling Tuesday evening that the suit's efforts to tie the Trump campaign and Stone's alleged actions to the nation's capital were too flimsy for the case to proceed in a Washington, D.C., court. Politico

Trump Tweets: "I Interviewed 4 Very Impressive People Yesterday" For Supreme Court
In 40 straight Gallup polls over a span of 24 years, a majority of Americans have said that they believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. In the latest Gallup survey examining the issue, which was conducted May 1-10, 53 percent said they believe abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. CNS

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US Allows ZTE To Resume Some Business Activity Temporarily
The Trump administration is letting ZTE Corp. resume some business activities while the U.S. weighs ending a seven-year ban on the Chinese telecommunications company, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg News. The ZTE authorization by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security is valid from July 2 until Aug. 1. While it wasn’t immediately clear when a permanent order will follow, a person familiar with the matter said ZTE is expected to be in compliance with U.S. demands by Aug. 1. Bloomberg

Over 2,300 Suspected Child Predators Arrested Through "Operation Broken Heart" And ICE's "Operation Predator"
The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) has reported that Operation Broken Heart, a government campaign targeting child predators, in conjunction with a similar campaign run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has resulted in the arrest of more than 2,300 suspected online child-sex offenders. Operation Broken Heart was set up by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, which partnered with ICE and its Operation Predator.  CNS
VOA VIEW: And Dems want to abolish ICE.

US Officials Told To Ask Migrant Parents: "Will You Leave With Or Without Children?"
US immigration officials have been instructed to ask parents separated from their children under Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy to choose whether to return to their countries with – or without – their offspring. The instructions, laid out in a government form, come one week after a judge ordered the Trump administration to reunite the roughly 2,300 migrant children who were ripped apart from their parents at the border. Guardian

President Elect Of Mexico Rejects Bodyguards
He has just been elected commander-in-chief of a nation mired in an intractable drug conflict that has claimed more than 200,000 lives in little more than a decade. But on Tuesday, Mexico’s incoming president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, claimed he would waive the right to close protection in a bid to stay close to the people. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Obrador has lost his mind or is playing a game.

Dips In Facebook And Apple Leave Wall Street Lower
Facebook dropped 2.35 percent after the Washington Post reported a federal probe on the data breach linked to Cambridge Analytica was broadened and will include more government agencies. The dip in the social media company’s stock, along with a 1.7 percent slide in Apple, weighed on the S&P technology sector, which fell 1.37 percent. Energy stocks held onto gains even after crude oil prices reversed course shortly after the market opened as traders booked profits. Reuters

How To Take Awesome Photos Of Fireworks
A thrilling fireworks display can confuse a modern camera's automated settings. The explosions are fast, dynamic, and bright, and they disappear just as quickly as they appear. But by tweaking a few manual settings on whatever camera you're using, you can take advantage of some battle-tested methods for capturing dramatic photos of those explosions in the sky. Even if you're using a smartphone, there are a few apps and quick tips that will help you nab the best shots. Wired

Bernie Breaks The ICE
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is now calling for the abolition of our current immigration system and a restructuring of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after facing criticism for dancing around the issue. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, the 2016 presidential candidate took a clearer stance on the agency and reminded followers that he voted against establishing ICE and the Department of Homeland Security when they were proposed 15 years ago. Huff Post

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Trump Orders Flags At Half Staff To Honor Newsroom Shooting Victims
In an about-face, President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the five people gunned down last week inside a newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. The move follows a request by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, whose request Monday was initially denied. NY Post
VOA VIEW: A mistake.

Fraudsters Are Stealing Credit Card Information At Gas Stations
The Secret Service is warning Americans about to hit the road on the Fourth of July to be wary of being taken for a ride at the gas pump — where fraudsters are targeting their credit card information. Scammers have been installing tiny devices inside the pumps called skimmers, which copy customers’ credit card data. NY Post

Top Supreme Court Candidates' Views On Abortion Under Scrutiny
But the individuals considered top contenders for Kennedy’s seat have produced a sparse record of legal rulings and writings on the subject, which makes it hard to predict how they might rule in abortion-related cases. President Donald Trump promised during his campaign to appoint “pro-life justices” who would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. In recent days, however, the president has said he will not ask candidates about their views on the subject. Reuters

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Why Court Pick May Affect Gay Marriage As Well As Abortion'
In the week since Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement, the future of Roe v. Wade has dominated the conversation among both liberals and conservatives, becoming a flash point in the partisan battle over President Trump’s pick to fill the seat. The effect Justice Kennedy’s retirement could have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights has received less attention. The prospect of a more conservative justice, though, has L.G.B.T. rights groups worried about legal challenges from conservative groups that oppose gay marriage, who may see an opportunity to challenge rulings that have established its legality. NY Times
VOA VIEW: NYT garbage.

Hawaii Bans Sale Of Sunscreen That Damges Coral Reefs
Hawaii will become the first state to restrict the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing chemicals that can damage the coral reefs after Governor David Ige signs legislation later this week. Ige is expected to sign a bill restricting the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. MSN

Los Angeles Approves $10 Million To Help Separated Children
Los Angeles on Tuesday approved using a $10 million fund to provide legal help to children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The City Council and county Board of Supervisors voted to expand the LA Justice Fund, created last year to help immigrants without violent pasts who are facing deportation. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Supervisor Hilda Solis announced creation of the fund in 2016 ahead of an anticipated immigration crackdown by President Donald Trump. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Idiots!

Trump Warns NATO Allies: Spend More On Defense, Or Else
President Trump has written sharply worded letters to the leaders of several NATO allies — including Germany, Belgium, Norway and Canada — taking them to task for spending too little on their own defense and warning that the United States is losing patience with what he said was their failure to meet security obligations shared by the alliance. NY Times

GOP Lawmakers Come To Moscow, Raising Hopes There Of US-Russia Thaw
Republican members of Congress sounded a newly conciliatory tone in meetings with Russian lawmakers and officials here on Tuesday in a rare visit to Moscow and a preview of the looming summit between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) told Russia’s foreign minister that while Russia and the United States were competitors, “we don’t necessarily need to be adversaries.” Later on at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, members attending a plenary session greeted the Americans with applause. Washington Post

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Is Facebook A Publisher? In Public It Says No; But In Court It Says Yes
Facebook has long had the same public response when questioned about its disruption of the news industry: it is a tech platform, not a publisher or a media company. But in a small courtroom in California’s Redwood City on Monday, attorneys for the social media company presented a different message from the one executives have made to Congress, in interviews and in speeches: Facebook, they repeatedly argued, is a publisher, and a company that makes editorial decisions, which are protected by the first amendment. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Facebool is full of lies and deception.

Prosecutors Debunk Theories-Plea Deal For Ex Congressional IT Staffer
Federal prosecutors concluded an 18-month investigation into a former congressional technology staffer on Tuesday by publicly debunking allegations — promoted by conservative media and President Trump — suggesting he was a Pakistani operative who stole government secrets with cover from House Democrats. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Imran Awan pleaded guilty to a relatively minor offense unrelated to his work on Capitol Hill: making a false statement on a bank loan application. U.S. prosecutors said they would not recommend jail time. Washington Post

DOJ: Refugees, Asylum Seekers No Longer 'Have The Right To Work'
Refugees and asylum seekers no longer have the right to work in the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday rescinded 24 guidance documents “that were unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law or otherwise improper,” the Justice Department announced. One of those rescinded was issued in May 2011 — under Former President Barack Obama — is titled “Refugees and Asylees Have the Right to Work.” Washington Examiner

'I'd Like To Kill 'Em': GOP Takes On Trump Tariffs
Republican senators are at their breaking point with Donald Trump’s protectionist trade blitz. Not a party meeting goes by these days at which multiple Republicans don’t vent that the president isn’t listening to them — and plot how to fight back. “I’d like to kill ’em,” groused Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a close Trump ally, referring to the administration’s expanding list of tariffs. Politico
VOA VIEW: Don't believe liberal garbage.

The DOD's App Store Does This One Crucial Thing To Stay Secure
Every day, companies like Google and Apple wage a constant battle to keep malicious apps out of their marketplaces and off people's phones. And while they do catch a lot of malware before it does any damage, there are always a few nasty infiltrators that manage to sneak by and end up getting downloaded by thousands of consumers. No one wants these mistakes to happen, but when you're a crucial app store for the Department of Defense, these mistakes can't happen. Wired

Apache Woman Has Key To Border Wall Gate
She does not identify as Mexican or American. Eloisa Tamez is Lipan Apache and her ancestors owned this land a century before the war that imposed the boundary between Mexico and Texas. Now a hulking border wall crosses her backyard, something she says feels like a "violation." Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: America's protection comes first.

Hamas 'Created Dating Apps And Fake Facebook Profiles To Try And Lure Israeli Soldiers'
Hamas built a functioning World Cup app and several dating apps to lure Israeli soldiers into giving up classified material, the Israeli military said Tuesday. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) said operatives from the Islamist militant group created fake Facebook profiles where they pretended to be attractive young Israelis. The Hamas operatives then used the Facebook profiles to contact Israeli soldiers - writing in slang Hebrew and punctuating their messages with emojis - and tried to convince them to download the mobile apps, the IDF said. Telegraph UK

First Lady On Secret Trip To Visit Injured Service Members
Melania Trump has made another secret trip, though this one was carried out closer to home. The first lady is visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She traveled to the Washington-area hospital on Tuesday morning for a visit the White House did not publicly announce until after she arrived. Stephanie Grisham, the first lady's spokeswoman, tweeted that Mrs. Trump was visiting with "combat injured service members & their families." MSN

Senator Hopes For 'New Day' In US-Russia Ties
The head of a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Russia said Tuesday he hopes for "a new day" in repairing relations between Russia and the U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, a Republican from Alabama, met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow two weeks before the countries' presidents are to meet in Helsinki. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Hope is good.

Behind The Scenes Of That Roe V. Wade Movie Shooting In New Orleans
The Hollywood Reporter today revealed more information about the controversial movie Roe v. Wade, which now is shooting in New Orleans. Last month, the Tulane Hullabaloo revealed that Roe v. Wade, a pro-life take on the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 decision legalizing abortion, was shooting on Tulane's Uptown campus, roiling some pro-choice people on campus. Advocate

Google Accord With Harvard Tie Fails Judge's Smell Test
Google’s settlement of a privacy lawsuit probably won’t win approval because it includes a donation to an Internet research center at Harvard University and to other schools that attorneys who brought the case attended, a judge said. Google was accused in the lawsuit of “consistently and intentionally” designing its searches to collect and send data — including names, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, account numbers, medical information and political beliefs — and allowing the information to be sold and resold to “countless other third parties.” Silicon Valley

LeBron James Celebrates Lakers Deal In Italy, Breaks Out The Yacht
LeBron James just touched down in Italy after sealing the deal on his new $154 MILLION contract ... and even his workout equipment is Laker colors. Bron and his family were spotted Monday morning boarding a yacht in Positano -- a super fancy city on the Amalfi Coast where Magic Johnson usually spends part of his expensive summer family vacation. In fact, Magic's wife, Cookie Johnson, just told us the family plans to rent out the same $700,000 per week yacht they vacationed on last summer with Sam Jackson ... and will sail to the same spots. TMZ

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WH Uses Twitter Account To Push Back At Dems
The White House is using its official Twitter handle to target Democratic lawmakers who have criticized President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, drawing complaints that government resources are being used to undercut potential 2020 presidential rivals. The White House Twitter handle, which has more than 17.3 million followers, falsely accused California Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday of “supporting the animals of MS-13,” a violent gang that the president has sought to eradicate. AP

Trump-Russia: More Election Meddling Evidence Found, Says Senate Panel
A Republican-controlled Senate panel has said that further evidence has been found to support a US intelligence assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help elect Donald Trump. The Senate intelligence committee said “information obtained subsequent to publication” of a January 2017 report by US intelligence agencies “provides further support” to the conclusion that Vladimir Putin and his government aimed to discredit Hillary Clinton and boost Trump. No further detail was given. Guardian
VOA VIEW: If true, it was to Russia's disadvantage.

Mining Tycoon, Once Brazil's Richest Man, Sentenced To 30 Years
Eike Batista, an oil and mining tycoon who just years ago was on a quest to use his vast fortune to turbocharge Brazil’s growth, was sentenced to 30 years in prison this week on charges of paying more than $16.5 million in bribes. Mr. Batista, a flamboyant businessman whose meteoric rise and dramatic fall mirrored the boom-and-bust cycle that has rattled Brazil over the past decade, is among the best-known Brazilians implicated in the corruption scandal known as Lava Jato, or Car Wash. NY Times

Alleged Recording Of Lawyer In MIll Case Given To Newspaper
A lawyer representing the Philadelphia judge overseeing rapper Meek Mill’s case has been recorded saying the judge was wrong not to grant a new trial. Philly.com reports a documentary film crew recorded an off-the-record conversation with attorney Charles Peruto Jr., and a supporter shared it with a reporter. Peruto says regardless of the alleged tape, he doesn’t believe he said Judge Genece Brinkley made a mistake. AP

Chanel Recreates Paris For Couture Show Celebrating The City
Paris — the City of Light, lovelocks and the Seine River— was the backdrop Tuesday in Chanel’s sublime couture collection that showed designer Karl Lagerfeld is still at the top of his game at 84. Penelope Cruz, Pharrell Williams and Lily Allen applauded after the cinematic runway display in which the French fashion house painstakingly recreated a Parisian cityscape — all inside the nave of the Grand Palais. No detail was spared: from the padlocks on the famed Pont des Arts bridge to the surrounding riverside booksellers (with Chanel-themed literature), to thick city stones and the majestic domed French Academy. AP

Trump Goes To War With Corporate America
President Donald Trump is now at full-scale war over trade policy with some of the Republican Party’s staunchest allies in big business, including executives at iconic American brands such as General Motors and Harley-Davidson who previously shied away from criticizing an often irascible president. Trump’s approach has created a high-stakes showdown without recent political precedent: A Republican president betting that his populist approach to trade will thrill his working-class base and blow away any short-term economic fallout or reduced political support from the nation’s largest business organizations. His message to corporate America so far: I don’t care what you say, my base is with me. Politico
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.

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