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British Government Tells Trump He Cannot Meet With Brexit Architect During Visit This Month
The U.K. Daily Telegraph, citing a source within the British government, reports that 10 Downing Street made it clear that Trump “must not meet Farage” during his working visit to the U.K. on July 13. Trump has embraced Farage, who is also a Fox News contributor, and called him “the man behind Brexit” during the 2016 campaign. Fox
VOA VIEW: Why!

Former NFL Star Awarded Group's Highest Honor For Civil Rights Work-Nationoal Education Association
Kaepernick was given the NEA's President's Award to recognize his work "to fight racial oppression through education and social justice activism" through the Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign that is fully funded by the footballer. The youth camp aims "to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios," according to its website. Fox
VOA VIEW: Kaepernick is a nothing.

Two Collapse Near Spy Poisoning Site
A man and woman are in a critical condition after being exposed to an unknown substance, which counter terrorism officers are investigating. The pair, in their 40s, were found unconscious in a suspected drugs-related incident at a house in Amesbury, Wiltshire, on Saturday. It is understood tests are being carried out on the substance at a government chemical weapons laboratory. BBC

China Vows Not To Fire First Shot In Trade War
"We will never fire the first shot and will not implement tariffs ahead of the U.S.," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement late Wednesday, after media reported that Beijing would start levying tariffs hours ahead of the U.S. due to the time zone difference. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: China would lose a trade war with the US.

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Barnes & Noble Fires CEO Without Severance
Barnes & Noble Inc. fired Chief Executive Officer Demos Parneros for violating company policies and said he’ll exit the post without severance. A spokeswoman declined to say why he’d been terminated. It was “not due to any disagreement with the company regarding its financial reporting, policies or practices or any potential fraud,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. Bloomberg

Scott Pruitt 'Inching' Toward The Door
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, facing additional reporting about his many controversies, is "inching forward to the tipping point," a senior administration official said. The official, describing the feeling within the administration towards Pruitt, wondered whether the EPA administrator would still hold his job as he could crop up in Democratic candidates' ads hitting President Donald Trump's "swamp." CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN wishful thinking.

Dubious Fox Report May Have Led Trump To Attack Obama
President Donald Trump appeared to rely on a dubious Fox News report Tuesday morning to unleash an attack on his predecessor, accusing President Barack Obama, without any real evidence, of granting citizenship to 2,500 Iranians as part of nuclear deal negotiations. "Just out that Obama Administration granted citizenship, during the terrible Iran Deal negotiation, to 2,500 Iranians - including to government officials," Trump tweeted. "How big (and bad) is that?" CNN
VOA VIEW: Anything reported by CNN is doubtful.

Retail Workers Losing Out To Big Tech
In the Sacramento area of northern California, an Amazon fulfilment centre came online last year, striking, it would seem, another blow to the local outlets of Sears, one of America’s signature brick and mortar department stories. The Guardian spoke to Sears workers at the Sunrise Mall in Citrus Heights who were told earlier this year the store would be closing down. Guardian

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Starbucks Customer Says Barista Mocked His Disability On Cup
A Philadelphia man is accusing a Starbucks barista of teasing him for having a stutter — even using extra letters in his name when printing it on the cup label — after a routine visit to a coffee shop last week. The man, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student who only wants to be identified as Sam, told The Philadelphia Inquirer the Starbucks employee teased his speech impediment after he ordered at the counter. NY Post

Pruitt Asks Trump To Fire Sessions, Make Him DOJ Head
Scott Pruitt, the embattled head of the Environmental Protection Agency, directly asked President Trump to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and install him as head of the Department of Justice, according to a new report. Pruitt pitched the personnel shuffle in an Oval Office meeting as Trump was feuding with Sessions over the AG’s decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, according to CNN, which cited three people familiar with Pruitt’s proposal. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Pruitt to be lucky to keep his present job.

British Supreme Court Rejects Goldman Sachs Appeal
Britain’s Supreme Court dismissed on Wednesday an appeal by Goldman Sachs for compensation from Portugal’s Novo Banco over a $835 billion loan to Novo Banco’s bankrupt predecessor, Banco Espirito Santo (BES), which was carved up by the state in 2014. The decision, announced by the court on its website, sets a precedent that could help Portugal fend off other lawsuits involving major bondholders in BES, such as Pimco and Blackrock, which have challenged similar decisions by the Portuguese central bank in 2015 not to transfer liabilities to Novo Banco. Reuters

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Suggests Run Against Trump In 2020
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents pornographic actor Stormy Daniels in her ongoing legal dispute with Donald Trump, said in a tweet Wednesday that he would consider running against the pre sident in the 2020 election. “IF (big) he seeks re-election, I will run, but only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him. We can’t relive 2016. I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed,” Avenatti tweeted on the Independence Day holiday. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is a loud mouth idiot.

Trump Twitter Risk, Adds New Wild Card To Friday's Jobs Report
Kenneth Broux, a currency and rates strategist at Societe Generale SA in London, typically arrives at work around 7 a.m., grabs a coffee and settles into his sunlit desk. And on Friday, fixating on Twitter will play an outsize role in his morning routine. Broux will join traders, analysts and economists around the world in monitoring Donald Trump’s social-media accounts in the hours leading up to America’s monthly employment report -- suddenly an essential task. Bloomberg

ATM Thieves Hit Jackpot
The cops watched as the car drove back and forth in front of the bank. It was early evening on Feb. 25 in Sandy, Utah, and FBI agents had been following the two people inside since they landed in Salt Lake City two days before. Law enforcement officials believed they were part of an organized crime ring responsible for more than 100 recent  attacks on ATMs nationwide. When one of the men exited the car and began to approach the bank, the agents went to work, arresting the would-be bank robber just as the machine began spewing out cash. Bloomberg

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Yelp Can't Be Ordered To Remove Negative Posts, California Court Rules
The California Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Yelp, the local search and reviews site, did not need to remove negative comments posted by a user, in a case closely watched by the industry for its implications for online free speech. In a 4-to-3 opinion, the court said that federal law protected internet companies from liability for statements written by others. The decision to remove posts is at the company’s discretion, the court said. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Anyone who make false reports or any company who refuses to remove false reports should be held liable.

AT&T Hiking Price Of DirectTV, Despite Promising Lower Prices For Consumers In Time Warner Trial
AT&T told a federal judge this year that its landmark merger with Time Warner would probably result in lower prices for its DirecTV customers. But the telecom giant is saying that it will raise the price of DirecTV’s online streaming service, DirecTV Now, by $5 a month for new and existing customers, according to an AT&T spokesman. The decision affects all service tiers of the product, according to Cord Cutters News, which first reported the change. That brings the base tier to $40 per month and the top tier to $75. In a statement, AT&T said its decision was driven by industry trends. Washington Post

Travis Air Force Base-Drone Show Replaces 4th Of July Fireworks
Last year, Brianna Santos and her family didn’t leave home for the Fourth of July. Stationed at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California, Santos and her husband, a senior airman with the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron, have seven children, five of whom have specialized medical needs. Her youngest daughter has a tracheostomy tube. Getting into a nearby town for a fireworks show was logistically overwhelming; even if they’d made it, the sounds and lights were overwhelming to some of her older kids. Wired

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'Right To Privacy' Up For Grabs
Privacy is a squishy concept, one that constantly evolves with the times—and with changing technologies. Advances in how we store and communicate information shift expectations around what we can keep to ourselves, and what the rest of the world is able to know. The disruption of established privacy norms is nothing new: People were concerned when the postcard came out, for example, because they believed mail should be private. Wired
VOA VIEW: There is little privacy.

Stingrays-Fake Cell Phone Towers Allow NSA And Police To Keep Tack Of You
These fake towers, known as “interceptors,” were discovered in July by users of the CryptoPhone500, one of the ultra-secure cell phones released after Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA snooping. The phone is essentially a Samsung Galaxy S3 customized with high-level encryption that costs around $3,500. While driving around the country, CryptoPhone users plotted on a map every time they connected to a nameless tower. These fake towers, known as “interceptors,” were discovered in July by users of the CryptoPhone500, one of the ultra-secure cell phones released after Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA snooping.  Newsweek

Can You Fly With Weed You Bought Legally?
Marijuana is legal in some capacity in 29 states and Washington, D.C. As long as you adhere to local laws, you don’t have to worry about the cops harshing your buzz. That is, unless you’re headed to the airport. On the federal level, marijuana is considered a controlled substance, just like cocaine or heroin. So even if marijuana is legalized in your state, it’s still technically illegal in the eyes of Uncle Sam. And though airports are owned by the city, “the feds are authorized to operate it … so federal law prevails,” said criminal defense attorney Jonathan Mandel. “Once you enter security, federal law trumps state law.” Google News/Huff Post

Woman Climbs Statue Of Liberty In Fourth Of July Protest
Police have arrested a woman who climbed the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in a Fourth of July protest against the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The climber huddled at the base of the monument, about 30 meters above the ground, and engaged in a four-hour standoff with police before two New York Police Department officers climbed up to the base and apprehended her. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Fool!

DNA Testing Being Done On Separated Migrant Children And Parents
DNA testing is being conducted as part of the process to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the border, a federal official with knowledge of the reunifications told CNN. "The safety and security is paramount and that it is not uncommon for children to be trafficked or smuggled by those claiming to be parents. To our knowledge this is a cheek swab and is being done to expedite parental verification and ensuring reunification with verified parents due to child welfare concerns," the official said. CNN

All The World's A Stage For Trump For Next 11 Days
President Donald Trump, a political impresario and disrupter, is never happier than when holding the world in thrall. But the next 11 days -- when he is expected to enlist a new Supreme Court pick, the British Queen and the Russian President as supporting actors in his melodrama -- could be extreme even by his standards. A heady sequence of high-profile events, summits and photo-ops at home and abroad will position Trump as a dominant figure in global politics whose wrecking ball leadership style could be felt years after he has left office. CNN

Supreme Court's Janus Ruling Will End Cash Cow For Liberal Activists
On the same day the court announced its ruling in the Janus case barring public-sector unions from automatically collecting fees from government workers who choose not to join the union, libertarian groups were outside government buildings passing out literature. “We’re planning an all-of-the-above comprehensive educational campaign to reach those public employees and let them know about their constitutional rights,” said Maxford Nelsen from the Freedom Foundation, a libertarian think tank based in Washington State. Fox

The Senate Intelligence Committee, rejecting doubts conveyed by President Trump as recently as last week, has become the latest body to officially conclude that the Russian government conducted a wide-ranging campaign — including cyberattacks — to influence the 2016 presidential election. An unclassified seven-page report, released by the committee Tuesday with full bipartisan support, was based on an extensive, year-and-a-half-long investigation into the U.S. intelligence community’s January 2017 assessment that the Kremlin carried out its campaign in part for the purpose of promoting Trump’s candidacy and discrediting Hillary Clinton. Yahoo

Trump: 'If Not For Me, We Would Now Be At War With North Korea!'
President Trump on Tuesday brushed aside questions over whether his assertion that he “solved” the crisis with North Korea was premature amid reports its leader, Kim Jong Un, is trying to conceal parts of its nuclear weapons program. “Many good conversations with North Korea — it is going well!” Trump tweeted. “In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining.” “If not for me,” he added, “we would now be at War with North Korea!” Yahoo

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Ingraham: Dems Are 'Straining For Relevance' With 'Off Key' Push To Abolish ICE
In her Angle commentary, Laura Ingraham said that the Democratic Party is "straining for relevance" with its calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Ingraham said that the Democrats' only recourse is to "demonize" President Trump for his zero tolerance border policy as his approval numbers rise. "[Democrats are] tripping all over themselves to align with that millennial socialist," Ingraham said Monday night, referencing socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the 28-year-old who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District primary. Fox
VOA VIEW: Idiots!

Trump Thanks Military, Hypes Space Force In July 4 Speech
Scott Pruitt isn’t fully in the doghouse since the embattled EPA Administrator was invited to President Trump’s Fourth of July picnic and even got a shout-out from the president. Trump said he was “honored” to be joined by members of his cabinet, announcing the presence of Pruitt along with a handful of others, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who’s taken heat in recent weeks for her role in the president’s hard-line immigration policies. NY Post

Cohen Scrubs Trump Affiliation From Twitter Bio
Michael Cohen scrubbed the reference “personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump” from his Twitter biography on Wednesday just days after he went on television to declare that his first loyalty is to his family. Cohen, who once famously said he’d “take a bullet” for the president, made the change on his Twitter page but still describes himself as “Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump” on his LinkedIn page. NY Post

Trump To Meet Queen Elizabeth
When Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth next week, he will become the 12th U.S. President that the monarch has met during her 66 years on the throne, the longest in British history. Apart from Lyndon Johnson, Elizabeth has met every U.S leader since Harry S. Truman but no other U.S. presidential encounter has generated the same level of opposition and controversy in Britain as Trump’s trip. Reuters

How "Smart TV's" Find Audience For Your Data
The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge. In recent years, data companies have harnessed new technology to immediately identify what people are watching on internet-connected TVs, then using that information to send targeted advertisements to other devices in their homes. NY Times

Employee Uprisings Sweep Many Tech Companies
Workers across the technology industry are forcing their employers to reconsider how their products are being used by the United States government. At Microsoft, employees protested the company’s contract with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Workers at Amazon pushed the firm to stop selling facial recognition services to law enforcement agencies. And after thousands of employees signed a petition against building “warfare technology,” Google decided last month against renewing a contract to provide artificial intelligence systems for the Pentagon. NY Times

Key Senate Panel Endorses Finding That Russian Attacked 2016 Election
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'Right To Privacy' Up For Grabs
Privacy is a squishy concept, one that constantly evolves with the times—and with changing technologies. Advances in how we store and communicate information shift expectations around what we can keep to ourselves, and what the rest of the world is able to know. The disruption of established privacy norms is nothing new: People were concerned when the postcard came out, for example, because they believed mail should be private. Wired
VOA VIEW: There is little privacy.

Stingrays-Fake Cell Phone Towers Allow NSA And Police To Keep Tack Of You
These fake towers, known as “interceptors,” were discovered in July by users of the CryptoPhone500, one of the ultra-secure cell phones released after Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA snooping. The phone is essentially a Samsung Galaxy S3 customized with high-level encryption that costs around $3,500. While driving around the country, CryptoPhone users plotted on a map every time they connected to a nameless tower. These fake towers, known as “interceptors,” were discovered in July by users of the CryptoPhone500, one of the ultra-secure cell phones released after Edward Snowden’s leaks about NSA snooping.  Newsweek

Can You Fly With Weed You Bought Legally?
Marijuana is legal in some capacity in 29 states and Washington, D.C. As long as you adhere to local laws, you don’t have to worry about the cops harshing your buzz. That is, unless you’re headed to the airport. On the federal level, marijuana is considered a controlled substance, just like cocaine or heroin. So even if marijuana is legalized in your state, it’s still technically illegal in the eyes of Uncle Sam. And though airports are owned by the city, “the feds are authorized to operate it … so federal law prevails,” said criminal defense attorney Jonathan Mandel. “Once you enter security, federal law trumps state law.” Google News/Huff Post

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