NEWS     FRIDAY,  JULY  6, 2018    NEWS

Trump Sends Another One Packing
President Donald Trump on Thursday said he accepted the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt in the wake of a number of investigations into the Cabinet member's spending habits. The president offered praise for Pruitt, the only EPA head to serve in the Trump administration. UPI
VOA VIEW: Pruitt shot himself if the foot, next his wife will leave him.

Barrett, Kavanaugh And Kethledge In The Lead-Supreme Court Picks
President Donald Trump has narrowed his list of contenders to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to three serious candidates, a source familiar with the selection process told NBC News on Thursday. Those candidates are appeals court judges Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge and Amy Coney Barrett, the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said. NBC
VOA VIEW: Time will soon tell who the nominee will be.

Former Fox News Executive, Bill Shine, New Communications Chief
President Donald Trump has hired former Fox News executive Bill Shine to lead his communications team, the White House announced on Thursday. “He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role,” the White House said in a statement announcing the hire. Shine’s official title will be assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications. Politico

Kasich Slams Trump Admin Over Report That US Army Is Discharging Legal Immigrants
Ohio  Gov. John Kasich called out the Trump administration on Thursday following a report that some legal immigrants looking to pursue a path to citizenship through service in the United States Army have been abruptly discharged. “Breaking faith with these members of our Armed Forces as this White House has decided to do is yet another low.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Kasich lost the presidency for a reason.

US Imposes Tariffs On $34B Chinese Goods; Beijing Vows Response
Chinese President Xi Jinping instructed various levels of government to get ready for a full-on trade war, The Journal reported, citing Chinese officials. “With his tariff threats, Trump is posing an unprecedented challenge to the leadership,” Zhu Feng, a professor of international relations at Nanjing University, referring to President Donald Trump, told the paper. The Commerce Ministry also criticized Washington for "trade bullying." Fox
VOA VIEW: Bring it on.

Mueller's Powers Could Be Decided By Trump Supreme Court Choice
Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court could cast a deciding vote on constitutional challenges arising from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, and Democrats say that creates a potential conflict of interest that should be resolved. The court may be asked to decide whether the president can be subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury if he refuses to comply with Mueller’s long-standing interview request, or resolve other constitutional matters stemming from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign. Bloomberg

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Trump Administration-Transferring Children From HHS Shelters
Directly To Join Parents At ICE Facilities....Lawyers Can Wait Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that officials are racing against a federal judge’s “extreme” deadlines to reunite “under 3,000” migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S. border. Azar said the Trump administration is working to transfer children from HHS shelters to join their detained parents in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities, a step that will probably infuriate lawyers who say the migrants should be freed to pursue asylum claims, as the government has done in the past. Washington Post

Dems Try And Push Former Obama Administration, Supreme Court Nominee Onto Trump-Backlash
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign team ridiculed a request by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer that President Trump nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Garland, the chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2016 after the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Fox
VOA VIEW: Schumer has lost his mind.

NY Dem Slams Own Party-'Republicans Have My Support', 'Betraying' American Values
A longtime Democratic New York State lawmaker ripped Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), declaring that he will support the GOP until Schumer can "restore sanity and honesty" to the party. State Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn slammed Schumer's attacks on President Trump, which were sent as part of a fundraising call. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good for Hikind.

UK Home Secretary Accuses Moscow Of Using Them As A "Dumping Ground" For Poison
Britain will consult its allies about a possible response to Russia over the latest poisonings in Wiltshire as it emerged that the couple taken critically ill had handled an item contaminated with the nerve agent novichok. The home secretary, Sajid Javid, accused Moscow of using the UK as a “dumping ground” for poison and urged Russia to explain “exactly what has gone on”. In Salisbury, public health and council chiefs warned people not to pick up unidentified objects but dismissed the idea of making a general sweep of the city for novichok, although they said they could not rule out the possibility that more of the nerve agent was present. Guardian

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Iran Threatens To Block Gulf Passageway For Oil-US: 'Move Would Be Immediately Countered'
A potential confrontation between the US and Iran is brewing in the Strait of Hormuz after Tehran threatened to block the Gulf passageway in retaliation for Washington’s looming sanctions against Iranian oil exports – a threat the US military said would be immediately countered. The Trump administration is demanding all countries end imports of Iranian oil by 4 November as part of its new policy of hostility towards Tehran after Washington’s unilateral exit from the 2015 nuclear agreement. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Iran will lose any confrontation with the US.

Russian-Backed Assad, Creeping More Into Syria-Continued Exodus Southern Region's Families And Civilians
As the Syrian regime and its ally Russia continue to pound the rebel enclave, Daraa residents must decide whether to flee or hunker down in their homes. “The situation is beyond comprehension,” says Israa al-Rifai, a local activist who recently escaped with her family to the opposition-held city of Nasib. “People were confused whether to keep their eyes on the sky to watch the warplanes or to get in the car and leave.”  Guardian

Health And Tech Stocks Balance Fears On Wall Street, About Looming China Tariffs
Technology and healthcare companies led U.S. stocks broadly higher Thursday, setting the market on track to break a two-week losing streak.
Technology stocks, which led all other sectors in the S&P 500 with an 11.3% gain this year, led Thursday’s rally. Qorvo climbed 5.7% to $81.82. Several healthcare-sector stocks also helped lift the market. Celgene gained 2.2% to $80.39. LA Times

Trump Assails Critics And Mocks #MeToo. What About Putin? 'He's Fine'
President Trump lobbed personal and derogatory attacks at two Democratic senators, mocked the #MeToo movement and vouched for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Thursday during a freewheeling, raucous rally ostensibly intended to solidify support for Montana’s Republican Senate candidate. Taunting Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, with a refusal to apologize for calling her “Pocahontas,” Mr. Trump imagined a debate during which he would gently throw an ancestry testing kit at Ms. Warren to make her prove the Native American heritage she has controversially claimed. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Typical NYT liberal stupidity.

Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Front-Runner, Once Argued Broad Grounds For Impeachment
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, the front-runner to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, once argued that President Bill Clinton could be impeached for lying to his staff and misleading the public, a broad definition of obstruction of justice that would be damaging if applied to President Trump in the Russia investigation. Judge Kavanaugh’s arguments — expressed in the report of the independent counsel, Kenneth W. Starr, which he co-wrote nearly 20 years ago — have been cited in recent days by Republicans with reservations about him and have raised concerns among some people close to Mr. Trump. NY Times
VOA VIEW: The NYT wants Trump to overlook Kavanaugh.

Trump: NFL's New Anthem Policy 'Worse' Than Before
President Donald Trump now has a lower opinion of the NFL’s new national anthem policy. Trump, as you know, has gone after the NFL numerous times for players protesting systemic injustice during the national anthem before games. In an attempt to avoid future protests and the kerfuffle that surrounds them, players don’t have to be on the field during the anthem starting in 2018. Those that are on the field have to stand for the anthem. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: The NFL will lose even further.

Amy Coney Barrett: How A Catholic Professor And Mother Of 7 Became The Conservative
A devout Catholic, law professor and mother-of seven has emerged as the conservatives favourite as Donald Trump prepares to name a new Supreme Court Justice - an appointment that could have huge ramifications on many of the nation’s most controversial issues. After Justice Anthony Kennedy - a frequent wing voter on the court - announced last month he was standing down after 31 years service, Mr Trump said he was working through a list of 25 replacements and would announce his decision on Monday July 9. Yahoo

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Kimberly Guilfoyle-Presented At WH With New Beau Donald Trump Jr.
Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. made their hot-and-heavy romance as official as possible by appearing together as a couple at Wednesday’s July Fourth celebration at the White House. Both took to social media to share photos marking the occasion, including a photo of the two standing together in front of the White House with their arms wrapped around each other. Another photo showed the Fox News host getting a warm welcome from her boyfriend’s father, President Donald Trump, in the Oval Office. Mercury

Mexico Imposes Retaliatory Tariffs On Dozens Of US Goods
Mexico on Thursday began imposing its second stage of retaliatory tariffs on dozens of U.S. goods in response to President Donald Trump’s duties on Mexican steel and aluminum exports to the United States. The tariffs complete Mexico’s two-part retaliation on almost $3 billion worth of U.S. products. The Mexican government, which first announced its retaliation list last month, started the action on June 5 by eliminating preferential tariffs established under NAFTA on a number of products, including pork, potatoes and whiskey. The Mexican government confirmed on Thursday that the increased tariffs are going into effect. Politico
VOA VIEW: Mexico will lose big.

Drone Activity Soaring At US-Mexico Border
As the political clash over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy has played out on the U.S.-Mexico border, hovering above is the growing presence of drones. These small unmanned aircraft systems are piloted by multiple interests — drug traffickers looking for a way into the country, the U.S. government trying to keep them out, and even journalists hoping to get a new point of view on an issue that has gripped headlines for weeks. Washington Examiner

Trump: I Would Have Waited For Statue Of Liberty Protester To Jump
President Trump on Thursday scolded the woman arrested for scaling the Statue of Liberty — saying he would’ve let “that clown” jump. “I would’ve done it,” he said, speaking at a rally in Great Falls, Montana. “I would’ve said, ‘Let’s get some nets and wait ’til she comes down.'” Trump went on to praise the NYPD and US Park Police for their rescue efforts on Wednesday, saying they did a great job getting the woman — identified as immigrant activist Therese Okoumou — down safely without incident. NY Post
VOA VIEW: The idiot got too much liberal attention.

How Amy Coney Barrett Vaulted Onto Trump's Supreme Court Shortlist
If nominated to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett may have Sen. Dianne Feinstein to thank. A confrontation with the California senator during her confirmation hearing to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals last October vaulted Barrett, 46, onto the national stage. As Feinstein pressed her on whether she would be able to render judicial rulings faithful to the law given her deeply held religious beliefs, Barrett became a hero to religious conservatives who believe liberal Democrats target them for their faith. Politico

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Trump Admin Slams Big Pharma
The Trump Admin earned a major win against Big-Pharma after a multi-billion dollar case saw dozens of medical professionals charged with fraud reports Jade Carder in her must-watch entry for Infowars.com’s 2018 reporter contest. Jade Carder – President Trump Slays Big Pharma! Pt.1. InfoWars

Facebook Algorithm Flags Declaration Of Independence As "Hate Speech"
"Since June 24, the Liberty County Vindicator of Liberty County, Texas, has been sharing daily excerpts from the declaration in the run up to July Fourth. The idea was to encourage historical literacy among the Vindicator‘s readers." The first nine such posts of the project went up without incident. " “But part 10,” writesVindicator managing editor Casey Stinnett, “did not appear. Instead, The Vindicator received a notice from Facebook saying that the post ‘goes against our standards on hate speech.’” InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Facebook should be regulated and fined.

'Re-Elect 45' Shirts Made In Response To Walmart 'Impeach 45' Gear
In response to the ‘Impeach 45’ shirt sold by Walmart, a ‘Re-Elect 45’ shirt has been unveiled in the same style. Walmart sparked controversy for selling an ‘Impeach 45’ shirt on its online store, which prompted outrage – and the launch of the ‘Re-Elect 45’ shirt. The retail giant has since removed the impeachment shirt after a counter campaign was launched against the store. InfoWars

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44 Year Old Statue Of Liberty Climber Pleads Not Guilty
The 44-year-old Staten Island woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty during a Fourth of July protest has pleaded not guilty to trespassing and disorderly conduct, and was released without bail after spending the night in custody. After her federal court appearance Thursday afternoon, Therese Patricia Okoumou told reporters she was protesting the separation of children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, and that her climb was spontaneous. NBC
VOA VIEW: Foolishness!

Putin Preparing One Deal Hopefully Both Can Agree Upon
Kremlin officials are in intense negotiations with their counterparts in Washington to strike at least one deal they hope will let President Donald Trump tout his summit with Vladimir Putin as a triumph that justifies steps to repair relations. At the top of the list for the July 16 meeting in Helsinki, Finland, is Iran’s role in Syria, an issue that Moscow is simultaneously negotiating with Tehran, a senior Russian official said on condition of anonymity because he’s not authorized to comment on the record. Bloomberg

Trade War Erupts On No.1 US Farm Export To China
China’s newly–imposed tariffs against U.S. soybeans—if they indeed take effect July 6—herald a major trade shift for a crop that’s soared to prominence in recent decades. While the Asian nation is targeting a slew of American farm goods in this round of taxes, soybeans are the top agricultural commodity the country imports from the U.S. by far. The oilseed, used to make cooking oil and animal feed, accounts for about 60 percent of the U.S.’s $20 billion of agricultural exports to China. If China retaliates with 25 percent tariffs, American shipments may drop by at least $4.5 billion, according to a study by the University of Tennessee. Brazil, already the world’s biggest soybean shipper, is set to be the biggest winner, filling the gap left by the U.S. Bloomberg

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Melania Trump's 4th Of July Outfit Comes With Stylish History Lesson
Nothing says Americana like Ralph Lauren — a wise choice our first lady, Melania Trump, made on Independence Day when she feted military families in a chic blue and white gingham dress. Of course, her love of European fashion houses was not lost on the Slovenian-born model, who complemented the outfit a la the American flag with splashes of vibrant red on her Alexander McQueen belt and Christian Louboutin flats. Perhaps both were nods to America’s early colonists from Britain and France, respectively. Bing

Pompeo Lands In North Korea To Press For Nuclear Commitments
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in North Korea on Friday with the daunting task of ensuring that Pyongyang’s nuclear commitments line up with President Donald Trump’s promises. Pompeo struck a cautious note while en route to the isolated nation -- his third such trip since April -- saying he was seeking to firm up pledges that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made last month during his Singapore summit with Trump. The secretary of state left Washington with no public agenda and stated goals, other than lunch with Kim Yong Chol, a senior aide to Kim Jong Un. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Un must bring in on or get out.

Cohen Tells Friends He Doesn't Think Trump Would Pardon Him
Michael Cohen has recently told friends that he is pessimistic that President Donald Trump will offer him a pardon -- one more indication that Cohen does not believe his former boss will have his back. In a phone call with a friend several days before he was interviewed by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos last weekend, Cohen -- who was Trump's personal attorney for years and is currently under criminal investigation in New York -- said he did not believe Trump would wipe his slate clean using the presidential pardon. Cohen has not been charged with any wrongdoing. CNN

Trump Says He Doesn't Believe Allegations Against Jim Jordan
President Donald Trump on Thursday backed conservative Rep. Jim Jordan, who is being accused of knowingly overlooking the sexual abuse of wrestlers he coached at Ohio State University. Jordan, a close ally of the President's, has emphatically denied having any knowledge at the time that the university's sports doctor was molesting the wrestlers. Ohio State University announced in April it was investigating allegations of sexual abuse leveled at the team doctor Richard Strauss. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal garbage.

Suprreme Court Vacancy Sparks Multimillion-Dollar Ad War To Swing Votes
A quick-fire multimillion-dollar TV and digital advertising battle is under way over Donald Trump’s imminent nomination of a new justice to sit on the US supreme court. Conservative groups, which have typically been more energised and focused on the issue of judicial nominees, are now being matched by a surge of progressive activism and spending aimed at senators whose votes could prove decisive. Guardian

How Bill Shine Could Bring 'Trump TV' To The White House
President Trump generally has two kinds of aides: those who try to slow him down by resisting or containing his instincts and those who cater to him by enabling those instincts. Trump does not seem to have many aides who skillfully try to channel those instincts productively, trying to keep him true to who he is, flaws and all, while being more effective. Washington Examiner

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