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Amy Coney Barrett Criticized For Ties To People Of Praise
If President Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the federal judge can expect her second bruising round of confirmation hearings in less than a year and more of what supporters call "unfair criticisms" about her faith. Barrett, 46, is one of six judges Trump has already interviewed to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the bench. She is a federal appeals court judge who was appointed by Trump in 2017. Her Senate confirmation was anything but easy as she was grilled by Democrats about her religious background. Fox
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Trump Calls Journalists 'Bad People'
"The crooked press." "They are so dishonest." "Fake news." "Bad people." President Trump went on another extended riff against the nation's news media on Thursday. It was startling partly because of its timing, one week after five employees were killed at a newspaper 30 miles from Washington. CNN
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Justice Dept: 19 Parents With Kids Under 5 Already Deported
The Trump administration argued on Friday that it may need more time to reunite the immigrant families it separated, despite a looming deadline. A federal judge ordered the government to turn over a list of children under five by Saturday afternoon, and called for a Monday status hearing. By July 10, officials must reunify all parents with their children under the age of 5. The deadline for reunifying parents with children 5 and older is July 26. CNN

Liberal States Impose New Individual Mandate Ahead Of ObamaCare Rollback
But as that penalty disappears for Americans in January, a growing number of liberal states are moving to enact their own individual mandates requiring residents to purchase health insurance – a last-ditch effort to preserve a critical part of former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law. Fox
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'Bronx' Candidate Blurs Facts On Her Own Residency, ICE Rules
As the Journal News reported, the original online bio for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- the 28-year-old Bernie Sanders protégé who defeated longtime Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley on June 26 -- seemed to suggest that she commuted to a school in the suburbs from her family's home in the Bronx borough of New York City. But after critics noted that she and her family left the Bronx when she was 5 years old, the bio was changed to imply that the Bronx was home to her "extended family," the newspaper reported. Fox

Manafort Bank Fraud Trial Has Trump Campaign Connection
Prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller intend to present evidence at the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort that a banking executive allegedly helped Manafort obtain loans of approximately $16 million while the banker sought a role in the Trump campaign. Manafort faces trial on bank fraud and other financial charges in the Eastern District of Virginia beginning July 25. Until now, there had been no indication that his role in the Trump campaign would become part of the trial, and he had asked the judge to keep details about his ties to President Donald Trump out of the trial. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN would report anything, even if fake, that makes Trump look bad.

Puerto Ricans Rush To Prepare As Storm Nears Caribbean
With Puerto Rico still recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria last year, cautious residents filled supermarkets and department stores Friday as the first Atlantic hurricane of the season approached the Caribbean. Hurricane Beryl, a Category 1 storm, is expected to move through the Lesser Antilles late Sunday and pass south of Puerto Rico. The island is expected to see minimal tropical storm-force winds, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said Friday, but it is hard to predict the storm's path beyond the 48-hour period. CNN

Commonly Prescribed Heart Drug Recalled In 22 Countries
A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure is being recalled in 22 countries because it contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk. Valsartan is off-patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines. Novartis, the company that originally developed the drug, said Sandoz valsartan and valsartan/HCT film-coated tablets are being recalled since they "do not meet our high quality standards." CNN

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Zuckerberg Tops Buffet To Become World's Third Richest Person
Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has overtaken Warren Buffett as the world’s third-richest person, further solidifying technology as the most robust creator of wealth. Zuckerberg, who trails only Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, eclipsed Buffett Friday as Facebook shares climbed 2.4 percent, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Bloomberg
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Good Week For The S&P 500 Held More Bad News For Active Funds
A week of tumult on the trade front was also the best week in a month for S&P 500 bulls. Active stock managers weren’t celebrating. They’ve watched in shock as the best-laid efforts to beat benchmarks are squeezed as the contour of the rally shifts. Funds are being betrayed by the companies they love, including tech megacaps and banks, as ones they ignored in industries such as telecom and consumer staples vault to the top. Bloomberg

Trump Eyes Even Higher Tariffs While China Trade War Escalates
President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on every single Chinese import into America as the world’s two largest economies exchanged the first blows in a trade war that isn’t set to end anytime soon. After months of rhetoric, a 25 percent levy on $34 billion of Chinese goods entering the U.S. took effect just after midnight Washington time on Friday with farming plows and airplane parts among the products targeted. China hit back immediately via duties on U.S. shipments including soybeans and automobiles. Bloomberg
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Pompeo Seeks N Korea Breakthrough As Talks Enter Second Day
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opened a second day of talks in North Korea on Saturday with growing expectations that he needs to win specific commitments from Pyongyang about its nuclear program or risk seeing the nascent relationship between the U.S. and North Korea founder. Pompeo has given few details about his goals for this latest round of talks -- his third visit to North Korea this year but the first since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met in Singapore last month. Bloomberg

World Cup: Brazil Knocked Out By Belgium
In years to come, when this stadium is a crumbling white elephant, they will sit in almost empty stands, hear the wind whisper across the marsh that surrounds it and believe what they hear is the ghosts of giants. In three games Kazan has claimed the winners of 11 World Cups. First Germany went, insipid against South Korea. Then, in a full-blooded epic, Argentina were blown away by France. And then fell the biggest of them all, Brazil, outwitted and outbattled by Belgium, who will face France in Tuesday’s semi-final. Guardian

Amazon Already Undercutting Prices On Over The Counter Pills
As pharmacy chains await Amazon.com Inc.’s entry into the prescription-drug market, the online retail giant is already undercutting them for non-prescription medicine for aches, colds and allergies. Median prices for over-the-counter, private-brand medicine sold by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and CVS Health Corp. were about 20 percent higher than Basic Care, the over-the-counter drug line sold exclusively by Amazon, according to a report Friday by Jefferies Group analysts. Bloomberg

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China And Russia Hit Back At US Tariffs
China retaliated by imposing a similar 25% tariff on 545 US products - including cars, soya beans and lobsters - also worth a total of $34bn. Russia is introducing extra duties on a range of products imported from the US that can be replaced by locally made equivalents. They include road-building equipment, products for the oil and gas industry, and tools used in mining. BBC
VOA VIEW: The US will win any trade war.

Andrew Wheeler: 'Point Man For Trump' Focused On Undoing Obama's EPA Agenda
Scott Pruitt, who on Thursday resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, was a firm favourite of Donald Trump. But Pruitt was plagued by scandal and faltered in carrying out the president’s agenda of peeling back clean air and water regulations. His replacement is likely to be far more adept. Guardian

The Anti-Abortion Conservative Quietly Guiding Trump's Pick
Just 20 months ago, Leonard Leo’s life’s work appeared in jeopardy. Hillary Clinton would soon be elected president. A liberal judge would be chosen to replace Antonin Scalia, the late lodestar of American conservatism, on the supreme court. “Staring at that vacancy, fear permeated every day in that countdown to November 8,” Leo recalled last year, in a speech to fellow religious conservatives. His three-decade fight to push the US judiciary to the right – and enable a crackdown on abortion – looked to be lost. Guardian

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Paul Ryan Views Allegations Against Rep. Jordan As 'Serious', Will Wait For Probe, Aide Says
House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in Friday on accusations that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan ignored allegations of sexual abuse while he was an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University decades ago. Through a spokesman, Ryan said the university was right to investigate the claims and that he would await the outcome of the probe. "These are serious allegations and issues," Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said in an emailed statement. USA Today

Feds Drop Charges Against Final 38 Defendents Over Inauguration Day Riots
The U.S. attorney's office said Friday it is dropping all charges against the remaining 38 people accused of rioting during a demonstration in Washington, D.C., that coincided with the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Prosecutors had initially charged or arrested 234 people during violent protests on D.C. streets that began before the 2017 swearing in and continued until after it was over. USA Today

House Dems Lead Republicans By Double Digits In Generic Ballot In Battleground States
Democrats in battleground states have a 12-percentage point lead over their Republican counterparts in a generic House ballot, according to a poll released Friday. The Washington Post-George Mason University Schar School poll found 49 percent of registered voters would support a Democratic candidate, compared to 37 percent who would cast a ballot for a Republican contender. The survey showed 13 percent of respondents were still undecided ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Liberal deception.

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Thai Cave: Why They Can't Drill From Above
The 12 boys and their coach who are trapped in an underground cave in Thailand have riveted attention on efforts to rescue them. Authorities describe the situation as a race against time to avoid death. As cave experts from around the world converge on Tham Luang Nang Non cave, the inevitable monsoon rains of northern Thailand have made the rescue efforts increasingly grim. A former Thai navy seal diver died during the rescue effort Thursday after running out of oxygen while attempting to deliver air tanks. USA Today

Obama Holdover Drops Legal Claim To Take Over Trump's CFPB
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English announced Friday that she will drop her legal bid to be named the agency's acting director. In a statement provided by her lawyer, English thanked the CFPB's career employees and said she would leave the agency, where she has not maintained a presence, in recognition of President Trump's decision to nominate a permanent director. Washington Examiner
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Russian Lawmakers 'Don't Understand Why' Election Interference Is A Big Deal
Russian lawmakers “don’t understand why” the 2016 cyberattacks against the Democratic Party sparked an array of U.S. , a senior Republican lawmaker said after meetings in Moscow. “There is a total disconnect on their part, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, told the Washington Examiner. "They don't understand why their election interference has been blown up into such an issue. They don't really have a clue, based on their perspective, of why the American public so supports punishing sanctions against them because of the election interference.” Washington Examiner

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Teen Immigrant Abortion Case Could Be Hurdle For Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Bid
One of the leading contenders for the Supreme Court, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, could see his chance at the nomination hinge on his handling of a legal battle last year over a 17-year-old immigrant's request for an abortion. To Kavanaugh's backers, his role in the legal showdown that played out over a couple of weeks last October exhibits the kind of judicial restraint conservatives have long called for from members of the bench. Politico

New EPA Chief In 2016: Trump's A 'Bully'
Scott Pruitt’s replacement as leader of the EPA once dismissed Donald Trump as a “bully” with so-so business skills — the kinds of slights the president rarely forgets. “[A]s a businessman, he really hasn't been that successful. He is a successful PR person, but not a businessman,” Deputy EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, then an environmental adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post in February 2016. “[H]e has more baggage then all of the other Republican candidates combined.” Politico
VOA VIEW: A mouth can be a big problem.

Will Susan Collins Get Snookered Again?
Senator Susan Collins of Maine really wants you know that she’s not going to rubber stamp just anyone President Donald Trump nominates for the Supreme Court. In recent days she has embarked on a mini-media tour, telling viewers of CNN, ABC and listeners of the New York Times’ “The Daily” podcast that a nominee “who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me.” Also disqualifying would be an “activist judge” who “demonstrated a disrespect for the vital principle of stare decisis,” meaning deference to past Supreme Court precedents. Politico

President's Lawyers Set New Conditions For Mueller Interview
President Trump’s lawyers set new conditions on Friday on an interview with the special counsel and said that the chances that the president would be voluntarily questioned were growing increasingly unlikely. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, needs to prove before Mr. Trump would agree to an interview that he has evidence that Mr. Trump committed a crime and that his testimony is essential to completing the investigation, said Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lead lawyer in the case. NY Times
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Contractor Housed Migrant Kids In Arizona
A company contracted to provide transportation for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement housed children in an unlicensed facility near downtown Phoenix, according to a report from Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Children were held at the office building over three weeks while the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" border-enforcement policy caused officials to separate families who had crossed the border illegally. USA Today

2 Women Publicly Allege Groping By Indiana AG
Two women who said Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched them at a bar in March are speaking out publicly for the first time. Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, a Democrat from Munster, identified herself as one of Hill’s alleged victims in a letter submitted to The Indianapolis Star. "I am not anonymous," she says in the letter. "I am a wife, mother, business owner, and a State Representative. I am also a victim of sexual battery, perpetrated by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill." USA Today

Nunes Refers Sidney Blumenthal, Others Tied To Trump Dossier For Testimony
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sent another letter Thursday — his third in a week — to two fellow GOP chairmen, referring to them 15 people connected to the Russia investigation for testimony in an “open setting.” Many of the individuals on the list, sent to House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., are tied to Hillary Clinton and the infamous Trump dossier, which contains compromising, yet unverified claims about President Trump’s ties to Russia. InfoWars

GOP Senator Open To Revising Russia Sanctions After Moscow Trip
President Trump and U.S. lawmakers should consider revising sanctions targeting Russia so they focus more on Russian oligarchs, a senior Republican lawmaker suggested after participating in a congressional delegation visit to Moscow. “You do something and nobody ever sits back and analyzes, 'Well, is it working?’” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told the Washington Examiner. “And I think you'd be hard-pressed to say that sanctions against Russia are really working all that well.” Washington Examiner

Media's Anti Trumpers Aren't 'Leaving' The GOP. They've Been Fired.
When an anti-Trump voice in the media announces he’s leaving the Republican Party but no one’s there to read about it, does it make a sound? Max Boot — who?! — was the latest conservative writer to make the inconsequential declaration that he wants Democrats to take Congress in this year’s midterm elections. Washington Examiner

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Thai Soccer Team Evacuation Postponed As Rescuers Continue Prepping Boys For Dive
Thai soccer teammates trapped in a cave for almost two weeks will see their stay underground extended after authorities announced early Saturday that they would be delaying a planned evacuation attempt. The evacuation of 12 schoolboys will be put off because they haven’t sufficiently learned how to dive in the days since they were discovered by searchers, officials said. Fox

Trump's Plans For His UK Visit Revealed
Donald Trump will meet the Queen at Windsor and hold talks with the prime minister at Chequers on his two-day visit to the UK next week. The itinerary for Thursday and Friday confirms the US president will stay at the US Ambassador's House in Regent's Park overnight. But he will spend much of his time outside London at formal events. BBC

May Secures Cabinet Backing For Brexit Plan
The cabinet has reached a "collective" agreement on the basis of the UK's future relationship with the EU after Brexit, Theresa May has said. Ministers have signed up to a plan to create a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods with the bloc, based on a "common rule book". They also supported what could amount to a "combined customs territory". The BBC's Laura Kuenssberg said the plan, agreed after a 12-hour meeting, would "anger many Tory Brexiteers". BBC

Justin Trudeau-Reporter Who Accused PM Of Groping Says She Won't Pursue Incident
The woman who accused Justin Trudeau in 2000 of groping her at a music festival in British Columbia has spoken out, saying that the incident took place as described and that she is not interested in pursuing the matter further. On Friday – a day after the Canadian prime minister acknowledged he had apologised to her – the woman, identified as Rose Knight, issued a statement saying that she was “reluctantly” addressing the issue in the face of mounting media pressure. Guardian

Veterans Respond To Army Discharging Immigrant Recruits
Military veterans said it’s a slap in the face that immigrant recruits have quietly been kicked out of the Army after being promised citizenship — as the Department of Defense justified the branch’s actions by saying they were booted for legitimate reasons. NY Post
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Weinstein Co. Buyer Will Pay Claims By De Niro, Other Actors
The prospective buyer of the bankrupt Weinstein Co. has agreed to cover claims made by the actor and others — paving the way for the studio’s sale, the parties announced on Friday. Lantern Entertainment, which has agreed to pay $289 million for the studio co-founded by the disgraced Harvey Weinstein, argued that since the contracts for De Niro and others were no longer active, it wasn’t responsible for paying them. NY Post

Trump's Mar-A-Lago Wants to Hire Dozens Of Foreigners
Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s self-described “Winter White House,“ asked the feds’ permission to hire 61 temporary foreign workers as cooks, waiters and waitresses — despite his repeated knocks on immigrants and cries to “Hire American!” The hires come as Trump is mired in an epic battle with Congress over immigration reform, is fighting to have his wall built on the southern border and has faced heat over the separation of nearly 3,000 migrant children from families illegally crossing that border. NY Post

Super Bowl Giant Busted With Heroin
A former Giants defensive lineman, who was a key piece of their Super Bowl XLII-winning team, was arrested in Florida on heroin charges after he rammed a deputy’s car following a pursuit, authorities said. Barry Cofield — a free agent who last played three games for the Giants in 2015 — was arrested Tuesday in Lake Mary on charges of possession of heroin, fleeing and eluding and aggravated assault on a police officer, the Orlando Sentinel reports. NY Post

Why Europe Could Unravel Over A Question Of Borders
The European Union has always been sold, to its citizens, on a practical basis: Cheaper products. Easier travel. Prosperity and security. But its founding leaders had something larger in mind. They conceived it as a radical experiment to transcend the nation-state, whose core ideas of race-based identity and zero-sum competition had brought disaster twice in the space of a generation. NY Times

Why Is Megyn Kelly Helping Trump Discredit #MeToo?
Ever since Megyn Kelly arrived at NBC from Fox News last fall, she has made giving voice to survivors of sexual harassment and assault a major part of her daily morning show. It made sense given her own experience with the late Roger Ailes. So why on Friday did she and her show follow Donald Trump’s lead in dismissing the #MeToo movement and all it has accomplished? Google News

Cohen Hires Former Clinton White House Attorney Lanny Davis
Michael Cohen, beleaguered former personal attorney for President Donald Trump, has hired Lanny Davis, a Washington-based lawyer who in the late 1990s advised then-President Bill Clinton as his legal troubles were unfolding. Davis confirmed Thursday that he is representing Cohen, a previously fierce Trump defender who has been under investigation by federal prosecutors in New York for months. Huff Post

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