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Trump Announces Kavanaugh As Supreme Court Pick
President Trump nominated appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, ending a days-long guessing game that began the moment Kennedy announced his retirement and setting the stage for a grueling confirmation fight. Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals will now waste their time.

Protests Turn Tense As Activists Shout Outside Supreme Court
Some protesters were screaming back and forth at each other amid a heavy law-enforcement presence. Pro-choice activists held purple signs reading “Protect Roe” and “Don’t Criminalize Abortion.” Others chanted: “Kavanaugh has got to go!” Others shouted into bullhorns, “abortion is violence” and “uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Lying and crying from the left.

Where Brett Kavanaugh Stands On Key Issues
President Donald Trump announced on Monday his decision to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's decision to retire. Kavanaugh, 53, currently serves as a judge on the powerful US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Here's where he stands on some hot-button issues: CNN

Donald Trump's Former Driver Sues Over Unpaid Wages
Donald Trump’s former personal driver has sued the president’s family business for thousands of hours of unpaid overtime, according to a lawsuit filed in New York on Monday. Noel Cintron, who worked as Trump’s driver for more than 25 years, said he was owed 3,300 hours of uncompensated overtime from his last six years on the job. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Crazy fool.

Clarence Thomas' Wife Defends Jim Jordan In College Sex Abuse Case
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife on Monday jumped into the controversy swirling around Rep. Jim Jordan — claiming on Facebook that allegations that the Ohio lawmaker ignored sexual abuse while he was a college wrestling coach were false. “Jim Jordan is under attack, with false accusations, because he threatens the elite,” Ginni Thomas wrote along with video of a Fox News interview with the combatively pro-Trump GOP lawmaker in which he claims to have known nothing about sexual misconduct. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Good for her.

Trump Confident North Korea Will Denuclearize
President Trump said he has “confidence” North Korea’s leader will abide by their agreement to denuclearize despite the regime’s comments characterizing US behavior in the ongoing negotiations as “gangster-like.” “I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea?,” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Trump may know somthing that most don't.

Trump Calls On NATO Allies To Pay Up
Days before he heads to Europe for a meeting with NATO allies, President Trump continued ?to hector members of the alliance for not paying their fair share of defense costs? and called on them to “do much more.” “The United States is spending far more on NATO than any other Country. This is not fair, nor is it acceptable,” the president posted on Twitter Monday. “While these countries have been increasing their contributions since I took office, they must do much more.?” NY Post

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Trump Weighs In On WHO Breastfeeding Row
US President Donald Trump has defended US efforts to reportedly undermine a World Health Organization (WHO) measure in support of breastfeeding. A New York Times report claimed US officials fought against language that all governments should "protect, promote and support breastfeeding". The report alleges that the US threatened countries over the resolution, which eventually passed. BBC

Why Local US Newspapers Are Sounding The Alarm
In the past decade, hundreds of local US newspapers have closed or merged. What happens to the communities they leave behind? A hundred and twenty years ago, a wooden auditorium was built in the hills of Boulder, Colorado, as part of the Chautauqua movement, a lecture circuit/educational variety show for rural communities. In early June, Dave Krieger got on stage in the Chautauqua auditorium to tell the city's residents why he got fired from the local newspaper - and why he's worried about the future of local news in the US. BBC
VOA VIEW: With the Internet - print newspapers are obsolete = the info they put out is dated.

Trump Administration To Miss Deadline To Reunite All Children Under 5 with Families
The US government has only managed to reunite two of 102 migrant children under the age of five with their families after they were separated at the southern border, and has admitted it will not be able to meet a federal district judge’s deadline for them all to be reunited by Tuesday. In a hearing on Monday, the Department of Justice told Judge Dana Sabraw that it expects to reunite another 54 children by tomorrow’s 10pm deadline, which would leave approximately 46 children separated.
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Trump Has Selected His Supreme Court Nominee
The finalists are believed to be four federal judges: Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Trump said he will announce his choice to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat Monday night. “I have long heard that the most important decision a U.S. President can make is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice - Will be announced tonight at 9:00 P.M,” the president tweeted. Fox

Pelosi Vows To 'Avenge President Obama' In Supreme Court Fight
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent out a dramatic, no-holds-barred fundraising email on Monday saying she is "determined to avenge President Obama if it’s the last thing I do" by premptively opposing President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. In the email, Pelosi opens by acknowledging that she has been persistently appealing to potential donors lately: "I emailed on Saturday. I emailed on Sunday. Now I’m emailing you again today." Fox
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is not a Senator - she has no vote.

US Stocks Rally As Dollar Gains, Treasures Slip
U.S. equities rose to the highest in almost a month as investors set aside concern about escalating trade tensions and rising political tension abroad to focus on the coming earnings season. The dollar gained versus major peers and Treasuries retreated. The S&P 500 Index climbed for a third day and the Dow Jones Industrial Average popped through key technical levels. Miners and energy producers took the Stoxx Europe 600 Index to a fifth consecutive advance, the longest winning streak since March. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index jumped the most in a month. Bloomberg

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Trump Tweets Again On Drug Prices
The days when Donald Trump could rock pharmaceuticals stocks with mere threats about drug prices are gone. In his latest attack on Twitter Monday, the U.S. president said that drugmakers like Pfizer Inc. should be “ashamed” for raising prices “for no reason.” Trump ended his tweet with: “We will respond!” Bloomberg

4 More Boys From Thai Cave Rescued
Divers have rescued four more boys from a vast cave system in northern Thailand on the second day of a complex operation. The Thai Navy Seals leading the rescue operation have confirmed that eight boys in total have been extracted. Four boys and their football coach remain inside the caves. Rescuers will try to free them on Tuesday. BBC

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Federal Judge Rejects Trump Admin's Bid To Alter Rules On Detaining Minors
A federal judge in California on Monday flatly rejected the Justice Department's attempt to modify a decades-old settlement agreement that limits the length of time and conditions under which US officials may detain immigrant children. In a strongly worded order, US District Court Judge Dolly Gee called the Justice Department's request "wholly without merit" and found "absolutely nothing prevents (the Trump administration) from reconsidering their current blanket policy of family detention and reinstating prosecutorial discretion." CNN
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Cave Divers Ready To Rescue Last 5
Divers are preparing to resume a high-risk rescue operation to free the last five members of a group who became trapped in a vast cave system in northern Thailand last month. The health of the four boys and their football coach is said to be good as they ready to be guided through the narrow flooded passages of the complex. BBC

vernement Work Done, Tax Policy Writers Decamp To Lobbying Jobs
Six months after Republicans pushed a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul through Congress, many of the most influential players who worked behind the scenes on the legislation are no longer on Capitol Hill or in the Trump administration. They are now lobbyists. The two-way street between lobbying and lawmaking is well worn in Washington. But after President Trump’s campaign pledge to “drain the swamp,” there was some speculation that the so-called special interests might be sidelined. NY Times

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Feds Release Never Seen Cold War Footage Of Devastating Nuclear Tests
At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. was testing nuclear weapons in case it needed to use them. Now, remarkable footage has been released, with more than 250 videos detailing just how extensive the testing was. The Lawrence Livermore National Library (LLNL) in California has posted the videos to its YouTube channel, all of which are now declassified, and they show countless explosions that took place on testing grounds in the U.S., from 1945 to 1962. Fox

Health Insurers Warn Of Market Turmoil As Trump Suspends Billions In Payments
The Trump administration said Saturday that it was suspending a program that pays billions of dollars to insurers to stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, a freeze that could increase uncertainty in the markets and drive up premiums this fall. Many insurers that enroll large numbers of unhealthy people depend on the “risk adjustment” payments, which are intended to reduce the incentives for insurers to seek out healthy consumers and shun those with chronic illnesses and other pre-existing conditions. NY Times

Starbucks Says Goodbye To Plastic Straws
Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores worldwide by 2020 to reduce environmental plastic pollution, the company says. The coffee retailer will phase out single-use straws from its more than 28,000 locations, cutting out an estimated 1bn straws each year. Customers will instead be given plastic lids designed for use without a straw or with non-plastic straws. BBC

Mueller Seeks To Bar Manafort 'Selective Prosecution' Argument
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge to block Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, from arguing at his trial in September that prosecutors are selectively targeting him for vindictive reasons. Prosecutors also want to bar Manafort from introducing evidence that he was previously investigated but not charged before Mueller was appointed in May 2017. The requests came in a court filing Monday in Washington, where Manafort is accused of money laundering, obstruction of justice and failing to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Mueller wants to have the edge and tie Manafort's hands.

Dems 'Preemptively' Oppose Trump SCOTUS Nominee
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained Monday about the scare tactics that the left uses to bash the Supreme Court nominees of Republican presidents. “One Democratic senator stated she would resist any attempt to confirm any nominee this year. ‘It doesn’t matter who he’s putting forward.’ It doesn’t matter who. Earlier today, just today another Democratic senator issued a press release declaring preemptively that he plans to oppose whomever the president nominates tonight no matter who they are,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. CNS

Journalist Held By ICE Speaks: I Was Targeted For My Work
What started out as a “just another day” in Memphis-based journalist Manuel Duran’s life ended in his arrest by local police and transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The arrest, Duran claims, was retaliation for his reporting about local police actions. Duran, 42, who is sometimes listed as Duran Ortega, was covering a Memphis protest in April when he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway or passageway. In a video taken of the incident, Duran appears to be wearing a press badge and was not the only journalist in the street. Google News

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Sasse Tempts Trump's Wrath By Refusing To Bow
As the “never Trump” faction of the Republican Party dwindles to a lonely few, the Nebraska senator has shown little interest in backing down – leaving him vulnerable to a Trump-fueled primary challenge in 2020, when he’s up for reelection. How Sasse responds — he has a book coming out three weeks before the midterm elections and has quietly launched a new political non-profit group, fueling speculation that he might launch a Hail Mary bid for president rather than seek another term in the Senate — promises to be the next intra-GOP drama. Politico

Millions Of Dollars Flood Into Trump's Supreme Court Battle
Outside groups looking to sway senators and the larger public about President Donald Trump’s forthcoming Supreme Court pick say they are planning to spend more than they did during last year's fight over Justice Neil Gorsuch, pointing to the drastically higher stakes this time around. Unlike Gorsuch, who replaced Antonin Scalia, an already conservative member, Trump’s replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, viewed by many as the court’s swing vote, could significantly reshape the balance of the court. Politico

$152,237,500,000: Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record Through May
The U.S. merchandise trade deficit with China set a record through May, hitting $152,237,500,000 for the first five months of 2018, according to data released Friday by the Census Bureau. From January through May, the Census Bureau reports, the United States exported $52,902,300,000 in goods to China while importing $205,139,800,000 in good from China. CNS

5 Senators Who Can Change The Court
Donald Trump has named Brett Kavanaugh for the supreme court vacancy left by the retirement of the “swing vote” Anthony Kennedy. With landmark rulings such as Roe v Wade – enshrining a woman’s right to abortion – potentially at stake, a fierce political battle will get under way over the nominee’s confirmation by the Senate. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Things would look very different if Hillary would have won.

Firm 'Bullied Scientists' And Hid Weedkiller Cancer Risk
Monsanto has long worked to “bully scientists” and suppress evidence of the cancer risks of its popular weedkiller, a lawyer argued on Monday in a landmark lawsuit against the global chemical corporation. “Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully ... and to fight independent researchers,” said the attorney Brent Wisner, who presented internal Monsanto emails that he said showed how the agrochemical company rejected critical research and expert warnings over the years while pursuing and helping to write favorable analyses of their products. “They fought science.” Guardian

Beto-Mania Sweeps Texas
Beto O’Rourke is running to replace Ted Cruz. Literally. Sweat pours off his lean, 6-foot-4-inch frame as the El Paso Democrat jogs along the southern bank of the Trinity River surrounded by 300-odd supporters and curious voters jogging along with him. Incredibly, they have shown up at 8 a.m. on a Sunday to join him for a double shot of politics and cardio. In between panting breaths, O’Rourke explains to me the origins of this novel campaign event, which has him running several miles under the Texas sun, stopping in the middle to take questions and lingering at the end to pose for selfies. Politico

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Bookstore Owner Calls Police On Woman Accosting Steve Bannon
A Richmond, Virginia, bookstore owner called the police on a customer for verbally berating Steve Bannon. Black Swan Books owner Nick Cooke told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a woman in the store proceeded to call the former Trump adviser a “piece of trash.” “Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business,” Cooke said. “I asked her to leave, and she wouldn’t. And I said, ‘I’m going to call the police if you don’t,’ and I went to call the police and she left. And that’s the end of the story.” Yahoo

Miss Massachusetts Hopeful Resigns From Competition In Protest of 'Me Too' Joke
A contestant in the Miss Massachusetts competition has resigned in protest after a master of ceremonies made fun of the Me Too movement in a skit. Maude Gorman, who won the 2018 Miss Plymouth County title before advancing to the state’s Miss America preliminary round, has been outspoken about her own sexual assault at age 13, and has advocated for other survivors. She told CNN she “instantly knew [she] had to do something” after she heard the joke mocking the Me Too movement while she was backstage as a contestant for Miss Massachusetts. Yahoo

Mom Coping With Loss After Surviving Crash That Killed Husband And 4 Daughters
A New Jersey mother who survived a crash that left her husband and four daughters dead is struggling to come to terms with her devastating loss. "Auntie, I’m alone," Mary Rose Ballocanag, 53, told her aunt, Lydia Agas, after the accident, the New York Post reported. Ballocanag’s husband, Audie Trinidad, 61 and their daughters — Kaitlyn, 20, Danna, 17, and 13-year-old twins Allison and Melissa — were killed as the the family's minivan was hit by a truck as they were driving home from vacation on a Delaware state highway. Yahoo

Algae Bloom In Florida Prompts Fears About Harm To Health And Economy
The bright, blue-green film piling up in the canal in Jason Pim’s backyard is the first thing he wakes up thinking about and the last thing before his head hits the pillow. The pungent odor of the algae, which has traveled dozens of miles from Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest freshwater lake, is hard to describe. But Mr. Pim, 37, said the smell is like opening a bag of moldy bread. NY Times

Andrew Cuomo Signs Executive Order To Safeguard Abortions And Contraceptive Coverage
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Monday to safeguard abortions and contraceptive coverage in the state, amid concern that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee would seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that made abortion legal nationwide. Washington Examiner

Don't Like Judge Brett Kavanaugh? Blame Roy Moore.
Why did President Trump choose a Beltway-born-and-bred creature of the GOP establishment when he could have nominated an outsider who would have caused heart attacks on the Left? Look to Alabama, and the special election that took place this past Spring. Republicans lost a seat in the Senate, their minority was shrunk to the breadth of a hair, and Trump may have felt he had little choice than pick the safer pick rather than the bolder one. Washington Examiner

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