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GOP's New Tax Cut Framework Leaves Out Fixes For Retailers, #MeToo Victims
House Republicans unveiled a broad outline on Tuesday for their next phase of tax code changes, which steered clear of correcting technical mistakes from last year’s overhaul. The so-called Tax Reform 2.0 legislation was seen as a possible vehicle for technical fixes that would address errors in the 2017 bill. Keeping those corrections out of the proposal underscores how GOP leaders are using it as a messaging tool and want to avoid highlighting problems with the law. Bloomberg
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Senate Republicans Pan Trump Farm Relief, Call For End To Trade Wars
Just hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that tariffs are “great,” Republicans on Capitol Hill were lashing out against a new administration plan to help farmers hurt by the ongoing trade wars that have shut them out of international markets. The $12 billion “temporary relief” announced Tuesday is once again pitting free-trade Republicans against a president who has ignored years of Republican orthodoxy on trade, tariffs and bailouts. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Sessions Laughs As 'Lock Her Up!' Chant Breaks Out At High School
While addressing a high school leadership summit in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions laughed as students broke into the “Lock her up!” chant usually reserved for Donald Trump rallies. “Lock her up,” a smiling Sessions said as the anti-Hillary Clinton chant began at the conference, hosted by Turning Point USA, a conservative youth organization. “I heard that a long time over the last campaign.” Yahoo

Trump Says He's 'Very Concerned' Russia Will Meddle To Democrats
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's "very concerned" that Russia will attempt to meddle in the upcoming midterm elections to the benefit of the Democrats because he says he's been so tough on Russia. The expression of concern about Russian meddling is a change in tone for the president, who has repeatedly expressed doubts about Russia's role in interfering in the 2016 U.S. election. ABC
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Roe V. Wade Emerging As Key Issue In Race For Michigan Governor
The debate over abortion rights is emerging as a key issue in the race for the next Michigan governor as voters prepare to go to the polls in the state's Aug. 7 primary. President Trump's nomination of conservative Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has reignited the debate over Roe V. Wade, the 1973 ruling that struck down many state laws criminalizing or banning abortion. Michigan still has abortion bans on the books, including one from more than a century ago. CBS

GOP Leaders: Putin Not Welcome On Capitol Hill
The Republican leaders in Congress are distancing themselves from President Donald Trump's invitation for Vladimir Putin to visit Washington in the fall, saying the Russian president is not welcome on Capitol Hill. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that Putin will not be invited to address Congress because "that is something we reserve for allies." US News
VOA VIEW: Going against Trump less than four months prior to the November mid term is not wise.

Top Senate Republicans Warn Russia On Election Meddling
“The Russians better quit messing around in our elections,” Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, adding that he was open to legislation to put pressure on Moscow. “They did it the last time. They better not do it again.” President Donald Trump last week invited Putin to visit Washington this autumn in the aftermath of their summit in Helsinki. Reuters

House Votes To Repeal ObamaCare Medical Device Tax
The House on Tuesday voted to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax, a provision that members of both parties have criticized as harming innovation. The House voted 283 to 132 to repeal the 2.3 percent tax on sales of medical devices, with some Democrats joining Republicans to approve the measure. 57 Democrats voted for the measure. Hill

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VFW Scolds Members For Heckling Press During Trump Speech
The Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday said the organization is "disappointed" with members who heckled the press during a speech by President Donald Trump at the 2018 VFW convention and were "happy" to have members of the media at the event. "We were disappointed to hear some of our members boo the press," Randi Law, manager of communications and public affairs for VFW, said in a statement to POLITICO. "We rely on the media to help spread the VFW's message, and CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and others on site today, were our invited guests. We were happy to have them there." Politico

Paul Blasts Trump: Remove Your Tariffs, Don't Give 'Welfare For Farmers'
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced earlier Tuesday it would offer $12 billion in emergency aid for farmers impacted by the tariffs on American grain, produce and meat exports. Trump has faced criticism from some Republicans for his tariffs on goods from traditional U.S. trading partners such as China, as well as close allies including the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Those countries responded with tariffs on U.S. agricultural products like soybeans, beef, corn and poultry. Hill

Frustrated By Gridlock, House Members Propose Rules Overhaul
Trying to ease gridlock in Congress, a bipartisan group of frustrated House members is coming forward with a rules overhaul intended to give rank-and-file lawmakers more say. The proposal, to be formally unveiled Wednesday by the House Problem Solvers Caucus, also seeks to rein in hard-right Republican forces in the chamber that have wielded significant influence over the majority party in recent years. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal hype.

Historic, Deadly Heat Wave Slams Japan With Blistering Temperatures
Japanese officials classified the country's historic heat wave as a natural disaster, warning citizens Tuesday to stay inside and avoid life-threatening temperatures of 104 degrees in some areas. At least 65 people have died in the blistering heat since early July, but the actual figure is thought to be much higher. USA Today

Ryan On Trump Revoking Security Clearances: 'He's Just Trolling People'
House Speaker Paul Ryan characteristically laughed off concerns about President Donald Trump revoking the security clearances of his political opponents Tuesday, dismissing the president’s actions as just “trolling.” “I think he’s trolling people, honestly,” the Wisconsin Republican said, chuckling at his own answer. The speaker went on to say that security clearances are in the purview of the executive branch and that some of the people Trump has targeted to take away their security clearances have already lost their clearances. Huff Post

CNN Obtains Recording Of Trump And Michael Cohen Discussing Payment For Playboy Model's Story
An audio recording of a conversation reportedly between President Donald Trump and his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, about a payment to a former Playboy model was played on CNN Tuesday night. The recording, which aired on "Cuomo Prime Time," was given to the cable news network by Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis. The conversation on the tape took place in September 2016, according to CNN. In the recording, Cohen tells then-presidential candidate Trump, "I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Where is the beef and the operative word is "reportedly".

Trump Backed Candidate Kemp Wins Georgia Runoff
With a damning secret recording of his opponent and a late Trump-Pence endorsement, Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Tuesday won a bruising Republican runoff in the race for Georgia governor. A self-described "unapologetic conservative" whose campaign ran an eyebrow-raising ad that said he could use his own pickup truck to "round up criminal illegals," Kemp rode a national wave of voter contempt for the establishment in favor of bare-knuckled outsider politics. AP
VOA VIEW: Trump sends a clear message.

American Mom Who Lived Under ISIS Charged With Lying To FBI
Samantha El Hassani, an American woman who lived with her husband and children in ISIS’ Syrian capital for more than two years, has been formally charged by federal prosecutors with making false statements to the FBI, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. El Hassani had been living in a Kurdish detention camp with her four children, who are also U.S. citizens, after fleeing Raqqa in late 2017. PBS

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New Jersey Marijuana Legalization
New Jersey just quietly moved to decriminalize marijuana, at least for the rest of the summer. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Tuesday requested all municipal prosecutors adjourn all marijuana offenses until Sept. 4 as his office develops "appropriate guidance" with the meeting of a working group, including prosecutors and others. USA Today

Meet The Women Candidates Taking #MeToo To The Ballot Box
First Donald Trump inspired Katie Muth  to tell her husband about her rape, then he galvanized her into running for office. Muth had been married for about five years, but never told her husband about the man she says raped her after the rehearsal dinner of a wedding years before they met. NBC

Zinke Lauds Utah As State Tries To Lure Federal Land Agency
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lauded Mormon pioneers in a speech Tuesday at a rodeo in Utah where state leaders hope he'll relocate the nation's largest land management agency. Zinke didn't make any announcement about the future of the Bureau of Land Management, but the visit was another chance to tout Utah's central location close to vast tracts the agency oversees in several Western states. SF Gate

New Emails Show Push By Trump Officials To Add Citizenship Question To Census
Government emails disclosed in a federal lawsuit show that within months of taking office, the Trump administration began discussing the need to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, contradicting initial accounts of how officials made the controversial decision. In May 2017, the emails show, President Trump’s chief strategist at the time, Steve Bannon, requested that Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross “talk to someone about the census.” A month later, Mr. Ross began demanding that the question be added, and a top aide pledged to press Justice Department officials to say they needed better citizenship data for law enforcement. NY Times
VOA VIEW: What is wrong with such a real imporatant question?

US Airlines Will Change How Their Websites Refer To Taiwan
The mainland Chinese government has demanded U.S. airlines change their websites “to reflect China’s claim on the island territory” of Taiwan, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, and they pretty much plan on doing that rather than risk any kind of retaliation. Bloomberg wrote that a source said a number of US airlines plan to comply, changing references to Taiwan to “China Taiwan” or “China Taiwan region” on their websites, in the next few days after a “negotiated resolution” failed to develop. European airlines are already complying, the site wrote: Gizmodo

Contentious Georgia GOP Runoff Tests Trump Voters' Loyalty
The hardline rhetoric and the ads on illegal immigration and gun rights fit right in with Deep South conservatives. The question is whether that course is still the best path to Republican victory in the fall in a state where changing demographics and increasing urbanization have Georgia flirting with swing state status after two decades of GOP domination. Phlly Inquirer

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Kaine Correct That Stewart Skipped Board Meeting To Campaign For Roy Moore
During a recent campaign debate, Sen. Tim Kaine took aim at Republican Corey Stewart’s support for former Senate candidate Roy Moore, who lost an Alabama special election after facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. "In December of 2017, the Prince William board of supervisors had a meeting ... you skipped that meeting to go campaign in Alabama for Roy Moore to be a U.S. senator," Kaine said at the July 21 debate, noting that the meeting covered topics such as zoning and the opioid crisis. Politifact

Sean Spicer's Memoir Hits Bookstores
Sean Spicer received poor reviews during his brief stint as White House spokesman and his new memoir, "The Briefing," which hits bookstores on Tuesday, is not faring much better. "Mr. Spicer's book is much like his tenure as press secretary: short, littered with inaccuracies and offering up one consistent theme: Mr. Trump can do no wrong," ABC News White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said in a review for The Wall Street Journal. Bing

TV Tuned To CNN On Airforce One Sends Trump Into Rage
On the first couple’s recent trip overseas, Melania Trump’s television aboard Air Force One was tuned to CNN. President Donald Trump was not pleased. He raged at his staff for violating a rule that the White House entourage should begin each trip tuned to Fox — his preferred network over what he considers the “fake news” CNN — and caused “a bit of a stir” aboard Air Force One, according to an email obtained by The New York Times. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: An email from who?

White House Stops Announcing Calls With Foreign Leaders
The White House has suspended the practice of publishing public summaries of President Donald Trump's phone calls with world leaders, two sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN, bringing an end to a common exercise from Republican and Democratic administrations.
It's unclear if the suspension is temporary or permanent. A White House spokesman declined to comment. CNN

Appeals Court Rules 2nd Amendment Allows Open Carry Of Guns
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a gun in public for self-defense. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Hawaii officials had violated George Young's rights when he was denied a permit to openly carry a loaded gun in public to protect himself. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: A powerful ruling.

Senator Raises More Than Challengers In Mississippi Race
An appointed U.S. senator in Mississippi is raising more money so far than her challengers in a special election, backed by contributions from colleagues including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Campaign finance reports show Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith collected nearly $1.6 million through the end of June. SacBee

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hat We Know About Trump's 2018 Midterm Endorsements
Trump has already endorsed more than 20 Republican candidates running for office in 2018. The formal endorsements have come from the president’s Twitter account — and they’ve all been virtually identical, referencing at least one of these key issues for Trump: crime and border security, taxes, and support for the military and veterans. PBS

Debt Free College? House Dems Introduce Higher Education Bill
House Democrats this week are expected to unveil a sweeping plan to make college more affordable by reducing debt and simplifying financial aid. The Democrats' plan would also endeavor to boost graduation rates. The proposal counters a Republican bill that aims to overhaul the law that dictates the federal government's role in higher education. The Higher Education Act, originally passed in 1965, is supposed to be renewed every five years but was last reauthorized a decade ago. The debate has been closely watched, with members of both parties agreeing that college costs impose an enormous burden on students and families. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Dems selling free rides.

Roy Moore To Announce New Lawsuit About Senate Race
Roy Moore is set to bring more lawsuits. Moore, the Republican nominee in Alabama's 2017 U.S. Senate special election, has called a press conference for Wednesday to "announce further actions against new defendants for defamation of character and reputation during the U.S. Senate Election of December 2017." AL

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Ivanka Trump To Close Namesake Fashion Brand
White House adviser and presidential daughter Ivanka Trump said Tuesday she is shutting down her namesake fashion brand. Company president Abigail Klem informed the brand's 18 employees Tuesday that it would close. Trump said in a statement that she may never re-enter the retail industry. UPI

Israel Accomplishes Rare Shoot-Down Of Syrian Fighter Jet
Israel Defense Forces shot down a Syrian fighter jet that penetrated Israeli airspace Tuesday, for just the third time in the last 33 years. The IDF said the Russian-made Sukhoi aircraft had been under surveillance as it entered about a mile into Israeli airspace, setting off sirens in communities near the Syrian border. UPI

Senate Democrats Press For Documents On Supreme Court Pick
The top U.S. Senate Democrat charged on Tuesday that Republicans were dragging their feet in obtaining the documents needed to properly vet President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, but Republicans countered that the demand was designed to delay a Senate vote. Reuters

Clapper: Obama Ordered The Intelligence Assessment That Resulted In Mueller Investigation
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper revealed in an interview last week that if not for President Obama asking for an intelligence community assessment that "set off a whole sequence of events" we would not have the Mueller investigation. Clapper, a CNN contributor, said the effects of that intel assessment "are still unfolding today." Real Clear Politics
VOA VIEW: If true, Obama has much to explain.

Sean Spicer's Book Is A Bumbling Effort At Gaslighting Americans
During his brief, comic stint as White House press secretary, Sean Spicer had a special, up-close view of President Trump. In his memoir, "The Briefing," he portrays a president who may seem foreign to many Americans. In Spicer's telling, Trump has a "deep vein of compassion and sympathy." He is a "man of Christian instincts and feeling." LA Times

Iran Warns Of "Countermeasures" In Volley Of Threats
Iran hit back on Tuesday morning after an angry warning from President Trump. Mr. Trump said in a Sunday tweet that Iranian President Hasan Rouhani would "SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE," if he threatens the United States. As CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports, on Tuesday a spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said there would be "equal countermeasures" if the U.S. pushes ahead with attempts to block Iranian oil exports. CBS

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