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Lucy McBath, Lost Son To Gun Violence Wins Democratic Nomination In Georgia
"I am at a loss for words. Thank you to my supporters, friends & family. And I want to thank my dear Jordan, my rock & inspiration," McBath tweeted after the race was called. Her son, Jordan, was 17 when he was killed. A former flight attendant and spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety, McBath decided to run for Congress in March, after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Over the course of her campaign, she received influential endorsements of several prominent Democrats, including Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberal promotion.

Trump Criticizes FCC For Moving To Block Sinclair-Tribune Merger
President Trump came to the defense of Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed merger with Tribune Media, days after the Federal Communications Commission raised "serious concerns" about the deal and began legal proceedings to challenge it on grounds the companies had misled regulators. Chicago Tribune

Georgia's GOP's Choice For Governor Sets Up Historic Contest
With the Georgia governor's race now set, the contest between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams becomes a question of which candidate can move beyond their partisan bases to capture the electoral middle in this emerging battleground state. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Kemp will win despite the liberal press.

Immigrant Held After Army Base Pizza Delivery Released
An Ecuadorean immigrant who was held for deportation after delivering pizza to a Brooklyn Army installation walked out of an immigration detention center house hours after a judge ordered his immediate release. Pablo Villavicencio exited the detention center shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. He was greeted with hugs from his jubilant wife and two young daughters. He thanked supporters and the media before being whisked away in an SUV. Yahoo

WH Bans CNN Reporter From Rose Garden, After She Peppers Trump With Tough Russia Questions
The White House banned a CNN reporter from attending a press event with President Donald Trump on Wednesday after she asked him questions about his former lawyer Michael Cohen and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The cable networks's White House reporter Kaitlan Collins had served as the "pool reporter" during an Oval Office photo op with President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, meaning she was asking questions on behalf of several news organizations. NBC
VOA VIEW: Good move against fake news.

Dems Have Backed Off On Calls To Abolish ICE
Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin said on Wednesday that Democrats have backed off their calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because a majority of voters are against the move. "Two to one, Americans do not want to abolish ICE. That's why the Democrats have backed off on that," McLaughlin told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." Hill
VOA VIEW: Good!

Illinois Congressional Delegation Requests Election Security
llinois’ entire U.S. House delegation is asking federal officials for a briefing about election security, given that the state was a “major target” of Russian hackers in the 2016 election. The briefing request comes via a letter led by Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. And it comes less than two weeks after a hack of the Illinois State Board of Elections likely was referenced in special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers. Chicago Tribune

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Georgia Lawmaker Resigns After Dropping His Pants
Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer resigned Tuesday night after he was lured into exposing both his racism and his buttocks on Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series, "Who Is America." In a terse letter to Georgia State House Speaker David Ralston, who called on him to resign following Sunday's airing of the second episode of Cohen's show, the representative stated, "This email/letter is to serve as an official resignation notice to your office that I will be resigning my post effective July 31, 2018." NBC

Some GOP Lawmakers Critical Of Relief Program For Farmers
President Donald Trump and European Union leaders announced Wednesday they have agreed to work toward "zero tariffs" and "zero subsidies" on non-automobile goods and would work to resolve U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that have roiled European markets. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Good for Trump and the US.

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.” NY Times

'I'm Not Going To Be A Punching Bag Anymore': Cohen
For the past decade, Michael Cohen worked as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer. He was an eager supplicant, executing the wishes of his celebrity boss and forever seeking his attaboy affection. He said he would take a bullet for Trump, and, even after the president passed him over for a White House job, Cohen still professed his eternal loyalty. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: How much did he make.?

House Republicans File Impeachment Resolution Against Deputy AG
Conservative Republican House members introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday evening against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accusing him of trying to stymie congressional oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. NBC
VOA VIEW:  Republicans have to follow through.

Iranian Special Forces Chief Tells Trump To Threaten Him, Not Rouhani
A senior Iranian military commander said on Thursday Donald Trump should address any threats against Tehran directly to him and he mocked the U.S. president as displaying the ethics of "night clubs and gambling halls", the Iranian Young Journalists' Club reported. The comments by Major-General Qassem Soleimani, who heads the Quds Force of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps, were the latest salvo in a war of words between the two countries which has reached a new level of bellicosity. US News
VOA VIEW: Iran will lose their war on words or any other tactic.

Man Detonates Bomb Outside US Embassy In Beijing
A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson. Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy shortly after the incident. Apart from a heightened security presence, the scene outside appeared to be normal by early afternoon. AP

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Clintons And Their Pal Harvey Weinstein: America Averted A Disaster
A year and a half after the fact, we are seeing photographs of Hillary and Bill Clinton at a cozy dinner just weeks after her failed presidential campaign, with accused serial rapist Harvey Weinstein. Having powerful friends like the Clintons is a reminder of not only how someone as disgusting as Mr. Weinstein remained in power, but why people were afraid to act against him. Washington Times

Facebook Shares Plunge More Than 20 Percent
Through scandal and turmoil, Facebook had taken on an air of invincibility, with its user base continuing to grow and ad dollars fueling its steadily rising stock price. That all came crashing down on Wednesday. Shares in Facebook plunged more than 20 percent in after-hours trading after the social network warned that it would be less profitable in the years ahead due to shifts in its ad business. NBC
VOA VIEW: The public must stand tall against Facebook - don't use them.

Mozilla Engineer Says Google Slowed YouTube Down On Non-Chrome Browsers
A Mozilla engineer says Google's redesign has made YouTube slower on Firefox and Edge. Chris Peterson, the software community's technical program manager, tweeted on Tuesday that the video sharing site loads at a fifth of the speed on non-Chrome browsers due to its architecture, as first reported by Sofpedia. CNET
VOA VIEW: Google must be sanction ASAP.

DHS' Nielsen: Anyone That Crosses Border Illegally Should Face Consequences
FOX News' Bret Baier interviewed Secretary of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday's edition of Special Report. BRET BAIER, FOX NETWORK HOST: Let’s talk more about immigration and other subjects with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Madam Secretary, thanks for being here. Real Clear Politics

Meghan McCain And Behar Argue Over The 'Normalization' Of Dem Socialism
Meghan McCain and Joy Behar clashed over the rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and 'normalization' of democratic socialism on Tuesday's edition of ABC's The View. McCain said she hopes Democrats run on the democratic socialism platform because they will "lose spectacularly." Real Clear Politics
VOA VIEW: Megham is right for a change.

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Why Trump's Security Clearance Threat Makes No Sense
On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of six high-ranking former national security officials who’ve been critical of his administration, including former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. formation to the media. Politico

Trump Says Trade Negotiations 'Going Really Well' As Europe Readies To Hit US With Tariffs On $20B In Goods
The European Union is readying retaliatory tariffs on about $20 billion worth of US goods should talks between the two parties this week fail. Speaking with the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter  , the EU's trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, said the EU wanted to reach a settlement with the US but warned it would not shy away from hitting back at the punitive tariffs placed on certain exports by the Trump administration. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Shallow threats.

Trump-State Senate Democrats Hold Major Midterm Cash Advantage
Democratic incumbents facing this year’s toughest U.S. Senate re-election battles have built a major cash advantage entering the peak campaign-spending period before November’s elections. In six states won by President Donald Trump in 2016 where primaries already have been held, the Democratic nominees have more than four times as much cash in the bank as their Republican opponents -- $45 million altogether at the beginning of July. Bloomberg

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Judge Faults Government Tracking Of Separated Families
A federal judge on Tuesday criticized the Trump administration's accounting of hundreds of parents who may have been deported after being separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it "a deeply troubling reality." Houston Chronicle

Jimmy Carter: The US Has 'Abandoned' Its Role As A Champion Of Human Rights
Former President Jimmy Carter said America is no longer a champion of basic human rights, at home or abroad. “The United States has already lost its place as a leader of protecting people and their human rights,” Carter told the Human Rights Defenders Forum at The Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. As a superpower, the U.S. “should be the champion of human rights in the world,” Carter said, but he feared it had “already lost its long-time commitment” to the cause. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Carter is an idiot.

Kemp Credits White House For Helping Fuel Win
Brian Kemp has credited the White House's endorsement for helping to seal his victory in the GOP runoff for Georgia governor. The secretary of state thanked supporters at a party in his hometown of Athens, Georgia, Tuesday night. He said he had won a "clear, convincing victory" over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and credited the White House's backing for sealing his win. He said Trump "poured gasoline in the fire" that fueled his victory. US News

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Pompeo Faces Skeptical Lawmakers After Trump Summits Raise Concerns
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was met with hostility and skepticism by some members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday in the wake of President Trump's summit last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was blunt in his opening statement, telling Pompeo that "in the summit's aftermath, we saw an American president that was submissive and deferential" toward Russia and that senators were concerned the White House was simply "making it up as they go" in regards to U.S. foreign policy. NPR
VOA VIEW: Corker is the submissive one.

Hundreds Killed In ISIL Attacks In Southwest Syria
A series of suicide bombings and attacks in southwest Syria have killed at least 215 people, with state media blaming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) for the violence. Sweida's health department on Wednesday put the number of fatalities from the blast at 215, after initially claiming that scores had been killed in the attacks. Aljazeera

Pakistan Politician Rejects Election Result
Pakistan's elections oversight body says it doesn't expect to announce final results declaring an outright winner in the country's parliamentary elections before late Thursday morning. The comments from Election Commission official Babar Yaqoob came hours after Wednesday's polls closed across Pakistan amid allegations of fraud by the former ruling Pakistan Muslim League party. ABC

Final US Defense Spending Bill Expands Pushback Against China
China hit out at a looming U.S defense spending bill that includes a plan to forge closer ties with Taiwan, saying the legislation would damage U.S.-China relations and undermine cross-strait ties. The U.S. Congress is preparing to pass the sweeping 2019 defense authorization bill, which includes provisions aimed at curtailing China’s influence in Asia, reflecting a growing consensus in Washington to push back against the increasingly assertive nation. Bloomberg

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Pompeo Spars With Senators At Testy Hearing
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to tell lawmakers Wednesday what exactly President Trump discussed in private with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week in Helsinki, adding to tension and uncertainty on Capitol Hill over the administration’s Russia policy. Hill
VOA VIEW: The left got nothing.

'We Are Fighting For Information About War': Pentagon Curbs Media Access
At a mid-July news conference at the Pentagon, AP reporter Lolita Baldor asked Gen. Mark Milley, the Army chief of staff, about an attack in Afghanistan that had led to the death of an American soldier. But before he could reply, a Defense Department press officer cut in to say that Milley and the three officials flanking him would be answering questions only about the intended topic for the news conference: the announcement of the location of a new command. Politico

Farm Groups Go On Anti Tariff Blitz After Trump Offers Trade Aid
Farm groups are going on the offensive with a multimillion-dollar advertising and advocacy campaign against President Donald Trump’s tariffs just days after the administration rolled out a $12 billion bailout for farmers harmed by a mounting trade war. The launch of the campaign also comes as Trump is due to be in Iowa on Thursday, where he is likely to reassure farmers growing increasingly anxious over trade retaliation that has targeted soybeans, pork and other major farm commodities. Politico

The Personal Privacy Vs. Public Security Dilemma
On May 23, 2013, President Obama delivered a speech at Fort McNair, a military base where Americans have worn the uniform of their country since 1791. The long war against Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere had lasted a dozen years by then -- with no end in sight. Bearing that in mind, the 45th U.S. president invoked a warning sounded by the fourth American commander-in-chief: Real Clear Politics

US Senate Liberals Seek New Puerto Rico Debt Relief
A group of U.S. Senate liberals on Wednesday introduced legislation providing debt relief to Puerto Rico as the island territory struggles to recover from a devastating 2017 hurricane that worsened conditions in an already-suffering economy. Independent Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren have joined up with three other liberal Democratic senators in seeking broad debt relief for Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. US News
VOA VIEW: The Dems will lose.

Feds To Reunite 1,600 Undocumented Immigrant Kids With Parents Before Thursday Deadline
More than 1,600 children separated from their parents at the border by the Trump administration are expected to be reunited by Thursday's court-ordered deadline, but now a battle is brewing over what should happen next to those reunified families. The ACLU says that government is preparing to quickly deport hundreds of families immediately after their reunification and late Wednesday asked a federal judge to issue a stay blocking the government from deporting families for at least seven days. USA Today

Death Toll In IS Attacks In Syria Climbs To 216
The death toll from coordinated attacks by Islamic State fighters on a usually peaceful southern city and surrounding countryside has climbed to 216, a local health official said Thursday, in the worst violence to hit the area since the country's conflict began. Mass funerals were held in the city of Sweida on Thursday, a day after the wave of attacks that began in the early hours of the mourning and lasted for hours. The city was the scene of several suicide bombings, including one at a busy vegetable market that left a scene of devastation and set in motion the coordinated assaults. Fox

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