NEWS     FRIDAY,  JULY  27, 2018    NEWS

Morning Joe Revolts Against Reading Anymore 'Stupid' Trump Tweets
The “Morning Joe” host understands those social media statements from the president are newsworthy, but he said Trump is repeating the same dishonest statements over and over. “It’s my job to read his stupid tweets, even when they’re lies, and I’ve gotten to the point — why bother, I’ll just read what the news says about the stupid tweets because I’m not going to waste my time,” Scarborough said. Salon
VOA VIEW: Trump has made Joe feel stupid and ignorant.

Deadline Approaching-Migrant Children Still Waiting
Federal officials said they'll reunite some 1,600 migrant children with their families by Thursday's court-ordered deadline, but hundreds more won't be because either their parents failed background checks or they've been deported. Immigration officials told Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California that 914 families won't be reunited by the deadline because a background check indicates their child may not be safe in their custody, or because the adult failed a parental verification test. UPI
VOA VIEW: Fools broke the law by coming into the US illegally.

Meadows Backs Off Impeaching Rosenstein
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says he is tabling his efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after having several meetings with Republican leadership, stating that he would instead pursue contempt if the Justice Department (DOJ) does not turn over documents Congress is seeking. Hill
VOA VIEW: Foolish backtracking.

Russian Lawyer In Trump Tower Meeting Tied To Top Kremlin
Donald Trump's eldest son, son-in-law and then-campaign chairman met with a Russian lawyer shortly after Trump won the Republican nomination, in what appears to be the earliest known private meeting between key aides to the president and a Russian. LA Times

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Trump To Steelworkers: If You Don't Have Steel, You Don't Have A Country
President Trump touted his trade policies in Iowa and Illinois on Thursday, a day after announcing he and the president of the European Union Jean-Claude Juncker announced they are working towards "zero" tariffs. Mr. Trump saved his most energetic remarks for a recently reopened U.S. Steel facility in Granite City, Illinois. CBS

Department Of Energy Violates Federal Law With Anti Obamacare Tweet
The U.S. Government Accountability Office says the Department of Energy stepped outside its congressionally mandated duties and violated federal law when an official DOE Twitter account tweeted shared Sec. Rick Perry's column on Cleveland.com calling for the repeal of Obamacare. ABC

Ryan Doesn't Back Effort To Impeach Rosenstein
The Latest on conservative Republicans effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not support an effort by Republican House conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. At a news conference Thursday, Ryan says he doesn't think lawmakers should be "cavalier" with the impeachment process. US News
VOA VIEW: Republicans are weak cowarnds.

Rep. Jim Jordan Says He's Running For House Speaker
House Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan - a conservative firebrand from Champaign County - announced Thursday that he'll run for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Should the American people entrust us with the majority again in the 116th Congress, I plan to run for Speaker of the House to bring real change to the House of Representatives," said a statement Jordan released through a spokesman. "President Trump has taken bold action on behalf of the American people," his statement continued. " Cleveland.com
VOA VIEW: A great change for Republicans and the country.

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Undocumented Identity Thieves Scammed Puerto Ricans To Get Gov't Benefits
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday announced charges against 28 people, most of them undocumented immigrants, for stealing the identities of U.S. citizens to illegally receive government benefits. Sessions said 22 of the individuals were undocumented Dominican Republic nationals who stole the identities primarily of Puerto Ricans and used stolen Social Security numbers and other documents to get government benefits, such as Medicaid and federally subsidized housing in Massachusetts. NBC

Trump Hits Media: They're Dying To See Us Make A Little Bit Of A Mistake
President Trump on Thursday mocked the news media for scrutinizing his stance toward Russia, claiming reporters are "dying to see us make a little bit of a mistake." "They analyze every word. They say, 'Did he say that?' Could it have been? Did he say something positive about Russia? I think he loves Russia,'" the president said, imitating a member of the media. Hill
VOA VIEW: The liberal media hae gone made because Trump is doing so well.

Arts And Science Medal Ceremonies Absent Under Trump
In February 2017, weeks into the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities was reviewing a list of nominees for the National Humanities Medals, one of the top honors for creative and scholarly achievement. The plan, as in previous years, was to submit names to the White House and await final approval. ABC

Papa John's Founder Sues Pizza Chain
John Schnatter, the founder and ousted former chairman of Papa John's International Inc , on Thursday sued the pizzeria chain, complaining that the company had not provided adequate response to an earlier request for internal documents. The complaint, Schnatter v. Papa Johns International Inc filed in Delaware Chancery Court, comes after a request by Schnatter and his attorneys access to company documents to inspect accusations of inappropriate behavior. Yahoo Finance
VOA VIEW: Fighting back is good.

Feds Say 711 Immigrant Children Can't Be Reunited With Parents
The Trump administration struggled to meet a court-imposed deadline Thursday for reuniting immigrant children and their parents. Nearly 2,600 children ages 5 years and older were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The government announced Thursday evening that 1,820 of those children have been reunited with their parents, while 711 children remain in custody because their parents or relatives are ineligible for reunification. CBS

Trump Warns Turkey Of Sanctions Over Detention Of Pastor Andrew Brunson
President Donald Trump threatened Turkey with sanctions unless it releases detained U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held for nearly two years in a case that has strained relations between the two countries. Mr. Trump’s threat, issued in a Twitter message Thursday morning, came a day after Turkish authorities transferred the evangelical pastor from prison to house arrest. The message also provoked a strenuous reaction from Ankara, which called the U.S. threat “unacceptable.” WSJ
VOA VIEW: Don't push the US with this president.

WH Defends Decision To Bar CNN Reporter
The White House is defending its decision to bar a CNN reporter from attending an open press event. White House spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that Kaitlan Collins was barred not because of the questions she asked but because of her refusal to leave the Oval Office during an earlier pool spray. Gidley says, "It had nothing to do with the content of the question." ABC
VOA VIEW: Collins needed ousting.

Dem Sen. Claire McCaskill Targeted In Password Stealing Scheme By Russian Hackers
At a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened "severe consequences" if Russian hackers attempt to influence the midterms in November. And earlier this month, the Department of Justice's Cyber-Digital Task Force announced new plans to combat cyberwarfare (including election meddling), and to notify the public about suspected interference. Fox

15 Things You Might Not Have Known About Jackie Kennedy Onassis
To this day, Jackie Kennedy Onassis is still one of the most fascinating first ladies. While she is widely known for her romance with John F. Kennedy and her impeccable style, there is so much more to the former FLOTUS than meets the eye. Did you know that she was a successful reporter and photographer and covered Queen Elizabeth II's coronation? Or that she was engaged to someone else before meeting JFK? See even more fascinating facts about the US icon ahead. Pop Sugar

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House Backs Defense Bill With Military Pay Raise, Parade
The House on Thursday approved a $716 billion defense policy bill that would give the military a 2.6 percent pay hike, the largest in nine years. The compromise bill weakens a bid to clamp down on the Chinese telecom giant ZTE and allows the president to waive sanctions against countries that have bought Russian weapons but now want to buy U.S. military equipment. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought the waiver, saying it would help countries such as India that are seeking to "pull away from the Russian orbit." US News
VOA VIEW: Good

WH Quietly Corrects Putin Transcript
Nine days after The Atlantic first reported that part of a key exchange between a reporter and Vladimir Putin was missing from the official White House transcript of the Russian leader’s press conference with Donald Trump, the White House has corrected the error. It made the fix after facing repeated questions from reporters about the discrepancy over the past week and, most recently, allegations that the Trump administration had intentionally altered the text. The White House now denies this, blaming the problem on a technical glitch. Atlantic

Dems Sue Missouri Attorney General's Office For Access To Josh Hawley's Records
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee filed suit Thursday to force the Missouri attorney general’s office to release records about Josh Hawley. The DSCC had filed Missouri Sunshine Law requests for information about Hawley’s homes in Jefferson City and Columbia and for internal communication relating to a public corruption team and to Democrats’ public records requests. Kansas City Star

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US Senate Quietly Votes To Cut Tariffs On Hundreds Of Chinese Goods
As trade tensions escalate between Washington and Beijing, the U.S. Senate quietly passed legislation on Thursday that would lower trade barriers on hundreds of items made in China. With no debate, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that would cut or eliminate tariffs on toasters, chemicals and roughly 1,660 other items made outside the United States. Nearly half of those items are produced in China, according to a Reuters analysis of government records. US News

Senator McCaskill Calls Russian Hacking Attempt 'Outrageous'
Sen. Claire McCaskill says Russian hackers tried unsuccessfully to infiltrate her Senate computer network, and says she "will not be intimidated." The Missouri Democrat released the statement after The Daily Beast website reported that Russia's GRU intelligence agency tried to hack the senator's computers in August 2017. The Daily Beast report Thursday, based on the website's forensic analysis, says the attempts were unsuccessful. Tampa Bay Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal garbage.

Cohen Sent Up Flares But Trump Never Came To Help
About a month before Michael Cohen released his recording of a sensitive conversation he had with Donald Trump, the President's longtime attorney and adviser was agonizing over the silent treatment he was getting from his former boss. CNN

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Howard Dean: No Courage From Republicans To Tell Trump He Needs To Step Down
Former Governor Howard Dean (D-VT) tells MSNBC's Ari Melber that Trump has "unmasked" the "failure of the country and especially the Republican Party to stand up for America." HOWARD DEAN: I think this is the tragedy for our country. What Trump has unmasked is not his own lunacy or authoritarianism. Certainly, he's had that for a long time. What's been unmasked here is a failure of the country, especially the Republican party to stand up for America. Real Clear Politics
VOA VIEW: Liberal stupidity.

Global Stocks Fail To Hold Four Month Peak As Facebook Plunges
World stock markets failed to hold onto four-month highs on Thursday as a record sell-off in Facebook shares offset optimism that the European Union and the United States would settle their differences on trade. Facebook Inc, the fifth-largest global stock by market capitalization, collapsed 18.96 percent, the biggest one-day wipeout in U.S. stock market history, after the social media company’s earnings report showed slowing usage in the biggest advertising markets. Reuters

Trump Accuses Twitter Of Targeting Republicans
President Donald Trump accused Twitter Inc  on Thursday of restricting the visibility of prominent U.S. Republicans, without providing evidence, and the avid user of the social media platform promised to investigate. Trump accused the company of targeting fellow Republicans with a practice dubbed "shadow banning," limiting the visibility of a Twitter user including in the platform's auto-populated dropdown search box. Twitter denied "shadow banning" anyone. US News

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Trump Mounts Vigorous Defense Of His Trade Policy
President Donald Trump defended his tariff-heavy trade policy on Thursday, saying it creates deals and brings back jobs — despite criticism from lawmakers in his own party who have asked him to back off. During a speech at Hot Strip Mill in Granite City, Illinois, the president touted the steel and aluminum tariffs he recently imposed on other nations, citing them as the reason why the mill, which had closed in December, was reopened. Politico

Senators Say Social Security Agency Demonstrating 'Hostility'
Maryland’s U.S. senators say the Social Security Administration is demonstrating “hostility towards its workforce” in the way it is implementing recent executive orders signed by President Donald J. Trump. Trump signed the orders in May with the stated goals of promoting accountability, rooting out poor performers and negotiating union contracts more advantageous to taxpayers and the federal government. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Good changes coming.

GOP Governor Hopeful Defends Calling Ocasio-Cortez As 'This Girl'
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) defended himself on Wednesday for calling first-time House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "this girl," saying that the self-declared Democratic socialist has previously referred to herself as a girl. "I would note, she referred to herself as 'a girl from the Bronx' on Stephen Colbert's show," DeSantis said during an interview with Fox News, referencing Ocasio-Cortez's appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Hill
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a Dems move that will be short-lived.

Was Pam Bondi The 'Pam' On Secret Donald Trump Tape?
President Donald Trump’s controversial contribution to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s political committee five years ago has started to creep back into Sunshine State politics after the Tuesday release of a secret recording in an unrelated scandal. In the September 2016 recording — made surreptitiously by President Trump’s former lawyer of a conversation that may have concerned a secret payment to hush up an affair with a former Playboy model — Trump is initially heard talking on the phone about an unrelated matter to someone whose name sounds like “Pam.” Politico

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