NEWS     SATURDAY,  JULY  28, 2018    NEWS

Trump Administration Tries To Ease Republican Worries About Trade Fights
The Trump administration on Thursday touted its truce with Europe to nervous lawmakers as evidence that its trade policies are starting to show results, but Republicans pushed the administration to accelerate efforts to find similar solutions on other trade fronts. President Trump flew to the agricultural and industrial Midwest Thursday to highlight what he said are the emerging successes from his hardball trade tactics, such as reopened steel mills protected by tariffs and European pledges to buy crops recently shut out of China, part of an accord reached on Wednesday with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. WSJ
VOA VIEW: Many Republicans are weak fools.

The Evidence Paul Manafort Doesn't Want The Jury To See
Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort has asked a federal judge in Virginia to bar evidence related to his lobbying work in Ukraine. He wants more than 50 exhibits from special counsel Robert Mueller's office to be excluded from his trial, arguing that they "are irrelevant to this tax and bank fraud trial." CBS

Schumer Calls On Bush To Release Kavanaugh White House Documents
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is ramping up Democrats' efforts to obtain documents involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by asking former President George W. Bush to release mountains of files from the judge's time in the White House. The New York Democrat wrote in a letter to Bush, released Friday and obtained by NBC News, that he understands the former president's support for Kavanaugh and acknowledges their difference of opinion on whether he's the right person to serve on the high court. NBC
VOA VIEW: Schumer is wasting time.

Trump Denies Advance Knowledge Of Trump Tower Meeting
President Trump on Friday disputed reported claims by his long-time lawyer Michael Cohen that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who had offered political dirt on Hillary Clinton. On Thursday night, CNN reported Cohen is ready to testify to special counsel Robert Mueller that he witnessed Donald Trump Jr. — who arranged the meeting — tell his father about the upcoming sit-down, and that his father approved. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Muller can't be trusted, if the CNN report is true.

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Here Are Most Popular Dem Candidates For The 2020 Election
Voters want Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders to run in the 2020 Presidential election, a new poll suggests. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Great news for Trump.

Trump Again Appears To Tout An Unreleased Report
For the second time in two months, President Donald Trump broke with standard White House practices this week and appeared to offer a glowing preview of positive economic news. Past presidents have generally refrained from mentioning any government economic reports the day before they’re publicly released. Among other reasons, the idea is to avoid triggering a hasty or ill-considered response in global financial markets. Mercury
VOA VIEW: Liberals will find many ways to spin positive news.

Trump Endorses Candidates In 3 More Races
President Trump jumped into campaigns in Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee on Friday, giving his preferred candidates an endorsement that has been pivotal in other races. In tweets posted five minutes apart and containing some identical language, Mr. Trump endorsed John James in the Republican Senate primary in Michigan and Troy Balderson in a special House election in Ohio, saying each man was “strong on crime and borders, loves our Military, our Vets and our Second Amendment.” NY Times

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NBC's Chuck Todd: Trump Almost Pulled A Muscle Trying To Pat Himself On The Back For Strong Economic Report
NBC host Chuck Todd mocked President Trump on Friday for taking credit for a strong second quarter economic report. "You could tell there was sort of an urgency in the president’s voice that bordered on — of almost pulling a muscle trying to pat yourself on the back," Todd told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. Hill
VOA VIEW: Todd lies in the face of truth.

Former New York Assembly Speaker Gets 7 Years In Prison
Sheldon Silver, a former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before criminal charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison by a judge who said political corruption in the state must end. Houston Chronicle

Churches May Have To Pay Taxes, And Members Of Congress May Have To Pay Politically
Members of Congress should be able to work together to protect houses of worship from having to pay taxes, especially in an election year when both parties want to earn the faith community’s vote. In an era of pervasive partisan politics, however, not even that is a guarantee. Some Republicans do want to tweak a portion of their 2017 tax bill that will now force nonprofits, including churches, to pay a 21 percent tax on the value of certain employee benefits. But most others downplay the problem or deny it needs to be addressed. Miami Herald

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Trump, RNC To Send Cash To Republican Candidates Nationwide
President's Trump re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) will be donating funds to 101 different candidates and incumbents in the 2018 midterm elections, according to a list provided to CBS News. The RNC and Trump campaign announced Thursday that they would be contributing funds to candidates in an effort to preserve the GOP's congressional majorities. CBS

A Booming Economy Hasn't Given House GOP Candidates An Election Edge
The economy is robust, consumers are spending and Republicans are still increasingly at risk of losing their grip on Congress. The headline numbers should be good news for the party in power: a report Friday showed U.S. economic growth accelerated in the second quarter by 4.1 percent, the fastest since 2014, unemployment is at 4 percent and the S&P 500 Index, up about 5.9 percent this year, is less than one month away from overtaking the longest bull run ever. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Liberal deceptive propaganda.

EPA Reverses Course, Says It Will Enforce Stricter Pollution Limits For 'Glider' Trucks
The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course late Thursday and announced it would enforce stricter pollution controls on freight trucks known as gliders, which emit dozens of times more soot and contaminants compared with those that have new diesel engines. LA Times

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Mariners Demand $180 Million In Public Funds Or They Won't Sign Long Term Lease
The Seattle Mariners have issued an ultimatum: Give them $180 million in taxpayer money for their 19-year-old stadium, or they won’t sign a long-term lease. The team’s lease expires at the end of this year, and while the Mariners aren’t immediately going anywhere, they’re threatening to reserve the possibility if public money isn’t handed over to them. Deadspin
VOA VIEW: Don't meet the demands.

As New York Looks Into Whether The Trump Foundation Broke The Law, Criminal Charges Remain Unlikely
The state tax probe is just the latest example of the legal trouble the president’s foundation faces. In addition, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood is suing the foundation for allegedly violating state laws governing charities. And she has alerted the IRS and the Federal Election Commission about the foundation’s possible federal tax and campaign law violations. Salon
VOA VIEW: Liberal foolishness.

Twitter Shares Fall, Ending Hard Week For Social Media Stocks
Social media companies have not had a good week in the stock market. Twitter's shares fell 20 percent on Friday, after the company announced that it had lost users. The number of monthly Twitter users dropped from 336 million to 335 million, according to the company's latest financial release. NPR

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Why The Political World May Be Underestimating Dems In 2018
You always want to learn from past mistakes. But there’s also a danger of over-learning. And that could very well be the case as we observe the political environment heading into November’s midterm elections: Yes, there’s a chance that Republicans hold on to the House and make key gains in the U.S. Senate. But right now, they’re the underdogs. NBC
VOA VIEW: The liberal media was wrong and lies in 2016.

Federal Housing Chief Investigated For Sexual Harassment
Mel Watt, the powerful regulator of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is under investigation for alleged sexual harassment of an employee. A Federal Housing Finance Agency staffer accused the FHFA director of repeatedly making inappropriate sexual advances when she tried to discuss career and salary concerns. Politico

Lawmakers Slow To Move On Facial Recognition Despite Industry Calls for Regulation
The potential pitfalls of facial recognition technology are becoming clearer by the day. The American Civil Liberties Union came out with a report yesterday claiming Amazon’s facial recognition tool misidentified more than two dozen lawmakers during a test conducted by the organization. Washington Post

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New York City Considers Limiting The Number Of Uber, Lyft Drivers
The New York City Council is considering measures aimed at curbing the growth of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft as they examine what impact the companies might have on issues including congestion. The council is considering five different bills, including one where the city would temporarily halt issuing new licenses allowing for-hire drivers to operate as a year-long study on how services like Uber and Lyft are affecting the area is conducted. The lone exception would be wheelchair-accessible vehicles. USA Today

Obama Administration Approved $200G Grant To Group With AI Qaeda Ties
The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group in Sudan with ties to Al Qaeda even though it had been designated a terrorist-financing organization by the U.S. years earlier, a conservative think tank revealed this week. Further, an agency official acknowledged the prior administration allowed taxpayer money to flow to the group even after its designation was discovered. Fox
VOA VIEW: Obama misfit administration.

Killing Amazon: How The World's Most Unstoppable Company Can Fall
Amazon reported its quarterly earnings on July 26, and as expected, it had another stellar quarter, reporting revenue of $52.9 billion and more than $2 billion in quarterly profits. Its shares increased 4% on the news. Amazon.com AMZN +0.69% is gaining a reputation for being unstoppable. In discussions I've had with executives in the U.S. and globally, Amazon's name is mentioned more than any other company's. Executives are truly fearful of what Amazon is doing today, and what it can accomplish in the coming years. Forbes
VOA VIEW: Amazon, Facebood, Twitter and others should fall.

Facebook Suspends Personal Profile Of InfoWars Founder Alex Jones
"We received reports related to four different videos on the Pages that Infowars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook," the spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN. "We reviewed the content against our Community Standards and determined that it violates. All four videos have been removed from Facebook." CNN

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