NEWS     MONDAY,  JULY  30, 2018    NEWS

Trump Urged By NY Times Publisher To Stop His Inflammatory Rhetoric Against The Media
The meeting was off the record; the topic was fraught. And in what has become a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency, two very different versions emerged Sunday of a face-to-face discussion behind closed doors — this one held July 20 between Trump and A.G. Sulzberger, the publisher of the New York Times. LA Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal media must take the first step or lose more ratings.

Supreme Court Fight Becomes Battle For Kavanaugh's Papers
The Senate fight over documents related to President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court is boiling over. Trump pick Brett Kavanaugh, a circuit judge since 2006 who previously worked for President George W. Bush’s administration and Kenneth Starr’s independent counsel investigation into former President Clinton, has a voluminous paper trail that lawmakers estimate tops a million pages. Hill

How Twitter Vaulted 'Abolish ICE' Into Mainstream
Calls to "Abolish ICE" began as an obscure Twitter hashtag created by liberal activists. It's now a movement supported by prominent progressive leaders and candidates in races across the country and the center of a heated debate in Democratic circles. MSN
VOA VIEW: Stupidity!

Rep. John Lewis Released From Hospital With 'Clean Bill Of Health'
"All tests have been completed and doctors have given him a clean bill of health," Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones said in a statement. "[Lewis] thanks everyone who shared their thoughts, prayers and concerns during his stay." Earlier Sunday, Jones told The Associated Press Lewis was "resting very comfortably" and would stay in the hospital until doctors' observations were complete. Fox

President Denies Knowing About Trump Tower Meeting With Russians, Despite Cohen's Claim
President Donald Trump took to social media Friday morning to lash out at his former longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, denying that he knew in advance about a now-infamous meeting at Trump Tower two years ago, after reports surfaced that Cohen claimed he did. Multiple sources have confirmed to ABC News that Cohen claims then-presidential candidate Trump knew about the June 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower in New York City before it even happened. Both his son, Donald Trump Jr., and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, among others, attended the gathering, in which the Russian guests were expected to offer some dirt on Hillary Clinton. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Liberal hogwash.

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Trump Tweets He'd Shut Down Government If Democrats Don't Fund US-Mexico Wall
Trump wrote on Twitter that border security "includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!" The White House has been embroiled in controversy over the ongoing efforts to reunite families separated at the border who were attempting to enter the United States illegally. Fox
VOA VIEW: Shut it down.

Koch Group Condemns Divisiveness And Lack Of Leadership In Washington
Top officials with the donor network affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch this weekend sought to distance the network from the Republican Party and President Trump, citing tariff and immigration policies and “divisive” rhetoric out of Washington. At a gathering of hundreds of donors at the Broadmoor resort here, officials reiterated their plans to spend as much as $400 million on policy issues and political campaigns during the 2018 cycle. Washington Post

52 Train Wrecks John Kelly Couldn't Stop Or Started Himself
Retired Marine general John Kelly was promoted from secretary of Homeland Security to White House chief of staff with one job: to impose discipline on President Donald Trump’s chaotic West Wing. Named at the tail end of a week that included the surprise departure of press secretary Sean Spicer and a shockingly profane rant by communications director Anthony Scaramucci to The New Yorker, Kelly offered the promise of order — but in the year since he took the job, things have gotten only crazier in Trump’s world. Politico
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Sen. Ron Johnson Hopes $12 Billion Aid Package For Farmers Never Gets Implemented
Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says that the Trump administration's $12 billion bailout for American farmers hurt by tariffs would be a "mess" to implement, saying it's his responsibility to convey to constituents "the harm" caused by ongoing trade disputes. But Johnson said he's "encouraged" by the president's latest round of talks with the European Union, which he said shows Mr. Trump is "moving forward." CBS

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Nunes: President Needs To Declassify Carter Page/FISA Info Before It Is Buried By Media Narratives
House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes updates Maria Bartiromo on the investigation into the Carter Page/FISA warrant scandal and House Republicans' move to impeach deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein: BARTIROMO: Has the president read the unredacted portion? Real Clear Politics
VOA VIEW: Redaction is a must.

Trump Rails Against Mueller In Sunday Tweetstorm
President Donald Trump fired off a series of tweets on Sunday lashing out at the special counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. In the tweets, Trump largely resurfaced previous issues he has with the investigation, claiming Mueller personally has conflicts of interest -- including a "contentious business relationship" -- that should preclude him from running the investigation, accusing Mueller of bringing on too many Democratic investigators, and making a false claim about the origin of the Russia investigation. CNN
VOA VIEW: Right is right.

Trump Adviser Bolton: Putin Invitation To WH Delayed Until Mueller Witch Hunt Over
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Wednesday that any meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin would be put off until 2019 because of special counsel Robert Mueller’s "witch hunt." "The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year," Bolton said in a statement that was notable for the senior adviser's use of the term "witch hunt" when discussing diplomatic matters. NBC

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says She Has At Least 5 More Years On Supreme Court
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not have plans to step down from the nation’s highest court anytime soon. During an event in New York City on Sunday, Ginsburg said she has “at least five more years” to serve on the Supreme Court, according to CNN. The justice spoke with director Molly Smith following a performance of “The Originalist,” an Off-Broadway show about her former colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February 2016. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Bad news for the US.

Mueller Probe's First Trial To Take Manafort On Tuesday-And Likely Has Nothing To Do With Russia
The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant's pocket. What's likely to be missing: answers about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election, or really any mention of Russia at all. Business Insider

Amazon: It's Not Our Job To Worry About Fears We're Killing Retailers And Destroying Jobs
Amazon is a $178 billion disruptor in the retail sector. Its sheer scale has marked it out as a target for US President Donald Trump,  who reportedly obsesses  over the company's impact on the US Postal Office, the amount of tax it pays, and the potential harm it is causing other retailers. "Amazon is doing great damage to tax paying retailers. Towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!"  Trump tweeted in August last year. Business Insider

NY Times Publisher Warns Trump About Labeling Journalists As Enemies
President Donald Trump met with the publisher of the New York Times A.G. Sulzberger earlier this month. But the two seem to have different recollections of the July 20th meeting at the White House. Trump first revealed the meeting took place in a tweet on Sunday morning from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. MSN
VOA VIEW: Liberals will not change their arrogance and they will continue to lose.

Rep. John Lewis, Civil Right Icon, Released From Hospital Following Scare
Rep. John Lewis, a champion of the civil rights movement and congressman for 31 years, has been released from an Atlanta hospital one day after falling ill on a plane. The 78-year-old Democrat from Georgia had been admitted for "routine observation," according to spokesperson Brenda Jones. By Sunday night, the congressman had been released from the hospital. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Lewis will continue his crazy liberal rhetoric.

Bannon Slams Kocks: 'What They Have To Do Is Shut Up And Get With The Program
Former White House chief strategist Steven Bannon on Sunday slammed the Koch network for comments made by its top officials over the weekend criticizing President Trump's financial policies. "What they have to do is shut up and get with the program," Bannon said in an interview with Politico. "And here’s the program: Ground game to support Trump’s presidency and program, [and] victory on Nov. 6." Hill
VOA VIEW: Kocks are losing power and they don't like it.

With DaaS Windows Coming Say Goodbye To Your PC As You Know It
For over 30 years, we’ve thought of PCs primarily as Windows machines, which we owned and controlled. That’s about to change forever. This isn’t about Microsoft forcing us off Windows 7 to Windows 10 as fast as it can (though it has found many ways to push that agenda). This is about Microsoft abandoning the Windows platform as a conventional desktop. Computer World

Antenna Users: Rescan To Keep Getting Free TV
With more of us looking to find ways to save money on our monthly TV bills, it's no surprise that TV antennas have made a comeback. Once you get an antenna, you can tune in to local broadcasts channels, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, as well as PBS and Telemundo. It's free TV. If you use an antenna, it's important to regularly rescan for channels. That's always been a good idea, but it's more important now, with many TV stations moving to new broadcast frequencies over the next 18 to 24 months. Yahoo

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3D Printed Guns Could Soon Pose Challenge To Regulators
It’s been five years since Cody Wilson fired the first 3D-printed gun. This week, the self-described anarchist plans to release its blueprint to the world on the internet, allowing anyone with access to a 3D printer to create their own “ghost guns”—firearms that are untraceable, unregulated, and unregistered. Last week, three organizations—the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence—joined together in a last-minute effort to block the Trump administration from allowing Americans the ability to access the instructions. The coalition sent a letter to a federal judge in Texas on July 24, but their bid was dismissed on Friday. PBS
VOA VIEW: A serious problem.

Does Your Vacation Rental Have Hidden Cameras? Here's How To Find Out.
It's firmly against  Airbnb's  and other rental companies' policies, but that doesn't stop some hosts from putting hidden, undisclosed cameras in their rentals. Hosts have the right to use surveillance devices to protect their property, provided they are used in common areas and are clearly disclosed in their listing. Unfortunately, there are occasional hosts who don't play by the rules. CNET

'Medicare For All' Bill Estimated At $32.6 Trillion
Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center. That's trillion with a "T." The latest plan from the Vermont independent would require historic tax increases as government replaces what employers and consumers now pay for health care, according to the analysis being released Monday by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia. ABC
VOA VIEW: Socialist Sanders would like to make the US a broke free state.

NRA, Republicans Refute GOP Sheriff's Stand-Your-Ground Claims
A Florida sheriff claimed "stand your ground" essentially prohibited him from making an arrest in a politically charged and racially tinged shooting death, but his fellow Republicans who wrote the law, criminal-court attorneys and even the National Rifle Association are accusing him of misapplying Florida’s self-defense statutes. In explaining why he didn’t arrest the shooter, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters on July 20 that his hands were tied because the stand-your-ground law “created a standard, that is a largely subjective standard” for the use of deadly force by a shooter. Politico
VOA VIEW: Sheriff deception.

Nixon Plan Would Keep Young Felons In Family Court
Teenagers accused of murder and rape would be kept out of criminal courts and secure detention facilities under a proposal by gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. Nixon, who is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary, said legislation the governor negotiated and signed last year to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18 doesn’t go far enough. Politico
VOA VIEW: Dems are pro criminals.

For Once, Senate Set To Eclipse House In Appropriations Pace
Optimism is building that Congress may send a handful of spending bills to the White House in September — avoiding the need for the entire federal government to operate under a stopgap during the fall and lowering the odds that a lame-duck Congress will resort to a 12-bill omnibus. Roll Call

Iran Currency Extends Record Fall As US Sanctions Loom
In May, the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which international sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. Washington decided to reimpose sanctions upon its withdrawal, accusing it of posing a security threat. It has told countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil from Nov. 4 or face U.S. financial measures. Reuters

Tech Giants Meeting With Trump Adminstration To Craft Federal Policy
The goal of these meetings, which were first reported by Axios, is to come up with a data privacy proposal at the federal level that could serve as a blueprint for Congress to pass sweeping legislation in the mode of the European Union. There are currently no laws that govern how tech companies harness and monetize users' data. A total of 22 meetings with more than 80 companies have been held on this topic over the last month, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Fox

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We're All Bound And Gagged By A New Boss-Social Media Mobs
I spend a lot of time these days trying to tell myself that the “speech wars” are a manufactured problem, or at least not the most pressing issue we’re dealing with at the moment. When children and parents are being ripped from each other at the border and we have a president whose incompetence runs about even with his malevolence, stories about the silencing power of social media mobs shouldn’t rank high on the concern-o-meter. LA Times

Top Tennessee Dem Party Official Snubs Reaching Out To Trump Voters, Calls Them Idiots
Mark Brown, a top communications official for the Tennessee Democratic Party currently working as the leading spokesperson to help Democrat Phil Bredesen win the Senate race against Republican Marsha Blackburn, has made a number over-the-top comments on social media, including calling the president “f---stik” and “Putin’s b----,” the Washington Free Beacon revealed. “Exactly, f--- ‘reaching out’ to Trump voters. The idiots aren't listening,” Brown wrote in one of the tweets from 2017. In other tweets he also called Trump a “f---ing moron” and “insane f---.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big in November.

Trump Claims 'Business Relationship' With Mueller
President Donald Trump renewed claims Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has "conflicts of interest" that should bar him from probing Russian interference into the 2016 election, saying the pair had a business relationship. In a series of tweets targeting Mueller's credibility, Trump alleged he had "a very nasty & contentious business relationship" with Mueller. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Not good for Mueller.

Trump Golf Resort Wrecked Special Nature Site
The spectacular dunes system picked by Donald Trump for his golf resort in Aberdeenshire has been “partially destroyed” as a result of the course’s construction, documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed. Scottish Natural Heritage, which has been under pressure for years to speak out on the issue, now acknowledges that serious damage has been done to the site of special scientific interest (SSSI) at Foveran Links on the Menie estate, north of Aberdeen, since the course opened in 2012, the documents show. Guardian

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FBI, DOJ Stalling-Hoping GOP Loses House In Midterms
President Trump’s team is likely reviewing requests to declassify parts of the heavily-redacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application used by the  FBI to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 election. Fox Business
VOA VIEW: The FBI and DOJ has much to hide - America is unhappy.

5 Legendary Political Bromances That Shaped US History
Politicians have alliances and rivalries in their own political parties, across the aisle, and with other leaders across the world. But some take their allegiance to a different level. A select few enter the realm of bromance. From rivals to best buddies, here are five of the greatest political bromances that shaped US history. Business Insider

Huge Northern California Wildfire Kills 5
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Anthony Romero said the fire in the Redding area grew by roughly nine square miles to 139 square miles. It remained 5% contained. Firefighters endured hot temperatures and remained wary of the possibility of gusty winds, Romero said, adding: “Right now it’s going everywhere. We still have a lot of open line. Any event could bring this back up again.” Guardian

Trump Says Media Puts 'Lives Of Many' At Risk In Twitter Rant
Hours after the publisher of the New York Times said he warned President Trump that his attacks on news outlets could “lead to violence,” the chief executive went on an anti-media tear, decrying the “dying newspaper industry” and claiming that reporting on the government puts lives “not just journalists, at risk.” NY Post

Senator Says Staff Is Being Targeted By Hackers
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Sunday that her staff is being targeted by phishing emails as concerns grow that Russia will again meddle in a U.S. election. “I do know that we’ve had an experience in our office with people getting phishing emails with social media accounts,” Shaheen (D-NH) said on “Face the Nation.” “There has been one situation that we have turned over to authorities to look into.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Shaheen is making excuses.

Giuliani: 180 Tapes Seized But Trump Only Speaks On One
Giuliani claimed that a tape given to the media by Cohen last week was the only one to feature remarks by Trump. If true, that would dampen hopes among the president’s critics of finding incriminating evidence against him. “We know of something like 183 unique conversations on tape,” Giuliani said, on CBS’s Face the Nation. “One of those is with the president of the United States.” Guardian

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