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Mueller Prosecutors Rebuked Repeatedly By Trial Judge
The federal judge presiding over the fraud trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team repeatedly on Tuesday, highlighting potential vulnerabilities in the first prosecution arising out of Mueller's ongoing Russia probe. Fox
VOA VIEW: The Judge is wise to Mueller and his teams antics.

Kirsten Gillibrand Pays The Price For Speaking Out Against Al Franken
No one in Congress is more associated with the Me Too movement than Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Long before Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer became infamous creeps, Gillibrand was focusing her attention on sexual assault and harassment in the military, on college campuses and in the workplace. But the two-term senator cemented her prominence in the movement last year when she called out members of her own party. In November, she said that Bill Clinton should have resigned the presidency over his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Huff Post

Obama Endorses 81 Candidates In 13 States
Former President Barack Obama is making good on his promise to use his political cache in the 2018 midterm elections. He's endorsing 81 Democrats up and down the ballot in 13 states around the country, with an emphasis on younger, diverse candidates. In a statement, Obama says he's publicly supporting candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate but also for state legislatures. They include better-known names as well as rising figures. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Obama's edorsees will lose big in November.

Trump To Sessions: Shut Down Russia Investigation Before It Stains US
President Donald Trump called on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday to shut down the Justice Department's special investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, again calling the inquiry a "witch hunt." Trump made the remark on Twitter and said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's months-long examination "rigged." UPI

Dem Pollster: Trump Trend From 2016' Might Not Help GOP Candidates In Key Midwest States
Democratic pollster Ken O'Brien said on Tuesday that he is not convinced that President Trump will help Republican midterm candidates in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. "Last week, NBC News–Marist came out with a poll saying that Trump is totally underwater in each of these three states. Less than 31 percent of voters in each of these states believe he deserves reelection. That's significantly lower than his approval rating, and a majority are saying they want somebody else," O'Brien told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." Hill
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Trump, Pelosi Dominate Ohio Special Election
The home stretch of Tuesday’s special House election here has turned into not just a barometer of the national political environment heading into the midterms, but a referendum on the parties’ two top leaders: Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi. The president’s decision this week to inject himself into a district — split between rural voters who support him and well-educated suburbanites who are trending away from him — effectively puts him on the ballot alongside GOP hopeful Troy Balderson. And Republicans are going all out to bind Democrat Danny O’Connor to Pelosi, their favorite liberal bogeywoman. Politico
VOA VIEW: The nation is in despair if Pelosi has a major following.

Ted Cruz Lead Narrows In Texas Senate Race That Appears To Be Tightening
Incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz is maintaining a lead over the Democratic challenger for his seat, but the Texas Republican's advantage is shrinking, according to a poll released Wednesday that gauges voter sentiment heading into the November election. Cruz leads Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, 49-43 percent, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That represents a tightening of the race after a May 30 poll from Quinnipiac found Cruz leading O'Rourke 50-39 percent. USA Today

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Mueller's Office Flags Illegal Foreign Lobbying
The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan is investigating whether three prominent Washington power players engaged in illegal foreign lobbying, after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office referred the matter to federal prosecutors, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. Fox

The Koch Network Is Not A Good Enemy For Trump To Have
Pollster Emily Ekins said that Charles Koch's political network is not a good enemy for President Trump to have in the longterm. "I think Trump has kind of a 'you're with me or against me' approach, and he draws a line in the sand, and so he has put the Kochs on the other side of that line," Ekins told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." Hill
VOA VIEW: The Kochs are on the wrong side.

Senate Panel Delays Vote On Trump Consumer Watchdog Pick
A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday postponed a vote to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to lead the U.S. consumer watchdog following an effort by Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren to get more details on the nominee's role in immigration matters and other policy areas. US News
VOA VIEW: Warren is an idiot.

Illinois Lawmaker Resigns-Used Ex-Girlfriend's Nude Photos To 'Catfish' Men
An Illinois state representative resigned on Wednesday hours after a report about allegations that he posted nude photographs of his ex-girlfriend on Instagram without her consent in an effort to draw other men into “graphic” conversations. The lawmaker, Nick Sauer, a Republican who had served on the State Legislature’s task force to combat sexual discrimination and harassment, was the subject of a complaint filed by his ex-girlfriend with the state’s Office of the Legislative Inspector General, according to a report by Politico. NY Times

Trump Tweets Thanks To Kim Jong Un For Returning Remains Of US War Dead
In a pair of overnight tweets, President Trump sent his thanks early Thursday to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for returning 55 boxes presumed to contain the remains of Americans who served in the Korean War. "Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen!" Trump wrote in one tweet. "I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action. Fox
VOA VIEW: NK still cannot be trusted.

Midterms Will Answer Impeachment Question
Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday the upcoming midterm elections will be a referendum on impeaching the president. "I say this not in my role as a lawyer but as a concerned citizen and Republican," he said. "This election is going to be about impeachment or no impeachment." ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big in November.

Feinstein Was 'Mortified' By FBI Allegation That Staffer Was Spy For China
The staffer, based in the Democrat's San Francisco office, was suspected of delivering political intelligence, though nothing top secret, to officials based at the local Chinese Consulate, Politico reported. The FBI informed Feinstein, the then-chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, about five years ago about the staffer and allegations that the staffer was a spy. The source who confirmed the incident to the San Francisco Chronicle said “Dianne was mortified” upon learning about it. Fox
VOA VIEW: Dumb is more likely.

White House: DOJ Didn't Consult Trump On 3D-Printed Guns
The White House said Wednesday that the Justice Department did not consult President Donald Trump when officials dropped litigation that would have prevented the posting of instructions on how to make 3D-printed plastic guns, which are illegal to own or assemble. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Justice Department “made a deal without the president’s approval,” referring to a settlement reached by the State Department in June. State acted on the advice of Justice Department lawyers. Washington Post

A Record Number Of Democratic Challengers Are Outraising GOP Opponents
Democrats are hoping a blue wave of support will carry them to victory in this fall’s elections. In the meantime, they’ve caught a green wave of cash—the torrent of money pouring into Democratic campaign coffers helped 73 House candidates outraise Republican incumbents and opponents in races for open seats in the second quarter, a Bloomberg analysis of Federal Election Commission data shows. The more candidates the Democrats can field with the means to run competitive races, the larger the potential blue wave could be, if, as most experts anticipate, a motivated anti-Trump electorate shows up to vote in November. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to retake control of the House. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Dems have liberal free media helping them.

CNN's Acosta On Trump Tampa Rally: It Felt Like We Weren't In America
CNN's Jim Acosta addressed the backlash he received at a Trump MAGA rally in Tampa Tuesday night in an interview with HLN's S.E. Cupp. Acosta faced Trump supporters who cussed him out and flipped him off, and one daring enthusiast that gave him the double bird in a video he posted on Twitter. Real Clear Politics
VOA VIEW: Acossta looked bad and acted bad.

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WH Tries To Ignore Manafort Trial
The White House and its allies are trying to put as much distance as possible between Donald Trump and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort — even if the president doesn’t always stick to the strategy. Manafort’s federal trial in Virginia on tax and bank fraud charges is not being televised. And the case centers on intricacies of Manafort’s finances related to his consulting work in Ukraine for a Russia-aligned political party — a complex and detail-heavy tale the president’s team believes lacks the drama that fuels TV ratings. Politico

Mueller Responds To Trump Team About Interview Ground Rules
Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that Mr. Trump's legal team has received a letter from special counsel Robert Mueller regarding ground rules for a potential interview with the president. Giuliani made the remarks, which were recorded by CNN, after a political event in New Hampshire. Giuliani said the Trump legal team is still considering how it will reply. The letter, Giuliani said, arrived Tuesday. Mueller's team, Giuliani said, sent a proposal outlining interview parameters, Mr. Trump's legal team responded, and Mueller's most recent letter is a response to that. CBS
VOA VIEW: What will happen?

Urban Meyer Placed On Administrative Leave-Domestic Assault Allegations
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the university investigates allegations that Meyer knew about a 2015 domestic-abuse allegation against former receivers coach Zach Smith, and allowed Smith to remain on his staff for three years before firing him July 23. Cleveland

Trump Admin Threatens Even Higher Tariffs On China
President Trump is ratcheting up trade tensions with China, threatening to increase proposed tariffs on Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent. The higher tariffs, which would apply to some $200 billion in Chinese imports identified by the administration last month, represent an effort to get Beijing to address longstanding unfair trade practices, official say. NPR
VOA VIEW: Good - China is a vicious culprit.

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Wells Fargo Reaches $2.9 Billion Settlement Over Mortgage Backed Securities
Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to pay $2.09 billion to settle with the Justice Department over the sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the lead-up to the financial crisis. The Justice Department said Wednesday it reached a civil settlement with Wells Fargo to end the long-running probe into the matter. Wells Fargo had already set aside funds to cover the settlement, in which it didn’t admit liability. WSJ
VOA VIEW: A $2.9 billion liability.

Angered At Pastor's Detention, US Levels Santions Against Turkey
The U.S. is imposing sanctions against two high-level Turkish officials, retaliating for what the Treasury Department calls the "unfair and unjust detention" of an American pastor in Izmir. The penalties announced Wednesday, which aim to punish the chiefs of Turkey's ministries of justice and the interior, mark a significant escalation in the recent frictions between the two key NATO allies. Turkey

Pennsylvania Catholic Diocese Identifies Priests Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse
The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., on Wednesday released a list of 71 priests and other church personnel accused of child sexual abuse from the 1940s to 2014, and detailed measures aimed at protecting youth. The move comes roughly a week before the expected release of a lengthy grand-jury report detailing alleged abuse by Catholic clergy in six dioceses spanning much of Pennsylvania. WSJ
VOA VIEW: Sad!

Google Said To Consider Censored Search Engine To Re-Enter Chinese Market
Google is testing a mobile version of its search engine that would adhere to China’s strict controls over content, a person familiar with the matter said, indicating renewed interest in a market that the Alphabet Inc. unit abandoned eight years ago in protest over government censorship. WSJ

Kavanaugh Vote Could Slip To Weeks Before Congressional Election
A Senate vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court could push past the Oct. 1 start of the high court’s next term and closer to November congressional elections, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said for the first time. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Republicans would be wise to move faster.

Strzok Demanded Declassification, Other FBI Powers Before Joining Mueller Team
Anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok insisted on preserving his security clearance and powers he held as a deputy assistant director at the agency before joining Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, newly released emails show. The emails, acquired by the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, reveal that Strzok’s supervisor agreed to make him a “floating” deputy who would be able to approve national security letters and declassify documents – all while working on the Mueller team investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government. Fox
VOA VIEW: Strzok is looking more conniving.

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Mexico Plane Hit Sudden Violent Storm Before Crash
It began with a strong burst of wind and pounding hail that pummeled the Aeromexico jetliner minutes after takeoff in northern Mexico then sent it smashing belly-down onto a field near the runway. Frightened passengers scrambled to flee as flames and blinding black smoke erupted around them. Miraculously, all 103 on board survived the crash Tuesday. Yahoo

Former Ohio State Wrestling Coach Urged Jim Jordan's Accusers To Recant
Retired Ohio State wrestling coach Russ Hellickson reached out to two ex-team members and asked them to support their former assistant coach, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a day after they accused the powerful congressman of turning a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse by the team doctor, according to the wrestlers and text messages they shared with NBC News. NBC
VOA VIEW: Put up or shut up.

John Yoo: Yes, Trump Could End The Mueller Probe Right Now
The presidential tweet that sparked the furor stated: “..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!” Fox

Colbert: Trump Tweeted Some Obstruction Of Justice In Saying Sessions Should Stop Russia Probe
Stephen Colbert said President Donald Trump was colluding "with his phone to tweet out some obstruction of justice" on Wednesday after the president said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop the ongoing Russia probe. "Donald Trump is telling his attorney general to shut down the investigation of Donald Trump," Colbert said during his monologue on "The Late Show.” ABC
VOA VIEW: Colbert and those of his ilk are liars.

Abortion Rights Activists Brace For New Wave Of Restrictions
Abortion-rights advocates are intensifying efforts to make it easier for women to get abortions amid a new wave of state-level bans and restrictions expected to occur under a reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court. The efforts include boosting financial aid for women needing to travel long distances to get an abortion, and raising awareness about the option of do-it-yourself abortions. SF Gate

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Who Will Win In 2020: Trump Or Warren?
Recently, two Opinion columnists imagined the outcome of the next presidential election and the circumstances which would lead us there. First, Bret Stephens presented a scenario in which President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence easily best their opponents, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and her running mate, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, because the Democrats swing even further left and turn off their base. In response, David Leonhardt painted a picture that one reader described as “liberal erotica”: an unpopular incumbent who, without the help of a flawed rival and meddling Russians, loses “bigly” to Ms. Warren and former Attorney General Eric Holder and their campaign against a greedy, corrupt  administration. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Typical NYT garbage.

US Appeals Court: Trump 'Sanctuary Cities' Order Is Illegal
A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump's contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for "sanctuary cities" was unconstitutional. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Republicans Block $250 Million To Beef Up Election Security
Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic push Wednesday that would have provided $250 million to beef up election security. The money would have been doled out in grants through the Federal Election Assistance Commission and helped, among other things, replace outdated voting equipment and increase cybersecurity efforts. USA

Remains Of US Soldiers From North Korea Reach Hawaii
The remains presumed to be of American soldiers killed in the 1950-1953 Korean War has finally arrived on U.S. soil. It reached Hawaii on Wednesday after a repatriation ceremony at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The remains will soon be taken for analysis and identification to a laboratory at the Hawaii base. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence presided over the return of the remains in Hawaii.  President Donald Trump later took to Twitter to praise the military and Pence for the “incredibly beautiful ceremony.” He also thanked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. IBT
VOA VIEW: Typical lack of liberal coverage.

Manafort Accused Of Amassing "Secret Income"
Judge T. S. Ellis III opened the second day of Paul Manafort's fraud trial by asking the prosecution to use another word for "oligarch." Ellis read aloud the definition of the word and opined that George Soros or David Koch could be considered oligarchs in the U.S. And "principals of middle schools are oligarchs in that sense," he said. Ellis offered "financiers" as a replacement. CBS

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ACLU Sues Trump And ICE
The American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups are alleging in a lawsuit that illegal immigrants being held in a California federal prison are being denied their constitutional rights. The ACLU filed the lawsuit against the Trump administration alongside civil rights groups the Prison Law Office and Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, arguing that the immigrants are being denied basic food, health care and religious freedom. Hill
VOA VIEW: Illegals should not have an constitutional rights.

Dems To Trump: Fire Mueller And We Fire You
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) on Wednesday issued a straightforward warning to President Trump: “Fire Mueller and we fire you.” Swalwell’s apparent suggestion that Democrats would impeach Trump if he moved to shut down special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe came in response to Trump’s earlier tweet saying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop the investigation. Hill
VOA VIEW: Swalwell is an idiot.

Ted Cruz Attempts To Defund D.C.'s Health Care Individual Mandate
The Senate rejected Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempt to defund the District of Columbia’s enforcement of an individual health insurance mandate Wednesday. Cruz’s amendment to a Senate appropriations bill was his latest attack on individual mandates, which were a hallmark of the Affordable Care Act. The district’s local mandate requires D.C. residents to carry health insurance or face a fine. The Senate voted 54-44 to table the measure, effectively killing it. Five Republicans, including Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, joined Democrats and independents in voting to table. Dallas News

Senate Passes Huge Defense Bill-Sends It To Trump
The US Senate easily passed a $716.3 billion defense authorization bill Wednesday that ramps up military spending and bolsters America's posture against Russia, while avoiding policy changes that would have antagonized President Donald Trump. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed 87 to 10 in the Senate a week after clearing the House of Representatives, and now heads to the White House for Trump's signature. AFP

Senate OKs Sharing Russian Agent's Intel-Panel-Documents With DOJ
The Senate quietly signed off on allowing its Intelligence Committee to share documents with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and attorneys for alleged Russian agent Maria Butina, who testified before the panel earlier this year. Senators approved the resolution to allow "document production" related to the case on Wednesday evening as the chamber prepares to leave Washington until mid-August. Hill

Tennessee Primaries Signal GOP's Move To The Right
The race to replace Gov. Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.) turned into a familiar battle between a seasoned politician and self-described outsiders. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), chair of the House Budget Committee, entered the race exactly one year ago, and positioned herself as an ally of President Trump who would crack down on illegal immigration and introduce work requirements for government benefits. Washington Post

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