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Bannon Says Trump Should Fire Rosenstein If He Doesn't Provide Documents In 72 Hours
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is “clearly obstructing justice” and should be fired if he does not produce documents sought by Congress, President Trump’s former chief strategist Stephen Bannon has told The Hill. Trump should order Rosenstein to turn over all documents sought from the Department of Justice within 72 hours, Bannon said. Hill
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

Mike Huckabee Lashes Out At CNN Reporter
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) on Friday lashed out at CNN reporter Jim Acosta after he had a tense exchange with Huckabee's daughter, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the day before. Huckabee targeted Acosta, who has been at the center of a firestorm over President Trump and the press, in a series of tweets after he and Sanders engaged in a heated back-and-forth over the president’s repeated attacks on the press during Thursday's White House press briefing. Hill
VOA VIEW: Sanders should not recognize Acosta anymore.

Hickenlooper Has Set His Sights On 2020, Could He Be President?
John Hickenlooper says he’s considering a presidential run for 2020. Given his statements of interest and trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, it appears he’s mostly decided. Although the Democratic race is wide open, Hickenlooper is not in the first tier. In fact, he’s not even on some lists of 15 or 20 top candidates. He doesn’t have a national profile beyond being the governor of a small western state that’s most famous for legalized marijuana. Nor does he represent one of the power interest groups in the party or have great personal wealth. Denver Post
VOA VIEW: Dumb!

Manafort's Latest Brazen Defense
Well that’s a new one. Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have apparently argued that he must be innocent of tax fraud because hey, he wasn’t ever audited by the Internal Revenue Service. Via CNN: In his opening statement Tuesday, defense lawyer Tom Zehnle told the jury they should expect to hear how Manafort never faced a federal inquiry about his taxes, making it suspicious that prosecutors brought this case. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: IRS should be the first line of attack.

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Why I Resigned From Departement Of Homeland Security
As a member of the Advisory Council to the Department of Homeland Security appointed during the Obama presidency, I squirmed at now President Donald Trump’s hostility to immigrants and refugees. His policies of refusing to find a path to citizenship for the Dreamers and mass deportations that ripped longtime productive residents of this country from their families and communities were inhumane and hurt U.S. citizen children and spouses. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Left is left.

5 Ways Trump Contradicted His Top Aides On Russia This Week
President Donald Trump and his top advisers sent mixed messages this week about Russia and its continuing threat to U.S. elections and American democracy. While key members of the Trump administration reaffirmed Russia's interference in the 2016 election and warned of ongoing meddling this year, Trump often appeared to be undermining their public statements. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The liberal media will spin anything they can against Trump.

Can Obama Help A Young Latino Arab-American Win US House Seat?
Campa-Najjar, 29, is one of nearly 100 Democrats across the country who were endorsed Wednesday  by Barack and Michelle Obama; the former first couple released the list of candidates and pledged to lend them their support ahead of the midterm election this November. Campa-Najjar cut his political teeth working in the Obama administration as an official at the Labor Department. He said his experience with the former president inspired him to run for office. NBC

China Says Tariff Threat Against US 'Justified'
China's foreign minister said Saturday that his country's threat to impose retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of American goods in an escalating trade spat was "fully justified". Beijing threatened Friday to bring in the levies on products ranging from beef to condoms, after US President Donald Trump's administration upped the ante in its plans for additional tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: China will lose any trade war.

Florida School Failed Parkland Shooter
The Broward school district mishandled the case of student Nikolas Cruz when he asked for special help, long before he killed 17 staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to a long-awaited report released Friday. Los Angeles Times

Federal Judge Orders Trump Adminstration To Restore DACA
A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Trump administration must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that allows some children brought to the country illegally by their parents to avoid deportation. President Donald Trump ordered the program rolled back in September 2017, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying, "We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It's just that simple." Yahoo
VOA VIEW: The judge is an idiot.

'The Most Bizaree Thing I've Ever Been A Part Of'
Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of the 11 members of the commission formed by President Donald Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud, issued a scathing rebuke of the disbanded panel on Friday, accusing Vice Chair Kris Kobach and the White House of making false statements and saying that he had concluded that the panel had been set up to try to validate the president's baseless claims about fraudulent votes in the 2016 election. Chicago Tribune
VOA VIEW: Dunlop is an idiot.
 

Cory Booker Says He's Cried He's Cried 'Tears Of Rage' Over Trump Rhetoric
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., made the remark at the Netroots Nation Conference in New Orleans, where other liberal speakers were to include U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. The annual convention drew thousands of liberal activists and offered a chance for Democrats considering presidential runs to win over supporters, the Washington Times reported. Fox
VOA VIEW: Booker is a loser.

NYT Columnist Bret Stephens Warns Of Attacks On Media
Conservative New York Times columnist Bret Stephens warned Friday against President Trump's hostility towards the news media, saying verbal attacks targeting the media could lead to actual violence against journalists. Stephens in his column pointed to a recent anonymous person who had called his office and left a threatening message as evidence that the president's rhetoric was having darker effects. Hill
VOA VIEW: The left is the one that is doing all the attacks, riots, resistance and ignorance.

MAGA Hats, 'Fake News' Shirts, Hot Sellers At Newseum
So, what are among the top-selling items in the museum's gift shop and through its online store? Red caps that say "Make America Great Again," and T-shirts that say "You Are Very Fake News." But the popularity of items associated with President Trump has been irritating many members of the media, Poynter.org, the website for a media think tank, reported. Fox

Warren: Criminal Justice System 'Racist'
Potential Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has a message about the U.S. criminal justice system. Speaking to a historically black college, she delivered what she called “the hard truth about our criminal justice system: It’s racist … front to back.” The Massachusetts senator identified some of the system’s failures: disproportionate arrests of African-Americans for petty drug possession; an overloaded public defender system; and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting even after their sentences are complete. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Warren is an idiot.

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Suspect In Houston Doctor's Slaying Kills Self During Confrontation With HPD
The man accused of fatally shooting a Houston cardiologist last month in the Texas Medical Center killed himself Friday morning during a confrontation with police, authorities said. Joseph James Pappas, who was charged a day earlier with the murder of Dr. Mark Hausknecht, shot himself in the head near Brays Bayou just over two weeks after the killing that shocked the city's tight-knit medical community. Houston Chronicle

US Deports Mexican Wife Of American Marine Veteran
The U.S. government deported a Mexican woman on Friday who had lived in the country illegally for nearly two decades despite efforts by lawmakers to keep her in Florida with her husband, a Marine Corps veteran, and her two American children. Alejandra Juarez, 38, was joined by her family and her congressman, Darren Soto, at Orlando International Airport for tearful farewells before her flight back to Mexico. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: The law is the law.

Will Trump's Trade War Tip Election In Central Vally?
Nervous walnut farmers watch the price of their crops drop by the day. Dairymen worry about delayed shipments as tariffs mount. Orange sellers fret about their fruit spoiling while it waits for inspections at Chinese ports. As harvest season fast approaches in the Central Valley, farmers are feeling the pinch from President Trump’s trade war — injecting a new issue into crucial congressional races up and down the region and stoking fears among Republicans that it could hurt them in November. Mercury

GOP Grumbles As Donald Trump Reshapes Midterm Campaigns
President Donald Trump's strategy of becoming aggressively involved in the midterm elections is prompting concern among some Republicans who worry he's complicating the political calculus for GOP candidates trying to outrun his popularity. Those Republicans worry their statewide candidates may rise or fall based on Trump's standing, muddling their path to maintain control of Congress. ABC
VOA VIEW; Deceptive and false liberal propaganda.

Trump Wants A Space Force, But Pentagon Has Different Idea
President Donald Trump wants a Space Force, a new military service he says is needed to ensure American dominance in space. But the idea is gaining little traction at the Pentagon, where the president's defense chief, Jim Mattis, says it would add burdensome bureaucracy and unwanted costs. The Pentagon acknowledges a need to revamp its much-criticized approach to defending U.S. economic and security interests in space, and it is moving in that direction. US News

Rainbow Wave? 2018 Has More LGBT Candidates Than Ever
Sharice Davids, a leading Democrat in a key congressional primary election on Tuesday, finished a White House fellowship in the early months of the Trump administration. As a lesbian and a Native American, she became convinced that hard-won progress on issues like gay rights and the environment would erode under Mr. Trump, and thought Kansans in her district might support her as a counterforce to the president. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals will lose big in November.

Dems Shift Strategy To Begin Meeting With Kavanaugh
Democrats in the Senate plan to begin meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they start returning to Washington in mid-August. A senior Democratic aide said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee tasked with holding hearings for Kavanaugh, will be among those meeting with him. This comes after weeks that they refused to meet with him. US News

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Trump's Fued With Koch Widens As GOP Chair Joins Fray
It’s official: With less than 100 days to go before the November midterms, the war within the Republican party just got a lot bigger. The Republican National Committee is diving into President Donald Trump’s battle with Charles Koch, warning GOP donors to stay away from the conservative billionaire. AZ Central
VOA VIEW: Koch would be smart to switch directions.

A Major Conservative Donor Is Meddling In A Democratic Primary In Kansas
A group largely funded by a major conservative donor is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in a swing seat Democratic congressional primary in Kansas, hoping to persuade voters to nominate a progressive candidate supported by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Totally insane.

'Flake News' Aside, Arizona Senator Makes Statement On Elections
In Washington controversies rarely wait for a fact check. This week, a trip to Africa, taken by Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, sent tongues wagging on Capitol Hill and lit up Twitter with angry gripes by conservatives and cheers from Democrats who thought Flake, a frequent critic of President Trump, was finally acting against him. Boston Herald

Bernstein: Trump Presidency Worse Than Watergate
Carl Bernstein said under Nixon you never saw an "authoritarian message" being sent like Trump did at his MAGA rally in Tampa in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN Thursday. BERNSTEIN: First, I think what we're seeing is more than anxiety on the part of Donald Trump. We are seeing a president who is behaving and acting unhinged. Nixon did not really publicly act unhinged. RCP
VOA VIEW: This dumb behavior is bad for Dems.

Melania's Policy Director Leaves White House
After just six months on the job, first lady Melania Trump’s top policy aide has left the White House, according to multiple people familiar with the matter. Reagan Hedlund, a 28-year-old former executive assistant at the National Security Council who recently helped the first lady launch the “Be Best” anti-bullying initiative, departed last week, leaving the already-skeletal East Wing staff even smaller. Politico

Governor Cuomo Steps In After Gay Couple Denied Marriage License
When Dylan Toften and his fiancé, Tom Hurd, went to the town clerk’s office in Root, New York, to apply for a marriage license, they were turned away for not having an appointment — but not before the clerk told them she would not personally grant them a license because of her religious convictions. “Town of Root clerk is a bigot!!!! Refused to do our marriage license,” Toften shared in a Facebook post earlier this week. “She said make an appointment to have her deputy do it... do your job” NBC

North Korea Alarmed By US Attitudes
North Korea’s foreign minister said on Saturday he was increasingly alarmed by U.S. attitudes toward the isolated state but said it remained firm in its determination to implement the nuclear deal it reached with Washington in June. Reuters

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Democratic Candidates Won't Say The 'I-Word' With Trump. Should They?
Democrats are happy to put President Donald Trump on political trial in November. But whether to bring up another kind of trial – the impeachment kind – on the campaign trail is causing a split between Democratic leaders who don’t want to motivate Trump’s base and fired-up liberals, including a billionaire progressive activist, who see the president as a threat to American democracy. ROC
VOA VIEW: Liberals and socialits will lose big in November.

Missing 12 Year Old Girl Last Seen Leaving Reagan National Airport Was Found Safe
JinJing Ma, the 12-year-old girl who went missing from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia, was "found safe" on Friday, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tweeted. "Thank you for sharing her poster, without your help we wouldn't be able to bring you this fantastic news," the tweet said. Fox

China Plans Tariffs On $60 Billion Of US Products
"In violation of the bilateral consensus reached after multiple rounds of negotiations, the United States has again unilaterally escalated trade frictions," the Chinese State Council Tariff Commission said in its statement on Friday. China listed 5,207 US products that it would target in an effort to "safeguard its own legitimate interests." CNN Money
VOA VIEW: China will lose any trade war.

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Sarah Sanders Presents Official White House Policy: The Media Is The Enemy Of The People
When President Trump derides the media as the enemy of the people — as he's doing more frequently — he's not just spouting off his momentary frustration. He's stating official White House policy. The White House just made that abundantly clear. Four times in two days, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was offered the opportunity by reporters to clarify whether the president really thinks journalists are the enemy of Americans, or that it's wrong for people to harass journalists doing their job. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Trump Adminstration Wants ACLU To Locate Separated Migrant Parents
The Trump administration wants advocacy groups to take the lead in helping to reunify migrant parents separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border, shifting the burden away from the federal government. In response to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing migrant families, the Justice Department argued in a federal court filing Thursday that the nonprofit group can use its "considerable resources" and its network of law firms, volunteers and nongovernmental organizations to help in the process. NBC

Trump Wants To Meet Mueller Despite Opposition From His Lawyers
President Trump has called the Russia investigation a hoax and for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end it, but he's reportedly pushing to sit down with special counsel Robert Mueller, insisting there was no collusion between Russia and his campaign. His lawyers appear to be against an interview. Julia Manchester, a reporter for The Hill, joins CBSN to explain what it all means. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

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Man Taunts Bison At Yellowstone National Park Before Huge Animal Seeks Payback
A man beating his chest and taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park has been branded reckless and dangerous after footage emerged of the terrifying incident. The man was filmed beating his own chest and taunting the huge animal which was blocking the road to traffic. Lindsey Jones, who was in the with her family, started recording the incident from the safety of her vehicle as the man started approaching the bison. Mirror UK
VOA VIEW: The man is a fool.

Trillion Dollar Apple: What Tim Cook Said
'Team, Today Apple passed a significant milestone. At our closing share price of $207.39, the stock market now values Apple at more than $1 trillion. While we have much to be proud of in this achievement, it’s not the most important measure of our success. Financial returns are simply the result of Apple’s innovation, putting our products and customers first, and always staying true to our values.' 24/7 Wall Street

This Ohio State Football Scandal Is Not Like The Last One
As a hastily convened Ohio State University panel formed to investigate him, embattled football coach Urban Meyer took to Twitter to change his story and fight to keep his job. Meyer, one of the nation’s winningest active football coaches, was placed on paid administrative leave this week as the school probes his response to allegations that his longtime assistant coach Zach Smith had exhibited a pattern of abusing his wife before he was fired last month. WSJ

Moscow Says Russian Woman Arrested In US Mistreated In Jail
Moscow claims that a Russian woman arrested in the United States on charges of acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Russia is being mistreated in jail. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Friday that Maria Butina is being kept in solitary confinement in a cold cell in Washington D.C. Zakharova claimed that prison officials are interrupting Butina's sleep, not feeding her properly and not letting her breathe fresh air. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Silly thought.

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