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Press Doesn't Cause Wars-Presidents Do
President Trump escalated his battle against the news media this weekend. “The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE,” he wrote. “I am providing a great service by explaining this to the American People. They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!” Atlantic
VOA VIEW: The Trump statement is valid.

Early Polls Favor Biden But Senate Officials Skeptical
Joe Biden is leading the Democratic field in some early polls asking voters about the party's prospective presidential candidates in 2020. But in his old stomping grounds in the U.S. Senate, there are plenty of skeptics who point to the former vice president's age, his support for the Iraq War and his two failed presidential bids as reasons to doubt he would be successful. Hill
VOA VIEW: Deceptive poll like all Dems.

National Security Advisor Denies US Involvement In Maduro Assassination Attempt
'FOX News Sunday' host Chris Wallace questions national security advisor John Bolton about the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Maduro, allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, North Korea, and trade relations with China. Apparently, the Venezuelans are blaming the CIA for the attempt on the socialist dictator's life, which, to be honest, is sort of standard operation for both parties. RCP

Suspect Accused Of Threatening House GOP Leaders Had Ammo, Gun receipts, Affidavit Says
A New York man accused of leaving threatening voicemail messages for two top House Republicans had 200 rounds of ammunition at his home, along with receipts for an assault rifle and handgun, according to an affidavit filed in federal court by U.S. Capitol Police. Carlos Bayon, 63, was charged last week with leaving the messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Republican Conference Chairwoman Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. The messages appeared to reference President Trump's immigration policy and included the warnings: "You are taking ours, we are taking yours." Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals are getting scary.

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Dems Surging On Eve Of Pivotal Special Election
The entire Republican Party machinery has converged on this suburban Columbus district for a furious eleventh-hour campaign aimed at saving a conservative House seat and averting another special election disaster. But in the final days ahead of Tuesday's election, signs were everywhere that Democrats are surging — from recent polling to the private and public statements of many Republicans, including the GOP candidate himself. The district has been reliably red for more than three decades, but the sheer size of the Republican cavalry made clear how worried the party is about losing it. Politico
VOA VIEW: Dems are projecting their own foolishness.

Trump Claims 'Better Numbers' Than Obama-But Nobody Knows What That Means
President Donald Trump touted his approval numbers in a Sunday afternoon tweet that also pointed to the economy and military, while claiming he had "better numbers" than former President Barack Obama "by far," though he did not specify which numbers he was addressing. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN and those who follow them are the only ones that doesn't know what the numbers mean.

Kavanaugh-Argued Presidents Should Be Shielded From All Criminal Probes-Even Questioning
Since the Watergate era of the 1970s, four presidents — Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and now Donald Trump — have faced criminal investigations into their actions led by special prosecutors. For Nixon and Clinton, those probes led to impeachment charges in Congress. But Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has argued these special investigations are a mistake and may well be unconstitutional. Though he was a key player in the investigation of Clinton, Kavanaugh has since concluded that a sitting president should be accorded temporary immunity from any criminal probe while in office. LA Times

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Obama Ethics Czar Pushes Back On Trump
Former Obama White House ethics czar Norm Eisen on Sunday pushed back on President Trump's assertion that political campaigns accept meetings to get dirt on opponents "all the time." "Sir, I was a lawyer for the Obama campaign, transition and White House," Eisen wrote in response to Trump's early Sunday tweet. "This does not happen all the time. In fact, it never happened on our watch and if it had our reaction would have been 'call the FBI,' not 'if it’s what you say it is, I love it.' " Hill
VOA VIEW: Facts now prove that Obama has the most unethical administration in history.

Former Education Secretary: US Education Not Top 10 In Anything
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says that political decisions about education "don't reflect" a desire to have better schools and teachers, saying that Americans "never vote on education." In his new book "How Schools Work" out on Tuesday, writes that the American education system "runs on lies." CBS

Rep. Adam Schiff: Plenty Of Evidence Of Russia Collusion Hiding In Plain Sight
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday there is "plenty of evidence of collusion or conspiracy in plain sight" regarding the Trump campaign and Russia. But he admitted that doesn't mean "there's proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a criminal conspiracy," saying it would be up to special counsel Robert Mueller to potentially make that case. CBS
VOA VIEW: Schiff is a lying loser.

Trump Admits Son Met With Russian Lawyer To Get Dirt On Clinton
President Trump doubled down on his stance, proffered last year, that pursuing damaging information on Hillary Clinton was the focus of a questionable 2016 meeting between his son Donald Trump Jr. and a lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. Trump Jr. is a subject in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia's investigation for his role in a meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with Trump campaign aides. NPR
VOA VIEW; Mueller is spreading problems and despair.

Pamela Anderson Describes 'Romantic Kind Of Connection' With Julian Assange
“He’s definitely an interesting person, and there’s definitely a romantic kind of connection 'cause it’s a romantic struggle,” she told Harvey Levin on “OBJECTified”, which aired Sunday night on Fox News. She added: “We have this closeness … he’s not close to people like he is to me.” Calling him imperfect and one of her favorite people, she noted: “I have a real personal relationship with him.” Fox

Dems Zero In On Kavanaugh Ties To Judge In Sexual Harassment Scandal
Senate Democrats are gearing up to press Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his decades-long relationship with former Judge Alex Kozinski, who was forced into retirement last year by a mounting sexual harassment scandal. It’s not just what, if anything, Kavanaugh saw during his time as a Kozinski clerk in the early 1990s that’s on Democratic minds. Politico
VOA VIEW: Dems may slow down, but not stop the confirmation.

These Women Could Shatter Glass Ceilings In Governors' Races
The surge of women running for office this year could lead to the biggest breakthrough in the nation’s offices for governor — one of the most durable glass ceilings in American politics. Nowhere is the challenge as great as in the Midwest, which was the last region to elect a female governor, and where a woman has not been elected governor since Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, a Democrat, left office in 2011. NY Times

A Government Press Corps
The state of New Jersey may be broke, but its political class has found another worthy cause for tapped-out taxpayers to support: a government press corps. Yes, in the name of “community” reporting, the titans of Trenton want to subsidize the press. Officially the effort is called the Civic Information Consortium, and last month the Democratic legislature passed and Governor Phil Murphy approved $5 million in funding. WSJ

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Trump Just Made 2 Problematic Admissions About Trump Tower Meeting
President Trump has yet again tweeted about his personal legal issues in a way he perhaps shouldn't have. The Washington Post reported Saturday that Trump had expressed concerns in the past week about his son Donald Trump Jr.'s legal exposure from the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. In a tweet about that report on Sunday, Trump said, “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics - and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Drone Attack On Maduro-Venezuela Braces For Fallout
Venezuela braced on Sunday for more possible arrests and potential military purges one day after the government said President Nicolás Maduro had survived an apparent assassination attempt in which drones carrying explosives targeted him in the midst of a nationally televised address. Washington Post

Freight Train Derails In Pittsburgh, Sending Cars Crashing Below
A Norfolk Southern freight train derailed in Pittsburgh on Sunday, sending train cars crashing onto light rail tracks below. Authorities said there were no reports of injuries stemming from the incident, which occurred near Station Square. The train derailed and fell onto the Port Authority tracks around 1 p.m. on Sunday, Pittsburgh Port Authority said on Twitter. They said all inbound and outbound trail services had been suspended. CBS

Pompeo: Iran Needs 'Enormous Change' To Reverse Reimposed US Sanctions
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the White House is ready to enforce sanctions against Iran that will be re-imposed starting Monday — an effort by the U.S. to "push back" against Tehran's "malign activity." The renewed sanctions follow President Trump's decision in May to withdraw the U.S. from the multi-nation nuclear accord with Tehran. NPR
VOA VIEW: Iran better smell the roses.

Apple Removes Podcasts By Infowars' Alex Jones
Apple has removed the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its podcast directory, in the most significant move yet by a major technology company against the broadcaster. Jones, who is being sued by the parents of children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting for claiming the attack was a hoax, is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast, and his platform Infowars produces another five podcasts. Guardian

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Trump: Purpose Of 2016 Meeting Was To Get Dirt On Clinton
President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to change his story about a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that is pivotal to the special counsel’s investigation, tweeting that his son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to collect information about his political opponent. “Fake News reporting, a complete fabrication, that I am concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower,” Trump wrote. “This was a meeting to get information on an opponent, totally legal and done all the time in politics — and it went nowhere. I did not know about it!” Mercury

Markos Moulitsas: Dems Better Embrace 'Socialist' Label Fast
'Daily Kos' founder Markos Moulitsas warned Chuck Todd Friday that the Democratic Party had better embrace the label of "socialism" if they want to beat Trump in 2020 and that Elizabeth Warren, in his view, "probably does the best job of bridging the gap between the establishment and the resistance" wings of the party: RCP
VOA VIEW: Dumb foolish talk.

Rally Brings All 5 Dem Candidates For Governor To Clearwater
We've known for a week that the Rev. Al Sharpton was coming to Clearwater today for a "Rally for Markeis McGlockton". But it took until Saturday for a majority of the five Democrats running for governor to announce they were coming, too. At 5:43 p.m. the campaign spokeswoman for Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene sent out an alert that the candidate would be joining Sharpton to protest "stand your ground" laws in the wake of Markeis McGlockton's death. TB Times

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Trump Says It's Complete Fabrication That He Is Concerned His Son Is In Legal Trouble In Russia Probe
President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to insist he is not concerned about potential legal questions surrounding his son Donald Trump Jr.'s involvement in a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russians. The president called it "a complete fabrication" that he is "concerned about the meeting my wonderful son, Donald, had in Trump Tower." ABC

How Russia Uses Lies To Shape Public Opinion
As the son of civil rights activists in uber-racist Alabama in the 1960s, CBS reporter Jeff Pegues is justly appalled at racial slurs, whatever the source. But he was particularly offended when his research for this book turned up examples of Soviet attempts to stir racial animosity in the United States dating back decades. The KGB did not like the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. for several reasons. As Mr. Pegues writes, “His calls for non-violent protests didn’t suit their recipe for stirring up civil unrest. They believed more militant leaders such as the Black Panthers were more apt to ignite violence.” Washington Times

Former Thomas Clerks Are Presence In Trump Administration
While the spotlight is on the two former clerks to Justice Anthony Kennedy whom President Donald Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court, the influence of the court's most conservative justice, Clarence Thomas, is felt more widely throughout the Trump administration. Miami Herald

Ohio Gov.: President Trump Isn't Appealing To Suburban Women
A day after President Donald Trump stumped in Ohio, Gov. John Kasich argued that the president was hurting Republicans' chances of winning Tuesday's special election by turning off suburban women voters. The Republican governor said he still believes GOP candidate Troy Balderson, a 56-year-old state senator, will narrowly defeat Democrat Danny O'Connor, a 31-year-old attorney and Franklin County recorder, for the chance to represent Ohio's 12th congressional district. But Trump has made the race surprisingly close, Kasich said. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Kasick is a sore loser.

Trump's Offshore Drilling Plan Is Roiling Coastal Elections
Carteret County sits in a region of North Carolina known as the Crystal Coast. It’s celebrated for its charming lighthouses, sun-bleached beaches, and relaxed atmosphere. The population is 89.9 percent white and staunchly Republican. President Trump won the county in 2016 with 71 percent of the vote. But he has touched off an insurrection among the GOP faithful here on the issue of offshore drilling, which the county almost universally views as a threat to tourism. Atlantic

Jay Sekulow: Inclination Is Not To Allow Trump-Mueller Interview
President Trump’s attorney said Sunday his legal team is leaning towards not having the president sit down for an interview under oath with the special counsel. Jay Sekulow told ABC’s “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos the legal team is still having ongoing discussions about whether an interview should take place, but he added the president may or may not take his lawyers’ advice. Washington Times

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Crackdown On 'Bots' Sweeps Up People Who Tweet Often
Nina Tomasieski logs on to Twitter before the sun rises. Seated at her dining room table with a nearby TV constantly tuned to Fox News, the 70-year-old grandmother spends up to 14 hours a day tweeting the praises of President Trump and his political allies, particularly those on the ballot this fall, and deriding their opponents.
She's part of a dedicated band of Trump supporters who tweet and retweet Keep America Great messages thousands of times a day. Yahoo

Music Labels Sue Cox Again For Ignoring Piracy
Music labels really, really aren't a fan of Cox's internet service. Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. have sued Cox again for contributing to copyright infringement after it allegedly refused to take "reasonable measures" to fight piracy. While internet providers are supposed to terminate the accounts of users who ignore warnings against bootlegging music, Cox only ever conducted "soft terminations" (temporary disconnections) and warned some users over 100 times. It even instituted a cap on the volume of accepted copyright complaints and cut back on the number of anti-piracy staffers, according to the labels. Engadget

Washington Gov: Dems' Mission Is To Rescue America From 'Unhinged Narcissist' Trump
The head of the Democratic Governors Association said Sunday his party’s 2018 mission is to protect America from an “unhinged narcissist.” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Democrats will focus on the need to protect health care ahead of November’s midterms, but he also suggested their messaging will focusing on uniting Americans against President Trump. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big in November.

Trump Accuses California Of Causing Wildfires
As California wildfires claimed their seventh victim, Donald Trump finally weighed in on the tragedy with one of his most confounding tweets ever, blaming California for the blazes because it “diverts” water to the Pacific Ocean. He also blamed the state’s “bad environmental laws” — the most protective in the nation — and trees. He called for a “tree clear to stop fire spreading.” He failed to express condolences to the families of the victims, thank firefighters, or offer comfort to Californians afraid for their lives, homes and communities. Huff Post

Venezuela Detains 6 In Possible Failed Drone Attack
Authorities detained six people suspected of using explosives-laden drones in a failed bid to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, officials said Sunday, in what one witness described as a terrifying attack that shook her apartment building. Boston.com

Angelina Jolie Risks Losing Main Custody Of Kids To Brad Pitt With Her "Gatekeeping" Strategy
Angelina Jolie, 43, is at risk of losing custody of her six children due to her unreasonable hope for ex Brad Pitt, 54, to not be a part of their lives and if things continue on the way they have been in their intense custody battle, it could get even worse really quickly. “The law (and common sense) doesn’t allow parents to come in and out of the picture – it’s very unstable and bad for them,” California Divorce Attorney Kelly Chang Rickert tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. Hollywood Life

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