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Scorching Photos Show The Deadly Wildfires That Are Ravaging California
Firefighters in California continue to battle multiple deadly wildfires that have destroyed lives and homes across the state. North of San Francisco, authorities are fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, which has become the second largest wildfire in California’s history. It includes two blazes along the Mendocino National Forest. Photos also show the deadly Carr Fire, which firefighters have been battling near Redding since the end of July. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Sad!

US On Verge Of Restoring Some Iran Sanctions After Leaving "Horrible" Deal
Just after the clock strikes midnight, it will usher in a new day and a return to past U.S. policy: As of 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday, the Trump administration says it will restore some of the sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal. The White House says that overnight, it will reinstitute regulations that, among other things, prohibit the Iranian government's use of U.S. dollars and erect barriers to trade with Iran involving aluminum and steel, the Iranian automotive and airline industries, and gold and other precious minerals. NPR
VOA VIEW: Great!

Apple, YouTube And Facebook Won't Silence Alex Jones And Infowars
Slowly, and then all at once: That’s how the internet giants decided to end their relationships with Alex Jones, whose Infowars brand has peddled conspiracy theories and other forms of disinformation to large audiences for years. Since yesterday, Apple Podcasts, Facebook and YouTube — where the Alex Jones channel had more than 2.4 million subscribers — have removed Jones’s presence from their sites, generally citing violations of their terms of service around hate content. Spotify removed some of Jones’s podcasts last week. Recode
VOA VIEW: What about the liberal and socialist crap?

President Urged To Stop Tweeting On Trump Tower Meeting
President Donald Trump has been urged to stop tweeting about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump's top advisers and several Russians, a source familiar with discussions tells CNN. The President was advised that his tweeting only gives oxygen to the topic, even if those around Trump do not believe there is any truly new development. CNN

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Global Stocks Lift On Strong Earnings As Trade Fight Caps Gains
Stock markets lifted on Monday after strong corporate earnings helped Wall Street close higher, but a tariff dispute between the United States and China limited gains in equities while boosting the dollar and helping keep Treasury yields lower. Reuters

Rick Gates Testifies He And Manafort Conspired To Commit Fraud
Rick Gates on Monday took the stand in the federal fraud case against his former business partner, ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, testifying that he and Manafort conspired to commit bank and tax fraud -- and that he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort. Fox
VOA VIEW: Gates is getting a free ride to lie and admit to wrong doing.

Judge Tells Manafort Prosecutors To Hurry Up
The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial is pressuring the prosecution to hurry up. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III says prosecutors for special counsel Robert Mueller's office are wasting time drilling into the details of Manafort's Ukrainian work and the backgrounds of those who paid him. Ellis says the case is not as complex as prosecutors are making it to be. But prosecutor Greg Andres says the testimony is necessary to show the flow of money from Ukrainians, through offshore shell companies to Manafort in the U.S. Houston Chronicle

Pig Farmer Questioned Over Missing Student Refuses To Take Polygraph Test
“I don’t need to,” said Wayne Cheney, speaking to the Des Moines Register. “It’s stupid,” he added, noting once again how he had “nothing to hide.” The Poweshiek County pig farmer has uttered the statement repeatedly since being thrust into the spotlight last week after cops revealed that they had questioned him multiple times. Tibbets, a University of Iowa student, went missing on July 18 after going for a jog through Brooklyn, IA. Fox
VOA VIEW: Why not, if there is nothing to hide?

Alex Jones' Infowars Removed From LinkedIn, Still Up On Instagram And Twitter
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is quickly disappearing from the internet, though some accesses to his site Infowars is still available on the web. After we inquired this afternoon about the Infowars company page, LinkedIn responded that it has removed the page from its platform. CNET

Trump Legal Team Drafting Letter About 'Reluctance' To Answer Obstruction Questions
Rudy Giuliani, the top lawyer on President Trump’s legal team, said on Monday that they hope to send special counsel Robert Mueller a letter that would largely turn down a meeting that would include “any questions about obstruction.” Fox

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Trump Boosts Kobach To Disappointment Of Some In Kansas GOP
Kris Kobach has emerged as the outright favorite to win the GOP nomination in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary after winning an endorsement via Twitter from President Trump. Trump’s tweet calling Kobach a “fantastic guy” came just hours before the polls open, and represents the first time the president has endorsed a candidate running against a Republican incumbent in a primary. Hill

'Manhattan Madam' Expected To Appear Before Mueller Grand Jury
Kristin Davis, the one-time “Manhattan Madam,” who claimed she supplied high priced prostitutes to Eliot Spitzer when he was New York's governor, has been asked to testify before the federal grand jury in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible coordination between Russian election meddlers and the Trump campaign in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, ABC News has learned. ABC
VOA VIEW: Crazy!

DeSantis Expresses Skepticism About Maduro Assassination Claim
Florida Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis expressed skepticism Monday during a visit to South Florida about Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s claims that he survived an assassination attempt hatched as part of a conspiracy between “far-right” terrorists and his enemies in Miami. Miami Herald

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Kushner Personally Asked For Stories To Be Deleted At His Past Newspaper
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner ordered the removal of stories in the New York Observer about his friends and peers when he owned the paper, according to a Buzzfeed News report. Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, in 2012 had editors at the newspaper delete “a handful of articles,” according to Buzzfeed, citing emails obtained during its reporting. Hill

WH Press Secretary Misses Opportunity To Defend Press From 'Enemy Label'
There was recently a dramatic standoff between White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta, who tried to get Sanders to affirm or deny whether President Trump considers the press an “enemy of the people.” She demurred, by letting the president’s words stand for themselves. LA Times

Bolton On Iran: Our Policy Is Not Regime Change
The United States is “very serious” about applying pressure on Iran through the reinstatement of sanctions but is not seeking regime change, White House national security adviser John Bolton said Monday. Bolton’s remarks come as the Trump administration prepares to reimpose the first round of trade sanctions against Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May. Washington Post

Kimmel Congratulates Trump On Doing A 'Good Job Of Convincting Himself'
Jimmy Kimmel congratulated President Donald Trump on "convicting himself" in the Russia collusion investigation on Monday after the president posted tweets that the comedian says will come back to haunt him. Kimmel went on to highlight a few of the president's nearly 50 tweets from over the weekend, including one where he admitted that his son, Don Jr., met with Russians to get "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. ABC
VOA VIEW: Kimmel and all liberal media have proven to be idiots.

Washington Dems Hope To Win US House Seat For 1st Time
As the Democratic party eyes making gains in Congress, the Washington state primary contest getting the most attention in Tuesday's election is an open U.S. House seat Democrats hope to capture for the first time since the district east of Seattle was created in 1980. AP

Mnuchin's Right-Hand-Man Miller Is Unknown Trade War Soldier
Seven years ago, Eli Miller was an unpaid intern giving tours on Capitol Hill. Now, he’s in the middle of an effort to avert a full-blown trade war between the world’s two largest economies. As chief of staff and right-hand man to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Miller’s helping to work back-channels with Beijing in an effort to restart trade talks, two people familiar with the matter said. Bloomberg

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Trump's War With The Koch Brothers Makes No Sense
It’s plausible to dismiss the current feud between Donald Trump and the mogul Charles Koch as merely an alpha-male ego-fest—in the words of the journalist and Koch-watcher Jane Mayer, “a plutocratic pissing match” for control of the Republican Party. Trump turned up the heat last week when he tweeted that the scion of the conservative donor network was “overrated,” which may be the first time that a president has used the same word to insult Koch and Meryl Streep. Atlantic
VOA VIEW: The Koch Brothers should back off and make peace with Trump.

Facebook Invests Additional 4.5 Million Into Journalism Project
Facebook announced it will invest an additional $4.5 million into programs that support news publishers. This investment is based on the success of a pilot program called the Local News Subscriptions Accelerator. Adweek

Tokyo 2020 Olympics To Up Security With Facial Recognition Technology
A facial recognition system will be used across an Olympics for the first time as Tokyo organizers work to keep security tight and efficient at dozens of venues during the 2020 Games. The NeoFace technology developed by NEC Corp. will be customized to monitor every accredited person - including athletes, officials, staff and media - at more than 40 venues, games villages and media centers, Olympic and company officials said Tuesday. CBS

Photo Of Trump Supporters' T-Shirts From Ohio Rally Goes Viral
A picture of two Ohioans in matching shirts at a Donald Trump rally last weekend has caught fire on the Internet. The cleveland.com photo features James T. Alicie and Richard M. Birchfield, two friends from Delaware, Ohio, in T-shirts saying "I'd Rather Be A Russian Than A Democrat" during Trump's rally in southern Delaware County on Saturday evening. The picture of the two, posted Saturday night after the rally, quickly went viral, circulating around Twitter and Facebook and appearing on the front page of Reddit.com. Cleveland.com
VOA VIEW: There may be something about the position.

Government Watchdog Questions Whether Border Wall Is Worth The Cost
A nonpartisan government watchdog says it can't currently determine whether building President Trump's southern border wall is the most effective use of federal funds, and that the project is at an "increased risk" of costing "more than projected." The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report outlining concerns about the cost and effectiveness of one of the president's signature campaign promises. Mr. Trump originally said Mexico would pay for the wall, but has since threatened a government shutdown if he doesn't get the $25 billion he wants to build the wall and boost border security. CBS

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Where Are Retiring Congress Members Going To Work? Loopholes Let Them Job Hunt In Secret
Thirty-five members of Congress – 32 in the House and three in the Senate – are serving out the last months of their terms while the public is left in the dark on whether new jobs they may land pose a potential conflict of interest. The two main reasons: a loophole in legislation that was touted as promoting disclosure of retirees’ post-congressional job negotiations, and interpretations of how to apply the law. The two combined to result in almost no disclosure for these retiring members or anyone leaving office. USA Today

New York Race Could Spark New Trump Investigation
While special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election could pose the most immediate threat to Donald Trump’s presidency, there’s another looming threat on the horizon. On Nov. 6, voters in the Empire State will select a new attorney general, and all of the leading Democrats running for the office are eager to take on Trump by either continuing Mueller’s work or mounting an entirely new investigation into the president. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Fools talking or reporting.

Trump Nominates Top Border Official To Run ICE
Last week, President Donald Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, argued that collusion isn’t a crime. But on Monday, Trump suggested that Hillary Clinton should be investigated for this supposed non-crime. “Collusion is very real with Russia,” Trump quoted conservative commentator Dan Bongino as saying on Trump’s favorite Fox News morning show, “but only with Hillary and the Democrats, and we should demand a full investigation.” Mercury

Is Trump About To Be Able To Say 'You're Fired' To A Lot More People?
There are about 2 million people who work in the federal government. Despite being in charge of the executive branch, the president is limited in the people he can unilaterally fire. But could that all be about to change? In Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has nominated someone to the Supreme Court who, like he, believes in an expansive view of presidential power. NPR
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Labor And Environmental Groups To Spend $500,000 In Ohio's US Senate Race
When Sherrod Brown first sought re-election six years ago, his race drew more spending from outside groups than any other Senate race in the nation, with conservative groups dropping more than $19 million in an unsuccessful bid to oust the Ohio Democrat. So far this year, less than $1 million has been spent in that race, according to tallies compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, which indicate the most money has gone toward contests in Alabama, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida. Cleveland.com

Dallas Senator And Twin Brother Go To Moscow To Demand 'Russia Stop Meddling In Our Elections'
If you're Texas Sen. Don Huffines, oh, just about 5,753 miles. On Monday, the Dallas Republican was spotted in Moscow at a roundtable discussion hosted by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Cato Institute CEO Peter Goettler. Texas politics watchers were confused at first — was that the senator or his twin brother, Phillip, who ran unsuccessfully this year to join his brother in the state Legislature? Capitol staffers quickly confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that the senator was indeed in Moscow. Dallas News

Mendocino Complex Fire Now Largest In California History
The record for the largest wildfire in California history fell on Monday after just eight months as the Mendocino Complex Fire passed the Thomas Fire, from last December, to set the new mark for most acres burned. The Mendocino Complex Fire in Colusa and Lake counties near Ukiah, California, about two hours north of San Francisco, is now 283,800 acres and remains 30 percent contained, Cal Fire reported in its latest update at 7:33 p.m. local time Monday. ABC

Giuliani Slams Chicago Gun Violence After Weekend Shootings Leave 11 Dead, 70 Wounded
Giuliani took to Twitter to cast blame on Democrats. He advocated for Chicago mayoral candidate and former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to replace current mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Policing genius Jerry McCarthy can do for Chicago what I did for NYC,” Giuliani wrote. “He was one of the architects of Compstat. Slashed homicides over 70%. Tens of thousands of lives saved.” Fox

On This Day: US Embassy Bombings Kill 224
On August 7, 1998, terrorists' bombs detonated within minutes of each other outside of U.S. embassy buildings in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people. Authorities estimated another 4,000 were wounded. UPI

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Trump's Legal Defense Fund Hasn't Listed Any Legal Expenses
A legal defense fund set up to help Trump allies caught up in the ongoing probe of Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election does not appear to have spent any money on legal services, according to tax records shared with ABC News. A handful of top Trump donors collectively donated nearly $200,000 to the Patriot Legal Expense Fund Trust between March and June, but so far, the fund has listed expenditures totaling less than $50,000 to an insurance provider and an accounting firm. Yahoo

Tourists Flee Indonesian Island After Earthquake As Search For Survivors Continues
Thousands of tourists fled the island of Lombok while emergency crews evacuated local people from flattened areas following a powerful earthquake that killed around 100 people and cut electricity across a wide swath of the Indonesian island. Airlines added 18 flights Monday, and officials said that the island’s international airport would be open nonstop for 72 hours. WSJ

Dems Seize On Cherry-Picked Claim That 'Medicare For All' Would Save $2 Trillion
“We know that Medicaid expansion and Medicare-for-all actually save this state and this nation $2 trillion if it were fully implemented.” — Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for Florida governor, in a primary debate, Aug. 2, 2018. As our colleague David Weigel reported, Democrats have latched onto the catchy idea of “Medicare-for-all” (also known as M4A) as a way of expressing their support for universal health care. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Total madness.

Klu Klux Klan Flyers Left With Candy In Effort To Recruit Children In New York
Children heading to school Friday morning in an upstate New York community found something curious at the end of their driveways: Ziploc bags filled with Klu Klux Klan recruitment flyers — and candy. An investigation ordered by New York's governor is now underway to determine who left the bags and any potential ties to hate crimes. USA Today

Pope Recognizes 'Decisive' Measures By Chile's Bishops Against Abuse
Pope Francis recognized on Monday measures that Chile’s bishops said they would take to assist prosecutors investigating allegations of sex abuse that have plagued the Roman Catholic Church in Chile, including that they would work to reach an agreement with prosecutors on an exchange of information. Reuters

Nascar CEO Arrested For DUI And Oxycodone Possession
Nascar’s CEO, Brian France, has taken a leave of absence after he was arrested on Sunday night for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of a controlled substance. The 56-year-old was held overnight and released on Monday morning, according to police in Sag Harbor Village on New York’s Long Island. He is scheduled to appear in court on 14 September. “Mr France was observed operating a 2017 Lexus northbound on Main Street failing to stop at a duly posted stop sign,” read a police statement. Guardian

Canada Defiant After Saudi Arabia Freezes New Trade Over Human Rights Call
Canada on Monday refused to back down in its defense of human rights after Saudi Arabia froze new trade and investment and expelled the Canadian ambassador in retaliation for Ottawa’s call to free arrested Saudi civil society activists. Reuters

Safari Still Leads In Mobile Browser Share, But Facebook's Browser Is On The Rise
According to a new study from analytics firm Mixpanel, Facebook's in-app web browser now accounts for an average of 7.6 percent of mobile browser market share in the United States. This places Facebook behind only Apple's Safari with 58.4 percent and Google's Chrome at 33.3 percent. The most recent measure of domestic browser market share, by Statcounter last month, placed Safari in first place with 49.4 percent, followed by Chrome with 43.1 percent. Facebook was not listed in those rankings. Apple Insider

Facebook To Banks: Give Us Your Data, We'll Give You Our Users
Facebook Inc. wants your financial data. The social-media giant has asked large U.S. banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including card transactions and checking-account balances, as part of an effort to offer new services to users. Facebook increasingly wants to be a platform where people buy and sell goods. WSJ

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