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US To Hit Russia With New Sanctions After Poisoning Of Former Russian Double Agent And Daughter
The Trump administration has determined Russia has violated the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 during the assassination attempt on U.K. citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and will impose new sanctions against Russia as a result. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberals don't like the truth.

Man Arrested At New Mexico Compound Was Training Kids To Commit School Shootings
Taos County Solid Waste Department Director Edward Martinez surveys property conditions at a disheveled compound at Amalia, New Mexico, on Aug. 7. Searchers found the remains of a boy at the compound, which was raided in search of a missing Georgia child. A man arrested at a makeshift compound in New Mexico where 11 children and the remains of a boy were found was training the children to commit school shootings, according to court documents. NBC
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

What Ohio's Close Special Election Could Mean For The Midterms
Voters in Ohio's 12th Congressional District headed to the polls Tuesday for the final special congressional election before November. The race remained too close to call by midday Wednesday, with the outcome likely to be determined by provisional and absentee ballots. Ohio's 12th District has long been deeply red territory and many analysts see the results as a possible precursor for what's to come in November's midterm elections. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big.

Jack Dorsey Explains Why Twitter Didn't Block Alex Jones, Bucking Big Tech Trend
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has explained in a series of tweets why his platform has not suspended conspiracy theorist Alex Jones or his website Infowars. Earlier this week, tech companies YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Spotify banned main content outlets in what Jones described as a "purge." "He hasn't violated our rules. We'll enforce if he does," Dorsey tweeted. In an apparent reference to other tech companies, he added that Twitter would not "succumb and simply react to outside pressure." NPR
VOA VIEW: YouTube, Apple and Facebook made a major mistake.

Trump Legal Team Counters Mueller's Offer On Possible Interview, Giuliani Says
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that the president's legal team has responded to special counsel Robert Mueller with a counter-offer for proposed terms of a possible presidential interview. Giuliani, who made the remarks on fellow Trump attorney Jay Sekulow's radio show, didn't say what the proposed terms are. CBS

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Washington State Dems Eye 3 House Seats
Democrats in Washington state celebrated early primary returns as they seek to capture three GOP-held congressional districts - including one occupied by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a top Republican House leader. Washington's primaries are a top-two system, meaning the two candidates with the most votes advance regardless of party. It's encouraging to Democrats that their candidate, Lisa Brown, has nearly as many votes as McMorris Rodgers in early returns Wednesday. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose in November.

CNN Legal Analyst: Collins Could Have Committed 'Dumbest Insider Trading Crime I've Ever Seen'
CNN legal analyst Paul Callan said Wednesday that Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) could have committed the "dumbest insider trading crime" he's ever seen. "It’s completely idiotic," Callan said on CNN, just hours after Collins was arrested and charged with federal securities fraud. The charge is related to an Australian pharmaceutical company of which Collins had been one of the largest shareholders. Hill

Republicans Question Mitchell's Work, Salary As Union Head
The Wisconsin Republican Party on Wednesday called on Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell to explain a 19 percent salary increase he received last year as head of the state firefighters union, as well as political donations made by the union to benefit Mitchell and other liberal advocacy groups. Mitchell, one of eight Democratic candidates on Tuesday's primary ballot, said the criticism showed GOP Gov. Scott Walker was afraid of him. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: No matter what - the liberal media support Dems.

Trump-Backed Kris Kobach Claims 'Tentative Victory' In Kansas Primary
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach claimed a "tentative victory" on Wednesday as unofficial results showed him leading by a razor-thin margin in his state’s Republican gubernatorial primary. With the last outstanding county reporting its results, Kobach’s agency posted a count showing him ahead by just 191 votes – leading incumbent GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer. Fox

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GOP Chair Urges Senate To Pass DHS Cyber Reorganization Bill
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Wednesday again urged the Senate to pass legislation that would rename and reorganize the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber wing, citing compounding threats to U.S. interests in cyberspace. The legislation would transform the Homeland Security unit responsible for defending federal networks and securing U.S. critical infrastructure from cyber and physical threats — currently known as the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) — into the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Hill

Immigration Judges File Grievance Over Justice Department
The national association that represents 350 immigration judges has filed a formal grievance over the Justice Department’s removal and replacement of a Philadelphia jurist who had delayed the deportation of a Guatemalan man. The removal of Judge Steven Morley subverted the judicial process, undermined his independence, and impugned his competence and integrity in order to obtain a particular outcome in the case, the labor complaint states. Philly Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Judges must not make law.

Rand Paul Says He Delivered A Letter From Trump To Putin
Sen. Rand Paul announced on Wednesday that he "was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to Vladimir Putin's administration" that he said addressed topics ranging from counterterrorism to "resuming cultural exchanges." The delivery of the letter comes just three weeks after the Helsinki summit between Trump and Putin that was pilloried by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. ABC

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Record Number Of Women Nominated For US Midterm Races
After Tuesday's primaries, at least 183 women -- the most in U.S. history -- were nominated to run for House of Representatives seats. There are also 11 female nominees for governor's races, the Center for American Woman and Politics said. The results broke records set in 1994, when 167 women ran for House seats and 10 ran for governorships. In Michigan, nine women were chosen by Democratic Party voters on Tuesday in primary contests with the highest voter turnout since 1978. UPI

Green Party Spoiler Candidate In Ohio Special Election Claims To Be Descended From Aliens
The Green Party congressional candidate who could prove to be a spoiler in Tuesday night’s special election in Ohio claims to be descended from aliens. Joe Manchik received 1,127 votes in last night's contest – a small collection that may ultimately decide who wins the contest to fill Patrick Tiberi’s seat for the few months remaining of his term. As the vote stands now, the margin in the election between the Republican and Democratic candidates was less than 2,000 votes apart. Fox
VOA VIEW: A total nut job.

Trump-Backed Republican Barely Ahead In US Special Election
US Democrats enjoyed a major morale boost Wednesday following elections that highlighted their momentum ahead of November's midterms, as President Donald Trump's Republicans sweated the outcome of a congressional contest that was supposed to be easy pickings. Trump declared victory for a fellow Republican in Tuesday's Ohio race even though it remained too close to call. Yahoo

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Alarm Bells Are Starting To Ring For The GOP
After the GOP threw enormous resources and political weight behind a congressional candidate in a ruby-red Ohio district, Troy Balderson held a less than one-point lead over his Democratic opponent as of Wednesday morning. Balderson is expected to come out as the victor once all remaining provisional ballots are counted over the next week. But he saw the largest drop in support — a whopping 36 percentage points compared to the district's Republican candidate in the 2016 election — among all of the special elections since President Donald Trump took office, according to  The New York Times. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Typical liberal badgering.

Rahm Emanuel Accused Of 'Victim Shaming' For Talking Values And Character After Crime
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was accused Wednesday of “victim shaming” for citing an absence of “values” and “character” in the African-American community after the weekend bloodbath that left 12 people dead and 71 others shot. Shari Runner, until recently the president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, said the mayor’s blame game is offensive and insensitive. “I cannot see the victims of racist policies and bigoted practices shamed by anyone who says they need to do better or be better in their circumstance. I won’t accept it,” Runner said. Chicago Sun Times

Papa John's Reportedly Considered Hiring Kanye West As A Spokesperson
As Papa John's was searching for a way to win over Americans -- prior to the chain's founder's backlash-inducing scandal -- the pizza giant reportedly considered hiring rapper Kanye West as a spokesperson. Advertising firm Laundry Service reportedly "strongly urged" founder John Schnatter to team up with West in television ads and other promotions in May, Schnatter said in a letter to the board in July, which was obtained by CNN and other media outlets. Business Insider

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Primary Roundup: Women Advance, Suburbs Will Be Key Battleground In Midterms
Democrat Danny O'Connor's strong showing in Ohio's 12th Congressional District offers his party a roadmap to the House majority: Galvanize suburbanites to join the party's urban base and offset the Republican advantage in rural areas. Mr. O'Connor came close to upsetting Republican Troy Balderson by running up his numbers closest to Columbus, Ohio, performing better than Democrats recently have in the district's suburban core, and even managing to dent the GOP advantage in rural areas. CS Monitor
VOA VIEW: Liberal Dems twist the facts.

How Saudi Arabia Selling Canadian Assets Could Affect Our Economy
Amid a deepening diplomatic dispute, Saudi Arabia’s decision to sell off its Canadian assets in a fire sale could benefit investors outside the kingdom and have little impact on Canada’s economy, say experts. The Saudi central bank has instructed its overseas asset managers to sell Canadian equities, bonds and cash holdings “no matter the cost,” the Financial Times reported Wednesday. Global News

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Indicted Rep. Collins Was Early Loyalist To Trump
New York Rep. Chris Collins was one of the first House members to back Donald Trump for president in 2016 and quickly became a ubiquitous surrogate for the future president on cable television. On Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced indictments of the Buffalo-area congressman, his son and a friend on charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Collins pleaded not guilty. Boston.com
VOA VIEW: There is the presumption of innocence to proven guilty.

Paul Manafort And Gates In Day 7 Courtroom Sketch
As lawyers conferred during a bench conference, Manafort seems to look upward toward Gates, his longtime business partner who has testified against him. Bench conference during Gates testimony. NBC
VOA VIEW: Gates looks and sounds like a fool, liar, con man and thief.

Barack Obama Wasn't The Only Celebrity Visiting Martha's Vineyard
Barack and Michelle Obama may have drawn the crowds on Martha’s Vineyard Monday night, but the former first couple isn’t the only set of notable figures to have been on the island recently. Sylvester Stallone posted a pair of Instagram videos from the Vineyard over the weekend, joking in one that he was shipwrecked on an island called “Martha’s Barnyard.” Boston Globe

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