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John McCain Dead At 81 Years Of Age
Politicians from both sides of the political aisle mourned the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Saturday while honoring his legacy as a lawmaker and war hero. The 81-year-old Vietnam veteran died one day after his family announced he would be ending his treatment for brain cancer. McCain was diagnosed in July 2017 and spent most of the following year receiving treatment in Arizona, while continuing his work as a senator. McCain was a longtime Republican and conservative, but he earned respect as a lawmaker from both Republicans and Democrats, even as he feuded with President Donald Trump. Reacting to news of McCain’s death, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) tweeted, “America and Freedom have lost on of her greatest champions.” Huff Post

'Patriot', 'Hero', 'American Original': Politicians Remember John McCain
Sen. John McCain died Saturday, a day after his office announced his decision to discontinue medical treatment for brain cancer. Before his death, McCain's wife Cindy said in a tweet that the McCain family was "overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from around the world." That outpouring swelled after the news of his death broke on Saturday. One of the most personal tributes came from McCain's close friend and colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham. NPR

McCain's Body Arrives In Pheonix, Crowd Gathers To Pay Respects
A hearse carrying the body of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer, arrived in uptown Phoenix on Saturday evening. At least two-dozen people stood near the freeway exit as the motorcade that carried the senator’s body from his Cornville home arrived at the mortuary after 8:30 p.m. local time, the Arizona Republic reported. By late evening, about 200 people were gathered outside the A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary. Some could be heard shouting, “I love you, John,” while others waved flags or wore red, white and blue. Fox

Doms Strip Superdelegates Of Power And Reform Caucuses In 'Historic' Move
The Democratic National Committee voted Saturday to significantly curtail the power of superdelegates and make presidential caucuses more accessible, overcoming objections from a vocal minority of its membership. The reform package, pushed by DNC Chairman Tom Perez and allies of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, among others, passed overwhelmingly by voice vote at the DNC’s summer meeting here — two years after the process started. NBC
VOA VIEW: Dems have a very unstable and left wing platform.

Arizona GOP Senate Hopefuls Spar To Win Primary For Jeff Flake's Seat
Arizona Republicans go to the polls Tuesday to decide who will be the winner of one of the most bruising primaries this election season, as candidates fight to get the party's nod to replace outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake. In the race, two-term Rep. Martha McSally has emerged as the frontrunner as she fends off challenges from the right in the forms of former state Sen. Kelli Ward and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But whoever wins the primary will face a tough Democratic challenge as Democrats eye the state as one that can be flipped in November. Fox
VOA VIEW: The key is to elect a Republican that will win in November.

Brett Kavanaugh: Bush's Intellectual Body Man
In 2006, Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in to be a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals as President George W. Bush looks on. Kavanaugh previously had served as staff secretary in the Bush White House. It was the apogee of Brett Kavanaugh's rise through the ranks of the conservative movement, a job that put him in daily proximity to President George W. Bush and made him an intellectual "umpire" for a welter of political and policy aides who were aiming to shape the Republican agenda. Kavanaugh, now President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, had an ordinary sounding title, staff secretary. But he wielded extraordinary influence as the adviser responsible for screening, reviewing and editing documents delivered to Bush, interviews and documents show. "Ultimately, the umpire was Brett," said Karl Rove, a Bush adviser and one of the people Kavanaugh worked with closely as staff secretary. Houston Chronicle

Bernie Sanders Praises Dems
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praised a move by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday to limit the role of superdelegates in choosing the party's presidential nominee. “Today's decision by the DNC is an important step forward in making the Democratic Party more open, democratic and responsive to the input of ordinary Americans," Sanders said in a statement. Hill

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Papa John's Addresses Customer Outrage In First Social Media Campaign
The video contains actual customer Tweets that call out the pizza chain over Schnatter's remarks and demand Papa John's change its policies if it wants their business back. "Right now, we're reviewing our culture from top to bottom and meeting with our communities to learn how we can be better," the company wrote on Twitter. "We fully intend to earn back your trust through action." CNBC

Mueller May Have Information On Trump's Tax Returns
Robert Mueller may be closing in on Donald Trump's undisclosed tax returns, George W. Bush's former ethics attorney Richard Painter says. In an interview with MSNBC's Brian Williams during a recent segment on The 11th Hour, Painter said that the president must be worried as an immunity deal was reported to be extended to the Trump Organization's chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. "Now we have the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization turning state’s evidence," Painter told Williams on Friday. "I have to say that every white-collar criminal defense lawyer knows when the chief financial officer turns state’s evidence, everyone in the executive suite is in a lot of trouble because the chief financial officer knows exactly where the money is coming and going. MSN
VOA VIEW: Common liberal fake news.

Trump Blasts Session's Leadership Of Justice Department
President Trump issued a fresh attack on his attorney general Saturday, suggesting in a tweet that Jeff Sessions is allowing the Russia investigation to proceed while permitting “real corruption” to go “untouched.” Mr. Trump also retweeted a quote from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who told Fox News that the relationship between the two men “is not working” and that “what’s going on is unsustainable. WSJ

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Hawaii Braces For Post Lane Flash Flooding
Hurricane Lane, now downgraded to a tropical storm, is expected to continue to dump heavy rain in Hawaii on Saturday, as officials warn of flash flooding that could inundate homes and roadways after already pouring more than 3 feet of rain across the island. Dozens of residents have been forced to evacuate their homes over the past two days, wading through waist-high water, and sometimes spreading brush fires, to safety, while thousands of others remain in shelters. NPR

Trump Insists He Did Not Know About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting
The Post report states, “But Thursday, Davis, speaking on the record, apologized for confirming something he did not know to be true.”  It goes on to quote Davis as saying, “I should have been more clear. I could not independently confirm the information in the CNN story. I’m sorry that I left that impression. I wasn’t at the meeting. The only person who could confirm that information is my client.” AOL
VOA VIEW: More fake news and apology.

Bitcoin May End Year 'Explosively Higher'
If you're trying to figure out when bitcoin's slump will end, you may want to look at the emerging markets. According to Fundstrat Global Advisors' Thomas Lee, there's an important correlation budding between emerging markets and bitcoin, the most dominant coin in the cryptocurrency space." "Both really essentially peaked early this year, and they both have been in a downward trend," the firm's head of research said Friday on CNBC's "Trading Nation." "Until emerging markets begin to turn, I think in some ways that correlation is going to hold and tell us that sort of the risk on mentality is those buyers aren't buying bitcoin." CNBC

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YouTube Expands Non-Skippable Ads To More Creators
YouTube is expanding non-skippable ads on its platform. Today, the company announced that all creators who can already monetize content on YouTube will soon be able to turn on non-skippable ads on all videos. The change is rolling out next week and eligible creators will get a notification in their dashboard. Advertisers usually pay creators more for non-skippable ads, so this could be a way for YouTubers to incentivize creators to stick around on its platform and produce more content, with each ad sale earning the Google-owned company a cut. If a creator turns on non-skippable ads, even previously published videos on their channel will be able to make use of them. Verge

T-Mobile Hack May Have Exposed Data Of 2 Million Customers
T-Mobile has revealed that hackers may have stolen the personal information of some of its customers. The intrusion took place on Monday, and some customer data "may have been exposed" before the carrier's cybersecurity team shut off access and reported the breach to law enforcement, it said in a statement. Around 3 percent of T-Mobile's 77 million customers -- more than 2 million people -- may have been affected, a company representative told Motherboard. Those people are being notified via text message. CNET

Sherrod Brown Announces He'll Oppose Brett Kavanaugh
In a statement, Brown said he was "convinced Judge Kavanuagh would side with special interests over working people and threaten the rights of Ohioans." "Special interests already have armies of lobbyists and lawyers on their side. Working people need justices who will put their rights first, not justices who will side with insurance companies over cancer survivors, financial scammers over customers, or massive corporations over American workers," Brown said. Plain Dealer

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Elon Musk Commits To Keeping Tesla Public
Elon Musk put two of the most tumultuous weeks in his public life behind him Friday by vowing that his car company, Tesla Inc., would remain a public concern. The CEO said in a statement that investors urged him to keep the embattled electric carmaker on the open market, where it trades on the Nasdaq. NBC

Pope Compares Church Sexual Abuse, Corruption To Excrement
 Pope Francis vowed on Saturday to end the sexual exploitation of children by clergy during a highly-charged visit to once deeply Catholic Ireland and, according to victims, said the corruption and cover up of abuse amounted to human excrement. On the first papal visit to the country in almost four decades, Francis used a speech at a state event that was also attended by some abuse survivors to acknowledge that it was to the Church’s shame it had not addressed these “repugnant crimes” and said he sought a greater commitment to eliminating this “scourge”. Reuters

WH Holds Up Bill Aimed At Safeguarding US Elections'
The White House has put the brakes on a bill that was proposed to protect U.S. elections, according to a new report. Introduced last year by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), the Secure Elections Act would give each state’s top election official security clearance to know about any threats to their election infrastructure, systems, and other technologies. The bill has earned bipartisan support and was on its way to a vote in October, but at the White House’s recent request, has been delayed in the Senate, Yahoo News is reporting, citing congressional sources. Yahoo Finance

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Zarif Accuses US Of Waging 'Psychological War'
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused the United States of waging a "psychological war" against Tehran and its business partners. US sanctions were re-imposed on August 7, just months after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Bing
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Turkey Detains 2 More Suspects Over US Embassy Shooting
Turkish police have arrested two more people for their suspected links to Monday's drive-by shooting on the United States embassy in capital Ankara, Anadolu Agency reports, in an attack coinciding with increased tensions between the NATO allies. Friday's arrests raise the total number of arrested suspects to four and they are being interrogated by police, the agency reported on Sunday citing a police source. The detention period for Ahmet Celikten and Osman Gundas, the suspects arrested on Monday, was extended, it added. Aljazeera

Trump Slams FBI's Clinton Email Investigation
President Donald Trump is again criticizing the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and he's suggesting that "at some point" he "may have to get involved!" Trump is asserting, without providing evidence, that the FBI failed to thoroughly review Clinton's emails as part of its investigation into her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. The president also tweets more criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, writing that Sessions "doesn't understand what is happening underneath his command position." Boston Herald
VOA VIEW: Sessions proves to have a loss of command.

Louisiana GOP Fights Over Who Is Conservative Enough To Endorse
The Louisiana Republican Party endorsed no one in the Secretary of State race Saturday (Aug. 25) after a discussion about which candidates are conservative enough to deserve an endorsement. Charlie Buckels, the finance chairman for the Louisiana GOP, had proposed that the Republican state central committee vote to endorse just three of the five major GOP candidates in the Secretary of State's race on the ballot Nov. 6. Bing

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Trump Latching Onto Popular Right-Wing Talking Point About Cohen, That Experts Say Is 'Nonsense'
President Donald Trump has echoed a popular right-wing talking point in recent days as his latest defense from the plea deal to which his former longtime lawyer Michael Cohen agreed earlier this week. The campaign-finance crimes Cohen pleaded guilty to? Well, they aren't actually crimes, Trump and others say. It's an argument that campaign-finance experts say is "nonsense." Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Liberal media rhetoric.

Hawaii Faces Flood Emergency After Biblical Rains
Firefighters on the Big Island rescued 39 people from floodwaters Friday through early Saturday as the island grappled with the nearly 4 feet (1.2 meters) of rain from Tropical Storm Lane, formerly Hurricane Lane, dumped on the eastern part of the island over the course of three days.
In Honolulu, where the storm deposited only a few inches of rain, shopkeepers removed plywood from their windows and reopened for business. The National Weather Service canceled all storm warnings for the state. Fox

Pope Francis Knew Of Abusive Priest, Claims Former Vatican Official In Calling For Resignation
A former Vatican ambassador to Washington said Sunday that he told Pope Francis in 2013 about allegations of sexual abuse against a prominent priest – and that Francis took no action. Now, the former official, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, is calling for Francis to step down. Vigano made the claims in a lengthy statement that concludes with a call for Francis' resignation: "In this extremely dramatic moment for the universal Church, he must acknowledge his mistakes and, in keeping with the proclaimed principle of zero tolerance, Pope Francis must be the first to set a good example to Cardinals and Bishops who covered up McCarrick's abuses and resign along with all of them," he writes. CBS

Jemele Hill Out At ESPN
Jemele Hill needed to be out at ESPN. Hill knew it. ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro knew it. And, now, Jemele Hill is out at ESPN. The marriage between ESPN and Hill — the controversial sports commentator who waded into politics and sparred with President Donald Trump — has long been stuck in irreconcilable differences. Since leaving “SportsCenter” earlier this year, she has barely worked, making a divorce the obvious conclusion. NY Post

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