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Trump's Team Just Took Out One Of The Most Dangerous Terrorists Since Bin Laden
Amid all the controversies and scandals from Washington dominating our news cycle, a major counterterrorism success by the United States reported last week did not get the attention it deserved: mid all the controversies and scandals from Washington dominating our news cycle, a major counterterrorism success by the United States last week did not get the attention it deserved: Government officials are confident that Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, al-Qaida's chief bomb maker, was killed during a U.S. drone strike late last year. Morning Call
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DOJ's Bruce Ohr Kept Mueller Deputy 'In The Loop' About Anti Trump Dossier
Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials about the controversial anti-Trump dossier and the individuals behind it, two sources close to the matter told Fox News. The sources said Ohr's outreach about the dossier – as well as its author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele; the opposition research firm behind it, Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS; and his wife Nellie Ohr's work for Fusion – occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts. Ohr's network of contacts on the dossier included: former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case. Fox
VOA VIEW: The biggest conspirators are Mueller, Weissmann and others working for Mueller.

President Trump Says Attorney Jeff Sessions' Job Is Safe At Least Until Midterms
President Donald Trump said Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s job is safe at least until the midterm elections in November. “I just would love to have him do a great job,” Trump said Thursday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. Asked if he’d keep Sessions beyond November, he declined to comment. Trump has repeatedly attacked Sessions in private and in public for recusing himself in March 2017 from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein then appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to conduct what’s become a wide-ranging probe, including whether people around Trump conspired with the Russians and whether the president sought to obstruct justice. Time
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein is guilty of wrong doing.

DOJ's Bruce Ohr Kept Mueller Deputy 'In The Loop' About Anti Trump Dossier
Embattled Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had contact in 2016 with then-colleague Andrew Weissmann, who is now a top Robert Mueller deputy, as well as other senior FBI officials about the controversial anti-Trump dossier and the individuals behind it, two sources close to the matter told Fox News. The sources said Ohr's outreach about the dossier – as well as its author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele; the opposition research firm behind it, Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS; and his wife Nellie Ohr's work for Fusion – occurred before and after the FBI fired Steele as a source over his media contacts. Ohr's network of contacts on the dossier included: former FBI agent Peter Strzok; former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; former deputy director Andrew McCabe; Weissmann and at least one other DOJ official; and a current FBI agent who worked with Strzok on the Russia case. Fox
VOA VIEW: The biggest conspirators are Mueller, Weissmann and others working for Mueller.

Trump Cancels Pay Raises For Federal Employees
President Donald Trump told lawmakers on Thursday he was scrapping a planned pay raise for civilian federal workers, saying the nation's budget couldn't support it. In a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump described the pay increase as "inappropriate." "We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases," the President wrote. An across-the-board 2.1% pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January. In addition, a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where a worker is posted -- the "locality pay increase" -- was due to take effect. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN makes half truths, or none atoll.

Trump Administration Backs Asian-Americans In Harvard Case
In its latest push to end the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration on Thursday accused Harvard University of "engaging in outright racial balancing" and sided with Asian-American students who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against them. Harvard denied the bias claim and said it would defend the right to consider race as a factor in admissions. The Justice Department weighed in on a lawsuit filed in 2014 by Students For Fair Admission, which argues that one of the world's most prestigious universities discriminates against academically strong Asian-American applicants in favor of others who may be less qualified. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: The court will tell the facts and truth - Harvard will lose.

Colorful Texas Lawmaker Takes On FBI Over China-Hillary Hack Claim
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert doubled down after the FBI dismissed claims that a Chinese state-owned company hacked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. '[P]artisan politics, sadly, are very much at play within some of the leadership at the FBI," the Texas congressman said in a statement late Wednesday. The Daily Caller first reported that the FBI was notified of the purported hack in 2015, when the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) warned the bureau of the intrusion. The hack reportedly implanted code that generated a “courtesy copy” for almost all Clinton's emails -- which was then forwarded to the Chinese company. Fox

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Obscure Case Could Determine Whether Russia Report Sees Light Of Day
An obscure federal case being heard in Washington next month could determine whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s pending full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election gathers dust in a secret file – or sees the light of day. The case involves one man's quest for records related to the 1956 disappearance of Columbia University professor Jesus de Galindez – and has nothing to do with President Trump, Russian collusion or Mueller. But it deals with secrecy surrounding grand jury testimony, and that makes it relevant to the ongoing Russia probe. Fox
VOA VIEW: The truth may come out.

Republicans Privately Pleading With Trump: Don't Fire Sessions Yet
Members of Congress have continued to strongly advise, in public and private, this week that President Donald Trump shouldn't fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions especially ahead of the midterm elections because of the political fallout he -- and the party -- could face. Trump has been very public about his frustration with Sessions and has been venting to Republican members of the Senate and House for months now, according to several Senate Republican sources with direct knowledge of the conversations. CNN

Vice President Gives His Take On Trump's Warning Of Violence
Weighing in on President Donald Trump's warning that there will be violence by his opponents if Democrats win control of Congress this fall, Vice President Mike Pence said he took the president to mean that Democrats want to undo everything Trump has done. "But the president’s point as I took it, from where I was seated, was that the Democrat party in Congress is absolutely committed to reversing everything that we’ve been able to for the American people," Pence told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview excerpt that aired Thursday. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Trump Promises 'More Good News Is Coming' For Those Who Have 'Made A Fortune' In Markets
President Donald Trump is fired up about the recent stock market gains and is promising that more good times are ahead. Stocks have been on fire as of late, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average gaining nearly 4 percent during a rally that began in mid-August. Though some investors think the jump could be the calm before an autumn storm, Trump took the opportunity for a victory lap in a Thursday morning tweet.  CNBC

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Trump's Supreme Court Pick Needs Senate Approval
Trump officially tapped Kavanaugh on July 9 – less than two weeks after Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the bench. From how the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing works to the actual vote, read on for a look at the confirmation process Kavanaugh will go through. Once the president announces his nomination to the Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing for the nominee to provide testimony and answer questions. This hearing can take multiple days. Fox

Trump Aide Says President Weighing Regulations On Google Search Engine
President Donald Trump is considering new regulations on Google's search engine to address his concern that it turns up too many stories that are critical of him, his top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said Tuesday. Kudlow, the director of Trump’s National Economic Council, told reporters that the administration is “taking a look” at federal regulations for Google. He spoke after Trump, in a tweet, accused Google's search engine of being "rigged." The president also expressed frustration on Twitter that when Americans type “Trump News” into the search engine, it generates mostly negative news about him while conservative media is "shut out." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Google, Facebook and other social media must be regulated ASAP.

Trump's NAFTA Rewrite Holds Promise For Labor Unions
Labor unions, a traditional adversary of the Republican Party, could be a winner in President Trump’s planned rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Last summer, the AFL-CIO, the largest union group in the U.S., promoted a long list of changes it wanted to see in a new Nafta. The handshake agreement with Mexico that President Trump announced this week contains some of them. WSJ

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Trump Has Changed How Teens View The News
Since President Trump took office, he has relentlessly attacked the media. He’s shunned individual reporters, referred to the press as “the enemy of the American people,” and popularized the term “fake news” to denigrate credible articles. Meanwhile, public trust in the press is at an all-time low. According to a recent Knight-Gallup report, only a third of Americans view the press positively. There is increasing evidence that this skepticism, exacerbated by the president’s relentless attacks, is trickling down to the next generation of voters.  Atlantic
VOA VIEW: The news are the biggest enemy of this nation.

Trump: 'When You Get Good Ratings You Can Say Anything'
President Trump leaned into his attacks against the news media Thursday night at a rally in Indiana, blasting news outlets for what he said was unfair coverage driven by ratings. After mocking a protester who was escorted out at the beginning of his rally, the president predicted that "terrible" people in the press would report that the venue suffered major problems with protesters. "One person. 'Major protest.' But are they going to talk about the thousands and thousands of people inside of this arena, and outside the arena where we put screens? No," Trump told the crowd. MSN

Trump Volunteer Blocks Phtographer's Rally Shot
A volunteer member of the advance team for President Donald Trump has blocked a photojournalist's camera as he tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Indiana. A photo taken by Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci on Thursday night in Evansville shows the volunteer stretching out his right hand over the lens of a news photographer's camera after a protester disrupted Trump's campaign event. Trump paced on stage at the Ford Center during the moments it took for the protester to be led out. US News

Trump: I Don't Think Democrats Can Impeach Me Since I'm Doing A Great Job
President Trump knocked Democrats' threats of impeachment on Thursday, saying his job performance makes it impossible to impeach him. In an interview with Bloomberg News, the president suggested that his work on trade and other issues had boosted his popularity too high for Democrats to be able to consider impeachment. "I don’t think they can impeach somebody that’s doing a great job," Trump told the news outlet. “You look at the economy, you look at jobs, you look at foreign, what’s going on with other countries. You look at trade deals. I’m doing a great job.” Hill
VOA VIEW: The truth is the truth.

US Top Court Rebuffs Catholic Agency Over Same Sex Foster Care
The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Thursday to force the city of Philadelphia to resume the placement of children in need of foster care with a Catholic agency that refuses to accept gay couples as foster parents. In a decision that Catholic Social Services had said would force its foster care program to close, the justices refused the religious agency’s request for an injunction compelling the city to allow it to place children in foster homes while litigation over the dispute continues in lower courts. In the brief order that did not give any reasons for the decision, three conservative members of the court, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, said they would have granted the agency’s request. Reuters

Beijing Rejects Trump's Claims That China Is Behind Fentanyl Crisis
China's top drug control body has hit back at recent claims by US President Donald Trump that Chinese suppliers are fueling America's opioid crisis. Yu Haibin, a senior official with China's National Narcotics Control Commission, said in a press briefing Wednesday that Trump's comments were "unacceptable" and "irresponsible." Trump tweeted last week that it was "outrageous" that China-produced fentanyl, a cheap and deadly synthetic opioid at least 50 times stronger than heroin, continued to "pour into the US" through international mail. Yu said the Chinese government found Trump's tweet "completely unacceptable." CNN
VOA VIEW: China is a major threat to the US.

Trump Allows Targeted Relief On Steel, Aluminum Quotas
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed proclamations permitting targeted relief from steel and aluminum quotas from some countries, the U.S. Commerce Department said on Wednesday. Trump, who put in place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in March, signed proclamations allowing relief from the quotas on steel from South Korea, Brazil and Argentina and on aluminum from Argentina, the department said in a statement. “Companies can apply for product exclusions based on insufficient quantity or quality available from U.S. steel or aluminum producers,” the statement said. Reuters

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Trump Jr. Says He'd Back A New Conservative Version Of Facebook
Donald Trump Jr. said in a new interview that he would back a conservative version of Facebook. “I’d love to do it. But what I prefer is, take one of the two Silicon Valley conservatives and let them start it,” Trump Jr. told Axios when asked if President Trump’s 2020 campaign might create such a platform. “And then I'd help promote the platform and be all over that.” Trump Jr.’s comments come on the heels of a report from The New York Times that more than 100 Facebook employees are forming a group to challenge what the group’s founder, senior Facebook engineer Brian Amerige, terms the company’s “political monoculture.” Hill

Politics Aside, Media Companies Are Also Frustrated At Google's Lack Of Transparency
President Donald Trump's accusation this week that Google's search results are "rigged" against him and against conservative media outlets inadvertently raised an issue that's been simmering among media companies for some time. It's not about an alleged political bias at Google. For media executives, it's about Google's lack of transparency and its apparently arbitrary shifts in its algorithms. Forbes
VOA VIEW: There must be competition - Google needs to be split like "Ma Bell" was.

Nearly 1,400 NYCHA Kids Tested Positive For Lead
The figure provides the first holistic count of the number children living in New York City Housing Authoring apartments who tested positive for lead exposure — and nearly doubles previous estimates. Earlier this summer, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene quietly disclosed data that showed as many as 820 children under the age of six tested positive for lead levels the federal Centers for Disease Control consider dangerous. However, those figures did not include a count of children who tested positive for lead poisoning in excess of the city’s standard, which is less stringent than CDC standard. Federal prosecutors charged in their lawsuit against NYCHA that as many as 200 children may have tested positive at the city levels. Fox

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NCAA Tells Michigan State No Rules Violated In Larry Nassar Scandal
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has cleared Michigan State University of any violations stemming from how it has handled sexual assault allegations — including those against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting his patients. The inquiry began in January. At the time, the NCAA asked MSU if it thought any violations of NCAA legislation had occurred in how it handled allegations against Nassar. The school responded in March and said it did not think it had violated any NCAA rules. The NCAA then broadened its inquiry to include the football and men's basketball programs. NPR

Man Charged With Making Death Threats To Boston Globe Journalists Over Trump Editorials
A Los Angeles man upset about The Boston Globe‘s coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media was arrested Thursday for threatening to kill the newspaper’s journalists, whom he called the “enemy of the people,” federal prosecutors said. Robert Chain’s threatening phone calls to the Globe’s newsroom started immediately after the Globe appealed to newspapers across the country to condemn what it called a “dirty war against the free press,” prosecutors said. Boston.com
VOA VIEW: Dumb, but so was the Boston Globe.

Colin Kaepernick's Collusion Case Against NFL Heading To Trial
An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture of the ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank. The former 49ers quarterback argues that owners have colluded to keep him off any NFL roster since he hit free agency in 2017.CBS

Trump Rallies For Senate Candidate Mike Braun In Indiana As It Happened
President Trump appeared at a rally in Evansville, Indiana, Thursday to support Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun. Braun is facing Sen. Joe Donnelly, one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the Senate, in November. Mr. Trump rallied in Indiana the day after Braun won the Republican primary for Senate in May, calling Donnelly "Sleepin' Joe" and a "swamp person." The president tweeted his support of Braun Thursday morning. Mr. Trump wrote: "Will be going to Evansville, Indiana, tonight for a big crowd rally with Mike Braun, a very successful businessman who is campaigning to be Indiana's next U.S. Senator. CBS

Texas Woman Facing 5 Years In Prison For Voter Fraud Speaks Out
A woman in Texas was sentenced to return to prison Thursday, because she voted in the 2016 election. She used her real name and identification, but her criminal past made voting a crime. Crystal Mason still remembers the day she was arrested for voting in the last presidential election. "My mom kept nagging, 'Go vote, go vote, go vote, go vote' and I was just like OK, I did what she said," Mason said. The 43-year-old was on supervised release for tax fraud when she cast her ballot. In Texas, that's against the law. CBS News asked if she feels like she should be able to cast a ballot, since she already served her time. CBS
VOA VIEW: The law is the law - right or wrong.

Trump Threatens DOJ, FBI To 'Start Doing Their Job' Or 'He'll Get Involved'
The president’s pointed remarks came as he took the stage at a rally in Indiana in support of GOP Senate candidate Mike Braun, who is seeking to unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly. “All I can say is, our Justice Department and our FBI, at the top of each because inside they have incredible people, but our Justice Department and our FBI have to start doing their job and doing it right and doing it now because people are angry,” Trump said. “What’s happening is a disgrace. And at some point, I wanted to stay out, but at some point if it doesn’t straighten out properly, I want them to do their job, I will get involved and I’ll get in there if I have to.” Fox

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Giuliani: Trump's Lawyers Haven't Heard From Mueller In Weeks
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney, said the President's lawyers have not heard back from special counsel Robert Mueller's office in nearly three weeks. "I figured we wouldn't hear until after the Manafort trial, but we (still) haven't," Giuliani said. He said Mueller's office has told them it is "still studying" the latest letter from Trump's team, which Giuliani said was only five to six pages. "I have to figure they're planning something," Giuliani said. CNN

Trump's Farmer Bailout Begins. USDA Spends $1.2 Billion To Buy Surplus Food
The government is starting to pay farmers that have been hurt by the fallout of President Donald Trump's widening trade feuds. The USDA announced Monday that it would release an initial $4.7 billion payment, and buy $1.2 billion of surplus food. The move is part of a larger, $12 billion aid program that was announced in July. Since then, American farmers have been waiting for details about how the money would be disbursed. Many countries have slapped tariffs on American commodities in retaliation to the Trump administration's move to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from much of the world, as well as on many goods from China. CNN

Trump Aid Cuts Hitting Palestinians Hard
Sweeping new US cuts in humanitarian aid to Palestinians are already hitting hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable people, amid accusations that the Trump administration is using the issue to “blackmail” Palestinians into accepting a peace deal that critics say will favour Israel. Fears of a wholesale withdrawal of US development assistance from Palestinians were fuelled by an opaque announcement on Friday suggesting that the US intended to redirect Palestinian aid to other “higher priorities”. Guardian

Melania Trump's Marriage To Donald Defended By Stormy Daniels
Melania Trump, 48, has had her fair share of media attention recently, after claims made in a book about her marriage to Donald Trump. Released earlier this month, tell-all book Unhinged was written by former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman. In the memoir, Omarosa states that Melania is “counting every minute” until she can divorce Donald Trump, and implies she is deeply unhappy in their marriage. Now an unlikely figure has jumped to Melania’s defence, her husband’s reported former mistress Stormy Daniels. Express UK

David Hogg, Bill De Blasio Introduce Voter Registration Initiative
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor David Hogg and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an initiative to promote voter registration Thursday. Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Hogg and de Blasio introduced Mayors For Our Lives, a bipartisan effort including more than 50 mayors throughout the country to register people between the ages 18 and 29 to vote. UPI

Anticipation Builds Around Mueller As 60 Day Election Window Nears
The window closes next week for special counsel Robert Mueller to take any more bombshell actions before midterm season officially kicks off, and people in the president’s orbit and across Washington are watching with heightened anticipation that a final pre-election surprise could come soon. Longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone emailed supporters Monday and asked for donations to his legal defense fund, saying he believes his indictment is imminent. The president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has publicly called on Mueller to wrap up his investigation into Trump by the end of next week, when the midterms will be two months away. Politico

John Dean Of Watergate Fame To Testify At Kavanaugh Hearing
The Senate Judiciary Committee has added former Solicitor General Theodore Olson and former White House counsel John Dean to the list of witnesses who will testify next week in the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Olson served as solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration. He's one of the country's best-known lawyers, having argued the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case that stopped Al Gore's recount in the 2000 presidential election. He'll offer backing to a former colleague in the Bush White House. Kavanaugh served as legal counsel and later as staff secretary for Bush. Bing

Trump Says Weisselberg 'Wonderful Guy' Who Didn't Betray Him
President Donald Trump said Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, didn’t betray him when he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their investigation into Michael Cohen. “100 percent he didn’t,” Trump said Thursday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News, when asked whether Weisselberg had turned on him or put him in legal jeopardy. “He’s a wonderful guy,” adding that the cooperation was related to “a very limited period of time.” Bloomberg

Mississippi Governor Has September Deadline On Lottery Bill
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has a mid-September deadline to sign a bill creating a state lottery to help pay for roads and bridges, and he has promised to do so. Bryant said getting a lottery up and running will take at least six months. Some lawmakers said it could take a year. The governor will appoint five people to serve on a lottery corporation. "We're going to take our time. ... It's going to be a very careful and deliberate process of picking just the right people," Bryant told reporters Wednesday as lawmakers finished a five-day special session. Creating a lottery was one part of a transportation funding plan approved during the session. Legislators agreed to give cities and counties a portion of the sales tax revenue that the state collects from people who shop online. Miami Herald

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