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Lanny Davis Says He's To Blame, Not CNN, For Controversy Over Trump-Russia Meeting Story
The lawyer for President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen said he was blaming himself, not CNN, after the network ran a story about Cohen knowing the president had advance knowledge of that Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. In an interview with Howard Kurtz on Fox News’ “MediaBuzz,” attorney Lanny Davis said he thought he was asking CNN to investigate a hunch he had that Trump knew about the meeting with the Russian lawyer, but that he did not make his uncertainty “clear enough.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Davis is the blame, but so is CNN for not confirming what they report.

McCain Ends 81 Year Journey With Burial At Naval Academy
Navy pilot. War hero. Senator. Presidential candidate. Elder statesman. John McCain's eight-decade journey as a servant of his country came to its final resting place on Sunday as he was buried at the U.S. Naval Academy cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. The interment came after a five-day procession that served as last good-bye for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared purpose. NBC

Trump Admin Talks Of Boosting Central Valley Water Deliveries
With talk of boosting water deliveries to Central Valley agriculture, the Trump administration is telling growers exactly what they want to hear. But given California’s complex water system and a web of federal and state environmental regulations, such promises could prove more political than practical. An Aug. 17 memo from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, which directed agencies to give him a plan within 25 days to send more water to Central Valley agriculture, was met with cheers from angry farmers who have for years complained that endangered species protections are cutting their irrigation deliveries and wasting water supplies. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal rhetoric.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Implores Voters To 'Vote For Person' Over Party
At the end of a week of remembrances for the late Sen. John McCain, Ohio Gov. John Kasich hailed the Arizona maverick for a lifetime of service and called on voters in the upcoming midterm elections to embrace candidates who would unite the country rather than divide it. "You know, we spend so much time talking about how lost the Republicans are. But you think about the Democratic Party moving farther and farther to the left — our country is center-right or center-left. It's not on the extremes," Kasich said on "Face the Nation" on Sunday. He said the Republican Party is in a "tug of war" but ultimately "worth fighting for." CBS
VOA VIEW: Kasich is acting like a losing brat.

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Mother Of Parkland Victim Wins School Board Seat
Before Lori Alhadeff ran for a seat on her local school board, she had no experience in politics. She didn't even consider herself a "political person," she says. That changed when her daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, died in the Parkland school shooting. In February, a former student killed 14-year-old Alyssa and 16 other people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "When my daughter was brutally shot down with an AR-15 gun, I switched to become a Democrat," Lori Alhadeff told NPR's Melissa Block Saturday on Weekend Edition. "I feel that the Democratic Party better aligns with banning the assault weapon rifle." NPR
VOA VIEW: The fool won because of sympathy coming from the death of her daughter.

'We Negroes' Robocall Is An Attempt To 'Weaponize Race' In Florida Campaign, Gillum Warns
An assertion Wednesday by a white Republican gubernatorial candidate that Florida voters can't afford to 'monkey this up' and vote for his black Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, was widely viewed as a 'dog whistle' to rally racists. If it was a dog-whistle - the GOP candidate denies any racial intent - a jungle music-scored robo-call that has circulated in Florida is more akin to a bullhorn. Chicago Tribune
VOA VIEW: The whole angle is to bring out race by black racists.

Medicare For All Requires Corporate Tax Increase
Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum acknowledged Sunday that his "Medicare for all" plan would require increasing taxes on corporations in his home state. Gillum said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he would "absolutely not raise taxes on everyday working Floridians" to institute the proposal. Pressed on whether wealthier Floridians would see a tax hike, he said corporations would front the plan. "We will increase taxes for corporations in our state who, right now, just so you are aware, only 3% of companies in the state of Florida pay the corporate tax rate. ... And that 3% under the Donald Trump tax scam got a windfall of $6.3 billion overnight due to the tax reform that took place in Washington, DC," Gillum said. MSN
VOA VIEW: Guillum is nuts.

Sen. Klobuchar: Dems Shouldn't Have Gone 'Nuclear' On Judicial Nominees
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that she regrets that her party eliminated the filibuster for approving most judicial nominees. The Judiciary Committee will grill Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, this week. If the Democrats regain the majority next year, she said, she'd support bringing it back. Washington Post

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In Kavanaugh Confirmation Fight, Just Handful Of Senators Hold Key
The Senate’s final verdict on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh – whose high-stakes, high-wire confirmation hearing begins Tuesday – will hinge on the views of just a handful of lawmakers. As it stands, Republicans hold a razor-thin, 50-49 majority with one vacancy. Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will soon appoint a successor to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., but even then the GOP majority can suffer few defections.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Any Republican Senator that votes against Kavanaugh is finished.

Trump's Meeting With North Korea Was 'Failed Summit'
Leon Panetta told “This Week” Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz in an exclusive interview aired Sunday that the June summit between Trump and the North Korean leader was "all about show." “The problem is that in many ways it was doomed to failure from the beginning because there was never the preparatory work that has to be done prior to a summit meeting," Panetta said about the meeting between the two leaders in Singapore. “They shook hands; they exchanged words.” ABC
VOA VIEW: Panetta is an idiot.

Avenatti To Hold 'Resistance Rally' In Texas The Same Night As Trump's Campaign Rally For Cruz
Michael Avenatti announced Sunday that he plans to hold an event countering President Trump's campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in Texas next month. Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump, called on his supporters to "fight fire with fire." "I am excited to announce that I will be leading a large resistance rally in Texas at the exact same time of Trump's (details tba)," he tweeted. "All groups are welcome to join. We must fight fire with fire and we must send a message that we will fight to make America America again." MSN
VOA VIEW: No one cares what Avenatti says or does.

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David Hogg's GoFundMe Wants To Put Trump's Anti Cruz Tweets On Texas Billboards
Did someone say receipts? With the help of Parkland survivor and gun control activist David Hogg, a GoFundMe raised $9,760 to put Donald Trump's tweets bashing Ted Cruz up on a billboard in Texas. The GoFundMe, organized by political group USA Latinx, raised the money in less than 24 hours. The campaign was a response to Trump endorsing Cruz through Twitter. On Friday, the president announced a "major rally" that would take place in "the biggest stadium in Texas we can find." Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Hogg is an idiot.

John Kerry: Culture Divide Worsened By 'So Called Leaders' Who 'Operate In A Fact Less World'
Former Secretary of State John Kerry says he's "really not thinking about" running for president in 2020, but analyzed what the future might hold for the Democratic Party. On Martha's Vineyard, former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry was asked by CBS's Brennan, "Why would you want to leave here and go on the campaign trail?" "Because we need to," he replied. "I don't want to, I need to. You've got to take the time to invest in citizenship. It's that simple." RCP

Dems Slam WH For Withholding Documents On Supreme Court Nominee
Democrats on Sunday criticized the Trump administration for refusing to release thousands of documents on Brett Kavanaugh ahead of this week’s upcoming Senate hearings on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump, worked in the White House under former President George W. Bush, whose lawyers combed through documents from that time and decided that 27,000 of them were protected under “constitutional privilege.” Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems are being foolish and obstructionists.

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Ahead Of Midterms, Dems Lead In Cash, Candidates And Voters
Labor Day traditionally begins the homestretch of a campaign season, or the moment when uninterested voters actually tune into the election. As the runners near the last turn in 2018, the numbers show some clear trends: An enthusiastic electorate, a diverse pool of candidates and a solid advantage for Democrats in the House. Enthusiasm has been apparent throughout the primary season in a long list of states, from Iowa to California. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal foolish wishfool thinking.

Kasich Says He'll Run As A Republican If He Seeks Presidency In 2020
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said Sunday that if he runs for president in 2020, he’ll be on the ticket as a Republican. “I’m a Republican,” Kasich said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked if he would run as a Republican or independent if he were to launch a 2020 bid. There has previously been speculation that Kasich, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2016, could run as an independent in 2020. He told Politico that he wasn’t “ruling anything in or out” when asked if he would consider running as an independent. If he were to run as a Republican, Kasich would challenge President Trump in a primary. Kasich has previously said he might run for president in 2020 but hasn’t committed to it. Hill
VOA VIEW: Kasich is a loser fool.

As Elections Approach, What Is The Risk Of Russian Meddling?
Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites. The sites mimicked a portal for U.S. senators and their staffs. Emails to Senate users urged them to reset their passwords — an apparent attempt to steal them. The attempt to infiltrate the Senate network and others reported recently point to Russia's continued efforts to interfere in U.S. politics, which Moscow official denies. There is no clear evidence, experts said, of Kremlin efforts specifically designed to disrupt elections in November. Yahoo

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When Liberals Are Rooting For Sessions......
How on earth did Jeff Sessions — Jeff Sessions — find himself abandoned by the right and embraced by the left? For sure, President Trump has a special talent for matchmaking strange bedfellows. He has somehow gotten liberals to feel a begrudging sympathy or even admiration for figures they once reviled. Think: Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; James B. Comey; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex. (however briefly); the Kochs. Even ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is getting some love (and donations) from left-wingers. Denver Post
VOA VIEW: Fools will take any liberal roll.

Grassley: I Pray Trump Can Be More Disciplined In His Discourse
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted Sunday that he prays President Trump can be as disciplined in his discourse for the next two months as he was in the last two weeks before his election in 2016. “My prayer is that our President can be as disciplined in his discourse and speeches like last two [weeks before] his election,” Grassley wrote. “Then we will be successful in next two months like he was successful,” he added. It is unclear what prompted Grassley's tweet, but Grassley has often implored the president to be more careful in his rhetoric and actions. Grassley earlier this month asked the president to follow Wall Street Journal D.C. bureau chief Gerald Seib’s advice from his Aug. 20 column, where Seib wrote that the president too often steps on his own good news. Hill

Grand Jury Will Investigate Whether Kris Kobach Intentionally Botched Voter Registration In 2016
The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that a grand jury must be convened to investigate whether Secretary of State Kris Kobach intentionally botched voter registration in the state in the 2016 elections. Kobach, the Republican candidate for Kansas governor in the upcoming 2018 midterms, is a key ally of President Donald Trump on voter fraud and headed the president’s since-disbanded election fraud commission. This all stems from a petition filed in 2016 by Lawrence, Kansas resident Steven Davis, who made an unsuccessful run for the Kansas House that year and again in 2018. He asked for a probe into whether Kobach and others in his office engaged in “destroying, obstructing, or failing to deliver online voter registration.” MSN
VOA VIEW: Liberal rhetoric.

Trump Blasted 'Lyin' Ted Cruz. Activists Want To Remind Texans.
Deep in the heart of Texas, a billboard truck will soon hit the road with a curated list of President Trump's tweets -- attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz, a former political foe. Trump popularized the term "Lyin' Ted" in 2016. But it's 2018 now, and Democratic voter mobilization and an unlikely challenger have mounted an improbable campaign for a reliably Republican seat. Trump said an October rally is in the works to lend Cruz support. "I'm picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find," Trump said Friday on Twitter. Washington Post

O'Rourke Bets National Attention Lifts Him In Texas Race
If elections were decided by viral videos and fawning media profiles, Democrat Beto O'Rourke would win Texas' Senate race in a landslide. Video of the candidate defending NFL players' right to protest during the national anthem had been viewed by millions even before NBA star LeBron James called it a "must-watch." Another of him thrashing through a Whataburger parking lot on a skateboard is almost as popular, increasing the onetime punk rocker's already considerable street cred. Yahoo

How A Nonprofit Is Changing Lives By Paying Bail
Last year, veteran public defender Robin Steinberg launched The Bail Project, a nationwide charitable fund for pretrial defendants who can't afford to pay bail. Since the launch, NBC News has had an exclusive, frontline view of how Steinberg's vision is playing out, gaining access to the Tulsa County Jail, and following a group of her "bail disruptors" and the inmates they're helping. On any given day in the U.S. more than 600,000 people are locked up in local jails. Many are there simply because they can't afford to pay bail. NBC

Dems View Of Kavanaugh Shaped By Bitter 2004 Hearing
As Sen. Chuck Schumer pondered the judicial nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, the New York Democrat could barely contain his anger. He viewed the choice as "among the most political in history" and could not think of another nominee "more designed to divide us." Schumer was not talking about President Donald Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court justice. It was 2004, and Schumer helped lead the Democrats' questioning of Kavanaugh to move from the George W. Bush White House to a federal circuit judgeship. Schumer and his Democratic colleagues cast him as an extreme conservative and were so effective that they blocked Kavanaugh's nomination for three years. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Schumer is an obstructionist.

Wife Of Ex NRA Head Tapped Accused Russian Agent To Secure Jet Fuel Deal
The wife of David Keene, a former president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), tapped accused Russian agent Maria Butina to secure a jet fuel deal with Russia, according to hundreds of emails obtained by The New York Times. Donna Keene, a Washington lobbyist, asked Butina and her boyfriend at the time, GOP operative Paul Erickson, to secure five million barrels of jet fuel in exchange for $1 million, the Times reported. Keene reportedly connected Butina and Erickson with prospective buyers, including Israeli-American salesman Yoni Wiss. MSN
VOA VIEW: The truth and whole story is ...

Rio's 200 Year Old National Museum Hit By Massive Fire
A 200-year-old museum in Rio de Janeiro was hit on Sunday by a massive fire, images from television station Globo showed, threatening its collection of more than 20 million items ranging from archeological findings to historical memorabilia. According to Globo's website, there was no information yet on potential deaths, injuries, cause of the fire or extent of damage at Rio's Museu Nacional. The fire broke out after visiting hours and was still raging and appeared to be growing Sunday night. Representatives from the fire department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trust.org

Will Mueller Subpoena President?
The months-long dance between President Trump’s lawyers and Robert Mueller over a voluntary presidential interview has yet to bear fruit, raising the question of whether the special counsel will subpoena the president to testify as part of his Russia probe. Those who know Mueller professionally say he would not hesitate to compel Trump to testify under oath before a grand jury if he considered it critical that his investigation include testimony from the commander in chief. Hill

Mueller Probe Shadows Kavanaugh As Dems Press Questions
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will hang over next week’s Senate hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, who may help decide the Russia probe’s fate if he’s confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats, making a longshot bid to derail President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the high court, say they will press Kavanaugh on writings and comments that hint at how he might rule on issues affecting Mueller’s probe of interference in the 2016 election. Hill

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Lieberman And Graham Defend Meghan McCain After She Targets Trump In Father's Eulogy
Two of Sen. John McCain’s closest friends on Sunday defended his daughter’s apparent swipes at President Trump during her eulogy at the late Arizona senator’s funeral. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman both argued that Meghan McCain was grieving when making the eulogy for her father and that – just like the late senator himself – his daughter does not back down when criticized. Fox
VOA VIEW: The is no place for insults in a eulogy.

Chicago's Bloody Labor Day Weekend Sees At Least 3 Killed, 14 Wounded In Shootings
The dead included a man, 18, shot in the chest and head while standing on a sidewalk; a man, 32, shot in the neck by a man wearing a mask; and a woman, 30, struck in the back of the head while standing in an alley, WMAQ reported. No suspects are in custody. The weekend started with an apparent lull in violent crime — but it didn’t last. For more than 15 hours Saturday, no one was reported shot in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. Then, the bullets started to fly. By the end of last weekend, three people were shot dead and 25 others were wounded, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Fox

John McCain Buried Next To His Best Friend Where His Decades Of Public Service Began
McCain was buried in a plot at the academy's cemetery shaded by sycamore and maple trees next to his best friend, U.S. Navy Adm. Charles "Chuck" Larson, and surrounded by the graves of military leaders and war heroes. Following a private 2 p.m. ET burial service at the Naval Academy Chapel, McCain's final wish -- one he wrote about in his memoir, "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations" -- was fulfilled. ABC

US-Pakistan Tensions Flare Before Pompeo Trip
Pakistan has dismissed as “incorrect” reports the United States has canceled $300 million in military aid to the country, saying Washington owed the money to Islamabad for expenses incurred on fighting terrorism. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood made the remarks a day after the Pentagon disclosed it decided to scrap the funds because Pakistan was not doing enough against terrorist groups inside its borders. “It is not a cut in any [U.S.] aid, it is not assistance. This is our own money which we have used for improving regional security situation and they had to reimburse it to us,” Qureshi told reporters Sunday in Islamabad. VOA

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