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Gordon Expected To Be A Hurricane For Landfall In Mississippi
Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to be a hurricane when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast, just east of Louisiana, the National Hurricane Center said in a 4 p.m. forecast update. A hurricane warning has been issued for the coast in Mississippi and Alabama, from the mouth of the Pearl River to the Alabama-Florida state line. Louisiana is not included in the warning. The hurricane is projected to bring heavy rainfall to Louisiana, southern Alabama and southern Mississippi with totals reaching as high as eight inches, forecasters said. Google
VOA VIEW: Where it will hit?

Tropical Storm Gordon Prompts State Of Emergency In Louisiana As Northern Gulf Coast Readies
Residents and officials along the northern Gulf coast rushed Monday to get ready for the arrival of what's expected to become Hurricane Gordon. Emergency operations centers were activated from Florida to Louisiana, and residents were urged to complete their storm plans and keep an eye on the storm. In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state. Edwards announced at a news conference Monday evening that 200 National Guard troops will be deployed to southeastern Louisiana, where heavy rains and strong winds are anticipated Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. Weather.com
VOA VIEW: Being ready is good.

Trump Slams Sessions On Twitter
President Trump lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a string of tweets on Monday, accusing him of hurting Republican chances in the upcoming midterm elections with a series of Justice Department investigations. “Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department,” Trump tweeted. “Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff..... Fox
VOA VIEW: Sessions is not in control of the DOJ.

Colin Kaepernick Named Face Of Nike's 30th Anniversary Of 'Just Do It' Campaign
Nike selected former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its "Just Do It" campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Darren Rovell of ESPN reported the choice of Kaepernick, who started the movement to kneel during the United States national anthem to protest racial injustice in August 2016. Bleacher Report
VOA VIEW: Nike made a major mistake.

Russian Gold Backed Cryptocurrency Maybe Used For Weapons Sales
Russian lawmaker Vladimir Gutenev, in an interview with the country’s Tass news agency suggested Russia should use gold-backed cryptocurrencies for collecting money from its export of weapons. The lawmaker said Russia should "consider the possibility of conducting transactions in cryptocurrencies that are linked to the value of gold." Such a move could allow Russia to sidestep attempts by the U.S., whose sanctions prevent or limit the trade of Russian arms and various other goods. With regard to conducting transactions in cryptocurrencies with specific countries, Gutenev mentioned: "And I’m sure that this will be a very interesting option for China, India, and other states as well." IBT

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Trump's Imaginary Wages, Trade Falsehoods
It was a week of exaggeration and outright fiction for President Donald Trump as he sought to push through a trade pact with Mexico, hyped numbers on jobs and raged against Google and the Russia investigation. He wrongly describes the deal to replace the three-nation North American Free Trade Agreement as "one of the largest" and made a questionable assertion that he has unilateral authority to exclude Canada if it doesn't agree to his terms. Speaking in advance of Labor Day, Trump also declared that workers' wages are "going up" when they really aren't. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Total shameful deception by the liberal media.

Monica Lewinsky Cuts Off Interview In Israel
Lewinsky was sitting for the question-and-answer session after speaking about the pros and cons of the Internet at a conference organized by the Israel Television News Company on Monday. The interviewer asked if Lewinsky was still waiting for a “personal apology” from Clinton, Haaretz reported. “Recently in an interview with NBC News, former President Clinton was rather irate when he was asked if he ever apologized to you personally,” news anchor Yonit Levi said. “Do you still expect that apology, the personal apology?” Fox

Florida Election Is Latest Target Of White Supremacist Robocalls
Racist robocalls targeting Andrew Gillum, a black Democrat gubernatorial nominee in Florida, went to residents throughout the state recently in an apparent attempt to influence voting. The 39-year-old Tallahassee mayor and upset candidate is the first black nominee from a major party for Florida governor. The robocall message, obtained by NPR, is narrated by someone pretending to be Gillum. The narrator uses an exaggerated minstrel dialect — featuring phrases like "We Negros" — with jungle noises in the background. The calls end with a disclaimer that they were paid for by The Road to Power, a neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic podcast operated by Scott Rhodes of Idaho. NPR
VOA VIEW: The use of a race card to divide the voters.

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US Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Faces Tough Congress Hearings
US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is expected to face tough questions during four days of hearings this week over his stance on controversial issues, including women's rights and corporate power. Democrats will grill President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court on his endorsement of presidential immunity and his opposition to abortion. Kavanaugh is nominated to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy who retired at the end of July. Aljazeera
VOA VIEW: All nominees face tough hearings.

Bernie Sanders Knocks Trump On Labor Day
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tore into President Trump on Monday while speaking before a crowd of labor organizers, arguing that Trump is a “pathological liar” who “works night and day on behalf of his fellow billionaires.” Sanders told those gathered for an AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast in New Hampshire that Trump is trying to divide Americans for “cheap political reasons,” Politico reported. Hill
VOA VIEW: Sanders is an idiot.

Capuano Ahead Of Tough Primary: Dems Will Unite Against 'Common Enemy'
Massachusetts Democratic Rep.  Michael Capuano on Monday brushed aside accusations levied by his primary foe, Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, that he’s out of touch with his district. Capuano has been in Congress for almost two decades and hasn’t faced a significant re-election challenge until this year, when Pressley announced her bid in the heavily Democratic district. The two are set to square off Tuesday in the pivotal primary. Pressley has gained traction by styling her campaign as a new direction for the congressional district, while Capuano has played up his progressive record. A WBUR poll from early August found Capuano ahead of Pressley by 13 points, but an upset is seen as possible because of the thirst for new blood among many progressives. NBC

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Pennsylvania GOP Official Resigns Over Racist Facebook Posts
A Pennsylvania Republican official who referred to black NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as "baboons" in a Facebook post has resigned. Former Beaver County Republican Committee secretary Carla Maloney resigned Friday in a letter to the committee's chairman. Maloney apologized for her "insensitive" posts and said she would "work to show everyone" who she is. Maloney called the players "baboons" on her personal Facebook account in response to athletes who have knelt during the national anthem to protest social injustice. In another post, she said "overpaid ignorant blacks" should "go to Africa." AP

Billionaire Seahawks Owner Contributes Big To GOP
Paul Allen, the billionaire Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers owner and Microsoft co-founder, made his largest-ever foray into congressional politics this year by donating $100,000 to a group seeking to keep Republicans in control of the U.S. House. The Seattle Times reports that the June 14 donation, disclosed in mid-July, went to Protect the House, a committee headed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good for Republicans and bad for Dems.

How Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Got Invited To John McCain's Funeral
There’s a simple explanation behind why Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner attended John McCain’s funeral on Saturday: They were invited. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close friend of Sen. McCain’s, shared that “nobody was at that funeral that did not get invited by the family.” “Earlier in the week, I met with Ivanka about a trip we’re planning in Africa,” Sen. Graham said after denying that he was responsible for the couple’s presence at the service. He also noted that “Ivanka said some very nice things about Sen. McCain after his passing.” Yahoo

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Three Decades On, George H.W. Bush's Points Of Light Still Shine
Three decades after it was ridiculed and became a punchline on late-night television, former President George H.W. Bush's Points of Light concept is still going strong to the surprise of some, including President Donald Trump. The phrase, aimed at promoting the former president's vision of volunteerism, was transformed into Point of Light awards given to more than 6,000 individuals and the foundation Points of Light, which promotes volunteerism in 37 countries. This week, Bush, 94, hopes to greet board members and corporate partners during a three-day event that begins Tuesday in Kennebunkport, Maine. VOA

Dems Last Shot At Stopping Trump's Supreme Court Pick
The long-shot path to killing Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination runs through the heart of the American health care system — and right into the November midterm elections. Senate Democrats prepping for this week’s marathon confirmation hearings are zeroing in on the health care views of the man who could pull the nation’s high court to the right for a generation — and determine the fate of abortion rights, the social safety net and Obamacare itself, possibly within months. Politico
VOA VIEW: A wasteful shot, as there is no stopping Kavanaugh.

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Giuliani: Trump Legal Team May Try To Block Mueller From Releasing Final Report
President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani is claiming that the president's legal team may invoke executive privilege to stop special counsel Robert Mueller's final report on the Russia investigation from being released to the public. Giuliani told The New Yorker that it's likely the Trump administration would object to the memo being made public information. Hill

With Cynthia Nixon's Move Left In New York, Will Other Leading Dems Follow?
Nixon and her supporters have labeled it and other recent Cuomo stances the #TheCynthiaEffect. They say her campaign has pushed Cuomo, long viewed as a centrist, further to his political left as he seeks a third term and a potential run for president in 2020. But Cuomo's campaign said it isn't so, pointing to his progressive accomplishments over the past eight years and for rejecting some of Nixon's policies, such as abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. USA Today

Fox Keeps Urging Trump: Fire The 'Shill' Jeff Sessions Now
President Donald Trump has a proven track record of paying extremely close attention to his favorite TV shows, to the point that a Fox guest or host’s televised advice can trigger him to dramatically upend his own party and team’s calculated strategy and stance. These are television shows that often have more direct influence and impact on Trump than many of his senior staffers or top officials. And now, many of the president’s all-time favorite hosts and media personalities are telling him, over and over again, to get rid of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as quickly as humanly possible. Google
VOA VIEW: Sessions is a disappointment.

Can Dems Stop Kavanaugh From Overturning Roe V. Wade?
In a few weeks, the Senate will likely confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, where he will serve a lifetime appointment. A few years after he joins the bench—or as early as next June—Kavanaugh will cast the decisive vote in a 5–4 decision that will eviscerate Roe v. Wade. Within hours, days, and weeks of that ruling, a slew of states will outlaw or severely limit abortion; others will resume enforcing abortion bans that remain on the books. None of this is hypothetical or seriously debatable.  Slate

GOP Leaders Scramble To Avoid Pre-Election Day Shutdown
For months, GOP leaders have been laying the groundwork to avoid a shutdown on Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year and just five weeks before Election Day. Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and even Vice President Mike Pence are already quietly lobbying Trump to postpone a shutdown fight over his border wall with Mexico until after the election, Hill and Trump administration sources say. But any carefully laid plans could be for naught, as Trump receives contradictory advice from rival factions in the West Wing. Some White House officials are confident that Trump will sign spending bills keeping the government open. Politico

US Service Member Killed In Apparent Insider Attack In Afghanistan
One US service member was killed and another was wounded in what the military described as "an apparent insider attack" in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. The service member, whose identity has not yet been released, is the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year, according to a statement from the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, Resolute Support. The wounded service member is in stable condition, according to the statement. CNN

One Body Found, Threee Still Missing After Boat Collision On Colorado River
Arizona authorities say they have found the body of a woman who was among four people missing after two boats crashed on the Colorado River. Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen says 51-year-old Christi Lewis was found Monday in a section of the river that borders California and Arizona. Mortensen says Lewis was a California resident, but her hometown hasn’t been determined. NBC

Trump Pushing Middle East To Face Reality In Palestine
In a blow to decades of myth-based policy, Team Trump last week cut all US funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency — a special body that does as much to distort the peace process as to help Palestinian refugees. Since its founding in 1949 to take care of, as The Post’s Benny Avni put it, the roughly “750,000 Arab refugees from the war Israel’s neighbors launched to erase it off the map,” UNRWA has worked not to end that refugee crisis but to prolong it. NY Post

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Reportedly Overruled Decision To Ban Alex Jones
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey weighed in on the Alex Jones controversy, overruling a decision by his staff to ban the right-wing conspiracy theorist, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Dorsey weighs in on the most high-profile cases, people described as familiar with the matter told the Journal. For instance, he reportedly instructed his employees to let alt-right provocateur Richard Spencer keep one of his Twitter accounts after the trust and safety team kicked him off the platform in 2016, the newspaper reported. CNET

Facebook & Instagram Down: Temporary Service Outage Plagues US, Europe
Thousands of Facebook and Instagram users worldwide, mostly in the east coast of the US and parts of Europe, have suffered temporary service outages on Monday. The company has apologized for the “inconvenience.” The social media giant has been having issues for about 90 minutes since 4:48pm EDT, according to the Down Detector web service. Over 13,000 users reported troubles logging into their accounts or suffering a “total blackout.” RT

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Trump Mocks Potential Kerry 2020 Challenge
President Donald Trump mocked a potential re-election challenge from former Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday, writing on Twitter that he "should only be so lucky" to face off against the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee in 2020. "I see that John Kerry, the father of the now terminated Iran deal, is thinking of running for President," Trump wrote. "I should only be so lucky — although the field that is currently assembling looks really good — FOR ME!" Politico
VOA VIEW: The thought is silly.

Reuters Reporters Sentenced To 7 Years In Jail In Myanmar Landmark Secrets Case
A Myanmar judge on Monday found two Reuters journalists guilty of breaching a law on state secrets and sentenced them to seven years in prison, in a landmark case seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the Southeast Asian country. Yangon northern district judge Ye Lwin said Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, breached the colonial-era Official Secrets Act when they collected and obtained confidential documents. AOL

Syria Idlib: Trump Warns Of 'Grave Humaitarian Mistake'
US President Donald Trump has warned the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies against "recklessly" attacking rebel-held Idlib province. In a tweet he warned of "a grave humanitarian mistake" in which hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Syrian government forces are said to be preparing a huge offensive on the last major rebel stronghold in the country. The UN says such a campaign could have disastrous consequences for thousands of civilians. The US State Department also warned on Monday that Washington would respond to any chemical attacks by the Syrian government or its allies. BBC

New Yorker Uninvites Steve Bannon From Its Festival After Backlash
The magazine's editor-in-chief, David Remnick, was to interview Bannon at the festival. In a note to his staff Monday evening announcing the decision, he said, "I've thought this through and talked to colleagues—and I've re-considered. I've changed my mind." The New York Times had revealed Bannon's scheduled appearance in an article Monday morning, and a wave of criticism soon followed on social media, with many asking Remnick and the magazine to reconsider. Jim Carrey, Judd Apatow and Patton Oswald were among the celebrities who said they would not participate in the event if Bannon were to attend. CNN

NBC News Boss Andy Lack Defends Handling Of Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein Reporting In Memo
The 10-page memo provided to Fox News, which came with a cover letter and table of contents, was sent out after a former NBC News producer who was working with Farrow on the Weinstein probe said they were ordered to kill the report on direction from "the very highest levels at NBC." But Lack fought back against the allegation in his memo, labeling talk about the network’s handling of the report "an unusual situation for a news division." "We spent eight months pursuing the story but at the end of that time, NBC News – like many others before us – still did not have a single victim or witness willing to go on the record. (Rose McGowan – the only woman Farrow interviewed who was willing to be identified – had refused to name Weinstein and then her lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter.)," Lack wrote. "So we had nothing yet fit to broadcast. But Farrow did not agree with that standard. That’s where we parted ways – agreeing to his request to take his reporting to a print outlet that he said was ready to move forward immediately." Fox

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