NEWS     WEDNESDAY,  SEPTEMBER  5, 2018    NEWS

Fireworks As Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Get Underway
The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh launched with chaotic scenes Tuesday morning as Democrats pushed to adjourn, and protesters repeatedly interrupted the proceedings. The complaints from Democrats on the panel and protester fireworks that lasted through the hearing's first hour followed the late-night release of tens of thousands of documents related to Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush White House. “The committee received just last night, less than 15 hours ago, 42,000 pages of documents that we have not had an opportunity to read, review or analyze,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said moments after the hearing opened. “We cannot possibly move forward with this hearing.” NBC
VOA VIEW: Tough luck on foolish requests.

Trump Comes Out Swinging Ahead Of Big Political Week
President Donald Trump couldn't wait to launch into the fall political season, an intense 10-week conflagration that marks a hugely consequential chapter in his turbulent presidency. He spent Labor Day, when campaign politicking goes into overdrive, unleashing a raging tweet storm blasting his beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other favorite targets, such as fired FBI Director James Comey, officials leading the Russian probe and the media. CNN

Is Brett Kavanaugh A Threat To Women, Workers And Environment?
On Jan. 21, 2017, more than two million women marched on Washington with a message for Donald Trump: Hands off our bodies, our health care, our Social Security and our planet. Over the last 18 months, we have been horrified to witness the Trump administration’s all-out assault on women’s rights, immigrants, the working class and environmental regulations. Hill
VOA VIEW: No threat.

Former Sen. Jon Kyl To Replace The Late John McCain In Senate
Former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen. John McCain in the Senate. Kyl, 76, served three terms in the Senate, rising to become the number two Republican before retiring in 2013. He has been helping guide Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination through the Senate, and has been a lobbyist at a Washington law firm. He also previously served in the U.S. House. In making the announcement, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, said "there is no one in Arizona with the stature of Sen. Jon Kyl" and that he is "prepared to hit the ground running." NPR
VOA VIEW: Good choice.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Not Seeking Re-Election
In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he will not be seeking a third term in office in the 2019 election. Emanuel, a former congressman and White House chief of staff, has come under heavy criticism in recent years for an increase in gun violence in the city and tense police-community relations as a result of police shootings. He has also struggled to get a handle on rising pension debt. But the announcement that he is walking away from the mayor's office is a political stunner. NPR
VOA VIEW: It's good news.

Amazon's Stock Value Has Crossed $1 Trillion
Amazon's stock value briefly topped $1 trillion on Tuesday, a little over a month after Apple crossed the same milestone. The tech and retail behemoth, founded as an online bookstore by CEO Jeff Bezos in 1994, has been consistently profitable only since 2015. In fact, Amazon profits have averaged $2 billion in each of the first two quarters of this year. Bezos, whose fortune comes from his Amazon stake, has been declared the richest person in modern history, with a net worth topping $150 billion. NPR

Carl Bernstein Calls Bob Woodward's Trump Book 'Indisputable'
The noise machine is really cranking up to challenge Bob Woodward's book "Fear." But the book is about something fundamental, something that's hard for the pro-Trump media to fully counter. It's about whether Trump is fit for office. The book is full of reasons to doubt his fitness. And it details a White House that isn't just dysfunctional, but is downright broken. Here's the very latest... -- "Fear" was #12 on Amazon BEFORE WaPo and CNN published excerpts around 11:15am Tuesday. By 5pm, the book was firmly #1, and it's not going to budge for days... CNN
VOA VIEW: More fake news and ignorant stupidity from the left.

Special Counsel Reportedly Agrees To Accept Written Answers From President
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly dropped his insistence that President Trump appear in person to answer questions related to potential coordination his 2016 election campaign and Russia, agreeing instead to accept written responses. The New York Times first reported on a letter sent Friday to the White House by Mueller making the offer. It comes after months of wrangling over whether Trump would or would not sit for an interview with the special counsel. NPR

As NFL Offers Measured Response To Nike's Kaepernick Ad, Other Reactions Range From Support To Outrage
Nike’s polarizing decision to put Colin Kaepernick at the center of its latest ad campaign has aggravated NFL employees, infuriated fans and even affected the sneaker giant’s stock. But publicly, at least, the league is playing nice with its corporate partner. “The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity. We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities,” NFL Executive Vice President Jocelyn Moore said in a statement. “The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Nike will financially lose.

Google Bosses Expected To Snub Senate
When Silicon Valley companies once again appear in front of the US Senate on Wednesday, there will be one major absentee: Google. The Senate Intelligence Committee wanted to hear from Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, or his boss Larry Page, the chief executive of Google’s parent firm, Alphabet. Barring a dramatic, last-minute change of plan, the BBC understands neither will attend. It would mark the first time a technology firm has refused to comply with the wishes of Congress since the far-reaching inquiries into misinformation and meddling began in the wake of the 2016 election. BBC

'New Yorker' Editor Explains Why Bannon Was Dropped From Festival
The New Yorker has disinvited Steve Bannon from the magazine's upcoming annual festival, after several high-profile celebrities balked at the idea of appearing alongside the man credited with many of the divisive strategies that propelled Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Explaining the decision, New Yorker editor David Remnick said that "to interview Bannon is not to endorse him." But less than 12 hours after announcing Bannon as a headliner for the Oct. 5-7 festival, Remnick canceled his plan to interview Bannon. Google

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USA Gymnastics Head, Kerry Perry, Resigns Amid Abuse Scandal
Fewer than 10 months after taking the job of USA Gymnastics president and CEO, Kerry Perry has resigned. Perry has been under scrutiny from the U.S. Olympic Committee as USA Gymnastics attempts to navigate a path forward following a sexual abuse scandal by former team doctor Larry Nassar that involved hundreds of women and girls. Nassar has been sentenced to decades in prison. Google

Bob Woodward: Trump's Aides Stole His Papers 'To Protect The Country'
measures in the White House to try to stop what they saw as his most dangerous impulses, going so far as to swipe and hide papers from his desk so he wouldn't sign them, according to a new book from legendary journalist Bob Woodward. Woodward's 448-page book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," provides an unprecedented inside-the-room look through the eyes of the President's inner circle. From the Oval Office to the Situation Room to the White House residence, Woodward uses confidential background interviews to illustrate how some of the President's top advisers view him as a danger to national security and have sought to circumvent the commander in chief. CNN
VOA VIEW: An excuse for having nothing.

Japan's Strongest Typhoon In 25 Years Kills At Least 6
Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing heavy rain and reports of winds up to 172km/h (107mph). In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of a railway station roof came down. Officials ordered more than a million people in affected areas to evacuate their homes amid warnings of high waves, flooding and mudslides. It has already left tens of thousands without power and authorities have urged people to move to safety. BBC

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Nike's Support For Colin Kaepernick Protest Has Some Destroying Their Shoes
People upset with the move have started setting fire to their sneakers and sportswear to protest Nike using Kaepernick to promote the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” advertising campaign. The former San Francisco 49er has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season. That year, he began kneeling during the National Anthem to raise awareness about police brutality against African-Americans and other racial injustices. Dozens of other players began joining Kaepernick, and he has become a symbol of the dividing lines over race in America. Fox2now
VOA VIEW: Nike made a stupid decision.

Judy Garland's Stolen Ruby Slippers Found After 13 Years
A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz has been found 13 years after being stolen, according to US authorities. They were taken from a Minnesota museum in 2005, when someone broke in through a window late at night. Three others pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the 1939 film are known to exist. An anonymous donor once offered a $1m (£775,000) reward for the stolen pair's whereabouts and the thief's name. However, the reward expired on the tenth anniversary of the robbery. BBC

Woodward Book Claims Trump Called Sessions A 'Dumb Southerner'
But Sessions quickly fell from favor after he recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election interference and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. Porter was forced out after two ex-wives accused him of domestic violence. Woodward’s revelation came a day after Trump once again belittled Sessions — for allowing the Justice Department to indict a pair of allegedly crooked GOP lawmakers, whom Trump called “very popular.” NY Post

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Tesla Workers Decribe What It's Like To Work In The Gigantic Gigafactory
The Gigafactory is where the batteries and drive units — think electric-vehicle engines — are made before they're sent to Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, to be put into the cars. It's gigantic and spans 4.9 million square feet spread across three floors. Inside, more than 2,500 employees work tirelessly alongside contractors and temps. The facility is big enough to drive through, but only vehicles being used for the production process are allowed on the floor. Yahoo Finance

Brett Kavanaugh Vows To 'Keep An Open Mind In Every Case',
After Chaotic Confirmation Hearing Day Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday vowed to be a “a neutral and impartial arbiter” if confirmed to the Supreme Court, after a chaotic first day of hearings on Capitol Hill amid political theatrics and protests from Democrats. “If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case,” Kavanaugh said. “I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich. I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States and the American rule of law.” Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings started Tuesday and are set to continue through the week. Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals acted like whining fools.

Another Democratic Insurgent Pulls Off A Stunner, Pointing To Where The Party Is Heading
Insurgent challenger Ayanna Pressley pulled off a stunning primary upset on Tuesday, knocking off Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano in Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District. Capuano becomes the second House Democrat to lose his nomination for re-election this year, after fellow 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley was bested by political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York earlier this summer. Capuano conceded the race a little more than an hour after the polls closed but well before the Associated Press was ready to make a call in the race. With about half of the vote counted, Pressley led Capuano by about 8 points, 54 percent to 46 percent. Slate
VOA VIEW: Dems have gone way past left.

Apple Watch And Bluetooth Car Audio
There are two things I do with my iPhone on-the-go that my Apple Watch hasn’t been able to do: play podcasts and take photos and video. The upcoming watchOS 5 software update solves the podcast problem, and I have a dedicated camera for shooting without my iPhone. But the inability to pair the Apple Watch with Bluetooth car audio remains a sticking point. My Apple Watch can stream Apple Music and Radio over LTE. It can stream podcasts over LTE. It even pairs to Bluetooth headphones and speakers for music and podcast output. Using this mix of features, I regularly go for outdoor workouts or just trips about without carrying my iPhone. I’m still hesitant about leaving the house without my iPhone if I’m driving more than a few minutes away, however, simply because I can’t pair my Apple Watch with my car stereo. 9to5Mac

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Death Toll In Libya's Tripoli Rises As Fighting Rages On
The death toll from ongoing fighting in Libya's capital, Tripoli, has risen to at least 50, health officials said, as violence between rival militias rages on. The health ministry said on Tuesday clashes between armed groups had also left more than 138 people wounded. The previous death toll stood at 39 people, including 18 civilians. On August 27, fierce battles erupted in Tripoli's districts after the Seventh Brigade, an armed group based in Tarhouna, 65km southeast of the capital, launched a surprise offensive against rival militias. Aljazeera

Man Detained After Blast Near US Embassy In Cairo
Egyptian security forces have reportedly detained a man suspected of trying to detonate a bomb near the US embassy in the capital, Cairo. A security source said the man was carrying a bag that exploded outside the compound in the Garden City area. The embassy said police had "finished their investigations at the scene" and that it had resumed normal business. Egyptian academic Adel al-Adawy earlier tweeted photos appearing to show a small fire and a man being led away. BBC

Trudeau Indicates He Will Not Bend On Key NAFTA Demands At Talks
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday indicated Canada would not bend on key demands at talks this week with the United States to update the North American Free Trade Agreement. "There are a number of things we absolutely must see in a renegotiated NAFTA," he told reporters in the Pacific province of British Columbia. Officials for both sides are scheduled to meet in Washington on Wednesday in a bid to settle some major differences. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Canada will lose at the end.

$400G In GoFundMe Cash For Homeless Vet Is Gone]
The $400,000 raised through a GoFundMe account to support a homeless veteran in Philadelphia after he gave his last bit of money to help a stranded motorist is reportedly drained. A Lawyer representing Johnny Bobbitt, whose story garnered national attention last year after he gave Kate McClure his last $20 to fill up her gas tank, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that news of the depleted account “came as a complete surprise.” Bobbitt’s attorneys requested that the couple remain in New Jersey, surrender their passports, post a bond and restrict access to their bank accounts after they failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to deliver any remaining money from the GoFundMe account, according to the paper. Fox

8 Killed In Explosion At Munitions Depot In South Africa
South African authorities say at least eight people have been killed in an explosion at a munitions plant near Cape Town. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blast at the Rheinmetall Denel Munition depot, which shook homes and rattled windows in the area on Monday. Cape Town fire official Theo Layne says eight people died, the African News Agency reports. The South African-based agency says several people are missing and that firefighters went to the scene to extinguish the flames. CBS

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US Investigates FBI Response To Gymnasts' Sex Abuse Claims
The Trump administration is investigating the FBI into how it handled sexual-abuse allegations against former U.S. gymnastic national-team doctor Larry Nassar following accusations that agents failed to respond to claims made by gymnasts in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Department of Justice's inspector general’s probe stems from an internal FBI review into the bureau’s handling of the allegations against Nassar. It reportedly took at least nine months before the FBI officially opened a probe in the disgraced doctor. Fox

North Carolina's Unconstitutional Gerrymandered Map Will Be Used In Midterms
A federal court concluded Tuesday there is 'insufficient time' before the November midterm elections to redraw an electoral map that the courts have ruled is unconstitutionally gerrymandered. "Having carefully reviewed the parties' briefing and supporting materials, we conclude that there is insufficient time for this Court to approve a new districting plan and for the State to conduct an election using that plan prior to the seating of the new Congress in January 2019," the court ruling read. CNN
VOA VIEW: Bad news for liberals and leftists.

China Eases Economic Pressure On North Korea
China has steadily loosened restrictions on trade with North Korea in recent months, undercutting President Donald Trump's effort to exert economic pressure on Kim Jong Un's regime, former U.S. officials and independent experts told NBC News. From coal shipments to revived construction projects to planes ferrying Chinese tourists to Pyongyang, China has reopened the door to both legal and illegal trade with the North, throwing the North Korean government a vital lifeline while derailing U.S. diplomacy. North Korea depends almost entirely on its larger neighbor to keep its economy afloat. NBC
VOA VIEW: China is hurting their own economy.

Asian Stocks, Bit Of A Mess
Asian stock markets posted broad declines Wednesday, after Wall Street finished weakly and European markets fell further after a pause on Monday. There were broad declines for Japanese stocks, even though the Nikkei NIK, -0.51%   was only down 0.5%. Shippers, airlines and real-estate firms led the declines, with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines 9104, -1.87%   down 1.8% and Mitsui Fudosan 8801, -1.62%   off 1.6%. Typhoon Jebi impacting stock sentiment, though few stocks appeared directly affected so far by the damage it caused in Japan. Jebi, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years killed at least seven people and inflicted widespread damage to Japan’s west coast, and forced the indefinite closure of one of the country’s largest airports. Market Watch

Pompeo To Tackle Pakistan On Terrorism, Tighten US Links With India
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will talk tough on terrorism to Pakistan and attempt to strengthen his country's links with India during what is likely to be a difficult and potentially testing visit to South Asia beginning Wednesday. The visit comes as the US tilts away from Pakistan, while deepening strategic and economic ties with India in a bid to counter China's increasing influence in the "Indo-Pacific" region -- Pompeo's preferred term for the area that stretches from the west coast of the United States to the west coast of India. CNN

Toyota Recalls More Than 1 Million Vehicles Over Fire Risk
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling over one million Prius and C-HR crossover sport-utility vehicles globally to repair a portion of the electrical system that could cause a fire. The recall affects certain 2016-2018 model-year Prius vehicles, Prius Prime plug-in hybrids and hybrid gas-electric versions of the C-HRs. In the U.S., the recall covers about 192,000 Prius and Prius Prime vehicles. Toyota doesn’t sell a hybrid version of the C-HR in the U.S. The bulk of the vehicles covered by the recall were sold in Japan. WSJ

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