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Apple can avoid tariffs by shifting production to U.S.
President Donald Trump concedes that some Apple Inc. products may become more expensive if his administration imposes “massive” additional tariffs on Chinese-made goods, but he says the tech company can fix the problem by moving production to the U.S. “Start building new plants now. Exciting!” Trump said Saturday in a tweet aimed at the Cupertino, California-based company. This week, Apple said that a proposed new round of $200 billion in additional tariffs on Chinese imports would raise prices on some of its products, including the Apple Watch and the Mac mini. Washington Times
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Sasse says he 'regularly' mulls leaving GOP
A Republican who’s among President Donald Trump’s most vocal critics in the Senate says he “regularly” considers leaving his party and becoming an independent. That’s what Nebraska’s Ben Sasse (sas) writes on Twitter in response to a commenter who said she believed changing her Democratic affiliation to “no-party” would be “part of the solution.” She then asked the first-term senator whether he might follow suit. regularly” considers leaving his party and becoming an independent. That’s what Nebraska’s Ben Sasse (sas) writes on Twitter in response to a commenter who said she believed changing her Democratic affiliation to “no-party” would be “part of the solution.” She then asked the first-term senator whether he might follow suit. His response: “yep - regularly consider it (except the ‘from Dem’ part)” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Sasse needs help.

Tropical Storm Florence creeps closer to US
Tropical Storm Florence, now spinning some 1,500 miles from North Carolina's Outer Banks, "is forecast to be a dangerous major hurricane near the southeast U.S. coast by late next week," the National Hurricane Center said Saturday. Over 50 million people live where a flood watch or warning is in effect, mainly in the Midwest and in Texas. As for Florence, the hurricane center said Saturday morning that "gradual restrengthening is forecast over the weekend." The governors of both Carolinas have declared a state of emergency for each of their states.

Obama takes softer approach toward Trump
Following a fiery appearance in his home state of Illinois, former President Barack Obama brought a softer tone Saturday to Orange County, California – a traditional GOP stronghold. Obama avoided direct jabs at Donald Trump, sidestepping mentioning the president by name. He focused instead on the effort to support congressional candidates in amping up the crowd. "If we don't step up, things are going to get worse," he said. "In two months we have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics."
In that speech Friday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Obama took direct aim at Trump, referring to "crazy stuff that is coming out of this White House." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Obama is going down in history as the worst president.

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Former Trump lawyer Cohen agrees to rescind Stormy Daniels agreement
Michael Cohen has agreed to rescind the nondisclosure agreement that legally required Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about her alleged affair with President Donald Trump, Cohen's former client. Cohen's lawyers had threatened Daniels, an adult film star whose birth name is Stephanie Clifford, could be sued for more than $20 million for nondisclosure agreement violations. But under the rescission, Clifford could talk about her alleged 2006 sexual encounter with Trump without fearing such penalties. UPI

Egyptian court sentences 75 to death over Muslim Brotherhood protest
A Cairo court on Saturday issued the death sentence for 75 Muslim Brotherhood members for participating in protests following the removal of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. The sentencing was part of a trial for 739 defendants who were arrested for participating in a month-long sit-in in Cairo to protest Morsi's ouster. UPI

Deep State desperation: NYT op-ed, Woodward book and Kavanaugh antics reveal turmoil in DC
The Washington establishment is frantically melting down, fearing that the end of the Trump era might not be near, and admitting that – surprise – the Deep State really does exist after all and is working overtime to stop President Trump. President Trump’s opponents are scared that the big blue wave they hope will give Democrats majority control of the House of Representatives and Senate in the November midterm elections may never materialize, and may simply be a figment of their imaginations, hopes and dreams. Fox
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8 arrested in protest over toppled Confederate statue
Eight people were arrested Saturday following another protest over the toppling of a Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina. The university confirmed the evening arrests in a statement. Officials did not immediately say who was arrested or what charges were being filed. The memorial known as "Silent Sam" was toppled Aug. 20 by protesters who called it a symbol of racist heritage. About 100 anti-Silent Sam protesters gathered Saturday on the school's Chapel Hill campus for a "Nazis Suck Potluck and Food Drive," the News & Observer reported. Nearby, about a dozen people holding Confederate flags held a vigil in a sectioned-off area near where the statue had stood. After both groups began yelling at each other, the Silent Sam supporters were escorted away and someone threw what appeared to be a smoke bomb at them. Fox
VOA VIEW: Any one caught destroying public or private property should be property punished.

Serena Williams rails at umpire as superb Naomi Osaka wins US Open
Naomi Osaka, finding composure and grace beyond her years, somehow ignored the extraordinary meltdown of the woman who inspired her to take up the game, Serena Williams, who dissolved in tears after three code violations contributed significantly to her shock defeat in her ninth US Open final here on Saturday night. On the 45th anniversary of Margaret Court winning her 24th and final major, Williams was favoured to move alongside the Australian in the history books but imploded in the second set – surrendering a whole game when she called the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, “a thief” – as 20-year-old Osaka held her nerve to win 6-2, 6-4, the first ever Japanese winner of a grand slam title. Guardian

Alleged Russian spy may not have offered sex for job, prosecutors concede
The alleged Russian spy Maria Butina said she planned to use members of Donald Trump’s entourage to shape his views on Russia shortly before meeting one of Trump’s sons during the 2016 election campaign, prosecutors have alleged. But the prosecutors also conceded in a filing to court late on Friday that they may have wrongly accused Butina of offering sex in return for a job, after her attorneys protested against the government’s portrayal of her as a “Red Sparrow” seductress. The 29-year-old is in jail awaiting trial on charges that she worked to infiltrate conservative politics via the National Rifle Association (NRA) as part of a plan to influence the US government. She has pleaded not guilty and denies any wrongdoing. Prosecutors said in their new filing that on 23 April 2016, Butina sent a note to Alexander Torshin, a Russian government official accused of supervising her operation, about the possibility of meeting Trump at the NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky, the following month. Guardian

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WTC subway station reopens for first time since 9/11 attacks
A New York City subway station has reopened for the first time since it was destroyed in the World Trade Center attack 17 years ago. Cheers erupted as the first train rolled into the new WTC Cortlandt station at noon Saturday. The old Cortlandt Street station on the subway system's No. 1 line was buried under the rubble of the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. Construction of the new station was delayed until the rebuilding of the surrounding towers was well under way. The new station cost $181 million and features a mosaic that uses words from the Declaration of Independence. Houston Chronicle

New York mayor won’t endorse Cuomo or Nixon in governor race
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo or challenger Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic primary for governor. The mayor said in a statement Saturday evening that endorsing a candidate would be counterproductive to his advocacy of New York City interests with the next governor and lieutenant governor. He offered praise for both candidates. Of Nixon, a close friend and early supporter of his mayoral campaign, de Blasio said: "Her presence in this primary has created real momentum for reform." Of Cuomo, with whom he's often at odds, de Blasio said "there is more that unites us than divides us." He credited Cuomo for marriage equality, the raised minimum wage, paid family leave and challenging President Trump. Las Vegas Sun

Bredesen seeks votes from women in Tennessee Senate race
Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn could make history by becoming the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Tennessee. She is running against Democrat Phil Bredesen, a former Tennessee governor who says he always has been very interested in seeing women get ahead. But, he adds, that doesn't mean Blackburn deserves to automatically win their closely-watched contest to fill the seat left open by outgoing Republican Sen. Bob Corker. Bredesen's camp this week announced the launch of the "Women United for Bredesen" group. The campaign-within-a-campaign aims to highlight issues important to women, such has health care costs for their families. Bredesen has held discussions and lunches with women in several counties to discuss access to health care, the opioid epidemic, and high costs of prescription drugs and insurance premiums, his campaign. Las Vegas Sun

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Do you need to get your first U.S. passport? There’s an easier way
A record number of people, especially newly naturalized U.S. citizens, are applying for U.S. passports. And in large cities like Miami, people are standing in long lines to obtain the prized document for themselves and their children. But the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has great news for citizens applying for their first passports. The office announced a series of Passport Day Fairs across the country this fall to help families apply for and obtain U.S. passports more easily. “Adults who are first-time applicants and all children can apply early and avoid the rush!,” the office said in announcing the special community assistance events. Miami Herald

New Mexico Grapples With Its Version of Confederate Tributes
For as long as nearly anyone here can remember, Hispanic residents have donned the garb of conquistadors and European nobility once a year to celebrate the 1692 reconquest of New Mexico from Native Americans who submitted to the Spanish Empire after a grisly revolt. But after escalating protests by Native Americans who saw the re-enactment as a racist attempt to gloss over atrocities carried out by Spanish colonizers, the annual tradition known as the Entrada officially came to an end on Friday, replaced by a multidenominational prayer gathering to begin the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe. The move, aimed at forging reconciliation in the 411-year-old city, was an attempt to avoid the kind of turmoil that authorities elsewhere in the country are grappling with over Confederate monuments and other symbols of historic brutality, including statues honoring European conquerors. New York Times

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Justice Dept. Demand for North Carolina Voting Records Extended to D.M.V.
In a further sign of the sprawling nature of the Justice Department’s effort to collect voting records in North Carolina, prosecutors demanded eight years of information from the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles, according to a copy of the subpoena obtained by The New York Times. The newly disclosed order, along with subpoenas sent to the state’s elections board and counties, appears linked to a federal inquiry into illegal voting by noncitizens. Under federal law, residents seeking to obtain or renew a driver’s license must be offered a chance to register to vote. The demand from the government seeks voter-registration forms submitted to the North Carolina D.M.V. by an array of applicants since 2010. The applicants include those who are foreign-born, said they were not citizens, did not produce a driver’s license as proof of identification, or displayed nonimmigrant visas or other documents “that reflect the applicant was not a United States citizen.” The order also asks for applications completed in a language other than English, and for applications that had been revoked, denied, deemed fraudulent, incorrectly filed or “found to have other irregularities.” New York Times

Echoes of Watergate in Trump tumult
The White House seethes with intrigue and backstabbing as aides hunt for the anonymous Deep (state) Throat among them. A president feels besieged by tormentors — Bob Woodward is driving him crazy — so he tends his version of an enemies list, wondering aloud if he should rid himself of his attorney general or the special prosecutor or both. For months, the Trump administration and its scandals have carried whiffs of Watergate and drawn comparisons to the characters and crimes of the Nixon era. But this week, history did not just repeat itself, it climbed out of the dustbin and returned in the flesh. There was John Dean again, testifying on the Hill, warning anew about a cancer on the presidency. Nearly every element in Trump's trouble has a Watergate parallel. Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is leading an independent investigation sparked by a break-in at the Democratic National Committee, the same target that opened the Watergate can of worms, though this time the burglary was digital and linked to Moscow, not the Oval Office. Newsday

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Don’t assist anti-LGBT groups
There were times I could only imagine what it would be like to wake up and look over at my wife. Not my partner. Not my significant other. My wife. In 2015, our marriage became legal in 50 states after the Supreme Court delivered its historic ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Knowing that our promise to take care of one another and our precious children is enshrined in the law has given my wife and me a sense of security and freedom. Today, that safety our family and millions of other LGBT families across the nation rely on is under attack. Newsday

Cory Booker to visit Iowa, stoking presidential speculation
Sen. Cory Booker is heading to Iowa this fall, a move that will only further fuel speculation that he is preparing a run for president. The New Jersey Democrat will be the keynote speaker at an Oct. 6 gala in Des Moines, Iowa's state Democratic Party announced Saturday. With Iowa's prominence in presidential politics — its caucuses are the first contests in the fight for nominations — the trip is the strongest signal yet that Booker has an eye on the White House.

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