NEWS     TUESDAY,  SEPTEMBER 11, 2018    NEWS

US marks 9/11 with somber tributes, new monument to victims
Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation's biggest city. Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected at Tuesday's anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Center, while President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will head to the two other places where hijacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks on 9/11, when international terrorism hit home in a way it previously hadn't for many Americans. ABC
VOA VIEW: Amen to all.

Trump to mark 17 years since Sept. 11 at Pennsylvania field
President Donald Trump is marking 17 years since the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil by visiting the Pennsylvania field that became a Sept. 11 memorial. Trump and his wife, Melania, were participating in Tuesday's somber remembrance in Shanksville. It's where hijackers crashed a California-bound commercial airliner on Sept. 11, 2001, after the 40 passengers and crew members learned what was happening and attempted to regain control of the aircraft. Everyone on board was killed. Fox

House GOP moves to permanently lock in cuts amid surging economy
House Republicans announced legislation Monday to permanently lock in last year’s tax cuts, looking to remind voters of the surging economy — and the GOP’s role in helping it get there — in the weeks before the November election. The three bills are being dubbed Tax Reform 2.0, and would make good on President Trump’s repeated calls on Congress to go beyond the $1.5 trillion package he signed last year. The new legislation would make permanent all of last year’s tax breaks for individuals, while also boosting incentives for retirement savings and giving startups and small businesses more lenient tax treatment. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: All tax reductions must be made permanent.

House GOP moves to permanently lock in cuts amid surging economy
House Republicans announced legislation Monday to permanently lock in last year’s tax cuts, looking to remind voters of the surging economy — and the GOP’s role in helping it get there — in the weeks before the November election. The three bills are being dubbed Tax Reform 2.0, and would make good on President Trump’s repeated calls on Congress to go beyond the $1.5 trillion package he signed last year. The new legislation would make permanent all of last year’s tax breaks for individuals, while also boosting incentives for retirement savings and giving startups and small businesses more lenient tax treatment. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: All tax reductions must be made permanent.

Simpson pushed Justice Department to investigate debunked Trump-Alfa bank theory
Fusion GPS founder Glenn R. Simpson pushed a conspiracy theory to the Justice Department that posited Donald Trump maintained a computer server in 2016 directly linked to the Kremlin-connected Alfa Bank in Moscow, according to government notes obtained by The Washington Times. The handwritten entries by then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr conflict with Mr. Simpson’s subsequent testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mr. Simpson, an opposition research agent paid by the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, told senators he didn’t know whether there was any dedicated Trump-Alfa server and drew no conclusions, according to a transcript of his August 2017 closed-door testimony. The debunked server conspiracy theory sprung up in leftist social media during the presidential campaign to suggest that Mr. Trump and his Trump Organization had illegal ties with Russia. To liberals, the supposed Trump server meant that the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign had a secret communication channel. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal thieves are trying to take over the country.

US middle class falling farther behind the wealthy
A slight majority of U.S. adults (52 percent) lived in middle-class households in 2016, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. That might seem like only a bare improvement from the previous reporting period in 2011, when the figure was 51 percent, but in one sense, it's a noteworthy reversal: Based on Pew's previous studies, the size of America's middle class had been in a steady decline since 1971, when 61 percent of U.S. adults fell into that category. But while this snapshot indicates that the middle class has stabilized after decades of getting smaller, income disparity between classes has grown. On an inflation-adjusted basis, the median middle-class household earned more in 2016 ($78,442) then it did in 2010 ($74,015) — a 6 percent gain. Upper-income households saw a median increase of 9 percent during the same time period. Lower-income households saw only a 5 percent gain. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The liberals are minimizing the middle class.

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Hurricane Florence strengthens to potentially 'catastrophic' Category 4 storm
Mandatory evacuations were underway Monday in North Carolina and more are scheduled for Tuesday – including the entire coastline of South Carolina and parts of Virginia – as Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm and continued its slow but angry dance toward the East Coast. In South Carolina alone, more than 1 million residents and tourists are expected to flee from coastal areas, Gov. Henry McMaster said Monday, vowing that state officials "are not going to gamble" with people's lives. The National Hurricane Center said Florence was expected to slam into the coast around North and South Carolina as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane on Thursday or Friday. The storm's winds had increased to 140 mph by Monday afternoon. USA Today

Drinking coffee is safe, despite confusing studies
While study results on coffee consumption can vary wildly, from disease prevention to causing cancer, researchers say there is largely no health risk from drinking moderate amounts. Americans drink an average of three cups of coffee a day -- in the morning as a wake-up jolt, during the afternoon for a workday treat and at night for energy to pursue activities before going to bed. Studies have shown the ingredients from the roasted bean can increase mental alertness, memory, stamina and concentration. But they also can heighten anxiety and stress and cause stomach problems in some people. UPI
VOA VIEW: The studies change every report.

New Koch brothers PAC seeks to elect libertarian, conservative candidates
 A political arm of the Koch brothers' network opened a new political action committee on Monday to elect libertarian- and conservative-leaning candidates. The advocacy group Americans for Prosperity announced the formation of AFP Action, which will unite with the Hispanic super PAC Libre Action and Concerned Veterans for America Action to help elect candidates. The Koch brothers' various political organizations can draw on a list of wealthy donors and are expected to spend over $400 million during the election cycle on politics and policy, The Hill reported. The Koch network is reviewing its strategy for the 2018 elections after frustration with President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress. It has opposed Trump's tariff plan and the $1.3 trillion spending package passed by Congress in March, but is supportive of a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, those who came illegally to the United States with their parents as children. UPI
VOA VIEW: The Koch bothers don't like the fact that they cannot control Trump.

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"Direct existential threat’ of climate change nears point of no return, warns UN chief
The world risks crossing the point of no return on climate change, with disastrous consequences for people across the planet and the natural systems that sustain them, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned on Monday, calling for more leadership and greater ambition for climate action, to reverse course. The pledge made by world leaders in the Paris Agreement three years ago to stop temperature rising by less than 2-degree-Celsius and working to keep the increase as close as possible to 1.5-degree-Celsius, “were really the bare minimum to avoid the worst impacts of climate change,” said Secretary-General Guterres, in a landmark speech on climate action, at UN Headquarters in New York. UN
VOA VIEW: The UN wants some sort of control.

Strzok-Page texts reveal 'coordinated' FBI leak strategy to harm Trump
New documents provided to Congress raise “grave concerns” about an “apparent systemic culture of media leaking” among high-level FBI and Justice Department officials to release information damaging to President Trump, a top Republican congressman charged in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday. In the letter, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., points in particular to two text message exchanges in April 2017 between now-fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Lisa Page, in which the two discuss the bureau's "media leak strategy."  "I had literally just gone to find this phone to tell you I want to talk to you about media leak strategy with DOJ before you go," Strzok texted Page on April 10, 2017, according to Meadows, who cited newly produced documents from the Justice Department. Fox
VOA VIEW: The FBI and DOJ are controled by Dems and they are corrupt.

Christie Blasts NYT Reporter for Saying Trump Staffers Should Feel 'Shame'
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Times reporter Michelle Goldberg clashed on ABC's "This Week" while discussing the last week's anonymous op-ed. In the bombshell New York Times piece, an anonymous senior Trump official claims to be part of a "resistance" working against President Trump from within the White House. Since the op-ed was published on Wednesday, a bevy of top administration officials have rushed to deny any involvement, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and more than a dozen others. Pirro to Obama: 'Your Lies, Your Policies and Your Divisiveness' Are Why Trump Is President. Fox
VOA VIEW: The NYT is trash left-wing garbage.

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'The Five' React to Waters Claiming She's 'Going to Get’ Trump
The panel on The Five on Monday reacted to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) saying over the weekend that she's "going to get" President Trump, as the liberal Democrat ramps up her calls to impeach the president. Waters made the claim in a speech last weekend, during which she added that she threatens Trump supporters "all the time." Her remarks seemed to be a defense of her comments in June, urging her supporters to angrily confront members of the Trump administration. Waters had said in an interview that Trump officials won't "be able to go to a restaurant" or "stop at a gas station," and that people are going to "turn on them." Fox
VOA VIEW: Waters is a mad fool.

John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack
John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has threatened the international criminal court (ICC) with sanctions and made an excoriating attack on the institution in a speech in Washington. Bolton pushed for sanctions over an ICC investigation into alleged American war crimes in Afghanistan. He also announced on Monday the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington because of its calls for an ICC inquiry into Israel. “The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton said. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Good!

Florida Republican Ron DeSantis quits Congress as governor race tightens
DeSantis sent a letter to the House speaker, Paul Ryan, announcing his immediate resignation, dated retroactively to 1 September. The north-east Florida politician, who represents a district near Jacksonville, said he would be spending time campaigning and it would therefore be “inappropriate” to accept a salary. The Republican governor, Rick Scott, is leaving office due to term limits and is running for the US Senate against the Democrat Bill Nelson. DeSantis is locked in a tight battle to replace him, against the Democratic nominee, Andrew Gillum. According to the realclearpolitics.com poll average, the Tallahassee mayor has a 2.5% lead. Gillum upset several other Democratic nominees in the 28 August primary and has garnered national attention. In the immediate aftermath of his win, he has raised more money than DeSantis. Guardian

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California aims to drop fossil fuels for electricity by 2045
California has set a goal of phasing out electricity produced by fossil fuels by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the policy should serve as a model for other states and nations. Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, approved the measure as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world starting Wednesday. The new law, along with an executive order Brown signed directing California to take as much carbon dioxide out of the air as it emits, represent the latest in a string of ambitious environmental initiatives as California seeks to fill a void left by President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and his efforts to boost the coal industry. Houston

Senate Poised to Pass Bill to Stop Flow of Opioids Through the Mail
The Senate appears poised this week to pass a bill intended to shut a window through which fentanyl and other opioids pour into the United States from China through the mail, as lawmakers search desperately for ways to combat an epidemic affecting people of all ages and income levels across the country. The measure, part of a bipartisan package of legislation to fight the opioid crisis, requires the United States Postal Service to collect electronic information on merchandise arriving in this country, so customs inspectors can screen parcels for fentanyl and other contraband. Commercial carriers like FedEx, United Parcel Service and DHL are already required to provide such information. New York Times

Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold
A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.
 The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations "an unprecedented power grab." By issuing the temporary freeze, a 5-4 majority of the justices signaled that opponents made strong arguments against the rules. The high court's four liberal justices - Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan - said Tuesday they would have denied the request for delay. The Obama administration's plan aims to stave off the worst predic ted effects of climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants by about one-third by 2030. Philadelphia Inquirer

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The reporter who broke Watergate says he's never seen anything like the Trump
Bob Woodward has covered eight presidents -- including one who he helped force out of office thanks to his reporting about Watergate. Which means that when he talks, you should listen. And when he says he's never seen anything like what he saw reporting out "Fear: Trump in the White House" -- his book out tomorrow -- then you should stand up and pay attention. "I've never seen an instance when the President is so detached from the reality of what's going on," Woodward told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in a Monday interview, adding: "This has not been treated seriously enough. Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security." CNN

LAPD releases video of officer being shot at point-blank range during traffic stop
The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday released graphic video footage of July 28 shootout that occurred during a routine traffic stop that resulted in the injury of an officer and the death of the suspect. The police officers seen in the video were not identified and the events leading up to the shooting appeared routine. The female officer-- who approached from the drivers' side-- worked in the gang unit and apparently knew the suspect. The officer asked the driver to exit the car, at which point he could be seen pulling out a .380-caliber handgun and firing just inches from the officer. She could be seen falling to the ground and her partner-- who was at the passengers’ side-- returns fire, mortally wounding gang member Richard Mendoza, 32, according to Fox 11. The Los Angeles Times reported that Mendoza was hit multiple times in his head a torso and died later at a nearby hospital. The shooting occurred in Mission Hills in the San Fernando Valley at about 10:15 p.m., the report said. The female officer was hit in the leg. She is recovering, police said. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good for the good guys,

2 former Secret Service agents from 9/11 return to work at World Trade Center
When Secret Service agents Damian Schwartz and Don Vinci walked toward their offices at the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, they were unaware they would spend the rest of the day responding to the worst terror attack in U.S. history. Longtime friends and colleagues, Schwartz and Vinci were both assigned to the Secret Service field office at the World Trade Center in 1999. ABC

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EU leaders aim to hold special Brexit summit in mid-November
European Union leaders are likely to hold a special summit on Brexit in mid-November when they hope to be able to sign off on a divorce deal with Britain, diplomats and officials said on Monday. With the Irish border issue still the main stumbling block, EU ministers meeting in Brussels next Tuesday will discuss holding the extraordinary summit because they no longer expect to clinch a deal at a regular gathering scheduled for Oct.18-19. Earlier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told a forum in Slovenia he believed a divorce deal with Britain could be agreed in six to eight weeks if negotiators are realistic in their demands. Reuters

Serena Williams' treatment at U.S. Open resonates with women
A dramatic series of events at the U.S. Open has sparked a discussion surrounding Serena Williams and whether she got fair treatment from a referee. After being cited for an illegal coaching violation and losing a point for smashing her racket, Williams was given a rare punishment of being penalized an entire game for a third violation after personally criticizing chair umpire Carlos Ramos. After she lost the championship match to 20-year-old Naomi Osaka, she called Ramos' treatment of her sexist.  Ramos is well-known as a stickler of the rules. But the controversy has put a spotlight on when violations are handed out. At the Australian Open in 2012, Alexandr Dolgopolov used profanity to question a call by Ramos and was not penalized. That's why some, including former tennis player James Blake, say Williams' claim is valid. CBS
VOA VIEW: Wrong is wrong - excuses for bad behavior should not be a defense.

CBS may not release findings of internal investigation into Les Moonves
CBS Corporation indicated in a government filing on Monday that it may not release the results of an ongoing investigation into the conduct of ousted CEO Les Moonves, who resigned Sunday over allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The company has hired two outside law firms to investigate the allegations against Moonves, as well as other reports of sexual harassment and an inappropriate culture for women throughout CBS and the CBS News division. But as part of CBS' settlement with Moonves, which was included in a filing with the SEC on Monday, the company agreed that it "shall seek to preserve the confidentiality" of the reports into Moonves' conduct "to the maximum extent possible consistent with fiduciary duties of directors and all applicable laws." CBS

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