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Nikki Haley resigns as U.N. ambassador
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley resigned Tuesday in a meeting with President Trump, a surprise departure that will take place at the end of the year. Mr. Trump told reporters that he accepted Mrs. Haley’s resignation because she wanted to take some time off. Mrs. Haley has been a foreign policy star of the administration, leading the president’s charge in confronting Iran, North Korea and other hostile nations. “She’s done a fantastic job, and we’ve done a fantastic job together,” Mr. Trump said in an Oval Office meeting with Mrs. Haley. He called her a “friend” several times and made clear that she is leaving on good terms. “She told me probably six months ago, ‘You know, maybe at end of the year — at the end of the two-year period — but by the end of the year I want to take a little time off, I want to take a break,’” he said. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Nikki is a very fine person.

Rosenstein was serious about taping Trump, ex-FBI official says
A former FBI attorney told lawmakers that two bureau officials believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was serious when discussed secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year, Fox News reported Tuesday. James A. Baker, who once the bureau’s top lawyer, told congressional investigators last week that ex-FBI acting Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI attorney Lisa Page came to him and detailed a meeting where Mr. Rosenstein reportedly made the comments. The meeting occurred in May 2017 after Mr. Trump fired ex-FBI Director James Comey, the report said. A former FBI attorney told lawmakers that two bureau officials believed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was serious when discussed secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year, Fox News reported Tuesday. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein cannot not be trusted.

Hurricane Michael could rival worst storms on record to hit Florida Panhandle
Hurricane Michael could rewrite the record books. The storm, now predicted to hit the Panhandle of Florida on Wednesday as a major hurricane, could rival the worst storms on record to hit that part of the state. "Michael is currently forecast by the National Hurricane Center to have maximum sustained winds of 125 mph near its time of landfall," said Colorado State University meteorologist Phil Klotzbach. "If that were to verify as its landfall intensity, Michael would tie with Eloise (in 1975) and the Pensacola Hurricane of 1882 for strongest winds for a Florida Panhandle landfall on record," he added. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Michael had winds of 120 mph, making it a Category 3 "major" hurricane. USA Today

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Hillary Clinton: You 'cannot be civil' with Republicans
Hillary Clinton says the time for civility is over. After the bitter and partisan fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the former secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate declared that President Donald Trump has undermined the integrity of the nation's highest court and that it's time for Democrats to be "tougher" with their opponents, in an interview with CNN published Tuesday. "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about," Clinton told CNN's Christiane Amanpour. "That's why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that's when civility can start again." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Hillary is an idiot.

BAE to deliver 18 Howitzer artillery guns to U.S. Army
The U.S. Defense Department has contracted BAE Systems to deliver 18 Howitzer artillery guns to the U.S. Army. The order for M777 155mm Ultra Lightweight Howitzers was announced by BAE Systems in a news release Monday. The new order will add to the 1,000 M777 guns already used in the Army and Marine Corps and through logistical support contracts from the Defense Department. The first Howitzer will be delivered to the Army in 2021. BAE Systems did not disclose the terms of the contract. "This battle-proven capability leverages technical insertions, long-range precision guided munition developments, and flexible mobility options, to make the M777 a very effective artillery technology," Joe Senftle, Vice President and General Manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems, said in a statement.
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Trump holds 'Make America Great Again' rally in Iowa
He began by announcing a decision to remove a federal ban on summer sales of gasoline with high-ethanol blends, thus permitting year-round sales of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol or E15. "We’re going with E15 year round. I made that promise to you during the campaign. I made that promise to you during the primaries," he said. "Promises made, promises kept." The move is seen as particularly helpful for Iowa and other farm states. The rally capped off a whirlwind day that saw Nikki Haley announce her resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Trump did not immediately announce a replacement but told reporters on Air Force One he had a list of five people in mind. His presence in the state is also seen as a nod toward Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman who recently helped push through the confirmation of Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump is helping the midterms.

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Civil War gold treasure hunters, lawyer say FBI acting ‘suspicious’ in wake of dig at Pennsylvania site
A pair of Pennsylvania treasure hunters and their lawyer are accusing the FBI of playing games and acting suspiciously about a dig at a rural site believed to contain a massive stash of Civil War-era gold -- which may be worth up to $250 million. The accusations from Dennis and Kem Parada, and their attorney, Bill Cluck, came months after the bureau said it dug a hole in Dents Run and found nothing. The father-and-son duo felt convinced that area of state-owned wilderness northeast of Pittsburgh holds a hidden stash of gold and the pair claim the FBI went back on their word to let them watch the excavation. And legal efforts to shed more light on the dig have so far been unsuccessful. “I don’t understand the FBI’s behavior. Why would search warrants be sealed at this point in time? The project is over,” Cluck told Fox News on Tuesday. Fox

Brett Kavanaugh: divisive fight fades into silence on justice's first day
Brett Kavanaugh took his seat on the supreme court on Tuesday after one of the most divisive fights in recent American history. Democrats were ready to convict him of sexual assault. Republicans almost canonized him. The president himself hailed Kavanaugh as “flawless”. On his first day in the job, all that seemed quickly to fade into silence. Kavanaugh’s elevation was briefly acknowledged by Chief Justice John Roberts, who expressed his “great pleasure” in welcoming the new man on to the court and wished him “a long and happy career”. But those remarks were immediately forgotten amid the mundane business of the court. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Going after Kavanaugh would be foolish.

Trump seeks to use battle over Kavanaugh to spur Republican voter turnout
 U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday used the bitter Senate confirmation battle for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to try to boost Republican voter enthusiasm and prevent a Democratic takeover of Congress in the Nov. 6 elections. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh takes his oath during his ceremonial public swearing-in as U.S. President Donald Trump and Kavanaugh's daughters Liza and Margaret look on in the East Room of the White House in Washington. At a political rally in support of Iowa and Nebraska Republicans, Trump called the Democrats’ attempt to block Kavanaugh from the high court “a national embarrassment, a national disgrace,” without mentioning the sexual assault accusation raised by Christine Blasey Ford when she and Kavanaugh were high school students in 1982. “They wanted to destroy that man. Of course, they want to destroy me too,” Trump told a cheering crowd at an arena in Council Bluffs, Iowa, a city near Omaha, Nebraska. Rueters

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Christian leader Jerry Falwell urges Trump support: 'He’s a moral person'
Donald Trump is a “good moral person” and an example to the nation, according to one of the most prominent evangelical Christians in the US. Jerry Falwell, who is credited along with other evangelical leaders with delivering a huge Christian vote for Trump in 2016, said he had “no doubts, no hesitations” about supporting the president. “He is like Ronald Reagan on steroids.” In an interview with the Guardian, Falwell also described the Democrats as fascists and “Brownshirts”, and said the US would be engaged in civil war if this was the 18th century rather than the 21st century. Falwell is the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, a Christian establishment with more than 100,000 students on campus and enrolled in online courses. Guardian

Trump says he could appoint 4 more Supreme Court justices
President Trump said Tuesday that he could possibly appoint as many as four new justices to the Supreme Court — but quickly added that he hopes the judges now sitting on the high court stay healthy. “A lot of theories on that,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn after he was asked about potential appointments beyond those of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. “It could be three. Under one theory, it could be four. And then some people could say two could happen. So, you know, could be from I would say one or two to four more additional. So we’ll see. I hope everyone remains healthy,” the president said as he prepared to board Marine One for a short hop to Joint Base Andrews. New York Post
VOA VIEW: This would be a great happening.

Trump says next summit with North Korea's Kim to come after November U.S. elections
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be held after U.S. congressional elections on Nov. 6. Speaking to reporters as he flew to Iowa for a political rally, Trump said: “It’ll be after the midterms. I just can’t leave now.” Earlier on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that plans were being made for his second summit with Kim and that he thought “incredible” progress had been made in U.S. talks with the long-isolated North Asian country. Pompeo: can see a path to North Korea denuclearizationPompeo: can see a path to North Korea denuclearization. He said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had very good talks with Kim over the weekend and that three or four locations were being considered. Pompeo echoed Trump’s comments when he spoke briefly to reporters during a Tuesday afternoon visit to the White House. Reuters

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UN refugee agency ramps up support for Venezuelans, praises ‘extraordinary solidarity’ of Colombia
With over 4,000 Venezuelans entering Colombia each day, intending to either stay there or push further south, neighboring countries are struggling to meet the needs of refugees and migrants. On a visit to Colombia and other Latin American countries, the High Commissioner for Refugees called the situation “shocking,” and praised Colombia for sheltering and caring for Venezuelans during critical times. “I am impressed by Colombia’s efforts to document, feed, shelter, and care for thousands of Venezuelans arriving every day,” Grandi said. “This extraordinary solidarity needs more international support.” UNHCR reports that nearly two million Venezuelans have fled their country since 2015, largely compelled to leave in search of more security, income, and access to food and medicine. UN

Trump: Ivanka would be ‘dynamite’ as UN ambassador
President Trump said Tuesday that first daughter Ivanka Trump would be “dynamite” as a replacement for outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley. Speaking to reporters on the White House lawn as he prepared to board Marine One, the president said he had heard her name mentioned as a candidate but that questions about nepotism would likely deter him. “I’ve heard Ivanka. The people that know, it’s nothing to do with nepotism. But I want to tell you, the people that know, know that Ivanka would be dynamite,” Trump said. New York Post

1,500 noncitizens may have been registered to vote in California DMV error
More than a thousand noncitizens may have been registered to vote in California after a processing error, according to officials. The Department of Motor Vehicles admitted Monday a mistake caused as many as 1,500 noncitizens being registered to vote in the state. The agency was alerted to the mistake when Randall Marquis, a Canadian citizen and legal permanent resident in the U.S., went to the Los Angeles Times to tell them about receiving a piece of mail from the DMV saying he was registered to vote. ABC
VOA VIEW: This accounts for some of the votes Hillary received in 2016.

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Scientists find rare 'Jerusalem' inscription on 2,000-year-old stone
Scientists say they have found the earliest known reference to Jerusalem -- written in Hebrew as it's spelled today -- on a 2,000-year-old stone unearthed in Israel. The inscription was found by workers digging near Binyanei Ha'Uma, where they were excavating to clear the way for a new road. The Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum presented the limestone column drum at a news conference Tuesday. UPI

Donald Trump is probably a tax crook. The response to it might be worse.
It’s not breaking news that Donald Trump is, in so many ways, like no president this country has had. But a two-year New York Times investigation revealed last week that he likely is something else: A tax cheat. In damning detail, the Times reported how Trump received hundreds of millions of dollars from his father, Fred Trump, much of it through tax dodges and schemes in the 1990s. The investigation laid waste to Trump’s claim that he parlayed a meager $1 million loan from his father into the fortune he has. More importantly, the report showed that the President of the United States in all likelihood defrauded the government he now leads. When faced with this damning investigation, did Donald Trump fight back with ferocity, as any normal public official might do? No. He called the report “boring.” Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: Fools believe in anything, including liberal bias.

Phoenix church takes in 100 immigrants released by ICE
One hundred people have arrived at a church in Phoenix after being released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Shadow Rock United Church of Christ is providing housing to immigrant families after ICE recently released people in Arizona to comply with legal restrictions on the amount of time the agency can detain people. The families are mostly from Central America, according to Abeth Spencer, the director of communications for the church. Shadow Rock is providing temporary shelter and expects people to leave within a day or two. ABC

Independent inquiry needed into suspected ‘enforced disappearance’ of Saudi journalist: UN rights office
“This apparent enforced disappearance of Mr Khashoggi from the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul is of serious concern,” spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani told journalists in Geneva. “If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are confirmed, this is truly shocking.” Noting that the development followed “several cases” in Saudi Arabia recently where human rights defenders and journalists have been detained, the OHCHR spokesperson underlined the need for an independent inquiry. “We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into the circumstances into Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance and to make the findings public,” Ms Shamdasani said. UN

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