NEWS     WEDNESDAY,  OCTOBER  24, 2018    NEWS

Cuomo’s campaign to ‘bankrupt’ NRA by targeting insurance program spreads to more states
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is finding new allies in his campaign to “bankrupt” the National Rifle Association, as three additional states follow his call to take legal action against the gun-rights group’s insurance program. And an ethics watchdog anticipates more states could join. “It is troubling that we have seen the government targeting individuals and organizations to silence them based on their political positions,” Kendra Arnold, executive director of the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT), told Fox News. She cited similarities to the 2016 discovery that state AGs were cooperating to target skeptics of climate change. Fox
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is an idiot.

Trump goes ‘all-in’ to protect GOP majority in final midterm stretch, planning ad and rally blitz
President Trump's campaign operation is planning an advertising blitz for the final two-week stretch before the midterms, as part of a multimillion-dollar bid to help Republicans keep control of Congress, Fox News has learned. The commitment, according to the campaign, includes a $6 million TV and digital ad buy set to launch next Monday and last through Election Day. The campaign also is sending $3 million to the Republican National Committee to boost GOP campaigns, while Trump plans to host at least 10 more "Make America Great Again" rallies in support of Republicans before the election. All told, the president's campaign reports, the nearly $10 million commitment is part of more than $20 million the operation is spending on the midterm elections, including rally costs. Fox
VOA VIEW: Dems must lose big.

Trump frustrated, feels betrayed by the Saudis
President Donald Trump has become increasingly irritated by the fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's death, multiple sources who have heard him voice his frustration told CNN. In recent days, the President has complained about the negative coverage blanketing cable television and told confidantes he feels betrayed by the Saudis, who have presented shifting accounts about what happened to the journalist after he entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey three weeks ago to obtain a marriage document and never left. The President, who spoke Sunday with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is privately blaming them for making him look badly. At times he has talked about how much he has done so much for the Saudis, complaining that they put him in this position. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is liberal bully.

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McCain Institute launches new initiative for human rights
The McCain Institute has launched a new initiative calling for "mavericks" to promote human rights -- its first major action since Sen. John McCain died in August. The initiative, known as "Mavericks Needed," is part of a larger project from the group that is set to run for at least two years, according to a news release from the institute. "America has lost its most well-known Maverick. And it's a position we need to fill. Because Mavericks are essential to freedom. Being a politician, veteran or prisoner of war is not a prerequisite. Will you answer the call?" the initiative's website reads. The McCain Institute also unveiled an ad for the initiative, titled "A Call For Mavericks," which is set to run on digital platforms in various cities that include Austin, Texas; Kansas City, Missouri; Minneapolis; Nashville; and Phoenix, according to a news release. CNN

MSNBC's Scarborough Compares Trump to Hitler for Stoking Fears About Caravan
Cable news shows on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump of "stoking fears" and even lying about illegal immigration, after President Trump blamed Democrats for having "something to do" with the massive group of foreigners intending to cross illegally into the United States. The "caravan" moving north from Central America is estimated to include 7,000 men, women and children, and Trump has warned that criminals and Middle Eastern terrorists are among them. MSNBC's Joe Scarborough actually compared Trump to Hitler on Tuesday morning, reading a U.S. government psychological profile of Hitler on-air.  CNS
VOA VIEW: Scarborough is a complete idiot.

Trump Promises New, 10 Percent Tax Cut for Middle Class
As Democrats pound Republicans for cutting taxes, promising instead to raise them on the "wealthy" -- President Donald Trump is promising even more tax cuts, geared this time to the middle class. At an energetic rally in Houston Monday night, President Trump praised Sen. Ted Cruz for "leading the charge in Congress for more tax cuts."  The president also called out Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) by name several times, crediting him with "working on" a ten-percent tax cut: "By the way, how good is Kevin Brady?" Trump asked the cheering crowd: We're going to be putting in a 10 percent tax cut for middle income families. It's going to be put in next quarter. Ten percent tax cut. Kevin Brady is working on it. CNS
VOA VIEW: If Republicans vote in a 10% tax cut they will have a landslide on November 6.

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'No room for ... Trump critics' among Republican candidates now
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who frequently publicly disagrees with President Donald Trump, said anyone in his party who is a critic of the president is unlikely to do well in Republican primaries this election season. “There is no room for Trump skeptics, let alone Trump critics, in Republican primaries these days,” Flake said on "The View" on Tuesday. Flake, who is not seeking re-election, was on “The View” to celebrate the birthday of fellow Arizonan, co-host Meghan McCain. He reflected on the heated partisanship in the country, with him and McCain sharing that they had spoken about his recollection of being at a congressional softball game in 2017 where GOP Rep. Steve Scalise was shot.  ABC
VOA VIEW: Flake is right for a change.

Powerful Hurricane Willa set to tear into Mexico as Category 3 storm
Hurricane Willa, now a Category 3 storm, is churning toward Mexico with winds up to 125 mph. Deadly storm surge is expected between Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, which has already seen heavy rain and flooding. Willa was passing over Las Islas Marias, Mexico, Tuesday morning and is forecast to make landfall Tuesday afternoon. As Willa continues inland, it will lose its tropical circulation but not tropical moisture, as heavy rains will continue into Texas on Wednesday. Flashing flooding is possible.  ABC

Trump officials aggressively bypass appeals process to get issues before conservative Supreme Court
To a far greater degree than its predecessors, the Trump administration has sought to bypass adverse lower-court rulings on some of its signature issues by seeking extraordinary relief from a refortified conservative Supreme Court. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco have repeatedly gone outside the usual appellate process to get issues such as the travel ban, immigration and greater authority for top officials before the justices. They were rewarded Monday night when the court, in an unsigned opinion, put a hold on a planned deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Stopping a waste of time and expense.

Yahoo to pay $50M, other costs for massive security breach
About 3 billion Yahoo accounts were hit by hackers that included some linked to Russia by the FBI . The settlement covers about 1 billion of those accounts held by an estimated 200 million people in the U.S. and Israel from 2012 through 2016. Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to 200 million people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen as part of the biggest security breach in history.
The restitution hinges on federal court approval of a settlement filed late Monday in a 2-year-old lawsuit seeking to hold Yahoo accountable for digital burglaries that occurred in 2013 and 2014, but weren’t disclosed until 2016.  Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are making the nation and you unsafe.

US health chief says overdose deaths beginning to level off
The number of U.S. drug overdose deaths has begun to level off after years of relentless increases driven by the opioid epidemic, health secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday, cautioning it's too soon to declare victory. "We are so far from the end of the epidemic, but we are perhaps, at the end of the beginning," Azar said at a health care event sponsored by the Milken Institute think tank. Confronting the opioid epidemic has been the rare issue uniting Republicans and Democrats in a politically divided nation. A bill providing major funding for treatment was passed under former President Barack Obama. More money followed earlier this year under President Donald Trump. Kansas City Star

Sandy Hook shooter's writings and belongings must be released to public, court rules
Police must release disturbing writings and other belongings of the Newtown school shooter to the public because they are not exempt from the state's open record laws, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The justices issued a 5-0 decision in favor of The Hartford Courant and state Freedom of Information Commission, whose order to police to release shooter Adam Lanza's belongings had been overturned by a lower court judge. It's not immediately clear when the items will be released. Lanza, 20, fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, after killing his mother at their Newtown home. He fatally shot himself as police arrived at the school.  CBS

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How many jobs does U.S. defense work with Saudi Arabia actually create?
Mr. Trump said at an event last week that agreements between American defense contractors and Saudi Arabia account for 600,000 jobs in the U.S. We set out to verify if that number is correct. As The Washington Post notes, part of the problem with assessing Mr. Trump's claim about the purported employment gains of American companies doing business in Saudi Arabia is that those numbers keep growing. In 2017, the White House said in a release that U.S. defense agreements with Saudi Arabia present "opportunities for American companies in the region, potentially supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in the United States." CBS

Migrant caravan pauses to remember dead as Donald Trump blames Democrats for 'assault on our country'
Members of a migrant “caravan” heading north through Mexico paused on Tuesday to pay their respects to two of their fellow travellers who have died en route, as hundreds turned back from the perilous journey to the US border.  Mike Pence, the US vice president, said he had been told by Juan Orlando Hernandez, president of Honduras, that the migrant caravan was being "financed by Venezuela." “And by the Democrats?” asked Mr Trump, seated at his desk in the Oval Office. The crowd laughted uneasily. “It has been organised by Leftist groups," said Mr Pence, after a pause. Mr Pence re-stated Mr Trump’s unproven claim that there were “unknown Middle Easterners” among the 7,000 migrants. Telegraph
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Dems are hurting their cause.

US national security advisor John Bolton tells Vladimir Putin US will leave nuclear treaty
US national security advisor John Bolton has said after meeting Vladimir Putin that the United States cannot prevent Russia from violating a key nuclear arms control treaty and will withdraw from it. Donald Trump said last week he would leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a landmark US-Russian agreement dating to 1987, but some have wondered if the sudden announcement was simply an attempt to force Russia to renegotiate the treaty or come to a new understanding. Speaking to reporters in Moscow, Mr Bolton said he had talked with Mr Putin for an hour-and-a-half “about arms control issues, the new nuclear landscape, and the president's decision on the INF treaty”. Telegraph

President Donald Trump coming to Indiana to speak at FFA convention
President Donald Trump is coming to Indianapolis Saturday afternoon to talk about what his administration has done for farmers, IndyStar has learned. The president is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the 91st Annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo, according to a White House official. Trump will speaking at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Their audience will be about 65,000 current and former FFA students, as well as agricultural industry leaders. Founded in 1928, the FFA is a youth organization that is part of agricultural education programs at middle and high schools. Indy Star

Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave
In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all. Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats' narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a casualty of surging Republican enthusiasm across GOP strongholds. At the same time, leading Democrats now fear the battle for the House majority will be decided by just a handful of seats. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, a red wave.

NASA invites sanctioned head of Roscosmos to the U.S. for 'public forum'
NASA has invited the head of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos to visit the United States early next year, officials confirmed Tuesday. Dmitry Rogozin, Roscosmos CEO, has been in the news a lot of late, given the air leak-causing hole discovered in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the International Space Station in August and the aborted launch of the Soyuz headed to the orbiting laboratory earlier this month. The specifics of the visit have not been determined, but NASA spokeswoman Megan Powers said that space agency Administrator Jim Bridenstine wants to partake in a public forum with Rogozin. Houston Chronicle

Trump says there's 'no proof' that Middle Easterners have joined migrant caravan, although there 'could very well be'
President Donald Trump on Tuesday acknowledged that he has no proof that people of Middle Eastern descent have joined a large migrant caravan moving toward the U.S.-Mexico border, tempering a claim he has made in recent days. "There's no proof of anything. But there could very well be," Trump said in remarks in the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon. His remarks appeared to be at odds with his own Department of Homeland Security, which tweeted Tuesday that the caravan includes people from all over the world. San Francisco Gate

Trump calls Khashoggi murder 'worst cover-up in history'
US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia's response to the murder of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi "the worst cover-up ever". Those behind the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three weeks ago "should be in big trouble", he said. Shortly afterwards, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would "punish those responsible" and had revoked visas of 21 identified suspects. The Saudi government has blamed the murder on rogue agents. But President Erdogan of Turkey has said the journalist was the victim of a carefully planned "political murder" by Saudi intelligence officers and other officials. BBC

Apple boss Tim Cook praises GDPR and wants tough US privacy law
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has demanded a tough new US data protection law, in an unusual speech in Europe. Referring to the misuse of "deeply personal" data, he said it was being "weaponised against us with military efficiency". "We shouldn't sugar-coat the consequences," he added. "This is surveillance."  The strongly-worded speech presented a striking defence of user privacy rights from a tech firm's chief executive. Mr Cook also praised the EU's new data protection regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  BBC

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Bill Cosby: judge denies disgraced TV star's bid for a new trial
Bill Cosby’s trial judge has rejected the disgraced comedian’s bid for a new trial or fresh sentencing hearing, after conducting “an exhausting review” of post-trial motions, it was reported on Tuesday, almost a month after he was sent to prison for sexual assault. The ruling prompted Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, to repeat previous arguments accusing the judge of bias against her husband. The decision by the judge, Steven O’Neill, in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania, prompted Cosby’s lawyers to file their appeal with the state superior court, the next step in trying to reverse his felony sex assault conviction. Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year state prison term after a jury earlier this year found he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. Guardian

Trump-Clinton election battle left students with PTSD symptoms
Researchers said that after the election that elevated Donald Trump to the presidency, they heard anecdotal reports that the contest was a source of stress for students but wanted to determine how often stress became so intense it got in the way of peoples’ lives, interfering with things like work and school. The study was limited in its scope, involving 769 students enrolled in psychology classes at Arizona State University in January and February 2017, around the time Trump took office. It did not delve into whether the election would have any longterm effect on psychological health.  Guardian
VOA VIEW: Madness!

CIA chief wants to hear Turkey's audio of Khashoggi killing
CIA Director Gina Haspel, in Turkey to investigate the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has sought to hear a purported audio recording of his torture and murder, four sources familiar with her mission told Reuters on Tuesday. Haspel flew to Turkey on Monday for what one source called a brief visit, three weeks after Khashoggi disappeared in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and days after U.S. President Donald Trump asked Turkey to share evidence it had collected. Despite extensive news leaks alleging that Turkey has audio recordings documenting Khashoggi’s demise, neither U.S. nor allied government agencies have been granted access as of late Monday to such evidence, Western security officials said. Reuters

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For Fed, sell-off could point to fading Trump stimulus
A three-week stock market sell-off may signal concerns that the massive stimulus from U.S. tax cuts and government spending will fade sooner than expected, a central issue for the Federal Reserve as it considers when to halt interest rate hikes. For now, a more than 7 percent fall this month in the S&P 500 index, which on Tuesday tumbled to July levels, is unlikely to derail plans for more U.S. monetary tightening in December, according to Fed policymakers. Yet the sell-off, propelled by worries over rising tariffs and earnings of U.S. companies doing business in China, could begin to convince the Fed to scale back plans to continue rate rises next year and even in 2020. Reuters

$1.6B Mega Millions ticket sold in South Carolina
There’s a newly-minted lottery billionaire in South Carolina. At least one $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot ticket was sold in the Palmetto State, their Education Lottery posted online early Wednesday. Lottery officials will release more information later Wednesday. A single winner could walk away with a lump-sum payment of $904 million. The wining numbers were: 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, with a Mega Ball of 5. New York Post

Putin cracks joke about eagle on US seal in jab at Trump
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a wisecrack about US belligerence on Tuesday during a sit-down with President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton. “As far as I remember, the US coat of arms features a bald eagle that holds 13 arrows in one talon and an olive branch in another, which is a symbol of a peace-loving policy,” Putin said to Bolton during their meeting in Moscow, according to RT. “I have a question,” he added. “Looks like your eagle has already eaten all the olives; are the arrows all that is left?” Putin delivered the verbal jab while discussing the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and Trump’s recent decision to withdraw from it, under reported orders from Bolton. New York Post
VOA VIEW: A dump and risky statement by Putin.

Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis
Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday in a frank and personal letter that she has been diagnosed with "the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's disease." The 88-year-old's letter was addressed to "Friends and fellow Americans." And it was a farewell of sorts from a woman who was not only a trailblazer for women in the law but also for much of her quarter century on the high court a key vote on issues central to American life. O'Connor said doctors diagnosed her some time ago and that as her condition has progressed she is "no longer able to participate in public life."  Kansas City Star

Trump and Putin plan Paris meeting
US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin plan to meet in Paris next month, amid a continuing dispute over a key nuclear arms treaty. The pair will meet at World War One centenary commemorations, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said. He was in Moscow to convey US plans to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Russia denies US claims it has breached the treaty and warns that withdrawal is a "dangerous step". It prompted a rare admission from Mr Trump that he misspoke. BBC

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UN Security Council hails ‘courage’ of Afghan voters
Welcoming Saturday’s parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, the United Nations Security Council called for continued engagement with electoral institutions and urged that any complaints over the vote should be channelled through established legal and constitutional mechanisms. In a press statement on Tuesday, the members of the Security Council “commended the participation and courage” of Afghans for their participation in the vote, including women’s engagement in the elections “both as voters and candidates.” The members “reiterated their continued support for the Afghan Government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to develop sustainable democratic institutions” added the statement.UN

US markets pick up amid global sell-off
US stock markets have begun to recover from a global sell-off, regaining most of their losses in the final hour of trading. The three major indexes closed between 0.4% and 0.6% lower, having earlier been down over 2% with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both at six-month lows. The recovery comes after sharp falls in European and Asian markets, with London's FTSE 100 on track for its worst monthly performance in a decade.  Asian stocks also fell overnight. Analysts said it was hard to pinpoint the global falls on one particular factor. In Europe, they said the sell-off had been exacerbated by fears over the situation in Italy, which has the second-highest national debt in the eurozone. The European Commission has told the country to revise its budget, the first time it has ever made such a request. BBC

‘In the service of whim’: Officials scramble to make Trump’s false assertions real
When President Trump abruptly told reporters over the weekend that middle-income Americans would receive a 10 percent tax cut before the midterm elections, neither officials on Capitol Hill nor in his administration knew anything about such a tax cut. The White House released no substantive information. And although cutting taxes requires legislation, Congress is not scheduled to be back in session until after the Nov. 6 elections. Yet Washington’s bureaucratic machinery whirred into action nonetheless — working to produce a policy that could be seen as supporting Trump’s whim. One such option now under discussion by administration officials is a symbolic nonbinding “resolution” designed to signal to voters ahead of the elections that if Republicans hold their congressional majorities they might pass a future 10 percent tax cut for the middle class. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal thinking vs do-nothing legislation.

Hurricane Willa weakens to tropical storm after making landfall on Mexico's west coast
Hurricane Willa made landfall Tuesday night on the west-central coast of Mexico as a strong Category 3 storm with winds of 120 mph but rapidly weakened to a tropical storm. The storm, which had briefly reached Category 5 status Monday, arrived around 9 p.m. EDT near Isla del Bosque, Sinola, about 50 miles southeast of the popular beach resort city of Mazatlan. By 2 a.m. EDT, Willa was downgraded to a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center. Willa had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving northeast at 20 mph. The storm is expected to dissipate by Wednesday afternoon, though the hurricane center warned that rainfall would lead to "life-threatening flash flooding and landslides." USA Today

Somebody glued a kitten to a road in Oregon
A kitten stuck in the middle of road – her paws glued to the pavement – was rescued by an alert driver and now has a forever home. Sticky is her name. She's 5-8 weeks old and weighs 1.3 pounds. Her new family includes Stewie, an 8-pound Chihuahua, and Jojo, a 115-pound great Pyrenees. "She's already well-established with the dogs and everybody else," said Chuck Hawley, the hero of this story.  USA Today

Amazon officials pitched their facial recognition software to ICE
Amazon officials earlier this year pitched the company’s controversial facial recognition software to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, according to documents uncovered by the Project on Government Oversight. The disclosure comes as Amazon’s product and similar tools built by other companies come under scrutiny from civil-liberties groups, legislators and even some of their own employees because of the technology’s potential for misuse. The relationship between high-tech firms and ICE has also been a flashpoint since the outcry over the agency’s enforcement of a Trump administration policy of separating migrant parents and children arriving at the U.S. border. Seattle Times

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