NEWS     THURSDAY,  OCTOBER 25, 2018    NEWS

Trump signs bipartisan opioid bill aimed at curbing national crisis
President Trump signed a sweeping bipartisan bill into law on Wednesday aimed at making medical treatment for opioid addiction more widely available while also cracking down on illicit drugs being sent through the mail. The bill, which was passed by Congress earlier this month, will expand access to substance abuse treatment in Medicaid. The Senate voted 98-1 on the measure following the House’s 393-8 approval. More than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, marking a 10 percent increase from 2016. Of those deaths, 48,000 involved opioids. Fox
VOA VIEW: Change and bipartisanship is good.

Why the world's biggest lottery jackpot wasn't
The Mega Millions jackpot that had been announced as the biggest ever at $1.6 billion ended up being the second-biggest at $1.537 billion. It's a difference that likely means little to the lucky person who bought the ticket in South Carolina and won Tuesday night's drawing, but it raises questions about how lottery officials make estimates and whether they were influenced by a desire to claim the jackpot amount surpassed all others. HOW DO THEY ESTIMATE THE JACKPOT? Although Mega Millions is sold in most states, 11 of them largely run the game and are in charge of determining the estimated jackpot, according to Gordon Medenica, director of the Maryland lottery, one of the key 11 states. Fox

Trump, Pence and other political leaders condemn suspicious devices sent to Hillary Clinton, Obama, CNN
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other political leaders on Wednesday denounced the suspicious packages sent to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and CNN's New York bureau, among other locations. "In these times we have to unify, we have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America," Trump said Wednesday at the White House. The White House called the attempted attacks "despicable." CNN
VOA VIEW: This will prove to be a liberal and/or socialist plot - pro those the bombs were supposed to be against.

Saudi crown prince calls Khashoggi killing 'heinous' after inner circle is implicated
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday described the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi as a "heinous" crime in his first comments since some of his closest aides were implicated in the Saudi journalist's death. Speaking at an investors' conference in Riyadh that has been overshadowed by the crisis, bin Salman said those responsible for the killing would be brought to justice. "This was a very, very painful incident for all Saudis and also for everybody on this planet. CNN
VOA VIEW: Interesting response - whether trune, time will tell.

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Pompeo Seeks UN Action Over Cuba’s ‘Childish Temper Tantrum’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he is seeking answers from U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres over what he called “a childish temper tantrum” by Cuban diplomats, aimed at disrupting a U.S.-sponsored event at the United Nations. Earlier U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley also wrote to Guterres, demanding that the communist nation’s delegation pay for damage caused to U.N. property during last Tuesday’s incident at U.N. headquarters. Angered by a side event highlighting the plight of Cuban political prisoners, Cuban delegates occupied the meeting room, shouting down speakers and banging on tables in what the regime’s ambassador later described as an exercise of “revolutionary diplomacy.” CNS

Princeton Prof Tells MSNBC, Americans 'Are Choosing to Be Racist' If They Support Trump on Caravan
There was much hand-wringing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," as the liberal hosts and their chorus of liberal experts criticized President Trump for calling himself a "nationalist"at a recent rally. By extension, they also criticized Trump supporters who are falling for Trump's "lies" and "fear-mongering" regarding the thousands of Central Americans now making their way to the U.S. border. CNS
VOA VIEW: Liberals and socialists want to destroy the US.

After #MeToo, survey finds women still face sexual harassment in the workplace
Not much has changed for women in the workplace, despite the rise of the Me Too movement, according to a new study by LeanIn.org and McKinsey & Company. It looked at nearly 300 companies, surveyed more than 64,000 employees and concluded that women still face sexual harassment at work. "As the new CEO of Time's Up, Lisa Border, said, 'You can't boil the ocean and you can't do it fast.' There is a lot that still hasn't changed. And so part of what we see is this sort of stubbornness in corporate America with gender dynamics that we always have. CBS News

Arizona troopers' union pulls support from Democrat opposing GOP's McSally in Senate race
An Arizona union that represents state public safety employees withdrew its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema this week after its members said the executive board voted on the endorsement without their input. Sinema, a Democrat, is locked in a tight U.S. Senate race against U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, a Republican, for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. After members objected to the board's actions, the Arizona State Troopers Association polled its members in an email Monday, asking whether they wanted to endorse Sinema or stay neutral, the Arizona Republic reported.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals will lose big - their actions and conduct are the result.

Crowd drowns out anti-Trump Dems Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman at California debates
U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff and Brad Sherman -- two California Democrats who are vocal critics of President Trump -- each got an earful Wednesday night from a pro-Trump crowd that interrupted them constantly during debates against their Republican opponents. Both Schiff and Sherman have emerged as key critics of the president in Washington, with Schiff leading the charge that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election. But it was a different story in Burbank, as the Democrats' detractors came out in droves in their home state, silencing Schiff and Sherman with shouts, and prompting organizers from the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank to end the event early, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Fox
VOA VIEW: Dems are starting to see what it feels like to be targets as the GOP.

'You have a bomb maker out there': Experts weigh in on the urgent hunt for answers
The urgent hunt for answers is on after explosive devices targeted CNN's New York headquarters as well as the homes of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Democratic donor George Soros. "You have a bomb maker out there," former FBI agent and ABC News contributor Steve Gomez said Wednesday. With all four explosive devices discovered within days, Gomez said the bomb maker or bomb makers "built these bombs and deployed them in a short period of time -- which means there's probably explosive materials somewhere out there." "That's my biggest concern -- that there could potentially be more to come," he warned. An envelope containing white powder and an apparent explosive device was found in CNN's mail room Wednesday.   ABC

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Key GOP senators contradict Trump on middle-class tax cut claims
The Republican chairmen of two key congressional committees, who likely would be involved in drafting the middle-class tax cut President Donald Trump started touting this week, on Wednesday contradicted what he's said about the surprise move just before the midterm elections. On Tuesday, the president suggested that middle-class Americans would receive an additional tax reduction beyond one that was in the package signed into law last year.“It's going to be a tax reduction of 10 percent for the middle class,” Trump said in the Oval Office. “And this will be on top of the tax reduction that the middle class has already gotten.” But Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, the GOP chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said Wednesday that the president was actually talking about making permanent existing lower rates, which for procedural reasons can be maintained for only 10 years.  ABC
VOA VIEW: The liberal media have no clue what Trump is offering.

Trump's rhetoric in midterm rallies reminiscent of 2016 campaign
As President Trump has taken to the campaign trail to stump for Republican candidates across the country -- primarily in red states -- he seems to be easing back into his original political state: the unconventional candidate, the spokesman for the aggrieved, the anti-politician who can fix the country's problems. Although he ostensibly headlines rallies to support congressional Republicans, most of his speeches only make passing references to the candidate of the hour. He will bring a candidate to the stage for a brief speech -- and then retake the podium to tout his administration's accomplishments.  CBS
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are twisting facts.

Stocks fall sharply as tech leads sell-off
U.S. stocks fell sharply Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average shedding more than 600 points in the session to close down 2.4 percent. The tech heavy Nasdaq composite index fell more than 4 percentage points, closing at 7,108.40 and leaving it in correction territory -- down 10 percent from its last high. The Dow and S&P 500 erased their gains for the year, Bloomberg reported. Behind the slump is a broad-based sell-off among tech and media companies. AT&T sank after reporting weak subscriber numbers, and chipmaker Texas Instruments fell sharply after reporting slumping demand. Amazon and Alphabet, both scheduled to report earnings on Thursday, fell by more than 5 percent each.CBS

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Hawaiian island erased by powerful hurricane: ‘The loss is a huge blow’
East Island has vanished after coming into contact with Hurricane Walaka, an intense storm that hit Hawaii earlier this month. A piece of the United States has been dramatically wiped off the map after an island in Hawaii was washed away by a powerful hurricane. East Island, a remote spit of gravel and sand that sat atop a coral reef, has vanished after having this misfortune to come into contact with Hurricane Walaka, an intense storm that surged past Hawaii earlier this month. Scientists have confirmed the disappearance of the 11-acre island after comparing satellite images of the surrounding French Frigate Shoals, part of an enormous protected marine area in the north-western Hawaiian Islands.  The Guardian

Dow plunges more than 600 points in another day of losses, officially wiping out its 2018 gains
The Dow Jones industrial average dove more than 600 points Wednesday as another wave of volatility swept through U.S. financial markets. The blue-chip index bobbed in the red most of the session, dragged down by a weak housing report and a beleaguered technology sector. The tech-heavy Nasdaq took the steepest losses of the day, down 4.4 percent. It’s now in correction territory, down 11.4 percent from its September 2018 high, according to Bespoke Investment Group. The sell-off in tech capped a horrendous month for the darlings of Silicon Valley, with painful losses in share value on Wednesday: Netflix lost 9.4 percent. Facebook lost 5.4 percent. Amazon, 6 percent. Apple, 3.4 percent.  Seattle Times

Insiders say Megyn Kelly’s days on ‘Today’ are numbered
Megyn Kelly’s time on “Today” could be coming to an end by December, TV insiders told Page Six — and her fate may have been sealed before her current scandal, in which she defended wearing blackface on Halloween. Multiple sources told us that NBC could pull the plug on “Megyn Kelly Today” by year’s end. Talk of the move was growing before this week, when Kelly wondered why “you get in trouble if you .. put on blackface.” She’s halfway through a three-year contract, at $20 million a year. A source said that with this gaffe, NBC could just “let Kelly hang out to dry.” New York Post
VOA VIEW: Kelly acted like a fool when she went liberal at Fox - loser.

Officials search for package addressed to Biden after devices sent to CNN, Clintons, Obamas
Authorities were investigating two additional suspicious packages Wednesday evening after an all-day effort that led to the discovery of devices – including pipe bombs – sent to prominent Democrats across the country, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The latest discovery Wednesday evening was a package believed to have been addressed to former Vice President Joe Biden. Reuters and CNN reported federal authorities were searching for the package, which was returned to sender. It was considered suspicious due to the similarities to other packages discovered. Another package was being investigated in Los Angeles after discovered Wednesday evening. Indy Star

Russia opposes U.S. OneWeb satellite service
Russia’s state security agency is opposing a high-level deal for the U.S. OneWeb satellite startup to bring Internet access to remote parts of the country because it says the project could be used to gather intelligence and damage national security. OneWeb, which plans to use a constellation of hundreds of satellites to provide a worldwide Internet network, struck a deal with Russian space agency Roscosmos in 2015 to send them into orbit and it clinched a joint venture with a subsidiary of the agency to service Russia. But now, after objections from Moscow, OneWeb is relinquishing its majority stake in the venture, according to two industry sources and a Russian state procurement document. Reuters

U.S. has yet to decide if it will impose new sanctions on Russia
The United States has yet to decide if it will impose new sanctions on Russia, U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday, saying it was in the process of making a decision. Bolton made the comments at a news conference in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, according to a transcript of the event provided by the U.S. National Security Council. Earlier on Wednesday, Russia’s Interfax news agency had incorrectly reported Bolton as saying that the United States was not currently considering imposing additional sanctions on Russia, sending the rouble higher. Reuters

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US white supremacist leader Robert Rundo arrested in California
The leader of a white supremacist group based in California has been arrested and charged with inciting riots. Robert Rundo, co-founder of the Rise Above Movement, was arrested at LA International Airport on Sunday. Three others have also been charged, one of whom remains at large. The four are accused of travelling to events across California and to one in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year that led to the death of a woman and shocked the nation. Earlier this month, four other members of the Rise Above Movement were charged with attacking counter-protesters at the Unite the Right march in Charlottesville in August 2017. BBC News

UN Security Council hails ‘courage’ of Afghan voters
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. In addition, they reiterated the important role of national electoral institutions, including the Independent Election Commission and the Electoral Complaints Commission, and urged them to “redouble efforts” to ensure the integrity, neutrality and transparency of the electoral process. That should include detection and prevention of fraud and careful monitoring of results. UN News

Trump skips some usual lines of attack at rally
The Latest on President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Wisconsin. President Donald Trump has skipped some of his usual attack lines at a campaign rally in Wisconsin. Trump certainly wasn't tame as he addressed thousands at an airport hangar on Wednesday while law enforcement officials nationwide scrambled to find those responsible for a series of attempting bombings targeting current and former Democratic officials and CNN. But Trump skipped his usual attack on what he calls the "fake news" media for not showing enough of his crowds. And he declined to go after his potential 2020 rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump sometimes likes to talk about how he would beat Biden in a fistfight.  Tampa Tribune

Bomb threats highlight risk of violent political rhetoric
The discovery of pipe bombs targeting prominent Democratic politicians and CNN is raising the threat of election-season violence largely unknown in the U.S. — and prompting uncomfortable questions about the consequences of leaders' increasingly vitriolic rhetoric. Coming two weeks before midterm elections, the thwarted attacks Wednesday caused renewed soul-searching — and finger pointing — about whether President Donald Trump has fanned passions to dangerous levels. Democrats swiftly pointed to his remarks seeming to condone violence against reporters and belittling political opponents, including some apparently targeted by the devices. Trump decried all political violence and issued a broad call for unity. Some voters expressed concern the country was spiraling into new territory. Tampa Tribune
VOA VIEW: Time may prove that a liberal is seeking attention by using the so-called bomb tactic.

CIA director Haspel reportedly heard audio of Khashoggi killing
CIA Director Gina Haspel has heard the audio purportedly capturing the torturing and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of Saudi officials, according to a report published Wednesday. President Trump sent Haspel to Turkey Monday to investigate the killing and she listened to the recording during the trip, according to The Washington Post report. Despite news leaks claiming Turkey had a recording of the killing, neither US or allied governments had been granted access to to the evidence. Saudi Arabia admitted Saturday that The Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman died inside their consulate in Turkey following a fight.  New York Post

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Republicans hold cash lead over Dems in final midterms push
Republicans held a cash lead over Democrats in the final month leading up to a midterm election that's projected to be one of the most expensive ever. Republican national party committees, candidates in key House and Senate races and super PACs had $337 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 30 campaign finance disclosures, while Democrats had $285 million on hand during the same period. Both parties have spent furiously in this midterm election that the Center for Responsive Politics predicted could be one of the most expensive in history, possibly surpassing $5 billion. Democratic candidates, seeking to incite a "blue wave" to gain ground in the House and the Senate have so far raised $1.3 billion and spent about $1.1 billion, while Republicans have raised $930 million and spent $745 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. UPI

Why the U.S. and China are struggling to reach a trade deal
In a midtown Manhattan conference room, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi vented to a small group of prominent American business executives about how China had been betrayed, again and again, by a fickle United States. Chinese leaders believed they had a trade agreement last year with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, only to see President Trump veto it. In May, they reached a second deal with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, but Trump again turned thumbs down — this time via Twitter. Then in September, as China prepared to dispatch a top official to discuss possible concessions, the president preempted the trip with new tariffs.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: China would be wise to end any confrontation.

The Trump administration just approved a plan to drill for oil in Alaska’s federal waters
Interior Department officials announced their approval Wednesday of a company’s plan to drill for oil six miles off the Alaskan coast in the shallow waters of the Beaufort Sea. If the development by Hilcorp Energy moves forward, it would be the first oil and gas production facility in federal waters in Alaska, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in the announcement, a major victory for the oil industry and a blow to conservation groups that fought it, fearing a possible leak in a sensitive and pristine natural environment. Zinke said the approval was a step forward for President Trump’s “American energy dominance” agenda that promotes the widespread development and production of fossil fuels such as coal and oil. Washington Post

Trump vows ‘aggressive’ probe on mail bombs, points finger at press
Even as authorities were uncovering new packages that possibly carried explosive devices addressed to a Democratic lawmaker in Congress, President Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Wisconsin that a more civil political atmosphere is needed in America, pointedly calling on the news media to end what the President labeled an ‘endless hostility’ and ‘negative attacks.’“The federal government is conducting an aggressive investigation, and we will find those responsible, and we will bring them to justice hopefully very quickly,” the President said in a campaign stop in Mosinee, Wisconsin. Atlanta Journal

Armed white man confronts black GOP volunteer
Police in North Carolina say an armed white man confronted a black Republican volunteer at a polling place and has been arrested. Volunteer Derek Partee tells The News & Observer that three white people angrily approached him Wednesday at a poll in Charlotte. He posted pictures of the people on Facebook, saying they were calling him racial slurs and threatening him. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say in a release that the armed man was carrying a BB gun. His identity hasn't been released yet. Partee says the people approached him asking about his party, but "they didn't care whether I was a Democrat or a Republican, they just cared that I was black." Police say the other people won't be charged because they were found to have not violated any laws. ABC

Migrant caravan: What is it and why does it matter?
For more than a week, thousands of migrants from Central America have been trudging north towards the US. They say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The journey poses a host of dangers, such as dehydration and criminal gangs, but many of the migrants say they feel safer travelling in numbers. Here's what you need to know about the latest, and largest, migrant caravan. How did it begin? On 12 October, in the crime-ridden Honduran city of San Pedro Sula, a group of 160 people gathered at a bus terminal and prepared to set off on the dangerous journey.  BBC

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American 'hardcore huntress' sparks outrage after posing with her kills in Scotland
A professional American “huntress” has prompted a furious reaction from animal lovers around Britain by posing with a dead goat, a ram and a stag during a trip to the Highlands and Islands. Larysa Switlyk and her companion posted photographs with their Scottish trophies, including a goat she said was killed with a “200 yard shot” during a “fun hunt” on the Hebridean island of Islay. The 33-year-old, who hosts a TV show called Larysa Unleashed, also posed with a “monstrous stag”. But it was the image of the billy goat that prompted an outcry after an SNP minister called for an immediate end to the shooting of the feral animals. Telegraph

EU parliament approves ban on single-use plastics
The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for an EU-wide ban on single-use plastics such as straws, cutlery, cotton buds and balloon sticks. The European Commission, the 28-nation EU's executive arm, proposed banning such items that it said account for 70 percent of the waste in the oceans and beaches. Today we are one step closer to eliminating the most problematic single-use plastic products in Europe," the EU's environment commissioner Karmenu Vella said. The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, voted for the ban on single-use plastic by 571 votes for, 53 against and 34 abstentions. Telegraph

Police investigate suspicious package addressed to Robert De Niro
Police are examining a suspicious package addressed to actor-director Robert De Niro at a building in lower Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood, two law enforcement sources said early Thursday. The package has similar markings as pipe bomb packages recently mailed nationwide to top Democrats. The address, 375 Greenwich St., matches that of the Tribeca Film Center. De Niro, the founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, is a vocal critic of President Trump. CNN

New York Times: China, Russia listening to Trump's cell phone calls
President Donald Trump continues to make calls via cell phone despite intelligence that China and Russia listen in, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The Times report, citing current and former officials, said Chinese spies have listened to Trump's iPhone calls and that the President's aides had told him Russian spies were listening regularly. Trump's cell phone use has been noted throughout his tenure, and security experts have raised concerns in the past. CNN noted in April that after John Kelly became chief of staff, Trump made more calls through the White House switchboard, but by the time of the April report, the President had begun to make more calls through his cell. CNN
VOA VIEW: The NYT report cannot be trusted.

Son of George Soros calls bombs a threat 'to the future of American democracy'
Alexander Soros, the son of financier George Soros, has said the explosive devices sent to his father and other political figures are a threat “to the future of American democracy”. An explosive device was found on Monday in the mailbox of George Soros’ home in Katonah, New York, and is believed to be linked to other devices sent to former president Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN’s New York newsroom, former attorney general Eric Holder and Democratic congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday. The Guardian

Powerball jackpot swells to $750 million — the third-largest in US lottery history
Move over Mega Millions, it's time for Powerball. One night after Mega Millions hit a $1.5 billion winner, Powerball's drawing came and went Wednesday without anybody matching all six numbers and the jackpot ballooned to an estimated $750 million — the third-largest in U.S. lottery history. The winning numbers on Wednesday night: 3, 21, 45, 53, 56 and Powerball 22. The next drawing is Saturday night. USA Today

Super Typhoon Yutu strongest storm to ever hit US soil
With sustained winds of 178 mph as its eye passed directly over the island of Tinian, Super Typhoon Yutu was the strongest storm on record to ever hit U.S. soil and tied for the most powerful storm on earth in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "Tinian has been devastated by Typhoon Yutu," Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas said Thursday. "The homes, main roads have been destroyed. Our critical infrastructure has been compromised. We currently have no power and water. Our ports at this time are inaccessible and several points within the island are inaccessible." USA Today

Despite some bumps, Boeing’s production pace improves and cash continues to flow
Despite a nearly $700 million charge for Boeing's two big recent military contract wins, plus another $176 million charge for continued unplanned excess spending on the Air Force tanker, Boeing's third quarter earnings results reversed this month's dip in its stock price. Boeing’s Dow-leading stock performance dipped sharply this month as investors worried about a drop in 737 jet deliveries, as well as the potential impact of tariffs and friction with China, the jet maker’s third-quarter earnings results and confident management outlook turned that trend around on Wednesday. Boeing’s stock rose more than $11 in mid-afternoon trading in New York before losing much of that gain as the market plunged toward day’s end. Boeing shares still closed up for the day $4.60, or 1.31 percent, at $354.65. . Seattle Times

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