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New York Times under fire for ‘fantasy’ about Secret Service helping Russian assassin gun down Trump
The New York Times is under fire for a fictional account of President Trump being gunned down by a Russian assassin with a Glock belonging to his own Secret Service in a short story dubbed “assassination fantasy” by critics. The Times Book Review section noted that its puts a spotlight on “books and stories, but also on how the books being written and read reflect the world outside of books.” Editors said that the Mueller probe and Trump’s relationship with Putin is “one of the biggest stories out there,” therefore the paper enlisted “today’s most talented spy and crime novelists” to dream up possible outcomes. One of the short stories on the Times' online Book Review page - to be published in Sunday's print edition - is titled, “How it Ends,” by Zoe Sharp – a chilling story about a drunken Russian’s plot to murder the president with a Makarov pistol. Sharp’s particular story doesn’t mention Trump by name, but it’s no secret as the collection of stories is headlined, “Five novelists imagine Trump’s next chapter.” Fox
VOA VIEW: The NYT has gone too far - they have been misleading the American people for too long.

Trump calls New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
President Trump called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday and the two spoke about the ongoing investigation into the suspicious packages, Cuomo told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “He pledged full support from all federal authorities,” Cuomo said, adding that he told Trump that he believes the state and federal government are working well together. Asked if the President's rhetoric was a part of the conversation, Cuomo said: “The conversation with the President was only about the law enforcement and the investigation." CNN
VOA VIEW: Cuomo can't held he is an idiot.

Newt Gingrich: Migrant caravan on the march -- What we must do if (or when) the caravan arrives at our border
The caravan of an estimated 7,000 Central American invaders trekking through Mexico toward the United States is roughly 1,000 miles from the nearest point of entry. A second group of roughly 1,000 is also seeking to join them. They may still be weeks away from our border, but this leaves little time for President Trump, Congress and all Americans who care about our national sovereignty and the rule of law to solve three incredibly pressing challenges. I discussed these on Monday on Facebook.
First, we must determine – and do – what we can right now to end this invasion before it reaches our doorstep. Second, we must develop and execute a cohesive, efficient, effective plan for preventing these invaders from illegally crossing our border – and for swiftly deporting those who are successful. Finally, we must fix the debilitatingly stupid amalgam of immigration laws, policies and court rulings that enable and encourage migrants to band together and stage these types of illegal invasions. Fox
VOA VIEW: The caravan must be stooped and not allowed to enter the US.

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Investigators are looking into the fact that none of the bombs actually exploded
Authorities are questioning why none of the bombs went off. The FBI called them “potentially destructive devices” in the press release. So either the bomb maker was good enough to ensure none would go off and never intended them to explode -- or they were poorly constructed. However, the presence of what is believed to be pyrotechnic powder is one reason why authorities consider them to be potentially destructive. Though it appears they were handled through the postal system -- jostled and moved -- without any explosion, outside experts who have viewed photos of the devices have pointed to the lack of a triggering mechanism, suggesting they perhaps were never meant to explode. CNN
VOA VIEW: An important dilemma and curiosity.

The UN Gets $10 Billion a Year From US Taxpayers
The United States, whose taxpayers account for some $10 billion a year in contributions to the United Nations system, was criticized at a meeting in New York on Tuesday for being late with its payments, with Cuba leading the charge – and suggesting it should be paying more. “We know full well who is responsible for the current critical financial situation of the organization,” Cuban Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez told the General Assembly’s budget committee. It was “alarming,” she said, that the biggest debts to the U.N. were the responsibility of one country – the United States. CNS
VOA VIEW: The US pays too much to the UN.

Trump: 'Call Me a Nationalist If You’d Like, But I Don’t Want Companies Leaving’
President Donald Trump referred to himself again as a “nationalist” during the White House State Leadership Day Conference on Tuesday, saying that he doesn’t want U.S. companies to move their businesses overseas. “Call me a nationalist if you'd like, but I don't want companies leaving. I don't want them firing all their people, going to another country, making a product, sending it into our country -- tax-free, no charge, no tariff, no nothing. And in the meantime, we end up with empty plants, unemployment all over the place. We end up with nothing. So those deals are not happening anymore,” he said. Trump used the same term on Monday night at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in Houston. “A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much. CNS

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N.Y. law enforcement urges caution as investigatoin into suspicious-package spree continues
New York law enforcement warned that any suspicious packages should be handled with caution while giving an update on the ongoing investigation on Thursday into several intercepted devices sent to Democrats. Because the investigation is ongoing, authorities could not confirm whether the devices were functioning explosives, but said they are being transported to an FBI facility in Virginia for examinations. But officials cautioned the public to not let their guard down when it comes to suspicious packaging. Washington Times

Stress may be linked to memory loss, brain shrinkage
According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stress can lead to numerous chronic diseases, including depression, obesity and heart disease. Now, a new study, published in the journal Neurology, suggests stress is actually associated with impaired memory and reduced brain size. The research comes from the University of Texas Health Science Center, Harvard Medical School and more.  Atlanta Journal

Trump sending troops to border, an issue that fires up base
The Trump administration is planning to dispatch at least 800 active-duty troops to the southern border at the direction of a president who has sought to transform fears about immigration into electoral gains in the midterms as a caravan of thousands of migrants makes its way through Mexico. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order sending the troops to the border, bolstering National Guard forces already there, an official said Thursday. The action comes as President Donald Trump has spent recent days calling attention to the caravan of Central Americans slowly making its way by foot into southern Mexico but still more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) from U.S. soil.  Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: A great move.

FBI warns of potentially more devices; Time Warner Center gets all-clear after Thursday night evacuation
Law enforcement officials said Thursday that they have found no new bomb-like devices beyond the 10 packages addressed to prominent Democrats but warned the public to be on the lookout for more suspicious packages that could still be in the mail system. "This has to be taken with the most seriousness," New York City Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill told reporters at a news conference when asked to address claims that the mailings were part of a hoax. "We are treating them as suspected explosive devices." The potentially deadly devices spurred a country-wide manhunt and has left the nation on edge.  Indy Star

USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: The midterms are all about Trump, and Democrats have the edge in the stretch
The midterm elections are all about the man who's not on the ballot. A new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds President Donald Trump driving the decisions of a majority of voters who say they are determined to send a message of either support or opposition to him. That dynamic is giving Democrats an edge as the crucial campaign heads into the final stretch. A majority of those surveyed say Trump will have "a lot" of influence on their congressional vote on Nov. 6 – 35 percent who are casting their ballot to show their opposition to him, 23 percent to show their support. Indy Star

Google sacks dozens over sexual harassment
Google has sacked 48 people including 13 senior managers over sexual harassment claims since 2016. In a letter to employees, chief executive Sundar Pichai said the tech giant was taking a "hard line" on inappropriate conduct. The letter was in response to a New York Times report that Android creator Andy Rubin received a $90m exit package despite facing misconduct allegations. A spokesman for Mr Rubin denied the allegations, the newspaper said. Mr Rubin left the company in 2014. He was given what the paper described as a "hero's farewell". Mr Pichai's letter said the New York Times story was "difficult to read" and that Google was "dead serious" about providing a "safe and inclusive workplace".  BBC

After Papadopoulos interview, Trump allies say FBI officials should be investigated over Russia probe
One of President Trump’s top allies on Capitol Hill is calling for members of the FBI and Justice Department to be referred for potential disciplinary action over their scrutiny of former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, alleging — without evidence — that his constitutional rights may have been violated by federal law enforcement officials. “Not only was there no collusion but there was not even the opportunity for collusion based on his contacts” with alleged Russian intermediaries, said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), recounting what Papadopoulos told lawmakers during a seven-hour, closed-door interview Thursday with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Top alleged leaders in the FBI and DOJ are dirty.

U.S., U.N. seek to identify weapons seized off the coast of Yemen
U.N. experts on Thursday inspected a shipment of weapons recently seized by the U.S. Navy that American officials suspect could provide new evidence of Iranian support for Houthi rebels in Yemen. The U.N. inspectors will seek to identify the origin of about 2,500 AK-47s seized in the Gulf of Aden on Aug. 28, U.S. officials said. Vice Adm. Scott Stearney, the commander of U.S. naval forces in the Middle East, said American officials had conducted a preliminary examination of the weapons. “What the U.N. inspection team does is it allows us to have a level of validation that maybe is accepted on a broader scale,” Stearney told a small group of reporters. The team members have expertise in weapons coming out of Iran, Yemen and Somalia.  Washington Post

Migrants gather on Guatemala border, as another mass exodus to the U.S. takes shape
Several hundred migrants from Honduras had gathered in the center of this bustling border town Thursday with more streaming in by the hour in what could be the beginning of another mass exodus of people headed to the U.S. through Mexico.Some of the migrants in the town’s main plaza said Thursday that they were waiting for a wave of new migrants to arrive that could number between 1,500 and 4,000 people, similar to the huge caravan of migrants that passed through this town just five days earlier. USA Today

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Sir Philip Green named over harassment claims
Retail billionaire Sir Philip Green has been named in Parliament as the leading businessman accused by a newspaper of sexual and racial harassment. Peter Hain, who identified him in the Lords, said it was his duty to name him, given the "serious and repeated" nature of the allegations. The Telegraph accused but did not name the businessman on Tuesday. Sir Philip "categorically and wholly" denied allegations of "unlawful sexual or racist behaviour". The Court of Appeal issued an injunction preventing the newspaper from publishing Sir Philip's name. It remains in force, but Lord Hain's statement, made under parliamentary privilege, has been widely reported in the UK media. BBC

WTO member group seeks urgent reforms in face of U.S. actions
Top trade officials from 12 countries and the European Union on Thursday declared their strong support for reforming World Trade Organization rules in the face of U.S. actions that are effectively threatening to paralyze the body. The officials, meeting in the Canadian capital Ottawa for a day, said they shared a “common resolve for rapid and concerted action” to address challenges to the WTO. “The current situation at the WTO is no longer sustainable. Our resolve for change must be matched with action,” said the final communique. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump is blocking appointments of WTO judges and has threatened to pull out of the grouping designed to ensure a rules-bound global trade system. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The WTO is corrupt and wasteful.

Few see Trump-friendly U.S. stock recovery before elections
U.S. President Donald Trump’s favorite report card on his presidency may be failing him at a critical moment. U.S. stocks have fared well since Trump took office, a fact he has repeatedly touted, but have stumbled badly in October. The S&P 500 .SPX is down 7.6 percent and on course for its biggest monthly drop of Trump's presidency with fewer than two weeks before voters determine whether his Republican Party retains control of Congress. Republicans have emphasized Trump’s stewardship of the economy and recent record stock market highs in their campaigns.  It is unclear whether a last-minute market drop will be a persuasive factor for voters.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal quacks want to spin what ever they can against Trump.

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Florida's tomato industry could be 'wiped out' under new trade deal
Florida's tomato industry has been under assault by cheap, government-subsidized tomatoes from Mexico since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. But the Trump administration's renegotiated trade treaty offers no relief, growers say. The new trade deal, dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, makes no changes to how fruits and vegetables are imported from Mexico, where labor is far cheaper than in the United States and the industry is heavily subsidized by the government in the form of vast amounts of capital and growing technology, such as state-of-the-art greenhouses and irrigation systems. UPI

‘Never give up’: UN chief urges all who serve, marking UN Day
Marking the 2018 United Nations Day, which falls on 24 October, Secretary-General António Guterres is urging the men and women of the UN, and those they serve, to “never give up” tackling the world’s many challenges. In a video released in advance of UN Day, Mr. Guterres said that, despite the odds and obstacles, and growing inequality “we don’t give up because we know by reducing inequality we increase hope and opportunity and peace around the world.”  UN

Kavanaugh battle dims Democrats' dreams of flipping Senate
Democrats’ dreams of flipping the Senate have dimmed over the past month as their candidates faltered in some key races, leaving Republicans confident that they will retain their grasp — and the ability to advance at least part of President Trump’s agenda. It would take a net gain of two seats to win control, and Democrats are left with an increasingly small battleground. Only one Republican-held seat, in Arizona, is a 50-50 bet for the party at this point. Three other targets — in Texas, Nevada and Tennessee — have shifted toward the Republican Party in the wake of the battle over Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The so-called blue wave will turn into a red wave.

'Family business': Donald Trump Jr. hits campaign trail to help GOP 'run up the score'
When she campaigned in the midterms for Republican candidates, first lady Laura Bush said going on the stump was a “fact of life” for the members of a president’s family. “Politics really is a family business,” Mrs. Bush said at the time. “Everyone gets involved, whether they want to or not.” This fall, President Trump’s children have been taking on the brunt of that family responsibility, especially 40-year-old Donald Jr., who has been campaigning coast to coast on behalf of Republican candidates. “We’re full speed ahead,” the younger Mr. Trump said in a radio interview Monday with Breitbart. “Let’s run up the score.” Washington Times

Grassley to Justice Dept.: Investigate Kavanaugh accuser and Avenatti
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday asked for a criminal investigation into whether Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, conspired to provide false statements to Congress and obstructed a congressional investigation during the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Grassley wrote in a letter to the Justice Department that Swetnick and Avenatti made serious allegations that required significant resources to investigate. But Grassley says information from media interviews and elsewhere indicates their statements “likely contained materially false claims.”  Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Good - taxpayers should not pay to advance Avenatti's false publicity.

Paul Allen’s sister Jody named executor, trustee of late billionaire’s estate
Vulcan, Paul Allen's holding company, on Wednesday said the late Microsoft co-founder's sister, Jody, would be executor and trustee of his estate. The task of overseeing the disposition of Paul Allen’s estate, likely the largest in Washington state history, will fall to his sister, Jody Allen. Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft and used the wealth generated by his stake in the computing giant to fund a range of business, cultural and philanthropic projects, died Oct. 15 of complications from non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 65. Allen wasn’t married and had no children.  Seattle Times

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Trump administration wants to remove 'gender' from UN human rights documents
US officials at the United Nations are seeking to eliminate the word “gender” from UN human rights documents, most often replacing it with “woman”, apparently as part of the Trump administration’s campaign to define transgender people out of existence. At recent meetings of the UN’s Third Committee, which is concerned with “social, humanitarian and cultural” rights, US officials have been pushing for the rewriting of general assembly policy statements to remove what the administration argues is vague and politically correct language, reflecting what it sees as an “ideology” of treating gender as an individual choice rather than an unchangeable biological fact.  The Guardian

Midterm elections could have strangest result in decades
Next month’s midterm elections could shatter three decades of political precedent. Democrats look poised to retake the House, but Republicans appear likely to retain control of the Senate on Nov. 6. That would be the first time since 1982 that a midterm election wave ended with such divergent results. Political experts had to go that far back to find an instance when Democrats posted major wins in the House without scoring a significant win in the Senate. Like many things in politics these days, President Trump is a driving force in the anomaly. He boosts Republican chances in the Senate because he’s popular with white voters in rural areas, which is where many of the contested races are. But he doesn’t help Republicans much in the suburban House races likely to decide control of the lower chamber. “The personality of the president is playing … an outsized role,” said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray. While Trump’s approval rating has hovered around 40 percent before a recent uptick, he’s been consistently more popular in several dozen battleground races. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Dems will not win the House in November.

Americans agree that America is divided
There’s at least one thing we can all agree on — we are a divided nation. The overwhelming majority of Americans believe that the US is sharply split, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday. Eight of 10 Americans say the country is riven by division. Only 20 percent believe the situation will improve any time soon, while 39 percent figure it will get worse. While political tribalism has fueled at least some of the discord, 77 percent of Americans reported being dissatisfied with the state of US politics. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Americans cannot let the left and socialists take over the nation.

Trump blasts CNN in 3 a.m. tweet for 'blaming me' for bombs
At the end of a week in which 10 suspected pipe bombs were sent to prominent liberal leaders over a 72-hour period, President Donald Trump took to Twitter past 3 a.m. Friday to criticize CNN, another recipient of a suspicious package, for coverage that he said compared this week's news to 9/11 and the Oklahoma City bombing. "Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing," the president tweeted at 3:14 a.m., "yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, 'it's just not Presidential!'" Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: CNN is anti America.

Trump's order not the first time military troops have been sent to the U.S.-Mexico border
The caravan prompted the Trump administration to ask for National Guard help at the border. California Gov. Jerry Brown authorized up to 400 troops to work in support roles targeting transnational crime. Under the agreement, which runs through March, troops are stationed in San Diego, El Centro and Riverside. Another 1,700 guard members are deployed in other states. Under Brown’s authorization, the troops in California are not supposed to be used for immigration enforcement, but court documents in illegal-entry cases show that in some instances soldiers monitoring patrol cameras have helped with apprehensions. Other presidents have also dispatched the National Guard to the border. Under President George W. Bush, guard members were stationed there for about two years beginning in 2006, and under President Barack Obama they assisted for about a year starting in 2010. San Diego Tribune

Mail bombs: FBI investigators check Florida leads
The FBI has searched a mail facility in Florida, as investigators try to find out who is behind a series of crude explosive packages targeting several prominent Democrats. Devices have been sent to eight high-profile people, including ex-President Barack Obama and actor Robert De Niro. US officials say some of the packages appear to have been sent from a postal centre in north-western Miami. The FBI has not yet released any details of their investigation. Similar packages have also been sent to former Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, among others.  BBC
VOA VIEW: It will become clear that Dems and lefests are behind the bombs.

Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia, US praises decision
The Saudi officials who killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate must reveal the location of his body, Turkey's president said Friday in remarks that were sharply critical of the kingdom's handling of the case. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will arrive in Turkey on Sunday as part of the investigation and will meet with Turkish counterparts. On Thursday, Saudi prosecutors said Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, citing Turkish evidence and changing the country's account again to try to ease international outrage over the slaying of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. ABC News

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Ford Motor Co. recalls 1.5 million Focus vehicles
Ford Motor Co. on Thursday said it was recalling nearly 1.5 million Focus vehicles in North America over a malfunctioning canister purge valve. The recall affects Focuses manufactured from 2012 to 2018 that are equipped with either a 2.0-liter GDI or GTDI engine. The canister purge valve can become stuck in an open position, according to the Detroit automaker, causing the vehicle's plastic fuel tank to become deformed. A driver may see a malfunction indicator light turn on or a fuel gauge with fluctuating or inaccurate fuel levels. The malfunction could stop the car from restarting or lead it to stall while in motion, Ford said. The company said it was not aware of any accidents, injuries or fires as a result of the defect. ABC

Trump unveils a new 'American patients first' strategy; accuses drug manufacturers of charging more in U.S.
President Donald Trump unveiled a new "American patients first" strategy that accuses drug manufacturers of charging more for prescription medications in the United States than other countries with similar economic advantages. "We are taking aim at the global freeloading that forces American consumers to subsidize lower prices in foreign countries through higher prices in our country," Trump said during a speech at the Department of Health and Human Services. "I have seen it for years and never understood. Same company, same box, same pill, made in the same location, and you will go to some countries and it will be 20 percent [of the cost of drugs in the United States] because of what we pay and in some cases, much less than that. I say why is this?" ABC

Mattis preparing order sending hundreds of troops to border
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is preparing an order order that would send approximately 800 U.S. troops to the border, CBS News' David Martin has confirmed, as President Trump's frustration builds over the caravan of migrants approaching the U.S. That is in addition to the National Guard troops sent earlier this year, although it is not yet clear whether the additional troops will also be National Guard or active duty military members, Martin reports. In April, the Pentagon authorized 4,000 National Guard troops to head to the southern border to aid U.S. and Customs and Border Protection. CNN first reported the Pentagon's intent to sign off on more troops. The additional troops will not have any authority to apprehend illegal immigrants but will be able to erect barriers and provide reconnaissance searching for illegal border crossers. It's not yet exactly clear where they will deploy. CBS
VOA VIEW: We must protect the nation and its people.

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