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GOP campaigns asked Trump to steer clear of Nevada and Arizona
As President Trump kicks off an 11-rally tour in the final six days of the midterm election campaign, he is focused on expanding Republican control of the Senate — without jeopardizing it. He will pay two visits to Florida, Missouri and Indiana, all home of key Senate races, in addition to stops in Montana, West Virginia and Tennessee. (He also visits Ohio and Georgia.) But two states noticeably absent from his itinerary: Arizona and Nevada, which are among the most competitive races and the best chance for Democrats to pick up GOP-held Senate seats.  Two Republican officials involved in shaping the President's political travel tell CNN that Republicans in both Arizona and Nevada asked the White House to steer clear of those states in his final swing. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN wants Trump out of states that can help the GOP.

9/11 terrorist gets hero's welcome back home after serving just 15 years for attacks
A terrorist jailed over the September 11 attacks has been mobbed by supporters back home in Morocco after being freed early. Mounir el Motassadeq was sentenced to just 15 years behind bars for accessory to murder in 2006. He received credit for time served after his initial arrest in 2001 — and was freed shortly before finishing even that stretch to be deported to his homeland. Now El-Motassadeq, 44, is back in a suburb of Marrakesh where he is living in the family home with his wife and children. He was seen meeting old friends as he returned from prayers at his local mosque. Fox
VOA VIEW: He got off easy.

Trump turns on Ryan, says he ‘knows nothing about’ birthright citizenship
President Trump slammed House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday for opposing his call for an executive order to curb birthright citizenship -- saying it’s something Ryan “knows nothing about.” “Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about!” he tweeted. “Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!” Trump used an interview with “Axios on HBO,” a clip of which was released Tuesday, to announce his intention to use an executive order to end the policy granting automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. to non-citizen or illegal immigrant parents. Fox
VOA VIEW: Ryan should not have gone against the president days before midterms.

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Journalist Jamal Khashoggi strangled, dismembered soon after entering consulate, Turkish prosecutor says
When Cengiz reported the 58-year-old Khashoggi missing to Turkish police, the Saudi government initially said Khashoggi had come out of the consulate the same day and denied any involvement in his disappearance. Two weeks later, the Turkish public prosecutor said an initial investigation revealed that discussions between Khashoggi and the individuals who met with him at the consulate led to an argument and a fist fight, which resulted in the journalist's death, according to the Arabic report in the Saudi Press Agency. A Saudi official on Sunday told ABC News that Khashoggi’s body was given to a "local cooperator" in Istanbul for disposal. ABC

Trump dismisses large demonstration that greeted him outside Pittsburgh synagogue as 'small protest'
When President Donald Trump visited Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue Tuesday in the wake of a shooting massacre that killed 11, he was greeted by thousands of protesters nearby. The president dismissed the demonstration Wednesday morning, tweeting that the "small protest was not seen by us, staged far away." "The Office of the President was shown great respect on a very sad & solemn day," Trump tweeted. "We were treated so warmly." The president visited Tuesday with first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner in the aftermath of Saturday's bloodbath by a gunman who allegedly spewed anti-Semitic statements as he gunned down worshippers.  ABC
VOA VIEW: Shame on the fools that exploit pushing stupidity.

Trump claims 14th Amendment doesn't cover birthright citizenship
President Trump continued his push to end birthright citizenship Wednesday, with days to go before the midterm elections, claiming the 14th Amendment's guarantee of citizenship does not apply to the children of undocumented immigrants. Mr. Trump first mentioned ending birthright citizenship via executive order in an interview with Axios that aired Tuesday morning. "So-called Birthright Citizenship, which costs our Country billions of dollars and is very unfair to our citizens, will be ended one way or the other," the president tweeted Wednesday morning. "It is not covered by the 14th Amendment because of the words 'subject to the jurisdiction thereof.' Many legal scholars agree....." CBS

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U.S. doesn't want to harm friends, allies with Iran sanctions
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday the Trump administration wants sanctions on Iran’s crude exports to strain Tehran, but does not want to harm countries that depend on the oil. “We want to achieve maximum pressure but we don’t want to harm friends and allies either,” Bolton said in a talk at the Hamilton Society. Bolton said the administration understands that a number of countries, some close geographically to Iran which he visited last week, and others “may not be able to go all the way, all the way to zero immediately.”  Reuters

Mattis rejects criticism of sending U.S. troops to border
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday rejected criticism that deploying thousands of troops to the border with Mexico was a political stunt. “The support that we provide to the secretary for homeland security is practical support based on the request from the commissioner of customs and border police, so we don’t do stunts in this department,” Mattis said after a meeting with his South Korean counterpart at the Pentagon.  Several groups including the American Civil Liberties Union have accused President Donald Trump of politicizing the military ahead of next week’s midterm elections. Trump has hardened his stance on immigration ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberals are in a spin.

Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc carried out a 'domestic terror attack'
Sayoc allegedly intended to "maximize harm" to his 15 targets, including former President Obama and the CNN headquarters. Prosecutors allege that based on their searches of Sayoc's electronic devices, he started planning the attack as early as late July. According to the court filings, Sayoc conducted several searches on his laptop on Sept. 18 that included "cnn building," "george soros and family" and "hilary (sic) clinton and family.” Sayoc also allegedly searched for "james clapper wife and kids," "eric holder wife and kids," and "john brennan wife and kids." Between July 15 and Oct. 23, Sayoc conducted the following searches on his phone: "hilary Clinton hime address (sic)," "address Debbie wauserman Shultz (sic)," and "address for barack Obama," among others, according to prosecutors. NBC

Harvey Weinstein accused of sexually assaulting 16-year-old virgin
An aspiring actress says she was a 16-year-old virgin when disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted her in New York, according to an amended Manhattan federal racketeering lawsuit filed Wednesday. The woman, a former model from Poland identified only as Jane Doe in the court papers, said that after agreeing to meet for a business lunch in 2002, Weinstein instead took her to his Soho apartment. "Weinstein wasted no time in aggressively and threateningly demanding sex,” the suit alleges. He told the distraught starlet that if she wanted to be an actress she had to give in to his perverted desires.  New York Post
VOA VIEW: Innocence to proven guilty.

Yemeni rebels seek pressure on Saudis as US calls for truce
A leading Yemeni rebel figure on Thursday described the Trump administration's calls for a cease-fire in his country as "positive" but urged more international action to stop deadly airstrikes by the rebels' adversary, a U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition. The comments by Mohamed Ali al-Houthi on al-Masirah TV network, which backs Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis, followed U.S. demands for a truce and the launch of U.N.-led political talks to end the Saudi-Iran proxy war, now in its fourth year. According to al-Houthi, the chief of the rebel Supreme Revolutionary Committee, those urging a cease-fire should "translate their desire to bring peace in Yemen into action, stop the bombing of Yemenis immediately and lift the siege on Yemen."  Houston Chronicle

Google employees to walk out to protest treatment of women
Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers are expected to walk off the job Thursday morning to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. It is the latest expression of a backlash against men's exploitation of female subordinates in a business, entertainment and politics. In Silicon Valley, women also are becoming fed up with the male-dominated composition of the technology industry's workforce — a glaring imbalance that critics say fosters unsavory behavior akin to a college fraternity house. Sun Sentinel

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Hawaii top court approves controversial Thirty Meter Telescope
Hawaii's Supreme Court has approved construction of what will one of the world's largest single telescopes, on the controversial site of Mauna Kea. Work on the $1.4bn (£1bn) Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) had paused in 2015 after protests from some native Hawaiians, to whom the land is sacred. The state's top court ruled 4-1 in favour of the scientists on Tuesday. Mauna Kea already has 13 telescopes; activists say their construction has interfered with cultural practices. For years, protesters - including some environmentalists - have said building what is planned to be the world's biggest telescope on a site already saturated with observatories would further desecrate and pollute the sacred mountain.  BBC

Nancy Pelosi: Measured political rhetoric begins 'when we win'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi used an appearance on “The Late Show” this week to echo sentiments by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Measured discourse can happen when Democrats regain control in Washington. The California Democrat told CBS host Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night that her party was destined to win big in the upcoming midterm elections, which prompted him to ask about inflammatory rhetoric. “There has been a lot of talk lately about lowering the temperature of political discourse,” the comedian said. “Have you seen evidence of that?”  Washington Times
VOA VIEW: What will Pelosi say when Dems lose?

Trump’s moves on immigration roil midterm campaign for both parties
President Trump’s vows to end birthright citizenship and dispatch a growing number of troops to the border have scrambled the final days of the midterm campaign for both parties — repelling moderate House Republicans in swing districts but prompting some red-state Senate Democrats to align themselves with Trump’s hard-line stances.  Those shifting alliances reflect how much Trump — while his party would like to focus on the economy and Democrats want the on spotlight health care — has dictated the rhetorical terms of the campaign. Trump on Wednesday launched a six-day, eight-state swing that will take him to conservative states as he seeks to retain GOP control of the Senate — with immigration sure to remain front and center.
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Pittsburgh synagogue suspect due in federal court Thursday
The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is expected to make a brief appearance in court Thursday to be arraigned on an indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing in the practice of religion, and other crimes. Bowers had been set for a preliminary hearing on the evidence Thursday, but federal prosecutors instead took the case to a grand jury. The panel issued the 44-count indictment Wednesday as funerals continued for the 11 people gunned down Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Jared Younger of Los Angeles told mourners that he waited for hours Saturday for his father to pick up his phone or let them know he was alright. Tampa Tribune

Trump rails against Andrew Gillum as Fort Myers crowd chants ‘Lock him up!’
Armed with ominous hyperbole and the aura of "winning," President Donald Trump flew into Southwest Florida on Wednesday night to whip the Republican vote ahead of Tuesday's elections and save America from the Democrats. Less than a week from an election that could propel him toward reelection in 2020 or ensnare him in a fight for political survival, Trump warned the Sunshine State faithful that an Andrew Gillum governorship would take Florida's purring economy and turn it into a Venezuela-like recession. He cautioned that a fourth term for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson would guarantee higher taxes. And he promised that in Florida, only Ron DeSantis and Gov. Rick Scott can stop the hordes of illegal immigrants waiting to flood into the country if Democrats win. Tampa Tribune

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Trump blamed ex-counsel McGahn for Mueller investigation
Former White House Counsel Don McGahn ended his tumultuous tenure at the White House with one last encounter in which President Donald Trump blamed him for Robert Mueller's appointment, sources close to McGahn tell CNN. In a face-to-face Oval Office meeting, the President groused to McGahn about Mueller's appointment made on McGahn's watch as White House counsel, and the cloud the investigation has continued to cast over the presidency, the people familiar with the conversation said. Sources say while the President was fixated on Mueller, he also gave McGahn high marks for other matters during his time as the top White House lawyer, as CNN previously reported.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal propaganda.

Pelosi: ‘The President Does Not Have the Power to Erase Parts of the Constitution’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement on Monday that referenced President Donald Trump’s intention to issues an executive order terminating birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens and declared that “the president does not have the power to erase parts of the Constitution.” The first section of the Fourteenth Amendment (which Congress approved in 1866 and was ratified by the states 1868) says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.”  CNS
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a fool.

Mexican National Gets 54 Months in U.S. Prison for Making More Than 1,000 Fake IDs—in Ohio
A 44-year-old Mexican woman living in Marion, Ohio, has been sentenced to 54 months in prison for operating what federal prosecutors call “a document mill that produced more than 1,000 false identification documents.” “Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Buendia-Chavarria’s residence in October 2017, where they located numerous false identification documents, five handwritten ledgers containing other peoples’ names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, and in some cases, who the identity was sold to, according to court documents” CNS

Trump's false, misleading tweets since he became president
As a candidate, Trump retweeted a bogus graphic purporting to show the percentage of whites killed by blacks and other homicide data by race. But almost every statistic was wrong — some grossly inaccurate. For example, the graphic said “whites killed by blacks 81%.” The actual figure was 14.8 percent, based on homicide data available at the time from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports data, for 2014. As president, Trump retweeted a video that purported to show a “Muslim migrant” beating up “a Dutch boy on crutches.” But the attacker wasn’t an immigrant. He was born and raised in the Netherlands. The video — one of three retweeted by Trump that day — was posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, a far-right group.  USA Today
VOA VIEW: The liberal media offer garbage lies.

Warren says she's not aware of her own campaign's fundraising
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren pleaded ignorance Tuesday, saying she wasn’t aware her campaign attempted to raise money off of her opposition to Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Ms. Warren was challenged on the September fundraising email, which has spawned an ethics complaint in the Senate, at a debate Tuesday. The Democrat tried to brush the question aside, until the moderator pointedly asked her to respond to whether she did raise funds off her vote. “Actually, I don’t know,” she responded. Ms. Warren declared her opposition to Justice Kavanaugh early on, and described her opposition in a Sept. 17 email to supporters that asked for them to contribute to her re-election campaign. The watchdog group Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) says asking for money to show support for a future vote is a violation of Senate ethics. They filed a complaint against Ms. Warren and fellow Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California. The Senate’s rules prohibit senators from “cashing in” by using their official positions for personal gain. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Warren is a liar - she needed and wanted funds.

What you need to know about Election Day exit polls
Exit polls are surveys conducted as voters leave their polling places on Election Day. Reaching voters at that moment helps to ensure that the people surveyed actually cast ballots, avoiding any uncertainty on that matter that happens with telephone polls. Critical questions of who won and why, which are reported on election night, are answered mainly from exit poll results. How are exit polls conducted? Interviewers stand outside polling places in randomly selected precincts and attempt to talk to voters on their way out at specific intervals (every third or fifth voter, for example). ABC

Trump beats media by using their own 'narcissism' against them, ex-'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart says
Comedian Jon Stewart criticized journalists for letting President Trump turn their “narcissism” against them when he calls the media out, making the debate all about themselves rather than actual policies. Stewart, former host of “The Daily Show,” who lampooned Republicans until his departure in 2015, appeared in an interview with fellow comedian Dave Chappelle on Tuesday, talking about Trump’s frequent battles against the media organizations. Trump previously deemed some media outlets as “fake news” or “the enemy of the people,” prompting a widespread reaction among members of the media.  Fox

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A threat to democracy: Republicans' war on minority voters
It was a mystery worthy of crime novelist Raymond Chandler. On 8 November 2016, African Americans did not show up. It was like a day of absence. African Americans had virtually boycotted the election because they “simply saw no affirmative reason to vote for Hillary”, as one reporter explained, before adding, with a hint of an old refrain, that “some saw her as corrupt”. As proof of blacks’ coolness toward her, journalists pointed to the much greater turnout for Obama in 2008 and 2012. It is true that, nationwide, black voter turnout had dropped by 7% overall. Moreover, less than half of Hispanic and Asian American voters came to the polls.
This was, without question, a sea change. The tide of African American, The Guardian

US calls for ceasefire in Yemen within 30 days
The US has called for a ceasefire in Yemen within 30 days followed by UN-brokered peace talks, sparking guarded hopes for a breakthrough in the international effort to end the country’s disastrous three-year war. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, and Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, both said on they wanted to see a swift end to the fighting between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led military coalition supported by the US and UK. “Thirty days from now we want to see everybody around a peace table based on a ceasefire,” Mr Mattis said in Washington. Telegraph

Trump: Media used synagogue shooting to ‘sow anger and division’
President Trump blasted negative news reports about his trip Tuesday to Pittsburgh, suggesting he had been mishandled by the “left-wing media.” “Yesterday’s visit to Pittsburgh was about coming together as a nation to comfort and to heal,” Trump began, talking to the crowd gathered at his Fort Myers, Florida, campaign rally Wednesday night. “After this day of unity and togetherness, I came home and sadly turned on the news and watched as the far-left media used tragedy to sow anger and division.” The crowd responded by chanting, “CNN sucks!” News reports on Trump’s quick trip to the steel city — to pay homage to the 11 victims of Saturday’s Tree of Life Synagogue massacre — contained the context that Pittsburgh’s mayor, Democrat Bill Peduto, had said on CNN that he wished the president would postpone his journey for several days so the murdered could be buried. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are the enemy of the people.

Trump rallies for Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis ... and himself near Fort Myers
Armed with ominous hyperbole and the aura of “winning,” President Donald Trump flew into Southwest Florida on Wednesday night to whip the Republican vote ahead of Tuesday’s elections and save America from the Democrats. Less than a week from an election that could propel him toward reelection in 2020 or ensnare him in a fight for political survival, Trump warned the Sunshine State faithful that an Andrew Gillum governorship would take Florida’s purring economy and turn it into a Venezuela-like recession. He cautioned that a fourth term for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson would guarantee higher taxes.  Miami Herald

White House considers allowing Cuban Americans to sue for island properties left behind
The White House is considering taking steps to allow thousands of Cuban Americans to sue in U.S. courts foreign companies and others who now control real estate on the island that was seized from them by the Cuban government. A day before Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton delivers a speech in Miami outlining how the administration will increase pressure on Latin America, McClatchy has learned that the White House has discussed the proposal with Sen. Marco Rubio and other South Florida lawmakers who have been pushing the administration to take more concrete steps against Cuba. Rubio, who is seen as one of the president’s principal advisers on Western Hemisphere issues, has pushed the proposal with the White House'. Miami Herald

Mexico torn between stopping, aiding migrant caravan
The Mexican government seems torn between stopping several thousand Central American migrants from traveling toward the U.S. border in a caravan or burnishing its international human rights image. On Saturday, more than a hundred federal police dressed in riot gear blocked a rural highway in southern Mexico shortly before dawn to encourage the migrants to apply for refugee status in Mexico rather than continuing the long, arduous journey north. U.S. President Donald Trump has urged Mexico to prevent the caravan from reaching the border.  Houston Chronicle

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Canada's last witch trials: Women accused of fake witchcraft
A law against pretending to practise witchcraft will soon be repealed in Canada. But that hasn't stopped local police from prosecuting those who use the "dark arts" to bilk people for thousands of dollars. Two Canadian women have been charged with pretending to practise witchcraft, breaking a little-known law in Canada's criminal code that could soon be out the door. The first charge was levied against Dorie "Madeena" Stevenson, a fortune teller from Milton, Ontario on 18 October after a months-long investigation. She is accused of defrauding a client of C$60,000 ($45,700; £35,700) in cash and property. A week later, Toronto psychic Samantha Stevenson was also arrested in a similar but unrelated investigation. BBC

Fact-Checking Trump’s Florida Rally
President Trump, speaking Wednesday night in Estero, Fla., made inaccurate or disputed claims about the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, birthright citizenship and health care. President Trump’s claim of a $1 billion price cut conflates the cost of an interim facility and a high estimate for the cost of opening a permanent United States Embassy in Jerusalem. The State Department estimated that the new embassy itself will cost around $500 million. It now appears that Mr. Trump’s $250,000 price tag for adjustments and enhancements to the temporary location was also incorrect. The State Department has awarded a contract to a Maryland company to upgrade the facility for over $21 million. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The NYT is doing their usual anti Trump liberal propaganda.

Fight Fire With Fire, or Be Civil With Trump
As Mr. Obama has crisscrossed the country in support of Democratic candidates, nerves are rattling among some members of the coalition that fueled his historic rise from backbencher in the Illinois Statehouse to America’s first black president. A week of domestic terrorism has shocked the political system ahead of the 2018 elections. And while Mr. Obama’s speeches this election cycle have largely stuck with his trademark themes of idealism and hope, some of his supporters wonder if they’re witnessing a living time capsule from a bygone era of civil political rhetoric. New York Times

‘Saviors of the white race’: Perpetrators of hate crimes see themselves as heroes
In Kansas, a middle-aged man yells, “Get out of my country!” and shoots dead an Indian-born immigrant. In New York, another man, convinced the white race is being destroyed by interracial marriage, allegedly finds an African American homeless man and stabs him to death. And on Saturday, in Pittsburgh, police say a man entered a synagogue with an AR-15 rifle, murdered 11 people, then explained his actions to a SWAT officer this way: “They’re committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews.”  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Those who cause hate crimes to the opposite.

Donald Trump launches campaign tour by pounding immigration debate
President Donald Trump began a late-campaign tour of eight states on Wednesday by stoking Florida Republicans over immigration, an emotional issue that stirs voters of both parties. "We’re getting prepared for the caravan, folks, you don’t have to worry about that," Trump told supporters at a rally near Fort Myers, Florida, adding that "a vote for Democrats is a vote to liquidate America’s borders." Democrats, meanwhile, said Trump's targeting of migrants will push their voters to the polls. For days, Trump has blasted a "caravan" of migrants from Central America that is hundreds of miles from the U.S. border; USA Today

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