McConnell cancels most of Senate's planned four-week August break
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday announced that he’s cancelling most of the Senate’s planned four-week recess in August, saying lawmakers should plan to stay in town to work on nominations and spending bills. “Due to the historic obstruction by Senate Democrats of the president’s nominees, and the goal of passing appropriations bills prior to the end of the fiscal year, the August recess has been canceled,” Mr. McConnell said in a statement. The Kentucky Republican pointed to President Trump’s statement in March that he won’t sign another massive “omnibus” spending bill, after the president had threatened to veto the $1.3 trillion bill that funds the government through September. Washinton Times

Bill Clinton's Book Tour Bogs Down As Old Sex Charges Resurface In #MeToo Era
Bill Clinton’s return to the spotlight was supposed to help make his new novel a best seller, but the ex-president has found interviewers in the #MeToo era unwilling to turn the page on his checkered past with women. The former president is on the interview circuit in promotion of his new political thriller co-authored with James Patterson, “The President is Missing.” But in an environment where powerful figures are being held to account for their past mistreatment of women, Clinton is facing inevitable questions about the controversies that have engulfed him since the '90s -- and before. Fox
VOA VIEW: Only fools will buy the Clinton book.

Fox News Ripped For Misleading Photos Of Philadelphia Eagles Players Kneeling
Fox News apologized Tuesday after receiving a torrent of criticism over the network's use of photos of various players for the Philadelphia Eagles kneeling in prayer, creating the misleading impression that they were demonstrating during the national anthem. The photos ran during a segment on Monday night, after President Trump announced that he had uninvited the reigning Super Bowl champions from a traditional visit to the White House. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN can't get a good hit on Fox.

Miss America Is Scrapping The Swimsuit Portion From Its Pageant
The next edition of the Miss America pageant will scrap swimsuits and will be more inclusive to women of all sizes, the contest announced Tuesday.
Gretchen Carlson, the chairwoman of the Miss America board of directors, announced on "Good Morning America" that the event will no longer feature a swimsuit portion. Miss America will be a competition, not a pageant, Carlson said on the show Tuesday. "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

Hundreds Of Migrant Kids Separated From Parents Are Stuck At Border Stations
Border agents and child welfare workers are running out of space to shelter children who have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border as part of the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy, according to two U.S. officials and a document obtained by NBC News. As of Sunday, nearly 300 of the 550 children currently in custody at U.S. border stations had spent more than 72 hours there, the time limit for immigrants of any age to be held in the government's temporary facilities. Almost half of those 300 children are younger than 12, according to the document, meaning they are classified by the Department of Homeland Security as "tender age children." NBC
VOA VIEW: Americans lose their children when arrested - why is it awful for illegals?


Trump Admin Agrees Congress Must Approve Any North Korea Nuke Deal
A Republican senator says he has been assured by the Trump administration that any North Korean nuclear deal would be submitted to Congress for approval. Sen. James Risch of Idaho made the remarks Tuesday during a Foreign Relations Committee hearing featuring two North Korea experts, ahead of next week's scheduled summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. NBC

North Korea Proposed Casino To Trump
The senior North Korean official who met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday may have proposed the construction of a casino, according to a South Korean press report. Newspaper Donga Ilbo reported Tuesday Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party, had requested "investment support" for a casino and other tourist attractions in North Korea's Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist zone. UPI
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

50 Years After RFK's Death, Children Question Shooting Evidence
In the 50 years since a gunman killed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel, conspiracy theories suggesting the convicted murderer didn't act alone -- or is entirely innocent -- resurface from time to time. Now, the slain presidential candidate's children are joining the call for a fresh look at the case. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was 16 years old and her brother, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was 14 when they and brother Joseph Kennedy were flown to their father's deathbed at Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital. Now the two siblings are questioning whether the right person is behind bars for shooting three bullets into their father on June 5, 1968, the night he won California's crucial Democratic primary. UPI

Scandal-Scarred Menendez Projected To Win Dem Nomination In New Jersey
New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, who avoided conviction in a corruption and bribery case last year but was "severely" admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee, survived a challenge from a fellow Democrat and won his party’s nomination for another term as senator, as eight states across the country held primary contests Tuesday. On a busy night of elections, voting also took place in Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa and Montana. But the most consequential races Tuesday are the House battles playing out in California, with control of Congress at stake. Fox

Demoted FBI Agent Peter Strzok Had Larger Role In Clinton, Russia Probes Than Previously Known
Peter Strzok, who was pulled off Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team last year, played a more central role than previously known in both the Russia and Hillary Clinton email probes, a lawmaker familiar with the matter told Fox News Tuesday. The lawmaker's assessment of Strzok's role in both investigations was based on the most recent records and testimony, including a closed-door interview with FBI espionage chief Bill Priestap. Fox
VOA VIEW: Strzok should be in jail.

Nick Foles Only Confirmed Player Planning To Attend White House
It appears the contingent of Philadelphia Eagles players who planned to visit the White House was even smaller than expected. According to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles might have been the only player in attendance for Tuesday's slated celebration. One more player may have joined him. President Donald Trump canceled the event Monday with a statement noting the Eagles were unable to come with their full team. Bleacher Report

Bill Clinton: 'I Was Mad At Me' Over Recent Lewinsky Comments
Former President Bill Clinton said his defensive comments about the #MeToo movement and his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky "wasn't my finest hour." Though Clinton faulted NBC -- "they had to distill" the interview, he said -- he said that when he saw the piece that ran on Monday morning he "was mad at me." "They had to distill it and it looked like it said I didn't apologize and had no intention to, and I was mad at me," Clinton said Tuesday. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN amd NBC were more sad.

Pruitt Had Top EPA Aide Contact Chick-Fil-A CEO About Franchise For His Wife
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt had one of his top aides reach out to Chick-fil-A's CEO last year to discuss a "potential business opportunity," according to emails released by the Sierra Club and obtained by NBC News on Tuesday. That "business opportunity" was actually an effort to help Pruitt's wife become a franchisee of the popular fast food chain, Carrie Kurlander, the company's vice president of public relations, confirmed to The Washington Post. The newspaper first reported that while Pruitt never succeeded in speaking with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy directly, he did talk to someone in the company's legal department, revealing that the "potential business opportunity" was one he sought for his wife, Marlyn Pruitt. NBC
VOA VIEW: Doesn't look good for Pruitt, if true.

Contract Worker At WH Arrested On Attempted First-Degree Murder Warrant
Authorities say a man wanted on an arrest warrant from a Maryland county was taken into custody when he reported for work at the White House, where he was employed as a private contractor. News outlets report 29-year-old Martese Edwards was taken into custody at a checkpoint Tuesday. Prince George's County police say a man with the same name was wanted on a charge of attempted first-degree murder. NBC

Women Hold Two-Thirds Of Outstanding Student Debt In US
Women are more likely than men to take on student debt to attend college and hold nearly two-thirds of the $1.4 trillion in outstanding student loans in the United States, a report released Tuesday by the American Association of University Women indicates. The organization analyzed data from 2008, 2012 and 2016 and found that, on average, women took out more in student loans for each of those to obtain both bachelor's degrees and post-graduate degrees. UPI

Outgoing Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz Rips Dems For Veering
Too Far Left: 'How Are We Going To Pay For These Things?' Many leaders in the Democratic Party are veering too far left and overpromising government programs that are not fiscally possible, Howard Schultz told CNBC on Tuesday. Without naming names, Schultz said in a "Squawk Box" interview: "It concerns me that so many voices within the Democratic Party are going so far to the left. I say to myself, 'How are we going to pay for these things,' in terms of things like single payer [and] people espousing the fact that the government is going to give everyone a job. I don't think that's realistic." CNBC
VOA VIEW: The left, including Schultz have gone too far.

Immigration Agents Arrest 114 At Ohio Landscaping Company
More than 100 workers at an Ohio gardening and landscaping company were arrested Tuesday when about 200 federal officers descended on the business and carried out one of the largest workplace immigration raids in recent years. The operation was part of the White House's increasing focus on businesses that hire people in the country illegally amid a broad range of immigration crackdowns under President Donald Trump that include stepped-up deportations, targeting of sanctuary cities and zero-tolerance border policies.  Yahoo News


Deep In Pentagon, Secret AI Program To Find Hidden Nuclear Missiles
The U.S. military is increasing spending on a secret research effort to use artificial intelligence to help anticipate the launch of a nuclear-capable missile, as well as track and target mobile launchers in North Korea and elsewhere. The effort has gone largely unreported, and the few publicly available details about it are buried under a layer of near impenetrable jargon in the latest Pentagon budget. But U.S. officials familiar with the research told Reuters there are multiple classified programs now under way to explore how to develop AI-driven systems to better protect the United States against a potential nuclear missile strike. Reuters

Trump, In Tweets, Criticizes DOJ Over Clinton Email Probe
President Donald Trump took aim at the Department of Justice Tuesday morning, complaining about “delays” in the release of a report about the FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton e-mail server probe, while also renewing his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. Newsday
VOA VIEW: The DOJ and FBI are hiding much.

Trump, His Lawyers Cite Expansive View Of Executive Power
President Donald Trump claimed he has an "absolute right" to pardon himself, part of an extraordinarily expansive vision of executive authority that is mostly untested in court and portends a drawn-out fight with the prosecutors now investigating him. No need of a pardon anyway, Trump tweeted Monday, because "I have done nothing wrong." In fact, his lawyers assert in a memo to special counsel Robert Mueller, it's impossible for him to have done anything wrong in the area of obstructing justice, an issue Mueller has been investigating. That's because, as the country's chief law enforcement officer, Trump himself has ultimate control of the Justice Department and executive branch. Newsday
VOA VIEW: The liberal media hate the truth.

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Trump Lawyers In Summer Zervos Case Seek To Block Evidence On Other Women
Lawyers for Donald Trump argued in court on Tuesday that a former Apprentice TV show contestant should not be able to obtain information on the president’s discussions of other women during the election campaign who have also accused him of sexual misconduct. The court hearing was the first since a Manhattan judge turned down Trump’s attempt to dismiss Summer Zervos’s defamation lawsuit or delay it until after his presidency. Zervos has sued the president for saying her sexual misconduct claims were lies. Guardian

Facebook Gave Data Access To Chinese Firm Flagged By US Intelligence
Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China's government, the social media company said on Tuesday. The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be regulated, yesterday.

Today Make Or Break For Dems In California's House Races
Voters in California’s key House districts are poised Tuesday to determine match-ups that will be critical for Democrats’ chances of taking back the House this fall. The most pressing concern for Democrats is whether their wide, boisterous field of candidates means the party will be locked out of multiple races thanks to the state’s top-two primary, which advances the two candidates with the most votes regardless of party. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will not obtain their forward wish.

Trump's War On Washington Bureaucracy
Bill Valdez fired two people during his 20 years as a manager in the federal workforce. One went quietly after an instance of undisputed misconduct. The other, accused of doing almost no work, refused to leave and used entrenched civil service protections to stay on the federal payroll for another eight years, claiming discrimination, disability, and unfair treatment. Washington Examiner


Weinstein Pleads Not Guilty On Rape And Criminal Sex Act Charges
Harvey Weinstein appeared in court in New York on Tuesday, to plead not guilty on rape and criminal sex act charges. The former movie mogul looked pale, walking into New York supreme court in Manhattan with a slight limp, to answer one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape of one woman and one count of first-degree criminal sexual act (forcing another woman to perform oral sex). Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. He spoke briefly, spending a few minutes answering questions from the judge, James Burke, who asked if he understood his rights. Guardian

Midterm Messages: Women Are Owning 2018, But So Is Trump
It's been the story since Trump was elected. Dueling, massive crowds showed up in Washington in January 2017 — on one day, supporters of the newly inaugurated president and the next, an enormous gathering of opponents for the Women's March, with largely women leading the resistance. A year-and-a-half later, that dynamic has played out in the early contests of this year's crucial midterm primaries. President Trump and the allegiance he's inspired among his base, as well as the outrage he has stirred on the left — particularly among Democratic women — have been two of the dominant storylines of 2018. NPR

Former USA Gymnastics Exec Says She Was Told To Keep Quiet About Nassar Allegations
The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes’ claims. Rhonda Faehn, the former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics, said she first reported an allegation against Nassar to Steve Penny, her then-boss, on June 17, 2015. Nassar was not arrested until more than a year later. NY Post

CNN Reporter Tweets Fake News About Trump Getting Booed During 'Celebration Of America'
CNN White House correspondent April Ryan embarrassed herself on Twitter today, falsely tweeting that President Trump was "heckled and booed" during a White House event. The president on Tuesday replaced the Philadelphia Eagles' planned visit to the White House with a "Celebration of America" event featuring the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Army Chorus. After they performed “God Bless America” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the president stepped up to the podium to deliver some remarks. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: CNN looks dumb, again.

Schumer Says Trump Not Acting Like An Innocent Man, 'Dead Wrong' On Pardoning Himself
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said President Trump is not acting like an innocent man and is "dead wrong" when he insists he can pardon himself. Asked by NPR's Rachel Martin about whether a self-pardon would prompt Schumer to support moving toward impeachment, the top Senate Democrat said, "We don't want to get to the point where there is a constitutional crisis." NPR

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Cops Descend On David Hogg's Home After Hostage Hoax
Police surrounded the Florida home of Parkland shooting survivor and anti-gun activist David Hogg Tuesday, because someone placed a phony 911 call in a prank called “swatting.” The hoaxster told the Broward County Sheriff’s Office there was a hostage situation at the home, according to WPLG. But emergency responders found nothing wrong and determined it was a prank. Hogg is in Washington, DC, with his mother to accept the RFK Human Rights award and was not home at the time. NY Post

Russia Not Responsible Oligarch's Interference In The US Election
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday denied responsibility for the actions of an oligarch indicted for his role in a propaganda campaign targeting the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. “Please make a distinction between the Russian Government, Russia as a state, Russian citizens and certain legal entities,” Putin told an Austrian media outlet, according to an interview transcript posted late Tuesday by the Kremlin. “Russia as a state has nothing to do with this.” Washington Examiner

Larry Kudlow: Trump "Considering" Separate NAFTA Talks
President Trump is "seriously considering" negotiating bilateral negotiations with Canada and Mexico separately, instead of all three countries renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, according to White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Fox News Tuesday morning. Key quote: "I know this is just three countries but still, you know, oftentimes when you have to compromise with a whole bunch of countries you get the worst of the deals," Kudlow said. Trump has often threatened to withdraw from the deal as a whole, claiming it's a "bad deal" for the U.S. Axios

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President Trump Blasts Sessions On Twitter AGAIN: 'So Many Lives Ruined'
This morning, President Trump blasted his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, yet again, not only laying blame for a "witch hunt" at his feet but also adding that lives have been "ruined" by Sessions' recusal. Actually, to be more specific, he's now not blaming the recusal, but rather blaming Sessions for not warning him about it. A finer distinction than in the past when he blamed Sessions for both things. PJ Media

American Bible Society Employees Quit After Being Told To Obey The Bible's Teachings On Sex
Founded over 200 years ago, the American Bible Society (ABS) exists to share the Bible "with everyone in the world." Considering that the ABS is an organization dedicated to spreading the Bible to "everyone in the world," it should be safe to assume that those working for it to actually believe and follow the teachings of the Bible. Sadly, yet predictably, after the American Bible Society released a statement requiring employees to obey the Bible, some employees have quit in protest. Called the Affirmation of Biblical Community, the statement expresses that "this is the motivation for our Affirmation of Biblical Community-- uniting us in a common commitment to the Scriptures, in faithful service to the whole Church." PJ Media

WH Explains Cancellation-Eagles 'Abandoned Their Fans'
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a lengthy statement Wednesday explaining why President Donald Trump canceled a celebration ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles. Trump canceled the planned Superbowl reception late Monday evening in an incendiary statement saying, “The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow. They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Daily Caller

MS-13 Has Found Its Greatest Defender: The Dem Party
The Democratic Party’s policy of anti-Trumpism at all costs might have come back to bite it as President Donald Trump derides MS-13 gang members as “animals.” Anders Hagstrom highlights claims from politicians and the media alike, setting the record straight on double standards and mischaracterizations in The Daily Caller News Foundation’s fact check videos. TheDCNF has torn down Hillary Clinton’s infamous and much-peddled 17 intelligence agencies claim and exposed the liberal media for running damage control for Hamas. Check out a few of TheDCNF’s other greatest hits, and subscribe to The DCNF’s YouTube channel to avoid missing out. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Dems keep digging a bigger hole.

Boehner's Right--It's Trump's Party Now
"There is no Republican Party. There's a Trump party," John Boehner told a Mackinac, Michigan, gathering of the GOP faithful last week. "The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere." Ex-Speaker Boehner should probably re-check the old party's pulse, for the Bush-Boehner GOP may not just be napping. It could be comatose. Consider. That GOP was dedicated to free trade, open borders, amnesty and using U.S. power to punish aggressors and "end tyranny in our world." That GOP set out to create a new world order where dictatorships were threatened with "regime change," and democratic capitalism was the new order of the ages. Real Clear Politics

White House Official Who Reportedly Mocked 'Dying' John McCain Is Out Of A Job
White House aide Kelly Sadler is out of a job almost a month after she reportedly mocked a "dying" Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has brain cancer. "Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President," White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement Tuesday. CNN first reported Sadler's exit, noting that "the White House had been strategizing an exit for Sadler for the last two weeks," including possibly "relocating her to another agency or department outside of the White House, and it remains unclear if she is going somewhere else or leaving the administration entirely." NPR

U.S.-Led Coalition Accused Of 'Potential War Crimes' In Push To Reclaim Raqqa
Exactly one year ago Wednesday, rebel forces backed by the U.S. embarked on a last, massive campaign to dislodge the Islamic State from its de facto capital in Raqqa, Syria. It would take another four months to pry Raqqa from ISIS control. During that brutal span, crossfire razed much of a metropolis that once held as many as half a million people. In a report released Tuesday, Amnesty International detailed some of the stories behind those days of destruction — and condemned the U.S.-led coalition for playing a significant role in them. NPR

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