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Allred Tells Trump To Keep Hands Off Warren
Women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred slammed President Trump during an awards gala on Friday, demanding the president keep his "hands off Elizabeth Warren." Allred's comments during an acceptance speech at the National Organization for Women's awards ceremony came after Trump attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a campaign rally this week. MSN
VOA VIEW: Allred is a loud mouth nobody.

In Memo To Mueller, Lawyers Call Comey 'Machiavellian'
Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as "Machiavellian," dishonest and "unbounded by law and regulation" as they sought to undermine the credibility of a law enforcement leader they see as a critical witness against the president. AP

Senator May Have Given Clue About Court Pick
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, may have given a hint to who President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee may be, after repeatedly using a female pronoun in an op-ed on the pick. In an op-ed for The Deseret News, Hatch explains what he thinks will happen when Trump makes his Supreme Court pick on Monday to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. In it, he predicts a nasty political battle in the Senate. Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump is unpredictable.

Bush Hager Responds To 'Point Of Light' Jab By Trump
After President Donald Trump took a jab at her 94-year-old grandfather, Jenna Bush Hager responded by sharing a letter former president George H.W. Bush wrote her explaining his "point of light" motto and how he found happiness in service. "A point of light was a vision about serving others, one that lit up our country, one I hope our country hasn’t lost," Bush Hager, the granddaughter of the 41st president, wrote in a tweet. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Hager should stay out of public debate.


The Story Behind High Court Front Runner's Catholic Group
President Trump is floating for the Supreme Court the name of the judge likely to provoke a firestorm of debate about religion along America’s cultural fault lines: Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a hero of some religious Americans, but her ties to a little-understood faith group are viewed with deep suspicion by others. Washington Post

North Korea Criticizes US
Hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed his two-day visit to Pyongyang as a “productive” round of “good-faith negotiations,” North Korea on Saturday sharply criticized U.S. negotiators’ attitude during the talks as “regrettable” and “robber-like,” accusing the United States of making unilateral demands to denuclearize. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: NK should watch their language.

Chicago Protesters Close Part Of Major Interstate Near Downtown
Demonstrators marched Saturday on all five northbound lanes of Chicago's Dan Ryan Expressway, bringing the interstate to a standstill after police officials who'd planned to keep the stretch partially open relented. Hundreds of marchers, led by the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Catholic Church, crowdedonto the highway on the South Side to protest the city's high gun violence rates. CNN


Monsoon Rains Threaten Window For Thai Soccer Team Rescue
The agonizing wait to save a soccer team of young boys and their coach trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand continues as those in charge mull the best time — and the best way — to undertake the rescue mission. Steady rain began falling on Saturday evening here, but the monsoon downpours looming in the forecast have yet to materialize. NBC

Heat To Once Again Surge Across Northeastern US Early Next Week
Heat and humidity will make a comeback in the northeastern United States early next week, but will not be as intense or long-lasting as the latest heat wave. Residents who were able to give air conditioners and fans a break, open the windows and take part in outdoor activities with much more ease this weekend may again be flicking on the thermostat and taking precautions against the heat as early as Monday. AccuWeather

Katharine McPhee Slams Trolls For Criticizing Her Engagement To David Foster
Katharine McPhee doesn’t care what you think! The 34-year-old Smash actress is basking in her newly engaged glow and isn’t going to stand for critics who question her upcoming nuptials to fiancé David Foster. Three days after confirming their engagement, McPhee slammed online trolls who had been seemingly bashing her relationship to Foster — who is 34 years her senior — referring to him as her “dad.” US

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Feds Can't Find Moms And Dads Of 38 Migrant Children Under Age 5
Government lawyers said Friday that they cannot locate the parents of 38 migrant children under the age of 5, as a federal judge indicated he is open to extending the deadline for reuniting nearly 3,000 children separated from their mothers and fathers while crossing the US-Mexico border. NBC

Japan Floods And Landslides Kill Dozens
Flooding and landslides have killed at least 50 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan. Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture, which has been hit by torrential rain since Thursday. Hundreds of homes have been damaged. About 1.5 million people have been ordered to leave their homes and three million more advised to do so. BBC

US Service Member Killed In Afghanistan
A US service member has been killed and two others injured in what appears to be an insider attack in Afghanistan, Nato says. The attack took place in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a statement from the Nato-led Resolute Support mission said. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, or whether they had been apprehended. BBC


'We Sleep Afraid, Wake Afraid': West Bank Village Facing Destruction
Commuters speeding along the four-lane highway that connects Jerusalem to Jericho might not notice this tiny Bedouin village of fewer than 200 people tucked in the dip of two hills. Tents hoisted with chipped scrap-wood and sand-covered corrugated-iron shacks are home to once-nomadic families who settled after the Israeli army expelled them from the southern desert seven decades ago. Some residents work in nearby factories owned by Israeli settlers. Others herd sheep and goats on the scorching rocky terrain. Guardian

Huckabee: Left Trying To Commit 'Acts Of Terror' Against The Right With Trump Opposition
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) said Saturday that the left's attacks against the right started with the election of President Trump. He said that people haven't accepted the fact that Trump was elected, and they are continuing to attack those who support him. Fox

Pompeo Exits N Korea Emptyhanded, Leaving US 3 Bad Options
Following Pompeo’s talks with high-ranking North Korean government official Kim Yong Chol, North Korea accused the Trump administration of making a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization” that was “deeply regrettable.” In marked contrast, Pompeo called the talks “productive” and said: “These are complicated issues, but we made progress on almost all of the central issues.” However, Pompeo did not specify what progress was made. Fox

England Reaches First World Cup Semi Final In 28 Years
At the final whistle, the victorious players converged on one another. It took a few seconds for them to gather their breath and then, finally, they could join the party that was already under way behind the goal to their right. England had booked their place in a World Cup semi-final and this kind of euphoria has been so long coming – more than a quarter of a century since the last occasion – it was probably just inevitable they would soon be dancing on the pitch as well as in the stands. Guardian

North Korea Calls High Level Talks With Pompeo, 'Regrettable'
North Korea said Saturday that high-level talks with a U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes. The North’s statement came hours after Pompeo wrapped up two days of talks with senior North Korean officials without meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but with commitments for new discussions on denuclearization and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War. NY Post
VOA VIEW: NK should be word cautious.

El Chapo's Right Hand Man Extradited To US
A former right-hand man of accused Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was extradited Friday to the United States — where he could, like infamous mob turncoat Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, turn rat against his ex-boss, authorities said. High-ranking Sinaloa cartel member Damaso Lopez, who has been in Mexican custody for the past year, was flown from the border city of Ciudad Juarez to Virginia, where he is facing charges of money laundering and conspiring to distribute cocaine. NY Post

McConnell Tries To Knudge Trump Toward Two Supreme Court Options
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, told President Trump this past week that Judges Raymond M. Kethledge and Thomas M. Hardiman presented the fewest obvious obstacles to being confirmed to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court, according to Republican officials briefed on the conversation. NY Times

Most Nursing Homes Have Overstated Staffing For Years
Most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they had reported to the government for years, according to new federal data, bolstering the long-held suspicions of many families that staffing levels were often inadequate. The records for the first time reveal frequent and significant fluctuations in day-to-day staffing, with particularly large shortfalls on weekends. On the worst staffed days at an average facility, the new data show, on-duty personnel cared for nearly twice as many residents as they did when the staffing roster was fullest. NY Times

This Town Welcomed Migrants. Now It's A Right Wing Symbol.
At the end of his shooting rampage as the police closed in, Luca Traini climbed the steps of a Fascist-era monument, wrapped himself in an Italian flag and straightened his arm in a Fascist salute. He had shot and wounded six African migrants — from Ghana, Mali and Nigeria — in this medieval city near the Adriatic Sea to avenge the dismemberment of a young Italian woman, allegedly by a Nigerian drug dealer. In his mind, he was a patriot. NY Times

SCOTUS Contender's Controversial Religious Group
The appearance of Judge Amy Coney Barrett on President Trump’s shortlist of candidates for the Supreme Court has turned a spotlight on the small, previously obscure religious group she belongs to and sparked a contentious shouting match between those asserting “She’s in a cult” and those answering, “No, you’re a bigot!" Yahoo

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'Kid Size' Sub Made From Rocket Tube May Work In Thailand, Musk Says
Billionaire Elon Musk proposed a high-tech rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, using a "tiny, kid-size submarine" made from part of one of his space company’s orbital rockets. The chief executive of Tesla Inc. and Space Exploration Technologies Corp. made the suggestion on Saturday in a Twitter message, saying he’d received "great feedback from Thailand" as members of his engineering team descend on the scene that has galvanized the attention of people in Thailand and around the world. Bloomberg

Mexico's Next Finance Chief To Fight Use Of Co Ops To Evade Tax
Mexico’s next president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, plans to fight tax evasion and boost revenue by clamping down on companies that take advantage of special rules for cooperatives to avoid paying tax, according to his pick for finance minister. Bloomberg

The Airline Propeller Era Is Coming To An End
A chapter of U.S. air travel came to a quiet end on July 4 when the final turboprop flight at American Airlines Group Inc. landed on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at dusk. American regional carrier Piedmont Airlines was the final operator of turboprops among the Big Three U.S. carriers and their affiliates, an era that stretched back to the first flights by Delta Air Lines Inc. and United in 1928. American’s initial commercial service in June 1936 used a Douglas DC-3. Bloomberg

Polanski's Wife Refuses To Join Academy
Roman Polanski's wife has rejected an invitation to become a member of the awards body behind the Oscars, extended weeks after it expelled her husband. French actress Emmanuelle Seigner accused the Academy of "insufferable hypocrisy" over the incident. Polanski, who admitted unlawful sex with a 13-year-old in the US in 1977, was ejected from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in May. BBC
VOA VIEW: The Oscars is a joke.

Social Media Is 'Deliberately' Addictive
Social media companies are deliberately addicting users to their products for financial gain, Silicon Valley insiders have told the BBC's Panorama programme. "It's as if they're taking behavioural cocaine and just sprinkling it all over your interface and that's the thing that keeps you like coming back and back and back", said former Mozilla and Jawbone employee Aza Raskin. BBC

Trump Supporters Rally Behind Immigration Slogan: 'We Protect ICE'
As Donald Trump took the stage at an event in Montana this week, the president animated the crowd with a new rallying cry. “We protect Ice,” he said. “They protect us and we protect them.” Trump repeated the new slogan to raucous cheers. The president was referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a law enforcement agency within the Department of Homeland Security that bears the responsibility of carrying out his hardline immigration agenda. Guardian

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Experts Warn Trade Battle With China Could Last Into 2019
Hours before Washington’s deadline for the tariffs to take effect, President Trump upped the ante on its largest trading partner, warning that the US may ultimately target more than $500 billion worth of Chinese goods — that’s roughly the total of US imports from China last year. NY Post

Red State Democrats Face Painful Choice On Supreme Court
Democratic senators running for re-election in Trump Country face an agonizing choice over President Trump’s coming Supreme Court nominee: Vote to confirm the pick and risk demoralizing Democratic voters ahead of the midterm elections, or stick with the party and possibly sacrifice their own seats — and any chance at a Democratic majority in 2019. NY Times

First Group Of Boys To Be Lead Out Of Cave, Operation Expected To Last Days
Sunday's initial rescue effort was expected to continue into the evening due to the long journey from where the boys are located. The effort's leader, Chiang Rai acting Gov. Narongsak Osatanakorn, said the earliest that the first group of boys was expected to emerge is 9 p.m. local time -- about 11 hours after the start of the operation. Fox

Messages Suggest Hillary May Be Planning 2020 Run
The messages convey a sense of urgency, and are coming with increasing frequency. They are short, focused reactions to the latest “outrage” committed by President Trump. Some end by asking for money, some urge participation in protests. All read as if they are sent from the official headquarters of the resistance. Fox
VOA VIEW: Foolish liberal resistance talk.

Fate Of Jailed American Hangs Over Pompeo's Visit To Vietnam
The fate of an American arrested almost a month ago during a rare protest in Vietnam is likely to be raised by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after he touches down Sunday in Hanoi to meet leaders of the communist government. Houston native William Nguyen was detained June 10 during a Ho Chi Minh City protest against proposed special economic zones that Vietnamese fear will lead to Chinese encroachment and cybersecurity legislation they believe will curb online freedoms. Bloomberg

A Fatal Flaw As Trump Tries To Remake Health Care
The Trump administration is on a losing streak in court cases challenging its efforts to abruptly change health care policy, but the naming of a new Supreme Court justice could alter the trajectory on some of the most controversial cases, from funding Planned Parenthood to mandating contraceptive coverage. NY Times

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