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Iran Scrambles To Salvage Nuclear Deal Amid Row Over Suspected Europe Bomb Plot
Iran’s foreign minister is meeting with five foreign counterparts in Vienna Friday in a bid to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal following President Trump’s recent withdrawal, but the meeting could be overshadowed by fresh claims of Iranian terror plotting on European soil. CNS
VOA VIEW:   Iran can't get a nuclear deal without the US.

New Jersey Votes To Fund The Media
In the liberal mind, the way to prove you value something is by funding it with taxpayer money. So if you love journalism, you take taxpayer money and give it to journalists. It is a sacred mantra of the left that corporate funding of media inevitably results in a pro-corporate media bias. Consistency would dictate that government funding of media would lead to a pro-government bias. CNS

North Korea Reminds Trump Its Nuclear Weapons Won't Come Cheap
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to Pyongyang to get Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons. He left with a harsh reminder that the North Korean leader expects something in return. While President Donald Trump’s point man for nuclear talks summed up his 27 hours in the North Korean capital as “productive,” the regime called the visit “regretful.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are being played by NK rhetoric.

Let President's Visit Protests Go Ahead, UK Activist Urge Police
Rights groups and activists have urged police to allow free protests during Donald Trump’s visit to the UK this week, warning against a repeat of the alleged political pressure during an equally contentious visit by China’s president. Trump, who will be in Britain from Thursday to Sunday, is largely avoiding London, and will spend most of his time well away from demonstrations in places such as Chequers, Blenheim Palace and Windsor Castle, and Scotland. Guardian

Warren Fires Back At Trump: A 'Bully' Going After Women
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) responded Sunday to President Trump’s taunting attacks on her last week, calling him a “bully” who is targeting “every woman who speaks up.” “He tries to bully me to shut me up, and he’s also trying to bully women all across this country. He talks about MeToo. It isn’t just me he is going after,” Warren said after an event at Lookout Farm in this Boston suburb that her campaign said was attended by more than 1,400 people. “It’s every woman who speaks up. He thinks we should sit down and shut up. It’s just not going to happen.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Warren is the bully, liar and idiot.

Brexit Secretary David Davis Resigns
Brexit Secretary David Davis has resigned from the UK government. His departure comes days after Theresa May secured the cabinet's backing for her Brexit plan despite claims from critics that it was "soft". Mr Davis was appointed to the post in 2016 and was responsible for negotiating the UK's EU withdrawal. Junior minister Steven Baker quit shortly after Mr Davis - as Mrs May prepares to face MPs and peers later. BBC

The Wisdom Of Trump's Plan To Merge Departments Of Education And Labor
While his efforts in these regard haven’t received many headlines, President Trump has put forward proposal after proposal to make the federal government’s work on education policy less costly, less intrusive, more logical, and more effective. His latest idea — a proposal to merge the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor — epitomizes the president’s approach. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: The Education Department has done nothing to help education.


ICE Pushes For Huge Spending Boost As Dems Call For Agency To Be Abolished
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – still in the midst of the ongoing drama over the separations of immigrant families – is hoping to get a huge spending boost next fiscal year even as some Democrats are calling for the agency to be abolished. The Trump administration wants Congress to dole out $8.3 billion in discretionary funding for ICE for the 2019 fiscal year – or $967 million more than the agency’s 2018 budget – in a move that worries many Democratic lawmakers, who see the infusion of extra cash being used to speed up deportations and other enforcement measures. Fox

Man Fleeing ICE Agents Struck By Unmarked Police Car Outside Courthouse
A man scheduled to appear in court in a domestic assault case ended up struck by an unmarked police car Friday when he realized that two agents from U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were waiting for him, authorities said. The suspect, identified as Samuel Cruz, 25, was struck by the car as he tried to flee the scene, the Danbury Daily Voice reported, citing a police report. Fox

40 Years Of Affirmative Action Precedent At Risk
Advocates of affirmative action have expressed concern over Donald Trump’s potential pick for a new supreme court justice, warning that his choice could threaten 40 years of legal precedent advancing diversity in schools, colleges and the workplace. Following the resignation of Justice Anthony Kennedy last week, the president is set to announce his conservative nominee for the vacant seat on Monday – a move that could alter the balance of the court for generations to come. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Equal rights for all = Affirmative Action is not equal for all.

World Bank CEO Adds To Voices Of Worry Over Global Debt Pileup
Global debt is becoming a bigger worry as the global policy tightening cycle takes hold, a top boss at the World Bank warned Monday. “After a decade of low interest rates, the corporate and public debt in many places has ballooned to a staggering $164 trillion,” Kristalina Georgieva, chief executive officer of the World Bank, said in an interview in Singapore on Monday with Bloomberg Television’s David Ingles and Haidi Lun. “With interest rates going up, that attention on debt sustainability has to be stronger.” Bloomberg

Top Dem Suggests Sacrificing Senate Seats To Stop Supreme Court Nomination
Just one day before President Trump is set to announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy in a primetime address from the White House, a top Democratic senator suggested that stopping the nominee is more important than the upcoming midterm elections. Fox
VOA VIEW: Obama wasn't stopped with his mad picks.

De Blasio Spends Weekend At Bernie Sanders' Summer Home
Photos show the progressive pols and their families at Sanders’ four-bedroom retreat in North Hero. In one photo taken Saturday, Sanders, his unruly crop of gray hair covered by a white cap, is sitting shirtless in a lawn chair next to his wife, Jane, while Chirlane relaxes just steps away to their right. The same picture shows de Blasio and his son, Dante, wading in the lake. NY Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio is far left.

4 Thai Boys Rescued!
The operation to free 12 boys and their coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand is running "smoothly", the head of the operation says. Four boys have been brought above ground so far in good health, rescuers say. The mission has now been paused for at least 10 hours as air tanks need to be replaced. Rescuers decided to go ahead with the hazardous operation on Sunday because of fears of rising waters. BBC


Slain Capital Gazette Reporter, Charged Shooter, Colleague Says
A hero reporter killed in last month’s Annapolis newsroom shooting defiantly stood up to the madman and distracted him long enough for some of her colleagues to hide, according to new details of the bloodbath. Wendi Winters, a 20-year newspaper veteran and mom-of-four, lunged at accused gunman Jarrod Ramos with a trash can, shouting “No! You stop that!’’ or “You get out of here!” as if warding off a dog, Capital Gazette saleswoman Janel Cooley told the paper. NY Post

African American Millionaire Finds Note With Racial Slur In Hotel Room
An African-American millionaire and his Manhattan consultant son were victims of a July 4th hate crime in their hotel room during a Florida vacation. A racist creep apparently snuck into Frank and Michael Davis’ room at the upscale Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota and left a 2-by-5 post-it note reading, “You’re a N—-R.” After returning to their sixth-floor room from breakfast, the Davises found the sickening message placed on a globe-shaped bedside lamp. NY Post
VOA VIEW: And the truth is ...

The Secret Story Of How America Lost The Drug War With The Taliban
As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the Taliban commanders and allied drug lords who supplied more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin — including a growing amount fueling the nascent opioid crisis in the United States. Politico

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Illegal Alien Fined $280 For Killing FBI Agent
An illegal-alien motorist ran down an FBI agent and a fire marshal just outside the nation’s capital but got no jail time, did not have to appear for trial and was fined $280 for the “careless” driving. Roberto Garza Palacios, 28, who arrived in the U.S. from Guatemala and overstayed his visa was found guilty of driving in a “careless and imprudent manner,” but without “gross deviation,” in a hearing in which he did not have to appear last month. InfoWars

Nunes Calls For House Probe Into 42 Obama Admin Anti Trumpers
Rep. Devin Nunes is referring 42 Obama administration officials, FBI agents and outside political activists to a House task force for an investigation into how the Obama Justice Department targeted the Donald Trump campaign. If the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Judiciary Committee agree, their task force would conduct the most extensive probe to date on anti-Trump government operations in 2016. InfoWars

Both Parties Face Leadership Struggles As House Returns
The House returns from its July Fourth recess this week in a state of remarkable uncertainty, with both Democrats and Republicans facing open questions about their leaders’ futures and neither party sure about which will be in control after November’s elections. “Sometimes things have to be torn down before they can be built back up,” said Representative Brian Higgins, Democrat of New York. “And I think we are in the tearing down phase, at least in the House.” NY Times
VOA VIEW: NYT reports means Republicans are winning.

Trump Very Close On Court Pick, But May Wait Until Last Hours
President Trump sought to mine a last bit of drama from his decision on a Supreme Court nominee on Sunday, saying he might need to extend the process well into Monday, just hours before he is scheduled to announce the pick in a prime-time address. “I’m very close to making a decision,” Mr. Trump said on Sunday afternoon as he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington after a weekend spent golfing at his private club in Bedminster, N.J., and soliciting opinions from dozens of people about what he should do. NY Times

Wall Street Titans Fail To Explain Trump To China
As China and the United States escalate a trade war, the Chinese government is turning to familiar Wall Street and Washington insiders for advice on understanding President Donald Trump — with underwhelming results. Corporate leaders and former U.S. officials who have spent years cultivating relationships with Beijing — such as Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson — have been fielding calls from Chinese officials anxious for information on what is driving U.S. actions on the trade front. Politico
VOA VIEW: The fools don't fathom America First.

Trump Admin Freezes Billions In Obamacare Payments
The Trump administration is freezing billions of dollars of payments to Obamacare health insurers, another blow to the fragile markets as health plans begin to set premiums and get ready for the next enrollment season. The so-called risk adjustment payments are supposed to protect insurers from big losses. The health plans pay into a pool — this doesn’t involve tax dollars — and funds are transferred to insurers that ended up with many high cost patients. In 2017, $10.4 billion was involved. Politico


German Cars And American Steak: Early Trade War Victims Emerge
China’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods struck just as one of its biggest meat importers was rushing a shipment from California through Shanghai customs. Now Suzhou Huadong Foods Ltd. is lumbered with a stack of unaffordable American steak. Only three containers of frozen produce including prime rib and pork loin came through before the new levy slapped as much as 500,000 yuan ($75,000) on each of the remaining half-dozen crates, according to Gong Peng, the importer’s general manager. Bloomberg

Trump Health Officials Toss Obamacare Insurers Another Curveball
Affordable Care Act insurers are facing a fresh round of uncertainty that could drive up premiums or push companies to stop offering coverage through the law, after the Trump administration’s latest move to cut off subsidies meant to help stabilize insurance markets. On Saturday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said a months-old federal court ruling would force it to suspend what are known as risk-adjustment payments, worth about $10.4 billion for 2017. Bloomberg

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Top Trump Supreme Court Prospect Declined To Rule Against Obamacare Mandate
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia by President George W. Bush, declined to rule against Obamacare’s individual mandate when it came before his court in 2011 and argued that the case could not be decided by a federal court until at least 2015 because of the Anti-Injunction Act. CNS

Monsoon Could Threaten Thai Cave Rescue Operation
A break in the weather helped rescuers free some of the young soccer players trapped in a Thai cave Sunday — but their good luck was set to dry as monsoon rains began to once again pelt the region. “Today was the best day, the best situation in terms of the weather, the health of the boys, our water management for our rescue effort,” said rescue-operation head Narongsak Osottanakorn after four youngsters were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai province. NY Post

As Trump Pushes Space Force, Support Quietly Builds For 'Space Guard'
Forget President Donald Trump’s Space Force. What the U.S. may need more is a Coast Guard for space. Trump wants a stand-alone branch of the military — co-equal with the Army, Navy and Air Force — to ensure “dominance in space” and deter nations such as Russia and China from threatening America’s reliance on space technologies for defense and commerce. Politico

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Former Dem Congressional Candidate Stands By Claim She's Given Up On White People
After losing the Democratic primary to a white incumbent, former Colorado congressional candidate Saira Rao has decided it is time to “give up on white people.” Rao tweeted a link to an April New York Times column asking the question “Should I Give Up on White People?.” Rao commented, “Short and long answer: YES.” InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

Some Heat Relief Forecast As California Fires Rage
California firefighters battling several wildfires that have destroyed dozens of structures and forced thousands of residents to evacuate will get some relief as temperatures cool from scorching levels later this week, the National Weather Service said. "Starting Monday we're going to see a gradual cool down, as we shave just a few degrees off each day until about midweek it gets to something like normal, in the mid-90s (Fahrenheit) inland and 80s at the coast," said Jim Hayes of the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Yahoo News

Strzok, Benczkowski, SCOTUS To Make Headlines Next Week
Joy Reid looks ahead to the coming news week, with embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok set to testify publicly in Congress, Trump loyalists hoping to put former Russian Alfa-Bank lawyer Brian Benczkowski in the DoJ, and Donald Trump's SCOTUS announcement. Launched in 2008, “The Rachel Maddow Show” follows the machinations of policy making in America, from local political activism to international diplomacy. Yahoo News

Widespread Riots In Haiti Over Fuel Prices
The Haitian government suspended a fuel price hike Saturday after widespread violence broke out across the capital and in the northern city of Cap-Haitien. Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant had originally said the country needed to raise prices to balance the budget and gave no indication he would back down. Yahoo News

Pres. Trump Has A New Legal Strategy In Russia Investigation
Rudy Giuliani tells NBC News that if Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump, Mueller would first have to prove that there is probable cause that Trump colluded with Russia or obstructed justice. Yahoo News

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