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Bernie Sanders Says Trump 'Sold The American People Out'
Sen. Bernie Sanders said President Trump "sold the American people out" last week in Helsinki, Finland, during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Vermont senator made the remarks in a joint interview with breakout Democratic Party star and candidate for Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The interview will air Sunday morning on CBS News' "Face the Nation." CBS
VOA VIEW: Sanders is an idiot.

Carter Page FISA Documents Are Released By Justice Department
The Trump administration has disclosed a previously top-secret set of documents related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, the onetime Trump campaign adviser who was at the center of highly contentious accusations by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee that the F.B.I. had abused its surveillance powers. NY Times

Trump Says 'Your Favorite President Did Nothing Wrong' In Response To Cohen Recording
In a tweet describing himself as "your favorite President," Donald Trump fired back at claims his former private attorney secretly recorded a phone call in which they allegedly discussed hush money paid to a former Playboy model. The recording, which hasn't been made public, was discovered as part of an FBI raid in April on attorney Michael Cohen's home office and hotel in New York, sources told ABC News.  Yahoo
VOA VIEW; The truth will be made known.

In Private, Trump Vents Frustration Over Lack Of Progress On N Korea
When he emerged from his summit with Kim Jong Un last month, President Trump triumphantly declared that North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat and that one of the world’s most intractable geopolitical crises had been “largely solved." But in the days and weeks since then, U.S. negotiators have faced stiff resistance from a North Korean team practiced in the art of delay and obfuscation. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Un will make a major mistake in playing Trump.


Zimbabwe's Leader Tries To Rally White Voters As Gap Narrows
Zimbabwe's president on Saturday tried to rally the country's white minority voters, who traditionally back the opposition, as the race in this month's historic election becomes too close to call. President Emmerson Mnangagwa told the gathering of a few hundred people in the capital, Harare, that the era of land seizures from white farmers is over. The deeply unpopular, often violent land grabs under former leader Robert Mugabe contributed to the economic collapse of the once-prosperous southern African nation. LA Times

Russian Diplomat Calls For The Release Of Suspected Foreign Agent Maria Butina
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the U.S. arrest of Russian Maria Butina on suspicion of trying to infiltrate Republican circles and acting as an unregistered foreign agent was unacceptable. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the top Russian diplomat said the charges against Butina were fabricated and called for her prompt release, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. Time
VOA VIEW: The Time is suspect and there will be no release.

Hamas Accepts Cease Fire After Massive Israeli Gaza Strikes
Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said Saturday they had accepted a cease-fire ending a massive Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead, once again pulling the sides back from the brink of full-fledged war. LA Times


Missouri Duck Boat Captain Told Passengers 'Not To Worry About Life Jackets'
A survivor of the Missouri tourist boat accident who lost nine relatives in the tragedy said the captain told passengers not to bother grabbing life jackets. Tia Coleman said she and a nephew were the only survivors of their family group of 11 who were aboard the duck boat. Yahoo

Cuba Aims To Build Socialism
A draft of Cuba's new constitution keeps the Communist Party as its leading political force but states as its aim the construction of socialism rather than communism, reflecting changing times, top officials told lawmakers this weekend. Cuba is replacing its Soviet-era constitution with a new constitution to reflect and implement political and economic changes designed to make its one-party socialist system - one of the last in the world - sustainable. Yahoo

Ecuador May Be Close To Ejecting WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
Ecuador appears to be finalizing plans to withdraw its asylum protection for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as early as next week, eject him from its London embassy and turn him over to British authorities, according to media reports. USA Today

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Supersonic Jets Linking 'Hundreds' Of Cities
A supersonic jet capable of delivering passengers from London to New York in under four hours could be used to link hundreds of cities in an expansion of ultra-fast flights that would dwarf the impact of Concorde on long-haul travel, the man leading the project has said. MSN

'Trade War A Reality' Says French Minister
Getty Images Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on 15 March 2018 in Portage, Indiana. The Trump administration says protecting America's steel and aluminium producers is a matter of national security 1. MSN
VOA VIEW: Trump is giving America First.

LA County Issues Heat Warning For Week Ahead
High temperatures are forecast to arrive on Monday. The alert covers areas prone to dangerous summertime heat. They include downtown Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley and the Pomona area. LA Times


All 13 Passengers Survive A Fiery Texas Plane Crash
A vintage plane crashed during takeoff and burst into flames at a Texas municipal airport Saturday — but all 13 passengers survived. The World War II-era C-47 plane, nicknamed the “Bluebonnet Belle,” was taking off to fly to an airshow in Wisconsin when it crashed around 9 a.m. CT Saturday, KTXS reports. The plane burst into flames, igniting nearby grass at Burnet Municipal Airport. Time

Navy Officer Pleads Guilty, Faces Up To 20 Years Over Drug Charge
A Navy commander with 23 years of military service pleaded guilty to a drug charge Friday in San Diego federal court, admitting that he conspired to buy and sell ecstasy and other drugs on the dark web for at least 18 months that ended with his March arrest at his home. LA Times

PAPD Cop, Firefighter, Die Of 9/11 Related Illnesses
A Port Authority Police Department lieutenant and a retired firefighter died this week from inhaling toxic dust at Ground Zero, officials said. Retired Port Authority Police Lt. John Brant, 61, died Thursday in a hospice, relatives said. The avid baseball player and athlete who ran the New York City Marathon three times was diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer on Memorial Day weekend. A month and a half later, he was gone. NY Daily

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Sex Abuse Allegations Against US Cardinal Could Test Pope's Resolve
Revelations that one of the most respected US cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it. Boston Globe

McGregor Closing In On Plea Deal
TMZ says McGregor’s deal will reduce his charges to a misdemeanor, keep him out of jail and allow him to continue to work and travel in the United States. McGregor and co-defendant Cian Cowley made a brief appearance at court in Brooklyn in June and remain free on bail. Reuters

Oil Rich Iraq Can't Keep The Lights On
Temperatures across southern Iraq are so high in the summer months that birds drop dead from the sky due to heat exhaustion. And tap water runs piping hot. So when Iraq’s power supply faltered this month as a heat wave ramped up air-conditioning demand, it ignited an angry question: Why can’t one of the world’s top oil producers keep the power on? WSJ

Jordan Takes In Syrian 'White Helmets' Evacuated With Israeli Help
Jordan said on Sunday 800 people including members of Syria’s “White Helmets” civil defense group had been evacuated from southwest Syria where Damascus’ forces are advancing against rebels, with Israeli officials saying they facilitated the mission. Reuters

Man Plotting To Overthrow Government Convicted Of Possessing Homemade Pipe Bombs
A Minnesota man has been found guilty of illegally possessing a cache of homemade pipe bombs discovered on a family hunting property last year. Investigators allege 41-year-old Eric James Reinbold also kept a notebook outlining plans for violently overthrowing the government. NY Daily

Black Owner Of Lemonade Stand Has Police Called On HIm While Trying To Open His Business
The owner of a high-end lemonade stand in San Francisco's Mission District said that he was approached by officers with the San Francisco Police Department on Thursday, July 19 as he was opening his business after someone in the neighborhood thought he was breaking into his own business. SF Gate

The Story Behind Google's Secret Offer To Settle Android Probe
European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager coolly hit Google with a 4.3 billion-euro ($5 billion) fine last week, the biggest penalty in the history of antitrust enforcement. It didn’t have to be that way. A year earlier, when the company -- already reeling from a 2.4 billion-euro fine in another EU case -- made quiet attempts to settle the probe into deals it has with Android phone makers, the response was equally chilly. Bloomberg

SpaceX Launches Record Setting Satellite With Block 5 Falcon 9 Rocket
SpaceX launched just its second "block 5" Falcon 9 rocket in the darkness from Florida early Sunday local time, and it was loaded with the heaviest commercial communications satellite ever built. The brand new booster blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 1:50 a.m. ET carrying the Telstar 18 Vantage broadband satellite, a 15,600-pound (7,076 kilogram) beast that will offer connectivity to customers in the Americas. CNET

Disappearing Messages, Private Phones Test Open Record Laws
One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record. Another boasts that disappearing messages "keep your message history tidy." And a popular email service recently launched a "confidential mode" allowing the content of messages to disappear after a set time. Houston Chronicle

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Mega Millions Soars To $493 Million For Tuesday
How does nearly half a billion dollars sound? That's the jackpot - $493 million actually - for the next Mega Millions drawing on Tuesday at 11 p.m. No one matched all six numbers Friday night, although two people across the country matched the first five white balls for a sweet $1 million consolation. A total of 47 tickets matched four white balls plus the Mega Ball for $10,000 while five others won $20,000 with the 2x multiplier. USA Today

Twitter CEO Responds To Mountains Of Criticism From The NY Times
The New York Times is calling out Twitter and Twitter's CEO has some thoughts. New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman wrote about why she's taking a break from Twitter on Friday, including a laundry list of reasonable examples explaining why the app has become an unbearable experience for her and others. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hit back with his own take on the situation in a multi-part thread. Mashable

Apple Reveals 70 New Emoji For iPhone X
Tuesday was World Emoji Day and Apple shook things up by revealing 70 new emoji coming to iOS this year. What's in the mix? New emoji hairstyles -- for all you redheads and baldies out there -- and foods like lettuce, mango and cupcakes. And this is just the beginning. Apple says there will be plenty more to come, with additions to sports, symbols and jewels. CNET

Iran's Rouhani Warns Trump 'War With Iran Mother Of All Wars'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday cautioned U.S. President Donald Trump about pursuing hostile policies against Tehran, saying "America should know ... war with Iran is the mother of all wars," the state new agency IRNA reported. Iran faces increased U.S. pressure and looming sanctions after Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from a 2015 international deal over Iran's nuclear program. US News
VOA VIEW: Iran would be wiped out if it starts any war with the US.

Macron Faces A Growing Scandal Over Footage Of Security Aide Beating A Protester
The disturbing footage from a May protest in Paris begins with a man in a black jacket, gray hoodie and police helmet forcefully pushing a woman down the street, his right hand tight around the back of her neck. When those two disappear from the frame, the camera shows a group of police officers dragging a young man down the street. Another man in what appears to be civilian clothes is struggling against the protester, who is now kneeling. LA Times

Thailand Slams Foreign Media For Interviewing Cave Boys
Authorities in Thailand have accused foreign media of behaving irresponsibly by interviewing members of a juvenile football team who were trapped in a flooded cave for two weeks before a miraculous rescue. "I was saddened that the foreign media, whom we assumed understood children' rights very well as well as the procedures for protecting children and minors, but their standards have turned out to be unexpectedly substandard," Tawatchai Thaikyo, the country's Deputy Permanent Secretary for Justice said in a Facebook post. CNN

Merkel's Biggest German Ally Could One Day Be Her Biggest Threat
In Germany’s year of political turmoil, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz is emerging as a surprise winner. With his pro-European convictions and even-keeled presence, the Social Democrat gained stature during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent infighting with her party bloc’s nationalists over migration. Scholz, 60, has pulled ahead of Merkel and now is Germany’s most popular politician, having stood aside and presented himself as a stabilizing force during the coalition crisis. Bloomberg

The F-35 Changes The Game, And US And Its European Allies Are Making Big Plans For It
Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet is arriving in growing numbers in Europe, and is poised to play a much broader role in missile defense and other warfare plans than conventional fighters, according to US and European officials. After years of technical challenges and program delays, the F-35, the world's most expensive arms program, is rapidly gaining a foothold in the United States and Europe. Business Insider

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