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Alleged Spy Maria Butina, Paid By Russian Billionaire Konstantin Nikolaev
Maria Butina, the Russian citizen accused of attempting to infiltrate U.S. political organizations, received financial support from a Russian billionaire with ties to U.S. energy and technology firms, according to a report Sunday. Maria Butina, the Russian citizen accused of attempting to infiltrate U.S. political organizations, received financial support from a Russian billionaire with ties to U.S. energy and technology firms, according to a report Sunday. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Butina was up to no good.

WH Confirms Military Jet Intercepted Small Plane Near Trump's NJ Golf Resort
A military jet intercepted a small plane flying near President Donald Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey on Saturday, but investigators determined the pilot was not a threat, the White House said Sunday. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said that an F-16 intercepted the plane, which was flying in restricted airspace near the president’s Trump National Golf Club, at about 12:30 p.m. The plane landed at Sky Manor airport in Pittstown, New Jersey. USA Today

Trump Ramps Up Scrutiny Of Legal Immigrants
The Trump administration is stepping up efforts to curb legal immigration, taking a series of actions in recent weeks that could lead to deportation for people already granted citizenship. The director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) — an office established in 2003 to process immigrant applications for visas, work permits, green cards and citizenship — told The Associated Press recently that the agency is hiring dozens of lawyers and immigration officers to review cases of immigrants who are suspected of having lied to officials during the naturalization process. Hill
VOA VIEW: Immigrants that lied should be ousted.

NTSB Questions Duck Boat Safety 20 Years Ago
Removing canopies so passengers could escape easily during an emergency, adding backup buoyancy so boats could stay afloat if flooded and requiring passengers to wear life jackets are recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board 20 years ago to tourist "duck" boats. The NTSB spelled out additional safety measures in an accident report when the duck boat Miss Majestic sank May 1, 1999, during a tour of Lake Hamilton near Hot Springs, Ark. The tragedy killed 13 of the 21 passengers on board, including three children. UPI

Mass Shooting In Toronto
Authorities in Toronto late Sunday responded to a mass shooting in the city's neighborhood known as Greektown, where 14 people were hit by gunfire, including at least one fatally.Responding police exchanged gunfire with the shooter and the suspect was killed. It is unclear if the suspect was hit by police fire. Authorities said it is too early in the investigation to determine if there is a terrorism link. Fox
VOA VIEW: What are anti gun nuts going to say?

Dems Get Set For 2020 Starting Gun
In politics, like comedy, timing is everything. Rush the punchline, spoil the joke. Bait an audience too long, and risk losing their attention. The dozens of Democrats considering running for president in 2020 are pondering how, and when, to formally declare their candidacies, a seminal event that allows a campaign a moment of national media attention and buzz among donors, activists and volunteers crucial to long-term success. Hill
VOA VIEW: Dems have no candidate that can beat Trump.

Trump's Former Campaign Chairman Faces Trial
With his well-coiffed hair, tailored suits and keen ability to charm the powerful, Paul S. Manafort spent decades wheeling and dealing with U.S. politicians and foreign despots before he became Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016 and ran the Republican National Convention. LA Times


Trump Is Right On Nord Stream 2
President Trump was right to criticize Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan for a new pipeline carrying Russian natural gas to Germany. This project threatens European independence and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and it was opposed by the Obama administration and many Senate Democrats, although not much was done to stop the pipeline’s construction. WSJ
VOA VIEW: Merkel is wrong.

Syrian White Helmets Evacuated To Jordan Through Israel
The Israeli military in coordination with its U.S. and European allies evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria, in a complex and first-of-a-kind operation. The evacuees, who were hemmed in from one side by advancing hostile Syrian troops and from another by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group, were transported to Jordan, from where they are expected to be resettled in Europe and Canada in the coming weeks. ABC

G 20 Calls For More Dialogue On Rising Trade Tensions
The world's top financial officials meeting in Argentina's capital on Sunday called for more dialogue on trade disputes that threaten global economic growth with one official warning that differences remain and tensions could escalate further. The two-day gathering of G-20 finance ministers and central bankers in Buenos Aires took place as the United States and China are engaged in a full-blown trade war with both nations imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods. US News

Companies In Pence's Hometown Hit By Trump Tariffs
Vice President Pence’s hometown is among the areas that are expected to be most negatively affected by the Trump administration’s steep tariffs against foreign imports. A Brookings Institution analysis, first reported by The Washington Post, found that Pence’s hometown of Columbus, Ind., is the metro area most reliant on exports in the country, with half of its gross domestic product comprised of exports. Hill
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.


Missouri AG: Duck Boat Operators May Have Known A Storm Was Coming
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley told 40/29 News there is evidence the operators of the duck boat that capsized on Table Rock Lake, killing 17 people, knew the storm was coming. It's too soon to know for sure how much the crew knew about the forecast for severe weather, Hawley told 40/29 News Saturday. But there was evidence they may have. 4029TV

China's Global Building Spree Runs Into Trouble In Pakistan
Pakistan’s first metro, the Orange Line, was meant to be an early triumph in China’s quest to supplant U.S. influence here and redraw the world’s geopolitical map. Financed and built by Chinese state-run companies, the soon-to-be-finished overhead railway through Lahore is among the first projects in China’s $62 billion plan for Pakistan. Beijing hoped the $2 billion air-conditioned metro, sweeping past crumbling relics of Mughal and British imperial rule, would help make Pakistan a showcase for its global infrastructure-building spree. WSJ
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.

Macron Aide Given Initial Charges From Beating
French authorities have handed preliminary charges to one of President Emmanuel Macron's top security aides after he was captured on video beating a protester in May. The charges came after French authorities opened a judicial investigation Sunday of the assault, which has sparked the first major political crisis for Macron since he took office last year. Fox

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Gays On Strike In Israel Over Exclusion From Surrogacy Law
Tens of thousands of Israeli LGBT advocates and their supporters went on strike across the country Sunday, protesting the exclusion of gay men from a recently passed surrogacy law. The community is outraged that after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to pass legislation supporting surrogacy for gay fathers, he then voted against it, apparently under pressure from his ultra-Orthodox Jewish coalition partners. USA Today

Rubio Refuses Trump's Tweets On Carter Page
Sen. Marco Rubio is refuting President Trump's latest claims that his campaign was being "illegally" spied on following the FBI's release of heavily redacted documents detailing the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The Florida Republican, speaking with "Face the Nation" on Sunday, said that "anything and everything" he's seen while serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee indicates the FBI "did not spy on the campaign." CBS
VOA VIEW: Rubio is in denial.

Audience Bursts Out Laughing After GOP Senate Candidate Says Trump Is 'Standing Up' To Russia
Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart (Va.) was interrupted by audience laughter during a debate on Saturday after saying President Trump "stands up" To Russia. Stewart, the controversial chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, was participating in a debate against incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine. Hill

Google Secretly Tried To Stope Probe Into Android A Year Before Fine From Eu
Google secretly tried to settle with the EU over its investigation into the Android operating system,  Bloomberg reports. The European Commission hit Google with  a €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine last week for abusing the dominance of its mobile operating system. European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager told Bloomberg a year before the fine was imposed, Google started quietly trying to resolve the probe. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Google is too big, dirty and must be regulated ASAP.

Energy Giants Opening Natural Gas Spigots
The world's largest oil companies are pumping more natural gas than ever before, helping to spur a rise in profits while sating rising global demand for fuels that can mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions. This marks a shift over the past decade for an industry that once focused predominantly on crude oil, with gas in most cases an after-thought. Now, the rise of gas-powered electric generation, surging production from U.S shale fields and the burgeoning liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry that makes shipping the fuel possible, have conspired to create a boom. Business Insider

China Says It Won't Devalue Currency To Bolster Exports
China said on Monday the value of its currency is driven by market forces and that it has no intention to devalue the yuan to help exports, after Washington said it was monitoring the currency’s weakness amid the escalating bilateral trade row. Reuters


Molinari Wins British Open
Francesco Molinari played a steady hand amid another crazy ending at Carnoustie and won the British Open to become Italy's first major champion. Tiger Woods took the lead on Sunday at a major for the first time in nine years and lost it with one bad swing. Jordan Spieth cost himself another chance in a major by failing to make a single birdie. Fox

Kerry: "The Minute The Election Was Over, Sanctions Were Put In Place"
President Trump has blamed former President Barack Obama for not doing enough to speak out about Russian meddling before and during the election. Former Secretary of State John Kerry defends the Obama administration's handling of Russian election meddling in 2016: Real Clear Politics
VOA VIEW: Kerry should stay in hiding.

Trump Jr. To Hold Fundraiser For Manchin Candidate
Donald Trump Jr. will host a fundraiser on Monday for West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), who is challenging incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a top target for Republicans this cycle. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and former Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller will also be on hand for the New York City fundraiser, according to an invitation obtained by The Hill. Hill

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Mitch Landrieu Suggests Joe Biden Should Run Against Trump
Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has been dancing around the question of whether he'd run for president in 2020. But now, he's suggesting to CNN that he thinks the right guy is former Vice President Joe Biden. "I would like somebody that could restore America's stature in the world on day one," the Democratic former mayor said in a televised edition of "The Axe Files," which aired Saturday (July 21) on CNN. "I would like somebody that knows exactly what they're doing, because they've done that before, that can stabilize and just rebalance the country for four years.'' NOLA
VOA VIEW: A big win for Trump.

Defense Bill Would Curb Cabinet Control Of Nuclear Agency
The agency that supervises the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile would essentially lose direct Cabinet oversight under legislation that Congress is negotiating. The little-noticed provision in a defense policy bill is opposed by the Trump administration and senior lawmakers from both parties, but efforts to scrap it have not overcome resistance from staffers on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Star Tribune

Russian Foreign Minister Visiting Israel Monday For Syria Talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow's military chief of staff will arrive in Israel later Monday for talks on the conflict in neighbouring Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting that Russian President Vladimir Putin requested the meeting with Lavrov and General Valery Gerasimov "in a conversation with me a few days ago". Yahoo

Iran Dismisses Trump's Explosive Threat
Iranians on Monday shrugged off the possibility that a bellicose exchange of words between President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart could escalate into military conflict, but expressed growing concern America's stepped-up sanctions could damage their fragile economy. In his latest salvo, Trump tweeted late on Sunday that hostile threats from Iran could bring dire consequences. US News
VOA VIEW: Iran is playing with fire.

Mortgage, Groupon Annd Card Debt: How The Bottom Half Bolsters US Economy
By almost every measure, the U.S. economy is booming. But a look behind the headlines of roaring job growth and consumer spending reveals how the boom continues in large part by the poorer half of Americans fleecing their savings and piling up debt. Reuters

After Tumultuous Run In WH, Sean Spicer Is Ready To Talk
Sean Spicer, 46, served for six months as President Donald Trump's first press secretary. His book, "The Briefing," has just been released. Spicer lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children. I read this book as something of a lengthy job application. You want to work for President Trump again, don't you? SF Gate

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Why Are There No Black Koch Brothers
The full version of this story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is worth nearly $3 billion. Basketball legend-turned-businessman Michael Jordan's net worth is a reported $1.65 billion. NBC

Trump's Spacious Trade Tweets
In recent tweets, President Donald Trump has made erroneous statements about U.S farmers, and soybean prices in particular, while complaining about trade barriers: •He falsely claimed that “farmers have done poorly for 15 years.” In fact, U.S. farms “experienced a golden period during 2011 through 2014 due to strong commodity prices and robust agricultural exports,” according to a congressional report. Fact Check

Inflatable 'Trump Chicken' Returns To Bay Waters
The giant inflatable blimp depicting President Donald Trump as a chicken is back on the San Francisco Bay on Sunday. Known as 'Trump Chicken" and dressed in his “Prisoner 45” shirt (45th president), the 33-foot-tall chicken will be on the water from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Trump Chicken arrives at Crissy Field at noon before heading to Fisherman's Wharf in an "Alcatraz Prison Transport" boat. Trump chicken will move slowly down the Embarcadero towards the Ferry Building on the way to McCovey Cove. KTVU
VOA VIEW: The Chicken will backfire on liberals.

Uber And Lyft Driver Secretly Live-Streamed Passengers
Sitting in the back of a cab can have a confessional allure: Sealed off to the world, you can take a private moment for yourself or have a conversation — casual or deeply intimate — with a driver you’ll never see again. Now imagine finding out days later that those moments were being streamed live on the internet to thousands of people. What’s more, some of those people paid to watch you, commenting on your appearance, sometimes explicitly, or musing about your livelihood. NY Times

Twitter May Be Demoting Controversial Accounts In Search Results
In what appears to be new ranking behavior, Gizmodo has identified several prominent far-right accounts now buried by Twitter’s search feature. The accounts—which belong to figures like Unite The Right organizer Jason Kessler and white nationalist Richard Spencer—no longer appear in the social platform’s dropdown results, when searching either for their display names or @ handles. Gizmodo

Prominent S Korea Politician Found Dead
A prominent liberal South Korean politician embroiled in a corruption scandal was found dead on Monday, police said, in what appeared to be one of the country's highest-profile suicides in recent years. The body of three-term lawmaker Roh Hoe-chan of the small opposition Justice Party was found near a Seoul apartment building. Police said they believe Roh, 61, leapt to his death from the building after leaving a suicide note. Fox

Trump Warns Iran's President In All Caps Tweet To Stop Threatening US
President Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani early Monday that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. Mr. Trump tweeted in all capital letters about the dangers to Iran of making hostile threats after Rouhani said Sunday, "American must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars." CBS
VOA VIEW: A strong American President.

Britiain Would Not Block Death Penalty For IS Suspects
Britain’s interior minister has indicated London would not object to Washington seeking the death penalty against two British Islamic State militants if they are extradited to the United States, the Daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Reuters

Snap Is Shutting Down Snapcash On August 30th
If you don’t remember Snapcash, don’t worry — on August 30th, Snap will discontinue its peer-to-peer money transfer service that launched at the height of the messaging app’s popularity. Snapcash was announced back in 2014 when Instagram has yet to steal Snap’s users with the disappearing stories format, and Venmo was one of few apps you can use to send money to friends. Today, Snapchat is struggling to grow its user base against Instagram, and companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Zelle have begun offering their own services for transferring money to contacts. Verge

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