NEWS     TUESDAY,  JULY 31 , 2018    NEWS

Is Giuliani Actually Making The Case Trump Wants To Hear?
Peeling away the layers, the new frustration at the heart of President Trump’s weekend Twitter fury and legal adviser Rudolph W. Giuliani’s subsequent media talking tour seems to be that investigators have subpoenaed Allen Weisselberg, the chief financial officer of the Trump Organization. That’s a potentially significant development, given the breadth of information Weisselberg has about how Trump’s private business has spent its money and where — information that might ultimately be of interest to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a fake and much of nothing.

Trump Unlikely To Agree To Interview With Mueller
A final decision has not yet been made, but multiple sources told Fox News the team will almost certainly reject the request to interview the commander-in-chief – a question that has been hanging over the investigation and the White House for months. The internal discussions come as the president and Rudy Giuliani, the public face of his legal team, take a newly combative stance toward the Mueller investigation. Fox
VOA VIEW: There should be no deal with Mueller.

Republican Women Seek To Keep Numbers From Dwindling In The House
With more than a quarter of the current 23 House Republican women leaving Congress after this year, GOP women are working to replenish their ranks in primary elections like Thursday’s crowded showdown in this Knoxville district. Female House Republicans and groups aiming to get more of them elected have rallied around GOP candidate Ashley Nickloes in eastern Tennessee. WSJ

Trump's Shutdown Threat Could Backfire On Him And GOP
We noted on Friday that the emerging theme of the 2018 elections is volatility. "Frankly it is about volatility," a Republican campaign operative told NPR. And now, with just 99 days to go until Election Day, President Trump proved that with a series of tweets over the weekend dealing with immigration, the Mueller Russia probe and the media (which he again referred to as the "Enemy of the People.") NPR
VOA VIEW: Liberals will lose big in November - how will they spin the results?


How Trump's Defense Went From 'No Collusion' To 'Collusion Is Not A Crime'
The first time that Donald Trump argued about collusion, it was to claim that his political opponents were doing it. Then, it was to argue that he had not done it. Now his attorney is arguing that it’s not even a crime. But legal experts say that the entire discussion around collusion has been beside the point. Time
VOA VIEW: The liberal media has gone mad.

Dem Pollster: Party Shouldn't Focus On Promises Of 'Free Everything'
Democratic pollster Ken O'Brien advised on Monday that the party should not be making "promises of free everything" to voters, specifically referring to New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "I disagree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on many points, and also on a condition of 4 percent unemployment or so, we don't need to be guaranteeing jobs," O'Brien told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." Hill
VOA VIEW: A nation of free everything - not freedom.

Georgia Jet Fuel Tax Halted, Months After Delta, NRA Fight
Georgia's governor on Monday made good on his vow to restore a tax cut on jet fuel sales that was previously killed by state GOP lawmakers irate with Delta Air Lines for ending a discount for members of the National Rifle Association. SF Gate

Dems Support For Abortion Grows, Low Election Priority
The poll found that 68 percent of Democrats said in July that abortion should be legal, up from 60 percent in a similar poll conducted in June 2016. But just 9 percent of registered Democratic voters cited abortion as the most important issue to determine how they will vote in November, according to an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll gauging Americans’ top priorities in the midterm elections. Reuters


Congress Struggles With Countering Putin After Trump Summit
Congress is producing an unusual outpouring of bills, resolutions and new sanctions proposals to push back at President Donald Trump's approach to Vladimir Putin, shore up relations with NATO allies and prevent Russian interference in the midterm election. Houston Chronicle

Trump Says 'No Problem' With Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding
President Trump again threatened a government shutdown unless Congress funds his border wall. At a joint news conference at the White House Monday, along with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the president said "If we don't get border security after many, many years of talk within the United States I would have no problem doing a shutdown." NPR
VOA VIEW: A good stand.

Trump Says He Would Meet Iran Leaders Anytime With No Preconditions
President Trump on Monday expressed his willingness to meet with the leaders of Iran with “no preconditions.” Trump made the comments during a joint press conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. “No preconditions. No. They want to meet, I’ll meet anytime they want — anytime they want. Good for the country, good for them, good for us, and good for the world,” Trump said, without indicating whether preliminary preparations for a meeting have begun. Yahoo

US Spy Agencies: North Korea Working On New Missiles
U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States, according to officials familiar with the intelligence. Newly obtained evidence, including satellite photos taken in recent weeks, indicates that work is underway on at least one and possibly two liquid-fueled ICBMs at a large research facility in Sanumdong, on the outskirts of Pyongyang, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe classified intelligence. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: If true, NK is looking at compete destruction.

TSA's 'Quiet Skies' Program Raised Legal And Civil Liberty Questions
A surveillance program that monitors Americans on domestic flights, even if they are not suspected of a crime or have ties to terrorism, is being questioned by civil liberties advocates. "The whole thing is just absurd on so many levels," said Hugh Handeyside, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project. NBC

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Trump Claims Nasty And Contentious Relationship With Mueller Amounts To Conflict Of Interest?
In a series of weekend tweets aimed directly at the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, President Donald Trump accused Mueller of neglecting to report a series of unresolved conflicts including what he said was a previous "very nasty and contentious business relationship." Yahoo

FEMA Personnel Chief Harassed Women, Hired Some As Possible Sexual Partners For Male Employees
The personnel chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency — who resigned just weeks ago — is under investigation after being accused of creating an atmosphere of widespread sexual harassment over years in which women were hired as possible sexual partners for male employees, the agency’s leader said Monday. The alleged harassment and other misconduct, revealed through a preliminary seven-month internal investigation, was a “systemic problem going on for years,” said FEMA Administrator William “Brock” Long. Some of the behavior could rise to the level of criminal activity, he said. Washington Post

Manafort Trial: Russia Probe Origins, But Main Focus On Fraud
One year ago, on July 25, 2017, FBI agents working with special counsel Robert Mueller presented a thick stack of papers under seal to a federal magistrate in Alexandria, Va. They were requesting authorization to search the condominium of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for evidence of tens of millions of dollars he allegedly concealed from US authorities. CS Monitor

Trump Administration Considers Tax Cut For Wealthy
The Treasury Department is considering a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans through a change that would not need approval from Congress, officials said, a move that would follow a package of tax cuts last year that also benefited the super-rich. The agency is studying whether to allow investment income, known as capital gains, to be adjusted for inflation in a way that shields more of it from taxation. Most capital gains are paid by wealthier Americans, who disproportionately hold large portfolios of investments. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: The wealthy pay most of the taxes.

Trump Agrees To Delay Fight Over Funding Until After Midterms
President Trump has been threatening to close down the government if Congress doesn’t meet his immigration priorities, but he has privately agreed to put off a potential shutdown or any fight over border wall funding until after the midterm elections, an administration official said Monday. WSJ

Tom Brady Is Wrong; There's Nothing "Ridiculous" About Questioning His Trainer
New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is going to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The last year Edelman played (2016), he caught 98 passes for 1,106 yards, then missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL from which he has now recovered, thanks in part to the work of Tom Brady’s personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, with whom Edelman has been training for several years. Big Lead


Trump's Increasingly Desperate Attacks On Mueller-Mueller Never Takes The Bait
The president and his team are on the offensive against Special Counsel Robert Mueller. That’s not new, of course. What is new is the tone of the attacks, which have come over the last 24 hours via Donald Trump’s Twitter account and interviews with Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani and Trump sound increasingly desperate, and their talking points are increasingly nonsensical. Giuliani has also resurfaced an old talking point that wasn’t particularly effective before: that collusion with the Russians isn’t a crime. They seem to be throwing everything including the kitchen sink at Mueller and seeing what hits him. Atlantic

GOP Ignores Trump's Government Shutdown Threat
Republicans in Congress are planning to push a fight over Donald Trump’s border wall past the November election, ignoring the president’s threats that he’s prepared to shut down the U.S. government if lawmakers don’t provide more money for his signature proposal. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are sticking with their strategy of completing full-year funding bills for most agencies before the Oct. 1 start of the next fiscal year. They say they’ll wait until later to seek $5 billion for the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Mercury
VOA VIEW: Republicans who go against Trump will lose.

Young Voters Prefer Young Candidates
Young people are looking for a change this election season – a generational change. A poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV found that most Americans ages 15 to 34 think voting in the midterm elections gives their generation some say about how the government is run, and 79 percent of this group say leaders from their generation would do a better job running the country. CS Monitor

Linda Tripp Defends Whistleblowing Against Bill Clinton
Linda Tripp, who as a confidant of Washington intern Monica Lewinsky became one of the highest-profile whistleblowers in recent political history, made a rare appearance Monday to describe what it was like to call out an American president. "A whistleblower armed with the truth wields enormous pressure on wrongdoings and folks who believe that they have a way to do whatever it is they want to do," Tripp said. "But it all comes at an enormous price for the whistleblower." ABC

North Korea Hands Over Possible Remains Of American War Dead
An American military jet has left North Korea Friday after taking possession of what is believed to be the remains of U.S. troops killed during the Korean War some 65 years ago, the White House said. North Korean officials handed over the probable remains on the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the conflict, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Americans, over 600,000 Chinese, 600,000 Korean soldiers and over a million Korean civilians. KETV

Russia Says It Will Know Of US Military Plans Before They Happen
Russia's top diplomat has claimed his country has insider knowledge on the military plans of the U.S. and its Western allies. Russia Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made the remarks while addressing the Terra Scientia on Klyazma River National Educational Youth Forum, which was set to run from June 26 to August 12. When asked about how Russia has managed to stay up-to-date on modern security challenges, Lavrov said Moscow would be well-informed in the event of any international attempts to undermine the country. Newsweek
VOA VIEW: Russia wild talk.

California Lawmaker Sued For Blocking Critics' Twitter Feeds
Two California residents are suing a state senator for blocking them from a social media account in a case similar to a successful lawsuit that barred President Trump from blocking critics on his Twitter account. Suzanne Rummel and Marlene Burkitt sued Democratic Sen. Richard Pan of Sacramento alleging that barring them from his Twitter account violates their First Amendment free speech rights. ABC

America's Best Employers For Women 2018
Nine months after the #MeToo movement sent shockwaves through American workplaces, many corporate cultures are slowly starting to react. And while many organizations have struggled to support their female workforces in the range of areas that are important to women—among them pay equity, opportunities for advancement and family leave—others appear to have been getting it right all along. Forbes

Americans Spend Over 11 Hours Per Day Consuming Media
We're all spending progressively more time staring at our screens. According to Nielsen's Q1 2018 Total Audience Report, the average US adult now spends upwards of 11 hours per day connected to linear and digital media across all devices and platforms. The report found that overall time spent has jumped significantly in the past year alone. Total time spent consuming media rose from 10:30 in Q3 2017 to 10:47 in Q4, and saw another 19-minute jump to 11:06 in Q1 2018. The lion's share of that still comes from live TV, but time spent on smartphones, tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices continues to grow. PC Mag

Another Fight Breaks Out At Trump's 'Walk Of Fame Star'
Supporters and opponents of President Trump clashed again at his Walk of Fame star in Hollywood, where a man was arrested Sunday night after the second big fight at the site in four days. A man wearing a red Make America Great Again cap was shouting, “We got America great again!” and other pro-Trump slogans into a megaphone, riling up some of the president’s detractors, according to the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. NY Post

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Kochs Won't Help Top GOP Senate Candidates In Key State
The decision sends a strong message to Republican officials across the country that there may be real consequences for those unwilling to oppose the spending explosion and protectionist trade policies embraced by the Trump White House in recent weeks. And little more than three months before Election Day, it leaves a top-tier Republican Senate campaign without the assistance of one of the conservative movement's most powerful allies as their party fights to maintain control of Congress. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Listening to Kochs will cost Republicans.

Thousands Ordered To Evacuate As 2 California Wildfires Rage Miles Apart
The number of people ordered to flee from two Northern California wildfires swelled Monday to 15,000 as the flames rolled toward several small lake towns. Meanwhile, firefighters were hopeful that the state's largest and deadliest blaze of the year was slowing down after days of explosive growth. The twin fires in Mendocino and Lake counties flared up late Sunday, forcing the new evacuations from the 4,700-resident town of Lakeport and other communities near Clear Lake, about 120 miles north of San Francisco. The blazes, raging 30 miles apart, have destroyed six homes and threaten 10,000 others. CBS

Sessions Announces 'Religious Liberty Task Force'
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday that the Department of Justice is creating a "religious liberty task force." Sessions said the task force, co-chaired by Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio and the assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy, Beth Williams, will help the department fully implement the religious liberty guidance it issued last year. Hill

'60 Minutes' Honcho's Reported Attempt To Shut Down Sex Misconduct Story
Ronan Farrow’s latest #MeToo movement bombshell in The New Yorker takes aim at sexual misconduct allegations against CBS boss Leslie Moonves, and his investigative report could also tarnish the sterling reputation of network’s esteemed newsmagazine “60 Minutes.” “During Moonves’ tenure, men at CBS News who were accused of sexual misconduct were promoted, even as the company paid settlements to women with complaints,” Farrow wrote. Fox
VOA VIEW: Hypocrisy!

Judge Orders Many Migrant Children Removed From Texas Facility Said To Use Psychotropic Drugs
A federal judge on Monday ordered the government to transfer all but the most troubled migrant children who have been separated from their families out of an immigration facility in Texas that is alleged to use psychotropic drugs on its wards. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee found conditions at the nonprofit Shiloh Treatment Center, in Manvel, near Houston, in violation of a 1997 settlement, called Flores vs. Reno, requiring immigration officials to place detained minors "in the least restrictive setting appropriate to (each Class Member's) age and special needs." NBC

Giuliani Says Trump Team Leaning Towards Ignoring Mueller Questions
President Trump's legal team is becoming more and more convinced it should ignore questions by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' "Hannity" on Monday night, saying it's "highly unlikely" the Trump team will meet again with prosecutors. "Given the revelations of the last three or four weeks, we've gone further away from the idea of answering any questions from them," Giuliani told Sean Hannity. "We don't think they have a legitimate investigation." Fox

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ISIS Kidnaps Dozens Of Women, Girls In Deadly Syria Raids
A war monitoring group says Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters seized 36 women and children during simultaneous attacks on the southeastern province of Sweida last week. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Monday that 20 women and 16 children were seized from al-Shobki village in Sweida during the Wednesday attacks. CBS

Lawsuit In Fatal Duck Boat Sinking Seeks $100 Million
The owners and operators of a duck boat that sank in Missouri, killing 17 people, put passengers' lives at risk by going out to water when severe thunderstorms were predicted, lawyers involved in a $100 million federal lawsuit argued Monday. "For 20 years, we have known that duck boats are death traps. It was proven yet again in devastating fashion in Branson, Missouri," attorney Robert Mongeluzzi said during a news conference Monday morning. NBC

Stay Classy Virginia: Bigfoot Porn Shakes Up Virginia Congressional Race
Things got hairy for a Virginia congressional candidate Monday after his opponent claimed he has an obsession with Bigfoot porn.  Democrat Leslie Cockburn accused Republican Denver Riggleman of being hot for Sasquatch in a Twitter post that featured censored “erotic” images of the mythical upright-walking forest ape. “My opponent Denver Riggleman, running mate of Corey Stewart, was caught on camera campaigning with a white supremacist,” she wrote on Twitter Sunday — referencing his ties to the notorious white supremacist Isaac Smith. NY Post

Silicon Valley Millenial Makes Sign-"Homeless, Hungry 4 Success. Take A Resume.".....Goes Viral
"I had just finished my last day of work at my previous job and was driving to meet my coworkers for a party," Scofield told CBS News. "I was driving to a restaurant... and I saw David," she says. David Casarez told her he'd been living out of his van while searching for jobs in Silicon Valley. He was holding a sign that read, "Homeless, hungry 4 success. Take a resume." CBS

Les Moonves Stays As CBS Chief While Board Plans Investigation -Allegations Of Sexual Harassment
On Monday, three days after the publication of an article detailing allegations of sexual harassment against Mr. Moonves, the company went through with a regularly scheduled meeting of its board of directors in advance of an earnings call on Thursday. Afterward, the company said in a statement that its board was “in the process of selecting outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation.” NY Times

Amazon's Response To Its Mugshot AI Labeling Congressmen As Criminals
Amazon has a pretty straightforward response to the news that emerged last week about its facial recognition system incorrectly matching photos of 28 members of congressmen to mugshots. Those results came a result of testing by the ACLU, which took 25,000 publicly-available police mugshots and then asked Rekognition to compare those images to photos of all 535 members of Congress. When the results came in, 28 lawmakers were positively ID’d as matching the faces of arrestees. BGR
VOA VIEW: Someone is playing games.

More Than 450 People In Florida Ordered To Give Up Guns Under New Law
Hundreds of gun owners in Florida have been ordered to give up their guns under a new law that took effect after the deadly Parkland shooting in February, according to a report published Monday. The Risk Protection Order, signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott just three weeks after a gunman killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas, aims to temporarily remove weapons from gun owners who have been deemed by a judge to possibly be a threat to themselves or others. Fox

US Pastor Appeals For Release In Turkey, Lifting Of Travel Ban: Lawyer
A Christian American pastor standing trial in Turkey on terrorism charges has appealed to a Turkish court to release him from house arrest and lift his travel ban, his lawyer told Reuters on Monday. Relations between Turkey and the United States have spiraled into a full-blown crisis over the trial of pastor Andrew Brunson, who was in custody for 21 months in a Turkish prison until he was transferred to house arrest last week. Yahoo

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