McCain Funeral: Obama, Bush Give Eulogies In Washington
A memorial service for Sen. John McCain took place in Washington Saturday. Former President George W. Bush and former President Barack Obama gave eulogies at the service at the Washington National Cathedral. Both men defeated McCain in his two campaigns to become president, in 2000 and 2008. President Trump is not attending. The service began at around 10:00 a.m. and ended shortly after 12:30 p.m. ET. The "maverick" senator was previously honored at a memorial ceremony in his home state of Arizona Thursday, where he was eulogized by friend and luminaries such as former Vice President Joe Biden. Thousands of citizens paid respect as he lay in state at the Arizona Capitol. CBS
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Giuliani Praises Cohen's Lawyer For Having 'More Integrity Than CNN'
President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Saturday praised the lawyer representing Michael Cohen for retracting his previous statements to CNN about the Trump Tower meeting in 2016. Lanny Davis, the lawyer now representing Trump’s longtime former lawyer, originally told the network that Cohen could testify that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the meeting with his campaign officials where Russians promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. Hill
VOA VIEW: CNN has no class.

Cindy McCain Weeps During Powerful Rendition Of 'Danny Boy' At John McCain Funeral
Cindy McCain wept during a powerful rendition of "Danny Boy" at Senator John McCain's memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington Saturday. Opera singer Renée Fleming sang "Danny Boy," a powerful ballad about love and loss at the service. The melody was also played at President John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana's funerals, BBC reported. McCain, who died last Saturday of brain cancer, had requested that Fleming sing the song, according to her manager, Dannielle Thomas. USA Today

GOP Braces For Impact As It Comes Time To Pull Funding From Failing Candidates
As Republicans stare down the prospect of a possible shellacking in the midterm elections, party officials are deciding which candidates are not viable enough to devote precious resources to, according to a Friday Politico report. As many as 45 Republican seats could be at risk, and the GOP currently holds a 23-seat majority in the House. Per Politico, Reps. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), Keith Rothfus (R-PA) and Rod Blum (R-IA) are most at risk for the chopping block. TPM
VOA VIEW: The liberal media will eat their words about a blue wave, like they did in 2016.


Arizona Republicans Wrestle With McCain's Criticism Of Trump
In Washington DC on Friday, thousands of people lined up in the sweltering heat to pay their respects to the late Sen. John McCain, whose body was lying in-state at the Capitol as part of a memorial service. McCain — the legendary Senator who represented Arizona in the upper chamber for more than three decades — is only the 31st person to ever be honored in this way. Those waiting to commemorate the venerated Republican lawmaker came from across the political spectrum and used words like “hero,” “patriot” and “icon,” to describe him. Vox

The Russian Investigation: Is This The Final Countdown?
This week in the Russia investigations: The final countdown is running — or is it? How much longer does Bruce Ohr have at the Justice Department? How much should Big Tech worry about the threat from Congress? Next Friday, Sept. 7, marks 60 days until Election Day. According to the thesis that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller doesn't want to do anything to influence the midterm election season, that gives him one more week to make a move before he must go ultraquiet. NPR
VOA VIEW: Liberals, including Mueller will try anything.

GOP Makes Pelosi Issue Even For Democrats Who Keep Distance
Paul Davis kicked off a promising Democratic campaign to flip a GOP-leaning Kansas congressional district with a pledge to oppose Nancy Pelosi's return as House speaker. It didn't change the GOP's strategy for keeping the seat: Republicans have branded him a "Pelosi liberal." Davis is among dozens of Democratic candidates across the U.S. who have backed away from Pelosi, including in Democratic strongholds such as California and New York. And Republicans are lobbing similar attacks against them, using the veteran California liberal's name as code for what's supposed to make GOP-leaning and centrist voters nervous about the left, including support for big government — and more recently, a desire to impeach President Donald Trump. SF Gate


White House Withholds Kavanaugh Docs
Democrats on Saturday slammed what they described as a “Friday night document massacre” after the White House withheld more than 100,000 pages of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s records, citing presidential privilege. Former President George W. Bush’s attorney Bill Burck told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a letter Friday that it has mostly completed its work ahead of next week’s planned confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh, who has been tapped by President Trump to replace Anthony Kennedy on the nation’s highest court, served in the White House Counsel’s office during the Bush administration. Fox

Trump Visits Golf Course
Throughout the day, Mr. Trump tweeted gripes about trade talks with Canada and the Justice Department. By mid-afternoon he had not named McCain, who had been an infuriating foil in a long-running feud that did not end with the senator's illness and death. Earlier in the week, Mr. Trump drew sharp rebukes for offering a terse statement about McCain's death under pressure following two days of near-silence. The feelings of many at the memorial were quite clear. Meghan McCain drew applause when she said, "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great." CBS

Iowa Legislative Candidate Jailed On Harassment Charges
The Des Moines Register reports that 39-year-old Chad Roye Brewbaker, of Clive, was jailed Friday afternoon after police say he repeatedly ignored a court order to stop all communication with a woman. Brewbaker remained in the Polk County Jail on Saturday and couldn't be reached for comment. Brewbaker is running for the Iowa House District 43 seat, which includes the cities of Windsor Heights and Clive. It's not Brewbaker's first harassment case. Court records show that in 2009, he was convicted of third-degree harassment for harassing a female student while he was a graduate assistant at Iowa State University. In 2010, Brewbaker was given a one-year suspension from Iowa State. MSN

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Racist Robocalls Target Black Candidate For Florida Governor
Racist robocalls to voters from a white nationalist group targeting Andrew Gillum, the Democratic party’s African-American candidate for Florida governor, were condemned on Saturday by both major campaigns contesting November’s election. According to the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper, which first reported on the robocalls, they include jungle noises in the background and a man who pretends to be Gillum, the 39-year-old mayor of Tallahassee, using a minstrel performer’s exaggerated accent and speaking about mud huts. Reuters
VOA VIEW: What nationalist group?

Trump Jokes That Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is 'Having A Nervouse Breakdown' Over His Response To McCain's Death
President Donald Trump joked in an interview with Bloomberg on Thursday that the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was "having a nervous breakdown" as she stared at him when he refused to answer whether he thought Sen. John McCain, who died on Saturday, would have been a better president than Barack Obama. Business Insider

Trump 'Nodded' At Suggestion Of Putin Meeting
President Donald Trump "nodded with approval" at the suggestion of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a court filing that seeks leniency for a former campaign aide who lied to the FBI. Lawyers for George Papadopoulos are seeking probation, saying the foreign policy adviser misled agents during a January 2017 interview not to harm an investigation but rather to "save his professional aspirations and preserve a perhaps misguided loyalty to his master." Chicago Tribune


Cindy McCain Tweets After Husband's Funeral: 'Together We Go On'
Cindy McCain on Saturday shared a photo and short message of mourning on Twitter following her husband's funeral in Washington, D.C. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who died last week at age 81, was eulogized Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral. President Trump, with whom McCain had a contentious relationship, was not invited to the service. His daughter, Ivanka Trump, and husband Jared Kushner were in attendance, as well as multiple other Trump Cabinet members. The senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, also delivered a powerful eulogy in which she took multiple swipes at Trump, blasting "cheap rhetoric" and taking aim at his 2016 campaign slogan. MSN

Assessing The Chances Russia Will Meddle In 2018 Election
The sites mimicked a portal used by U.S. senators and their staffs, with easy-to-miss discrepancies. Emails to Senate users urged them to reset their passwords — an apparent attempt to steal them. Once again, hackers on the outside of the American political system were probing for a way in. "Their attack methods continue to take advantage of human nature and when you get into an election cycle the targets are very public ," said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro. US News

Savannah's Prized Landmark District Threatened By Growth
With its time-capsule collection of Victorian mansions and antebellum churches overlooking oak-shaded squares, Savannah has long taken great pride — and built a nearly $3-billion tourism economy — from its standing as a National Historic Landmark, a designation awarded to America's most prized treasures preserved from the past. And while nearly 2,000 historic homes and buildings survive in Savannah's downtown landmark district, the National Park Service has found that decades of growth and modernization have steadily eroded the framework that ties them all together. LA Times

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Palestinian Refugees Angry And Dismayed At US For Halting Funds To UN Agency
Palestinian refugees reacted with dismay on Saturday to a United States decision to halt funding to a U.N. agency, warning that it would lead to more poverty, anger and instability in the Middle East. The U.S. announcement on Friday that it will no longer support the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has deepened a cash crisis at the agency, and heightened tensions with the Palestinian leadership. Reuters
VOA VIEW: So be it.

Bruce Ohr, FBI Together Attempted To Flip Russian Oligarchs To Gather Information On Trump Campaign
The FBI and Department of Justice partnered on a secret program aimed at flipping Russian oligarchs with potentially damaging information about the Trump campaign's alleged involvement with the Kremlin, according to a New York Times report Saturday. Justice Department official Bruce Ohr worked with the FBI to attempt to turn one of those oligarchs, Oleg V. Deripaska, who is close to the Russian government. At one point, FBI agents made a suprise, "uninvited" visit at Deripaska's home in New York and questioned him on whether Paul Manafort, then-chairman of Trump’s campaign, "had served as a link between the campaign and the Kremlin," the Times reports. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Dems and liberals can't accept that there was no collusion or conspiracy.

Former Vatican Official Says Pope Knew About Meeting With Kim Davis
The archbishop who accused Pope Francis of mishandling sexual misconduct allegations against a top American archbishop unveiled a new charge on Saturday: that Vatican officials -- and perhaps the Pope himself -- have told untruths about the pontiff's controversial meeting in 2015 with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign same-sex marriage certificates. In a letter published Saturday on, a conservative Catholic website, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, said that several high-ranking church officials, including the Pope, knew in advance of the meeting and the controversy that could ensue if it became public. CNN

Trucking Company Involved In Deadly New Mexico Collision Has History Of Crashes
A California-based trucking company -- and one of its drivers -- are being accused of negligence after eight people were killed in a crash. The collision happened Thursday on a busy New Mexico highway. Two surviving passengers are suing. Lawsuits show the trucking company has a history of crashes. Truck driver in deadly New Mexico crash thought he was "going to die" Federal investigators worked for a second day at the scene of the deadly New Mexico crash. They're trying to determine what led to the violent collision between a Greyhound bus and a tractor trailer Thursday. CBS

Donald Trump Jr. Blames Democrats For Mollie Tibbett's Death
Donald Trump Jr. on Friday accused Democrats of being responsible for Mollie Tibbetts’ killing as he ignored the pleas of relatives not to sacrifice the Iowa college student’s memory to a political agenda. Trump Jr. railed in an opinion piece in the Des Moines Register on Friday that Tibbetts, 20, was a “casualty of the left’s love for open borders.” Authorities have said the man accused of abducting and killing Tibbetts is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Huff Post

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Amsterdam Stabbing Suspect Had 'Terrorist Motive'
Authorities in Amsterdam say a 19-year-old Afghan citizen who was shot and detained after a double stabbing at the city's main railway station had a "terrorist motive." The Dutch capital's government said in a statement Saturday that investigators reached the conclusion based on the suspect's first statements to police. The suspect allegedly stabbed two American tourists on Friday before police shot and wounded him. He holds a German residency permit and was identified as Jawed S. in line with Dutch privacy rules. The Americans suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and are recovering in a hospital. CBS

California Lawmakers Give Thumbs Up To 'Gold Standard' Net Neutrality Bill
California is taking the lead when it comes to saving net neutrality. The California State Senate voted Friday to approve a bill that offers the nation's strongest protections for net neutrality. The bill, which passed the State Assembly on Thursday, now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. He's expected to sign it into law. California is one of the states looking to enact its own rules governing an open internet, after the Federal Communications Commission, under Chairman Ajit Pai, rolled back the Obama-era net neutrality rules in June. But California's size and influence means its law could have ripple effects elsewhere. CNET

Everyone Seems To Agree Musk Needs Help Running Tesla
Tesla has reportedly been searching for years for a No. 2 to ease CEO Elon Musk's workload, even approaching Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at one point. Executive recruiters and industry analysts agree Musk needs help. Musk's erratic behavior on Twitter has reportedly drawn a federal securities investigation and put Musk himself at risk of criminal charges, securities lawyers say. He drew criticism for calling a diver helping to rescue boys trapped in a cave in Thailand a "pedo." His mental fitness was also called into question in a lengthy interview he gave the New York Times two weeks ago complaining about the stress of trying to keep up with demand for the Model 3 sedan. CNBC

Ford Cancels Focus Crossover For US Consumers After Trump Trade War Tariffs
Ford Motor Company announced on Friday it’s ditching plans to bring its new Focus crossover to the U.S., thanks to President Donald Trump’s trade war that imposes new tariffs on cars that are assembled in China. The Ford Focus Active is manufactured in China, but because of the new tariffs, which can be up to 25 percent, it’s no longer profitable for the company to sell it in America. Ford had predicted consumers would buy close to 50,000 of the vehicles annually. “Given the negative financial impact of the new tariffs, we’ve decided not to import this vehicle from China,” Kumar Galhotra, Ford president of North America, said in a Friday conference call with reporters. Huff Post

Apple's Self Driving Car Is Latest To Get Into A Road Accident
We've seen crashes involving self-driving cars from Waymo, Uber and Tesla, but not Apple – until now. As per a report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, one of Apple's test vehicles was involved in a low speed incident on August 24. Apparently, the autonomous Apple car was attempting to merge onto an expressway and traveling at only 1 mph when it was rear-ended by a Nissan Leaf, the report says. In other words, the human driver in the Nissan was probably expecting the Apple car (a Lexus) to drive on or just wasn't paying attention to what was ahead. TechRadar

Aretha Franklion Bishop Sorry After 'Groping' Ariana Grande
Images show Bishop Charles H Ellis III holding Ariana high above her waist, with his fingers squeezed around the side of the singer's chest. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast," he told the Associated Press. "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar." He added: "But again, I apologise." The preacher said he hugged all artists, male or female, during the ceremony commemorating the Queen of Soul. But viewers began posting images from the service when Ariana got up to sing Aretha's song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. BBC

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