NEWS     MONDAY,  NOVEMBER   19, 2018    NEWS

Kim Jong Un visits glass factory once suspected of producing military equipment
Kim Jong Un on Sunday visited a glass factory once suspected of producing military equipment, a report said days after North Korea announced it tested a “newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon.” The North Korean despot gave “field guidance” at the Taegwan Glass Factory in Northern Pyongan Province, Yonhap reported, citing North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency. Kim praised the “flawless” glassware and optical instruments while stressing modernized production.Fox
VOA VIEW: Un is a danger to the world.

Architect of bin Laden raid: Trump 'threatens the Constitution' when he attacks the media
President Donald Trump dismissed retired Adm. William McRaven, the overseer of the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, as a "Hillary Clinton backer" and criticized the military for having not killed bin Laden sooner during a Fox News interview that aired on Sunday. In the interview, Trump engaged in a tense exchange with Fox News' Chris Wallace when the host brought up McRaven, a vocal Trump critic  who led the bin Laden operation in 2011 during former President Barack Obama's administration. CNN
VOA VIEW: McRaven is a pitiful liberal.

Asked about climate change, Trump says 'lot of factors' to blame for California wildfires
With the shocking loss of thousands of homes and dozens of lives in the Camp and Woolsey fires in Northern and Southern California, people are looking for answers as they try to understand how a tragedy such as this can be prevented in the future. As people struggled to evacuate, President Donald Trump in a tweet blamed the fires on poor forest management and repeated the claims before his visit to California. While Trump did not explicitly call for an expansion of logging in his latest response, he has previously touted this strategy as a way to curb fires.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal practices are a large cause of many of the CA fire and other problems.


Latest U.S. Rhodes Scholar class includes record number of women and a DACA recipient
The total value for the competitive scholarship is from $70,000 per year up to as much as $250,000 for scholars who remain at Oxford for up to four years of study.
The process for applicants is two-fold. First students must be endorsed by their college or university and then selection committee members in the U.S. districts where students reside invite potential candidates for an in-person interviews. This year more than 2,500 students sought out endorsement from their respective institutions, with only 880 being selected from 281 American colleges and universities. NBC
VOA VIEW: Oxfords education quality is a hoax.

Theresa May: Brexit won't be easier if I'm ousted
Theresa May has told her critics that getting rid of her as PM would not make delivering Brexit any easier. Mrs May defended last week's draft agreement for leaving the EU and said there was a "critical" week ahead. She suggested agreeing more details of UK's future relationship with the EU, ahead of an expected summit next week, could satisfy the concerns of some of the Tory MPs opposed to her plans. Ex-Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the UK was being "bullied" by the EU. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party could get a better deal in time for Brexit, which is due to happen on 29 March. BBC

France's Macron: Europe must unite to prevent 'global chaos'
France's President Emmanuel Macron has called for closer ties between his country and Germany, saying Europe "has the obligation not to let the world slip into chaos". Mr Macron is in Berlin for the country's annual day of mourning for victims of war. In a speech to Germany's parliament, he said Europe must not "become a plaything of great powers". Mr Macron wants a more integrated EU, with a joint eurozone budget. He also wants Germany's backing for a European Army, which he has said would reduce the bloc's dependence on the US, and a new tax on internet tech giants.  BBC


Former NYC mayor Bloomberg giving Johns Hopkins $1.8 billion for financial aid
Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is giving $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University for student financial aid at his alma mater, Bloomberg said in an opinion piece published on Sunday in The New York Times. Bloomberg, the founder and chief executive of global media company Bloomberg LP, said the money will used for aid for qualified low and middle-income students and will make the Baltimore, Maryland university’s admissions permanently “need-blind.” Reuters
VOA VIEW: Bloomberg is very liberal.

U.S. envoy hopes for peace deal with Taliban in 2019
The U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan hopes to cement a peace deal with Taliban insurgents by April 2019, local media reported on Sunday. Zalmay Khalilzad, in Kabul to lead talks between the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan government, told reporters he hopes “a peace deal is reached before April 20 next year”, when Afghanistan is planning to hold a presidential election. The Afghan-born U.S. diplomat said he remained “cautiously optimistic” about the peace talks. Khalilzad, chosen by U.S.  Reuters

Pence's Sharp China Attacks Fuel Fears of New Cold War
Since the Soviet Union fell in the early 1990s, Southeast Asia has sought to avoid getting caught in a fight between major powers. The Trump administration is making that position look increasingly untenable. Vice President Mike Pence sharpened U.S. attacks on China during a week of summits that ended Sunday, most notably with a call for nations to avoid loans that would leave them indebted to Beijing. He said the U.S. wasn’t in a rush to end the trade war and would “not change course until China changes its ways” -- a worrying prospect for a region heavily reliant on exports. Bloomberg

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Republicans and Democrats pressure Whitaker not to interfere in Mueller investigation
Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general is coming under pressure from all sides to keep his hands off the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election. Adam Schiff, the prominent Democrat who will take control of the House intelligence committee in January, called the appointment of Matthew Whitaker “unconstitutional” and vowed to expose him if he attempts to thwart Robert Mueller’s investigation. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Dems must be set aside.

Texans outraged at prospect of tent cities for migrants
The military base of Fort Bliss is so sprawling that it is bigger than Rhode Island and almost as large as Delaware. Sitting on the outskirts of El Paso, Texas, on the border with Mexico, the base and its host town remain at the epicenter of Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration. Locals believe when the government starts erecting the “cities of tents” the president boasted about for detaining people crossing the border unlawfully, even if they seek asylum from gang violence, Fort Bliss will be ground zero.  Guardian

Trump pondering Kelly's status, 3-5 Cabinet changes
President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on "Fox News Sunday," praised Kelly's work ethic and much of what he brings to the position but added, "There are certain things that I don't like that he does." "There are a couple of things where it's just not his strength. It's not his fault. It's not his strength," said Trump, who added that Kelly himself might want to depart. Asked whether he would keep Kelly in his post through 2020, the president offered only that "it could happen."  Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Expected from the libeal media.

Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general 'unconstitutional': Top House intel Democrat
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general was unconstitutional because the attorney general is a “principal officer” and those positions require Senate confirmation under the Constitution. “I think the appointment is unconstitutional,” Rep. Adam Schiff of California told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz in an interview Sunday morning. “He is clearly a principal officer and the fact that he is a temporary principal officer doesn't mean that that is any less subject to Senate confirmation.” “Will Democrats still challenge that appointment and are you concerned about him overseeing the Mueller investigation?”ABC
VOA VIEW: Whining losers.

Lindsey Graham: 'Impossible to believe' Saudi Crown Prince was unaware of Khashoggi killing
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday harshly condemned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his alleged role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calling him "unhinged" and pointedly refusing to work with the prince in the future. "The fact that he didn’t know about it is impossible for me to believe," Graham said on Sunday's "Meet The Press." The South Carolina senator said he hasn’t been given an official briefing on the matter, but maintained that the conclusion that the crown prince had a role in Khashoggi's murder should be clear to anyone with knowledge about the country. “If he is going to be the face of Saudi Arabia going forward, I think the kingdom will have a hard time on the world stage,” Graham added. NBC

Protesters in Tijuana, Mexico, want migrant caravan to leave
Tensions rose Sunday as hundreds of residents protested the arrival of thousands of Central American migrants who are expected to linger in this border city for months as they try to claim asylum in the United States. A group opposed to the “chaos” of the so-called migrant caravans protested outside the largest makeshift shelter as Mexican police in riot gear formed a perimeter. The demonstrators sang the Mexican national anthem and waved flags as they urged the migrants to go home. NBC

Trump's combative weekend shows rocky road ahead
President Donald Trump is responding to a midterm election that represented a rebuke for his polarizing and aggressive behavior by recommitting to his brazen political style, setting up a turbulent two years to come. Trump's busy weekend served as a microcosm for his presidency as a whole, as he seethed with insults, launched attacks on key figures who have criticized him and returned to fiery rhetoric on immigration. In one spat, he unloaded on retired Adm. William McRaven, former head of Special Operations Command, and attacked the military for not having killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before 2011. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN typical propaganda.

Republicans battle to defend Trump from threat of impeachment
The audition to become President Donald Trump's most visible defender in Congress — and lead the fight against any impeachment proceedings — is in full swing.
One of Trump’s fiercest allies, Rep. Jim Jordan, on Friday began flirting openly with a bid to serve as the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, the panel where a flood of Democratic-led investigations, and potential impeachment, will begin. "We’re still looking at it," the Ohio Republican said when asked whether he would run for the post. "I’ve always been one who’s going to fight to get the truth out no matter what role I have. So we’ll just wait and see." Politico

Netanyahu: Early elections 'irresponsible'; takes on defense duties
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his nation Sunday early elections would be "irresponsible" by his coalition partners amid unstable security and announced he will be taking over defense minister duties. Key coalition allies are threatening to call for snap elections before the scheduled November 2019. In Israel's system of proportional representation, no single party can govern alone. "We are in a particularly complex security situation," Netanyahu said Sunday night. "In times like these, you do not overthrow a government. It's irresponsible. We have another full year until elections." UPI


Rights group says Egypt arrests 40 lawyers, activists
An international rights group says Egypt has rounded up at least 40 lawyers and activists since last month, the latest arrests in a wide-scale crackdown on dissent. Human Rights Watch said Sunday that many of those arrested were people who provided humanitarian and legal support to families of political detainees, and that some have been disappeared. Citing family members, it said the security forces did not present arrest warrants and authorities refused to say where detainees were being held. ABC

Brown says Trump's promise not to cut funding to California is a "big, big win"
California Gov. Jerry Brown says President Trump assured him he will not cut federal funding to California to deal with the state's deadly wildfires in what the governor called a "big, big win." On Saturday, Brown and the president toured damage from the Camp Fire that killed dozens of people, with nearly 1,300 more still unaccounted for. The governor also said economic impact of the fires will be "tens of billions" of dollars. CBS

President Trump’s crowd-size estimates: Increasingly unbelievable
Trump has been inflating the size of his crowds since his early days as a candidate. His presidency began with a surreal national debate over how many people attended his inauguration. And this year, at midterm campaign rallies across the country, the president’s crowd-size boasts became a big bugaboo for fact-checkers. There’s no question Trump can draw supporters by the thousands, but his pumped-up numbers are so extravagant most of the time that they have little or no basis in fact. For example, Trump claimed 50,000 people were outside a rally in Houston because they couldn’t get in, but the city’s police chief said the number was much lower: 3,000. In Cleveland, Trump claimed “thousands” of people were outside because the venue was packed. But Twitter users at the event posted evidence that Trump didn’t fill the venue and that only a handful of people were milling around in the parking lot. In Tampa, Trump claimed thousands of people who couldn’t get in were watching outside on a “tremendous movie screen” — that didn’t exist. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal accounting is like fake news.

Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes resigns following chaotic Florida recount
After a chaotic recount that drew national attention on South Florida, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes resigned from her post on Sunday. The news, first reported by the Sun Sentinel, comes after an intense two-week period following the November midterm elections and vociferous attacks on Snipes and her office, as Broward recounted ballots from the contentious Florida senate and governor’s races. Burnadette Norris-Weeks, an attorney for the Supervisor of Elections Office, told the Sun Sentinel that Snipes had submitted her resignation letter to spend more time with her family. Washington Post

Fox News host Chris Wallace tells Trump world sees him as ‘beacon for repression’
Fox News host Chris Wallace went after President Donald Trump for his attacks on the news media in an interview that aired Sunday, telling the president he is “seen around the world as a beacon for repression” because of his rhetoric. The "Fox News Sunday" host told Trump that while other presidents expressed frustration with the news media, none had gone as far as Trump, who called them "the enemy of the American people." "Barack Obama whined about Fox News all the time, but he never said we were the enemy of the people," Wallace said. Trump said "nobody believes in the First Amendment more than I do" and attempted to clarify that he did not believe all media is the "enemy," but only outlets which he considers "fake news."  USA Today
VOA VIEW: The fake news is the enemy of the people.

'Entire world is worried' after rancorous Asia-Pacific trade summit
World leaders meeting for Asia-Pacific trade talks in Papua New Guinea wrapped up a divisive, two-day summit Sunday after failing to agree on a group statement amid a widening rift in U.S.-China relations. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he will release a "chairman's statement" in the next few days on behalf of the 21-nation gathering. O'Neill acknowledged that "the entire world is worried" about tensions between the two superpowers. The struggle to find common ground did not bode well for a crucial meeting between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping scheduled for the G-20 meeting in Argentina at month's end. USA Today

California wildfires: Nearly 1,300 unaccounted for in Camp Fire
The death toll from the "Camp Fire" in Northern California increased to 76 on Saturday, while the number of people unaccounted for increased to 1,276. The blaze is now 60 percent contained after consuming more than 149,500 acres. In Southern California, just outside of Los Angeles, the Woolsey Fire is 88 percent contained after burning 96,949 acres. Dense smoke from the fires has been smothering parts of the state with what has been described as "the dirtiest air in the world." Firefighters have been racing against time.  CBS

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Kanye West donates $150G to family of black security guard killed by white officer
Rapper Kanye West donated $150,000 to the family of a black security guard who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Illinois last week. GoFundMe confirmed to Fox News on Sunday that West made 10 donations of $15,000 each in honor of Jemel Roberson. Roberson, 26, was working as a security guard at on Nov. 11 when he was shot at Manny’s Blue Room in Robbins, roughly 20 miles south of Chicago, by a white police officer. Roberson was outside the bar, holding someone who had been involved in an earlier shooting at gunpoint. Fox

After Abstaining For 22 Years, US Will Vote Against ‘Useless’ Annual UN Resolution on Golan Heights
A U.N. General Assembly committee will on Friday endorse nine resolutions critical of Israel, but – for the first time in more than two decades – the United States will change its position from “abstain” to “no” when a resolution on the Golan Heights is put to the vote. Signaling that decision, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley in a statement Thursday described the annual resolution as “useless.” Although Israeli control over the Golan is not recognized by the international community, since the bloody Syrian civil war erupted critics have viewed as increasingly ludicrous the yearly approval of a text implying that the inhabitants of the small ridge would be better off under the Assad regime than under Israeli sovereignty. CNS
VOA VIEW: A vote for reality is the best.

Condoleezza Rice says 'I'm not ready to coach' Cleveland Browns
She was the first woman named White House National Security Advisor and quarterbacked former President George W. Bush's foreign policy team as Secretary of State, and now Condoleeza Rice's name has surfaced as a possible contender for an NFL head coaching job. When Cleveland Brown's General Manager John Dorsey said last week that he would consider a woman to lead his perennial losing franchise, Rice's name was quickly thrown into the mix even though her only NFL experience is being a Browns' fan. ABC

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Trump gives himself A+ as president: 'Can I go higher than that?'
President Trump gave himself an A-plus Sunday for how he runs the country, unbowed by Democrats’ wins in the midterms that gave them control of the House. Mr. Trump awarded himself the high marks — and contemplated whether he could go higher — as he plotted a Cabinet shakeup, a government shutdown showdown with Democrats over border wall funding and the endgame for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “I hate to do it, but I will do it: I give myself an A-plus. Is that enough? Can I go higher than that?” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Much higher than Obama.

Tennessee Rep.-elect calls state 'racist,' Republican voters 'uneducated'
A Democratic member-elect for the Tennessee House of Representatives is under fire for slamming the state as “racist” and Republicans voters as “uneducated” in a now-deleted Facebook video. London Lamar, who ran uncontested in the state’s House District 91 and will take office in January, posted the controversial video the day after last week’s midterm elections, CBS-affiliated WREG-TV reported. Tennessee’s racist. Period. Period. Like, Tennessee is racist,” Ms. Lamar said in the video. “Most of the Tennesseans who voted Republican are uneducated,” she added. “White men voted Republican over 60 or 70 percent, so obviously that’s a particular base of people who believe in superiority.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are nuts and the real racists - they started the KKK.

Trump attacks Adam Schiff as ‘little Adam Schitt’ in tweet
The “Schitt” hit the fan. President Trump blasted Rep. Adam Schiff for questioning why his acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker wasn’t confirmed by the Senate – misspelling the Democrat’s last name as “Schitt.” “So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!” Trump wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday. Schiff, who’s likely to become the House Intelligence Committee chairman, took to Twitter to fire back at Trump.  New York Post

Senate GOP is pushing through Trump’s judicial nominees
Senate Republicans, still furious over Democrats’ smearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, have been barreling ahead and confirming President Trump’s judicial nominees at a historically fast pace. With 84 of his judges already confirmed — 29 of them at the appellate level, a record number for the first two years of a presidential administration — Trump appointees make up one-sixth of the active judges on the federal bench. “This White House has made the judiciary a priority,” said Carrie Severino of Judicial Crisis Network, a right-leading advocacy group. Before new judges can be confirmed by the full Senate to seats on federal circuit and district courts, they must appear for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
New York Post

Will Kelly stay or won't he? Trump praises, criticizes aide
President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on "Fox News Sunday," praised Kelly's work ethic and much of what he brings to the position but added, "There are certain things that I don't like that he does." "There are a couple of things where it's just not his strength. It's not his fault. It's not his strength," said Trump, who added that Kelly himself might want to depart. Houston Chronicle

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