NEWS     TUESDAY,  NOVEMBER   20, 2018    NEWS

CNN requests emergency briefing as White House looks to revoke Jim Acosta’s credential again
CNN and its White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, again accused the Trump Administration of violating their constitutional rights in new papers filed with the U.S. District Court on Monday after spending much of the weekend exchanging legal threats in the wake of Friday’s ruling by a federal judge temporarily restoring Acosta’s credential. Acosta was informed of a “preliminary decision” for his White House credential to be revoked, once again, after the temporary 14-day order expires. The attorney for CNN and Acosta claim that the White House is attempting to punish the reporter based on “retroactive” application of rules that aren’t written and requested a hearing for the week of Nov. 26.  Fox
VOA VIEW: CNN and Acosta are losers by their desire to report fake news from the WH.

Democratic senators sue to block Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general
Three Democratic senators on Monday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker was appointed by Trump to lead the Justice Department after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was forced out of the role earlier this month.
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono filed the complaint against Whitaker in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday. All three issues fiery statements. Fox
VOA VIEW: Another Dem desire to resist.

After Trump's McRaven attack, McChrystal says military needs confidence in leaders' values
Retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, following President Donald Trump's recent swipe at retired Adm. William McRaven, said Monday that the military needed "confidence" in its leaders' values. "We have certain things we want and demand of leaders," McChrystal told CNN's Jim Sciutto on "Newsroom." "And to a degree, there has to be a confidence in the leader's basic core values. We have to be able to believe in enough of what that leader represents to feel comfortable following them, sometimes to our deaths." McChrystal, who commanded forces in Afghanistan, said he knew McRaven and pushed back on Trump's attacks against him. He also said Trump's actions were revealing, including Trump's decision not to visit Arlington National Cemetery on the most recent Veterans' Day. CNN
VOA VIEW: Typical CNN and liberal foolish rantings.


INTERPOL Presidential Election Brings Concerns About Kremlin Interference
A top Russian law enforcement official is in line to take the helm of INTERPOL, at a time when the international policing agency is already reeling as a result of another repressive regime’s interference. British officials have told The Times that Alexander Prokopchuk, a senior ministry of internal affairs official and one of INTERPOL’s four vice presidents, will likely be elected its next president. INTERPOL’s annual general assembly, currently underway in Dubai, is scheduled to fill the post on Wednesday. The election is extraordinary, as the current presidency tenure was only due to expire in 2020. But the man who was meant to hold that position until 2020, Meng Hongwei of China, disappeared during a visit to his home country last September.  CNS

Incoming Chair of House Oversight Committee Says 'Voting Rights' Is a Priority
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is expected to chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next Congress.  "If you take this chairmanship, what's your top priority?" Margaret Brennan, host of CBS's "Face the Nation" asked him on Sunday. "Where do you begin?"  "Well, first of all, we have got to make sure that we do the things that are important to the American people, things such as voting rights," Cummings said. We just saw what happened down there in Georgia and in Florida. We cannot have a country where people are being blocked from voting. We also want to look at pre-existing conditions, things of that nature, to make sure that people are protected in regard to that.  We also want to look at the census.  CNS
VOA VIEW: Liberal thinking.

U.S. bolsters border crossing as migrant influx fuels tension in Mexico
The United States closed off northbound traffic for several hours at the busiest border crossing with Mexico to install new security barriers on Monday, a day after hundreds of Tijuana residents protested against the presence of thousands of Central American migrants. The U.S. also closed one of two pedestrian crossings at the San Ysidro crossing in a move apparently aimed at preventing any mass rush of migrants across the border. The installation of movable, wire-topped barriers threatens to complicate life for Mexicans using San Ysidro, where about 110,000 people enter the U.S. every day in 40,000 vehicles. CBS


Dow falls 500 points, dragged down by Apple
Stocks fell sharply Monday, dragged down by reports that Apple's newest line of phones may not be selling as well as Apple or its investors had hoped. The Dow fell more than 500 points and the Nasdaq tumbled 2.8%. Apple's stock fell once more after the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has cut orders for its iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The new iPhones, which Apple unveiled in September, cost more than previous versions. The $749 iPhone XR is the least expensive new iPhone, but it costs $50 more than last year's cheapest model, the iPhone 8. The iPhone XS Max can cost up to $1,449. The higher prices -- without many more features -- could be driving customers to keep their current phones longer or buy last year's models. Apple declined to comment about the Journal story or broader concerns about iPhone demand.  CNN

Monica Lewinsky reveals new details about Clinton affair and aftermath
Monica Lewinsky says that over the years she's felt defined by others as a political problem or a late-night punchline. But now, in perhaps her most extensive interview to date, she seems to be taking on a new role – as the author of her own story. In the documentary series "The Clinton Affair," which premiered last night on A&E, Lewinsky reveals new details about their affair. She says she still feels ashamed of how she behaved after meeting President Clinton as an intern at the White House in 1995. "I blurted out, 'I have a crush on you,'" she recalled telling the president. "He laughed and smiled, and then asked me if I wanted to go into the back office, and I did." "He, you know, paid a lot of attention to me," she said. CBS
VOA VIEW: Monica exchanged sex for attention.

Volunteers flock to Camp Fire zone to lend a helping hand
It took Frank Hilscher only a half-hour to figure out what to do as the scale of the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history, began to dawn on him. Hilscher first heard about the fire on Nov. 8, the day it ignited near Poe Dam, on the North Fork Feather River in Butte County. Authorities said Sunday night that the fire has killed 77 people and left 993 yet to be accounted for, a drop from almost 1,300 on Saturday. As of Sunday night, the fire was 65 percent contained and firefighters expect it to be fully extinguished only by the end of the month. With more than 10,300 homes destroyed, search and rescue teams have arrived to comb through the debris looking for victims. NBC

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Duke mural honoring synagogue shooting victims defaced with Swastika
Duke University officials say someone painted a Nazi symbol on a mural honoring victims of last month's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. University president Vincent Price said in a letter to the school community that a red swastika was painted Sunday night on the tribute to those who died in the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue. The East Campus Bridge and tunnel underneath are spaces where students can paint messages ranging from campus event promotions to memorials. Price condemned the swastika as cowardly vandalism. NBC

U.S. judge questions Trump administration on asylum policy
A U.S. judge closely questioned the government on Monday as he weighed whether to temporarily halt an order from President Donald Trump that bars asylum for migrants who illegally cross the border with Mexico. Trump cited an overwhelmed immigration system for his recent proclamation that officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at an official entry point. Civil rights groups argue that Trump’s Nov. 9 order violated administrative and immigration law. At hearing in San Francisco federal court, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar repeatedly asked a Justice Department attorney whether Trump’s order was justified and supported by actual evidence. “To say something is true does not make it true,” Tigar said. The judge did not issue a ruling during the hearing. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Protecting this country from illegal immigration is just.

Rouhani says Iran to continue oil exports and resist U.S. economic war
Iran will continue to export oil despite U.S. sanctions, which are part of a psychological war doomed to failure, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.
By reimposing sanctions on OPEC’s third biggest crude producer, Washington wants to force Tehran to drop its ballistic missile programs, further curb its nuclear work and limit its support for proxy militias from Syria to Lebanon and Yemen. “We will not yield to this pressure, which is part of the psychological war launched against Iran,” Rouhani said in a speech in the city of Khoy, broadcast live on state television. Reuters

Ryan backs Navy Admiral William McRaven after Trump attack
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., on Monday appeared to side with retired Navy Admiral William McRaven, the official best known for overseeing the Navy SEAL mission to kill Usama bin Laden, after President Trump questioned why McRaven took so long to find the Al Qaeda leader. Trump told “Fox News Sunday” that McRaven is a “Hillary Clinton fan” and an “Obama backer.” The Republican National Committee echoed the president’s comments, tweeting that McRaven has been critical of Trump from as far back as the 2016 campaign. Ryan said in a statement on Monday that the U.S. is grateful for McRaven and all members of the military who have served in harm’s way and “have put country before self,” according to The Hill. Fox
VOA VIEW: Ryan has been a loser.

Stacey Abrams calls Georgia a 'purple state' after putting up historic challenge
Stacey Abrams, the former Georiga gubernatorial candidate, said in an interview with The Rolling Stone published Monday, declared "Georgia is a purple state now," and said her performance is evidence that the Peach State is now competitive. She said there has not been a race this close since 1966, citing the "razor-thin margin."
“My opponent did not outperform Republican presidential candidates. I did. I outperformed Democratic presidential candidates..." she told the magazine. “That means that I did a good job!” she said. She also said she could address electoral reforms in the state with her organization, Fair Fight Georgia, and their lawsuits.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Abrams is a sore loser.

Chicago hospital shooting: Doctor, pharmacist and policeman killed
A doctor, a newly graduated pharmacist and a police officer were killed after a gunman opened fire at a hospital in Chicago, police say. The gunman was seen arguing with the doctor, Tamara O'Neal, who he had been in a relationship with, before shooting her and turning his gun on others. The shooter, who has not been named, also died but it is not clear if he was killed by police or took his own life. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the attack "tears at the soul of our city". "It is the face and a consequence of evil," he said, adding that the three victims were "all going about their day, all doing what they loved". BBC

U.S. sanction waivers provided relief, but global economy still fragile
Waivers on Iranian sanctions granted by the United States provided some relief to oil markets but the global economy is still very fragile, the head of the International Energy Agency told Reuters on Tuesday. “The U.S. decision on the Iranian sanction waivers took some of the players in the market by surprise and, as a result, what we see today are that markets are well supplied and the price went down by $20,” Fatih Birol said on the margins of an energy conference. “But the global economy is still going through a very difficult time and is very fragile and, as a result of the increase in production, we have very thin production capacity left in the world, in a world which is becoming more dangerous,” he said, reiterating calls on key producers to exercise “common sense” at their December meeting. Reuters


Cuomo Says MTA Changes Will Be His Top Priority in 2019
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which oversees state and city commuter transit, needs a cultural and bureaucratic overhaul to reduce costs to the point where the state can afford it, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. While the Democrat favors congestion-pricing fees on cars entering Manhattan, it won’t bring enough revenue, Cuomo said during a radio interview with WNYC. He’s against subway-fare increases and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for a millionaires tax, saying the legislature opposes it. Changing the agency will be his top priority in 2019, said Cuomo, 60, reelected to a third term Nov. 6.  Bloomberg

Is Donald Trump an authoritarian? Experts examine telltale signs
The natural question many observers of the Trump era have asked is whether the latest transgressions by the president – for example suggesting a “Call for a new Election?” after an otherwise perfectly normal vote – might represent an identifiable step across a clear threshold on the path toward authoritarianism, and the ruination of American democracy. The answer that emerges through conversations with experts in the history of fascism is that rhetoric is indeed powerful, particularly from the president, and must not be ignored; but since the authoritarian style of leadership relies on intimidation and fear, there is a danger of overreaction.  Guardian

California fires: rain to bring fresh misery as evacuees flee makeshift camp
Rain is set to bring fresh misery to California this week in the wake of the state’s deadliest ever wildfire, with fears of mudslides and flooding causing people to depart an impromptu tent city set up by evacuees. Volunteers and displaced residents have started to pull out of an encampment that sprang up more than a week ago near the town of Paradise, in northern California, which has been reduced to a charred ruin by the Camp fire. On Monday, the death toll from the fire stood at 77, with 993 people still unaccounted for. More than 50,000 people have had to flee the unexpectedly swift and fierce fire, the cause of which has yet to be established, with thousands sleeping in tents and cars at the makeshift camp next to a Walmart superstore in the town of Chico. Guardian

US military troops to be allowed to defend border patrol agents
The White House is set to announce on Tuesday that active duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border will be granted new authorities that allow them to protect Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel from a threat, according to a U.S. official. Currently, the 5,900 troops on the southern border can act in self-defense, but do not have the authority to intervene if CBP personnel were overwhelmed by migrants. CNN was first to report about the additional authorities. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not confirm the expected White House announcement but stressed in a statement the importance of personnel safety. “As Secretary Nielsen has said, we will not allow our frontline personnel to be in harm’s way," DHS spokesperson Kate Waldman told ABC News.  ABC
VOA VIEW: As is should be.

White House reverses course, permanently restores Jim Acosta's press pass
The White House reversed course on Monday in its bid to boot CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the West Wing, and instead issued new guidelines aimed at maintaining control of press conference questions. Despite a court order that Acosta not be kicked out of the press pool, the White House sent the reporter and CNN a letter on Friday evening, telling the network it still planned to remove him with a formal announcement at 3 p.m. on Monday. By that deadline, the White House blinked.
"Having received a formal reply from your counsel to our letter of November 16, we have made a final determination in this process: your hard pass is restored," according to the letter co-signed by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and deputy chief of staff Bill Shine. NBC

Jamal Khashoggi murder isn't mentioned in speech by King Salman
You could be forgiven for thinking that it was business as usual in the Saudi capital on Monday during King Salman's annual speech to the country's Shura Council.
Just days after Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor recommended the death penalty for five suspects in the murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, the king did not mention the firestorm of controversy swirling around his country. The CIA believes the king's son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the killing.
King Salman did voice support for the kingdom's judiciary, which will be handling the investigation into Khashoggi's Oct. 2 killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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North Korea weapons test is a shot across the bow of Washington
The test-firing of an “ultramodern tactical weapon” by the North Korean military sends messages to both domestic and international audiences, according to analysts, with the presence of Kim Jong-un at Friday’s exercises underlining Pyongyang’s resolve to stand up to Washington. North Korean state media reported that the North Korean leader “supervised” a test of a weapon that is “a decisive turn in the fighting capacity of the Korean People’s Army”. The South Korean government believes the new weapon to be a long-range artillery piece - possibly a mobile launcher for conventional rockets with an advanced guidance system - that has been in development since the rule of Kim Jong-il, who died in... Telegraph

Ending inequality means ending ‘global pandemic’ of violence against women
Until women and girls can live free of fear, violence and insecurity, the world cannot pride itself on being fair and equal, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Monday, commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marked annually on 25 November. “At its core, violence against women and girls in all its forms is the manifestation of a profound lack of respect­ ­– a failure by men to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women,” Mr. Guterres said at a special event at UN Headquarters observing the Day, which highlights that violence against women is as serious cause of death and incapacity as cancer, among women of reproductive age.  UN

Judge bars Trump from refusing asylum to immigrants
A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Donald Trump issued the ban this month in response to the caravans of migrants that have started to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump issued a proclamation on Nov. 9 that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Tiger is a libeal fool.

Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ on track to be 2018’s top seller
Michelle Obama might just have sewn up the nomination for the best-selling book of the year. That’s despite the fact that “Becoming,” the ex-first lady’s memoir, wasn’t released until Nov. 13. On day one, “Becoming” sold 725,000 copies across all platforms, which includes the hardcover, digital and audio editions, according to the Crown imprint of Penguin Random House. Crown said it had debuted with a first printing of 1.8 million copies and that it has already gone back for 800,000 more, pushing copies in print to 2.6 million.  New York Post
VOA VIEW: Foolish book that few want to read.

Energy companies lose $1 trillion in value as crude price plummets
The oil and gas sector worldwide lost about $1 trillion in value during a 40-day period that began in early early October and culminated last week with a record 12th straight day of oil price declines — including the worst single-day drop in three years. Crude prices in New York commodity markets slid more that 25 percent during that period, from a recent peak above $76 a barrel to less than $56, and took oil and gas stock prices with them. Energy stocks included in the S&P 500 Index shed nearly $240 billion in value during those 40 days; Exxon Mobil shareholders alone lost almost $35 billion on Wall Street.  Houston Chronicle

Mueller maintains that Trump’s controversial DOJ pick 'has no effect' on the special counsel's authority
As speculation swirls over whether Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker might try to rein in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Mueller’s team argued to a federal appeals court Monday that Whitaker’s appointment “has no effect” on the special counsel’s authority and that Mueller continues to have “the full power and independent authority to exercise all investigative and prosecutorial functions of any United States Attorney.” “Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s designation neither alters the Special Counsel’s authority to represent the United States nor raises any jurisdictional issue,” Mueller’s team wrote in a brief filed Monday. ABC

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Trump administration prepares to add Venezuela to list of state sponsors of terrorism
The Trump administration is preparing to add Venezuela to the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in what would be a dramatic escalation against the socialist government of Nicolás Maduro, according to U.S. officials and internal government emails. The list is reserved for governments accused of repeatedly providing “support for acts of international terrorism” and includes only Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Republican lawmakers led by Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) have pushed for the designation, citing Venezuela’s alleged ties to Lebanese Hezbollah, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and other groups. Republicans have long accused Venezuela of having ties to terrorist organizations. But experts have played down the threat and strength of those connections. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: It should have been done long ago.

North Korea blows up 10 guard posts to ease tensions with South
North Korea on Tuesday blew up some of its front-line guard posts as part of an agreement to ease tensions along its heavily fortified border with South Korea, Seoul’s Defense Ministry said. In September, the Koreas’ militaries agreed at a leaders’ summit in Pyongyang to eventually dismantle all guard posts inside the 248-kilometer (155-mile) -long, 4-kilometer (2.5-mile) -wide border. They later withdrew weapons and troops from 11 of their guard posts and decided to completely dismantle 10 of them by the end of November. Seoul’s Defense Ministry said it confirmed the dismantling of 10 North Korean guard posts on Tuesday. . USA Today

JBS USA recalls about 100,000 pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination
The nation's largest beef processor, JBS USA, is recalling nearly 100,000 pounds of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination. The ground beef, produced Oct. 24 at JBS USA-owned Swift Beef Co. in Hyrum, Utah, may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The E. coli strain can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after exposure. It can also cause kidney failure in children under 5 years old and older adults. Symptoms include easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. People with those symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. • Ground Beef 81/19 (81% lean) Coarse Grind bearing product code 42410. •USA Today

James Mattis, Donald Trump headed for showdown over military budget cut demands
U.S. military services on Monday began a process few expected under President Trump: finding programs they’re willing to sacrifice in the face of looming multibillion-dollar budget cuts demanded by the White House. Each of the military’s five branches delivered their first preliminary spending plans for fiscal year 2020 to Defense Department officials on Monday. While the documents are fluid, they represent the Pentagon’s first stab at finding ways to pare its budget from this year’s original projection of $733 billion to $700 billion, a 2.3 percent drop from FY2019 levels that insiders say was completely unexpected by the military brass until just weeks ago.  Washington Times

House forester Rep. Bruce Westerman hits Senate Democrats for blocking forest-management bills
As catastrophic wildfires cut a deadly swath through California, President Trump has demanded more aggressive forest management — and as luck would have it, Rep. Bruce Westerman has a bill to do exactly that. What’s more, the Resilient Federal Forest Act of 2017 already has passed the House. The problem: The bill has almost no chance of being approved by the Senate, where it has languished for more than a year, thanks to opposition from Senate Democrats and anti-logging environmental groups. “I would give it very low odds of passing,” said Mr. Westerman, Arkansas Republican. For him, the bill’s likely failure is particularly disheartening, given what he knows about forests and fire — quite a lot, actually.  Washington Times

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