As he called 911 to report an attack on Jussie Smollett, the actor’s manager raised concern that the assailants had put a noose around Smollett’s neck, according to the recordings released by city officials Wednesday evening. "I just think he's startled," the manager said of the “Empire” actor... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Smollett should be in jail.
Ten billion here, ten billion there: President Donald Trump's escalating tariffs on imports to the United States have begun to amount to serious money — and potentially to imperil one of the most resilient economies in American history. Until now, the economy has largely shrugged off damage from... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Tariff hurt all involved, but the US will prevail.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday reaffirmed his staunch denial that his government meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, adding that ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: So it is said by Putin.


Some of the world’s largest car manufacturers have delivered a unified message to President Trump: go back to the negotiating table on vehicle emission standards or risk crippling their industry. Seventeen major automakers, including General Motors, Ford, BMW and Toyota, wrote in a letter released... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Self interest instead of America First.
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke last weekend at the California state Democratic Party convention, she was greeted with cries of “Impeach! Impeach!” from the crowd. The reality, however, is far different: Among House Democrats, a majority do not currently support even opening a formal impeachment... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Mayor Bill de Blasio argued that Democrats are talking too much about impeaching President Donald Trump — and not enough about working class issues — during his first appearance as a presidential candidate on Fox News Thursday. “I think there’s too much talk about impeachment,” he told the cable network’s Washington, DC, anchor New York Post
VOA VIEW: De Blasio makes sense, for once.
Leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang were charged Thursday with directing killings and drug smuggling from within California’s most secure prisons, U.S. prosecutors said. The charges detail five slayings and accuse an attorney of helping smuggle drugs and cellphones to aid the white supremacist gang. A total of 16 Aryan Brotherhood... New York Post
Rudy Giuliani suggested Thursday that he would leave Team Trump after finishing “cleanup” from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — only to reverse course later in the day. Giuliani told the Washington Examiner he’d been “pretty busy” juggling his own projects while working for free for Trump. The former New York mayor, who joined... New York Post
In a letter signed by 17 industry giants including Ford, General Motors and Toyota, the firms asked Mr. Trump to go back to the negotiating table. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought to preserve personal interests.


Diplomats on both sides of the border and immigration experts say Mexico could step up enforcement but cannot completely stop all immigration into the United States. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good, but Mexico must give up or lose much.
U.S. congressional Democrats moved closer on Thursday to suing in federal court for access to the unredacted Mueller report on Russian election meddling, and its underlying evidence, taking a step bound to intensify their clash with President Donald Trump. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems are acting like the fools they are.
Vice President Mike Pence said on Thursday he was encouraged that Mexican officials were willing to do more to curb migration flows to the United States but it was up to President Donald Trump to decide if they went far enough to avert threatened tariffs. Rueters
Vice President Mike Pence dropped in Thursday on the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he toured a maker of packaging robots and urged Congress to pass a new trade pact with Canada and Mexico to benefit Pennsylvania’s manufacturing sector. Pence predicted the trade pact would increase the more than $14 […] Seattle Times

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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar violated state rules when she used campaign funds to pay for personal out-of-state travel and help on her tax returns and must reimburse her former campaign committee nearly $3,500, Minnesota campaign finance officials ruled Thursday. The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board said the first-term […] Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Omar has be caught and there is more.
Boston can't stop a "Straight Pride Parade" from taking place just because people disagree with the organizers' cause, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: As it should be - there has to be equality and balance.
The Democratic chairman of a key congressional committee says he will take steps to block President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on Mexico.         USA Today


Carlos Maza has accused YouTube of viewing LGBT creators as “props” in its effort to appear tolerant and sensitive. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: There has to be fairness and LGBT does not like it.
President Trump is not trying to tear apart the European Union. He is also not bent on abandoning any of the big multinational institutions — NATO, the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization and others — that the U.S. built up ... Washington Times
One West Point cadet was killed and 21 others were injured in a summer training accident at West Point on Thursday. ABC
An inspector general report released Thursday shows ICE failed to meet government standards for housing detainees at multiple facilities last year. ABC
VOA VIEW: ICE is being portrayed in a bad light.
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to allow phone providers to block illegal and unwanted calls before they reach consumers. ABC

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Mexican officials said the government is cracking down on illegal immigration, but President Trump says more needs to be done or the U.S. will slap tariffs on Mexican exports. Weijia Jiang reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump is playing his hand right.
Cities along the Gulf Coast have been getting hammered by rain - up to a month’s worth in some places over the past 24 hours. In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a man drowned in his car after it stalled and sank on a flooded road. Mireya Villarreal reports from Louisiana. CBS
While marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, President Trump honored the men who fought and died in Normandy. He also paid tribute to those who fought alongside Americans. Paula Reid reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump acted like a President.

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Business leaders in South Texas are worried about managing the impact of a new 5% tariff on all Mexican imports. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal ranting.
A Utah man has been arrested on accusations he threatened to kill members of Congress during a three-year stretch with more than 2,000 phone calls to the U.S. Capitol. CNBC
Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to return to Iowa next Tuesday, marking his second trip to the key caucus state since formally declaring a 2020 run. He may bump into President Donald Trump who also plans to visit the state that day. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden will lose.
A Senate committee is delaying the confirmation of President Donald Trump's pick to run the Federal Aviation Administration to look into claims made about the nominee, Stephen Dickson, in a whistleblower lawsuit. CNBC
President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has fired his lawyers who arranged a 2017 plea deal that helped set the tone for others to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. CNN
During an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump said former special counsel Robert Mueller made "such a fool" out of himself when he delivered his first and only public statement about the Russia investigation. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump would be wise to watch is words, even if true.
At a frank meeting this week, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler again lobbied to win Speaker Nancy Pelosi's support for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. CNN
VOA VIEW: Nadler is a whining fool.
The federal government is opening a new mass facility to hold migrant children in Texas and considering detaining hundreds more youths on three military bases around the country, adding a total of 3,000 new beds to the already overtaxed system. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Thanks to Dems.
The top commander of U.S. forces in the Mideast says Iran appears to have decided to "step back and recalculate" in response to a U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf area. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Iran would be wise to back off.
Mexican and U.S. officials held a second day of talks on trade and migration on Thursday, with markets rebounding on optimism a deal could be close, although it was unclear if Mexican pledges to curb migration flows were enough to persuade the Trump administration to postpone tariffs. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Mexico has to make a deal.
Mexico will deploy its national guard to its southern border with Guatemala, the Mexican foreign minister said on Thursday, as part of the country's bid to stem Central American migration that has drawn U.S. President Donald Trump's ire. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Smart move.
The Mexican peso could sink next week to its lowest point of the year if U.S. President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to slap Mexican imports with tariffs, according to a Reuters poll of analysts and traders. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Mexico will back down.
The House is preparing to vote on a resolution that would strengthen the ability of committees to enforce their subpoenas. UPI
VOA VIEW: The Dems are fools.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill granting funds to Puerto Rico, farmers and rural areas. UPI
The federal government took rare action this week on a subject that's typically relegated mostly to Internet forums and conspiracy circles -- the existence of Bigfoot. UPI

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