Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has died in Singapore. He was 95. Mugabe enjoyed strong support among the ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Finally!
The Trump administration hatched a plan to combat bad headlines about US food practices, including infamous “chlorinated chickens,” by taking “influential” British journalists on tours of American farmland. The US Embassy in London published a notice this summer seeking a vendor to take five “skeptical” UK journalists on a five- to seven-day excursion... New York Post
Fed Chair Jerome Powell said Friday he does not foresee a US recession in the near future, despite recent warnings by economists about an impending downturn. “Our main expectation is not at all that there will be a recession,” Powell said during a forum on monetary policy at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. “I... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Powell may be coming around.


Two options administration officials will consider next week would all but end the United States’ status as one of the leading places accepting refugees from around the world. New York Times
The investigation escalates a standoff between President Trump, California and the auto industry over one of his most significant rollbacks of climate regulations. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals need investigating.
India lost contact with a spacecraft it was attempting to land on the moon on Saturday, the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said, in a setback to the nation's ambitious plans to become the first country to probe the unexplored lunar south pole. Rueters
Joe Biden says his slip ups are innocuous mistakes that simply don’t matter. It’s an argument that seems to be good enough for voters.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Biden is an idiot.
The campaigns of President Trump and Joe Walsh, who is challenging Trump for the GOP nomination, had both begun fundraising off of a week-long controversy over an altered Hurricane Dorian forecast map Trump displayed Wednesday. Then, later Friday, NOAA put out a statement seeking to bolster Trump.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Walsh is wasting his time.
How President Trump's idea of a potential payroll tax cut could affect your Social Security.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Foolish liberal propaganda.


The worst can happen again. Democrats are embarking on a messy primary, Biden is a ripe Trump target, and any 3rd-party candidate could be a spoiler.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Basically, those who put Trump down, are fools.
One of the gun-rights lobby's staunchest defenders in Texas is bucking the National Rifle Association on background checks after a West Texas shooting rampage killed seven people. The NRA pushed back Friday in a rare moment of the nation's most powerful gun-rights group slapping down a key ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The NRA is far from dead.
Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke's campaign manager pressed Facebook, Twitter and Google on Friday to do more to stop the spread of online disinformation, raising concerns after scrambling this week to counter unsubstantiated internet postings that claimed one of the candidate's supporters was responsible for a recent deadly mass shooting. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: O'Rourke is more and more foolish.
A third person has died and a fourth is under investigation, due to a vaping-related lung illness, the CDC said. ABC
VOA VIEW: A major problem.

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More than 500 homes and 1,200 residents had to be evacuated as the brush fire ripped through the hills overnight Wednesday. ABC
US employers added a modest 130,000 jobs in August, boosted by Census hiring ABC
VOA VIEW: The hiring will slow down and the unemployment rate drops.
Mexico says the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has fallen by 56 percent since an agreement with U.S. officials three months ago to reduce the flow ABC
VOA VIEW: Good for the US.


Labour and other parties vow to block mid-October election, as Lords pass anti-no-deal Brexit bill. BBC
The CDC is urging people to consider not using e-cigarette products as it investigates why some users have developed serious illnesses. Officials have identified 450 possible cases nationwide. Dr. Jon LaPook reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Bad news.
Tyson buys into plant-based shrimp, a Kellogg's unit sells "Incogmeato" and even the maker of Spam is touting fake meat CBS
Shares of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac slumped on Friday amid disappointment over a long-awaited U.S. Treasury Department plan to begin recapitalizing the mortgage giants and return them to private control after their bailout in 2008. CNBC
On Friday, Apple said in a sharply worded statement that the attacks identified by Google were through websites targeted toward Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic minority in China. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The giants are at odds.

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Republican officials in multiple states are on the verge of canceling their 2020 presidential primary elections in a show of support for President Donald Trump, even as some GOP candidates plan to challenge him. CNN
VOA VIEW: It would be wise to support Trump.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says Donald Trump won the presidency because Americans wanted a "disruptor." CNN
The Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee voted to remove "virtual caucusing" from Iowa's and Nevada's 2020 caucus plans on Friday, giving the states about two weeks to form an alternative proposal. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Dems got caught trying to cheat.

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Long-simmering tensions between top figures on President Donald Trump's national security team have devolved into all-out hostility, creating a deep disconnect between staffers on the National Security Council, led by John Bolton, and the rest of the administration, six people familiar with the matter said. CNN
VOA VIEW: Bet on Pompeo.
A California sheriff is calling for immigration reform in his state after he says sanctuary city policies freed a violent illegal immigrant who went on to shoot a police officer and lead cops on a wild, high-speed chase. FOX News
VOA VIEW: It''s good to see someone who will stand up tall.
Hurricane Dorian’s weakened – but still dangerous winds - battered into North Carolina’s Outer Banks early Friday as it made U.S. landfall. FOX News
The IDF International Media Spokesperson Jonathan Conricus tweeted that "most of the international media will probably report: 'Israeli military strikes Gaza.' Go figure the logic behind that." Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Mess with Israel and endure the circumstances.
Netanyahu: some Arab countries don’t care about the dead lock in the Palestinian issue, are looking for defense & security cooperation with Israel. Jerusalem Post
The 34 people killed when a dive boat caught fire and sank off the California coast likely died from smoke inhalation and may have been dead before flames consumed their bunk area, the local sheriff said on Friday. Reuters
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday the United States wants "near term" results from U.S.-China trade talks in September and October but cautioned that the trade conflict could take years to resolve. Reuters
VOA VIEW: At least there is a start.
The U.S. Federal Reserve will continue to act "as appropriate" to sustain the economic expansion in the world's biggest economy, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said Friday in Zurich, sticking to a phrase that financial markets have read as signaling further interest-rate reductions ahead. Reuters
The Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into an environmental agreement between California and four major automakers. UPI
The U.S. Navy announced the test launch of unarmed Trident II missiles from the USS Nebraska on Friday as part of scheduled missile test flights during a Commander Evaluation Test. UPI
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she's leading a coalition of several states that will investigate social media giant Facebook for possible antitrust violations. UPI

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