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Over 300 'Predator Priests' In Pennsylvania Accused Of Abuse
More than 1,000 children -- and possibly many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday. The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!

Trump's 'That Dog' Attack On Omarosa Is Latest Insult
President Trump on Tuesday added his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, to the growing list of African-Americans he has publicly denigrated on Twitter, calling her “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife” in the wake of her allegations against him of mental deterioration and racism. Even for a president who consistently takes to Twitter to assail his adversaries, the morning tweet about Ms. Manigault Newman was a remarkably crude use of the presidential bully pulpit to disparage a minority woman who once served at the highest levels in his White House. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Kind words - Omarosa is an idiot.

Car Crashes Outside UK Parliament In Suspected Terror Attack
A car crashed into barriers outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning in a suspected terrorist attack, injuring several people just yards away from the site of an attack last year. Police said the driver, a 29-year-old U.K. national, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terrorist offenses. WSJ

Paul Manafort's Defense Rests Without Calling Any Witnesses
The defense in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s tax and fraud trial has rested its case without calling any witnesses. Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, rested his case Tuesday morning. The decision not to have Manafort testify came after Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a defense motion to dismiss the government’s case on the theory that it failed to meet its burden of proof. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Smart or bad tactic - time will tell.

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Trump's 'That Dog' Attack On Omarosa Is Latest Insult
President Trump on Tuesday added his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, to the growing list of African-Americans he has publicly denigrated on Twitter, calling her “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife” in the wake of her allegations against him of mental deterioration and racism. Even for a president who consistently takes to Twitter to assail his adversaries, the morning tweet about Ms. Manigault Newman was a remarkably crude use of the presidential bully pulpit to disparage a minority woman who once served at the highest levels in his White House. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Kind words - Omarosa is an idiot.

Car Crashes Outside UK Parliament In Suspected Terror Attack
A car crashed into barriers outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning in a suspected terrorist attack, injuring several people just yards away from the site of an attack last year. Police said the driver, a 29-year-old U.K. national, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terrorist offenses. WSJ

Paul Manafort's Defense Rests Without Calling Any Witnesses
The defense in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s tax and fraud trial has rested its case without calling any witnesses. Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, rested his case Tuesday morning. The decision not to have Manafort testify came after Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a defense motion to dismiss the government’s case on the theory that it failed to meet its burden of proof. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Smart or bad tactic - time will tell.

Kavanaugh Getting Confirmation Help From Senate 'Sherpa' Jon Kyl
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is getting help from an old Senate hand as he seeks to navigate the chamber ahead of his confirmation hearing -- tapping into a long tradition of nominees using “sherpas” to find their way. The Senate is moving swiftly to consider Kavanaugh's nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired last month. Hearings are set to kick off right after Labor Day. Fox

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Trump's Endorsements: Loyalists, Rising Stars And Safe Bets He's Picked
President Trump has bucked the tradition set by previous presidents by endorsing many candidates during primary season, adding his influence to races while Republicans are still facing off against other Republicans. He has picked candidates he sees as the most electable, or the most loyal, or the ones preferred by Republican leaders in Congress. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

Ted Cruz, Beta O'Rourke Woo Voters In Battleground North Texas
Cruz, the incumbent Republican, was at The Pantry in McKinney and Babe's Chicken House in Arlington, holding classic retail meet and greets, urging conservatives to support his re-election bid and stem the predicted blue wave that propel Democrats and his rival. O'Rourke was hosting big town hall meetings in Richardson and DeSoto, areas that offer him opportunities to woo persuadable voters, while mining the traditional Democratic base. His morning town hall in Richardson drew an estimated crowd of 2,500, with attendees spilling into overflow rooms. Dallas News

Pence Calls For Continued Support Of Republicans In Congress
Vice President Mike Pence has asked Americans to support Republican leaders who stand behind the Trump Administration. Pence highlighted the administration's successes and encouraged voters to "tell your friends about what we've done" at an event Tuesday in Cincinnati.

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Over 300 'Predator Priests' In Pennsylvania Accused Of Abuse
More than 1,000 children -- and possibly many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday. The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!

Trump Wreaking Havoc On Republican Governor Primaries
Throughout late 2017, national Republicans had a deep-seated fear President Donald Trump would put their party’s majority in the U.S. Senate at risk. After the failure of the party’s Obamacare repeal efforts, Trump was feuding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Recently ousted White House strategist Steve Bannon was preparing a political insurrection, threatening to mount and fund primary challenges to every incumbent Republican senator, save for Ted Cruz of Texas. Huff Post

Replacements For Ryan Emerge In Wisconsin, As 4 States Settle Primaries
Voters in Wisconsin determined which candidates will be on the ballot to replace retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan as four states held primary elections Wednesday. Businessman Bryan Steil, who was endorsed by Ryan, won the six-way race with about 50 percent of the vote and will face off against Democrat Randy Bryce who handily defeated his opponent Cathy Myers. UPI

Earthquake: 4.4 Quake Strikes Inland Empire Region
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was 19 miles from Valle Vista, 19 miles from East Hemet, 19 miles from Temecula and 97 miles from Mexicali, Mexico. The quake was felt across the Inland Empire as well as northern San Diego County, the USGS said. In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. LA Times

Monica Lewinsky On 'Slow Burn': The Thrilling Hit Podcast Rips Into The Scandal
A young woman is waiting to have lunch with her friend in the food court of a shopping mall. Suddenly, a pair of FBI agents descend, telling her that she is in deep trouble, and ask her to come to a nearby hotel room. Waiting in the room are two other men who tell the woman that the crimes she has committed are so serious they could land her with a 27-year jail sentence. But she can make things turn out much better for herself. All she has to do is take part in an undercover operation to catch the criminal they’re really after: the president of the United States. Guardian

Republican Politicians Can No Longer Count On Support Of Their Families
The Republican party is increasingly alienating younger voters, older voters and voters in the suburbs. But there is one constituency turning against GOP lawmakers that they must be especially disappointed about losing: their own family members. On Monday, Bobby Goodlatte, a Virginia-based designer, announced he had donated the maximum amount to Jennifer Lewis, the Democrat running in Virginia’s sixth congressional district. He also claimed he persuaded five others to do the same. Guardian

Less Than Half Of Female Millennials Identify As Feminists
Less than half of millennial women said they think of themselves as feminists, according to a new poll released Tuesday. CBS News released the poll that found 46 percent of American women aged 18-35 identified as feminists with only 34 percent of women over the age of 35 identifying the same way. The results were split along party lines with 63 percent of millennials who identify as Democrats surveyed saying they associated themselves with the term and only 29 percent of Republican millennial respondents saying the same. Forty-eight percent of those that identified as independents said they felt they were feminists. Hill
VOA VIEW: Great news.

Rand Paul: 'It's Naive' To Expect Russians To Admit To Election
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Tuesday that Russian officials refused to acknowledge interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign during his recent trip to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, which was encouraged by President Donald Trump. But Paul, a top Trump ally, called hopes that Russia would eventually admit to election meddling "naive" and said the U.S. should cease expecting a diplomatic confession from Russian President Vladimir Putin or members of his government. Houston Chronicle

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders's Stunning Non-Denial That Trump Used N-Word
The person who speaks for the president on Tuesday declined to vouch for him. Asked whether there is a tape anywhere of Donald Trump using the n-word, as former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has claimed, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointedly and repeatedly declined to rule it out. At one point she even said, “I can’t guarantee anything.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: No one can say what someone else said or didn't say at any time.

Omarosa: Trump Knew WikiLeaks Had Clinton Emails
Manigault Newman spoke to The Associated Press hours after the president’s campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against the former aide alleging she broke a secrecy agreement. In an interview with AP, Manigault Newman said she believes the action was intended to keep her from telling her story. She says she “will not be intimidated.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Omerosa talks and very few believe what she says.

Trump Campaign Files For Arbitration Against Omarosa
Donald Trump's presidential campaign has filed for arbitration proceedings against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman after she released a tell-all book from her time on the president's 2016 campaign and in the White House. The move is the latest escalation between the former "Apprentice" star and the president, who has labeled Manigualt Newman "wacky," "deranged" and a "dog" in posts to his Twitter account this week. Politico

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12 Weeks To Election Day As 4 More States Hold Primaries For Congress
With less than three months until the mid-term elections for the U.S. House and Senate, four more states hold primaries today for the Congress, but the roster of races is unlikely to produce the news associated with last week’s tight race in a special U.S. House election in Ohio, which amplified questions about whether the GOP can maintain control of Capitol Hill after November. AJC

Transgender Candidate For Governor Wins Vermont Primary
A former energy company executive from Vermont has come a step closer to becoming the nation's first transgender governor. Christine Hallquist swept to victory in Tuesday’s crowded gubernatorial primary, besting three other Democrats — including a 14-year-old boy — to become the party’s nominee. She is the first trans person to win a major party’s nomination for governor. NBC
VOA VIEW: Contrary to the liberal media, Republicans should win in November.

Pennsylvania Priests Hid Sex Abuse "For Decades"
After a two-year investigation, a Pennsylvania grand jury Tuesday alleged decades of abuse of children by more than 300 men described as "predator priests." It relays the accounts of more than 1,000 children, but said there are likely thousands of other victims. The report says church leaders protected the priests in a cover up that went all the way to the Vatican. CBS

Twitter Suspends Alex Jones For One Week
Twitter has suspended far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform for one week. The news was first shared by an InfoWars personality, who tweeted a screenshot of Jones' Twitter account -- indicating the company limited some of Jones' account features temporarily. A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot. The spokesperson said the content which prompted Twitter to suspend Jones was a video published Tuesday in which he said, "now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag." CNN
VOA VIEW: A lesson not to push the envelope.

On Politics Today: Worst 'Apprentice' Episode Ever
Omarosa Manigault Newman may have written a book, but it's her newest reality-TV role that's really making headlines. The former White House aide came to fame as the woman whom people loved to hate on "The Apprentice." Now the controversial figure has taken her act to cable and network news to promote her book "Unhinged" about her time in the White House and in the process has made some bold accusations (thus far, without proof) against her old boss, President Donald Trump. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Omarosa is an idiot.

Podcasts Take Shifting Role In Media Landscape
Podcast ad revenues doubled in 2017 to $313 million, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). That is far less than the estimated $14 billion in radio ad revenues for 2016, but podcasting is showing strong growth — likely to double again by 2020 according to the PwC/IAB report. Google

Why California Is Fending Off Election Attacks Without D.C.
California election officials are guarding their voting machines and registration lists against Russian hackers — although no one has spotted any. “I operate under the assumption that hacking is actually happening and California is a target,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla says. Mercury

Tinder And Match Group Were Poor Match From The Beginning
The legal dispute between Tinder and parent company Match Group is new, but the bad blood between key figures at the two companies apparently isn't. Three of Tinder's cofounders, along with a group of current and former key employees, believe that the management of Match Group and its corporate parent, IAC, have repeatedly reneged on formal agreements and shorted them of money and ownership since the founding of the dating-app company in 2012, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday. Business Insider

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How 3 Conspiracy Theorists Took 'Q' And Sparked Qanon
David Reinert holds a large "Q" sign while waiting to see President Donald Trump at a rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 2, 2018. "Q" represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at recent rallies. In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded together and plucked out of obscurity an anonymous and cryptic post from the many conspiracy theories that populated the website's message board. NBC

Facebook Threatens Media: 'Work With Us Or Die'
Campbell Brown, Facebook's global head of news partnerships, is said to have told a group of Australian media executives that their businesses would die without their help, and that Mark Zuckerberg "doesn't care" about publishers. According to The Australian, as part of a four-hour closed-door meeting with Ms Brown, the top exec for the social media giant said: "We will help you revitalise journalism … in a few years the reverse looks like I’ll be holding your hands with your dying ­business like in a hospice." Sun UK
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be regulated ASAP - they are too big.

With Little Fanfare, Trump And McConnell Reshape Nation's Circuit Courts
As the Senate moves toward confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are leading a lower-key yet deeply consequential charge to remake the entire federal judiciary. The Senate will return Wednesday from an abbreviated summer recess to confirm two more federal appeals court judges by the end of the week. Washington Post

Can Trump Use NDA To Prevent WH Staffers Like Omarosa From Criticizing Him?
This may be news to some, even some in the highest echelons of our government, but government employees are public servants. Let me repeat — they are hired to serve the public, even if it doesn’t always seem like it. They are also paid with public funds. And therefore, barring national security or significant privacy concerns, government employees should be able to tell the public — who they work for — about their service in government. NBC
VOA VIEW: Contract law is binding - if done right.

Archbishop Defends Himself Amid Critical Report
A Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse faults Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh, over his handling of abusive priests. The report says Wuerl approved transfers for priests instead of removing them from ministry, oversaw inadequate church investigations and concealed information when priests were reported to law enforcement. The report also says he advised parishes not to publicly announce or acknowledge complaints, and offered financial support to priests who were accused and later resigned. Yahoo

Uber Hires Former NSA Counsel As New Security Head
Uber has hired a new chief security officer, the New York Times reports, filling the role that has remained vacant since Joe Sullivan was fired last year. Sullivan was fired for his role in covering up a data breach that exposed the personal info of around 57 million Uber customers and drivers. Instead of reporting the breach, Uber paid the hackers that stole the information $100,000 to delete the data. Matt Olsen, former general counsel of the National Security Agency and former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, stepped in to help the company structure its security processes following the disclosure and he has now been named as its new chief security officer. Engadget

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