NEWS     FRIDAY,  JULY  20, 2018    NEWS

Washington To Trump: Don't Grant Russians Access To Americans
The White House said on Thursday that it has ruled out making a former diplomat or other Americans available to Russian interrogators following a wave of criticism of that idea. It was the latest in a series of reversals since President Trump's summit on Monday with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki. NPR
VOA VIEW: Giving Americans to Russian was liberal hype.

Trump Says He's Not Happy About Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increases
President Donald Trump said Thursday he hoped the Federal Reserve would stop raising interest rates, delivering an unusual censure of the central bank. “I am not happy about it,” Mr. Trump said about interest-rate increases during an interview conducted Thursday by CNBC. WSJ

WH Urged To Give Full Account Of Trump's Private Talks With Putin
The White House was under growing pressure on Thursday to provide a full account of Donald Trump’s private talks earlier this week with Vladimir Putin, as Russian officials spoke of “important verbal agreements” made. As some Democrats went as far as to push for the US translator in the room during Monday’s summit in Helsinki to give an account to Congress, Putin on Thursday hailed the meeting as a “success”. Guardian
VOA VIEW: The WH does not have to listen to Democrats.

Olympic Figure Skater Denis Ten Dies After Being Stabbed In Kazakhstan
Olympic figure skater Denis Ten died Thursday after reportedly being attacked in Almaty, Kazakhstan, by two men attempting a car robbery. According to multiple reports, the 25-year-old Kazakh native was knifed during an altercation with the men, who had been trying to remove the mirrors from his car. Huff Post

Republicans Block Move To Subpoena Interpreter From Trump-Putin Summit
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have blocked a move to subpoena the interpreter from the Helsinki summit to testify about the private talks between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The panel’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Thursday he wanted the State Department interpreter to appear in closed session, saying Congress must “find out what was said” during the two-hour meeting. Bing
VOA VIEW: Schiff is an idiot.

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Zuckerberg Looks To 'Clear Up' Stance On Facebook, Fake News And The Holocaust
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clarifying remarks he made about whether his platform should remove content posted by Holocaust deniers, saying he wasn't defending them when he commented that it was hard to know their intentions. His initial comments set off intense criticism earlier this week. NPR
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be regulated ASAP.

Disney Prevails In Hunt For Fox As Comcast Drops Bid
It has been an epic clash of media titans worthy of a blockbuster movie itself like, say, the X-Men — notably a property of 21st Century Fox. And as with any blockbuster franchise, there are already sequels lined up. The broadband, cable and entertainment giant Comcast announced Thursday that it would withdraw from the field, conceding defeat in its audacious bidding war for most of the entertainment assets of Fox, controlled by the Murdoch family. NPR
VOA VIEW: There should be no media giant, giant.

DNI Dan Coats Speaks Says He Doesn't Know What Happened In Trump-Putin Meeting
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said he still doesn't know what happened in the one-on-one meeting between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday. Coats made those comments in a revealing interview with NBC's Andrea Mitchell at the Aspen Security Forum in Denver Thursday, three days after Mr. Trump's widely criticized meeting and press conference with Putin in which the president appeared to side with the Russian leader over his own intelligence community's assessment on Russian election meddling. CBS

Trump Invites Putin To Washington
President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, a daring rebuttal to the torrent of criticism in the United States over Trump's failure to publicly confront Putin at their first summit for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election. IB Times
VOA VIEW: A chance for Trump redemption.

Russia Says Agreements Were Discussed With Trump On Syria
Russian officials are saying the meeting in Helsinki between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin resulted in an agreement that includes cooperation between the two countries in Syria. Speaking at a news conference next to Trump on Monday, Putin said establishing peace and reconciliation "could be the first showcase example of the successful joint work. NPR
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - Putin is a con man and gangster.

Nearly 70% Of Republicans Approve Of Trump's Handling Of Helsinki
Less than a third of Americans approve of how President Donald Trump handled his summit Monday in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but almost 70 percent of Republicans think he did a good job, a new poll found. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Smart people are tired of liberal hype.

WH Struggles To Contain Politcal Outcry Over Summit
The White House struggled on Wednesday to contain a political outcry and confusion over U.S. President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, denying Trump ever meant to say that Moscow was no longer targeting the United States. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Liberal hype.

How A Suspected Russian Spy Used Guns, Sex And Billionaires To Peddle Influence
A woman charged with carrying out a years-long conspiracy to work covertly in the United States as a Russian agent was ordered to remain jailed by a federal magistrate judge ahead of her trial after prosecutors insisted she was a flight risk in a salacious 29-page court filing. Time

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Elizabeth Warren Slams Trump Nominee To Consumer Agency
Sen. Elizabeth Warren condemned President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for participating in the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that separated families who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Kathy Kraninger was appearing before the Senate Banking Committee for confirmation hearings Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, Warren will not bet reelected.

As President Elect, Trump Was Shown Classified Evidence Of Putin's Hand In 2016 Meddling
Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Putin, who had described to the CIA how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Says who.

Senior Army General Says He Is In The Dark About Trump-Putin Summit
A top commander of U.S. military operations in Syria said he wasn’t informed of any agreements President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached at their summit this week. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for the Middle East, said Thursday in a briefing with reporters that he had “no new guidance as a result of Helsinki,” the site of Monday’s summit. Syria was among the topics Messrs. WSJ

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DHS Secretary: It Would Be Foolish To Think Russia Isn't Still Targeting US
Amid questions about where President Trump stands on Russian efforts to target the U.S. in the 2016 election and beyond, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says Russia was "absolutely" attempting to interfere in the U.S. election systems in 2016 and that it would be "foolish" to think they aren't trying to do so again in 2018. CBS

Trump Says Real Enemy Of The People Is The Fake News Media
Trump calls 'fake news' media 'the real enemy of the people' over Putin summit  originally appeared on abcnews.go.com. President Donald Trump called the "fake news media" the "real enemy of the people" Thursday, tweeting that the summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week was “a great success.” Yahoo
VOA VIEW: There is no question that the fake news media is a major problem.

Kirstjen Nielsen Won't Say Whether Russian Meddling Favored Trump
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen on Thursday declined to explicitly say whether Russia's interference in the 2016 election favored Donald Trump and would not commit to reuniting nearly 2,500 migrant children with their parents by the court-ordered deadline. NBC

Senate Unanimously Opposes Russia Questioning US Officials
The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to Russia questioning any U.S. officials as Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested during Monday's summit. The resolution comes on the heels of growing concerns over the White House's initial willingness to agree to Putin's proposal. UPI

Top Dem Gave Millions To Groups Advocating For Taxing Families For Irresponsible Breeding
Scott Wallace, a liberal millionaire candidate running for Congress in Pennsylvania, has given millions of dollars to so-called population control groups. Such groups have advocated for taxing parents “to the hilt” for having more than two children, calling it “irresponsible breeding,” and said abortion is “a highly effective weapon” to combat overpopulation. Fox
VOA VIEW: Crazy!

McDonald's Faces Lawsuit Over Tainted Salads As Case Count Grows
Earlier this week, federal safety agencies reported that McDonald's customers in Illinois and Iowa experienced serious illness thanks to a foodborne parasite that contaminated the fast food chain's salads. Initial reports claimed that nearly 100 people were sick after eating salads containing cyclospora, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that more cases in new states—including Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota—has led McDonald's to pull all salads from menus in 14 different states where the lettuce supply chain is at risk. Yahoo

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Time Unveils Its Latest Cover: Faces Of Trump And Putin Morphed Into One
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have become one. So shows Time magazine’s cover for its July 30 print edition. The magazine unveiled the cover online Thursday via a 19-second animated GIF that starts with Trump’s face slowly morphing into Putin’s, then back to Trump’s, then ending with the face of a creepy Trump-Putin love child. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Time has become liberal garbage.

Microsoft Says It Stopped Cyberattacks On Three 2018 Congressional Candidates
Microsoft Corp. said it identified and stopped attempts to launch cyberattacks on three 2018 congressional candidates using a phony version of its website. The targets, who it didn’t identify, were “all people who because of their positions might have been interesting from an espionage standpoint, as well as an election disruption standpoint,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for customer security and trust, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Thursday. Time

Trump Appeals Court Nominee Yanked Over Racially Insensitive Writings
Senate Republican leaders on Thursday pulled the plug on one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees after lawmakers raised concerns about racially insensitive articles he wrote as a college student, marking the first time a Trump U.S. appeals court pick was not confirmed. Yahoo

European Stocks Mixed Amid Earnings And Trump Remarks About The Fed
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was flat with the different sectors and major bourses moving in opposite directions. Auto stocks were the worst-performers amid reports that the European Commission is preparing retaliatory tariffs in case the U.S. moves ahead with duties on European carmakers. Banking shares were also under pressure amid comments from President Trump that he was not “thrilled” about the policy the Fed has followed. CNBC

WH Looking To Fill Gap In Date Based Jobs With New Training Initiative
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday afternoon to unveil a "Pledge to America's Workers," a multi-tiered effort to train and prepare workers at all stages of their careers for the increase in data-based jobs. While nationwide unemployment is at a low 4%, the White House's new initiative is looking to help close a labor shortage employers are experiencing for jobs such as advanced manufacturing, many of which require computer and data training. Business Insider

John Kerry Says Trump-Putin News Conference Was Disgraceful And Dangerous
In an interview Thursday with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan, former Secretary of State John Kerry excoriated President Trump, slamming his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin as "one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an American president that anyone has ever witnessed." CBS
VOA VIEW: Kerry is an idiot.

WhatsApp Will Drastically Limit Forwarding Across The Globe To Stop The Spread Of Fake News, Following Violence In India And Myanmar
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is making changes it hopes will drastically curtail the ability of users to spread fake news via its social messaging service by making it harder for people to forward messages to very large groups. The social networking giant has come under intense criticism for the role its popular tools have played in amplifying violence, which has happened in Myanmar and also in India. Recode

FOSTA Sex Trafficking Law Becomes Center Of Debate About Tech Responsibility
A law meant to stop sex trafficking — lauded by Ivanka Trump, signed into law by her father in April, and championed by members of Congress who have been working for years to crack down on bad actors like Backpage.com — is now being challenged by tech company advocates and internet rights groups who say it violates the First Amendment. NBC

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Trump Now Disagrees With Putin's Incredible Offer For Access To Indicted Russians
The White House says President Trump "disagrees" with Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 election, in exchange for interviews of Americans the Kremlin accuses of unspecified crimes, including former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, whom the Kremlin accuses of committing crimes in Russia. CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump is very clear and the liberal media is off base.

North Koreans Skeptical Of Better Future, Unification
The increase in inter-Korea cooperation and exchange has not raised hopes among ordinary North Koreans their lives will improve, even in the event of national unification. A North Korean source in Pyongyang told Daily NK on Thursday North Koreans remain skeptical of their future despite months of inter-Korea reconciliation, cooperation and exchange. UPI

SoftBank's Vision Fund To Invest $1B In China AI Startup
SoftBank Group Corp's Vision Fund is seeking to invest almost $1 billion in SenseTime Group Ltd, a Chinese facial recognition technology developer, Bloomberg reported on Friday. The fund and SenseTime are finalizing the terms of the deal and the details could still change, Bloomberg reported. Business Insider

Melania Trump Listens To Students Talk About Online Civility
Melania Trump spent part of Thursday listening to more than a dozen teens talk about their best practices for being civil online. The first lady made the short trip to Microsoft's Innovation and Policy Center in Washington as part of a nationwide child well-being campaign she launched this year called "Be Best," which includes teaching children and youth to be good citizens online. Houston Chronicle

Hillary Clinton: Trump's Hesitation To Defend Ex Russian Ambassador 'Deeply Troubling'
Hillary Clinton chastised the White House on Thursday for not immediately ruling out Russia’s request to interrogate and prosecute former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. Russia has accused McFaul, along with investor Bill Browder, both of whom have been highly critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin, of committing crimes while in the country. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Hillary needs to hide and keep her mouth shut.

Hungary Joins US In Withdrawing From UN Global Migration Agreement
Hungary’s populist government announced this week that it is withdrawing from a U.N. global compact on migration, describing the agreement as “in conflict with common sense” and national security -- making it the second country after the U.S. to reject the compact. Fox

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House Dems See Record $15.2M Raised For Midterms
House Democrats raised more than $15 million last month -- the highest monthly amount so far this year -- for the November midterm elections. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the party's official campaign arm, said it raised $15.2 million in June. UPI
VOA VIEW: Not much to win.

Civil Rights Case By Cy-Fair Student Expelled After Sitting For Pledge Of Allegiance Gets Nod For Trial
A Katy teenager expelled last fall from Cy-Fair ISD for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance still doesn't have her diploma, but she said there’s good news afoot. A federal judge ruled that her family's lawsuit can proceed over allegations that her expulsion was racially driven and violated her constitutional rights. Houston Chronicle

Wall Street's Dangerous Addiction To Tech Stocks
Thanks largely to the seemingly inexorable rise in the mega-cap technology stocks, U.S. equities continue to drift higher relentlessly. Powering this trend are the stocks known under variations of "FANG" -- for Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Google parent Alphabet (GOOG). Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) are often included as well. CBS

Why Warren Buffet Lives Well Below His Means
We all know Warren Buffett is worth a heck of a lot more than you just spent on lunch. He could afford hundreds of homes if he wanted. Yet Buffett has continued to live in just one home--the five-bedroom, 2.5 bath property he bought in Omaha in 1958 for $31,500--even after amassing his wealth. Splurges, such as his private jet, are the exception, not the rule. And when it comes to being happy, that's probably one of the smartest choices Buffett's ever made, and not just because frugality means more money available to invest. Inc

Religious Adoption Agency Can't Exclude Gay Parents, Judge Rules
A federal judge on Friday ruled against a religious organization that refused to place foster children with gay families on religious grounds. Judge Petrese B. Tucker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled that the city of Philadelphia can require the foster and adoption agencies with which it contracts to abide by the city’s nondiscrimination policies. NBC
VOA VIEW: Who protects the children?

Colbert: 'Either Putin Has Something' On Trump......Or 'He's And Idiot'
Stephen Colbert was so shocked that Donald Trump is trying to invite Vladimir Putin to the White House, he staged an intervention on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” During his opening monologue Thursday, Colbert addressed Trump’s tweet in the wake of his Helsinki meeting with Putin in which Trump doubled down on supporting Russia. Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Colbert is a lying news hound.

North Korea Global Capital Of 'Modern Slavery' With 2.6 Million Forced
With some 2.6 million forced laborers, North Korea is world’s leading villain in modern day slavery, according to estimates in a new report. One in 10 people live under modern slavery in the secretive nation, with the “vast majority being forced to work by the state," according to the 2018 Global Index Survey. Eritrea and Burundi, which come in second and third on the list respectively, similarly have high rates of government-imposed labor. New York Daily

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