Sixty-nine percent of Democrats want the party's candidates to talk about defeating Trump, the CBS News Battleground Tracker poll finds CBS
VOA VIEW: Would be a smart move.
Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony. Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Hong Kong must end the matter.
NBC set the lineup for its two-night debate of 2020 presidential contenders later this month, with a top-heavy second session that will pit former Vice President Joe Biden onstage against 2016 Democratic runner-up, Bernie Sanders, the youthful Mayor Pete Buttigieg and California Sen. Kamala Harris.... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Boring debates.


Marijuana has been shown to help ease pain and a few other health problems, yet two-thirds of U.S. states have decided pot should be legal to treat many other conditions with little scientific backing ... Las Vegas Sun
President Trump needled the “never Trumpers” on the fourth anniversary of him and First Lady Melania Trump descending the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his bid for the presidency. The video posted on his Twitter page begins with “The Simpsons” send up of Trump launching his campaign on June 16, 2015. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Never Trumpers' are at a loss.
The Federal Aviation Administration should require that all helicopters be outfitted with the same sort of “black boxes” that record flight information and cockpit conversations in commercial airplanes, US Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday. Schumer (D-New York) cited last week’s deadly crash of a chopper atop a Midtown Manhattan office building as a key reason... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Obsessive behavior.
The topic is one of the most divisive issues before the State Legislature this year, and Democrats worry it could endanger them politically. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose big.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution explicitly states that "no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice."        USA Today
VOA VIEW: It may be a good thing - though not possible.
A Morristown woman pleaded guilty to conspiring with an Iranian national to smuggle airplane components worth an estimated $2 million to Iran.        USA Today


Mizkan America, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall multiple flavors of its pasta sauces that may contain fragments of plastic. ABC
VOA VIEW: Be careful.
The Trump campaign is cutting ties with some of its pollsters after data was leaked and first reported by ABC that showed the president losing in key battleground states. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberals may be involved.
Mr Netanyahu said the move honoured the US president for recognising Israel's sovereignty over Golan. BBC
The New York Times reported that Pentagon and intelligence officials avoid giving the president detailed briefings on measures against Russia because they fear he may compromise information CBS
VOA VIEW: The facts are part of fake news.

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Last week, the U.S. accused the Iranian government of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, an important waterway near the Arabian Peninsula CBS
With uncertainty keeping a lid on U.S. stocks, Ed Clissold of Ned Davis Research says the rest of 2019 is likely to be a "choppy," but somewhat opportunistic, ride for investors. CNBC
In the survey, 66% of Democratic primary voters say they'd be enthusiastic or comfortable about Biden as their nominee to take on President Trump in the 2020 election. Just 32% express reservations. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Biden cannot beat Trump.


Former late night host and 9/11 first responders advocate Jon Stewart said Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never been compassionate in his congressional dealings when it comes to passing health care packages for first responders. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
President Donald Trump's national security team is expected to discuss in detail this week whether to send additional US military force to the Middle East in the wake of last week's attack on two oil tankers, according to two US officials with direct knowledge of the discussions. CNN
VOA VIEW: Iran is a problem not must be neutralized.
Undaunted by a journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic privation and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the United States in unprecedented numbers. FOX News
VOA VIEW: A problems that must be eliminated.
Huawei's American chip suppliers, including Qualcomm and Intel, are quietly pressing the U.S. government to ease its ban on sales to the Chinese tech giant, even as Huawei itself avoids typical government lobbying, people familiar with the situation said. Reuters
The United States does not want to go to war with Iran but will take every action necessary, including diplomacy, to guarantee safe navigation through vital shipping lanes in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday. Reuters

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Guatemalans on Sunday began voting for a new president, who will face the challenge of curbing drug gang violence that has convulsed the country and helped spur illegal immigration to the United States, fueling tensions with President Donald Trump. Reuters
Houthi rebels in Yemen recently shot down a U.S. government-operated drone with assistance from Iran, the U.S. military said in a statement on Sunday. Reuters
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, condemned on Sunday the attack that took place on Saturday in Wajir County, Kenya, in which at least eight police officers were killed when their car struck an improvised explosive device (IED), and the car bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which at least eight people were killed.  UN News

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is willing to take necessary measures against Iran to ensure safe passage in the Strait of Hormuz. UPI
VOA VIEW: You can be assured that Trump will protect this nation.
U.S. President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the family of a Japanese citizen abducted to North Korea, less than a month after meeting with them in May. UPI

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June 17, 2019

        O'Rourke is an idiot - he attempting to gain black votes at the expense of causing a rift between blacks and whites.  Beto O'Rourke took a path somewhat less traveled on Friday, meeting with a small group representing a community of slave descendants in South Carolina as he strives to make connections with the black voters who will play a dominant role in next year's Southern presidential primaries.

      In a Baptist church in Beaufort, the Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman met with leaders of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, a culture of coastal slave descendants whose separation from the mainland allowed them to retain much of their African heritage, including a unique dialect and skills such as cast-net fishing and basket weaving.

     O'Rourke, addressing questions on topics including health care, housing affordability and education, acknowledged what he identified as his own struggle with not knowing enough about the history of slavery in the United States and its ongoing ramifications.