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NEWS     WEDNESDAY,  JULY  18, 2018    NEWS

Trump Says Has Confidence In US Agencies On Russia, 'Mispoke' In Helsinki
U.S. President Donald Trump, grappling with a torrent of criticism over his performance at a Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Tuesday he misspoke at their joint news conference and meant to say he saw no reason why it was not Russia that interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Trump cleared his missteps.

Obama: 'We Now Stand At A Crossroads'
Former President Barack Obama gave his first significant speech since he left the Oval Office on Tuesday, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. Speaking to a crowd of around 15,000 people at the 16th Nelson Mandela lAnnuaectur Le in Johannesburg, Obama called the South African political leader “one of history’s true giants” and someone whose “progressive, democratic vision” helped shape international policies. Time

Ryan Clashes With Trump Allies Over Rosenstein Impeachment
A long-simmering rift between Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump’s top Hill allies is starting to boil over as both sides fight over an effort to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The Wisconsin Republican along with retiring House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have stifled conservatives’ weekslong push to impeach Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian contacts with Trump's 2016 campaign. Politico
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein is dirty and must be exposed.

Jimmy Kimmel: Putin Owns Trump 'Beyond A Treasonable Doubt'
Of all the responses to President Donald Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the best (or at least the funniest) came from late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel: "We haven't seen an American so owned by a Russian since Rocky IV." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Kimmel is an idiot.

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Hundreds Of Las Vegas Shooting Victims Being Sued By MGM Resorts
MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas. The company argues in lawsuits filed Friday in Nevada and California that it has “no liability of any kind” to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Time

Trump Blames Support Of Russia On Double Negative And No One's Buying It
Do you know the difference between the words "would" and "wouldn't?" No? That's okay! You can still be president! On Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump attempted to clean up the monumental mess he caused during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, by reading prepared statement in the White House. Mashable
VOA VIEW: A man takes his own hit.

Why Putin's 'Denial' That He Is Blackmailing Trump Makes The Unlikely Much More Possible
Three lines of inquiry into the relationship between Donald Trump, Russia, and the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election converge on what ordinarily would be a wild question to even ask — is Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, in the orbit of influence of Russia due to compromising information Russia has on Trump? Toronto Star
VOA VIEW: Only fools or liberals believe Putin has something on Trump.

Putin Sets Trap For Mueller In Press Conference With Trump
Reporters in Moscow usually hear the same brush-off a few times a week: Send us your request in writing, and we’ll deal with it as we see fit. But when President Vladimir Putin urged Special Counsel Robert Mueller to “send a formal and official request to us” about the indictment he brought on Friday, it was not the lazy reflex of a Russian bureaucrat who doesn’t want to answer questions. It was a calculated attempt to pull the Mueller investigation onto a playing field that Putin can control. Time

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Hundreds Of Las Vegas Shooting Victims Being Sued By MGM Resorts
MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas. The company argues in lawsuits filed Friday in Nevada and California that it has “no liability of any kind” to survivors or families of slain victims under a federal law enacted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Time

Trump Blames Support Of Russia On Double Negative And No One's Buying It
Do you know the difference between the words "would" and "wouldn't?" No? That's okay! You can still be president! On Tuesday afternoon, Donald Trump attempted to clean up the monumental mess he caused during his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, by reading prepared statement in the White House. Mashable
VOA VIEW: A man takes his own hit.

Why Putin's 'Denial' That He Is Blackmailing Trump Makes The Unlikely Much More Possible
Three lines of inquiry into the relationship between Donald Trump, Russia, and the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election converge on what ordinarily would be a wild question to even ask — is Donald J. Trump, president of the United States, in the orbit of influence of Russia due to compromising information Russia has on Trump? Toronto Star
VOA VIEW: Only fools or liberals believe Putin has something on Trump.

Putin Sets Trap For Mueller In Press Conference With Trump
Reporters in Moscow usually hear the same brush-off a few times a week: Send us your request in writing, and we’ll deal with it as we see fit. But when President Vladimir Putin urged Special Counsel Robert Mueller to “send a formal and official request to us” about the indictment he brought on Friday, it was not the lazy reflex of a Russian bureaucrat who doesn’t want to answer questions. It was a calculated attempt to pull the Mueller investigation onto a playing field that Putin can control. Time

Republican Martha Roby Wins Republican Primary In Alabama
Rep. Martha Roby won a Republican primary runoff election for her south Alabama congressional seat, dispatching a rival who accused her of being insufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump. The Associated Press declared Ms. Roby the winner over former Rep. Bobby Bright, who campaigned as a Trump loyalist despite having previously represented the district as a Democrat. WSJ
VOA VIEW: A win is a win.

Trump Tries A Do-Over As Bipartisan Criticism Of Putin Fiasco Grows Louder
With The Washington Post reporting that "everyone around Trump" was urging him to be tough on Vladimir Putin—and that he largely ignored 100 pages of briefing materials—it's reminiscent of a phrase that his own advisers coined for him long ago. As I detail in my book Media Madness, they call it "defiance disorder," when he blows past his advisers' urgent warnings and says whatever he wants to say. This is what happened after Charlottesville (more on that in a moment), and inevitably leads to corrosive leaks from frustrated aides and allies. Fox

Europe Prepares To Hit Google With Another Huge Fine
The European Commission is expected to hit the company with a massive fine over allegations that it pushed its apps on smartphone users and thwarted competitors. The complaints — brought by European and American rivals — have been under investigation since 2015, and a decision will be announced Wednesday, according to multiple media reports. The European Union's top antitrust official Margrethe Vestager is scheduled to address reporters at 7 a.m. ET in Brussels. CNN
VOA VIEW: It's long past time for Google, Facebook and others to be regulated.

Thousands Of Scientists Pledge Not To Help Build AI Robots
Thousands of scientists who specialise in artificial intelligence (AI) have declared that they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without human oversight. Demis Hassabis at Google DeepMind and Elon Musk at the US rocket company SpaceX are among more than 2,400 signatories to the pledge which intends to deter military firms and nations from building lethal autonomous weapon systems, also known as Laws. Guardian

Trump Says He Accepts US Intelligence On Russian Interference In 2016 Election But Denies Collusion
President Trump on Tuesday grudgingly sought to inch back his warm remarks about Russia and its leader during a summit in Helsinki a day earlier, saying he had misspoken when he appeared to accept President Vladi­mir Putin’s denials that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: It is tough to admit and deny when you are being accused.

NBC Poll: American Attitudes Toward Russian Worsen Under Trump
A majority of Americans, 68 percent, consider Russia either unfriendly or an enemy of the United States, according to a new NBC News/SurveyMonkey poll. That's a 9 percent increase from one year ago, when 59 percent of Americans said they considered Russia either unfriendly or an enemy, signaling that attitudes toward Russia have worsened amid President Donald Trump's administration and the federal probe into Moscow's interference in the 2016 election. NBC
VOA VIEW: Russia is considered unfriendly because of Putin and the liberal media.

US Embassy In Jerusalem To Cost More Than $21M--Nearly 100 Times Trump's Estimate
President Donald Trump may have written the book on deal-making, but when it comes to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, it appears he won’t be getting the bargain he wanted. Documents filed with the official database of federal spending show that the State Department awarded the Maryland-based company Desbuild Limak D&K a contract for $21.2 million to design and build an “addition and compound security upgrades” at the embassy. These updates will be made to the former consular building in Jerusalem -- the embassy’s temporary location. ABC

Mother Teresa's Charity Under Investigation Over Baby-Selling Claims
Mother Teresa‘s Missionaries of Charity is under investigation by the Indian government over allegations of selling babies for adoption. Officials were asked to inspect all childcare centers run by the charity after a nun and an employee were arrested earlier this month for allegedly selling a baby in the eastern state of Jharkhand, the BBC reports. The center provides shelter for unmarried, pregnant women. Time

Comey Urges Voters To Choose Democrats, Warns That 'History Has Its Eyes On Us'
Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, issued a tweet urging Americans to snub Republicans this November. “This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition,’” tweeted the former FBI director, a longtime supporter of Republicans. “All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. History has its eyes on us.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Comey is scared of what will happen to him if Republicans win.

George Soros Calls Obama 'Greatest Disappointment'
New York billionaire George Soros said former President Barack Obama was his “greatest disappointment,” during a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times published on Tuesday, while also appearing to distance himself from partisan politics. The wealthy liberal donor, who was an early supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential run, told The Times that Obama was “actually my greatest disappointment,” before he was reportedly prompted by an aide to clarify that he was dissatisfied on a “professional level,” rather than with his presidency. At another part of the interview, he told the paper that Obama "closed the door" on him after he secured the presidency. Fox
VOA VIEW: Obama will go down as America's worst President.

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Mattis Open To First Talks With Russian Counterpart
The possibility of talks surfaced after Monday’s controversial summit in Helsinki between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they sought an end to years of strained relations. Trump was heavily criticized at home for not holding Putin accountable in Helsinki for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, an allegation that Moscow denies. Reuters

Putin Jet Trespassed In NATO Airspace On Way To Summit
Even before his plane touched down in Finland for a summit meeting with President Trump, President Vladimir V. Putin of ussia, who was widely seen as coming out ahead at the meeting, had notched a victory in the air, the Estonian authorities say. Estonia — small, vulnerable and at the Rnortheastern rim of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s mutual security zone — has long been seen as a test case for the alliance’s willingness to resist Russian military moves. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Putin is pushing his optimism.

Russian Open To Extending Nuclear Arms Treaty With US
The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday said it wants to increase cooperation with the United States to extend a nuclear arms treaty set to expire in 2021. Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told state-run Russian news agency Tass his country wants to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty -- or New START. U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the agreement in April 2010, which reduced the nuclear weapons each country will deploy and included a verification regime. UPI

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Iran Sues United States-Sanctions
Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States alleging that Washington's decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said Tuesday. A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court. Bing
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.

Russia Media Reacts To Summit: 'Better Than Super'
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, a master of diplomatic verbosity and sardonic barbs, summed up the results of the Helsinki summit in just three exuberant words: "better than super." After four years of getting short shrift by his American counterparts, Russian President Vladimir Putin was standing side by side with President Trump, who lavished him with the words of praise, respect and awe normally only heard on Russian state television. NPR
VOA VIEW: Trump looked and sounded bad.

Judge Denies Manafort Motion To Move Virginia Trial
A federal judge in Virginia on Tuesday denied a motion by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to move a trial set to start next week from the Washington suburb of Alexandria to the city of Roanoke, Virginia. Manafort had requested a change of venue on the grounds that local publicity about the case would make it hard to get a fair trial. But U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis denied the request, saying a questionnaire would ensure that a panel of impartial jurors could be selected. Reuters

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Immigrant Children Describe Hunger And Cold In Detention
Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken. It was hard to sleep with lights shining all night and guards kicking their feet, they say. They were hungry, after being given what they say were frozen sandwiches and smelly food. Chicago Sun Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal deception

Ex-Clinton Aide Brings Air Horn To WH To Keep Trump Awake
If President Trump looks tired Tuesday it’s not just because of the jet lag. Former top Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines devised a plan to keep the president up all night post-Putin meeting – blaring an air horn in front of the White House as part of a protest he helped organize with a tweet. “If someone flew home from Helsinki they’d get back to D.C. around 9 p.m. Probably jet lagged. You know what I’d hate if I just got home [and] needed to sleep?” the former State Department staffer wrote on Twitter. NY Post

A Trickle Of Immigrant Family Reunions As Judge's Deadline Nears
Immigrant families who were separated after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border are slowly being reunited as the Trump administration tries to satisfy a judge’s order to restore more than 2,500 children to their parents by next week. Two mothers, each with a daughter, arrived Monday night at the Catholic Charities of San Antonio center. Three more reunited families arrived on Tuesday afternoon. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Illegals have too much rights.

NRA's Man In Moscow?
Russian gun lovers received a delegation from the U.S. National Rifle Association in the dead of winter 2015, and the Russians chose a place to meet that they hoped would linger in the Americans’ memory: a huge bunker complex Joseph Stalin ordered built 200 feet underground, soon after he got the news the United States had developed a nuclear bomb. Today Bunker 42 is a luxurious restaurant where one can book a room illuminated with red, green, or white lights for $200, or as much as $1,700, an hour, depending on one’s appetite. Google News

Secret Service Agent Dies While With Trump At Trunberry Golf Resort
A Secret Service agent died after he had a stroke while accompanying President Donald Trump on a visit to Scotland. He became sick at Trump’s Turnberry golf resort, and later died at a hospital surrounded by family. A Secret Service statement described the agent, who served for 19 years, as a “dedicated professional of the highest order.” Google News

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Undercover Facebook Moderator Told To Ignore Hate Speech And Fake News
An undercover journalist who posed as a moderator for Facebook claimed that the platform lets false news proliferate and ignores racist rhetoric from far-right groups. The Verge reports that the journalist, reporting for a documentary for UK’s Channel 4, found the company’s third-party moderators took a “hands-off approach” to any reported content like “graphic violence, hate speech, and racist and other bigoted rhetoric from far-right groups.” Google News

Papa John's Founder Accuses Media Agency Of Extorting Him Over Racial Slur
Last week, Papa John’s founder John Schnatter apologized for using a racial slur in a conference call in May. Then, he resigned as chairman of the company’s board Wednesday. Although Schnatter has apologized for using the N-word during a call between Papa John’s executives and marketing agency Laundry Service, he is now accusing that company of attempting to extort $6 million from the pizza company. Yahoo News

Trump Jr. Campaigns For Koback In Wichita
Kris Kobach deployed one of his most potent political weapons — his close ties to President Donald Trump — by campaigning with Trump’s oldest son before more than 200 supporters in Wichita. Donald Trump Jr. spoke at a fundraiser for Kobach’s campaign for governor at NOAH’s Event Venue, with dinner tickets running $100 a piece. The gathering marked Trump Jr.’s second trip to Kansas for Kobach, after an appearance last year in Overland Park. Kansas City Star

Mueller Seeks Immunity For 5 Witnesses In Manafort Case
The special counsel in the Russia investigation is seeking immunity for five potential witnesses in the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. The five individuals have indicated that they won't testify or provide other information "on the basis of their privilege against self-incrimination," special counsel Robert Mueller's office told a federal judge in Virginia in a court filing Tuesday. Star Tribune
VOA VIEW: Legal lying should not be allowed.

New Orleans Won't Have To Return $2B In Hurricane Katriana Funds FEMA Says-Already Gone With Locals Paying The Price
Congressman Cedric Richmond says New Orleans can keep $2 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency grants approved to fix sewers and water pipes damaged by Hurricane Katrina. A Department of Homeland Security audit last July said FEMA should take back the money. It said the pipes were in bad shape before the 2005 storm, and the city couldn’t prove damages were disaster-related. The New Orleans Advocate reports that the city had continued to use money from the FEMA settlement. Bing

First Lady Goes Casual In Skinny Jeans For Return To US
Following a week of glamorous gowns, couture jackets, and tailored skirt suits, Melania Trump slipped into a much more casual look to return stateside. Pictured stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, FLOTUS wore a white button-front shirt with skinny jeans. She paired the laid-back top and pants with black flats and a Birkin bag. Yahoo Lifestyle

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