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NEWS   THURSDAY, AUGUST  24, 2017   NEWS

Trump Goes On Rampage Against The Media, Sitting Arizona Senators At Phoenix Rally
A defiant President Trump rallied with his base for more than an hour Tuesday in Arizona, trashing the media over its coverage of his response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., while criticizing the state’s Republican senators for not getting behind him. The president also signaled during the Phoenix rally that he could soon pardon Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff in Maricopa County famous for his tough stance against illegal immigration. But Trump was most animated when defending himself against accusations he wasn’t forceful enough in condemning the white supremacists and racists who were protesting in Charlottesville earlier this month. He blamed the media for distorting his comments. At one point, the president pulled a piece of paper out of his jacket and re-read his initial statements condemning the racists involved the protests. Fox
VOA VIEW: President Trump did not go on a Rampage - he had a pleasant and direct speech.

Clinton Book Reveals What She Was Really Thinking At Trump Debate: 'Back Up, You Creep'
“Back up, you creep.” That’s what Hillary Clinton suggests in her forthcoming memoir she wanted to say to then-candidate Donald Trump, during a close-quarters debate last October. In that second presidential debate, the Republican nominee famously paced around his Democratic rival. In an audio excerpt of Clinton’s book aired Wednesday on MSNBC, Clinton spoke in unprecedented terms about her distaste for the billionaire businessman who is now president – and zeroed in on that debate moment, seeming to reveal an inner monologue that was quietly telling off Trump as the two debated policy. Fox
VOA VIEW: The creep won, the idiot liar lost.

Melania Trump Thanks Chelsea Clinton For Defending Barron
First lady Melania Trump thanked former first daughter Chelsea Clinton on Tuesday night for defending Barron Trump against online bullying -- at the same time President Donald Trump was delivering a raucously divisive speech to supporters in Phoenix. "Thank you @ChelseaClinton - so important to support all of our children in being themselves! #StopChildhoodBullying," the first lady tweeted. Clinton came to the youngest Trump's defense after an article in the conservative news publication The Daily Caller criticized the President's 11-year-old son's style and clothing. "The youngest Trump doesn't have any responsibilities as the president's son, but the least he could do is dress the part when he steps out in public," entertainment reporter Ford Springer wrote in the story that published Monday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN twisted the facts for their agenda - "raucously divisive speech."

Researcher Behind Unverified Trump Dossier Meets Senate Investigators
Senate investigators met this week with the co-founder of the political research firm behind the explosive dossier full of unsubstantiated and salacious material about President Trump's alleged ties with Russia. Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who later helped found the private investigation firm Fusion GPS, sat down with Senate Judiciary Committee staff behind closed doors on Tuesday, congressional aides told NPR. Simpson's firm hired a respected former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, to compile the dossier, which alleges that Trump had a long-running relationship with Russia and that the Kremlin holds compromising material on him. NPR

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Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding
President Donald Trump threatened Tuesday to bring the U.S. government to the brink of a shutdown if needed to pressure Congress into funding the border wall that was a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign. Delivering a warning to Democratic lawmakers who have objected to his plans to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico frontier, Trump called them “obstructionists” and said that it was time for the U.S. to crack down on illegal immigration. “If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” Trump told thousands of supporters gathered in Phoenix for a campaign-style rally. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Good position.

Body Found Belongs To Missing Swedish Journalist
Danish police confirmed on Wednesday morning that the torso found in the area in which a journalist went missing two weeks ago does belong to the woman. Kim Wall, a 30-year-old reporter, is believed to have died this month aboard an amateur-built submarine that sank in the Baltic Sea, The Associated Press reported. Police said Wednesday the torso -- which was found without a head, legs or arms -- is the remains of Wall. Danish police tweeted the torso was a DNA match with the reporter. Police said DNA from dried blood found on the submarine and DNA from Wall's hair brush both matched the remains. ABC News

Do Democrats Remember That They Nominated A Hawkish Candidate?
Democrats are quite upset about President Trump’s decision to ramp up the war in Afghanistan — and I’m upset about it too, but I just have to ask: Do they remember that their own nominee had the most hawkish foreign-policy record in the race? Now, I really can’t say enough about how much I disagree with President Trump’s decision to remain involved and to send up to 4,000 more troops into this disastrous war. After 16 years, somewhere between hundreds of billions and even trillions of dollars — and thousands of American military (plus tens of thousands of civilian) lives lost — and the U.S.-backed government controls less than 60 percent of the country’s territory. National Review
VOA VIEW: Hillary wanted a bigger involvement.

Pelosi: ‘Trump Administration Must…Abandon The Bigoted Ideology That Clearly Governs Its Decisions’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said in a statement released Friday that she welcomed the firing of White House strategist Steve Bannon and said that the Trump Administration must “abandon the bigoted ideology that clearly governs its decisions.” “Steve Bannon’s firing is welcome news, but it doesn’t disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance.  CNS
VOA VIEW: Dumb position and explanation.

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Egypt Cancels Jared Kushner Meeting After US Withdraws Aid
Egypt has called off a scheduled meeting between its foreign minister and top US presidential adviser Jared Kushner after the US decided to withhold millions of dollars in aid. However, the office of the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said he would meet the US delegation led by Kushner later in the day. Two US sources told Reuters on Tuesday that Washington had decided to deny Egypt $96m (£75m) in aid and to delay a further $195m because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms. Guardian

Paul Ryan Says He Won't Support Censuring President Trump
 U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he will not support a resolution to censure President Donald Trump over his comments following a white supremacist rally in Virginia, but said Trump "messed up" by saying "both sides" were to blame for violence and that there were "very fine people" among those marching to protect Confederate statues. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Ryan played being a fool.

True Price Of An Uber Ride In Question As Investors Assess Firm's Value
What is the true cost of an Uber ride? That simple question is often lost among the many controversies facing the ride-services company as it tries to hire a new chief executive and resolve a bitter dispute with the old one, Travis Kalanick. But it may be the most important question of all when it comes to determining the value of Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], which has built its business on massive subsidies to both riders and drivers, producing huge losses in the process, and it has yet to show that it can maintain growth without them. Uber will report second-quarter financials to investors this week, which will offer fresh insight on whether the company can get profitable any time soon. Reuters

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Trump Stokes Primary Challenge Against Flake
President Donald Trump continues to amp up the pressure on Sen. Jeff Flake, savaging the Arizona Republican on Twitter and holding a private meeting with several of his prospective primary opponents. Before taking the stage in Phoenix on Tuesday evening for a campaign-style rally, the president huddled backstage with state Treasurer Jeff DeWit and former state GOP Chairman Robert Graham. Both are considering running against Flake, an outspoken critic of the president who recently published an anti-Trump book, “Conscience of a Conservative.” POLITICO
VOA VIEW: Flake is being trumped - pun intended.

Paul Ryan Doesn't Want To Fight With Trump
Paul Ryan will distance himself from the president. He’ll occasionally offer some polite and always constructive criticism of Trump’s most egregious tweets and statements. But the Republican House speaker will not do battle with a man who, as of about a year and a half ago, he wanted to see anywhere but the Oval Office. That was the main, not-particularly-surprising takeaway from Ryan’s CNN town hall on Monday night, an event that Trump upstaged with his last-minute decision to deliver an address to the nation on Afghanistan.  The Atlantic
VOA VIEW: Smart move on Ryan's part.

Canadian Town Refuses To Remove Swastikas From Park
A Canadian town says it will not remove swastikas from a public park because it has historical significance. The Nazi symbols adorn an anchor that was on display in Pointe-des-Cascades, Quebec. Corey Fleischer, who goes around Montreal removing hateful graffiti, tried to paint over the swastikas. But the mayor stopped him and had police remove him from the park, arguing the anchor is a part of local history. The anchor has a plaque that identifies it as a "souvenir of Nazism", and says it was used in Europe at the end of War, probably on a merchant boat, and found in 1980. BBC

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Trump To Stop Travel From Countries That Refuse To Help Homeland Security
The Trump administration has triggered visa sanctions against four countries that have refused to take back citizens the U.S. is trying to deport — tapping a little-used but very effective tool for forcing compliance. Officials at Homeland Security and the State Department confirmed the move Tuesday but declined to name the four countries. Sources who tracked the deliberations in recent weeks, however, said the countries were Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Triggering the sanctions fulfills a campaign promise by President Trump, who had chided the Obama administration for not doing more to force countries to take back their deportees. Washington Times

Amid Iran Nuclear Fears, Israel To Bolster Its Fighter Jet Arsenal
Israel will take delivery of two more stealth F-35 “Adir” fighter jets by the end of the month, joining the five already undergoing tests at IAF bases. An additional two jets will arrive by October, and in December Israel is set to declare Initial Operational Capability of its F-35 stealth fighter jets, making it the first air force outside the United States to do so. The single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters are expected to be used for long-range missions and will, according to senior Israeli officials, provide complete air superiority in the region for the next 40 years. The Lockheed Martin F-35 is the most expensive military weapons system in history. Jerusalum Post
VOA VIEW: Smart move.

US Academic Resigns As Science Envoy And Hides Secret 'Impeach' Message To Donald Trump In resignation Letter
Another week, another resignation. This time it is one of the State Department’s science envoys who has publicly resigned over Donald Trump’s response to violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, and like some other resignations it came with a not-so-hidden message in the text. Daniel Kammen, a professor at the University of California, Berkely, posted a letter to Twitter saying Mr Trump’s failure to denounce neo-Nazis and the far-Right was part of a disturbing pattern . Telegraph
VOA VIEW: Good-bye!

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On Day Of Remembrance, UN Says History Of Slave Trade Can Help Combat Social Injustice
Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is now Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency today marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by underscoring the importance of teaching this history to young people. “We are counting on the teaching of this history to place tomorrow's citizens on the path to peace and dignity,” said Irina Bokova, in a message to mark the Day, which is observed annually on 23 August. Ms. Bokova is the Director-General of UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which has played a leading role within the UN system in fostering understanding and recognition of the slave trade. United Nations

White House, McConnell Push Back On Reports Of Souring Relationship
President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued statements on Wednesday afternoon affirming their “shared priorities,” a day after The New York Times reported that the two men’s relationship had soured significantly in recent weeks. “President Donald J. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell remain united on many shared priorities,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. McConnell’s office put out a statement earlier Wednesday attributed to the majority leader: “We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we are committed to advancing our shared agenda together and anyone who suggests otherwise is clearly not part of the conversation.” Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: This made the New York Times look stupid and bias.

New Orleans Drainage System Still Weak As Harvey Churns In Gulf
I don’t know if New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is a praying man but if he is he better hit his knees as the storm churning in the Gulf of Mexico could end up damaging his legacy beyond repair. Mayor Landrieu admits the city’s drainage system is in a weakened state with 15 pumps still not working. What Mr. Landrieu did not say is as mayor it’s his fault. Meanwhile soon-to-be tropical storm Harvey is churning and strengthening and deciding where to go. Currently forecasters predict it will hit Texas but could turn back toward Louisiana after making landfall meaning the Crescent City could see a lot of rain this weekend. They also say even if Harvey makes landfall in Texas the wet side of the storm might still impact New Orleans and then only get worse if the storm turns back toward the east.  The Hayride

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Canada Frets Over Possible Huge Surge In Asylum-Seekers
Canada fears a huge surge in asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States, putting political pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of a 2019 election, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The number of migrants illegally entering Canada more than tripled in July and August, hitting nearly 7,000. Haitians, who face looming deportation from the United States when their temporary protected status expires in January 2018, accounted for much of the inflow. Two sources familiar with Canadian government thinking said citizens from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, who are slated to lose their U.S. protected status in early 2018, may also head north.  Reuters

Wal-Mart And Google Team Up To Challenge Amazon
Google and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT -0.07% are joining forces in a partnership that includes enabling voice-ordered purchases from the retail giant on Google’s virtual assistant, challenging rival Amazon.com Inc.’s AMZN -0.92% grip on the next wave of e-commerce. Wal-Mart said Wednesday that next month it will join Google’s online-shopping marketplace, Google Express. While the deal will add hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart items to Google Express, it will also give Wal-Mart access to voice ordering. The deal won’t alter how consumers receive their orders, because Wal-Mart will fulfill purchases made through Google Express. Wall Street Journal

U.S. Diplomats In Cuba Diagnosed With Serious Health Conditions, Medical Records Show
According to medical records reviewed exclusively by CBS News, a U.S. doctor who evaluated American and Canadian diplomats working in Havana diagnosed them with conditions as serious as mild traumatic brain injury, and with likely damage to the central nervous system. The diplomats complained about symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance disorders after the State Department said "incidents" began affecting them beginning in late 2016. A source familiar with these incidents says officials are investigating whether the diplomats were targets of a type of sonic attack directed at their homes, which were provided by the Cuban government.  CBS News

Austria Nazi Camp Survivors Warn Of Far-Right Revival
An Austrian committee representing victims of one of the Third Reich’s biggest death camps warned Wednesday against the risk of seeing the “malicious” far-right return to power in October elections. Founded by former Nazis in the 1950s, the Freedom Party (FPOe) is currently in third place with 24 percent in surveys of voter intentions, behind the Social Democrats (SPOe) with 27% and the centrist People’s Party (OeVP) with 32%. Neither of the two leading parties has ruled out forming a coalition with the FPOe, which has spent the last few years polishing its extremist image under leader Heinz-Christian Strache.  Times of Israel

Trump Can’t Stop Talking About The Size Of His Crowd
President Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to tout the “packed house” at his Phoenix rally despite photos showing a sparse crowd and news reports saying people began walking out during the rambling, 76-minute speech. “Phoenix crowd last night was amazing — a packed house. I love the Great State of Arizona. Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!” Trump wrote on Wednesday, the morning after the campaign-style rally. . NY Post

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