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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down , administration officials said. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told reporters the ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Need to know.
President Donald Trump is suggesting the United States should not protect ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz without compensation from other countries. The U.S. blamed Iran for attacks on ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: As it should be.
When President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan later this week to discuss their nations’ worsening conflict over trade and commercial relations, the course of the global economy may depend on which Donald Trump shows up. Trump has veered for months from threatening to bring... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Hope is always good and smart for China.

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A Massachusetts rabbi is urging his congregation to bring their guns to Shabbat — claiming their thoughts and prayers are not enough to save them during a mass shooting. “We can’t think, ‘I’m just praying, and God will save me,’ ” said Rabbi Dan Rodkin, of Shaloh House in Boston, in an interview with WBUR.... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Good and smart point.
"This is a deliberate, intentional, wild jump made by Republicans (frankly, often) for the explicit purpose of eliciting + manipulating pain for political purposes. Meanwhile, kids are still dying." New York Post
VOA VIEW: AOC is an idiot.
​House Speaker Nancy Pelosi​ said she appealed to President Trump as a mother to get him to back off his threat to deport thousands of illegal immigrants. ​”I said​,​ ‘Look, I’m a mom, I have five kids​, nine grandchildren, and children are scared,​’ ​” Pelosi said​ Monday during a ​”Speaker in the House” event in... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Pelosi doesn't make sense.
Congress is trying to rush billions of dollars to the border to alleviate the suffering of detained migrants, but Democrats fear the funds will advance President Trump’s immigration policies. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems has no traction for any win in 2020.
Increased enforcement along the border with Guatemala, which began in recent days, has made crossing into Mexico harder. This has dissuaded migrants from traveling north. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
State officials are appealing a federal judge’s decision that struck down North Carolina’s ban on abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy except in a medical emergency. A lawyer for North Carolina’s Department of Justice filed the notice of appeal to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, hours Seattle Times

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Iran’s U.N. ambassador warned Monday that the situation in the Persian Gulf is “very dangerous” and called talks with the U.S. impossible in the face of escalating sanctions and intimidation, while the U.S. envoy said the Trump administration’s aim is to get Tehran back to negotiations. Recent attacks on tankers and […] Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Iran is playing a dumb game.
Never Trumpers would probably accept creeping or trotting liberalism. But Democratic presidential candidates are pledging liberalism at a full gallop.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Dems are proving to be socialist leaning.
In another controversy over the Affordable Care Act, insurers say the government never fully funded the program and owe them $12 billion. Washington Post
A collection of search warrant applications and other materials from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation were made public with ... Washington Times

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President Donald Trump on Monday announced new sanctions against in Iran that he promised after pulling back on a military strike, including on Iran's Supreme Leader. ABC
VOA VIEW: Good move.
The Supreme Court on Monday said a law barring the "FUCT" trademark violates the First Amendment. ABC
VOA VIEW: It was a no brainer.
The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to advocates of greater access to public information, ruling the government does not have to turn over private food stamp data. ABC
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

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A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that a federal law requiring longer prison sentences for using a gun during a "crime of violence" is unconstitutionally vague. UPI
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
The Supreme Court is rejecting an early challenge to President Donald Trump's authority to impose tariffs on imported steel based on national security concerns ABC
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
As most of the 2020 Democratic field is preparing for the first debates this week, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is dealing with a crisis back home. Buttigieg has faced criticism over a white police officer fatally shooting a black man. CBS News 2020 campaign reporter Jack Turman, CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and Democratic strategist Joel Payne spoke to CBSN's "Red & Blue" about the controversy Buttigieg is facing. CBS
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg can't hold a city together = time to drop the dream of being president.
A judge told Michael Flynn's new lawyer and prosecutor they should let him know by Aug. 31 if he is ready to be sentenced for lying to the FBI. CNBC
Home Depot CEO Craig Menear said the company aims to minimize any impact that potential tariffs will have on customers by cutting costs elsewhere in the supply chain. The company makes 70% of its goods domestically, which also lessens the effect. CNBC
VOA VIEW: We will see how foolish China wants to be.

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Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border, according to the country's Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN doesn't face the same reality as Mexico.
Time is ticking and there is still no guarantee that the House of Representatives and Senate can resolve their differences to pass by the end of the week a package sending an additional $4.6 billion in aid to the growing crisis at the US southern border. CNN
Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to stake out uncharted territory in the Democratic presidential primary, offering up a plan to completely eliminate the student loan debt of every American. CNN
VOA VIEW: Sanders has lost his mind.

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Tory leadership frontrunner has faced mounting criticism that he has been dodging public scrutinyBoris Johnson broke cover on Monday night, vowing he would never reveal the events that led to the police being called to the home of his partner Carrie Symonds last week, after neighbours reported a loud row between the couple.Amid mounting criticism that the frontrunner in the Conservative leadership campaign has been dodging public scrutiny, Johnson is now understood to be rolling out a “media blitz” for the coming days, beginning with five closely controlled events on Tuesday, in an attempt to defy accusations that he is in hiding. Guardian
According to the Telegraph, “The aim of the new terror cell is to target US and other Western military bases on the continent, as well as embassies and officials." Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran is looking to get a hard hit.
The U.S. intelligence community does not believe North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is ready to denuclearize, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Robert Ashley told Fox News in an interview on Monday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: NK as usual, is full of empty promises.
A U.S. congressional committee on Monday demanded documents from the Trump administration relating to its overhaul of the background check process that determines who can handle America’s secret information. Reuters
The House judiciary committee reached an agreement Monday with Annie Donaldson, the former chief of staff for former White House counsel Donald McGahn, to give testimony before the panel. UPI
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.

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     Booker is a race batter.  Sen. Cory Booker acknowledged that he and Joe Biden had a “constructive conversation” but said his fellow Democratic presidential hopeful’s use of the racially pejorative term “boy” in describing his ability to work with segregationist senators in the past was “hurtful” to the African-American community.

     Booker said he and Biden, who he has a “tremendous amount of respect and appreciation for,” had a private conversation last Wednesday night but he felt he has a responsibility to “be candid with him, to speak truth to power.”

     The two 2020 candidates sparred during the past week over comments Biden made last Tuesday at a Manhattan fund-raiser when he recalled a time of civility in the Senate in the 1970s and how he could work with Sen. James Eastland, who supported segregation.

     Reminded that Biden claimed those comments were taken out of context, Booker said he didn’t buy that and has “heard from many, many African Americans who found the comments hurtful.”