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NEWS   TUESDAY, OCTOBER  17, 2017   NEWS

Trump, McConnell Pledge Unity On Tax Reform, Health Care After Feud
President Trump exited a White House meeting Monday with Sen. Mitch McConnell saying his relationship with the Senate majority leader is “better than ever” and they are working together on major legislative priorities including tax and health care reform. “We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump said at a Rose Garden press conference following his meeting with McConnell, with whom he had a public falling out this summer. “We’re fighting for big tax cuts. ... My relationship with this gentleman has been outstanding.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Democrats and liberals are not happy.

Trump Should Remind McConnell Which Platform Won The Election
Ann Coulter said President Donald Trump should put more pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass legislation. "The good thing about Mitch McConnell is he isn't dumb. He knows how to get stuff done," the conservative commentator and author said on Fox Business Network on Monday. Coulter said the president should point out to McConnell that the old Republican platform did not win the presidency in 2016. He should also flatter McConnell by pointing out his achievements, such as getting all GOP senators to vote 'no' on ObamaCare, she said. Fox

Top Dem After Trip To South Korea: Ally Is Confused, Shaken By Trump Rhetoric
The top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Monday that South Koreans are “confused” and “a little bit shaken” by President Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) was speaking to reporters in Washington after returning from a trip last week to South Korea and the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have engaged in a heated war of words in recent months as Pyongyang progresses its nuclear and missile programs. The Hill
VOA VIEW: Liberals don't like the truth.

Trump Slams Clinton For Defending NFL Anthem Kneelers, Says That 'Thinking' Is Why She Lost
President Trump hammered Hillary Clinton on Monday for her defense of NFL players protesting the national anthem, saying that kind of “thinking” is why she lost the election. In a joint White House press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Trump was asked about Clinton's latest comments on players who “take a knee.” “Well—that’s why she lost the election. I mean, honestly, it’s that thinking—that is the reason she lost the election,” Trump responded. He also repeated his early-morning call on Twitter for Clinton to run again. “Oh, I hope Hillary runs. Is she going to run? I hope. Hillary, please run again,” Trump said. Fox
VOA VIEW: The more public comments made by Hillary the better for Republicans.

Las Vegas Guard Jesus Campos Vanished After Visiting Urgent-Care Clinic, Union Leader Says
The Mandalay Bay security guard who disappeared last week moments before he was scheduled to break his silence in television interviews has not been seen since he went to a walk-in health clinic, his union president said. David Hickey of the Security, Police, and Fire Professionals of America (SPFPA) told reporters Friday that he got a text the night before saying Jesus Campos was taken to a UMC Quick Care facility, though he did not specify where or whom the text came from. A spokesperson at the UMC Quick Care, which has eight locations throughout the Las Vegas area. Fox

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Trump Promises To ‘Look Into’ Report On Drug Czar Nominee Marino In Wake Of Post/‘60 Minutes’ Probe
President Trump said “we’re going to be looking into” a report about Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his drug czar nominee, in the wake of the Washington Post/“60 Minutes” investigation that found the lawmaker helped steer legislation that made it harder for the government to take some enforcement actions against giant drug companies. The president’s comments came as congressional Democrats reacted sharply to the report that Marino helped guide the legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Washington Post

Every Excuse Hillary Clinton Has Given For Her 2016 Election Loss
Hillary Clinton has blamed her election loss to Donald Trump on pretty much everyone and everything, most recently telling CNN's Fareed Zakaria that sexism kept her from shattering America's ultimate glass ceiling. It's the latest attempt by the former secretary of state and two-time presidential loser to recast her 2016 loss. So we decided to compile all the reasons Clinton has given for why Trump is sitting in the Oval Office instead of her. Newsweek
VOA VIEW: Hillary needs a reality check - go away.

Hillary Blames Assange
In an exclusive interview with Four Corners, Mrs Clinton alleged Mr Assange colluded with a Russian intelligence operation to disrupt the 2016 US election and damage her candidacy for president. "Assange has become a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a dictator," she said. "WikiLeaks is unfortunately now practically a fully owned subsidiary of Russian intelligence." The Wikileaks founder, who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012, hit back this morning, tweeting that Mrs Clinton was "not a credible person".  ABC News

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Obama Aides Lash Out After Trump Claims Past Presidents Didn't Call Fallen Soldiers' Families
President Donald Trump on Monday accused Barack Obama and other past American presidents of failing to call the family members of slain service members, a claim a former Obama aide called “an outrageous and disrespectful lie.” Four Green Berets were killed earlier this month in an ambush in Niger. But Trump has stayed publicly silent on the issue until Monday, when he was asked during a Rose Garden news conference why the American people hadn’t heard the president speak about the deaths related to the Oct. 4 attack. POLITICO

European Union Ministers Approve New Sanctions On North Korea
The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes. Foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg signed off a new package of measures including a ban on investments in North Korea and on EU exports of oil to Pyongyang. They also tightened the restrictions on North Korean workers in the EU to try to stop money being sent home that could be used to fund the disputed weapons programmes. Google News

Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion, Faces Up To Life In Prison
US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could spend the rest of his life behind bars after he pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his base in Afghanistan in June 2009 and was held in captivity by the Taliban until May 2014. "I left my observation post on my own," Bergdahl told a judge Monday. "I understand leaving was against the law." The 31-year-old said he deserted from his outpost to try to reach the base from where he was dispatched. Bergdahl told the judge he wanted to report "a critical problem in my chain of command," but did not specify what that problem was. CNN
VOA VIEW: Bergdahl should get life with Obama.

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Trump Critics Should Be Wary Of A President Pence
As critics continue to call for the resignation or impeachment of President Donald Trump, a new piece from The New Yorker discusses what it considers the dangers of Vice President Mike Pence taking the reins if the critics were to actually get their way. In it, Pence’s anti-LGBTQ stance is highlighted, as well as a joke made by Trump to a legal scholar that the scholar shouldn’t ask Pence about gay rights because Pence wants to “hang them all.” But the piece also talks about how Trump often mocks Pence’s religious beliefs, and recounts stories of anti-Catholic prejudice that Pence faced as a child. Indy Star
VOA VIEW: : Liberal progaganda grows.

Women On Public Payroll Can Press Equal Pay Claims, New California Law Says
California women who work for the government gained new protections against wage discrimination under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed on Saturday. The law, Assembly Bill 46, allows female public employees to pursue wage discrimination claims in court or through the state’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. Previously, only private-sector employees were allowed to press those claims under the California Equal Pay Act. Assemblyman Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, submitted the bill after The Sacramento Bee in 2015 reported that female employees in the Legislature earned 92 cents on the dollar compared to men. The state Senate in February gave raises to 71 employees to address wage disparities there. Sacramento Bee

Trump Refuses To Blame Himself For GOP ‘Not Getting The Job Done’
President Donald Trump on Monday refused to take any blame for legislative failures and fingered Republican senators for “not getting the job done.” “Despite what the press writes, I have great relationships with, actually, many senators, but, in particular, with most Republican senators,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with his Cabinet. “But we’re not getting the job done. And I’m not going to blame myself. I’ll be honest, they are not getting the job done.” Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Republican cowardice is the blame for inaction.

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Hillary Clinton Compares Donald Trump With Harvey Weinstein
Hillary Clinton drew parallels between Harvey Weinstein and President Donald Trump, calling the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s behavior “disgusting” and “heartbreaking” ? just like the person once caught on camera bragging about sexually assaulting women. In an interview Sunday with Britain’s “The Andrew Marr Show,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee commended women who have stepped forward to share stories of their encounters with Weinstein and emphasized that this type of lecherous behavior can’t be tolerated in any industry, including politics. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: What about Hillary's husband?

Trump Mocks Pence For Wanting ‘To Hang’ All Gay People
President Trump routinely mocks Vice President Pence’s staunch Christian faith and once joked that there was no point in asking him about gay rights because “he wants to hang them all,” The New Yorker reported. In a wide-ranging profile of Pence, the magazine pointed out that Trump likes to make sure his vice president is always aware of “who’s boss.” During a discussion about gay rights, Trump motioned to Pence and said: “Don’t ask that guy – he wants to hang them all!” NY Post
VOA VIEW: The liberal media like to stir the pot so they can divide Trump and Pence.

Trump Attacks Democrats As Tax Reform Obstructionists
President Trump in tweets Monday labeled Democrat lawmakers as obstructionists and invoked the name of a Reagan-era economist to tout his tax reform plan. “Art Laffer just said that he doesn’t know how a Democrat could vote against the big tax cut/reform bill and live with themselves! @FoxNews,” Trump posted on Twitter.” The Democrats only want to increase taxes and obstruct. That’s all they are good at!” Laffer was an economist who gained prominence during the Reagan administration for promoting his theory that lower taxes spur economic growth. NY Post

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Louisville Fires Rick Pitino Amid NCAA Bribery Probe
The University of Louisville fired legendary basketball coach Rick Pitino on Monday, nearly three weeks after the school was implicated in a national bribery scandal. "We simply felt this was in the best interest of the university," Greg Postel, the college's interim president, said after the unanimous vote by the athletic association board, which capped six hours of closed-door meetings. Pitino, who had been head men's coach since 2001 and led the team to a national championship in 2013, fought to stop the school from terminating his contract, which still has $44 million left on it. NBC News

Trump Says He Understands Bannon’s War On GOP Establishment
President Donald Trump said Monday he can understand why his "friend" and former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon has declared war on the Republican establishment. "I can understand where Steve Bannon is coming from," Trump said during remarks before a Cabinet meeting. But later, in an impromptu question-and-answer session with reporters, Trump stood with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and seemed to temper his comments. Trump and McConnell, a frequent focus of Bannon's anti-establishment ire, took turns touting their "outstanding" relationship while emphasizing shared goals, like tax reform and appointing conservative judges.  NBC News

Post-Maria, Trump's Approval Rating On Hurricanes Down 20 Points
President Donald Trump's approval rating for handling the federal government's response to recent hurricanes has dropped 20 points in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. In mid-September, 64% of Americans said they approved of Trump's handling of the US hurricane response. That finding followed his administration's handling of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which hit the US mainland in late-August and September. Now, as many Puerto Ricans remain without access to clean water or electricity nearly a month after Maria hit, just 44% say they approve. CNN
VOA VIEW: Don't believe any liberal CNN poll - fake news.

Trump Was For Steve Bannon Before He Was Against Him
In a dizzying sequence of events Monday, President Donald Trump appeared to align himself with both sides of the escalating Republican civil war, epitomizing the turmoil racking the party, and his own chameleon-like political style. Side-by-side in the Rose Garden with Sen. Mitch McConnell, the most elite of Republican establishment elites, Trump declared that he and the Senate majority leader had never been closer. Yet barely two hours earlier, the President had aligned himself squarely with his former political guru Steve Bannon, who just this weekend warned of a "season of war" against GOP leaders -- namely, McConnell. CNN

Trump Says 'Total Termination' Of Iran Deal Possible
President Donald Trump on Monday renewed his threat to fully withdraw the United States from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, while holding out the possibility that fixes to the accord may prevent an American pullout. Justifying his decision last week to decertify the 2015 pact under U.S. law, Trump said the United States had been taken advantage of in negotiations the Obama administration conducted and that he was tired of it.  ABC News

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Iraqi Forces Seize Oil City Kirkuk From Kurds In Bold Advance
Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. A convoy of armored vehicles from Iraq’s elite U.S.-trained Counter-Terrorism Force seized Kirkuk’s provincial government headquarters on Monday afternoon, less than a day after the operation began, a Reuters reporter in Kirkuk said. Reuters

U.S. Judge Questions Challengers Of Trump's Latest Travel Ban
A U.S. judge lobbed tough questions at attorneys representing refugee groups and immigrant advocates seeking to overturn the Trump administration’s latest policy banning citizens of some countries from entering the United States. U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland on Monday heard arguments for and against President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, announced on Sept. 24 that is set to take effect on Wednesday. It indefinitely limits travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. Certain government officials from Venezuela were also barred. Reuters

Efforts To Pry Loose Trump Tax Returns Hit A Wall
Efforts to pry loose President Donald Trump’s tax returns at the state level have hit a wall, stalling in statehouses across the country including in California, a hotbed of anti-Trump resistance. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation late Sunday that would have forced presidential candidates to make their tax returns public before appearing on the California ballot, marking the death there of a measure once ballyhooed by Democrats and open government advocates as an end-run to Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax filings. POLITICO

Russian Who Says He Helped Meddle In US Election Studied Hit Show 'House Of Cards'
Russian "trolls" working for a company that allegedly used fake social-media accounts to try to influence U.S. voters in the 2016 election were required to watch the political thriller TV show "House of Cards" to increase their understanding of American politics, according to an interview broadcast in Russia. In an interview aired Sunday by independent Russian station TV Rain, a man identified only as "Maksim" says he worked for the English-language department of a so-called "troll factory" that U.S. officials say was involved in an information campaign on American social media during the election. ABC News

Pennsylvania County Sues 14 Drug Companies Over Role In Opioid Epidemic
A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, against 14 drug companies, claiming they play a role in the number of opioid overdoses, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The lawsuit comes after an explosive joint investigation by "60 Minutes" and The Washington Post which revealed how Congress had helped disarm the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with a 2016 law. Whistleblowers said the law impeded the DEA from stopping distribution of large quantities of opioids to suspect pharmacies. CBS News

State Officials To Be Given Access To 2016 Election Cyber Attack Data
CBS News has learned that in an unprecedented effort to enhance election security ahead of the 2018 midterms, select state officials will be given access to some of the most sensitive information about the extent of the 2016 cyber attacks, but that access will require them to submit to the time-consuming and lengthy process of filling out federal security clearance applications. The process online can take up to 10 hours and, even after completing the application, some election officials say they have doubts about the extent of what they'll be able to see. CBS News

Caught In A GOP Civil War, Trump Picks Both Sides
President Donald Trump is wearing both uniforms in the Republican civil war — at least for now. At a Monday morning Cabinet meeting, Trump empathized with Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist who has called for the ouster of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican lawmakers who don't fall in line behind the Trump agenda. "I can understand where Steve Bannon's coming from," the president said. "Steve is doing what Steve thinks is the right thing." Just hours later, at a free-wheeling White House news conference, Trump insisted there's not much distance between him and McConnell, who underscored the message by standing at the president's side after the two had lunch together. NBC News

Krack Attack: Security Flaw Puts Every Wi-Fi Connection At Risk
Thanks to a newly discovered security flaw, your home Wi-Fi is completely hackable, giving cyber thieves a front row seat to everything from your private chats to your baby monitor. And there's not much you can do about it — yet. Bob Rudis, chief data scientist at Rapid7, a security data and analytics company, told NBC News this vulnerability was particularly troubling. "When I woke up this morning and saw this one, I was taken aback," he said. Called Krack, the attack takes advantage of the four-way handshake, a process between a device and a router that has been around for 14 years and is designed to deliver a fresh, encrypted session each time you get online. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Scary!

FBI: 118 Law Enforcement Officers Died In Line Of Duty In 2016; 57,180 Assaulted
118 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year in the United States, the FBI reported on Monday. That was up 37 percent from the 86 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2015. In 2016, 66 of the 118 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 52 were accidental. In 2015, 41 of the 86 deaths of law enforcement officers were felonious and 45 were accidental. Another 57,180 officers were assaulted in the line of duty in 2016, and  16,535 (or about 29 percent) sustained injuries from that assault. CNS News
VOA VIEW: Obama is the fault for the lack of law enforcement respect.

Gary Bauer: The Left Now Is 'An American Taliban' -- 'They Hate America'
Commenting on the left's assault on America, from the National Football League demonstrations to the removal of monuments about the Civil War, conservative Gary Bauer said the political left has become "an American Taliban" that does not just hate the South and "Judeo-Christian values" but primarily hates America. During his speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Bauer, a former president of the Family Research Council (FRC). CNS News

Trump Declares Obamacare 'Dead,' Urges Democratic Help For Short-Term Fix
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday declared Obamacare “dead” and “gone,” but urged Republicans and Democrats in Congress to craft a short-term fix of healthcare markets under the 7-year-old law that critics say he has effectively sabotaged. “It’s dead. It’s gone. It’s no longer - you shouldn’t even mention. It’s gone,” Trump said of former Democratic President Barack Obama’s signature 2010 healthcare law that Republicans have repeatedly tried and failed to repeal. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said: “I think we’ll have a short-term fix with Republicans and Democrats getting together.” Reuters

U.S. Judge Questions Government On Trump's Latest Travel Ban
A U.S. judge on Monday questioned attorneys defending the Trump administration about a classified report the government is using to justify its latest ban on citizens of some countries from entering the United States. U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland heard arguments for and against President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, set to take effect on Wednesday. It indefinitely limits travel from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. Certain government officials from Venezuela were also barred. Reuters

From Press Leaks To Tweetstorms: Trump Changes Flow Of White House Information
The age-old White House tradition of floating policy trial balloons through orchestrated leaks has given way to ideas blasted directly from the president on Twitter, driving every issue from strategy on North Korea to NFL rules for players kneeling during the national anthem. President Trump has replaced the carefully placed story with the Washington press corps with tweets to his more than 40 million followers at a time when less than a third of Americans trust the news media, according to polls. Washington Times

Trump Chides Hillary Clinton For Defending NFL Protests: ‘Please Run Again!’
President Trump scoffed Monday at Hillary Clinton’s defense of NFL players kneeling for the national anthem, saying that kind of thinking is what cost her the presidential election.
He also jokingly pleaded with her to run again in 2020. “Hillary, please run again!” he said at a Rose Garden press conference when asked about her NFL remarks. “That’s why she lost the election. It’s that thinking,” said Mr. Trump. Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee who suffered an upset loss in November, said Sunday that kneeling was a “reverent” expression. Washington Times

Trump Gives His Own Performance A Trump-Sized Endorsement
Friends say President Donald Trump has grown frustrated that his greatness is not widely understood, that his critics are fierce and on TV every morning, that his poll numbers are both low and “fake,” and that his White House is caricatured as adrift. So on Monday, the consummate salesman—who has spent his 71 years selling his business acumen, golf courses, sexual prowess, luxury properties, and above all, his last name—gave the Trump White House a Trump-sized dose of brand enhancement. POLITICO

Trump White House Fed Up With The Senate
President Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell stood side-by-side at the White House Monday afternoon to declare they’re “together totally” and “very united” heading into this fall’s tax reform battle. But behind the scenes, Trump, his administration and even some senators are increasingly worried that taxes will go the way of Obamacare repeal in the Senate: Months of bickering ending in extreme embarrassment. POLITICO

UK TV Drama About North Korea Hit By Cyber-Attack
North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series - due to be written by an Oscar-nominated screenwriter - has been shelved. In August 2014, Channel 4 announced what it said would be a new "bold and provocative" drama series. Titled Opposite Number, the programme's plot involved a British nuclear scientist taken prisoner in North Korea. The production firm involved - Mammoth Screen - subsequently had its computers attacked. BBC

North Korea's New Offensive
Last year both South and North Korea celebrated the twentieth anniversary of their establishment as separate political entities. Each had, at its inception, claimed the entire Korean nation as its legitimate domain, and each vowed to rid the other of the foreign power that was said to have created it. The year 1968 was also an anniversary of two other events. It was the 4300th anniversary of the legendary founding of the Korean nation, and the 1300th anniversary of the Silla Unification in A.D. 668, when the nation was brought under a single, centralized political rule. The irony of commemorating concurrently two decades of cold-war division and thirteen centuries of unified nationhood under a highly centralized political system was not lost on the Korean people. Foreign Affairs

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