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NEWS     TUESDAY,  JUNE  19, 2018    NEWS

States Tighten Election Security-By Going Back To Paper
As key midterm elections approach, U.S. authorities are taking measures to make sure the balloting is secure and free of foreign influence. For years, a number of polling places have gone more high-tech with electronic voting machines. Fears about vulnerabilities in the systems, however, are turning eyes to a strikingly low-tech option -- paper ballots. UPI
VOA VIEW: The vote must be protected regardless of how difficult.

Chinese Border City Seeing Surge In North Korea Trade
Vibrant activity has resumed at the Chinese border city of Dandong, where, according to Chinese authorities, housing prices have been rising at the fastest rate among a group of 70 Chinese cities. South Korean newspaper Asia Economy Daily reported Monday freight trucks and tour buses could be seen crossing the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, and North Korean restaurants that once refused South Korean customers were welcoming them again. UPI

Children Cry Out For "Mama" And "Papi" In Heartbreaking Audio Recorded At A Detention Center
ProPublica published audio of children at a US Customs and Border Protection facility who have been separated from their parents. The audio was provided by Human Rights attorney Jennifer Harbury, who told CNN that a client was at the facility last week where children had been recently separated from their parents. In the audio you can hear children crying and asking for “Papi” and “Mama." CNN
VOA VIEW: What are childrent crying when born Americans go to detention centers.

Most Republicans Approve Of Policy That Causes Family Separation
Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the Trump administration's practice of taking undocumented immigrant children from their families and putting them in government facilities on US borders, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Only 28% approve. But among Republicans, there is majority support for the policy that has resulted in an uptick of children being separated from their families. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN has made a liberal stand that has no merit.

Senate Passes Defense Bill, Battle Looms With Trump Over China's ZTE
The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military but setting up a potential battle with the White House over Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corp. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 85-10 for the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which authorizes U.S. military spending but is generally used as a vehicle for a broad range of policy matters. Before it can become law, the bill must be reconciled with one already passed by the House of Representatives. That compromise measure must then be passed by both chambers and signed into law by Trump. Reuters


Trump Orders Creation Of Space Focused US Military Branch
“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space,” Trump said before a meeting of his National Space Council. “We are going to have the Air Force and we’re going to have the ‘Space Force.’ Separate but equal. It is going to be something,” he said later. Reuters

Supreme Court Sidesteps Ruling In Partisan Gerrymandering Cases
The supreme court dodged a decision on whether it is constitutional for political parties to redraw electoral maps to gain a partisan advantage. In two cases, one in Maryland and one in Wisconsin, the court on Monday found procedural reasons not to issue a ruling on gerrymandering. Instead of making a landmark ruling, the cases were both kicked back to lower courts for new hearings. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Chicken!

Trump Says Germans 'Turning Against Their Leadership' Over Immigration
Donald Trump has launched an unprecedented attack on Angela Merkel’s government, tweeting that “the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition”. While the US president has previously been openly critical of Germany’s export surplus and defence spending, he has refrained from openly criticising the country’s migration policy since taking office in 2017. Guardian

Sessions Rebukes Critics Who Compare Border Separations To Nazi Germany
Speaking to Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" Monday night, Sessions said illegal immigrants have taken advantage of the U.S. "We have watched what happened with the Obama policies, and over years, we went from 15,000 illegal entries to 75,000 -- this is a huge loophole in our system that's attracting more and more people, as more and more people understand that, under previous policies, if they enter the country unlawfully, that nothing will happen," Sessions said. Fox
VOA VIEW: Sessions is right - the US and people are tired of being taken advantage of.

Trump Threatens China With Additonal Tariffs On Another $200 Billion Of Goods
The White House said Monday evening that if China goes through with its promise to retaliate against the US tariffs announced last week, the United States will impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. "Further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods, and accept a more balanced trade relationship with the United States," Trump said in a statement. CNN Money
VOA VIEW: China has much to lose in a trade war with the US.

After Parkland, Some Teachers Turn To Firearm Training: 'I Want To Be Able To Protect Them'
On a recent morning in Newcomerstown, Ohio, a row of teachers stood in a line with guns drawn and moved slowly toward a row of steel plate targets. The teachers had come to take part in Faster Saves Lives, a voluntary training program run by an Ohio-based nonprofit that has taught more than 1,300 school staff members to carry and use firearms since 2013. NBC


McAllen, TX, Immigration Processing Center Is Largest In US
Hundreds of young migrants are being kept behind metal wire — the type you’d see on a neighborhood batting cage or a dog kennel — inside the country’s largest immigration processing center. A Department of Homeland Security official called the facility, known as Ursula, the “epicenter” of the Trump administration’s policy that has separated thousands of children from their parents. NBC

House GOP Immigration Bill Would Modify — But Not End — Child Detentions
House Republican leaders are reworking their "compromise" immigration bill to include a provision that modifies — but doesn't completely end — the "zero tolerance" policy being enforced now by the Trump administration. In the new legislation, children would now be held in the same place as their parents if they are detained. Under the White House's policy, roughly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southwest border illegally in the past six weeks. NPR
VOA VIEW: Republicans show that they are weak.

'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence
Some parents see it coming. Natalie was not that kind of parent. Even after the director and a teacher at her older son's day care sat her down one afternoon in 2011 to detail the 3-year-old's difficulty socializing and his tendency to chatter endlessly about topics his peers showed no interest in, she still didn't get the message. Her son, the two educators eventually spelled out, might be on the autism spectrum.  NPR

Years Of Backlash: Obama Policy On Illegal Immigrants' Children Was Also Slammed By Critics
The Obama administration actually expanded the system of detaining families – typically mothers and their minor children – after a huge surge of Central Americans along the U.S.-Mexican border in 2014. The policy resulted in many minors being detained in various locations, in much-criticized conditions, either with their families or by themselves, if they had crossed the border alone. Fox
VOA VIEW: Is it different when a liberal does what conservatives do?

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Grassley Calls For Probe Of James Comey's Disturbing Email Practices
Investigators should probe whether former FBI Director James Comey discussed classified information using a personal email account, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Monday at a hearing on the Justice Department watchdog's bombshell report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz were testifying before the panel. Fox News
VOA VOEW: Comey may be in real trouble.

DHS Head Says Immigration Crisis Is Not New Product Of Legislative Loopholes
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that the growing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border "is not new" as the Trump administration dug in amid a national outcry over the separation of immigrant children from their parents. "This entire crisis, just to be clear, is not new," Nielsen told reporters at the top of the White House briefing. "It's been occurring and expanded over many decades. But currently, it is the exclusive product of loopholes in our federal immigration laws that prevent illegal immigrant minors and family members from being detained and removed to their home countries." Fox News

Sarah Sanders Responds To Laura Bush: 'We're Not The Ones Responsible For Creating This Problem'
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed a sharp condemnation of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy for illegal border crossings from former first lady Laura Bush, saying the Trump administration is not responsible “for creating this problem.” “This law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband’s leadership, not under this administration,” Sanders told reporters during Monday’s White House press briefing. “We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it. But we’re the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.” Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Good and accurate point.

Oprah Just Became One Of The World's 500 Richest People
Oprah Winfrey has notched another milestone. The media mogul’s fortune hit a record $4 billion on Monday to make her the first black female entrepreneur on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. She’s at 494, just behind Mark Cuban and Ross Perot. Winfrey, 64, can largely thank the performance of Weight Watchers International Inc. for this latest marker. Her fortune has increased $427 million so far this year as the company’s share price has more than doubled. Bloomberg

Trump Administration Could Be Holding 30,000 Border Kids By August, Officials Say
The Trump administration could be holding 30,000 illegal immigrant children by the end of August as a result of its push to enforce federal immigration laws, which has led to the separation of children from their parents and guardians as those adults are prosecuted. A senior administration official who asked not to be identified said the Department of Health and Human Services has been taking in about 250 children per day in recent weeks. HHS is the agency that is taking in children when they are separated from their families. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: An easy resolution is not to come into the US illegally with children.

Call To Suspend Mueller Probe Was Just Posturing, Giuliani Says
President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Monday that he was actually just bluffing last week when he called for Justice Department leaders to suspend special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation within 24 hours. “I didn’t think it would,” Giuliani told POLITICO with a laugh when asked about the Mueller inquiry’s still being very much an active investigation. “But I still think it should be.” Politico


All 4 Living Former First Ladies Condemn Trump Border Policy
All four living former first ladies — Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama — have stepped out of political retirement to condemn the Trump administration's practice of separating parents and children at the border. Speaking at a women's group in New York City on Monday, Clinton called family separation "an affront to our values" and said she had warned Trump's immigration policy would lead to this during her 2016 presidential campaign against him. NBC
VOA VIEW: Foolish women.

In Flight Sexual Assault Reports On The Rise, FBI Says
he number of reported sexual assaults aboard airplanes has grown by nearly two-thirds in recent years, according to the FBI. Sixty-three cases of in-flight sexual assault were reported to federal authorities in the last fiscal year, the FBI said. That’s up from the 38 cases reported in the 2014 fiscal year, according to the agency, which has jurisdiction to investigate crimes on airplanes. Most in-air sexual assault cases go unreported and involve unwanted touching — a felony that can result in prison time, the FBI said. Baltimore Sun

Senate Panel Trashes Comey At FBI Hearing
Former FBI chief James Comey took more hits Monday at a Senate Judiciary Committee focused on the Justice Department Inspector General’s report of how the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton investigation in the run-up to the 2016 election. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that at key moments Comey clearly departed from FBI norms and his decisions negatively impacted the public’s trust in the Justice Department and FBI. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Horowitz showed weakness.

White House To Evangelical Critics: 'Open Your Doors' To Undocumented Families
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders urged religious groups on Monday to "open their doors" to undocumented families, after several prominent conservative evangelicals criticized the Trump administration for separating children from their parents at the border. "I think any evangelical, or any church for that matter, that feels strongly about that, should open their doors and facilitate some of these individuals," Sanders told reporters during a tense late afternoon briefing. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Evangelicals like to preach but don't put up.

Satisfaction With US Direction Reaches 12 Year High
Thirty-eight percent of Americans are satisfied with the way things are going in the United States today, similar to last month's 37% satisfaction rate but marking the numerical high since a 39% reading in September 2005. The satisfaction rate, which Gallup has measured at least monthly since 2001, has now topped 35% three times this year -- a level reached only three times in the previous 12 years (once each in 2006, 2009 and 2016). Gallup

Elon Musk Emails Employees About Extensive And Damaging Sabotage By Employee
Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an email to all employees on Monday morning about a factory fire, and seemed to reference possible sabotage. Now, CNBC has learned that Musk also sent an e-mail to all employees at Tesla late on Sunday night alleging that he has discovered a saboteur in the company's ranks. Musk said this person had conducted "quite extensive and damaging sabotage" to the company's operations, including by changing code to an internal product and exporting data to outsiders. CNBC

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$312 Billion: Green Energy Makes Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth
With the election of Doug Ford as premier of Ontario, the province has joined the world trend toward populism. As in other countries and regions, particularly the United States, it is part of a trend away from collectivism and globalization. Besides a growing distrust of politicians, people are starting to realize that the costs of communism, socialism, or unbridled liberalism are too high. The argument that we will do it properly this time around isn’t convincing anymore.  PJ Media

Dem Candidate Compares Trump Victory To 9/11 Terror Attacks
McGrath, who just recently won her primary in Kentucky’s 6th district, said in November that after Trump’s win she felt the same “sinking feeling” that she had after learning of the 9/11 attacks. “And then, of course, the results of the election, we have a new commander-in-chief,” McGrath said during an event by Indivisible Bourbon County. “And that morning I woke up like somebody had sucker punched me. I mean, I felt like, ‘what has just happened to my country?'” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: It shows that idiots can get votes from idiots.

President Trump Jokes About Firing New NASA Administrator
President Donald Trump joked on Monday that he would fire one of his officials in “two minutes” if he does not do a good job. Trump was speaking at the Meeting of the National Space Council when he thanked a list of his top officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Daily Caller

Kim Jong Un More Popular Than Pelosi
Self-identified Republicans now have a marginally more favorable view of Kim Jong Un than they do for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), according to a new Ipsos poll done exclusively for The Daily Beast. The poll of roughly 1,000 adults aged 18 and over was conducted June 14-15, shortly after President Trump’s historic summit with the North Korea dictator. According to the results, 19 percent of Republicans indicated they had a favorable view of Kim with 68 percent saying they had an unfavorable view (12 percent of voters overall had a favorable view of Kim, compared to 75 percent who viewed him unfavorably). That compared slightly better than the perception of Pelosi, who had a 17 percent favorable, 72 percent unfavorable rating among self-identified Republicans. Google News

Ex CIA Employee Charged In Major Leak Of Agency Hacking Tools
Federal prosecutors on Monday charged a former CIA employee with violations of the Espionage Act and related crimes in connection with the leak last year of a collection of hacking tools that the agency used for spy operations overseas. Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment with illegally gathering and transmitting national defense information and other related counts in connection with what is considered to be one of the most significant leaks in CIA history. My San Antonio

As Summer Travel Begins, TSA Says Come Early And Be Prepared
Come early, have your bag packed properly and expect that you might need to unpack some items at the security checkpoint, more so than last summer. That's the advice of Bart Johnson, who leads security for the Transportation Security Administration at airports across upstate, including at Albany International Airport. Johnson said Monday during a press conference at Albany International that with the summer travel season arriving, air passenger traffic at the airport increases 10 percent, from 4,500 people a day to 5,000 people a day — all of whom must make their way through the TSA checkpoint. Times Union

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Michelle Obama Seconds Laura Bush’s Criticism Of Child Separation Policy
Former first lady Michelle Obama neatly criticized the Trump administration’s child separation policy on Monday, breaking from the Obamas’ practice of (mostly) staying quiet about the current president. “Sometimes truth transcends party,” she wrote, pointing to former first lady Laura Bush’s Washington Post op-ed in which Obama’s Republican predecessor criticized the practice of separating immigrant children from their undocumented parents at the border. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Fools like Huff will follow fools.

Minimum Wages Might Mean Fewer Benefits
A recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research by the economists Jeffrey Clemens, Lisa B. Kahn, and Jonathan Meer should make us pause and question the wisdom of higher minimum wages. The economists explore how minimum wages affect the probability of employer-provided health coverage and find that a chunk of the increased earnings for workers who get higher wages will be offset by a reduction in employer-provided health coverage. There are a lot of ways minimum wages can hurt the people they’re supposed to help. By raising the price of something in a competitive market, people will demand less of it. And while there is some mixed evidence, it does appear to be the case that minimum wages reduce employment. Zero Hedge

Hillary Fundraises Off Border 'Humanitarian Crisis'
“Never let a crisis go to waste,” the Clintonista Rahm Emanuel once said. Hillary Clinton is very concerned about what’s happening on the southern border, and despite not being a candidate for anything (yet), she wants Americans to give her money to do something about it. The failed Democratic candidate for president sent a fundraising email this afternoon to supporters, asking them to donate to her organization so it can exploit the “humanitarian crisis” she says is being created by “Trump’s immigration policies.” American Mirror
VOA VIEW: You have to be an idiot or bigger con artiest to send Hillary money.

China Blasts Trump's New Tariff Threat As 'Blackmail'
China’s government has denounced President Donald Trump’s threat of tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods as blackmail and warned it would respond with “strong countermeasures.” The Commerce Ministry on Tuesday gave no details but said Beijing is ready to “defend the interests of the Chinese people and enterprises.” Trump ordered the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday, stepping up a dispute that companies and investors worry could drag down global trade and economic growth. NY Post

US Lawmakers Protest Delivery Of F-35S To Turkey
A truly bipartisan letter sponsored by 44 members of the US House of Representatives calls for the US to “prevent the planned delivery of F-35 Lightning II jets” to Turkey. “Turkey is actively operating to undermine US interests around the world,” the legislators said. The letter was addressed to US Defense Secretary James Mattis and was postmarked June 15. The letter was signed by everyone from liberals Ro Khanna, Frank Pallone, Tulsi Gabbard to conservatives Randy Hultgren, Dana Rohrabacher and Ted Poe, demonstrating a growing anti-Turkey sentiment in Washington. InfoWars

Border Sheriff: 'We Need A Wall', After 5 Illegals Die In Rollover Accident
The sheriff in the Texas county where five illegal aliens perished Sunday in a rollover accident says the incident is the perfect example of why we need President Trump’s long-proposed border wall. The accident happened around noon as several suspected smugglers attempted to outrun Border Patrol agents in Big Wells, Texas. The SUV overturned after it hit gravel traveling at more than 100 miles per hour, ejecting 12 illegals. InfoWars

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