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NEWS     FRIDAY,  SEPTEMBER  21, 2018    NEWS

HHS to spend $360M to triple size of 'tent city' for migrant children
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department will spend $360 million to expand the "tent city" for unaccompanied migrant children in Tornillo, Texas, by the end of the year. HHS published the spending supplement Tuesday in the Federal Register, a daily publication of official announcements. The move funds the expansion of the facility to 3,800 beds from its current population of 1,200. Tornillo, which opened on June 13, is a "temporary emergency influx shelter," according to HHS. On Aug. 22, the agency announced it would pay San Antonio-based contractor Baptist Child Facility Services $28 million through Sept. 13 "to provide shelter for potential increases in apprehensions of unaccompanied children at the U.S. southern border." UPI
VOA VIEW: Illegals are costing the people of this country.

Wells Fargo to cut up to 26k jobs
Wells Fargo said Thursday it plans to reduce its number of employees by 5 percent to 10 percent by 2021 as it speeds up its adoption of self-service technologies. The company employs about 265,000 people, meaning the staff reduction would affect between 13,250 and 26,500 employees. The employees would be eliminated through normal attrition as well job displacements. UPI
VOA VIEW: A lot of cuts - the bank is a joke.

James Comey was chief anti-Trump dossier proponent within U.S. intelligence community
The FBI pushed in 2016 to include the discredited dossier into the official intelligence community assessment that Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton, two former senior officials said. The officials told The Washington Times that as the historic ICA, as it is known, was being drafted, the FBI wanted to fold in allegations and observations from dossier writer Christopher Steele. One source said then-FBI Director James B. Comey directly advocated inclusion. A second source said FBI officials definitely wanted Mr. Steele’s charges on Kremlin behavior included but could not single out Mr. Comey as the main driver. The sources said James R. Clapper, then director of national intelligence, and John O. Brennan, then director of the CIA, objected on grounds that the dossier remained largely unconfirmed information from a former British spy, not vetted U.S. intelligence. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Comey was convening for his on gain.

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Cory Booker's 1992 column detailing 'groping' of high school friend resurfaces
A 1992 column by now-Sen. Cory Booker detailing his “groping” of a high school friend has resurfaced as he pushes to delay Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings over a sexual assault allegation. In the 1992 column for The Stanford Daily, then-Stanford University grad student Mr. Booker wrote about the New Year’s Eve incident in 1984 that he will “never forget.” In the column, titled, “So much for stealing second,” Mr. Booker said he was 15 when he fondled an intoxicated female friend. “With the ‘Top Gun’ slogan ringing in my head, I slowly reached for her breast,” he wrote. “After having my hand pushed away once, I reached my ‘mark.’ Our groping ended soon and while no ‘relationship’ ensued, a friendship did. You see, the next week in school she told me that she was drunk that night and didn’t really know what she was doing.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Booker was a liar and wrong doer than and got away with it.

Christine Blasey Ford willing to testify on Kavanaugh allegations under 'fair' conditions
Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, reiterated Thursday that she would be willing to testify before senators about her allegations.  In an email sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee and obtained by USA TODAY, Ford's lawyer says her client "would be prepared to testify next week," as long as conditions are determined that are "fair and which ensure her safety." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Ford wants things her way, and only her way.

Trump won't get as much help from Facebook in 2020
Facebook will not provide the same level of on-site strategic support it gave Donald Trump during the 2016 election to future presidential campaigns. The company will instead focus on providing information to all elected officials and political campaigns through its political campaign website politics.fb.com. It will also have employees provide basic training on how to use Facebook's products and navigate the ads authorization process. Bloomberg was the first to report the change. Facebook's support of the Trump campaign and the surprisingly active role employees played in shaping its message and targeting voters received heavy scrutiny from Congress after Brad Parscale, Trump's digital director, claimed he got "embeds" from Facebook to help craft the campaign's digital strategy and that Facebook helped Trump win the White House. USA Today

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Senate Dems urge FBI to probe threats against Ford; those against Kavanaugh and kin unmentioned
Senate Democrats on Thursday called for the FBI to investigate threats against Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than three decades ago. But they pointedly did not request a similar probe of threats against Kavanaugh or his family. In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and joined by all Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., calls for federal authorities to take "immediate action ... to investigate potential federal crimes against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford." The Democrats, saying the threats involve laws against interstate threats of violence, as well as federal witness intimidation and obstruction laws, add in the letter that they "strongly believe that how Dr. Blasey Ford is treated in this moment reflects upon how seriously our nation treats credible claims of sexual assault, and whether we have learned from past mistakes." Fox
VOA VIEW: Dems are sounding more scary and nuts.
 
 Haley: NYT Reporters 'Knew the Facts' on $50K Curtains Report, Published Anyway
 U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday on "The Story" that the New York Times knew the truth about the purchase of curtains in Haley's official New York City residence. The Times ripped Haley over the fact the curtains in her Turtle Bay penthouse cost more than $50,000 to the taxpayer. However, the curtains were purchased by the Obama administration for Haley's predecessor. "We're stopping stories every day that aren't truthful," Haley said. "I hadn't even taken the job when these curtains were being picked up." Fox

'No accident' Brett Kavanaugh's female law clerks 'looked like models', Yale professor told students
A top professor at Yale Law School who strongly endorsed supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “mentor to women” privately told a group of law students last year that it was “not an accident” that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all “looked like models” and would provide advice to students about their physical appearance if they wanted to work for him, the Guardian has learned. Amy Chua, a Yale professor who wrote a bestselling book on parenting called Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, was known for instructing female law students who were preparing for interviews with Kavanaugh on ways they could dress to exude a “model-like” femininity to help them win a post in Kavanaugh’s chambers, according to sources. Guardian

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US steps up fight against slave labor 'to safeguard American jobs'
The United States said on Thursday it was boosting its fight against slave-made goods “to safeguard American jobs“, signaling that the Trump administration regards forced labor as a trade, rather than a human rights issue. The new approach was revealed in the Department of Labor’s biennial list of goods that it “has reason to believe” are produced by child or forced labor, which became a crime to import in 2016 under a law introduced by Barack Obama. “American workers cannot compete with producers abroad who use child labor or forced labor,” the US secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta, said in a foreword to the list of 148 goods produced in 76 countries. Guardian

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen providing info in Mueller probe
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer claims to be providing "critical information" in the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges last month, tweeted Thursday that he provided information to prosecutors without a cooperation agreement. The tweet was deleted almost immediately and later reposted by Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis. ABC News reported Thursday that Cohen has met several times with investigators for the special counsel's office. Cohen has said Trump directed him to arrange hush-money deals for porn actress Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model to fend off damage to his White House bid. Cohen's tweet said no one "should question his integrity, veracity or loyalty to his family and country" over Trump. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: There is nothing but ies that will prove anything against Trump.

Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches
President Donald Trump will call for global action on the world drug problem, lay out his vision of the U.S. role in the world, and urge a halt to the spread of weapons of mass destruction during next week's gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters Thursday that Trump's focus "will be very much on the United States," its role and the relations it wants to build, and "how we can make the American people proud, and what actions we can show that really live up to that." "He is looking forward to talking about foreign policy successes the United States has had over the past year and where we're going to go from here," she said. "He wants to talk about protecting U.S. sovereignty," and "we want to continue to build relationships" with other countries that "share those values." Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Many will watch the real president.

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Many Californians make trip to see Trump at rally
Nearly a third of interviewed attendees in line to enter Donald Trump’s rally are from California, here to witness “a rare” happening. “You never see this where we live,” said Larry Cartwright, who took work off and drove four hours from Los Angeles to attend Trump’s speech. Hernan Gomez, one of few Latin Americans in the crowd, says Trump is “all for us,” referring to the Latino demographic. “Most of this has been blown out of proportion by the fake news media,” Gomez said. Las Vegas Sun

Trump’s tough talk on immigration could backfire in Latino-heavy states
President Donald Trump promises to build a massive multi-billion dollar wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States. He threatens to deport millions more. And he vows to crack down on cities that refuse to cooperate with U.S. agencies trying to enforce immigration law. But as he tries to appeal to voters in the swing state of Nevada where nearly one in five residents is an immigrant, Trump’s tough talk may end up motivating voters to help Democratic candidates in the midterm elections in November. Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: America First - who don't agree - needs to leave.

Man with AK-47 is dead after shooting at cops near Miami Airport, mayor says
A man was shot and killed by police Thursday night near Miami International Airport after he fired at several police officers with an assault rifle, officials said. According to Miami-Dade police, the gunfire erupted near Northwest 72nd Avenue and Seventh Street — just blocks away from the airport. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the news at a late-night budget hearing downtown. He said a shooter with an “AK-47” was dead after an “exchange of gunfire.” “He did shoot at our officers and we returned fire,” Zabaleta. said. Miami Herald

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Romanian woman pleads guilty to Washington D.C., ransomware attack
A Romanian woman pleaded guilty Thursday for her role in a ransomware attack on security cameras throughout Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Justice said. Eveline Cismaru, 28, pleaded guilty to U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich for one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, which carry maximum sentences of 20 years and five years in prison respectively. UPI

Idlib deal could save three million ‘from catastrophe’ says UN chief, as militants are urged to lay down arms
“I welcome the agreement three days ago between President Erdogan of Turkey and President Putin of Russia, to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib”, Mr Guterres told journalists in New York. “If properly implemented, this could save three million civilians – including one million children – from catastrophe.” In his appeal to “all the parties” to implement the agreement, the UN chief highlighted the need to ensure the protection of civilians and humanitarian access. International humanitarian law must also be respected and everyone involved in the more than seven-year conflict should work “urgently for greater progress” in the Geneva process to find a political solution to the situation. UN

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UN chief seeking ‘renewed commitment’ to global rules and values, as world leaders head to New York
In a press conference for journalists based at UN Headquarters in New York, the Secretary-General said that with 84 Heads of State and 44 Heads of Government taking part next week, it showed the UN was still “the world’s indispensable forum for international cooperation”. One year on from his launch of a system-wide gender parity strategy, Mr. Guterres told journalists that team leaders in the field are now made up of an equal number of men and women, and that there have never been as many female heads and deputy heads of peace operations in UN history, adding: “Our aim is to shift the long-standing power imbalances that have held the United Nations back, and to elicit the best contributions from all the staff to take the Organization forward. And such a shift will also help to address sexual harassment.” UN

Southwest worker claims staffers had ‘whites-only’ break room: suit
A former Southwest Airlines employee has accused the airliner of racial discrimination, claiming coworkers set up a whites-only break room at Houston Hobby Airport in Texas and hung a noose at gate 45 at the airport during the four years he worked there, the federal lawsuit alleges. Former employee Jamel Parker filed the suit in United States District Court in Houston on Wednesday. Parker, who began working for AirTran in 2008 and joined Southwest in 2013 after the companies merged, says in the lawsuit that Southwest employees were “allowed” to “create a ‘WB,’ a whites-only break room.” New York Post

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