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NEWS     SUNDAY,  JUNE  17, 2018    NEWS

Trump Accuses Dems Of Protecting MS-13 Gang Members: 'They Want Them To Be Left Alone'
Trump made his remarks in his weekly address and as House lawmakers are negotiating legislation that would limit some forms of migration, fund border security and would also grant protected status to some illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Fox
VOA VIEW: Dems are losing their minds.

The Elite Embrace Selfishness, Bigotry And Hatred Of Trump
Until recently it was possible to discern a policy-based ideology of elitism. It was the establishment consensus around the benefits of globalization, automation, centralization and uncontrolled immigration. Over the past few decades, this elitist policy agenda was implemented regardless of actual election outcomes. Fox

What Life Is Like For Paul Manafort In Jail
Just before dusk on Friday, a white van pulled into Northern Neck Regional Jail, a green-roofed, low-slung building about three miles from the bank of the Rappahannock River in Virginia. Inside the van sat former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The white van had left the federal courthouse in downtown Washington, DC, with Manafort inside three hours earlier. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is sick.

Giuliani: Trump Is Not Going To Pardon Anybody
President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Friday that President Donald Trump will not pardon anyone involved in the Russia investigation while the probe is ongoing, but emphasized that the President will not "give up his right to pardon" either. "Let me make it clear right now, anybody listening, he is not going to pardon anybody in this investigation, but he is not obviously going to give up his right to pardon if a miscarriage of justice is presented to him after the investigation," Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time." CNN

Cohen Signals Openness To Cooperating With Federal Investigators
President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has indicated to family and friends he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators to alleviate the pressure on himself and his family, according to a source familiar with the matter. Cohen has expressed anger with the treatment he has gotten from the President, who has minimized his relationship with Cohen, and comments from the President's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the source said. The treatment has left him feeling isolated and more open to cooperating, the source said. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN anti Trump garbage.

Questions Persist Over Puerto Rico's Death Toll, 9 Months After Hurricane
In a crowded courthouse, the battle for Puerto Rico’s future is underway. Teachers, parents and students are fighting to keep their schools open. The island’s government plans to close 283 of them after years of a devastating economic crisis and now plummeting enrollment in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. "Where there is no school there is no community,” said Providencia Figueroa, an educator working with one of Puerto Rico’s teachers unions. “The community is dead.” NBC

South Korea, US To Announce Suspension Of Major Military Drills This Week
South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of “large-scale” military drills this week, with the provision that they would restart if North Korea failed to keep its promise to denuclearize, news agency Yonhap said on Sunday. Citing an unnamed government source, the South Korean news agency said the suspension was likely to affect only major joint exercises, not more routine military training. Reuters

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Bombing Kills At Least 26 In Afghan Cease Fire Gathering
A suicide bomber attacked a gathering of Taliban and Afghan security officials Saturday in Nanggarhar during cease-fires, killing at least 26 people, officials said. Also, more than 50 people were wounded in the eastern Afghan city as people celebrated the second day of Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, The New York Times reported. The event also included civilians, who were among the casualties. UPI

Pope: Selective Abortion Is Nazi Mentality
Pope Francis on Saturday said those having abortions because a fetus has disabilities or malformations have a Nazi mindset. In a speech to the Forum of Family Associations, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Francis also stressed God's vision of the family is between a man and a woman. UPI

Bernie Sanders Won't Endorse His Own Son's Run For Congress
If Bernie Sanders doesn’t receive a Father’s Day card on Sunday, the reason might not be hard to figure out. The U.S. senator from Vermont has declined to endorse his son Levi Sanders, 49, a candidate for a U.S. House seat in New Hampshire, according to reports. “He’s on his own,” the elder Sanders told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night, adding that he doesn’t like “dynastic politics.” Fox News
VOA VIEW: Very few care.

Hillary Tells Grads Of Pricey School About Her Troubled Youth
In a surprise appearance Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered a commencement address to graduates of San Francisco's exclusive Hamlin School. Media reports said Secret Service personnel whisked the former Democratic presidential nominee and U.S. secretary of state into the all-girls private school -- where tuition is $34,500 per year. Fox News

Leave. EU Faces New Questions Over Contacts With Russia
A leader of the Leave.EU campaign suggested sending a “message of support” to the Russian ambassador after the then foreign secretary made a speech that was critical of Russia, documents seen by the Observer suggest. The material also appears to show that Andy Wigmore, spokesman for the Leave.EU campaign and the business partner of Arron Banks, the biggest funder of Brexit, passed confidential legal documents to high-ranking officials at the Russian embassy and then denied it to parliament. Guardian UK

Taxi Plows Into Moscow Crowd
A taxi drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow’s Red Square on Saturday, injuring eight people including two Mexicans in the city for the soccer World Cup which Russia is hosting, officials and eyewitnesses said. The incident took place as residents and visiting soccer fans thronged the center of Moscow on a balmy summer evening, a short distance from the Kremlin. Reuters

US Prosecutors Pull Encrypted Messages From Phones Seized In Cohen Raids
Federal prosecutors investigating U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen have extracted more than 700 pages of messages sent using encrypted programs like WhatsApp and Signal on phones seized from Cohen, according to a court filing on Friday. Reuters

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US Expected To Quit UN Human Rights Panel Over Perceived Anti Israel Bias
Talks over how to reform the United Nations human rights council have failed to meet US demands, activists and diplomats said, suggesting the Trump administration will quit the panel, whose session opens on Monday. Nikki Haley, Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, publicly told the council a year ago that Washington might leave the body unless a “chronic anti-Israel bias” were removed. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Quit would be good and so would lowering if not stopping the funding.

The Russia Investigations: What The Justice IG Report Revealed
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has painted his masterpiece. His report about the 2016 investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server is the Ulysses of government reports — a universe in microcosm, a bottomless trove, an opus that will be studied for generations ... or at least until the next big flap blows up on TV. NPR

Watergate Prosecutor: Manafort Might Never Get Out Of Jail
Paul Manafort might “never, ever see the outside of a jail cell,” says a former Watergate prosecutor – and the prospect could make him testify against his onetime employer, President Trump. Nick Akerman, an assistant special prosecutor in the case against former President Richard Nixon, pointed to the lengthy sentence handed to a Watergate burglar – and the fact that Manafort is age 69. NY Post

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Rand Paul's Neighbor Gets 30 Days In Prison For Attack
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s neighbor was sentenced Friday to 30 days in prison for tackling the lawmaker while he was out doing yard work at his Kentucky home.
Paul, who suffered broken ribs, had hoped for a harsher penalty. He said in a statement that the 21 months in prison sought by prosecutors “would have been the appropriate punishment.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: The sentence was too low.

White House Now Says Trump Will Support 'Moderate' Immigration Bill
Friday morning Donald Trump said in an interview on Fox News that he would not support a "moderate" GOP immigration bill that would allow most DREAMers to stay in the U.S. and reduce the number of children separated from their parents at the border. The conservative alternative was heavy on border security and enforcement. PJ Media

Feminist Academic Launching Masters Program In 'Masculinities'
Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, will soon become the first college in the nation to offer a master’s degree in the emerging field of “Masculinities.” The Master’s Program in Masculinities will be a 30-credit online program offered through the school’s Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, which aims to “disseminate research that redefines gender relations to foster greater social justice.” PJ Media

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2,000 Children Separated From Parents In 6 Weeks Under Trump Policy
Almost 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the US southern border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained on Friday by the Associated Press. The figures show that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults between 19 April and 31 May 2018. The separations were not broken down by age, and included separations for illegal entry, immigration violations or possible criminal conduct by the adult. Guardian
VOA VIEW: A good start.

Dem Rep. Admits Child Migrant Crisis Was Kept Very Quiet Under The Obama Administration
“It was kept very quiet under the Obama Administration. There were large numbers of people coming in. The Obama administration was trying to keep this quiet,” Cuellar told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield. Whitfield displayed a 2014 image of migrant children held in cages at a detention center, and Cuellar said that he released similar photos of children separated from their parents. Daily Caller

Trump Plans To Withdraw US From UN's Human Rights Council
The United Nations Human Rights Council is either proof that humorless diplomatic apparatchiks do indeed have a sense of humor or that something is seriously broken with the U.N. mechanism. The UNHRC essentially serves one major function: wholesale grousing about the state of Israel. That probably shouldn’t surprise you when you see some of the defenders of human rights that are currently or have previously sat on the Council. InfoWars

President Trump To Tap Mulvaney Associate To Lead Consumer Bureau
President Trump plans to nominate Kathy Kraninger to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House said on Saturday. The post is currently held by interim director Mick Mulvaney, who also leads the Office of Management nd Budget, where Kraninger is an associate director. Kraninger is expected to continue Mulvaney's push to make the bureau more business friendly. NPR

Sale Of 'LA Times' Set To Close, Bringing End To Newsroom Crisis
The Los Angeles Times will soon have a new home and a new lease on life — far from the current Chicago-based corporate ownership that has engendered a series of crises there. The sale of the Times by parent company Tronc to billionaire California inventor and investor Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong could be announced as soon as Monday morning, three people with knowledge of the deal tell NPR. They asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the transaction. The finalization of the deal was first reported by NPR on social media. NPR

Trump Congratulates Hungarian Quasi-Dictator On Election Victory
President Trump’s admiration for authoritarians is, at this point, well-established. But his habit of going out of his way to endorse world leaders inimical to Western democracy never stops being stunning. On Saturday, Trump offered what sounded like hearty congratulations to Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, whose Fidesz party won a a sweeping electoral victory in April. NY Mag
VOA VIEW: Liberal anti Trump prapaganda.

CNN, MSNBC Bury FBI Agents Getting Freebies From Reporters
CNN and MSNBC buried the inspector general report’s revelation that a number of FBI agents were receiving unauthorized free handouts, such as dinners and tickets, from reporters. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz noted in his report on the Clinton investigation, which was released Thursday, that his department found numerous instances in which FBI agents were improperly in contact with reporters and were receiving a number of free perks from their relationships. Daily Caller

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It’s Been 3 Extremely Long Years Since Trump Announced His Presidential Bid
It feels like Donald Trump has been president for oh, roughly 87 years. But June 16 marks only the third — yes, third — anniversary of that fateful day when he descended the elevator at Trump Tower and began poisoning our public life in earnest. NY Mag

Democrats Hope For Big Gubernatorial Gains This November
In many respects, the landscape for governors’ races around the country this year is the mirror image of the Senate landscape. There are 35 Senate races in 2018 (including special elections in Minnesota and Mississippi), divided into 26 seats currently held by Democrats and nine currently held by Republicans. There are 36 gubernatorial races, divided into 26 governorships current controlled by the GOP and just nine by Democrats (with one independent, Alaska’s Bill Walker). NY Mag
VOA VIEW: Republicans will gain seats.

Cryptocurrency Millionaire Kidnapped By Biker Gang, Robbed At Gunpoint For $1.8M
Three members of a Bronx biker gang were arraigned in a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, charged with kidnapping and robbing a cryptocurrency multi-millionaire at gunpoint, authorities said. Ringleader Cesar (Fuego) Guzman, 38, Allan (Joker) Nunez, 36, and Darrell (Bishop) Colon, 37, joined their accomplice - Louis Meza, 35, in luring their victim into a fake Uber ride on November 4, 2017 where they held him captive for two hours with a hood over his head - demanding his keys and a memory stick linked to his Ether currency account, according to court papers. Zero Hedge

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Videos Show California Cop Shoot Fleeing Man On Bustling Sidewalk
Four newly released videos of a San Francisco police officer shooting a fleeing man in the back as he ran by pedestrians add details to an episode that enraged onlookers. The officer fired after he saw that the man, Oliver Barcenas, “drew a firearm from his waist,” the San Francisco Police Department said Thursday in a press release. The gun, which is not visible in the videos, was a .45 caliber Glock equipped with a laser sight and extended clip, according to police. Huff Post

Ex NSA Director Compares Trump To Hitler On Immigration
In yet another example of leftist hysteria, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden on Tuesday likened President Trump’s immigration policy to the Holocaust. “Other governments have separated mothers and children,” Hayden tweeted, showing a picture of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. InfoWars

Shinzo Abe Now Wants To Meet With Kim Jong Un
Shinzo Abe wants to get on the Kim Jong Un bandwagon. The Japanese prime minister, who has largely been left on the sidelines as the formerly isolated leader of North Korea has stepped up his international relations, confirmed Saturday that he has launched an effort to arrange a summit with Kim. The move comes days after President Trump held a historic summit with the North’s dictator. In a television interview, Abe said his government has contacted the North Korean side “through various channels” in a bid to arrange a meeting. NY Post

Pelosi Wonders Why There Aren't 'Uprisings All Over the Country' Because Of Border Policy
Nancy Pelosi's weekly press briefings are becoming the stuff of legend. That is, legendary bonkers. Pelosi has given her opinion on the tax cut ("crumbs"), jobs growth ("means little"), and now offers her thoughts on the separation of children from their parents at the border. “I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country, and maybe there will be when people realize that this is a policy that they defend,” she said. “It’s a horrible thing, and I don’t see any prospect for legislation here.” PJ Media
OA VIEW: Pelosi is a liberal idiot.

Alyssa Milano Laments Bill Clinton’s ‘Weak Reply’ To Lewinsky Questions
Actress Alyssa Milano, an activist for the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment and abuse, criticized former President Clinton’s answers to questions about his handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton was asked recently if he had ever apologized to Lewinsky personally. Clinton told NBC News he has “apologized to the world” about his behavior. Milano, who supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for president, said Bill Clinton delivered “a weak reply.” PJ Media

Trump Rips Into Dems Over Border Separations: 'This Is Why We Need More Republicans'
President Donald Trump attacked Democrats Saturday morning over the separation of children and parents at the southern border, claiming they “are good at only three things, High Taxes, High Crime and Obstruction.” During an unprecedented impromptu press conference on the North lawn Friday, the president explained several times that he did not like the policy that forced parents and children to be separated, and that if the Democrats would only come to the negotiating table, that policy could be ended “tonight.” He also restated his initial position that any immigration plan which did not include funding for the wall would not be signed. Daily Caller

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