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NEWS     MOMDAY,  JULY  16, 2018    NEWS

'I Hadn't Thought' Of Asking Putin To Extradite Indicted Russian Agents
President Donald Trump said in a new interview airing Sunday that he hadn’t thought of pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin on extraditing the dozen Russian officials charged with hacking Democratic emails, while continuing to blame Democrats for the stolen emails that upended the 2016 presidential campaign. Philly.com
VOA VIEW: Never asked for something you know would not be granted.

Inside Israel's Raid To Seize Nuclear Documents In Iran
Israeli agents covertly extracted documents detailing Iran’s nuclear program in a dramatic 6½-hour operation in Tehran in January, removing a trove of materials that included partial designs for a nuclear warhead, senior Israeli intelligence officials said. The Israeli team secretly reached the warehouse holding the materials and broke in during a tight time window when it knew the building would be unguarded, the officials said. To avoid drawing attention to the nondescript facility, Iran hadn’t posted full-time guards, they said, but rather relied on alarm systems that the Israeli agents disabled. Fox
VOA VIEW: Foolish and smart moves.

Pakistan Opens Terrorism Investigation Against Ex PM's Party
Pakistani authorities have opened a criminal investigation into leaders of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political party under an anti-terrorism law, 10 days before a hotly contested general election, according to police documents. The case relates to a march staged by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on July 13, when Sharif returned to Pakistan, which defied a ban on holding public rallies on a Friday. The former premier was arrested minutes after landing in the country after being sentenced in absentia by an anti-corruption court on July 6. Reuters

'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author Says Trump Is Losing His Mind
The man who co-wrote “The Art of the Deal” said Sunday he believes President Trump’s faculties are diminishing — and that he feels obligated to sound the alarm. “We are in a true emergency,” Tony Schwartz said on CNN Sunday. “And the accelerated rate at which his breakdown or decompensation is occurring is cause for us, and certainly for me, to come on to TV more often, to tweet more often.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal dumb attacks.

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First Lady Welcomed In Belgium With Music And Fashion
U.S. first lady Melania Trump returned to the international stage Wednesday as she mingled with the spouses of America’s closest allies over classical music, fashion and chocolate. As President Donald Trump harangued Germany and other allies at a NATO summit in Brussels, his wife chatted amiably with some of their spouses at a music conservatory in a wooded park in Waterloo, near the Belgian capital. Chicago Sun Times

Major Chain In Canada Pulls Ivanka Trump's Clothing Line
Canada’s largest full-line department store chain, the Hudson’s Bay Company, has pulled clothing, shoes and other merchandise bearing Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand from its website and said it would wind down their sale in its stores across the country. The move by the retailer, which also owns Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor in the United States, comes at a time when many Canadians say they are boycotting American products because of President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum as well as his repeated insults of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Canada will lose a trade war with the US.

Trump 2020, Outside Groups Raise $32.7 Million In Just 3 Months, Small Donors Rule
President Trump’s re-election campaign and groups backing his agenda raised nearly $33 million in just the last three months, an explosion of support driven by small donors, the groups have reported to the Federal Election Commission. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s re-election campaign raised $8.3 million and, when added to the money collected by its two associated groups, the total was $17.7 million in the second reporting quarter. The campaign has $33 million on hand. Washington Examiner

Nunes: Mueller Indictiment Looked 'Ridiculous'. Omitted Republicans Targeted By Russia
During an interview Sunday on Fox News, Nunes accused the media of largely ignoring the findings of his committee's months-old report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which he asserted was more comprehensive than Mueller's indictment. However, he also claimed the redactions in his panel's report prevented the presentation of the full picture and urged President Trump to declassify it. Bing
VOA VIEW: It shows liberal bias on Mueller's part.

'Art Of The Deal' Co-Author Says Trump Is Losing His Mind
The man who co-wrote “The Art of the Deal” said Sunday he believes President Trump’s faculties are diminishing — and that he feels obligated to sound the alarm. “We are in a true emergency,” Tony Schwartz said on CNN Sunday. “And the accelerated rate at which his breakdown or decompensation is occurring is cause for us, and certainly for me, to come on to TV more often, to tweet more often.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal dumb attacks.

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Mueller Indictments Add Urgency To Securing 2018 Midterm Elections
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s latest move briefly hijacked a closed-door meeting of state election officials and federal cybersecurity personnel here last Friday, as phones buzzed with news alerts about his indictment against Russians allegedly behind a spree of hacks before the 2016 election. WSJ
VOA VIEW: Mueller would be smart if he quits and hides.

Trump: I Think European Union Is A Foe
Coming off a contentious NATO summit and a trip to the U.K. in which he seemed to undercut the government of America's closest ally, President Trump took aim at another Western institution just days before his high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor in Scotland on Saturday, President Trump named the European Union -- comprising some of America's oldest allies -- when asked to identify his "biggest foe globally right now." CBS

First Lady Welcomed In Belgium With Music And Fashion
U.S. first lady Melania Trump returned to the international stage Wednesday as she mingled with the spouses of America’s closest allies over classical music, fashion and chocolate. As President Donald Trump harangued Germany and other allies at a NATO summit in Brussels, his wife chatted amiably with some of their spouses at a music conservatory in a wooded park in Waterloo, near the Belgian capital. Chicago Sun Times

Major Chain In Canada Pulls Ivanka Trump's Clothing Line
Canada’s largest full-line department store chain, the Hudson’s Bay Company, has pulled clothing, shoes and other merchandise bearing Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand from its website and said it would wind down their sale in its stores across the country. The move by the retailer, which also owns Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor in the United States, comes at a time when many Canadians say they are boycotting American products because of President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum as well as his repeated insults of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Canada will lose a trade war with the US.

Trump 2020, Outside Groups Raise $32.7 Million In Just 3 Months, Small Donors Rule
President Trump’s re-election campaign and groups backing his agenda raised nearly $33 million in just the last three months, an explosion of support driven by small donors, the groups have reported to the Federal Election Commission. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence’s re-election campaign raised $8.3 million and, when added to the money collected by its two associated groups, the total was $17.7 million in the second reporting quarter. The campaign has $33 million on hand. Washington Examiner

Nunes: Mueller Indictiment Looked 'Ridiculous'. Omitted Republicans Targeted By Russia
During an interview Sunday on Fox News, Nunes accused the media of largely ignoring the findings of his committee's months-old report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which he asserted was more comprehensive than Mueller's indictment. However, he also claimed the redactions in his panel's report prevented the presentation of the full picture and urged President Trump to declassify it. Bing
VOA VIEW: It shows liberal bias on Mueller's part.

Trump, Putin Mocked By Finnish Newspaper Billboards
Finland's largest newspaper is welcoming President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a series of billboards ahead of their long-awaited summit -- mocking their notoriously bad relationships with the media with pointed messages of freedom of the press. Nearly 300 billboards -- which preview some of both presidents' most "turbulent relations" with the media from 2000 to 2018 -- are posted along the routes from the airport to the site of the summit, according to a press release about the campaign from Helsingin Sandomat. ABC

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Video Shows Fatal Officer Involved Shooting
A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, according to footage released Sunday from an officer's body-worn camera. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it's the quickest he has ever ordered such video released and that he hoped to dispel rumors that Harith Augustus, 37, was unarmed. He also hoped that making the 30-second clip public before a planned protest would prevent another violent confrontation between residents and officers. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Smart move.

With Flags, Song And Pride, France Celebrates A Unifying World Cup Victory
It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy. Time

As Trump Meets Putin, Will The King Of The Deal Finally Make One?
President Donald Trump thinks of himself as the king of the deal, but as he sits down with Russian President Vladimir Putin here Monday, there's scant evidence that he's been able to translate his business-world philosophy into effective bargaining on the international stage or at home. Veteran Republican and Democratic national security hands are so worried Trump will be outmaneuvered by the former KGB agent that they are praying that nothing at all comes out of this summit. NBC
VOA VIEW: Stupidity from liberal NBC.

Trump-Putin Summit Could Provide A 'Significant Breakthrough' On Syria
President Donald Trump’s encounter with Russian President Vladimir Putin could be the catalyst for major diplomatic progress over Syria, one expert told CNBC Monday. The first official dialogue between the two global leaders will take place in Helsinki’s presidential palace on Monday, marking a symbolic end to the Western effort to isolate Russia after its 2014 annexation of Crimea. NBC

These Businesses Don't Want Your Money If You're LGBT
Thanks to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the conversation around religious liberty and LGBT rights in the United States has been focused mostly on wedding services in recent months: Should bakers be able to cite religion in order to deny wedding cakes to same-sex couples? Can florists refuse to arrange flowers? What about stationery shops? Google News
VOA VIEW: Pro LGBT rhetoric.

California Dems Abandon Feinstein, Endorse Opponent
The California Democratic Party voted to endorse a progressive state senator over incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the U.S. Senate in the party's executive board meeting in Oakland, California, on Saturday. Though Feinstein beat state Sen. Kevin de León, 51, by nearly 33 points in the jungle primary last month, progressive grassroots activists have largely taken control of the state party apparatus in recent years and have pushed for a more liberal candidate to take on the Trump administration. NBC

Gowdy To Trump: Ask Putin Where "We Can Pick Up The 25 Russians"
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, says  President Trump should ask Russian President Vladimir Putin where exactly "we can pick up the 25 Russians" who have indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "I would ask the president to give some serious consideration, your first request of Vladimir Putin needs to be,  MSN

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CVS Offers Apology After White Manager Calls Police On Black Customer
CVS Health says it has apologized after a black customer says a white store manager called the police on her and accused her of using a fake coupon at a CVS in Chicago. Camilla Hudson shared a video on her personal Facebook page of the store manager, Morry Matson, calling the cops. Hudson said she tried to use a manufacturer coupon to replace a defective product, which the manager on duty refused to accept, saying it looked fraudulent. Hill

May Promises To Protect Planemakers' Supply Chains In Brexit
Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday seek to reassure aviation bosses that her under-fire Brexit plan won’t disrupt their supply chains, and promise that the industry will flourish as Britain leaves the European Union. May’s words, to be delivered at the Farnborough Airshow south west of London, come at a crunch time for the prime minister as pro-Brexit lawmakers in her party threaten revolt over an EU exit strategy they say leaves Britain subject to Brussels’ rule. Reuters

Syria State Media Says Israel Bombs Military Post In Aleppo
Syrian state media accused Israel of bombing a military position in Aleppo province late Sunday in what would be a rare Israeli attack so far north in the war-ravaged country. Citing a military source, state news agency SANA said the missile attack hit near a strategic air base. Yahoo News

Senator Ben Sasse Calls Putin 'Murderer', Says Trump Shouldn't Meet With Him
Sen. Ben Sasse calls Putin 'murderer,' says Trump shouldn't meet with Russian president originally appeared on abcnews.go.com. Hours before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin one American senator made his displeasure known in a string of tweets calling Putin a "murderer," "crook" and "liar." Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: A nobody, acting like an idiot.

Reagan Aide On The Trump-Putin Summit: Here Is The One Crucial Thing To Focus On Before Anything Else
For all the rhetoric about how – and more importantly, why -- President Trump praises Putin but criticizes allies, we now have a real situation on our hands:  the United States government has formally accused agents of the Russian government of seeking to interfere with our 2016 presidential election.  As if the stakes were not high enough to begin with, the importance of the Trump-Putin Summit has increased exponentially. Fox

Trump Faults US 'Stupidity' For Poor Relations With Russia!
Hours before meeting Russian President Vladi­mir Putin one-on-one for a high-stakes summit here Monday, President Trump echoed Moscow’s view by saying the United States — not Russia — was to blame for hostilities between their countries. Although most U.S. officials argue Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, use of a nerve agent on British soil and aggression in Ukraine and Syria have worsened relations, Trump instead faulted “U.S. foolishness and stupidity,” as well as the expansive Justice Department investigation into Russia’s election intrusion. Washington Post

Judge Orders Los Angeles Times To Delete Part Of Published Article
A federal judge ordered The Los Angeles Times to remove information from a published article on Saturday, a step that legal experts said was extremely unusual and conflicted with the First Amendment. The newspaper said it was appealing the order. The article, published Saturday morning, described a plea agreement between prosecutors and a police narcotics detective in Glendale, Calif., who was accused of colluding with a Mexican crime syndicate. NY Times

More Than 35K Eligible Families On Waiting List For Public Housing Assistance In New Orleans
The number of people waiting for federal housing subsidies in New Orleans grew this year, even as the local housing authority plans to hand out slightly fewer of them than last year. The newly released data offer another indication of the growing scarcity of affordable housing in the city, a trend that has put pressure on local policy makers to increase the stock of affordable units and rein in the practice of renting out thousands of homes online to tourists. Advocate

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France Wins World Cup!!!!-Celebrated In US And Around World!
The win marked the second time in 20 years that France has won. "We're happy. It took 20 years ... It's the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates," Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees, the world-famous avenue in Paris. Fans in the U.S. even enjoyed the win, as bars overflowed with crowds, captured, of course, virally on social media, and public big-screen TVs showed the triumph to overjoyed fans. Fox

The British Are Building A Space Port
The lure of commercial riches in space is spurring a variety of plans to help launch all the components necessary for a fully functioning orbital economy. The latest to enter this private-sector race is the U.K., which on Monday will announce that it plans to construct the nation’s first commercial vertical launch spaceport in northern Scotland. Bloomberg

Scientists Peer Into Heart Of Hurricanes To Improve Intensity Forecast
With a better way to predict a storm’s power, or intensity, people on the ground will be more prepared in knowing whether a hurricane headed their way will cause devastating floods and winds that can uproot trees like Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico last year, or just shake branches and rattle windows. Reuters

Hillary Uses World Cup To Throw Shade At Trump And Putin
Hillary Clinton took a shot at President Trump on Twitter Sunday night — cracking a joke about the World Cup and “which team” he’s playing for — ahead of his private summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Great World Cup,” Clinton tweeted in response to France’s win over Croatia. “Question for President Trump as he meets Putin,” she said. “Do you know which team you play for?” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Hillary is an idiot.

Trump Says 'Enemy Of The People' Journalists Will Misreport Putin Summit
President Trump said Sunday that journalists will misreport his Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and used the term "enemy of the people" to describe the press. "Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia... over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn’t good enough – that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" Trump tweeted. Washington Examiner

Amazon Prime Day Vs. Black Friday: 1 Out Of 3 Items Cost More
Amazon is gearing up for its annual Prime Day on July 16, but getting a deal that matches Black Friday prices isn't a certainty. About 30 percent of products are likely to be as expensive or even pricier than on Black Friday, estimates Phil Dengler of BestBlackFriday.com, a website that tracks deals on November's Black Friday. The estimate is based on BestBlackFriday.com's tracking of Amazon Prime Day deals since the shopping holiday started in 2015. CBS

Military Spending Is Up, But Aerospace And Defense Workers Are Scarce
On a sunny Sunday in March, 29 new United States Air Force recruits took an oath to support and defend the Constitution. This was not just any swearing-in because the man turning civilians into airmen was an Air Force Thunderbird pilot. When Maj. Eric Gorney finished the ceremony on the tarmac at Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport, he climbed into an F-16 and along with five other Thunderbird pilots proceeded to dazzle the tens of thousands of spectators who minutes earlier had applauded the Air Force’s newest members. NY Times

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Macron Congratulates Putin For Hosting 'Perfect' World Cup
French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Russia's President Putin for his "perfect" organisation of the World Cup as the two leaders prepared to watch the final on Sunday. Macron and his wife Brigitte met the Russian leader at the Kremlin on Sunday afternoon before the match between France and Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Yahoo News

Trump's Advice To May: Sue European Union
British Prime Minister Theresa May told BBC television Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump advised her to sue the European Union as part of her Brexit strategy, a piece of advice she told the broadcaster she ignored. “He told me I should sue the EU,” May told BBC television. “Sue the EU. Not go into negotiations – sue them.” Gobal News

US, North Korea Hold Talks To Repatriate Remains Of Korean War Servicemembers
The U.S. and North Korea held talks on Sunday to discuss the return of more than 5,000 remains of U.S. service members still missing from the Korean War. The discussions, which took place in the demilitarized zone between the Koreas, follow a commitment made by the North during the June 12 summit in Singapore to recover the remains of U.S. prisoners of war and those missing in action and immediately repatriate the remains of those that have already been identified. NBC

White House To Pursue 'Direct Talks' With Taliban
The White House has instructed diplomats to seek “direct talks” with Taliban leaders in an attempt to end the 17-year war, The New York Times reports. The move is a “significant shift” from the administration’s earlier position: that Afghan leaders play a pivotal role in initial negotiations. The Taliban has always insisted that they will only negotiate with Americans first, which has stymied past peace efforts. Google News

Trump Attacks Obama In Another Tweetstorm Hours Before Putin Meeting
President Trump took to Twitter early Monday morning — just hours before his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — to once again blame Barack Obama for Russia’s election meddling. “President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it,” Trump tweeted. “When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!” NY Post
VOA VIEW:  The truth hurts.

UK Space Agency Awards Lockhead Martin $31M To Build Spaceport And Satellite Launch System
The UK Space Agency announced Monday that it has awarded American aerospace firm Lockheed Martin a contract to establish a spaceport on the north coast of Scotland in Sutherland. At the same time, the agency also awarded Lockheed a contract to develop a system to deploy small satellites in Reading, Berkshire. The value of the two contracts is $31 million. Forbes

The Problem With Innovation: The Biggest Compnies Are Hogging All The Gains
As far back as the industrial revolution, major innovations have traveled swiftly from company to company and industry to industry, an economy-boosting phenomenon called diffusion. Today, there is mounting evidence this engine of growth seems to be misfiring, a phenomenon some economists say helps explain the slowdown in productivity growth bedeviling developed economies. WSJ

People Don't Want Facebook Meddling In Their Dating Lives, Says Match Group CEO
At its F8 developer conference in May, Facebook announced that it would launch a dating service for long-term relationships. The news freaked out investors in dating juggernaut Match Group, which owns Tinder, OKCupid, Match.com and dozens of other dating apps and sites. On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg explained why she’s not too worried about the impact of Facebook on her business. Recode

Microsoft Raises Alarms About Face Recognition
Microsoft is calling on Congress to regulate the use of facial recognition technology to protect people’s privacy and freedom of expression. It’s the first big tech company to raise serious alarms about an increasingly sought-after technology for recognizing a person’s face from a photo or through a camera. Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post Friday that the government should form a bipartisan expert commission. USA Today

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