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NEWS     FRIDAY,  AUGUST  17, 2018    NEWS

Former Commander Who Oversaw Bin Laden Raid Asks Trump To Revoke His Security Clearance
The former commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, who also oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has a request for President Donald Trump: Revoke his security clearance. Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven on Thursday wrote in an op-ed that he would “consider it an honor” to have his clearance revoked so that he could add his “name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.” Politico
VOA VIEW: Another liberal fool.

Omarosa Releases New Tape
Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former reality TV star who became a top White House aide to President Donald Trump, on Thursday released exclusively to MSNBC a secret tape of campaign official Lara Trump offering her a $15,000-a-month job after she was fired from the administration. NBC
VOA VIEW: The fool has put herself in a liable position and one that no one will trust.

Trump Pushes China For Better Deal With Trade Talks
President Donald Trump prodded China to offer more at the bargaining table as the two countries prepared for their first major negotiation in more than two months in an effort to head off an all-out trade war. “We’re talking to China, they very much want to talk,” Trump said Thursday at a cabinet meeting at the White House. “They just are not able to give us an agreement that is acceptable, so we’re not going to do any deal until we get one that’s fair to our country." Bloomberg

Dems Threaten To Sue For Info On Supreme Court Nominee
The threat ratcheted up the Democrats’ fight with Republicans over documents on the conservative federal judge nominated by President Donald Trump. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer told reporters he plans to meet with Kavanaugh next week. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems are thinking and maybe act like idiots.

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Pompeo Announces A New Team For Iran Strategy
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday unveiled a new team to coordinate the Trump administration’s post-nuclear deal approach to Iran and bolster support for the strategy abroad. The Iran Action Group will be helmed by Brian Hook, who will receive the title of special representative for Iran. Pompeo told reporters that the coalition is charged with “directing, reviewing and coordinating all aspects of the State Department’s Iran-related activity" and will report directly to him. Politico

Dow Jumps Nearly 300 Points
Walmart Inc. (WMT) earned $1.29 a share in the second quarter, beating estimates by 7 cents, as revenue of $128.03 billion also topped forecasts. U.S. same-store sales rose 4.5%, ahead of forecasts of 2.3%. The Street

Trump Tells Sessions To Sue Certain Opioid Companies
President Donald Trump urged his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to sue certain pharmaceutical companies that have contributed to the opioid crisis in the United States. "I'd also like to ask you to bring a major lawsuit against the drug companies on opioids," Trump told Sessions during a Cabinet meeting on Thursday. "Some states have done it. But I'd like a lawsuit to be brought against these companies that are really sending opioids at a level that it shouldn't be happening." CNN

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US Newspapers To Trump: We're Not Enemies Of The People
Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" with a coordinated series of editorials in defense of a free press on Thursday — and, not surprisingly, Trump didn't take it silently. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Not enemies of the people - the number one enemy of the people.

Manafort Jury Ends First Day Of Deliberations
Just before 5 p.m. ET, jurors sent a note to Judge T.S. Ellis with four questions, including one asking him if he could "redefine" for them the meaning of "reasonable doubt," the legal threshold for acquitting a defendant. Ellis responded that the prosecutors had to prove their case not "beyond possible doubt," but beyond "doubt based on reason." CNN

Vatican Tells Catholic Priest Abuse Victims: Pope Is On Their Side
In its first comment since a Pennsylvania grand jury detailed allegations of rampant sexual abuse in parishes across the state for decades, the Vatican on Thursday said it felt "shame and sorrow" and told victims: "The pope is on your side." NBC

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Trump Rips NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to deride the Democratic governor of his home state for having "a total meltdown" after the latter said at an event that America "was never that great." "Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!" Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday evening. Cuomo is often floated as a potential Democratic challenger to Trump's re-election campaign in 2020. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is a loser fool.

Boston Globe Calls On Papers To Counter Trump's War On The Media
David Greene talks to Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe, about the paper's call for a coordinated editorial response to President Trump's attacks on the press. NPR
VOA VIEW: The liberal press can't win its war against Trump.

The SEC Is Investigating Elon Musk's Tweets. This Is A Big Problem For Tesla.
The Elon Musk tweets about taking Tesla private are close to blowing up out of control: the SEC has reportedly issued a subpoena to the company. The situation has gone from bizarre to serious. This isn't a case of Musk's calling one of the Thai cave rescuers a pedophile or of an apology to analysts on one earnings call after rudely dismissing them on a previous one, that resulted in a $5 billion value bump. INC

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Donald Trump's Grip On The Republican Party Just Got Even Tighter
On Wednesday morning, Donald Trump took to Twitter to hail the results of the previous day’s Republican primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. His first tweet said, “Great Republican election results last night. So far we have the team we want. New Yorker
VOA VIEW: Liberals hate Trumps positive showing.

Ajit Pai's Senate Testimony On Net Neutrality-Petty
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to continue to defend the agency’s controversial decision to rescind net neutrality protections when testifying before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today. In his remarks, Pai blasts those who opposed the FCC’s decision and mocks “hysterical predictions of doom” from proponents of net neutrality in the lead up to the FCC’s vote. Daily Dot

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GOP Divide Emerges Over Trump's Space Force
Two House Republican leaders are backing President Donald Trump's proposed Space Force, but key Republicans in the Senate aren't sold on the idea, setting up a debate over establishing and paying for a new branch of the military. Fox
VOA VIEW: Silly!

Matt Lauer To Pay Estranged Wife Annette Roque $20 Million
Matt Lauer‘s divorce with Annette Roque is nearing its finalization — and with it comes a multi-million dollar settlement. Lauer, 60, has agreed to pay Roque, 51, up to $20 million in their divorce, which will soon be final, according to Page Six. The outlet also reports that the couple, who wed 20 years ago in 1998, has agreed to share custody of sons Jack, 17, and Thijs, 11, and daughter Romy, 14. People

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