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White House Counsel Don McGahn spoke to Mueller team three times, sources say
White House Counsel Don McGahn has spoken with investigators from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team multiple times, Fox News confirmed Saturday.The revelation comes amid a New York Times report, citing multiple sources, indicating that McGahn willingly spoke to the team members – who are looking into, among other thing s, whether President Trump obstructed justice – for 30 hours over the course of at least three separate occasions. He reportedly gave insight into Trump's demeanor regarding Mueller’s investigation. FOX
VOA VIEW: So!

Trump admin files formal complaint against Facebook for 'discriminatory' policy
The Trump administration announced a fair housing discrimination complaint against social media giant Facebook on Friday, saying the way the company targets ads can be used to screen out people based on race, sex or other protected categories. The complaint goes to the heart of Facebook’s business model, which depends on being able to offer advertisers micro-targeting. “Facebook mines extensive user data and classifies its users based on protected characteristics. Facebook’s ad targeting tools then invite advertisers to express unlawful preferences by suggesting discriminatory options,” the Housing and Urban Development Department said in the complaint. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be regulated and investigated.

Person of interest in Russia probe eluded arrest thanks to Papadopoulos' lies
FBI agents in the Russia probe had thoughts of arresting a mysterious Maltese professor, but he left the United States before they had gathered sufficient evidence, according to a court filing by special counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Mueller said the FBI located the professor, Joseph Mifsud, in D.C. but did not have enough information to detain him because his contact, former Trump volunteer George Papadopoulos, misled agents. Mr. Papadopoulos pled guilty to a charge of lying about the professor when the FBI first interviewed him in January 2017. Mr. Mifsud skipped town a few weeks later. The court filing recommends a prison sentence of zero to six months when Mr. Papadopoulos is sentenced on Sept. 7. The special counsel said the defendant should spend some time in prison and noted a similar case brought a 30-day sentence. Washington Times

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Trump's 'good person' defence could affect jurors in Manafort trial
Donald Trump’s outbursts against the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the US election have become a near-daily occurrence. But on Friday the president made public comments that some observers and legal experts said were unprecedented – and could impact the objectivity of jurors. Addressing reporters on the south lawn at the White House, Trump said his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was “a very good person”. At the same time, 23 miles away in Alexandria, Virginia, a jury was deliberating Manafort’s fate.Manafort faces up to 305 years in prison on 18 counts of bank fraud and tax evasion, as a result of an indictment handed down by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, relating to Manafort’s political work in the former Soviet Union. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a fake and should be indicted for stupidity and waste taxpayer money.

New York governor Cuomo in hot water for saying America 'was never that great'
The New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who many believe is eyeing a White House run in 2020, has continued his attempts to walk back a controversial statement: that America “was never that great”. “I want to be very clear,” Cuomo said on Friday in a call with reporters. “Of course America is great and of course America has always been great.” His original phrasing, he said, had been “inartful”. Cuomo made the offending remark on Wednesday, at the end of a speech focused on his opposition to Donald Trump and delivered to an audience gathered to witness the signing of a bill introducing new penalties for sex trafficking. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is finished.

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Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank
An adviser to a Democratic legislative leader in Colorado has been punished for helping a progressive group put a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin on brief display at the state capitol building near a spot reserved for a portrait of President Donald Trump. The prank, which made international news, happened in late July after reports that Republicans hadn't raised the $10,000 needed to commission a presidential portrait. Aide Katie March used her security badge to allow a member of ProgressNow Colorado into the capitol with the picture of Putin, KUSA-TV reports . A tour guide removed it soon after a Democratic state senator tweeted a picture. House Speaker Crisanta Duran of Denver said March's actions were "not sanctioned by the House leadership office." Las Vegas Sun

Inmate runs crack cocaine operation from inside prison
A Rhode Island inmate has been running a crack cocaine distribution ring from inside prison. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Rhode Island ATF Task Force say they arrested four people involved in the drug ring, including 29-year-old James Gomes, an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston. Authorities say Gomes arranged drug sales by calling his 50-year-old mother and asking her to conference in his C-Block street gang associates. His mother, Lisa Ellis, would then keep some of the drug proceeds and deposit the rest into Gomes' prison account. The mother and son are accused of selling about 112 grams of crack cocaine with 28-year old Joshua Moore and 33-year old Gerald Price. It's not immediately clear if they have lawyers.Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Total madness.

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The media’s hatred of Trump is only hurting itself
This month marks the two-year anniversary of one of the most important articles ever written on journalism. On Aug. 7, 2016, after Donald Trump formally secured the Republican nomination and the general election was underway, New York Times media columnist James Rutenberg began with a question: “If you’re a working journalist and you believe that Donald J. Trump is a demagogue playing to the nation’s worst racist and nationalistic tendencies, that he cozies up to anti-American dictators and that he would be dangerous with control of the United States nuclear codes, how the heck are you supposed to cover him?” Under the Times’ traditional standards, the right answer is that you wouldn’t be allowed to cover any candidate you were so biased against. But that’s not the answer Rutenberg gave. NY Post
VOA VIEW: The fake news isn't smart to at least look or sound a  little real.

U.S. court orders Trump administration to enforce chemical safety rule
A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people. The D.C. Circuit Court ruling was the latest to counter efforts under President Donald Trump, a Republican, to delay environmental regulations introduced by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat. The court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Chemical Disaster Rule, saying the agency did not have authority to delay the rule for 20 months. Reuters

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U.S. states demand better access to secrets about election cyber threats
U.S. state election officials are demanding better access to sometimes classified federal government information about hacking threats to voting systems. With less than three months until the November midterm elections, 44 states, the District of Columbia, and numerous counties on Wednesday participated in a simulation that tested the ability of state and federal officials to work together to stop data breaches, disinformation and other voting-related security issues. Reuters

Costs Blamed For Delay Of Military Parade Until 2019
The cancellation of President Donald Trump's Veterans Day parade came swiftly when senior White House and Pentagon leaders saw the estimated $92 million price tag play out in public, setting off a chaotic volley of tweets and accusations between the president and the mayor of the nation's capital. Fox News
VOA VIEW: $92M is a lot of money.

Trump Blasts John Brennan As 'Loudmouth' After Latest Attack
President Donald Trump attacked former CIA director John Brennan in a tweet on Saturday, calling him a “loudmouth” after Brennan said Trump was “drunk on power” and dangerous. Trump also called Brennan a “political hack,” though Brennan told Rachel Maddow that he has never registered as a member of a political party in an interview Friday after Trump stripped him of his security clearance. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Brennan is an anti America idiot.

3 Reality TV Shows And A Presidential Administration
The allegations in the former White House adviser's tell-all book, including disparaging remarks about Trump's mental health, prompted the relationship to implode this week, with Trump calling her a host of names including "Wacky and Deranged," "a crazed, crying lowlife" and a "dog." ABC

Trump Set To Roll Back Restrictions On Coal Burning Power Plants
The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer. Fox

'Dream or reality?' Koreans to meet after decades apart
Lee Soo-nam was 8 the last time he saw his older brother. Sixty-eight years ago this month the boy watched, bewildered, as his 19-year-old brother left their home in Seoul to escape invading North Korean soldiers who were conscripting young men just weeks after invading South Korea to start the Korean War. An hour later his brother, Ri Jong Song, was snatched up by North Korean soldiers near a bridge across Seoul's Han River. Lee always assumed Ri died during the three-year war that killed and injured millions before a cease-fire in 1953, but his mother prayed daily for her lost son's return, only giving up a few years before her death in 1975. But Ri survived the war, living in North Korea. The brothers, now 76 and 85, will be among hundreds of Koreans who will participate, starting Monday, in a week of temporary reunions of divided families. Many have had no contact with each other since the war cemented the division of the peninsula into the North and South.TBO

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Trump's power plant plan could release hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 into air
President Donald Trump plans next week to unveil a proposal that would empower states to establish emission standards for coal-fired power plants rather than speeding their retirement - a major overhaul of the Obama administration's signature climate policy and one that could significantly increase the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Trump plans to announce the measure as soon as Tuesday during a visit to West Virginia, according to two administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House was still finalizing details Friday. The Environmental Protection Agency's own impact analysis, which runs nearly 300 pages, projects that the proposal would make only slight cuts to overall emissions of pollutants - including carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides - over the next decade. The Obama rule, by contrast, dwarfs those cuts by a factor of more than 12. Sun Sentinel

13 Former US Spy Chiefs Accuse Trump Of Trying To Stifle Free Speech And Politicize Intelligence
In a remarkable rebuke to President Trump, 13 former U.S. intelligence chiefs have signed a harshly worded letter in support of former CIA Director John Brennan after Trump abruptly revoked his security clearance. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Fools support a fool.

Why This Catholic Abuse Scandal Seems Worse Than 2002
And Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, isn't alone. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, another key papal ally embroiled in the sex abuse crisis, has also canceled his appearance at next week's World Meeting of Families, a spokesman told CNN. CNN

Cruz Calls Out O'Rourke For Supporting NFL Players' Anthem Protests
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday lambasted his Democratic challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, for supporting NFL players' national anthem protests. “When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American (than players taking a knee), well I got to tell you, I can,” Cruz said during a campaign stop in Corpus Christi, Texas, according to The Caller Times. Hill
VOA VIEW: O'Rourke should lose big.

ICE Says Detained Immigrant Faces Homicide Charges In Mexico
An illegal immigrant from Mexico who was arrested in California this week while driving his pregnant wife to a hospital was facing a warrant for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Saturday. Fox News

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Trump Stays Out Of Arizona's Ugly And Costly GOP Fight
President Trump'sdecision to remain on the sidelines has caused a protracted and costly Republican primary fight in Arizona, where the three candidates are heavily playing up their Trump bona fides despite no endorsement in sight. Hill
VOA VIEW: Trump smart move.

US Court Orders Trump Administration To Enforce Chemical Safety Rule
A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people. Reuters

Trump Backed 'Space Force' After Months Of Lobbying By Officials With Ties To Aerospace Industry
When President Trump spoke to Marines at Air Station Miramar in San Diego on March 13, he threw out an idea that he suggested had just come to him. "You know, I was saying it the other day, because we're doing a tremendous amount of work in space - I said maybe we need a new force. We'll call it the 'space force,'" he told the crowd. "And I was not really serious. And then I said what a great idea - maybe we'll have to do that." LA Times

Russia Investigation: Trump On Collusion Course With National Security World
President Trump made good on his threat to revoke the security clearance held by former CIA Director John Brennan this week, escalating the politics of the Russia imbroglio in an important way. Trump, whether or not this was his intention, has demoted Brennan from what lawyers might call a "fact witness" to a simple critic. NPR

Trump: 'Nothing Bad Can Happen' From Meeting With Foreign Leaders
President Trump in a video released Saturday defended his meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, arguing that "nothing bad can happen" from meeting with foreign leaders. “I’ve said for a long time, if you’re president, you should meet with foreign leaders. You have nothing to lose and you have a lot to gain,” Trump said in the nearly minute-long clip shared on Twitter. Hill
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

Trump's Social Media Solution? A Free-For-All For Both The 'Good And Bad'
President Donald Trump used Twitter to tear into social media companies Saturday morning, claiming they were “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices.” But he does have a solution. Sort of. And it involves both sides. Trump tweeted that “too many voices are being destroyed, some good and some bad, and that cannot be allowed to happen.” So, he added: “Let everybody participate, good & bad, and we will all just have to figure it out!” Huff Post

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