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NEWS     TUESDAY,  AUGUST  14, 2018    NEWS

Peter Strzok Fired From FBI After Anti Trump Texts
Peter Strzok has officially been fired from the FBI, according to his lawyer. The FBI special agent who criticized President Trump via text messages was likewise heavily criticized by the president, his allies and a blistering Justice Department Inspector General report.CBS
VOA VIEW: It's about time.

Omarosa Claims She ‘Absolutely’ Has More Recordings
Former White House aide OmarosaManigault Newman on Monday said she "absolutely" has more tapes, adding she does not know when she will release them.She said she is holding off on releasing them for now because she believes the White House could take legal action against her.Hill
VOA VIEW: Omarosa is a loser idiot.

Era Of Swing Justice Over. Here’s How Dems May Adapt
When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement in June, Avery Gardiner began saying “No, no, no” at her desk so loudly that she interrupted a meeting in a conference room next door.The co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence knew then that Kennedy, who has historically been a swing vote for the Court — occasionally siding with liberals on a few key cases — would likely be replaced by a more consistent and stalwart conservative.Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals lost again - great.

Trump Adviser Stephen Miller’s Uncle: My Nephew Is ‘An Immigration Hypocrite’
White House adviser Stephen Miller, the architect of some of President Trump’s most controversial anti-immigration policies, has been assailed by critics who are quick to point out that Miller himself is a grandchild of refugees. Now Miller’s own uncle is joining the outcry.In an essay published by Politico on Monday, David Glosser, a retired neuropsychologist and brother of Miller’s mother, Miriam, calls his nephew an “immigration hypocrite.”Yahoo
VOA VIEW: Liberals are fools and make fools of themselves.


Trump Doesn’t Mention John McCain As He Signs Defense Bill Named For Him
President Donald Trump on Monday signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for John McCain but included no mention in his remarks of the Republican senator, who is battling brain cancer at home in Arizona.Trump and McCain are engaged in a long-running feud that dates to Trump’s 2016 presidential run. At campaign rallies, Trump regularly castigates McCain — without outright naming him — for casting a dramatic thumbs-down vote that doomed Trump’s effort last year to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted by President Barack Obama. Time

West Virginia Lawmakers Impeach 2 Supreme Court Justices
The Republican-led House of Delegates voted 64-33 to send an impeachment article against Justice Robin Davis to the state Senate for trial. Only 51 votes were needed to send on the measure.The vote came shortly after lawmakers impeached indicted Justice Allen Loughry by a vote of 64-33. Loughry's impeachment vote, which came after approximately two hours of debate, took only seconds, NPR reported. Fox

14 Year Old Boy Uses Legal Quirk To Run For Vermont Governor
One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive. Ethan Sonneborn, 14, of Bristol, met the requirements to be on the primary ballot and is taking his place with the state's more age-appropriate candidates on the Tuesday primary ballot, to say nothing of numerous candidate forums and debates. CBS


Houston Fox Affiliate Offers To Host Lieutenant Governor Debate
The Fox News affiliate in Houston has offered to host a debate between Dan Patrick and his Democratic opponent, but it's unclear whether the lieutenant governor will accept."We understand that currently there are no plans for a debate or discussion between the candidates. However, we would be honored to host such an event," Aprille Meek, executive producer for special projects for Houston's KRIV-TV said in the invitation, which was sent Monday and provided to The Dallas Morning News by opponent Mike Collier's campaign. Dallas News

Trump’s Harley Boycott Call Roils Wisconsin Primary
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson both came out Monday against boycotting Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, the day after President Donald Trump said it would be "great" if there was a boycott.Trump's Sunday tweet forced Walker and other Republicans to take a position on the sticky political issue involving an iconic Wisconsin company just ahead of Tuesday's primary where Trump allegiance has been a central focus.Star Tribune

11 Year Old Hacks Replica Of Florida’s Voting System In 10 Minutes
The 2018 midterm elections have been racked with concerns that state voting systems could be vulnerable to attacks by highly skilled Russian intelligence agencies looking to alter poll results. But over the weekend, participants in a hacking conference proved that those interested in shaping the history of American democracy don’t need the backing of an authoritarian government to wreak havoc.Vox

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Dems Ramp Up Political Push To Win In GOP-Heavy Arizona
The blue wave that Democrats hope will crash into Arizona in November is creeping up in community centers, library auditoriums and churches this summer.
In this Republican-dominant state, many Democratic and independent voters have increased their political activity since the election of President Donald Trump. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose.

Political Activism Around Women Candidates Working Against Republican Women
Women, especially on the Democratic side, have become increasingly politically active since the election of President Donald Trump -- but this enthusiasm is working against Republican women, the New York Times reports."This is the bind for Republican women running for office in the Trump era. The energy among women that started with the marches after the president's inauguration is against them -- surveys have shown that 70 percent of the membership of local resistance groups, and almost all the top leadership, are women," Plain Dealer
VOA VIEW: Wishful thinking stupidity by the NYT.

Son Of Retiring House Republican Donates To Democrat Running For Father’s Seat
The son of retiring high-ranking Republican Bob Goodlatte announced Sunday that he gave the maximum campaign donation to the Democrat running for his father’s seat – and called on others to do the same.Goodlatte, a U.S. congressman from Virginia who serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced last year that he would not seek reelection after 13 terms in Congress. Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis, a mental health worker, is now running against Republican Ben Cline, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, to replace Goodlatte.Yahoo
VOA VIEW: The GOP will prevail.


Trump Visits Upstate New York
President Trump spoke at Fort Drum and signed the National Defense Authorization Act.The speech comes on Trump's first day back after an 11-day working vacation at his New Jersey golf club. During Trump's time off, the trial against his former campaign chairman Paul Manaforthas progressed, and OmarosaManigault Newman, a former aide to the President, alleged she had been offered money to stay silent after leaving the White House. CNN

New Coalition Plans 7-Figure Campaign Aimed At Puerto Rican Voters
Critics of the Trump administration's response to the hurricanes that ravaged Puerto Rico last year are launching a seven-figure campaign to mobilize displaced Puerto Rican voters ahead of the midterm elections – and planning big demonstrations in New York and Florida to mark the anniversary of Hurricane Maria.CBS

Ben Carson Moves To Roll Back Obama-Era Fair Housing Rule
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is taking new steps to roll back an Obama-era rule intended to combat housing segregation.On Monday, the Trump administration formally began the process of revamping a 2015 rule that required cities and towns to examine historic patterns of segregation and create plans to combat it, or lose federal funding.NBC

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Cruz Challenger O’Rourke Launching $1.2M TV Ad
Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) Democratic challenger is set to air his first television ads in the closely watched Senate race.Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-Texas) campaign announced a $1.27 million media buy on Monday, using the money donated to his campaign after Cruz had launched attack ads against the three-term Congressman earlier this month.Hill
VOA VIEW: An O'Rourke loss.

Mueller Zeroing In On Roger Stone
Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be narrowing his focus on Roger Stone in his investigation into Russian interference in the election, prompting widespread speculation that the longtime adviser to President Trump is likely a target in the probe. Stone has long been subject to public scrutiny as a result of his connections to WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the hacking persona that Mueller's team now alleges was a front for Russian intelligence officers. Hill
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a loser.

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‘In God We Trust’ Motto Could Be Coming To Alabama Schools
Months after getting legislative approval, some public schools in Alabama are considering putting up “In God We Trust” displays.The motto could soon become more common in Alabama schools, reported. Legal challenges are expected to follow.State lawmakers in February approved legislation allowing such displays on public property. Bing

Cyber-Security Failure Brings Societal Risks
The message was clear at this year's Black Hat conference: The "culture," for lack of a better term, of security must change, or society faces living in a world of perpetual cyber-risk. "We need to be more ambitious, strategic and collaborative in our approach to defense," said keynote speakerParisa Tabriz, director of engineering at Google. "We have to stop playing whack-a-mole." She was mostly referring the way enterprises and the IT industry in general approach security bugs.” Eweek

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