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NEWS     TUESDAY,  JULY  17, 2018    NEWS

With $150 Billion, Jeff Bezos Is The Richest Man In Modern History
Just as Prime Day is kicking off, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday reportedly became the richest man in modern history. According to the  Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which tracks the net worth of the 500 richest people in the world , Bezos is now worth $150 billion. The staggering number is more than Bill Gates was ever worth, even during the height of the dot-com boom, Bloomberg reported. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: A sum that in unimaginable.

'Shameful', 'Distrurbing' And An 'Embaressment'-Congress Reacts To Trump's Press Conference With Putin
The reviews are coming in after President Donald Trump’s joint press briefing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and they are decidedly negative. Limited in part by the fact that many members of Congress were returning to Washington from their home districts, the responses that did come attacked Trump on his embracing Putin’s assertion that Russia did not interfere in the U.S. election. Market Watch
VOA VIEW: It wasn't Trump's best performance, but not as bad as the liberals are promoting.

Top Republicans In Congress Break With Trump Over Putin Comments
After President Donald Trump's stunning news conference Monday next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, members of Congress -- including some powerful Republicans -- were quick to rebuke Trump's performance on the world stage and Trump's refusal to call Putin out for interfering in the US election. CNN
VOA VIEW: Virtually nothing reported by CNN can be believed.

'Trump's News Conference Suggests Putin Has Something On Him': Pelosi, Schumer
The top two Democrats in Congress suggested Monday that President Trump’s performance during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin signaled that Russia has damaging information on the U.S. leader. “President Trump’s weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the president, personally, financially or politically,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “This is a sad day for America, and for all Western democracies that Putin continues to target.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW:  Pitiful!

Putin Gives Trump Soccer Ball, Sort Of Addresses Pee Tape
Monday’s historic meeting between two bosom buds, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, was somehow weirder and worse than anticipated. Remarkable how that still happens. In a post-meeting press conference, the president of the United States repeatedly threw his own intelligence agencies under the bus, actually calling the FBI’s probe into Russia’s influence on the 2016 election “a disaster for our country” that has “kept [the U.S. and Russia] apart.” The Slot

John Brennan: Trump News Conference Performance 'Nothing Short Of Treasonous'
Former CIA Director John Brennan called President Donald Trump's performance at Monday's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous." At the news conference following his one-on-one meeting Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Trump declined to endorse the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election over Putin's denial, saying the Russian President was "extremely strong and powerful" in his denial. MSN
VOA VIEW: The left and anti Trump standouts look more and more void of truth.

Russian Gun Rights Advocate, Charged In US With Acting As Russian Federation Agent
A Russian national with alleged ties to a top Russian official was charged in federal court in Washington Monday with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation, and was ordered held without bond. Maria Butina, 29, was arrested Sunday in the District and made her first appearance in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: The real facts are ...

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Judge Halts Deportations Of Reunited Migrant Families
The federal judge overseeing the U.S. government's efforts to reunify more than 2,500 migrant children it separated from their parents ordered a temporary hold on deportations for reunified families on Monday. Judge Dana Sabraw of the Southern District of California said the government must halt the deportations in response to a filing by the ACLU that claimed the government has refused to deny "that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon reunification." NBC
VOA VIEW: The left is fight federal immigration law.

Trump: 'I Don't See Any Reason Why' Russian Would Interfere
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin each expressed optimism at their summit in Helsinki on Monday, a meeting that ended with a controversial joint news conference. At a press briefing at which both spoke, Trump said the two had "deeply productive dialogue." "It went well," he said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Every country interferes with the others' elections.

Trump's Helsinki Bow To Putin Leaves World Wondering: Why?
Given the attitude with which President Trump has greeted all news of the Russian interference in the 2016 election, his performance in Helsinki on Monday should have come as no surprise. And yet there was surprise — even shock — when the president of the United States stood on stage alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and accepted the former KGB officer's denials regarding that interference. NPR
VOA VIEW: There is a two sided spin on what Trump did.

Sifting Through The Wreckage Of Trump's Europe Tour For Signs Of A Foreign Policy
Critics already are calling it the “blame America first” tour. That was perhaps inevitable after President Trump blamed American “foolishness and stupidity” on Monday for the nosedive in U.S. relations with Moscow, not Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, Syria and in the 2016 presidential election. LA Times

Putin Offered To Help With The Russian Investigation. Don't Expect Mueller To Take Him Up On It
Before the end of Monday’s news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to do a favor for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Russian authorities, Putin said, would be happy to interview the dozen intelligence officers indicted on Friday for hacking emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic Party. LA Times

Amazon Crashes On Prime Day, Threatening $3.4 Billion Haul
Amazon.com Inc. kicked off its big Prime Day sales promotion with technical glitches on its website and app, threatening its 36-hour sales extravaganza. The Amazon mobile app on July 16. Trouble on the site spiked just as the event began at 3 p.m. Eastern time, according to Downdetector.com, which monitors web trouble. Shoppers were expected to spend $3.4 billion on the site during the event, up more than 40 percent from a year earlier, according to Coresight Research. Bloomberg

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How Trump Ended Up Looking Weak In Front Of Putin
Those who have known President Trump for decades attest that the former New York real estate mogul fears two things above all: being humiliated and looking weak. But a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin left Trump suffering through both indignities. Even though the two leaders met on neutral ground in Finland, Putin ran the press conference after their meeting as if he was the host. The Russian leader spoke first and called on the first reporter to ask a question. Time

McCain Says Trump Summit With Putin 'Tragic Mistake'
“Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are - a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad,” McCain wrote of Trump, a fellow Republican. “It is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake,” he added in a statement. Reuters
VOA VIEW: McCain is a hack.

Putin Eats Trump's Lunch In Helsinki--This Is No Way To Win Against Russia
Monday in Helsinki, President Trump left many deeply disappointed in his approach to his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. There was nothing inherently wrong with Trump’s summit with Putin. In fact, I would argue that in many cases, some of the best diplomacy comes through face-to-face meetings with adversaries.Fox

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Putin Says He Wanted Trump To Win, But Insists Russia Didn't Meddle
Russia’s Vladimir Putin said Monday he did want Donald Trump to win the 2016 U.S. presidential election but took no action during the campaign to make it happen. He said he favored the celebrity businessman because of his policies. Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said. Time

On Fox, Putin Compares Murdering Of Rivals With Kennedy, King Assassinations
Sometimes it feels as though Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are reading from the same script. Hours after a widely criticized news conference with the U.S. president, Russia’s leader gave an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, during which he was asked why so many people who opposed his government “end up dead or close to it.” Yahoo
VOA VIEW: A good question - Putin.

US-Led Coalition In Denial Over Civilian Deaths In Raqqa
The United States-led coalition is "deeply in denial" about the number of civilians killed during an offensive it launched to remove the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group from Syria's Raqqa last year, Amnesty International has said. Aljazeera

EU, Japan Sign Massive Free Trade Deal
The European Union and Japan on Tuesday signed a "landmark" free trade deal that comes as Washington imposes new tariffs and threatens a trade war with China. The deal signed in Tokyo by the EU's top officials and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is the biggest ever negotiated by the EU and creates a free trade zone covering nearly a third of the world's GDP. Bing

Trump Declines To Back US Intel On Russia Meddling
Donald Trump, standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, has declared he cannot see any reason to believe Moscow meddled in the election that led to him becoming U.S. president in 2016. Every major U.S. intelligence agency has concluded there was such interference by Russia during the election and the matter is the focus of a major federal investigation that has targeted not only Russians, but members of Trump's election campaign staff. Bing

Who Is Bill Browder, Kremlin Foe Singled Out In Putin's Offer?
President Vladimir V. Putin made a surprise offer to Robert S. Mueller III, the special prosecutor investigating Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, when speaking at the news conference on Monday concluding the summit between him and President Trump. The Kremlin, Mr. Putin said, would allow Mr. Mueller and his team to come to Russia and be present at the questioning of 12 Russian military intelligence officers the special counsel indicted last week for hacking into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign. NY Times
VOA VIEW: The offer sounds open.

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Seychelles Meetings Probed By Mueller Included Several Russians
Several Russians, some linked to the Kremlin, participated in meetings in the Seychelles in January 2017 and are subjects of an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to the island's aircraft data and sources with knowledge of the meetings. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining a series of meetings that took place in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, as part of a broader inverstigation into Russian meddling. New Jersey Times

Bernie Sanders' Claim-Brett Kavanaugh Defies Supreme Court Precedent
After President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, Democrats highlighted bits of his paper trail on the D.C. Court of Appeals to galvanize opposition. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called out Kavanaugh’s generous interpretation of the powers granted to the president by the Constitution. "Brett Kavanaugh, contrary to 200 years of Supreme Court precedent, believes a president ‘may decline to enforce a statute … when the president deems the statute unconstitutional,’ " Sanders wrote in a Facebook post. Politifact

Trump's Putin Defense Proves Too Much For Some Republicans
President Donald Trump’s equivocation on U.S. intelligence agencies during a news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin triggered the most intense backlash from Republicans of anything he’s done since winning election in 2016. Republicans who looked past the release of his recorded remarks about grabbing women and his refusal to denounce neo-Nazi protesters, or complained but took no substantive action when he imposed tariffs on allies found their line in the sand after he sided with Putin against the U.S. intelligence community’s consensus that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda - interesting to see the response.

Trump Tells Hannity Russians 'Have No Information On Trump'
In his first interview following a summit and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, President Donald Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News he thought Putin was "very, very strong" and complained that the "phony witch hunt" into Russia's interference in the 2016 election has driven a "phony wedge" between the two nations. ABC

Kim Slams Local North Koreans For Unfinished Power Plant
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has blasted local officials over a delayed construction project, state media reported Tuesday, his second such rebuke over the economy in recent weeks. It's unusual for state media to carry dispatches showing Kim's criticism of officials. Some experts say Kim, eager to claim economic gains, may intend to blame underlings for problems before possibly launching new economic policies. ABC

FDA Quickly Approves First Drug To Treat Smallpox
U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign. Before that, the World Health Organization estimates that the variola virus, which causes smallpox, killed about 30 percent of people who got infected. CBS

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Putin Invites Trump To Help End Syrian Wars....As Russia Bombs Civilian Targets
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who rushed into Syria three years ago in an effort to save his ally President Bashar Assad, now says he can work with the U.S. to bring peace and reconciliation to the war-torn country. "As far as Syria is concerned," Putin said, standing next to President Trump at the Helsinki summit, "the task of establishing peace and reconciliation in this country could be the first showcase example of this successful joint work." NPR

Reporter Forcibly Removed From Trump, Putin Presser In Helsinki
A reporter was forcibly removed from the President Trump and Vladimir Putin presser in Helsinki, Finland Monday morning after he reportedly brought a sign into the meeting. The journalist, identified by CNBC as Sam Husseini, an op-ed reporter with progressive publication The Nation, was initially asked by security to exit the press room, and he obliged, according to CNN. Daily News

Fox News Hosts Bash Trump's 'Disgusting' Putin Presser
The joint conference in Helsinki took a turn for the shocking when, after being asked by Reuters whether he held Russia responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, Trump said he holds “both sides responsible.” The president also directly contradicted his own intelligence officials, saying he believes Putin when he says Russia did not intervene in the election. Google News
VOA VIEW: Liberal fake news.

American-Russian Relations In Syria? Less Rosy Than Trump And Putin Claim
Despite political tensions between the United States and Russia, the two nations’ militaries are cooperating closely — particularly in Syria, President Trump and President Vladimir V. Putin said on Monday. But their record of collaboration — or at least efforts to avoid conflict — in the war in Syria is far more mixed. NY Times

Putin, Russia Can't Be Trusted On Israel Security Pledge
President Trump and Vladimir Putin hinted Monday that they had reached an agreement in principle to crack down on Iranian proxy groups in war-torn Syria and to guarantee Israel’s security in the process — but experts warned that Moscow can’t be trusted and said the White House is in danger of being played by the Russian president on the world stage. Washington Times

Mandalay Bay Owners Sue Victims Of Las Vegas Mass Shooting
The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino filed suit against the victims of last year’s Las Vegas concert mass shooting, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday. MGM Resorts International went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, saying claims against the hotel giant “must be dismissed.” Fox

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CBS Fires 2 Employees For Calling Cops On Black Female Customer Attempting To Use A Coupon
Two Chicago CVS employees were fired amid backlash from a Facebook video posted by a black customer who said white managers accused her of presenting a phony coupon and called police on her. The pharmacy giant said it had completed a review of the Friday night incident and subsequently axed the two staffers. NY Daily

Yosemite Wildfire Doubles In Size
A deadly wildfire burning along the western edge of California's Yosemite National Park more than doubled in size Monday, hampering what is normally a busy tourist season for the area. The Ferguson Fire was 9,266 acres with 2 percent containment Monday morning, the South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team said. About 500 firefighters and other personnel were battling the blaze, which sparked Friday. UPI

NRA Gun Activists Swirled Around Alleged Russian Agent Marai Butina
Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist, went from running a small group in her home country to hobnobbing with major politicians and attending the National Prayer Breakfast after the election of President Trump. The 29-year-old, indicted for allegedly acting as an unregistered Russian agent in the U.S., was in touch with Americans during a supposed plan to wield influence in Washington, most notably through a “gun rights organization” known from previous reporting to be the National Rifle Association. NY Daily

Giuliani Claims Trump Shouldn't Call Putin A 'Liar'
Rudy Giuliani came out batting for President Trump after his softball press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, claiming he doesn’t see what good it would do to confront the Russian leader over his government’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election. “I don’t know what it would have accomplished if Trump said, ‘I believe Putin did it,’” the former New York mayor told the Daily News minutes after Trump wrapped up his joint appearance with the Russian leader in Helsinki, Finland. “I don’t think we need to call Putin a liar.” NY Daily
VOA VIEW: What roll should Trump have taken?

"Lava Bomb" Crashes Through Roof Of Hawaii Tour Boat
Nearly two dozen people were injured after what officials described as a "lava bomb" ripped through the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii, authorities said Monday. The Hawaii County Fire Department said a female passenger suffered a broken leg, two others were hospitalized in stable condition and 9 others experienced "superficial" injuries. CBS

Nerve Agent Used In Deadly UK Attack Was Hidden In Perfume Bottle
Matthew Rowley said his brother Charles, who is awake but seriously ill in the Salisbury District Hospital, told him he’d picked up a scent bottle reportedly filled with Novichok, the BBC reported. Britain’s Metropolitan Police, who are investigating the incident, previously said the poison was found in a “small bottle” but wouldn’t confirm what kind. NY Post

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