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OJ Simpson Gets Parole, Eligible For Release October 1
O.J. Simpson, the disgraced former football great, was granted parole Thursday amid his 33-year prison sentence for an armed robbery that has kept him behind bars in Nevada since 2008. “I’ve done my time, I’ve done it as well and respectfully as anyone can,” the 70-year-old told parole board members via videoconference Thursday at the Lovelock Correctional Facility, around 90 miles northeast of Reno. The board members came to their decision in a unanimous 4-0 vote, to which Simpson responded emotionally, saying, "Thank you, thank you, thank you."  As he rose from his seat to return to his prison cell, he exhaled deeply. Fox
VOA VIEW: He did get away with murder.

FBI Turns Over 7,000 Documents From Weiner Laptop In Clinton
The FBI has turned over 7,000 new documents from Anthony Weiner’s private laptop to the State Department as part of a watchdog group's lawsuit related to last year's Hillary Clinton email case. Judicial Watch and State Department representatives appeared in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Thursday over the group's Freedom of Information Act suit seeking Clinton emails from her tenure at the State Department. It emerged during the hearing that the 7,000 new documents were turned over. The trove is expected to contain some emails sent by Weiner’s estranged wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Everything was not turned over.

Jared Kushner Meets With Lindsey Graham
Jared Kushner met Thursday with Sen. Lindsey Graham on Capitol Hill, though the South Carolina Republican said the two discussed immigration policy and not congressional investigations into Russian interference in last year's US presidential election. Kushner is expected to testify before the Senate intelligence committee Monday in its ongoing Russia investigation. Lawmakers have expressed renewed interest following Donald Trump Jr.'s revelation that he, Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met last year with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton. Graham is leading one of a handful of congressional probes into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, but he does not sit on the intelligence committee. He is a member of the judiciary committee, which has threatened to subpoeana Manafort and Trump Jr. if they refuse to voluntarily testify before their committee next week. Graham also chairs a subcommittee on crime and terrorism. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN makes nothing out of nothing.

Donald Trump Doesn't Really Think The New York Times Is 'Failing'
President Donald Trump was sworn in on Jan. 20. Between that day and today, he has referred to the New York Times as "failing" in no fewer than 17 tweets. Which begs the question: Why, on Wednesday, did Trump give three New York Times reporters nearly an hour of his time for a sit-down interview in which he touched on everything from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to French President Emmanuel Macron's penchant for hand-holding to his theories about the cold-weather attributes of Russian soldiers? Or, in the words of Anderson Cooper: "Why on God's green earth does the President of the United States gives this interview today of all days when the focus is supposed to be on health care and this is also Buy American Week?" The answer is simple: Donald Trump doesn't think the New York Times is failing. Or a joke. Or fake news. Far from it. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump never stated that the New York Times was not failing or not fake news.

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In NYT, Trump Trashes AG Who Was One Of His Earliest Supporters
Shortly after he invited Republican senators to the White House to talk about health care on Wednesday, President Trump pushed that issue out of the headlines by giving an interview to The New York Times, one of the liberal media outlets he likes to bash. Trump told the newspaper he never would have hired Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he’d known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. He criticized Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for hiring Robert Mueller as special counsel; and he indicated that Rosenstein forced his hand in firing FBI Director James Comey. Trump said he believes former FBI Director James Comey told him about the fake Russian dossier so Comey could use it as leverage to keep his job. CNS

U.S. Allies Annoyed By Trump's Attention To Putin At G20 Dinner
The man who broke the news of President Trump's unofficial, one-on-one conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a July 7 dinner in Germany said he found out about it from apparently disgruntled U.S. allies who watched the whole thing unfold. Ian Bremer, a foreign policy analyst, author, and head of Eurasia Group, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday to discuss the implications of the hour-long conversation between Putin and Trump where only the Russian translator knows for sure what the two men were saying to each other. “Well, it's not surprising for leaders to have informal pull-asides when they have business to discuss in the context of these summits, but what is unusual is the length, the warmth in the context of what is already an unprecedented relationship between Trump and Putin,” Bremer said: CNS
VOA VIEW: There is no real evidence that US Allies are annoyed by Trump.

One In Eight People Who Voted For Trump Having Second Thoughts
About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they are not sure they would do so again after witnessing Trump's tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters. While most of the people who voted for Trump on Nov. 8 said they would back him again, the erosion of support within his winning coalition of older, disaffected, mostly white voters poses a potential challenge for the president. Trump, who won the White House with the slimmest of margins, needs every last supporter behind him to push his agenda through a divided Congress and potentially win a second term in 2020. The poll surveyed voters who had told Reuters/Ipsos on Election Day how they had cast their ballots. While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows how many would go as far as changing the way they voted. The survey was carried out first in May and then again in July. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Fake poll.

Ryan Says U.S. Tax Reform Consensus Nears, Does Not Mention Border Tax
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that tax reform talks are nearing a consensus to lower business taxes by closing loopholes and special interest deductions, the latest sign that the unpopular proposed border tax may not be included. Speaking at a New Balance shoe factory in Massachusetts, Ryan stressed the need to "level the playing field" for U.S. companies and their foreign competitors but failed to mention the border adjustment tax, or BAT, which has been his main policy for creating a more competitive U.S. manufacturing base. Ryan's remarks, coming about a week ahead of an end-of-July deadline for top White House officials and Republican leaders in Congress to agree on a tax reform framework, could indicate that President Donald Trump's promised tax code overhaul is taking on a more orthodox shape after months of closed-door talks. Reuters

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Trump Still Has Confidence In Sessions, White House Says
President Trump still has confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the White House said Thursday, despite the president's blunt comments that he would've chosen a different person for the top Department of Justice job had he known Sessions was going to recuse himself. “Clearly he has confidence in him or he would not be the Attorney General,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday. In the White House's fourth off-camera briefing this week, Sanders swatted down suggestions that Trump wanted Sessions to resign, saying “if he wanted somebody to take an action, he would make that quite clear.” MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Trump will be Trump.

Save Money And Calories With Lightened Up Fried Chicken And Mac And Cheese
You might think most of your money is going towards clothing and vacations, but food can actually eat up a surprisingly large portion of your budget. Whether dining out or buying groceries, Americans spend a ton of money on meals. But there's good news: cooking these delicious dishes at home is the way to go if you want save cash and calories. The first step towards making low-calorie, budget-friendly meals is just that — make your meals versus ordering in or dining out. Restaurants not only hike up the price, but they often overdo it on the butter, oil, salt, starch and fatty toppings (typically resulting in calorific cuisine). By cooking the majority of your meals at home, you'll have much more control over specific ingredients, and their amounts, plus you'll slash both calories and cost substantially. MSNBC

860 Obama Regulations Axed, 179 From ‘Secret’ List, Says Mulvaney
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney accused the Obama administration Thursday of keeping a “secret list” of proposed regulations during Mr. Obama’s eight-year regulatory onslaught against businesses, and touted President Trump’s rollback of more than 800 Obama-era rules and proposals. Of the 860 rules or proposed rules that the Trump administration has killed, 179 came from what he called Mr. Obama’s “secret” list. As Trump aides combed through the books, they found pending proposals that ranged from rules on hardwood plywood research to new requirements for contamination control in cattle slaughter operations. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama was an ignorant inept fool.

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Senate Confirms John Bush, Trump’s 6Th Circuit Court Pick
The Senate confirmed John K. Bush for a lifetime seat on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, over protests from Democrats who said he wasn’t fit to be a federal judge. The Senate voted 51-47 to put him on the federal bench despite criticism from Democrats on the SenateJudiciary Committee of Mr. Bush for having made controversial writings, where in one particular blog, he equated the Supreme Court’s legal rulings on slavery and abortion. Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat, did not vote. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Better than Obama picks.

Paul Ryan Calls CBO's Estimate Of 22 Million More Uninsured "Bogus"
House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Congressional Budget Office's estimate that 22 million more people would be uninsured under the latest Senate GOP health care bill "bogus," as he touted tax reform Thursday at a New Balance factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Wisconsin Republican didn't so much criticize the math as "bogus," but rather, said the figure is "not credible" because "people will choose not to buy" insurance. According to the CBO report, however, many people won't buy plans because the average deductible would be exorbitantly high, rendering care impractical or unaffordable for many lower-income Americans. Under the proposed plan, some deductibles would run $13,000 by 2026, more than the $11,400 someone earning 75 percent of the federal poverty level makes in a year. CBS

Apple Released A Security Patch On Wednesday That You Should Really Consider Updating To If You Enjoy Using Wi-Fi On Your iOS Devices.
So, you know, just about everybody should update. The iOS 10.3.3 update addresses vulnerabilities with your Contacts, Messages, Notifications, Safari and other issues. One of the more potentially damaging exploits was hidden in the iPhone's Wi-Fi chipset, where an attacker could take over a device remotely if it was searching for a signal. Hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in systems, and outdated devices make for an easy target. Just look at how many old computers the WannaCry ransomware attack was able to take advantage of. Companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple can release updates to fix their flaws, but it doesn't matter if people aren't downloading them. CBS

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US Says Ban On Laptops In Airplane Cabins Has Been Lifted
The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S. is over, as federal officials say that large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security. Those measures include checking electronic devices to make sure they don't contain a bomb, and pulling more people out of airport lines for additional screening. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that all airlines and airports with flights departing for the U.S. had met the agency's first phase of new security measures, which were announced in late June but not described in any detail. ABC

Trump's Honeymoon With China Comes To An End
Three months ago, President Donald Trump had warm words for his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after the two leaders bonded at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Within weeks, the Trump administration was touting early wins in talks with China, including more access for U.S. beef and financial services as well as help in trying to rein in North Korea. Now, the two sides can barely agree how to describe their disagreements. High-level economic talks in Washington broke up Wednesday with the two superpowers unable to produce a joint statement. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross scolded China over its trade imbalance with the U.S. in his opening remarks, and then both sides canceled a planned closing news conference. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The Trump administration is getting wiser.

Here’s The Chain Reaction Trump Could Set Off By Trying To Fire Mueller
President Donald Trump’s interview with the New York Times on Wednesday has stirred speculation he may consider firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller for investigating Trump’s business dealings as part of the Russia probe. But Trump can’t fire Mueller directly, according to the law that authorizes Mueller’s probe. If he tried, he could set off a chain-reaction that would throw the Justice Department into upheaval. Only the person acting as attorney general, currently Rod Rosenstein on matters related to the probe, can fire Mueller, and he’s said he won’t do it without “good cause.” So Trump would first have to purge the upper ranks of the Justice Department until he finds someone willing to follow his orders and dismiss the special counsel. Bloomberg

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Trump Sdministration Pulls Health Law Help In 18 Cities
President Donald Trump's administration has ended Affordable Care Act contracts that brought assistance into libraries, businesses and urban neighborhoods in 18 cities, meaning shoppers on the insurance exchanges will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage. Community groups say the move, announced to them by contractors last week, will make it even more difficult to enroll the uninsured and help people already covered re-enroll or shop for a new policy. That's already a concern because of consumer confusion stemming from the political wrangling in Washington and a shorter enrollment period. People will have 45 days to shop for 2018 coverage, starting Nov. 1 and ending Dec. 15. In previous years, they had twice that much time. ABC

Despite Cancer Diagnosis, McCain Says, ‘I’ll Be Back Soon’
Battling brain cancer, John McCain on Thursday vowed to return to the Senate, leveling fresh criticism at the Trump administration and aiming a good-natured dig at Republican and Democratic colleagues shaken by news of his diagnosis. "I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support — unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I'll be back soon, so stand-by!" McCain said in a tweet. Showing no signs of stepping back from political and national security battles, he issued a statement slamming the Trump administration over its Syria policy. The 80-year-old McCain, the GOP's presidential nominee in 2008 and a six-term Arizona lawmaker, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, who had removed a blood clot above his left eye last Friday. They also managed to remove all of the tumor that was visible on brain scans. Las Vegas Sun

Pelosi Speaks To Ailing Lawmaker, Says He Sounds Wonderful
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she has spoken with Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice more than a month ago, and "he sounded wonderful." Pelosi began her weekly news conference on Thursday by discussing the news of Sen. John McCain's diagnosis of brain cancer. She said she knows the 80-year-old Arizona senator will keep on fighting. Pelosi said she also let Scalise know of lawmakers' prayers for his recovery, and she cautioned the Louisiana Republican not to try to return to work too soon. Pelosi also says she sought to comfort his family, "but their strength is a comfort to the rest of us." Scalise remains in fair condition in a Washington hospital after several surgeries. Las Vegas Sun

Trump Injects $500M Into Pharmaceutical Packaging Industry
The Trump administration on Thursday announced it is pouring $500 million into the production of glass pharmaceutical packaging as part of the president's "Made in America" week. President Donald Trump met with representatives of Merck, Pfizer and Corning in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to announce the initiative. He said the investment would create nearly 1,000 jobs "quickly." "This initiative will bring a key industry to our shores that for too long has been dominated by foreign countries," he said. "We're moving more and more companies back into the United States, and they're doing more and more of these products." The glass vials and cartridges are used to store and deliver injectable drugs. The Trump administration plans to spread the funds across facilities in New York, New Jersey and a new manufacturing plant in a yet-to-be-disclosed location in the Southeast. Corning CEO Wendell Weeks showed off the durability of the glass to be used with a vise-like contraption. He asked Trump to push down on a lever to break one of the vials, but he was unable to. UPI

Oxygen Therapy Revives Brain Of Toddler Who Nearly Drowned
In one of the first such confirmed cases, an Arkansas toddler who suffered severe brain injury after nearly drowning has had that brain damage reversed, using a new treatment. The treatment is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT. It exposes a patient to pure oxygen within the confines of a carefully controlled pressurized chamber. During the therapy, the body gets three times the normal amount of oxygen, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The saga began with every parent's nightmare. Just one day shy of her 2nd birthday, Eden Carlson nearly drowned in the family pool. The little girl was found floating face down, unresponsive. Alive, but just barely. The initial prognosis, noted Dr. Paul Harch, wasn't good. The little girl's heart had stopped beating. UPI News

Global Warming, Rising Seas May Encourage Parasites
A study of ancient clam fossils suggests rising seas could once again encourage parasite infestations in brackish water ecosystems. Trematodes, commonly known as flukes, infect mollusks, usually snails, and make their way into the insides of vertebrates who consume infected mollusks. They can cause disease in humans, and blood fluke infections kill an estimated 200,000 people every year. The bodies of the parasitic flatworms don't fossilize, but their presence can be found on the surface of fossil clam shells. Clams form tiny crater-like deposits on their shells at the site of the attempted trematode infestation. The defense mechanism serves as a barometer of the prevalence of the parasite. UPI

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ISRAELIS DON’T BELIEVE NETANYAHU ON SUBMARINE SCANDAL
Nearly half of Israelis think that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is corrupt, but he is still the candidate found to be most suited to be prime minister, a poll by Panels Politics for The Jerusalem Post’s sister newspaper Ma’ariv found Thursday. According to the poll, 48% of Israelis think that Netanyahu is corrupt, while 38% say he is not, and the rest do not know. More than half of the people polled (55%) said they do not believe that Netanyahu knew nothing of alleged corruption in connection to the government’s purchase of submarines from Germany, while 30% believe him and another 15% don’t know. Likud voters had markedly different answers, with 69% believing that Netanyahu did not know about the corruption allegations and 80% saying that he is not corrupt. Jerusalem Post

IN RARE CALL, RIVLIN ASKS ERDOGAN TO CONDEMN TEMPLE MOUNT VIOLENCE
President Reuven Rivlin asked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to condemn last Friday’s terrorist attack near the Temple Mount, when the two leaders spoke by phone on Thursday evening. “The president reminded Erdogan that after the terrorist attacks in Turkey, the State of Israel was quick to condemn those criminal acts. He said Israel expected to hear similar condemnation from Turkey, with the understanding that terrorism was terrorism wherever it took place; in Jerusalem, in Istanbul, or in Paris,” Rivlin’s office said. Jerusalem Post

Syria War: Trump 'Ends CIA Arms Programme For Rebels'
US President Donald Trump has ended the CIA's clandestine programme to provide weapons and supplies to Syrian rebel groups, officials have said. The programme began in 2013 as Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, decided to put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to stand down. The decision to halt it was made almost a month ago, by which time the flow of arms had already slowed significantly. The officials said the move was part of an effort to improve ties with Russia. BBC

Nine Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Dementia Risk
One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London. By 2050, 131 million people could be living with dementia globally. There are estimated to be 47 million people with the condition at the moment. BBC

Trump Supporters Still Fixate On Clinton As Mood Darkens
Wayne Bisher, a lifelong Democrat, says he looks forward to voting for a Democrat for president again someday. But when the 68-year-old heard Donald Trump’s message on the campaign trail last year, promising to protect American manufacturing and control immigration, there was no doubt whom he would vote for. He took early retirement from his job at a pharmaceuticals plant 14 years ago, when cheap Chinese vitamin C flooded the American market, so Trump’s populist “America First” message resonated strongly with him. Guardian

Exxon Fined $2M For Violating Russia Sanctions While Rex Tillerson Was CEO
ExxonMobil showed “reckless disregard” in violating Russian sanctions while Rex Tillerson was the oil company’s CEO, the treasury department said on Thursday.
The treasury fined Exxon $2m for violating sanctions that the Obama administration imposed on Russian entities in 2014 over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. And it said the company’s “senior-most executives” were aware of the sanctions when two of its subsidiaries signed deals with the Russian oil magnate Igor Sechin. Sechin is the chairman of the Russian oil giant Rosneft and is on a US blacklist that bars Americans from doing business with him. Guardian

Donald Trump Latest Approval Rating And Impeachment Odds
Donald Trump's Presidential approval rating continues to worsen in the wake of the developing investigation into his campaign's ties with Russia. The revelation that his son, Donald Jr, met with a Russian lawyer to discuss potentially damaging info about Hillary Clinton follows a month after it emerged that the President is under investigation for a possible obstruction of justice. Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to examine Russia’s role in the presidential election, is now reportedly directly examining the behaviour of the President as well members of his wider campaign team. Telegraph

Change In Behaviour For South Sudan Actors 'Long Overdue,' Security Council Told
Highlighting challenges facing South Sudan, a senior United Nations official today underlined that overcoming obstacles borne of a volatile combination of insecurity and political uncertainty is critical for the war-torn country to be put on the track to peace and stability. “The security environment remains extremely volatile and South Sudan is in need of an effective and credible ceasefire,” El Ghassim Wane, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, told the Security Council today, noting reports of active military operations in parts of the country since the Government's announcement of a unilateral ceasefire in June. UN News

In Nigeria, UN Deputy Chief Says 'M ssages Of Women' Vital To Sustainable Peace, Development
Urgent action is needed now towards the meaningful participation of women in peace processes, as well ensuring their voices are heard in all aspects of society, the United Nations deputy chief told reporters in Abuja today as part of a first-ever UN-African Union trip focused on women, peace and security. “It is about action. It is about implementation,” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the press in the Nigerian capital, where she also spotlighted the importance advancing gender equality as a precondition for sustainable development for all. UN News

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