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NEWS   SUNDAY, FEBRUARY  18, 2018   NEWS

Trump Pushes Back Against 'Fake News Media' Coverage Of Russian Meddling
President Trump pushed back Saturday against coverage by what he called the “Fake News Media” on revelations about Russian meddling in the 2016 election -- saying the meddling began well before he ran for office and citing a Facebook official who said swaying the election was not Russia’s main goal. A federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, in a case brought by FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller that detailed a plot to “sow discord in the U.S. political system.” Fox
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are bias fools.

Trump Is Using Tweets From A Facebook Executive To Argue Russian Had No Influence
President Donald Trump found an unlikely ally in his mission to convince the internet that Russia’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election didn’t actually help get him elected: Facebook advertising executive Rob Goldman. Goldman, Facebook’s VP of ad products, sent a series of tweets late Friday that said, among other things, that “swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal” of the thousands of dollars of Facebook ads bought by Russian actors during and after the 2016 election. Recode
VOA VIEW: Facebook is covering their a.. .

McConnell Says Trump Should Embrace Romney's Senate Bid
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that President Trump should back Mitt Romney's Senate bid, saying that the former presidential candidate bolsters the GOP's prospects of holding onto the seat currently held by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah.). "We don’t want to lose the seat, and this looks like a pretty formidable candidate," McConnell told The New York Times in an interview on Friday. Asked whether Trump is comfortable with Romney's Senate bid, McConnell replied: "I can't imagine that he's not." Hill

Concern Grows Withing Pentagon About Trump's Proposed Parade
There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could cause. If Trump insists on a military parade through Washington involving thousands of troops, armored vehicles, missiles and other heavy weapons the event could disrupt crucial military training schedules, according to a defense official directly familiar with the initial planning efforts. Google
VOA VIEW: There no proof that there is any military concern.

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Republicans Say Obama 'Failed To Act' On Russian Threat, After Indictment
California GOP Rep. Devin Nunez, now chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, pointed out Friday that the committee has investigated Russian “influence” on campaigns for “many years.” He said he’s warned others about such threats since 2014, when he was a rank-and-file member of the committee. “Although the Obama administration failed to act on the committee’s warnings, it’s gratifying to see that Russian agents involved in these operations have now been identified and indicted,” said Nunez. Fox

Trump Responds To Mueller Indictment News
The White House continues to vehemently deny collusion with Russia a day after multiple indictments of Russian nationals and entities were announced by the Justice Department in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. In a string of tweets Saturday, President Donald Trump said that, despite the newly announced charges, the Russian meddling had no effect on the outcome of the election. CNN

What #MeToo Means For Trump And His Alleged Affairs
According to Ronan Farrow of the New Yorker, who reviewed McDougal’s handwritten accounts as part of his reporting, McDougal, a former Playboy model, had a nine-month affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007. At the time, Trump’s marriage to his current wife Melania was relatively new, and their son was a baby. This news, while it may matter to President Trump and his family, has little consequence for the country. Vox

Trump Might Be Close To Escalating A Trade Fight With China
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross issued a pair of reports on Friday on a months-long investigation into the national security impacts of steel and aluminum imports to the United States. The measures proposed would cut imports from around the globe in an effort to boost domestic production. China warned the country would take “necessary measures to defend our rights” should President Donald Trump decide to follow Ross’ recommendations. Trump has until April to decide what to do. Vox
VOA VIEW: China should be more careful, as Trump does not like to be threaten.

Trump Visits Victims Of The Parkland School Shooting In The Hospital
President Donald Trump traveled to Broward County, Fla., on Friday to visit with victims who were injured in the grisly school shooting in Parkland this week. A series of images posted on Instagram shows the president and First Lady Melania Trump, who were scheduled to be at Trump’s Florida resort Mar-a-Lago this weekend, speaking with victims and their families at the hospital and posing with medical staff. Time

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Florida Shooting Survivor Emma Gonzalez To Trump: “We Call BS”
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived Wednesday’s mass shooting, gave a blistering speech at an anti-gun rally on Saturday about the politicians complicit in the murder of her classmates. It was yet another reminder that the teenagers and children who grew up in the shadow of school shootings (and the 150,000 who survived one) are more practical—and less tolerant of empty rhetoric—than the adults who are supposed to protect them. Gonzalez had no use for crocodile tears from President Trump, who was in Florida on Friday to offer his condolences (and, reportedly, to drop by a Studio 54 theme party at Mar-a-Lago): Slate
VOA VIEW: Liberal act like liberals.

Omarosa Asked On 'Celebrity Big Brother' If She Had Had Sex With Trump
Former aide to President Trump Omarosa Manigault Newman was asked by her “Celebrity Big Brother” co-star if she ever had a sexual relationship with the commander-in-chief. The former “Apprentice” star, who worked for the Trump administration as the director of communications for the White House, was asked during Friday night’s episode of the reality show if she slept with Trump, Entertainment Weekly reported. “Did you ever sleep with him?” asked Brandi Glanville, star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” “Who?” Manigault Newman responded. “Trump,” Glanville said. Fox
VOA VIEW: Omarosa is a fool.

Why Donald Trump Fears Women
Multiple allegations of domestic abuse against former White House staff secretary Rob Porter appeared to provoke President Donald Trump to fire off this tweet last weekend. Trump offered no words of concern for Porter’s alleged victims, or any comfort for how their lives have been shattered or destroyed. Instead, he chose to side with the accused at the expense of the women. Huffington Post

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Pence: Trump Will Make School Safety A 'Top Priority'
President Trump will make safety in the nation’s schools a “top administration priority,” Vice President Pence said Saturday in a speech in Dallas. The vice president didn’t go into specifics at the event held by the America First Policies organization, which supports Trump’s agenda. But he said the president — who has said mental issues the reason deranged teen Nikolas Cruz used an AR-15 assault rifle to slaughter 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. — will make the push “in just a few short weeks” when he meets with the nation’s governors, the Dallas Morning News reported. NY Post

Trump's Defense Budget: A Wishlist For A Massive Military Buildup
President Donald Trump's fiscal budget request for 2019 includes $686 billion for defense spending. While Trump has pushed for a larger military since he was campaigning for president, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said more recently that the "real growth" in the military buildup begins with the now-unveiled fiscal 2019 budget. With this behemoth amount, the military is setting up contracts that will help the US fight the next war against near peer threats.  Business Insider

Angered By Trump's Harsh Words, Hundreds Rally In Downtown Rochester
Several hundred anti-racism protesters, angered by President Trump's alleged demeaning language, marched through downtown Rochester Saturday and rallied at the Liberty Pole. The rally began at 1 p.m. at the Central Church of Christ on South Plymouth Avenue and broke up at the Liberty Pole after 3 p.m. Signs reading "Stop Racism," "Love Not Hate, "Black Lives Matter" and "End White Supremacy" were conspicuous as the group marched down East Main Street. Democrat & Chronicle

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Senior Tech Aide To Trump, Reed Cordish, Leaving WH
A top technology advisor to President Donald Trump is leaving the White House, officials said Friday. Reed Cordish, who had been involved in a wide range of policy initiatives as head of the Office of American Innovation, reportedly plans to return to work at his family's real estate company. Cordish, 43, is close to Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are each top advisors to the president. Cordish's departure was first reported by the Washington Post. He told the newspaper he never intended to work in the administration for more than a year. CNBC

Why Rumors Of A New Plea Deal Should Terrify Trump
Even among some of Donald Trump’s allies, there is a sense of astonishment at the White House’s handling of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. “It’s like no one took down the Gambino family,” Steve Bannon told Chris Whipple in a book adaptation the Hive published this week. “Mueller’s doing a roll-up just like he did with the Gambinos. [Paul] Manafort’s the caporegime, right? And [Rick] Gates is a made man!” Indeed, Mueller, who led the F.B.I. takedown of the infamous crime family in the early 1990s, famously cutting a deal with Sammy the Bull to flip on mob boss John Gotti, appears to be executing what some have called a “Gambino-style roll-up.” First, he flipped former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos; then, he turned ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn. Vanity Fair
VOA VIEW: More garbage liberal loolish bias.

The IMF Warns Trump’s Tax Cuts Could Trigger A Global ‘Race To The Bottom’
Last October, the International Monetary Fund released a paper arguing that inequality was undermining global economic growth — and thus, contrary to supply-side dogma, developed nations did not need to choose between progressive tax policies and growth-enhancing ones. The United States could raise taxes on its wealthiest citizens and accelerate the growth of its GDP, simultaneously. On the other hand, were advanced economies to cut taxes on their rich — and consequently, shift the burden of taxation on to ordinary citizens, or cut public investment — they would risk reducing global growth. NY Mag

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Trump Has Created An Entire Class Of People Who Are Never Safe
Sometimes the news leaves me with the throat-constricting feeling that the late Soviet dissident Larisa Bogoraz described as follows: “It becomes impossible to live and breathe.” It happened last week, when I read about Omer Abdelmaed, a Sudanese man who was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in San Francisco—at his asylum interview. Abdelmaed’s lawyer, Caleb Arring, who described the arrest in a Facebook post, wrote that he had never before witnessed anything of the sort. New Yorker
VOA VIEW: Fake news.

Trump Appointed Judge Won't Recuse From Dossier Case
A federal judge appointed by President Donald Trump is refusing to step aside from a legal dispute related to the so-called dossier alleging links between Trump and Russia. U.S. District Court Trevor McFadden turned down a request from the firm that commissioned the dossier, Fusion GPS, to recuse himself from an attempt by Russian entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev to obtain information about the project. Politico
VOA VIEW: The left is getting a taste of their own medicine.

Top GOP Donor Won't Write Another Check Until They Support Assault Weapons Ban
A major Republican donor issued a remarkable ultimatum on Saturday, vowing to withhold money from GOP candidates unless they support a ban on selling military-style guns to civilians. "It's the end of the road for me," Al Hoffman Jr., a prominent Florida real-estate developer, told The New York Times. "For how many years now have we been doing this — having these experiences of terrorism, mass killings — and how many years has it been that nothing's been done?" BusinessInsider

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Florida Vice Mayor Slams 'Absurd' Trump Visit
Mark Bogen, the vice mayor of Florida's Broward County, said Friday that President Donald Trump's expected visit with the victims of the Parkland school shooting is "absolutely absurd." "Him coming here is absolutely absurd, and he's a hypocrite," Bogen said of the President in an interview Friday with CNN's Fredricka Whitfield. "How can you come here and talk about how horrible it is when you support these laws?" CNN
VOA VIEW: Bogen is a liberal idiot like CNN.

Mets Respond To Donald Trump Jr. Photo Backlash
Infielder Phillip Evans said Saturday he deleted an Instagram picture from the team’s shark fishing outing because of backlash he received. Among those in the picture was Donald Trump Jr., who happened to be at the beach while the Mets were fishing, according to Evans. “I didn’t intend it to be any kind of political [statement] at all,” Evans said. “I just thought it was another guy jumping into the photo.” Matt Harvey and manager Mickey Callaway were also in the photo. NY Post

How The Hollywood Lawyer For Trump’s Mistresses Turns Celebrity Sex Scandals Into Cash
Donald Trump may have more paid-off mistresses than paid-up hotels, as Ronan Farrow reports in his latest investigation for The New Yorker. But there appears to be one man who has found a way to cash in on the president’s affairs: Keith M. Davidson, an attorney who makes money selling dirt on Hollywood celebrities. Davidson recently surfaced as the man who brokered Trump’s payment of $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their tryst. He also represented Karen McDougal, the 1998 Playmate of the Year who sold the story of her nine-month affair with Trump to the National Enquirer for $150,000. NY Mag

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