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The People On Trump's List Aren't Enemies, They Are Witnesses
John Brennan – 25 years in the CIA. Director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, 2003-2004. Director of Central Intelligence, 2013-2017. James Clapper – 32 years in the Air Force, retired as a three-star general with three Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, and two Air Medals. Flew 73 combat support missions over Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, 1991-1995. Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, 2007-2010. Director of National Intelligence, 2010-2017. Salon
VOA VIEW: Overrated liberals.

John Brennan To Rachel Maddow: Trump Is 'Drunk On Power'
Former CIA Director John Brennan, whose security clearance was revoked by Donald Trump earlier this week as punishment for his support for the Russia investigation, told Rachel Maddow on Friday night that Trump is “drunk on power” and “abusing the powers” of the presidency. Towleroad
VOA VIEW: Brennan is a loud mouth liberal loser.

GOP's Hard Right A Wild Card In Replacing John Boehner
John Stanton, DC bureau chief for Buzzfeed, talks with Rachel Maddow about whether the conventional wisdom that Rep. Kevin McCarthy will replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House is accurate, and how the hard-right Republicans that made Boehner's job so difficult are likely to respond to the replacement process. MSNBC

Trump Compares Mueller Probe To McCarthyism
President Trump in a series of tweets early Sunday morning lashed out at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, comparing it to McCarthyism, while denouncing the media once again as the “enemy of the people” and accusing Democrats of colluding during the 2016 election. NY Post
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

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Media's Hatred Of Trump 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: NY Post
VOA VIEW: Fools!

Liberal Party Self Destructing Over Energy
“It’s a very fluid situation.” That’s how one of the government’s own senators, Jim Molan, described the Coalition’s energy policy on Monday. He was, it’s safe to say, being generous. Related: Canberra's deranged circus of wreckers are now writing our future. Guardian
VOA VIEW: It's about time liberals are being exposed.

Impeachment Of W Virgina Justices Heads To State Senate
It's the West Virginia Senate's turn to address the impeachment of three state Supreme Court justices in a spending scandal. The Senate is set to meet Monday to work on rules for the trials of Chief Justice Margaret Workman, suspended Justice Allen Loughry and Justice Beth Walker. US News
VOA VIEW: Sad!

Giuliani Asserts: "Truth Isn't Truth"
The former mayor of New York, who is now the most public face of the President’s legal team, was interviewed by NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on Sunday. It did not go well, especially when Giuliani spoke about the notorious Trump Tower meeting of June 9th, 2016 between a group of Russians, led by Natalia Veselnitskaya, and top members of the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort. Giuliani flatly asserted, Veselnitskaya “didn’t represent the Russian government. She’s a private citizen. I don’t even know if they knew she was Russian at the time. All they had was her name.” New Republic

Michael Hayden Dares Trump To Revoke His Security Clearance
Count former CIA and NSA boss Michael Hayden among those top former U.S. intelligence officials who’d be happy to have President Trump revoke their security clearances. Mr. Hayden made the remarks Sunday on CNN when asked by host Jake Tapper whether he agreed with a column written late last week by retired Adm. William McRaven blasting Mr. Trump for revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hayden mistake.

WH Lawyer McGahn Isn't 'A John Dean Type RAT'
President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that his White House counsel isn't a "RAT" like the Watergate-era White House attorney who turned on Richard Nixon, and he blasted the ongoing Russia investigation as "McCarthyism." Trump, in a series of angry tweets, denounced a New York Times story that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team investigating Russian election meddling and potential collusion with Trump's Republican campaign. Star Tribune

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US Navy Wreckage From WWII Discovered Off Coast Of Alaska
Remains from a U.S. Navy destroyer badly damaged by a sea mine was discovered last month by a government-funded scientific team. The USS Abner Read was nearly sunk in action during the Aleutians campaign in World War II, as Allied forces fought to eject Japanese troops occupying the remote islands of Attu and Kiska. The destroyer was ultimately saved and continued to serve in the Pacific for the remainder of the war, but a portion of the ship was lost to the sea in the process. Popular Mechanics

Some Republicans Would Say Trump Has The Power To Kill Their Parents
A political analyst on MSNBC said that some Republicans are so loyal to President Trump that if asked in a poll, they'd allow him the ability to kill their parents. John Heilemann was responding to a comment from Commentary Magazine's Noah Rothman, who noted a poll that found 43 percent of Republicans believe the president should have authority to dissolve media outlets "engaged in bad behavior.” Fox
VOA VIEW: MSNBC is losing ratings, badly.

Did Matt Lauer Spark New Zealand's Ban On Foreign Homebuyers?
The backlash against Matt Lauer in New Zealand is so strong he is being blamed for the ban on foreign homebuyers. In response to runaway real-estate prices, the New Zealand government voted Wednesday to bar most non-citizens from investing in homes. The vote came just three weeks after Lauer, in his first interview since losing his job and his marriage, spent 20 minutes on Radio New Zealand defending his ownership of Hunter Valley Station, a 27,000-acre merino sheep and cattle ranch on a mountain lake. Page Six

Trump Rejects Turkey's Offer To Release American Pastor If US Drops Probe Of Turkish Bank
The Turkish government agreed to drop terrorism charges against the pastor in exchange of the U.S. government dropping fines totaling billions of dollars against the bank. A senior White House official said the offer was rejected. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good - blackmail and extortion.

Progressive Veterans Frame Climate Change As National Security Issue
Self-described "ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding, Texas Democrat" MJ Hegar, a candidate for Texas’ deep-red 31st District, has a novel approach to environmental politics: she doesn’t care if her supporters believe in man-made climate change, but says it's hard to deny the corrupting effects of petroleum dependence on American foreign policy. Yahoo

Dems To Challenge Kavanaugh For WH Records
Access to paperwork from Brett Kavanaugh’s years as a White House lawyer and staff secretary for Bush has become a lightning rod in the nomination fight. The issue will take center stage as he sits down with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, this week. Hill
VOA VIEW: Silly!

C-Span Caller Unleashes Racist Rant About Barack Obama On Air
C-SPAN bleeped the audio of a caller who phoned in to use a racial slur and call for the death of former President Barack Obama on Sunday. During the network’s morning program Washington Journal, host Paul Orgel took a call from a person he identified as Christopher of White Haven, Pennsylvania on the Republican phone line. Callers are meant to phone in with questions for guests based on the discussion, but Christopher instead falsely claimed that Obama was an “illegal alien.” Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Everyone has their opinions.

'Great Divider In Chief': Gov. Cuomo Continues War Of Words
Cuomo said his feud with the president "is not just politics as usual." "This debate we’re having with the president is really about the country we want to be. This is about our values, our beliefs, our character," Cuomo said. "It is a frightening portrait." “Trump’s America is one of division and intolerance,” Cuomo continued. Cuomo came under fire last week after doing a riff on Trump’s "Make America Great Again" slogan during a bill signing ceremony. "We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great," Cuomo said. "We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged." ABC
VOA VIEW: Cuomo's mouth is doing him political harm.

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GOP's Strong Local Brands Will Block 'Blue Wave'
College football season is nearly here. While fans look toward the season optimistic about their team’s chances of success, at the end of the day, the same traditional powerhouses will most likely face off in the college football championship. Why is this so often the case? Put simply, these institutional programs have better talent, superior brands, loyal followings, more resources, and other built-in strategic advantages that give them a competitive edge before the games even get started. RCP

GOP Lawmaker Doesn't Care If President Used N-Word
Michael Williams, a Republican state senator from Georgia, went on TV Saturday morning and declared that he would be upset if Donald Trump spewed racial slurs. That may seem simple enough, but apparently, it’s actually quite complicated. Williams, you see, went on to explain that while he would object if Donald Trump—the individual—used the N-word, he couldn’t care less if Donald Trump—the president—used the N-word before becoming president. Mother Jones
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

Ex Texas Doctor Who Raped Sedated Patient Gets No Jail Time
Shafeeq Sheikh, a former physician at Baylor College of Medicine, was sentenced to 10 years of probation on Friday and will have to register as a sex offender. A 12-person jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting a patient five years prior, the Houston Chronicle reported. Fox

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Giuliani Taunts John Brennan Over Lawsuit Threat: 'I'd Love To Have
Former CIA director John Brennan said Sunday he’s considering suing the Trump administration for revoking his security clearance, prompting Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to respond: Bring it on. “Then we take his deposition right away. As the plaintiff he’d have to go first. I’d volunteer to do that case for the president. I’d love to have Brennan under oath for I don’t know, how many days — two, three days? We’ll find out about Brennan,” Mr. Giuliani told Fox’s “Sunday Futures with Maria Bartiromo.” Washington Times

Trump Blasts NY Times Over WH Counsel Report
Donald Trump went on the offensive on Sunday, invoking the spectres of Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy, starkly polarising figures from American history, in a frenzied attack on the New York Times. Guardian
VOA VIEW: The NYT is worthless.

WH Has Prepared Draft Documents For Revoking More Security Clearances
“The White House has drafted documents revoking the security clearances of current and former officials whom President Trump has demanded be punished for criticizing him or playing a role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to senior administration officials,” the Post noted Friday. AOL

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We Might Be Able To Contact NASA's Opportunity Rover Soon
NASA’s Opportunity rover has been exploring the surface of Mars for more than a decade, but the past few months have presented its greatest challenge yet. Since early June, a dust storm has been blocking out the sun around Opportunity, which is particularly challenging for a solar-powered rover. Since then, the dust storm has grown to encompass the entire planet, and almost three months later it’s finally showing the first signs of slowing down. Popular Mechanics

Meghan Markle Thinks You Should Vote In The Midterm Elections
"The right to vote is something for which blood, sweat, and tears have been shed; the struggle was endless for us to have this liberty," the Duchess wrote in a post titled "Because You Must" in November of 2016 on her now-defunct lifestyle blog, The Tig. Yahoo

The Woman Behind The New York Campaign To Take Down Trump
Zephyr Teachout, the would-be next attorney general of New York, sits tight against the desk in the former doctor’s office she’s using for her campaign headquarters, her very pregnant belly barely visible above the desk’s metal top. She runs her hands through her hair like a law professor lecturing on a particularly thorny constitutional question. She lays out precisely how she could, if elected, use her office put Donald Trump in prison. Politico
VOA VIEW: Tachout is nuts.

'Men Are Disposable': Giuliani's
In his four months as one of President Donald Trump’s personal attorneys, the former New York City mayor has blitzed media green rooms, befuddled legal experts and caused headaches for the White House. Even Trump once told reporters Giuliani would “get his facts straight” eventually. Politico

For McCaskill, Re Election May Rest With Vote On Supreme Court Nominee
In an RV emblazoned with her name, Sen. Claire McCaskill pulled into a manufacturing plant in this deep-Republican part of the state to blast the administration for how it implemented tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Then she was asked where she stood on the president’s Supreme Court nominee. WSJ

Gretchen Carlson Denies Claim She 'Silenced' And Bullied Miss America
Carlson wrote that she was "surprised and saddened" by Cara Mund's accusations, which have cost the organization $75,000 in scholarships, and she is "concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown." Hollywood Reporter

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Avenatti Visits New Hampshire As He Considers 2020 Bid
An attorney who has bedeviled President Donald Trump during the past year over his personal relationships and immigration policies made a presidential pitch of his own to Democratic voters in New Hampshire on Sunday. Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her case against Trump, told the Hillsborough County Democrats that he was considering matching Trump's confrontational style with his own pugilistic brand in a 2020 presidential run. Star Tribune
VOA VIEW: The difference is that Avenatti is a liberal media stooge.

Australian PM Dumps Key Climate Policy To Stave Off Leadership Revolt
Australia’s prime minister has abandoned plans to rein in greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to stave off a leadership coup from within his own party. The Australian government had proposed using a broad energy policy, called the National Energy Guarantee, to bring in a carbon emissions reductions target in the energy sector of 26% by 2030, which would have helped Australia meet its obligations under the Paris climate agreement. Guardian

North Carolina Acts Deep Blue With State Worker Minimum Wage
GOP leaders who control the General Assembly have shown no interest in raising the minimum wage for all employees above the $7.25 federal level. So why are they doing so for state workers? "It's hard to recruit and maintain good employees," said Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville, a top budget writer. "We've lost some good employees ... to the private sector." ABC

Record Number Of Women Have Won Major Party Primaries
Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving the way for November battles that could significantly increase the number of women in elected office and change the public debate on issues such as health care, immigration, abortion rights, education and gun control. Some of these candidates could also play a pivotal role in whether Democrats are able to take control of the U.S. House. US News
VOA VIEW: Dems won't win big in November.

Steve Bannon Warns That Republicans Must Rally Behind President Trump To Survive
During a Sunday interview with The Associated Press, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump said he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today, thereby ceding their majority to Democrats he’s convinced will pursue impeachment. He argued there’s still time to turn that around and is launching a group, Citizens of the American Republic, to pitch the election as a vote to protect Trump from that outcome. Time

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