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NEWS     THURSDAY,  SEPTEMBER  20, 2018    NEWS

Chuck Grassley tells Christine Blasey Ford, Democrats to use scheduled hearing or lose opportunity
Republicans are ready to push ahead with a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh after becoming frustrated with his accuser, who has rebuffed numerous chances they have offered her to tell her story. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said he is sticking with his plan to hold a hearing Monday to give Christine Blasey Ford a chance to detail her accusation that Judge Kavanaugh attempted a sexual assault against her when they were both teenagers — climbing onto her, attempting to strip off her clothes and stifling her cries for help. “It would be a disservice to Dr. Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, this committee, and the American people to delay this hearing any further,” Mr. Grassley said in a letter to committee Democrats. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Ford can't answer questions of the alleged happening, and only wants to waste time in Kavanaugh's nomination.

Republican candidates blast Democrats' 'ambush' on Kavanaugh, rally around Trump pick
Republican candidates running for Senate in red states are rallying around Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and the party leaders pushing for his confirmation on Capitol Hill, picking sides in what has turned into a politically poisonous debate. Many of the Republican candidates had gone silent in the hours after a woman came forward late last week to say Judge Kavanaugh, as a drunken high school student, attempted to sexually assault her at a house party. But as accuser Christine Blasey Ford has struggled to corroborate her accusations and rebuffed Republican offers to testify to the SenateJudiciary Committee on many different terms, those Republicans have regained their voices, saying their party is giving her a fair chance to come forward and testify. Washington Times

FBI sought to elevate anti-Trump dossier to official intelligence file despite CIA, DNI objections
The FBI pushed in 2016 to include the discredited dossier into the official intelligence community assessment that Russia interfered in the election to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton, two former senior officials said. The officials told The Washington Times that as the historic ICA, as it is known, was being drafted, the FBI wanted to fold in allegations and observations from dossier writer Christopher Steele. One source said then-FBI Director James B. Comey directly advocated inclusion. A second source said FBI officials definitely wanted Mr. Steele’s charges on Kremlin behavior included but could not single out Mr. Comey as the main driver. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems and those involved don't want the truth to come out.

Claire McCaskill says she's voting 'no' on Brett Kavanaugh
Sen. Claire McCaskill said Wednesday she will vote against federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Citing "dark money" in politics as the main reason for her opposition, McCaskill released a lengthy statement through her office Wednesday evening. The Missouri Democrat, who is in a heated re-election campaign, stumped in southwest Missouri earlier in the day with stops in Lebanon and Mt. Vernon. At the Lebanon event, she minimized the importance of the sexual assault allegations leveled against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who has claimed Kavanaugh held her down and tried to take off her clothes more than 30 years ago when he was 17 and she was 15. USA Today
VOA VIEW: McCaskill should lose her Senate seat.

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Tom Brady Was Asked What He Thought Of Players Kneeling. His Response Was Perfect
Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. But he’s also notoriously one of the least outspoken players in the media. You rarely hear Tom Brady speak of issues outside of football but in a recent interview, he finally broke his silence. After answering some easier questions regarding things like his relationship with coach Bill Belichick and his pending retirement, he was asked what he thought of the national anthem controversies and what should be done; his response did not disappoint… USA Today
VOA VIEW: The NFL is losing ratings and money.

Trump visits Carolinas as Florence death toll rises to 37
President Donald Trump visited the Carolinas Wednesday to survey Hurricane Florence's damage as the storm's death toll rose to 37 across three states. Three deaths in the Carolinas were reported overnight, raising the death toll to 37 -- including fatalities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Trump arrived in eastern North Carolina Wednesday morning to survey the damage. While Trump was in Cherry Point, N.C., Gov. Roy Cooper told him his state "took a gut punch" from Florence. Cooper described Florencas "a storm like no other." "Our people are still reeling," Cooper said. "We have lost 27 lives officially so far, and more are under investigation. We mourn their loss," he said, adding that farmers lost crops, businesses are shuttered, and people lost homes ... We are beginning the process of getting our feet under us, Mr. President." UPI

North Korea agrees at summit to shutter test site, major nuclear facility
 North Korea will permanently close its missile test site and dismantle its main nuclear facility if the United States takes corresponding measures under a deal struck at the inter-Korean summit Wednesday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korea agreed to take specific measures for denuclearization and the nations will work together to achieve a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. UPI
VOA VIEW: Double talk or real action - time will tell.

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Newt Gingrich: If Republicans want to defeat Democrats in 2018, they must do this
Those who believe the elite left-wing “blue wave” theory for the 2018 elections should look at what happened in Texas on Tuesday. In a special election runoff, Republican Pete Flores successfully flipped Texas State Senate District 19, which borders Mexico and had been in Democratic control for 139 years. Flores, a political newcomer competing against a seasoned former Democratic congressman, won in a district that is 73 percent Hispanic and African American – despite virtually all political analysts’ expectations. I am studying this election for a future op-ed, but I have been told by many Texas Republicans that Flores was able to win because he ran a big choice campaign. Candidates, consultants, campaign managers – Republicans at every level – must break out of the small-ball, district-by-district campaign model and create a national message that defines a set of big choices that contrast the Republican positions and those of the left. Fox
VOA VIEW: Republicans must show backbone and togetherness.

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Gohmert: Dems 'Calling Wolf One Too Many Times' With Outcry Against Trump's FISA Reveal
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert said Tuesday on "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that the Democrats are "crying wolf" when they claim the declassification of documents pertaining to the Trump-Russia probe or FISA warrant would damage national security. Lou Dobbs noted that Hillary Clinton ripped President Trump for ordering the declassification of FISA-related documents, saying that the president is "waging war on the truth." "Apparently, she doesn't like transparency and openness in government," Dobbs said. Gohmert (R-Tyler) said Trump made a "fantastic" decision to let the public see the documents that led to his campaign being surveilled by the Obama-era FBI. Fox
VOA VIEW: Dems are scared of the truth.

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Georgia state House primary voided over error; redo ordered
A Georgia judge has ordered a redo in a state House primary election where dozens cast their ballots in the wrong race. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Chris Erwin had appeared to have won the House District 28 Republican primary in May by 67 votes over Rep. Dan Gasaway. But Gasaway discovered that mapping mistakes led hundreds of voters to receive letters assigning them to the wrong House district. On Wednesday, Senior Superior Court Judge David Sweat ruled that a new Republican primary election will take place Dec. 4. The district includes about half of Habersham County, as well as Banks and Stephens counties in Georgia's northeast corner. Because there is no Democrat in the race, the winner will become the district's state representative. Erwin says he is ready to "run and win again." Las Vegas Sun

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GOP goes back to the immigration well in Arizona
For a decade, the fight against illegal immigration has helped Republicans win every statewide election in Arizona. Now in what's shaping up to be a difficult November for the GOP, Republicans are counting on it helping extend their winning streak in Arizona and maintain their hold on the U.S. Senate. Republican Rep. Martha McSally faces Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in a race that could determine which party controls the Senate. The two are competing for a seat vacated by Republican Jeff Flake. Flake retired after his criticisms of President Donald Trump's hawkish immigration stance made his re-election impossible. Immigration routinely polls as a top issue for Arizona Republicans. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Republicans must push what Americans want.

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Indigenous peoples ‘lag behind on all social and economic indicators’
Kate Gilmore’s comments were followed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Ms. Victoria Tauli Corpuz, who expressed concern at a “drastic increase” in attacks against indigenous peoples, and efforts to criminalize them. In her address to the Human Rights Council, Deputy High Commissioner Ms. Gilmore urged Member States to push for the “full inclusion” of all 370 million indigenous peoples in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which calls on all nations to eradicate poverty and inequality. Near to a third of the world’s extremely poor rural people, the most left behind, are indigenous – Deputy human rights chief, Kate Gilmore ? Few communities were so vulnerable, she insisted, judging by their depressed social and economic situation in around 70 countries today.UN

Bring the United Nations closer to the people, urges Assembly President in her inaugural speech
In her first keynote address to what is the 73rd session of the 193-member General Assembly, President María Fernanda Espinosa, said that the need for stronger global leadership in the service of multilateralism, to ensure more peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies, would underpin her work. “Let us proceed together, building a world more equal and free, more sustainable and respectful of nature, and more inclusive and supportive,” she said. Ms. Espinosa, who was elected the President of the General Assembly in June, succeeds Miroslav Laj?ák, the President of the 72nd  session. She is only the fourth woman to hold that position in the history of the world body, and the first woman ever from Latin America and the Caribbean region. UN

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