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NEWS     TUESDAY,  JUNE  19, 2018    NEWS

States Tighten Election Security-By Going Back To Paper
As key midterm elections approach, U.S. authorities are taking measures to make sure the balloting is secure and free of foreign influence. For years, a number of polling places have gone more high-tech with electronic voting machines. Fears about vulnerabilities in the systems, however, are turning eyes to a strikingly low-tech option -- paper ballots. UPI
VOA VIEW: The vote must be protected regardless of how difficult.

Chinese Border City Seeing Surge In North Korea Trade
Vibrant activity has resumed at the Chinese border city of Dandong, where, according to Chinese authorities, housing prices have been rising at the fastest rate among a group of 70 Chinese cities. South Korean newspaper Asia Economy Daily reported Monday freight trucks and tour buses could be seen crossing the Sino-Korean Friendship Bridge, and North Korean restaurants that once refused South Korean customers were welcoming them again. UPI

Children Cry Out For "Mama" And "Papi" In Heartbreaking Audio Recorded At A Detention Center
ProPublica published audio of children at a US Customs and Border Protection facility who have been separated from their parents. The audio was provided by Human Rights attorney Jennifer Harbury, who told CNN that a client was at the facility last week where children had been recently separated from their parents. In the audio you can hear children crying and asking for “Papi” and “Mama." CNN
VOA VIEW: What are childrent crying when born Americans go to detention centers.

Most Republicans Approve Of Policy That Causes Family Separation
Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the Trump administration's practice of taking undocumented immigrant children from their families and putting them in government facilities on US borders, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Only 28% approve. But among Republicans, there is majority support for the policy that has resulted in an uptick of children being separated from their families. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN has made a liberal stand that has no merit.

Senate Passes Defense Bill, Battle Looms With Trump Over China's ZTE
The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military but setting up a potential battle with the White House over Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corp. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 85-10 for the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which authorizes U.S. military spending but is generally used as a vehicle for a broad range of policy matters. Before it can become law, the bill must be reconciled with one already passed by the House of Representatives. That compromise measure must then be passed by both chambers and signed into law by Trump. Reuters

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Trump Orders Creation Of Space Focused US Military Branch
“It is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space,” Trump said before a meeting of his National Space Council. “We are going to have the Air Force and we’re going to have the ‘Space Force.’ Separate but equal. It is going to be something,” he said later. Reuters

Supreme Court Sidesteps Ruling In Partisan Gerrymandering Cases
The supreme court dodged a decision on whether it is constitutional for political parties to redraw electoral maps to gain a partisan advantage. In two cases, one in Maryland and one in Wisconsin, the court on Monday found procedural reasons not to issue a ruling on gerrymandering. Instead of making a landmark ruling, the cases were both kicked back to lower courts for new hearings. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Chicken!

Trump Says Germans 'Turning Against Their Leadership' Over Immigration
Donald Trump has launched an unprecedented attack on Angela Merkel’s government, tweeting that “the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition”. While the US president has previously been openly critical of Germany’s export surplus and defence spending, he has refrained from openly criticising the country’s migration policy since taking office in 2017. Guardian

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McAllen, TX, Immigration Processing Center Is Largest In US
Hundreds of young migrants are being kept behind metal wire — the type you’d see on a neighborhood batting cage or a dog kennel — inside the country’s largest immigration processing center. A Department of Homeland Security official called the facility, known as Ursula, the “epicenter” of the Trump administration’s policy that has separated thousands of children from their parents. NBC

House GOP Immigration Bill Would Modify — But Not End — Child Detentions
House Republican leaders are reworking their "compromise" immigration bill to include a provision that modifies — but doesn't completely end — the "zero tolerance" policy being enforced now by the Trump administration. In the new legislation, children would now be held in the same place as their parents if they are detained. Under the White House's policy, roughly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southwest border illegally in the past six weeks. NPR
VOA VIEW: Republicans show that they are weak.

'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence
Some parents see it coming. Natalie was not that kind of parent. Even after the director and a teacher at her older son's day care sat her down one afternoon in 2011 to detail the 3-year-old's difficulty socializing and his tendency to chatter endlessly about topics his peers showed no interest in, she still didn't get the message. Her son, the two educators eventually spelled out, might be on the autism spectrum.  NPR

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Grassley Calls For Probe Of James Comey's Disturbing Email Practices
Investigators should probe whether former FBI Director James Comey discussed classified information using a personal email account, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Monday at a hearing on the Justice Department watchdog's bombshell report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz were testifying before the panel. Fox News
VOA VOEW: Comey may be in real trouble.

DHS Head Says Immigration Crisis Is Not New Product Of Legislative Loopholes
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that the growing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border "is not new" as the Trump administration dug in amid a national outcry over the separation of immigrant children from their parents. "This entire crisis, just to be clear, is not new," Nielsen told reporters at the top of the White House briefing. "It's been occurring and expanded over many decades. But currently, it is the exclusive product of loopholes in our federal immigration laws that prevent illegal immigrant minors and family members from being detained and removed to their home countries." Fox News

Sarah Sanders Responds To Laura Bush: 'We're Not The Ones Responsible For Creating This Problem'
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed a sharp condemnation of the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy for illegal border crossings from former first lady Laura Bush, saying the Trump administration is not responsible “for creating this problem.” “This law was actually signed into effect in 2008 under her husband’s leadership, not under this administration,” Sanders told reporters during Monday’s White House press briefing. “We’re not the ones responsible for creating this problem. We’ve inherited it. But we’re the first administration stepping up and trying to fix it.” Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Good and accurate point.

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All 4 Living Former First Ladies Condemn Trump Border Policy
All four living former first ladies — Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama — have stepped out of political retirement to condemn the Trump administration's practice of separating parents and children at the border. Speaking at a women's group in New York City on Monday, Clinton called family separation "an affront to our values" and said she had warned Trump's immigration policy would lead to this during her 2016 presidential campaign against him. NBC
VOA VIEW: Foolish women.

Senate Panel Trashes Comey At FBI Hearing
Former FBI chief James Comey took more hits Monday at a Senate Judiciary Committee focused on the Justice Department Inspector General’s report of how the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton investigation in the run-up to the 2016 election. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said that at key moments Comey clearly departed from FBI norms and his decisions negatively impacted the public’s trust in the Justice Department and FBI. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Horowitz showed weakness.

White House To Evangelical Critics: 'Open Your Doors' To Undocumented Families
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders urged religious groups on Monday to "open their doors" to undocumented families, after several prominent conservative evangelicals criticized the Trump administration for separating children from their parents at the border. "I think any evangelical, or any church for that matter, that feels strongly about that, should open their doors and facilitate some of these individuals," Sanders told reporters during a tense late afternoon briefing. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Evangelicals like to preach but don't put up.

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$312 Billion: Green Energy Makes Ontario the Most Debt-Ridden Province on Earth
With the election of Doug Ford as premier of Ontario, the province has joined the world trend toward populism. As in other countries and regions, particularly the United States, it is part of a trend away from collectivism and globalization. Besides a growing distrust of politicians, people are starting to realize that the costs of communism, socialism, or unbridled liberalism are too high. The argument that we will do it properly this time around isn’t convincing anymore.  PJ Media

Dem Candidate Compares Trump Victory To 9/11 Terror Attacks
McGrath, who just recently won her primary in Kentucky’s 6th district, said in November that after Trump’s win she felt the same “sinking feeling” that she had after learning of the 9/11 attacks. “And then, of course, the results of the election, we have a new commander-in-chief,” McGrath said during an event by Indivisible Bourbon County. “And that morning I woke up like somebody had sucker punched me. I mean, I felt like, ‘what has just happened to my country?'” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: It shows that idiots can get votes from idiots.

President Trump Jokes About Firing New NASA Administrator
President Donald Trump joked on Monday that he would fire one of his officials in “two minutes” if he does not do a good job. Trump was speaking at the Meeting of the National Space Council when he thanked a list of his top officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. Daily Caller

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Michelle Obama Seconds Laura Bush’s Criticism Of Child Separation Policy
Former first lady Michelle Obama neatly criticized the Trump administration’s child separation policy on Monday, breaking from the Obamas’ practice of (mostly) staying quiet about the current president. “Sometimes truth transcends party,” she wrote, pointing to former first lady Laura Bush’s Washington Post op-ed in which Obama’s Republican predecessor criticized the practice of separating immigrant children from their undocumented parents at the border. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Fools like Huff will follow fools.

Minimum Wages Might Mean Fewer Benefits
A recent working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research by the economists Jeffrey Clemens, Lisa B. Kahn, and Jonathan Meer should make us pause and question the wisdom of higher minimum wages. The economists explore how minimum wages affect the probability of employer-provided health coverage and find that a chunk of the increased earnings for workers who get higher wages will be offset by a reduction in employer-provided health coverage. There are a lot of ways minimum wages can hurt the people they’re supposed to help. By raising the price of something in a competitive market, people will demand less of it. And while there is some mixed evidence, it does appear to be the case that minimum wages reduce employment. Zero Hedge

Border Sheriff: 'We Need A Wall', After 5 Illegals Die In Rollover Accident
The sheriff in the Texas county where five illegal aliens perished Sunday in a rollover accident says the incident is the perfect example of why we need President Trump’s long-proposed border wall. The accident happened around noon as several suspected smugglers attempted to outrun Border Patrol agents in Big Wells, Texas. The SUV overturned after it hit gravel traveling at more than 100 miles per hour, ejecting 12 illegals. InfoWars

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