is America’s news and information center for the 21st Century. brings news, information, and commentary to the world. If you have any news, information, or comments to share,

Email: or Call: 504-455-9956


In Gettysburg, Trump Says He Can Bring The 'Change' To End ‘Rigged’ System
Donald Trump delivered Saturday on his plan to use historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as the setting for a closing argument in his Republican presidential campaign -- but not before lashing out again at familiar targets including rival Hillary Clinton, a “rigged” America and female accusers whom he branded ”liars.” Trump vowed after the election to sue the nearly one dozen women who have recently gone to the media with allegations about his sexual misconduct, a situation that Trump says has rigged the election against him. “Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign -- total fabrication,” Trump told the crowd. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over.” Fox News

WikiLeaks Document Shows Apparent Gender Pay Gap At Clinton Foundation
Email documents released in the latest WikiLeaks dump portray a pay gap between men and women employed at the Clinton Foundation, Abby Huntsman reported on Fox & Friends. A hacked email released by WikiLeaks describes a payroll schedule in which male employees at the foundation averaged about $68,000 per year in salary, while women were paid about $64,000. According to LifeZette, the 2011 email was sent by an employee to the foundation's chairman, Bruce Lindsey, as well as Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta. Fox News

AT&T-Time Warner Mega-Deal Is Near
The boards of AT&T and Time Warner are meeting on Saturday afternoon to vote on an $80 billion deal that would bring the two companies together, according to sources familiar with the matter. The acquisition of Time Warner could be announced by Saturday night. Time Warner (TWX) is the parent company of CNN, TNT, HBO, the Warner Bros. studio, and a number of other TV channels and websites. AT&T (T, Tech30) is one of the country's main providers of wireless phone and Internet service. It also recently acquired the DirecTV satellite TV business. CNN

Bridgegate: More Troubled Waters For Chris Christie As Ex-Aide Testifies
Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, finally broke her silence about the so-called Bridgegate scandal that virtually paralyzed a town whose mayor was a political rival of the New Jersey governor's. For days in September 2013, lane closures on the George Washington Bridge snarled traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, just across the river from Manhattan. In a federal trial alleging a political plot behind the lane closings, Kelly testified Friday she told Christie at a meeting nearly a month before they occurred about a traffic study and the effect it would have on the town. She said Christie signed off the traffic study, which she said was billed to her as a survey on how to speed up traffic across the bridge. CNN


Amb. Stevens’s Deputy In Libya: Washington Did Not Ensure We Had Ability To Protect Ourselves
The State Department’s second-ranking diplomat in Libya on the day that terrorists attacked the U.S. facilities in Benghazi and killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods says a key lesson Americans should take from that event is that officials in Washington, D.C. have a responsibility to make sure Americans serving their country abroad have the ability to protect themselves. “That did not happen in Benghazi,” says Gregory Hicks, who was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli on Sept. 11, 2012. “I think, first, that I hope that the American people will appreciate the risks that diplomats and intelligence officers and our military personnel take to protect and preserve our democracy and our way of life,” Hicks said in an interview with CNS News

Trump Vows To Weaken U.S. Media 'Power Structure' If Elected
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised on Saturday to foil a proposed deal for AT&T Inc to buy Time Warner Inc if he wins the Nov. 8 election, arguing it was an example of a "power structure" rigged against both him and voters. Trump listed his policy plans for the first 100 days of his presidency in a campaign speech in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but also defiantly raised personal grievances, describing how he would address them from the White House.
Moments after promising Americans that he represented a break from the status quo, he promised to sue a number of women who have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, calling them liars. Reuters

Clinton Far Ahead In Electoral College Race: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton maintained her commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the U.S. presidency, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project results released on Saturday. In the last week, there has been little movement. Clinton leads Donald Trump in most of the states that Trump would need should he have a chance to win the minimum 270 votes needed to win. According to the project, she has a better than 95 percent chance of winning, if the election was held this week. The mostly likely outcome would be 326 votes for Clinton to 212 for Trump. Trump came off his best debate performance of the campaign Wednesday evening but the polling consensus still showed Clinton winning the third and final face-off on prime-time TV. Trump disputes those findings. Reuters

Defense Secretary Ash Carter Makes Unannounced Trip To Iraq
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday to receive an on-the-ground progress report on the battle to liberate the key city of Mosul from ISIS. Carter, who will also meet with Iraqi officials during the trip, arrived as the formal Iraqi campaign to oust ISIS entered its sixth day. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have encircled Mosul, and U.S. artillery and gunships are pounding enemy positions on the city's outskirts. U.S. officials insist that Iraqi and Kurdish peshmerga forces are leading the battle and the approximately 5,000 U.S. personnel in the country are playing a secondary role. MSNBC


Top Of Ticket Frustrations Present Challenge In Battle For Senate
In offices located at each end of the Las Vegas valley sit two political groups working against one another in a contest that could determine the direction of the nation's political future for at least the next two years. The two visions for that future could hardly be more different but they share the same challenge in their drive to capture a friendly majority in the U.S. Senate: Fighting apathy created by two extremely unpopular presidential candidates. The focus here is the race between Republican Rep. Joe Heck and Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto who are competing to replace long-time Sen. Harry Reid. MSNBC

Three States Reject Russian Effort To Monitor U.S. Polling Places During Presidential Election
Election officials in three states say they’ve received and rejected requests to have Russian diplomats present at polling places when U.S. voters cast ballots for their next president Nov. 8. Russia’s consul general in Houston, Alexander K. Zakharov, outlined the requests in letters sent to election officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana that said he wished to deploy representatives “for a short period of time, when convenient,” with the “goal of studying the U.S. experience in organization of voting process.” The requests were refused by all three states and addressed by the Obama administration Friday during press briefings at both the White House and Foggy Bottom. Washington Times

Massive Web Outage Blamed On ‘Internet Of Things’
Millions of common internet-connected devices like security cameras and digital video recorders were used to conduct the colossal cyberattack that made it difficult for Americans to access some of the world’s most popular websites Friday, researchers said. Websites including Twitter, Amazon, Spotify and Airbnb were hard to reach Friday as the result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack waged against Dyn, a New Hampshire-based internet company that operates a widely used Domain Name System (DNS) — a phonebook of sorts that ensures Web users can reach certain sites by typing their respective domain names instead of hard-to-remember numerical IP addresses. Washington Times

YOU can speak out and be heard by having your own "Column" - Visit the "Public Opinion" Section above.

Clinton Campaign Amps Up Star Power In Battleground States
With Hillary Clinton doing stand-up comedy in New York at a Catholic charity dinner, Michelle Obama headed to the red-state-turned-battleground of Arizona, where she described Trump as rich and out of touch. “He calls communities like the one where I was raised hell,” the first lady said in Phoenix Thursday. “Because he can’t see all of the decent hard-working folks like my parents.” In addition to the first lady’s speech in Arizona, President Obama hit the trail in Florida and Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine went to North Carolina, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes reports. Those three states alone plus all of the Democratic ones could push Clinton over the 270 electoral votes needed to win, according to CBS News estimates. CBS

After ISIS Assault On Kirkuk, Iraq Pushes iIto Town Near Mosul
The Iraqi army pushed into a town near the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-held city of Mosul on Saturday, a day after dozens of ISIS militants stormed into the northern city of Kirkuk, setting off two days of clashes and killing at least 80 people, mostly security forces. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meanwhile met with Iraq’s prime minister and commanders in Baghdad to discuss the offensive to retake Mosul, which the U.S. is supporting with airstrikes and advisers on the ground. CBS

Hillary Clinton Slammed For Her Characterization Of Supreme Court Gun Ruling
Hillary Clinton's characterization of a landmark gun decision has Second Amendment advocates crying foul. The topic arose at Wednesday night’s presidential debate during a discussion about issues the Supreme Court could tackle during the next administration, including the Second Amendment, which guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” Debate moderator Chris Wallace mentioned the Heller case, which was the high court’s 2008 ruling that residents of Washington, D.C., had the constitutional right to bear arms in their own home for self-defense, for instance, which negated a longtime firearm ban in the city. Wallace also cited a 2015 audio recording of Clinton where she is heard saying "the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment," a reference to the Heller case. ABC


For Clinton, Struggle To Change Public Perception Persists
Hillary Clinton bested Donald Trump in three debates. She leads in many preference polls of the most competitive states. Barring a significant shift in the next two weeks, she is in a strong position to become the first woman elected U.S. president. But Clinton will end the campaign still struggling to change the minds of millions of voters who don't think well of her, a glaring liability should the Democratic nominee move on to the White House. While many see her as better prepared to be commander in chief than Trump, she is consistently viewed unfavorably by more than half of the country. Most voters also consider her dishonest. ABC

Clinton Campaign Ponders 'What If' Trump Doesn't Concede
Hillary Clinton's campaign is increasingly preparing for the possibility that Donald Trump may never concede the presidential election should she win, a development that could enormously complicate the crucial early weeks of her preparations to take office. Aiming to undermine any argument the Republican nominee may make about a "rigged" election, she hopes to roll up a large electoral vote margin in next month's election. That could repudiate the New York billionaire's message and project a governing mandate after the bitter, divisive presidential race. Bloomberg

Pence Continues To Massage Trump’s Controversial Remarks
It's become a familiar routine for Mike Pence. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says something headline-grabbing, dubious or outright false, and his mild-mannered running mate sets out to refashion the boss's argument. It's happening again this week with the campaign's most fundamental question: whether Trump would accept the legitimacy of election results that make Democrat Hillary Clinton president-elect. Finding the right balance will prove critical for the Indiana governor in this election and beyond. His aim for the next few weeks is to rally wary Republicans, from evangelical Christians to fiscal hawks, without alienating Trump's core supporters who distrust the party establishment that Pence still calls home. Las Vegas Sun

ATTENTION TALK SHOW HOSTS:We are honored that many radio talk show hosts use our Web Portal for their "show prep."  We would appreciate your occasional mention of our site to your audience.  Thanks!

Al Sharpton Calls For Community Summit On Policing
The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling for a community summit on policing following the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill woman in New York City. He said Saturday at his weekly action rally that a summit with the police commissioner and others must be held "within days" because "these things keep happening." The 66-year-old victim, Deborah Danner, was shot at her Bronx apartment after she threatened a police sergeant with a bat. The police commissioner and mayor have condemned the shooting. They say the sergeant had a stun gun but didn't use it. Sharpton says authorities can't call it wrong without saying what is going to be done to prevent it from happening again. Las Vegas Sun

U.S. Destroyer Sails Through South China Sea To Challenge China's Claims
A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer sailed through the South China Sea in a "freedom of navigation" operation, White House officials said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed the USS Decatur sailed within the vicinity of the Paracel Islands in order to challenge China's claims in the South China Sea. "The purpose of this mission was to uphold the rights and freedoms of all states under international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention," Earnest said. "This operation demonstrated that coastal states may not unlawfully restrict the navigation rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law." UPI

Wonder Woman Appointed UN Ambassador Amid Staff Protest
The United Nations appointed Wonder Woman as an honorary ambassador amid protests from staff opposing the decision. Wonder Woman was appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls as part of a campaign to raise awareness on Sustainable Development Goal 5, achieving gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls," according to CNN. "This is the most fun the UN has had, I'm pretty sure right?" President of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson said, according to The Guardian. UPI

ADVERTISEMENT:If you want to advertise your business or Web Site, send us an email by clicking on "Contact" above.  It could be the best business decision you make.

Czech President Accused Of Withholding State Medal From Holocaust Survivor
Czech President Milos Zeman has decided against awarding a state medal to a Holocaust survivor after the man's nephew, a Czech government minister, met exiled Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama against the president's wishes, the minister said on Friday. The Czech Republic has been engulfed in political furor over the Dalai Lama's meetings this week with Culture Minister Daniel Herman against the wishes of China's government - which sees the Dalai Lama as a separatist - and Zeman, who has strongly pushed for a closer economic relationship with China. Jerusalem Post

Coalition Head Aims To Remove B’Tselem Head's Citizenship
Coalition chairman David Bitan (Likud) is considering submitting a bill that could enable removing the citizenship of Israelis who act against their country in international organizations, Bitan said Saturday. Bitan's effort came in response to B’Tselem executive director Hagai El-Ad testifying before the UN Security Council in New York last week and urging the UN to take immediate action against Israel’s settlements. "Elad's actions at the Security Council are a blatant violation of the trust citizens must have for their state, so he should go find another country where he could be a citizen," Bitan told Channel 2 Friday. Jerusalem Post

US Election: Trump Outlines Plan For First 100 Days
Donald Trump, lagging behind Hillary Clinton in polls, has outlined what he would do in his first 100 days were he to become US president. With 17 days until the election, much of the recent focus has been on controversies linked to his campaign. But in a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he sought to highlight changes he would introduce. Among them were restrictions on lobbyists and a renegotiation on trade and climate change deals. Mrs Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine are also appearing at events on Saturday in Pennsylvania, a key battleground state in the race for the White House. BBC

Trump Takes Aim At First Lady Michelle Obama
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has launched a rare attack on Michelle Obama, saying "all she wants to do is campaign" for his rival. He also accused the first lady of attacking Hillary Clinton in 2007 by invoking a line she had said about fitness to run the White House. The Obama campaign had denied the line referred to Mrs Clinton. Mrs Clinton, meanwhile, accused Mr Trump of threatening democracy if he did not accept the election result. "We know the difference between leadership and dictatorship, and the peaceful transition of power is one of the things that sets us apart," she told a crowd in Cleveland, Ohio. BBC

Houston, We've Got A Problem: Trump Could Cost Republicans Texas, Polls Find
It might seem unlikely that this presidential election could get any stranger, but polls are emerging that suggest Texas might now be in play for the Democrats. A University of Houston poll published on Tuesday found Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by only three percentage points, within the margin of error, in a four-way race. Also that day, a Washington Post/SurveyMonkey poll pegged Trump’s advantage at only two points, the same as in Florida. Texas’s 38 electoral college votes, second only to California, make it the ultimate wishlist item for Democrats. For Republicans it is like a vital organ: essential for the body’s survival but taken for granted, almost forgotten, until something starts to go wrong. Guardian

WikiLeaks Praised By Sean Hannity And David Duke After Clinton Revelations
Once widely maligned for leaking state secrets, Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, continues to win favor with the US right over the release of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. On Friday night, the Fox News personality Sean Hannity and David Duke, a US Senate candidate in Louisiana and former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, became the latest to offer their support. In response to a tweet from the Nebraska Republican senator Ben Sasse that was critical of the Clinton leaks, Hannity praised Assange and WikiLeaks for having “done the USA a great service” by exposing “government corruption” and cybersecurity weakness. Guardian

UN Expert Panel Warns Of Systemic Anti-Black Racism In Canada’s Criminal Justice System
A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed serious concerns about systemic anti-Black racism in the criminal justice system in Canada. “There is clear evidence that racial profiling is endemic in the strategies and practices used by law enforcement,” said Ricardo Sunga, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, in a news release issued following its official visit to the country. “Arbitrary use of ‘carding’ or street checks disproportionately affects people of African descent,” he added. UN News

ABC Online  Canada National Post  Daily Telegraph  The Observer Wired News Xinhua News

VOA VIEW --Is the opinion of "Voice of Americans", which is a private entity not affiliated in any way with the United States government or any of its agencies.  The opinions expressed here, in whatever medium or format, are not necessarily the opinions of the ownership or advertisers of this web site - 0415.