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NEWS     SATURDAY,  NOVEMBER   17, 2018    NEWS

US hardens pro-Israel stance at UN
The U.S. on Friday voted against an annual resolution condemning the “occupation” of the Golan Heights -- a change from the U.S. decision to abstain in 2017-- and ripped into the body’s alleged anti-Israel bias, part of an increasingly pro-Israel stance under the Trump administration. The resolution passed 151-2 (with 14 abstentions) and came as part of a broader package of anti-Israel resolutions that passed a marathon General Assembly committee hearing on Friday morning. Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 war in the region and later annexed it. The move has been repeatedly condemned by the U.N. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good for the US and bad for the UN.

Trump says he has finished answering Mueller probe questions
President Trump said Friday he has finished answering questions to written questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but he hasn’t submitted them yet. "I haven't submitted them yet…I just finished them,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. The answers concern questions about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. The president has repeatedly denied any such collusion with Moscow. “I was asked a series of questions. I've answered them very easily,” Trump said, adding one has to “always be careful when you answer questions with people that probably have bad intentions.”  Fox

Nancy Pelosi meets with Marcia Fudge, other Democratic critics
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi met Friday with prominent Democratic critics including Rep. Marcia Fudge, an Ohio lawmaker who is considering whether to run for House speaker and challenge Pelosi, who is seeking a return to the role leading the party when it retakes the majority in the new Congress. With Democrats' recapturing of the House majority in the midterms, Pelosi has consistently positioned herself to be the next House speaker, a position she held from 2007 to 2011. While Pelosi has been a fundraising juggernaut with allies throughout the caucus, many Democrats ran this fall on a message of refusing to support Pelosi's leadership. CNN
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is trying to buy or intimidate her oposition.

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Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta's press pass
CNN's Jim Acosta has returned to his post at the White House following a court ruling that forced the Trump administration to reinstate his press pass. Now President Trump is vowing to create "rules and regulations" for how White House reporters act. He says "you have to practice decorum" at the White House. "It's not a big deal," Trump told Fox News in an interview on Friday. "What they said, though, is that we have to create rules and regulations for conduct, etcetera. We're going to write them up. It's not a big deal. If he misbehaves, we'll throw him out or we'll stop the news conference." Friday's ruling by federal judge Timothy J. Kelly was an initial victory for CNN in its lawsuit against Trump and several top aides.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Acosta and CNN have cost all reporters rules and regulations.

Unemployment Rate at Record Low in 10 States
The unemployment rate was at a record low in ten states in October, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Arkansas (3.5 percent), California (4.1 percent), Idaho (2.7 percent), Iowa (2.4 percent), Missouri (3.1 percent), New York (4.0 percent), Oregon (3.8 percent), South Carolina (3.3 percent), Texas (3.7 percent) and Washington (4.3 percent) the statewide unemployment rate was at the lowest level recorded, according to BLS. The BLS publishes a chart on its website that list all 50 states and the months in which they hit their highest and lowest historical unemployment rates. CNS
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Obama can't take credit for positive facts.

Graham May Investigate Hillary; If Dems Look Backward, 'We're All Going to Look Backward'
When it comes to investigations of things past, two sides can play that game. That's the message from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next Congress. Earlier this week, Graham said yes, he "totally" will investigate how the FBI handled the Trump-Russia investigation as well as the way the Obama Justice Department and the FBI handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Graham elaborated Wednesday night, when he appeared on Sean Hannity's show: You know, to my Democratic friends, if you want to look backward, we're all going to look backward. CNS
VOA VIEW: Something that Dems have to consider - reality.

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US negotiating possible 'resolution' in Russian agent case
A gun-rights activist accused of being a Russian agent is negotiating a "potential resolution" to her criminal case, federal prosecutors and her lawyers said Friday.
Lawyers for Maria Butina and prosecutors in Washington made the disclosure in a joint court filing , the first acknowledgement that the 30-year-old is potentially working on a plea deal or some other conclusion to her case. It is a reversal in tone for Butina's lawyers, who have undertaken an aggressive defense from charges they have called "overblown." In fact, Butina's team, which denies she is a Russian agent, tried this week to have the case thrown out. The case was brought by the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and is unrelated to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. ABC

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi remembered in funeral service as controversy over murder continues
Friends and family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi gathered in the rain at Istanbul's Fatih Mosque, one of the city's oldest and most magnificent, to conduct funeral prayers over a bier that remained symbolically empty. More than a month after the writer's murder inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, his remains have yet to be found by investigators, so prayers were held "in absentia." Istanbul newspaper Hurriyet reported on Friday that Turkish authorities claimed to have an audio recording with a detailed discussion by members of the alleged assassination team about how they were planning to execute Khashoggi, 15 minutes before he arrived at the Saudi consulate building.  ABC

Jennie-O recalls 91,000 pounds of raw turkey amid salmonella outbreak
Jennie-O Turkey is recalling more than 91,000 pounds of raw turkey in an ongoing salmonella outbreak. The recall is the first tied to an outbreak the U.S. Department of Agriculture says is widespread and likely affects a number of different producers in the industry. So far this year, the outbreak has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states. About half of those sickened had to be hospitalized. Regulators did not say how many of those people were exposed to products sold by Jennie-O, a subsidiary of food industry giant Hormel.  CBS

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Central American migrants streaming into Tijuana face long stay
About 2,000 migrants from the Central American caravan are at America's doorstep and another 1,200 from a second caravan set out from Mexico City toward the border Friday. With U.S. border inspectors processing only about 100 asylum claims a day at the main border crossing with San Diego, prospects grew that migrants would be stuck waiting in Tijuana for months. The first group split from a larger group of about 5,000 planning to request asylum in the U.S. The caravan has fragmented somewhat in recent days in a final push to the border, with some migrants moving rapidly in buses and others falling behind. With shelters already full, authorities in Tijuana opened a gymnasium and gated sport complex for up to 1,000 migrants, with a potential to expand to 3,000. CBS
VOA VIEW: Caravan that according to the liberal media was fake, is here.

Trump says he should have gone to Arlington on Veterans Day
President Donald Trump says he should have visited Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day — a traditional presidential act. Trump, who rarely admits a faux pas, told "Fox News Sunday" that "in retrospect, I should have" gone, but he was busy on calls and had just returned from abroad. Trump was criticized for canceling a trip to an American cemetery in France on Saturday after his helicopter was grounded by bad weather. He was in Paris for ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. He visited another U.S. cemetery before leaving Paris. NBC

Trump’s White House Chaos Is Worsening
As my Bloomberg Opinion colleague Timothy L. O’Brien  argues, the Trump administration, always veering toward chaos, is in the process of diving in head first.
How chaotic are things now? There’s no nominee to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was fired a week ago, and the acting attorney general is under fire from multiple directions. It’s already highly unusual to go this long without naming a new regular successor for such a critical post, and it’s not clear there’s any intention to choose one. There’s also no nominee to replace United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation back on Oct. 9. Nor is there one for the Environmental Protection Agency, which has been headed by Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler since July 9.  Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Typical Bloomberg stupidity.

Russia 'sought access to UK visa issuing system'
A Russian IT specialist claims that he was asked by the Russian Security Service to provide back door access to the system issuing visas for Russians to travel to Britain. The individual is currently seeking asylum in the United States. He spoke initially to the Bellingcat investigative website who investigated his claim and published a report today. The BBC has also spoken directly to the individual who has asked not be named to protect his safety. While it is impossible to verify many of the details, experts say his story is consistent with activity by the Russian security services. It is unclear if it is linked directly to the travel of Russian intelligence operatives to Salisbury this March when Sergei Skripal was poisoned.  BBC

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Jeff Bezos tells employees 'one day Amazon will fail'
Amazon is going to fail, Jeff Bezos, the tech company’s founder, told staff recently. In an all-hands meeting with his staff, the world’s richest man made the surprising warning that Amazon, currently valued just short of $1tn and regarded as the most fearsome retailer on the planet, would one day face its own demise. “Amazon is not too big to fail … In fact, I predict one day Amazon will fail. Amazon will go bankrupt. If you look at large companies, their lifespans tend to be 30-plus years, not a hundred-plus years,” Bezos told staff, according to a recording that was heard by CNBC. Bezos was addressing a question about Sears, once the world’s largest retail chain, which filed for bankruptcy in October – collapsing in large part after its failure to compete with Amazon. Guardian

Betsy DeVos to alter sexual misconduct guidelines to bolster rights of accused
Betsy DeVos, the US education secretary, has proposed a major overhaul of the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, narrowing the definition of sexual harassment and increasing protections for students accused of misconduct. The education department released a plan on Friday that would require schools to investigate sexual assault and harassment only if the alleged misconduct was reported to certain campus officials and only if it occurred on campus or other areas overseen by the school. Guardian

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U.S. House Republican to subpoena ex-FBI head Comey, ex-AG Lynch
The outgoing chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is planning to issue subpoenas compelling former FBI Director James Comey and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to be deposed about their decision-making ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a House Democratic aide told Reuters on Friday. The plans by Republican Chairman Bob Goodlatte were immediately criticized by ranking Democrat Jerrold Nadler, who is expected to take over as chairman of the panel next year. “These subpoenas are coming out of the blue, with very little time left on the calendar,” Nadler said in a statement, adding that Comey and Lynch had indicated “months ago” they would be willing to answer questions voluntarily. Reuters

Democratic candidate admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor's race
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said on Friday that her Republican opponent Brian Kemp would be officially declared the victor in the race, but she said her announcement was not a concession because that would acknowledge “an action as right.” “I acknowledge that former (Georgia) Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor,” Abrams told supporters in Atlanta.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: Abrams is a sore loser.

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