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Says 'Rocket Man' Kim Jong Un On 'Suicide Mission'
President Trump, in his first speech before the United Nations, launched a rhetorical broadside Tuesday at “rogue regimes” including North Korea, Iran and Syria – while pointedly warning Kim Jong Un that the United States will “totally destroy” his country if he does not turn back from the nuclear weapons path. “The scourge our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based,” Trump told the U.N. General Assembly. Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump did great with a powerful message.
'This Was The Best Speech Of The Trump Presidency'
John Bolton says President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations General Assembly was the "best speech of the Trump presidency." Bolton, a former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, said the centerpiece of Trump's speech was his criticism of the behavior of North Korea and Iran. "It's safe to say, in the entire history of the United Nations, there has never been a more straightforward criticism of the unacceptable behavior of other member states," Bolton said. He pointed out that Trump threatened the "total destruction'" of North Korea if it does not abandon its nuclear weapons program. As for Iran, Bolton said, Trump was just as direct in his criticism of former President Obama's nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. Fox
Is Global Trumpism
No American President has ever spoken to the world like this. In his United Nations General Assembly debut, Trump applied the disruptive, bellicose, nationalistic persona that shattered US political norms and signaled an attempt to transform America's role in the world and the international system itself. "We must work together and confront together those who threaten us with chaos, turmoil and terror," Trump said in a survey of global geopolitics that paralleled his stark inaugural address eight months ago. It was dark, desolate, had a whiff of authoritarianism and pulsated with threats: None of his predecessors, for instance, stood in the well of the UN chamber and threatened to wipe a country -- in this case, North Korea -- off the face of the planet. It was the "axis of evil" on steroids as the President blasted "rogue states" and trumped George W. Bush-era rhetoric to put Pyongyang, Iran, CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal jealousy.
Arrested For Protesting Over Immigration Outside Trump Tower
Three congressmen were among a group of protesters arrested outside Trump Tower on Tuesday, where they were participating in a demonstration in support of immigrants and protections recently ended by the Trump administration. Democratic Reps. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Adriano Espaillat of New York were arrested on civil disobedience charges along with the speaker of the New York City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and six others, according to lawmakers' offices and Robin Levine, the spokeswoman with Mark-Viverito's office. CNN
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Bluntly Threatens To Wipe Out North Korea In His UN Debut
President Donald Trump bluntly threatened North Korea with annihilation and delivered a provocative argument to leaders of the world that the U.S. and other nations should always act in their self-interest even when confronting collective threats. In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Trump at times cast aside conventions of political and diplomatic dialogue in favor of the aggressive dialect of social media. He referred to “the loser terrorists” in the Mideast and and pinned a belittling nickname on North Korean regime leader Kim Jong Un. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Trump acted like a true leader.
Warned Saudis Off Military Move On Qatar
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates considered taking military action in the early stages of their ongoing dispute with Qatar, until Donald Trump called leaders of both countries and warned them to back off, according to two people familiar with the U.S. president’s intervention. The two Gulf countries were looking at ways to remove the Qatari regime, which they accused of sponsoring terrorism and cozying up to Iran, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were confidential. Bloomberg
Least 42 Dead After 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Mexico
At least 42 people are dead after a 7.1 magnitude hit central Mexico Tuesday afternoon on the 32nd anniversary of the biggest earthquake to ever strike the country's capital. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at about 2:14 p.m. ET near the town of Raboso in Puebla state. The 42 deaths occurred in the state of Morelos south of Mexico City, the state’s governor, Graco Ramirez, said in a tweet. He offered his condolences to the victims. Tremors from the quake could be felt in Mexico City, about 76 miles northwest of the epicenter. ABC News
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Displays Massive Firepower In Russian War Games On Border With Europe
Russia's big Zapad 2017 military exercises, believed to be the largest since the end of the Cold War, entered the news again on Tuesday after a video emerged appearing to show a Russian attack helicopter firing its rockets into a group of bystanders during drills. Russia's defense ministry confirmed the video was authentic, but the denied reports on Russian news site 66.ru, which first published the video, that two people had been injured in the incident. The ministry told Russian news agencies the Ka-52 helicopter's targeting computer had accidentally locked onto a military truck visible in the video, near several civilian cars, as it and another helicopter took part in army exercises. ABC News
Pelosi Issues "Emergency Request" To House Dems On Obamacare Repeal Effort
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday called on her Democratic colleagues to mount an urgent messaging campaign against an Obamacare repeal proposal that could receive a vote in the Senate. "It is all hands on deck to defeat the latest version of Trumpcare, Graham-Cassidy," the California Democrat said in a letter to House Democrats, calling it an "emergency request." The bill, proposed by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina and Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, would need 51 votes to pass under the budget reconciliation process. CBS News
VOA VIEW: Obamacare recipients will lose big if the Senate does not approve the repeal.
Of Rochester Students Accuse Professor Of Being A "Manipulative Sexual
The University of Rochester is responding to claims it mishandled sexual harassment allegations against one of its star professors. A complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) calls Florian Jaeger a "manipulative sexual predator." It also accuses university officials of retaliating against faculty who complained about his conduct. University of Rochester officials say they thoroughly investigated the allegations last year and found Jaeger did not break any of its policies, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner. But his accusers claim that investigation was shoddy. CBS News
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First lady Laura Bush Offers Advice For Her Successors
Former first lady Laura Bush on Monday is offering some advice for others who take on that role in the White House. "Start with what you know," Bush said in an interview on "CBS This Morning." In her own case, as a librarian and teacher in her career, she opted to focus on literacy and founded the first national book festival as first lady. Bush will appear at a forum Monday with the first lady of Namibia, whom she worked with as part of the First Ladies Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, which urges leaders' spouses to use their status to improve health care and education for women and girls. She said she had a "huge advantage" in watching her mother-in-law Barbara Bush serve as first lady, which "had a huge influence on me." CBS News
Threatens To ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea In First U.N. Speech
President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a “rocket man” on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to "totally destroy" the rogue nation. "If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph," Trump said, as he detailed the horrors of what he called the "depraved" North Korean regime. "Rocket man is on a suicide mission," he said, using a nickname for Kim that refers to the North Korean leader's recent missile tests. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Good - Un and his regime must be eliminated.
Category 5 Maria Takes Aim At Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico were facing the wrath of Hurricane Maria after the powerful Category 5 storm wrecked the Caribbean island of Dominica on Tuesday and lashed the island of Guadaloupe with 160 mph winds. It was about 120 miles southeast of St. Croix as of 2 p.m. ET and moving at a speed of 10 mph. The eye was expected to "pass near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday," the National Hurricane Center warned. "Potentially catastrophic" were the words the NHC used to describe Maria. NBC News
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Iran Will React ‘Swiftly’ To US Withdrawal From Nuclear Deal
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, on U.S. soil, on Monday repeated an earlier warning that Iran’s nuclear program could return within a short time to the condition it was in before the nuclear deal was implemented, should President Trump withdraw from the agreement. CNS
Raised By Lesbians: LGBT Is An 'Extremist Minority' Pushing 'The Extinction
Millie Fontana, a donor-conceived child of lesbian parents, is a child's rights activist who believes that same-sex marriage and the push for "gender equality" is a ruse, a coordinated step by an "extremist minority" to end "gender altogether." If people can be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer -- you name it -- and children are told they don't need a biological mother and a father, and that people of any gender may marry and obtain children in myriad ways, then gender loses its meaning. CNS
Administration Prepares To Ease Export Rules For U.S. Guns
The Trump administration is preparing to make it easier for American gun makers to sell small arms, including assault rifles and ammunition, to foreign buyers, according to senior U.S. officials. Aides to President Donald Trump are completing a plan to shift oversight of international non-military firearms sales from the State Department to the Commerce Department, four officials told Reuters. Reuters
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Lawyer Trashes Russia Dossier, Says Document ‘Riddled With Total Falsehoods’
President Trump’s personal attorney on Tuesday lashed out at a Trump-Russia dossier that has fed conspiracy theories by Democrats and influenced the FBI, saying the document is “riddled with total falsehoods.” Michael Cohen also said he was as close to President Trump as any one during the campaign and never witnessed any collusion with Russia, as liberals constantly allege. Mr. Cohen released the statement as he was about to appear in private before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mr. Cohen’s move so angered Committee Chairman Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, that he canceled the session and said Mr. Cohen will now testify in public. Washington Times
Clinton Slams Trump, Russians During Appearance At Warner Theatre
Hours after saying she may still formally challenge the results of the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton returned to Washington on Monday night and said a “brilliant” psychological campaign by the Russians — perhaps in direct concert with the Trump campaign — had a major impact on the outcome last November. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hillary is nuts.
President Donald Trump often functions in one of two modes. One is the unshackled, quick-to-feel-slighted contrarian who believes in two eyes for an eye and retweets videos that suggest violence against opponents like Hillary Clinton and CNN. The other is a president who is able to strike a unifying tone, stay on a script and deliver – at least in set pieces – performances that are line with the way the country has come to expect its leader to behave in high-stakes moments. (See: his generally appropriate remarks to those displaced by massive hurricanes in Texas and Florida, or his first address before a joint session of Congress last February.) But on Tuesday, at his first address in front of the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan, Trump was his least bifurcated self. POLITICO
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Repeal Must Move Quickly, Says Senate's McConnell
The U.S. Senate’s top Republican on Tuesday urged quick action on a bill to repeal Obamacare but stopped short of promising to bring it to the Senate floor for a vote, as the clock ticks down on the latest attempt to kill the 2010 healthcare law. Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s Republican leader, called the legislation drafted by senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy “an intriguing idea and one that has a great deal of support.” Reuters
White House Reject Bipartisan Health Fix
House Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House have informed Senate Republican leaders that they oppose a bipartisan plan to stabilize Obamacare being written in the Senate, according to Trump administration and congressional sources, in a clear bid to boost the Senate's prospects of repealing the health law. After Senate Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare in July, talks began on fixing the law rather than dismantling it. POLITICO
One Country Can Resolve Global Challenges Single-Handedly, Zambia Stresses
At UN Assembly
Reaffirming Zambia’s commitment to international cooperation to address the challenges facing the planet, the country’s President today called on world leaders to come together and act boldly for the sake of the shared future. “In this globalized and inter-dependent world, no country, however wealthy or powerful, can resolve all these challenges single-handedly,” said Edgar Chagwa Lungu, addressing the general debate at the 72nd session of the General Assembly. “Common solutions are, therefore, required through a strong United Nations,” he added. United Nations
General Assembly, France Urges Return To Optimism, Values That Underpinned
Citing a litany of world crises and quoting directly from victims of man-made and natural disasters, French President Emmanuel Macron today called for a return to the optimism and universal values that inspired the founding of the United Nations 72 years ago, taking into the account the new realities of the 21st century. “In the 21st century we need a responsible and efficient United Nations endowed with the means to overcome its owns blockages when hundreds of thousands of lives are at stake,” he told the 72nd UN General Assembly on the opening day of its general debate, calling on the UN Security Council’s five permanent members to forgo their right of veto in cases of mass atrocities. United Nations
Texas House Speaker Calls For Removal Of Confederate Plaque From Capitol
Joe Straus, the Republican speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, has requested that a Confederate plaque be removed from the state Capitol, The Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday. “The plaque says that the Civil War was not an act of rebellion and was not primarily about slavery. This is not accurate, and Texans are not well-served by incorrect information about our history,” Straus wrote to the State Preservation Board. Daily Beast
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