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Kavanaugh: I won't be intimidated into withdrawing nomination
Brett Kavanaugh said Monday that he’s the victim of attempts at “character assassination” but said he won’t be intimidated into withdrawing his nomination to sit on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh, in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he is looking forward to defending himself at a hearing Thursday against allegations that he attempted to sexually assault another student when he was in high school in the 1980s. And refuted a new accusation in The New Yorker this weekend that he exposed himself to a classmate at Yale University, also in the 1980s. “There is now a frenzy to come up with something — anything — that will block this process and a vote on my confirmation from occurring,” Judge Kavanaugh said in his letter. Washtington Times
VOA VIEW: Dmes are pitiful.

Rosenstein to face his fate in showdown meeting with Trump Thursday
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and President Trump are scheduled for a showdown Thursday at the White House amid intensifying reports that the deputy AG will be ousted at the meeting. “We’ll be determining what’s going on,” Mr. Trump told reporters Monday. “We want to have transparency, we want to have openness, and I look forward to meeting with Rod at that time.” He said he had spoken with his embattled deputy attorney general Monday by phone. Media reports surfaced Monday that Mr. Rosenstein was losing his job after conflicting stories emerged that he was resigning or preparing to be fired. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein is dirty.

Trade war means much of America's soybean harvest will go unsold
The United States is expecting its largest-ever soybean harvest this fall, and due to the trade war with China, economists predict that much of that harvest will not be sold. A record-breaking harvest would normally be good news for farmers. But this summer, the U.S. lost its No. 1 soybean importer. China, which bought nearly 30 percent of America's soybeans last year, placed a high tariff on the commodity in July in response to similar tariffs levied by the Trump administration, forcing Chinese buyers to look elsewhere. UPI

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OPEC won't react to Trump's threats, pushing Brent crude oil prices higher
OPEC, Russia and other countries ignored U.S. calls to increase crude oil production, sparking a Monday rally that saw Brent futures soar past the $80 mark. Brent futures were trading at $80.48 a barrel at noon Monday, up $2.24. That's the highest price for Brent since it touched $80 a barrel briefly in May. The last time prices were sustained at that level was 2014. UPI

Global spotlight on world drug problem ‘is personal’ for many families, says UN chief
Drug addiction is “more than just a policy issue. It is personal.”  Mr. Guterres said at the event, noting that “the reality is that drugs and addiction are not abstract issues.” “All of us have stories” and “it is our duty to act – and act now,” underscored the UN chief. He highlighted that he had lost a friend to drugs “at an unbearably young age, and also described how his sister had spent many years working as a psychiatrist at a drug treatment centre in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. “I saw the heavy toll it took on her day after day as she treated those suffering so badly,” he said, adding that he had “enormous admiration” for her. “I think I have done several tough jobs in my life. Nothing compares with what I have seen her do.” Calling the situation “alarming,” Mr. Guterres pointed out that the global production of opium and manufacture of cocaine “has never been higher.” UN

Judge Judy on Brett Kavanaugh confirmation: 'They're supposed to listen to evidence'
As the country continues to follow the careening drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation to the Supreme Court, one of America’s most popular judges, Judge Judy Sheindlin, is weighing in on the matter. TMZ caught up with the 75-year-old TV personality in Beverly Hills, where its photographer asked for her thoughts on the situation. As previously reported, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court was nearing a key vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee when Christine Blasey Ford came forward with allegations saying he forced himself on her during a party in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has strongly denied the accusations. Fox
VOA VIEW: Innocent until proven guilty - except for Dems.

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WSJ Columnist: Democrats' Strategy Is to 'Create Chaos' Around the Trump Presidency
Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor of the editorial page, said the Democratic Party's strategy heading into November's midterm elections is to "create chaos" around the Trump presidency, in order to suppress Republican turnout. On "Outnumbered Overtime" Monday, Henninger said whether it's rumors about President Trump's possibly imminent firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or new accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats want to portray an administration in the midst of "anarchy." According to the White House, Trump is scheduled on Thursday to meet with Rosenstein, who reportedly suggested secretly recording Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. Rosenstein has denied those claims. Fox
VOA VIEW: The Dems like and direct chaos.

Brett Kavanaugh: third woman expected to make accusations of sexual misconduct
A third woman is expected to publicly make accusations of sexual misconduct against supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh this week, her attorney Michael Avenatti said, plunging the judge’s confirmation to America’s highest court into further uncertainty. “She reached out to me. We vetted her claim and she satisfactorily passed that vetting,” Avenatti said of the new accuser in an interview with the Guardian on Monday. Avenatti said the woman has also asked to testify at a hearing before the Senate judiciary committee on Thursday, which will hear from California professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has alleged the judge drunkenly sexually assaulted her while in high school. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is a liar, fraud and idiot - there is no third woman.

Appeals court sides with North Dakota in voter ID dispute
A federal appeals court has blocked a lower court ruling expanding the kinds of proof of identity that voters can use in North Dakota elections. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday stayed an injunction that would have required the state to accept forms of identification and supporting documents that included a current mailing address, such as a post office box, instead of requiring a current street address. Street addresses aren't always assigned on American Indian reservations, so members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa sued the state, alleging its ID requirements discriminated against Native Americans. A district court judge agreed in April. But a three-judge appeals panel backed the state, which objected because a voter's mailing address could be in a different precinct from their residence. Las Vegas Sun

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McConnell blasts Dems for ‘shameful smear campaign’ against Kavanaugh
The US Senate’s top Republican accused his Democratic counterparts Monday of throwing “all the mud they could manufacture” to try to derail the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. In a speech on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said the “shameful, shameful smear campaign has hit a new low” with the latest sexual-misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. “Senate Democrats and their allies are trying to destroy a man’s personal and professional life on the basis of decades-old allegations that are unsubstantiated and uncorroborated,” he said. McConnell read excerpts from a New York Times report that on Sunday raised questions about claims by Deborah Ramirez, who has accused Kavanaugh of drunkenly exposing himself to her during a dorm party while they were freshman classmates at Yale University. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Republicans must not sound weak and meek.

Trump preparing for 2nd summit with Kim despite little nuclear progress
President Donald Trump is preparing for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he said on Monday while meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. While critics have warned against holding another meeting when North Korea has taken no meaningful steps toward dismantling its nuclear arsenal, Trump had nothing but praise for Kim, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo defended the potential sit-down as something of "enormous value" but only "if we can continue to make progress and have conversations." Trump said that the meeting would happen "in the not too distant future," not in Singapore but a "location to be determined." He added that Kim had shown "tremendous enthusiasm ... toward making a deal" and praised their relationship as "very good. In fact, in some ways it's extraordinary." ANC

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Trump plans new Kim summit a year after threat to destroy North Korea
Donald Trump has said is he looking forward to a second summit with the “very open and terrific” North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to be announced in a “pretty short period of time”. Trump was speaking at an appearance in New York on Monday with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, who claimed that North Korea’s decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme was irreversible. The two presidents were meeting on the margins of the UN general assembly, where they signed a new bilateral trade agreement, and Moon said he was bringing a new message from Kim to Trump about a second summit. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Donald Trump hails South Korea trade deal
It marks the first such agreement finalised by the US president, who has promised to overhaul his country's trade relationships. At a press conference in New York, Mr Trump called the updates to the 2012 agreement "a very big deal". The White House first announced the outline of the changes in March. Most analysts said the revisions were relatively modest. The completion of the pact came as Mr Trump faced a number of political controversies, including the sexual harassment allegations against his nominee to the Supreme Court. Businesses are also worried about the impact of retaliatory tariffs to those Mr Trump's administration has imposed on steel and aluminium imports and Chinese goods. BBC

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Florence flooding far from over
Ten days after the deadly hurricane hit, rivers are continuing to crest and some South Carolina residents are preparing to evacuate. The Waccamaw River in Horry County crested at a record level of 20.22 feet this weekend, more than 2 feet higher than during Hurricane Floyd in 1999 and more than 3 feet higher than it did two years ago for Matthew. Horry County officials anticipate about 21,000 people could be displaced by the flooding, county spokeswoman Kelly Moore told ABC News Sunday. ABC

Rosenstein Must Go, So Mueller Can Stay
The revelation on Friday that the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, considered wearing a wire to record President Donald Trump and discussed trying to get the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him is more than merely astonishing. It has consequences. In the first place, it could give Trump an excuse to fire Rosenstein, which would possibly precipitate a crisis regarding the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in Trump’s election. In the second place, it once again raises a serious problem for Rosenstein himself: that he has not recused himself from supervising Mueller’s investigation. Before today’s news, first told by the New York Times, there was already good reason for that recusal: Rosenstein was involved in the firing of FBI Director James Comey through a memo he drafted for Trump that justified the firing. Bloomberg

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UN hails peaceful elections, as opposition wins out
“We congratulate the Maldivian people for turning out in large numbers to exercise their right to vote,” UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, briefing reporters in New York, noting “the peaceful and orderly conduct” of the elections. “We commend the authorities and political leaders for a smooth polling day and for the commitment to a democratic Maldives.” Mr. Yameen conceded defeat after the Election Commission said Mr. Solih had won by a margin of 16.7 per cent. Earlier this year, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the Government to uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety of the people after Mr. Yameen declared a state of emergency and sent his soldiers into the Supreme Court, when it ordered the release of convicted opposition leaders. UN

Chicago Archdiocese to merge 6 suburban parishes
he Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago serves more than 2.2 million Roman Catholics in Cook and Lake counties in northeast Illinois. It is led by Chicago-born Francis Cardinal George, who was installed as archbishop in May 1997. He previously served as archbishop for Portland, Ore., and is the 13th Ordinary of Chicago since the Diocese of Chicago was founded in 1843. In 2012 the archdiocese included 356 parishes with more than 1,700 scheduled masses each weekend; plus elementary schools; secondary schools; colleges and universities; hospitals; Catholic Charities locations; and 46 cemeteries. Archdiocese parishes performed about 34,500 baptisms, 6,000 weddings and 12,900 funerals in 2012. The archbishop's residence, 1555 N. State Parkway, was designated a structure of significance by the National Register of Historic Places.

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