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TV networks are still haunted by how botched Bush v. Gore election night coverage set in motion the Florida recount crisis. Can it happen again? LA Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will do there best to put the election results in doubt.
By the time the 2020 campaign ends, president-in-waiting Kamala Harris will have been transformed into the greatest exemplar of judicious centrism and political level-headedness in American history. “Kamala Harris comes from the middle-of-the-road, moderate wing of the Democratic Party,” claims George Stephanopoulos. Though The New York Times was the first to call Joe Biden’s running... New York Post
VOA VIEW: A joke.
Democrats — and their puppets in the media — are pooh-poohing news that anti-Trump ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to lying in Robert Mueller’s Russiagate probe. They want you to believe it was all “an innocent mistake.” Don’t buy it. This is an outrageous case of official abuse. Clinesmith, for starters, was not... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Never have any belief in the left.

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President Trump on Friday said he will donate $100,000 of his salary to help repair national monuments damaged during anti-police brutality protests. The funds —  a quarter of the presidents $400,000 annual pay — will go toward the National Park Service for the restorations, according to Trump. “I promised YOU I would not take a... New York Post
The high-seas handover blocked two diplomatic adversaries from evading American economic sanctions. Iran denied it was its fuel. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Great move.
In a message to employees Thursday, Amazon asked which communities near Seattle they'd prefer, including Tacoma and Redmond.       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Seattle is a lost city.
The United Nations Security Council on Friday rejected U.S.-led efforts to extend an arms embargo on Iran that is set to expire this October. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the 15-member council "failed today to uphold its fundamental mission set," by voting not to extend the ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The US should not pay more than its minimum requirement to the UN.
A major union representing U.S. postal workers endorsed Democrat Joe Biden, a move that comes after President Donald Trump acknowledged he was starving the postal service of money in order to make it more difficult to vote by mail in November’s election ABC
VOA VIEW: Losers back the loser.
The United States Postal Service warned the states that their absentee voting rules are “incongruous” with the agency’s mail delivery service. ABC
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

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Sen. Mitt Romney says politicians attacking the vote by mail system are threatening global democracy ABC
The matter has been referred to the DHS Inspector General for review. ABC
VOA VIEW: A waste of time.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has had a summer of muddled messaging and bad news in the coronavirus fight ABC
VOA VIEW: Newsom is an idiot.
Holidaymakers have just hours to return to the UK to avoid the 14-day self-isolation requirement. BBC

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Tonight the already bitter presidential campaign is being fought on new ground: Post offices. The postal service is warning that it may not be able to meet some states' deadlines for mail-in voting. CBS
VOA VIEW: The mail-in voting liberal Dem game will fail.
"The Security Council's failure to act decisively in defense of international peace and security is inexcusable," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. CNBC
Facebook on Friday took a shot at Apple, saying the company will only be able to pay small businesses a portion of sales from a new paid online events feature as a result of the iOS App Store's policies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: It is good for all when the techs are at odds.

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President Donald Trump said that he hopes Russia's recently approved vaccine for the coronavirus works as scientists and public health officials worry whether it's safe. CNBC
On Thursday, Fortnite maker Epic Games performed a high-profile stunt against Apple by blatantly ignoring the App Store's payment policies. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good for all.
Worries about the election have only grown this week amid reports USPS is warning states that it cannot guarantee all mail-in ballots will arrive in time to be counted. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The liberal Dems are worried.
The United States Postal Service has started reducing post office operating hours across several states and removing their iconic blue letter collection boxes as it faces intense pressure to deal with millions of mail-in ballots this fall, according to union officials. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good for Republicans.
Abdullah al-Faisal, a radical Islamic cleric known as Shaikh Faisal, was arraigned in New York City Friday on charges that he supported terrorism by plotting to recruit for the Islamic State group. FOX News

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Tropical Storm Josephine developed over the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday and is forecast to produce gusty winds and downpours in parts of the Leeward Islands this weekend before it runs into some more weather hurdles. UPI
Tropical Storm Kyle formed Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. EDT, becoming the latest named feature in a growing list of record-breaking storms for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. UPI
The United States announced Friday that it's extending its border closures with Canada and Mexico for another month. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!

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Retail spending in the United States increased slightly in July but marked the third straight month of growth, the Commerce Department said in its monthly report Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good for the Country.

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     President Trump on Wednesday vowed to permanently abolish the payroll tax at the beginning of 2021 if he is re-elected in November. “On the assumption I win, we are going to be terminating the payroll tax after the beginning of the new year,” the president said during his nightly coronavirus briefing at the White House. But the tax, which raises approximately $100 billion a month, funds Social Security and Medicare, and the act would require support from Congress.

     Trump signed a slate of executive orders over the weekend designed to invigorate the economy, including a four-month payroll tax holiday. The move applies to workers who earned less than $104,000 in 2020 and depending on a person’s wages, could save them several hundred dollars each month.

     On Sunday, Trump promised the move would not negatively impact Social Security. The move would only defer payroll tax payments from September to December, not forgive them, meaning they could be due in January. But in an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace on the weekend, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the president would push through legislation to make sure the taxes are forgiven, creating a payroll tax cut.  It would build business, there needs to be a Republican sweep.