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NEWS     TUESDAY,  OCTOBER  16, 2018    NEWS

Warren’s DNA Test Mocked, As GOP Cites Study Showing Average Native-American Link Could Be Stronger
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s heavily promoted DNA test showing she likely has some Native American ancestry ended up handing more fodder to Republican critics, who pointed out the test results indicate she could actually have less Native American heritage than the average European American. Warren, D-Mass., took the rare step Monday of sharing DNA test results examining her long-challenged Native American bloodline.  According to the analysis, as first reported by The Boston Globe, “the vast majority” of Warren’s family tree is European and there is “strong evidence” she has Native American ancestry “in the range of 6-10 generations ago.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Warren looks like a bigger fool.

Dems Worry Of 2016-Style Stumbles, As GOP Sees Chance Of Holding Off 'Wave'
Since Donald Trump was elected president, Democrats have been counting on an energized liberal base to send a big, blue wave to wipe out Republican congressional majorities this November. But less than a month away from the midterms, some Democrats are concerned their party may be more confident than they should be about retaking control of one or both chambers – amid a tightening electoral map. For some, they’re recalling memories of the 2016 presidential election, when a Hillary Clinton victory was long assumed as inevitable, only for her party's hopes to be dashed.  “Election Day will either prove to me I have PTSD or show I’ve been living déjà vu,” former Clinton spokesman Jesse Ferguson told McClatchy about the upcoming elections. “I just don’t know which yet.” Fox
VOA VIEW: There will be no blue wave in November.

This congressional district is drowning
Rep. Carlos Curbelo's district is drowning. The South Florida Republican represents the low-lying 26th District, which encompasses southwestern Miami, the Florida Keys and the Everglades — areas most at risk of rising sea levels as a result of climate change. Tidal flooding, or flooding that occurs during high tide, has become common in coastal areas like these, a phenomenon scientists attribute in part to sea level rise. The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported this month that the world's temperatures are on track to increase past an important marker as soon as 2030. That would speed up the risk of flooding, extreme weather and more in places like the 26th District.  CNN


Deficit balloons to highest level since 2012
The federal government is running up its credit bill again. The deficit rose to $779 billion in fiscal year 2018, up 17% from last year, according to final figures released Monday by the Treasury Department. That's the largest number since 2012, when the country was still spending massively to stimulate an economy struggling to recover.  Government receipts were flat this year from last year. Corporate tax collections fell $76 billion, or 22%, due to the Republican-backed tax cut. But that drop was more than offset by increased revenues from individual and self-employment taxes. The fiscal year ended September 30. CNN
VOA VIEW: All thanks to Obama.

‘Make No Mistake, This is Part of an Evil Plot by the Trump Administration’
Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D.-N.J.) stood on the House floor on June 20 and warned the nation of an “evil plot by the Trump administration.” “There are babies being ripped away from their parents at the southern border in the name of the American people,” said Mr. Payne. “Make no mistake, this is part of an evil plot by the Trump administration, and it has to stop.” "The American people demand an end to this evil, to this new GOP nonprofit, ‘Cage the Children,’ he concluded. CNS
VOA VIEW: The Dems make desperate lies.

Feds Collected Record Individual Income Taxes in FY 2018
The federal government collected a record $1,683,537,000 in individual income taxes in fiscal 2018 (October 2017 through September 2018), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.  However, the federal government also ran a deficit of $778,996,000,000 during the fiscal year, according to the statement.(As has previously reported, the debt of the federal government--as opposed to the deficit--increased by $1,271,158,167,126.72 in fiscal 2018, according to official data published by the Treasury.) CNS
VOA VIEW: No thanks to Obama or Dems.


President Trump and first lady to visit hurricane-ravaged areas in Florida, Georgia
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Florida Monday afternoon, where they are expected to highlight ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael as dozens still remain missing in the wake of the deadly storm. Speaking to reporters on the tarmac at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, the president repeatedly touted the coordination with Florida Gov. Rick Scott through last week and said the priority is ensuring displaced residents are safe and have access to food and water. “The job they've done in Florida has been incredible, and likewise I'm hearing in Georgia pretty good things,” Trump said. “Just making sure everyone's safe, that they're fed, you know many of these people, they have no – they have no home. Some of them have no trace of a home, you wouldn't even know it just got blown right off the footing. So our big thing is feeding and water and safety.” ABC

Government spends millions to guard Confederate cemeteries
After last year's deadly clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the federal government quietly spent millions of dollars to hire private security guards to stand watch over at least eight Confederate cemeteries, documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs show. The security effort, which runs around the clock at all but one of those VA-operated cemeteries, was aimed at preventing the kind of damage that befell Confederate memorials across the U.S. in the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence. None of the guarded cemeteries has been vandalized since the security was put in place. Records obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act show that the VA has spent nearly $3 million on the cemetery security since August 2017. ABC
VOA VIEW: This is the fault of the liberal Dems.

Climate change to double costs of making beer
Add beer to chocolate, coffee and wine as some of life's little pleasures that global warming will make scarcer and costlier, scientists say. Increasing bouts of extreme heat waves and drought will hurt production of barley, a key beer ingredient, in the future. Losses of barley yield can be as much as 17 percent, an international group of researchers estimated. That means beer prices on average would double, even adjusting for inflation, according to the study in Monday's journal Nature Plants . In countries like Ireland, where cost of a brew is already high, prices could triple. The findings come a week after a dire United Nations report described consequences of dangerous levels of climate change including worsening food and water shortages, heat waves, sea level rise, and disease. CBS
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Many dietary supplements contain unapproved, dangerous ingredients
U.S. health officials have issued more than 700 warnings during the last decade about the sale of dietary supplements that contain unapproved and potentially dangerous drug ingredients, new research reveals. In nearly all cases (98 percent), the presence of such ingredients was not noted anywhere on supplement labeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found. From 2007 to 2016, the lion's share of FDA warnings -- 46 percent -- concerned supplements that touted enhanced sexual pleasure, while weight-loss products were cited in 41 percent of the warnings. CBS
VOA VIEW: This does not look good.

Jeff Sessions creates new federal task force to fight MS-13, other crime
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday named a top federal prosecutor on Long Island to a new task force targeting the MS-13 street gang and other transnational organized crime groups. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Durham, of the Eastern District of New York, was one of five federal prosecutors from across the country that Sessions named to the new transnational crime task force. “AUSA Durham has played a significant role in the FBI’s Long Island Task Force, which has arrested hundreds of MS-13 members,” said Sessions at an announcement of the  task force  in Washington, D.C., according to prepared remarks. Newsday

Alec Baldwin urges 'overthrow' of Donald Trump government via voting
Actor Alec Baldwin followed up his latest parody portrayal of President Donald Trump with a serious call Sunday night for voters to use the Nov. 6 midterm elections to peacefully "overthrow" the government. After reprising his role as Trump on "Saturday Night Live," Baldwin flew to New Hampshire, where he was the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's annual fall fundraising dinner. "The way we implement change in America is through elections. We change governments here at home in an orderly and formal way," he said. "In that orderly and formal way and lawful way, we need to overthrow the government of the United States under Donald Trump." The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday night. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Baldwin is a liberal idiot.

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Obama, Biden to campaign for Democrats in separate stops in Las Vegas
Former President Barack Obama will hold a rally in Nevada next week to urge residents to vote early and drum up enthusiasm for Democrats running in close races for U.S. Senate, governor and the U.S. House of Representatives. Former Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, will campaign for Democratic candidates in Las Vegas on Saturday as early voting kicks off. The Nevada State Democratic Party announced Monday that Obama will appear in Las Vegas on Oct. 22 at UNLV. Obama is expected to speak about the advantages of Nevada's early voting, which starts Oct. 20 and runs through Nov. 2. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: The loss will look bad for Dems in 2018 and 2020.

Girdles and socket wrenches: Sears was the Amazon of its day
Before there was Amazon — or, for that matter, Home Depot or Walmart or Kmart — there was Sears. From its beginnings as a mail-order watch business in Minneapolis 132 years ago, the company grew to become America's everything-under-one-roof store and the biggest retailer in the world. For generations of Americans, the brick-like Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog was a fixture in just about every house — a miscellany of toys and clothes and furnishings and hardware that induced longing for this or that dream purchase. The Sears brand loomed as large over the corporate landscape as its 108-story basalt-like headquarters did over the Chicago skyline. "It was the Amazon of its day," said Mark Cohen, a professor of retailing at Columbia University and a former Sears executive. Las Vegas Sun

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Oil, Debt and Iran: Weapons in Any U.S.-Saudi Fight Over Khashoggi
President Donald Trump threatened his most important Arab ally with “severe punishment” if it was shown to have killed a top regime critic. Saudi Arabia hit back with a not-so-veiled threat of its own to weaponize its vast oil exports. The disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after he stepped inside the Saudi consulate on Oct. 2 began as a tussle between regional heavyweights Turkey and Saudi Arabia. But it spread rapidly to threaten Trump’s Middle East policy that’s built around ever closer ties with the kingdom’s autocratic rulers. Bloomberg

Trump’s First Annual Budget Deficit Rises to a Six-Year High
The U.S. budget deficit grew to $779 billion in Donald Trump’s first full fiscal year as president, the highest since 2012 amid tax cuts and spending increases. The budget gap for the 12 months through September was 17 percent wider than the same 12-month period a year earlier, as spending rose 3.2 percent and revenue gained just 0.4 percent, according to a Treasury Department report released Monday. The deficit as a share of total economic output was 3.9 percent in fiscal 2018, up 0.4 percentage point from the prior year. The government’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Bloomberg

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