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Over 300 'Predator Priests' In Pennsylvania Accused Of Abuse
More than 1,000 children -- and possibly many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday. The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!

Trump's 'That Dog' Attack On Omarosa Is Latest Insult
President Trump on Tuesday added his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, to the growing list of African-Americans he has publicly denigrated on Twitter, calling her “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife” in the wake of her allegations against him of mental deterioration and racism. Even for a president who consistently takes to Twitter to assail his adversaries, the morning tweet about Ms. Manigault Newman was a remarkably crude use of the presidential bully pulpit to disparage a minority woman who once served at the highest levels in his White House. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Kind words - Omarosa is an idiot.

Car Crashes Outside UK Parliament In Suspected Terror Attack
A car crashed into barriers outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning in a suspected terrorist attack, injuring several people just yards away from the site of an attack last year. Police said the driver, a 29-year-old U.K. national, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terrorist offenses. WSJ

Paul Manafort's Defense Rests Without Calling Any Witnesses
The defense in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s tax and fraud trial has rested its case without calling any witnesses. Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, rested his case Tuesday morning. The decision not to have Manafort testify came after Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a defense motion to dismiss the government’s case on the theory that it failed to meet its burden of proof. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Smart or bad tactic - time will tell.

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Trump's 'That Dog' Attack On Omarosa Is Latest Insult
President Trump on Tuesday added his former White House aide, Omarosa Manigault Newman, to the growing list of African-Americans he has publicly denigrated on Twitter, calling her “that dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife” in the wake of her allegations against him of mental deterioration and racism. Even for a president who consistently takes to Twitter to assail his adversaries, the morning tweet about Ms. Manigault Newman was a remarkably crude use of the presidential bully pulpit to disparage a minority woman who once served at the highest levels in his White House. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Kind words - Omarosa is an idiot.

Car Crashes Outside UK Parliament In Suspected Terror Attack
A car crashed into barriers outside the U.K. Houses of Parliament on Tuesday morning in a suspected terrorist attack, injuring several people just yards away from the site of an attack last year. Police said the driver, a 29-year-old U.K. national, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of terrorist offenses. WSJ

Paul Manafort's Defense Rests Without Calling Any Witnesses
The defense in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s tax and fraud trial has rested its case without calling any witnesses. Manafort’s lawyer, Kevin Downing, rested his case Tuesday morning. The decision not to have Manafort testify came after Judge T.S. Ellis III rejected a defense motion to dismiss the government’s case on the theory that it failed to meet its burden of proof. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Smart or bad tactic - time will tell.

Kavanaugh Getting Confirmation Help From Senate 'Sherpa' Jon Kyl
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is getting help from an old Senate hand as he seeks to navigate the chamber ahead of his confirmation hearing -- tapping into a long tradition of nominees using “sherpas” to find their way. The Senate is moving swiftly to consider Kavanaugh's nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired last month. Hearings are set to kick off right after Labor Day. Fox

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Trump's Endorsements: Loyalists, Rising Stars And Safe Bets He's Picked
President Trump has bucked the tradition set by previous presidents by endorsing many candidates during primary season, adding his influence to races while Republicans are still facing off against other Republicans. He has picked candidates he sees as the most electable, or the most loyal, or the ones preferred by Republican leaders in Congress. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

Ted Cruz, Beta O'Rourke Woo Voters In Battleground North Texas
Cruz, the incumbent Republican, was at The Pantry in McKinney and Babe's Chicken House in Arlington, holding classic retail meet and greets, urging conservatives to support his re-election bid and stem the predicted blue wave that propel Democrats and his rival. O'Rourke was hosting big town hall meetings in Richardson and DeSoto, areas that offer him opportunities to woo persuadable voters, while mining the traditional Democratic base. His morning town hall in Richardson drew an estimated crowd of 2,500, with attendees spilling into overflow rooms. Dallas News

Pence Calls For Continued Support Of Republicans In Congress
Vice President Mike Pence has asked Americans to support Republican leaders who stand behind the Trump Administration. Pence highlighted the administration's successes and encouraged voters to "tell your friends about what we've done" at an event Tuesday in Cincinnati.

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Over 300 'Predator Priests' In Pennsylvania Accused Of Abuse
More than 1,000 children -- and possibly many more -- were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday. The grand jury said it believes the "real number" of abused children might be "in the thousands" since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades. CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad!

Less Than Half Of Female Millennials Identify As Feminists
Less than half of millennial women said they think of themselves as feminists, according to a new poll released Tuesday. CBS News released the poll that found 46 percent of American women aged 18-35 identified as feminists with only 34 percent of women over the age of 35 identifying the same way. The results were split along party lines with 63 percent of millennials who identify as Democrats surveyed saying they associated themselves with the term and only 29 percent of Republican millennial respondents saying the same. Forty-eight percent of those that identified as independents said they felt they were feminists. Hill
VOA VIEW: Great news.

Rand Paul: 'It's Naive' To Expect Russians To Admit To Election
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said on Tuesday that Russian officials refused to acknowledge interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign during his recent trip to Moscow and Saint Petersburg, which was encouraged by President Donald Trump. But Paul, a top Trump ally, called hopes that Russia would eventually admit to election meddling "naive" and said the U.S. should cease expecting a diplomatic confession from Russian President Vladimir Putin or members of his government. Houston Chronicle

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders's Stunning Non-Denial That Trump Used N-Word
The person who speaks for the president on Tuesday declined to vouch for him. Asked whether there is a tape anywhere of Donald Trump using the n-word, as former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has claimed, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointedly and repeatedly declined to rule it out. At one point she even said, “I can’t guarantee anything.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: No one can say what someone else said or didn't say at any time.

Omarosa: Trump Knew WikiLeaks Had Clinton Emails
Manigault Newman spoke to The Associated Press hours after the president’s campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against the former aide alleging she broke a secrecy agreement. In an interview with AP, Manigault Newman said she believes the action was intended to keep her from telling her story. She says she “will not be intimidated.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Omerosa talks and very few believe what she says.

Trump Campaign Files For Arbitration Against Omarosa
Donald Trump's presidential campaign has filed for arbitration proceedings against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman after she released a tell-all book from her time on the president's 2016 campaign and in the White House. The move is the latest escalation between the former "Apprentice" star and the president, who has labeled Manigualt Newman "wacky," "deranged" and a "dog" in posts to his Twitter account this week. Politico

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12 Weeks To Election Day As 4 More States Hold Primaries For Congress
With less than three months until the mid-term elections for the U.S. House and Senate, four more states hold primaries today for the Congress, but the roster of races is unlikely to produce the news associated with last week’s tight race in a special U.S. House election in Ohio, which amplified questions about whether the GOP can maintain control of Capitol Hill after November. AJC

Why California Is Fending Off Election Attacks Without D.C.
California election officials are guarding their voting machines and registration lists against Russian hackers — although no one has spotted any. “I operate under the assumption that hacking is actually happening and California is a target,” Secretary of State Alex Padilla says. Mercury

Tinder And Match Group Were Poor Match From The Beginning
The legal dispute between Tinder and parent company Match Group is new, but the bad blood between key figures at the two companies apparently isn't. Three of Tinder's cofounders, along with a group of current and former key employees, believe that the management of Match Group and its corporate parent, IAC, have repeatedly reneged on formal agreements and shorted them of money and ownership since the founding of the dating-app company in 2012, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday. Business Insider

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How 3 Conspiracy Theorists Took 'Q' And Sparked Qanon
David Reinert holds a large "Q" sign while waiting to see President Donald Trump at a rally in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 2, 2018. "Q" represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at recent rallies. In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded together and plucked out of obscurity an anonymous and cryptic post from the many conspiracy theories that populated the website's message board. NBC

Uber Hires Former NSA Counsel As New Security Head
Uber has hired a new chief security officer, the New York Times reports, filling the role that has remained vacant since Joe Sullivan was fired last year. Sullivan was fired for his role in covering up a data breach that exposed the personal info of around 57 million Uber customers and drivers. Instead of reporting the breach, Uber paid the hackers that stole the information $100,000 to delete the data. Matt Olsen, former general counsel of the National Security Agency and former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, stepped in to help the company structure its security processes following the disclosure and he has now been named as its new chief security officer. Engadget

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