Keith Rush - Biography
 Keith began his broadcasting career on Febuary 16, 1952 at the age of 20 left New Orleans for full time position, KLOU in Lake Charles, Louisiana... Keith is considered by many as the "Father of Talk Radio" in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1st "Honorary" member of LSU statewide Alumni Association in history of LSU. Received many awards, but most proud of Freedom's Foundation Award 1972 for fight against "Filth" in radio and television. Representatives came to New Orleans Louisiana to make the presentation. During period 1953 - 1956 (still broadcasting) booked acts on the Louisiana Hayride, such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, The Browns and brought Elvis Presley to New Orleans (1954) for 1st apperance ever. (Lost Money)   1957 - 1959 United States Army 4th Infantry Division Fort Lewis Washington, 2 years active duty.
 
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Trump Tells Aides He Has Decided To Remove Stephen Bannon
President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion. The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time. As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said. A person close to Mr. Bannon insisted the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week, but it was delayed in the wake of the racial unrest in Charlottesville, Va. NY Times
VOA VIEW: NY Times has their own spin on the move.

Trump Slams ‘Obstructionist Democrats’ As Danger To National Security
President Trump accused “Obstructionist Democrats” on Friday of hurting national security by waging court fights against his policies, in an apparent reference to the battle over his travel ban and other measures that could get renewed attention following the terror attacks in Spain. “The Obstructionist Democrats make Security for our country very difficult. They use the courts and associated delay at all times. Must stop!” Trump tweeted, later adding: “Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary! The courts must give us back our protective rights. Have to be tough!” Moments earlier, Trump had said U.S. security officials are on the lookout for any signs of trouble, while assuring that America’s borders “are far tougher than ever before.” The president issued the message as Spanish officials make arrests and hunt for more suspects in Thursday’s attacks that killed at least 14 in central Barcelona and the resort of Cambrils. Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals want the end of Trump.

Watters: If Terror Cells Come Through Mexico, Dems Would Vote To Fund Wall
In the wake of the Barcelona terror attack, Jesse Watters said America is lucky to be separated from Europe by an ocean. But, he said that on our southern border, we are less secure. "If you ever had a terror cell come through Mexico into the United States, I bet half the Democrats in Congress would vote to fund that wall," he said. Watters said that Europe's security concerns may come from the fact that traveling between countries on that continent is much freer than in the United States. Back home, Americans used to be able to cross into and out of Canada with just a valid drivers license in some places, but now those crossings require a passport. Fox
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Finland Attack: 1 killed In Turku Stabbing Spree
At least one person has been killed and seven others hospitalized in a stabbing attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, state broadcaster YLE reported. Three people are now undergoing surgery, YLE reports, citing hospital sources. It did not say whether any attackers were among the injured. Police earlier said they had shot and arrested a suspect after the stabbing in the southwestern city and that they were searching for other possible perpetrators. The suspect was shot in the leg after the attack, said police, who have warned the public to move away from the city center. Finnish media published photographs of the attack site, and one showed a body covered with a white sheet. Another by YLE shows a small crowd around someone apparently bleeding on a cobblestone road. CNN

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Intelligence Indicates Barcelona Was More Than ISIS-Inspired Attack
Law enforcement officials tell CBS News there is intelligence that indicates the Barcelona attack that left 14 dead and more than 100 injured was more than just an ISIS-inspired attack. CBS News national security analyst and former homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, Fran Townsend, said on "CBS This Morning" the attack looks like it was "much more directly controlled than merely inspired." "As you look at the chronology, this was a fairly large cell, had to have been in place for a while – pretty good planning," Townsend said. "You had the house that blew up when they failed to put together these gas canisters – probably for a car bomb. Then you had the tragic sort of seven-block rage of this car killing 14.  CBS

Billionaire Ally Of Putin Socialized With Kushner, Ivanka Trump
As federal investigators probe possible Kremlin links with the Donald Trump campaign, one connection that hasn’t gotten much attention is that between Jared Kushner and one of Russia’s most powerful and influential billionaires: Roman Abramovich. The men have met three to four times in social settings, and their wives have been friends for a decade, facts that Kushner and Ivanka Trump revealed on their security-clearance forms to join the White House staff, according to a person familiar with the filings. The form, SF-86, asks applicants whether they have had “close and/or continuing contact with a foreign national within the last seven years with whom you, or your spouse or cohabitant are bound by affection, influence or common interests.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: So!

Boston Ready For 'Free Speech' Rally But 'We Don't Want Hate Groups'
Boston is adequately prepared for Saturday’s “free speech” rally, city officials said, despite the elevated tension and rhetoric that followed the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. More than 500 police officers will be on hand for the Boston Free Speech Coalition's event so that "we don’t have an incident ... like last week in Virginia,” Mayor Marty Walsh said today. "We're going to respect their right to free speech,” Walsh said, but "they don't have the right to create unsafe conditions." “We don’t want hate groups to come to our city or state,” he added. Boston Free Speech, the group behind the rally, has invited a number of groups to speak. There are four headliners listed on the Boston Free Speech Facebook page, including Kyle Chapman, who made waves online after photos of his hitting anti-Trump protesters were shared widely.  ABC

What To Expect From Steve Bannon Now
Steve will do exactly what he has been doing from Day 1 -  try to “bring everything crashing down.” He will continue to use his weapon of choice, Breitbart, to attack his adversaries inside the West Wing ? mainly Jared, Ivanka, Cohn, etc. He will relentlessly attack Congressional Republican leadership like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell (and Jeff Flake and John McCain). In many ways, I think Steve will feel liberated. Free from the limitations of “serving” or “answering” to somebody. It’s not in Steve’s DNA to work for anybody but himself. He likes being the dictator. Now, he will be able to operate openly and freely to inflict as much damage as he possibly can on the “globalists” that remain in the Trump administration. Huffington Post
VOA VIEW: Bannon being an outside friend may be a big plus for Trump.

Dad Launches Car With Family Inside Over Opening Drawbridge
A New Jersey family cheated death when they pulled off a wild move – straight out of an action movie – and escaped the clutches of an opening drawbridge. Terrance Naphys and his family were en route by car to Cape May earlier this month when they found themselves caught in a terrifying situation as they were crossing the Middle Thorofare Bridge which connects Wildwood and Cape May. Suddenly, the steel grate of the bridge started to open underneath them, rising between 3 and 6 feet in the air – and Naphys made a quick-thinking decision to gun it over the bridge. “He accelerated, and of course then we landed with a big impact on the concrete on the side,” the man’s wife, Jackie Naphys, told CBS Philadelphia in an interview this week. NY Post

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Donald Trump’s Crisis Of Legitimacy
Has there ever been a stronger argument for taking a proper vacation? On Thursday morning, the thirteenth day of his disastrous summer break from the White House, Donald Trump returned to Twitter, writing, over several tweets, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish! Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!” The New Yorker
VOA VIEW: Trump is no fool.

Maryland Removes Dred Scott Ruling Author’s Statue
A statue of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House early Friday morning. The statue of Roger B. Taney (TAW nee) was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. It was lowered into a truck and driven away to storage. The bronze statue was erected in 1872, just outside the original front door of the State House. Three of the four voting members of the State House Trust voted by email Wednesday to move the statue. House Speaker Michael Busch, a Democrat who was one of the three who voted to remove it, wrote this week that the statue “doesn’t belong” on the grounds. His comments came after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, when violent clashes broke out between white nationalists and counter-protesters.  Breitbart

Words Are Not Violence
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. The childish playground ditty is at least partly true: Mere words cannot break an arm or bust a nose. Words can be hurtful emotionally and psychologically, but they cannot be acts of violence because they lack physicality. Some academics and journalists need this reminder. In the pages of the New York Times, Amanda Hess claims that “America is struggling to sort out where violence begins and ends.” She dignifies the theory that “violence is embedded in everything from our social structures to our speech — that speech itself can be a form of violence, one every bit as meaningful as the physical kind.” This concept is already dominant on college campuses, thanks to its propagation within feminist-studies programs influenced by Judith Butler.  National Review

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Barcelona Attack: California Teacher Says Husband Is Missing
Heidi Nunes thought nothing of it when her husband, Jared Tucker, told her he was going to the bathroom. The couple from Walnut Creek, California, were in Europe celebrating their first wedding anniversary and had just enjoyed drinks on Barcelona's wide, largely pedestrianized tourist street of La Rambla. "Next thing I know there's screaming yelling," Nunes, a 40-year-old teacher, told NBC News. "I got pushed inside the souvenir kiosk and stayed there hiding while everybody kept running by screaming." Some 6,000 miles from home, they found themselves in the middle of a terrorist attack Thursday afternoon. A driver had plowed through pedestrians on La Rambla, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday an American had been killed in the attack, but did not confirm their identity. ISIS quickly claimed responsibility for what appeared to be the latest in a spate of low-tech terror attacks across Europe. NBC

Secret Service Investigating Posts By Missouri State Lawmaker
The US Secret Service is investigating comments made online by a Missouri state lawmaker who reportedly said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Democratic State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's comment has since been deleted -- but it did not go unnoticed. "The St. Louis Field Office of the Secret Service is looking into the comments," Secret Service spokesperson Cathy Milhoan said in a statement to CNN. "The Secret Service investigates all threats against the President, Vice President, and other protectees, whether they be direct, implied or comments in passing. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chappelle-Nadal's comment said: "I hope Trump is assassinated!" She has since deleted the comment and apologized for the language she used, telling CNN affiliate KMOV that the comment arose from her frustration with the current political climate. CNN

The Latest: Pelosi Calls On Trump To Fire Additional Staff
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the departure of White House adviser Steve Bannon is "welcome news," but she is calling on President Donald Trump to fire additional staff. Pelosi said in a statement that Bannon's departure "doesn't disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance." Trump has said "both sides" are to blame. SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a liberal idiot.

Hugh Freeze Had Hundreds Of Phone Calls With Mississippi Booster In NCAA Case
Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and disassociated booster Lee Harris, who allegedly gave a recruit cash and free food at his Oxford, Miss., restaurant, called each other at least 200 times between January 2015 and the end of Freeze’s tenure last month, according to records reviewed by USA TODAY Sports. The phone calls included the period in which Harris became a part of the NCAA’s investigation into Ole Miss and continued before and after his interview with the NCAA on Nov. 16, 2016, in which he provided information that was determined to be false. Freeze was not named or deemed culpable in the specific NCAA allegation related to Harris, and it is not publicly known what the two men discussed in the calls. According to Freeze’s attorney, W.G. Watkins, Freeze and Harris met by “happenstance” sitting next to each other at church at some point after Harris’ alleged violations occurred, formed a relationship and played golf together.  USA Today

Charlottesville Victim's Mother Says She Will Not Take Trump's Calls
Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, says she will not speak to President Trump because of his comments that suggested white supremacists and people protesting against them were both to blame for last weekend's violence in Virginia. "You can't wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying I'm sorry," Susan Bro said during an interview with ABC's Good Morning America. Heyer, 32, was killed on Saturday when a car plowed into a group demonstrating against a white supremacist rally. Nineteen others were injured, and suspect James Alex Fields Jr. participated in the far-right rally. He is facing charges including second-degree murder. Bro said she initially missed calls from the president, the first of which "looked like it actually came during the funeral" on Wednesday. That day, Trump tweeted, "Memorial service today for beautiful and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman. She will be long remembered by all!"NPR

President Trump Announces Move To Elevate Cyber Command
President Trump has directed that Cyber Command — which is currently a part of the National Security Agency — will become its own unified military command in a move that is meant to strengthen cyberspace operations and bolster U.S. defenses. “The elevation of United States Cyber Command demonstrates our increased resolve against cyberspace threats and will help reassure our allies and partners and deter our adversaries,” Trump said in a statement Friday. Cyber Command was formed in 2010 from two smaller organizations subordinate to Strategic Command, the same military body responsible for U.S. missile defenses. Since its beginning, it has been led by the director of the NSA, which is currently Navy Adm. Michael Rogers. The Washington Post

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Schwarzenegger Goes After Trump In Video On Charlottesville Violence
Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for President Trump: It’s time to tell the world he rejects “the support of white supremacists.” “There are not two sides to bigotry and there are not two sides to hatred,” California’s former GOP governor says in a video released Thursday by ATTN:. “And if you choose to march with a flag that symbolizes the slaughter of millions of people, there are not two sides to that.” Schwarzenegger’s video message comes days after Trump reignited a firestorm of criticism on Tuesday when he said there was “blame on both sides” for the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The Hill
VOA VIEW: Democrats and liberals are the biggest haters.

Romney Tells Trump To Apologize For Causing ‘Racists to Rejoice’
Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, has excoriated President Trump for his equivocating response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and urged him to apologize or risk subjecting the country to “an unraveling of our national fabric.” Mr. Romney’s remarks, posted on Facebook on Friday, mark some of the strongest language from a Republican against Mr. Trump after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and an attack by a driver that left a woman dead. Mr. Trump, on Tuesday, said “both sides” were to blame for Saturday’s deadly violence. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Romney is a loser.

“Art Of The Deal” Ghostwriter Predicts Trump Will Resign This Fall
President Donald Trump may have become a national celebrity in part thanks to his massive 1987 bestseller “The Art of the Deal”. Yet the ghostwriter who helped craft it, Tony Schwartz, is anything but a fan of the man. Indeed, Schwartz recently predicted that Trump won’t be president for much longer. On Thursday, Schwartz told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “the snowball is beginning to gather momentum as it comes down the mountain. It reminds me a lot of Watergate and the last days of Nixon . . . He’s put himself in an isolated, no-win position. Google News
VOA VIEW: Trumps demise is expected from CNN - Trump is not a quitter.

Hundreds Of Counterprotesters Leaving Downtown Durham, Saying KKK March Off
A counterprotest against a rumored march by the Klu Klux Klan is breaking up, with organizers saying white supremacists who were planning to march on downtown Durham on Friday have turned back. “This is a victory that we will claim today,” said Serena Sebring, of Southerners on New Ground. Hundreds of people had gathered on East Main Street Friday morning in anticipation of a march. “No KKK!” they shouted. “No Fascists USA!” The Sheriff’s Office shut down East Main Street. Many downtown businesses, county and other offices closed. Local government leaders could not confirm the rumors, widely circulated on social media, including by Scott Holmes, the attorney for the eight protesters arrested in the toppling of a Confederate statue on Main Street Monday night. Herald Sun

A Nazi Salute, KKK Hoods And Trump: Magazine Covers After Charlottesville Are Jarring
President Trump collects magazine covers, but he probably won't want to keep these. The latest from the Economist depicts the president bellowing into a white, conical megaphone — with eye holes that lend the appearance of a Ku Klux Klan hood. The clear implication is that Trump has amplified the message of white supremacists by failing to treat them as any more blameworthy than the counterprotesters with whom they clashed in Charlottesville last weekend. Time magazine's new cover image features a boot-clad white man behind an American flag, held aloft at a 45-degree angle by a pole whose ornament is an outstretched hand, creating the effect of a Nazi salute. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Times magazine is fake news.

Why Spain Has Once Again Become A Target for Jihadists
The Islamic State has claimed credit for a van attack in Barcelona that left 13 dead and more than 100 injured on Thursday, the Associated Press reports. While ISIS' involvement has not yet been independently confirmed, the episode appears to mark the return of Islamic terrorism to Spanish territory after years without a serious incident. Hours after the Barcelona attack, an Audi A3 rammed into pedestrians in Cambrils, a seaside town about 70 miles southwest of Barcelona, killing one person. The perpertrators were reported to have been wearing fake explosive belts. They are the latest in a recent spate of vehicular attacks in Europe, starting with the 2016 attacks in Nice, France. Time

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Six Flags Over Texas Removes Confederate, Other Historic Flags From Park
In light of a recent efforts to remove Confederate symbols from American cities, Six Flags has decided to stop flying the Confederate flag, as well as other historic flags, at its theme parks. On Friday, Six Flags said they replaced not only the Confederate flag, but the flags of four other nations that were originally part of the park's branding. Six Flags is, of course, named after the six nations who once governed this land: France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and the United States of America. NBC News
VOA VIEW: Six Flags may lose visitors as a result of their decision.

Man Who Suffered Eye Damage In 1962 Eclipse Warns Others Not To Make The Same Mistakes
A total solar eclipse is slated to happen on Monday, as the Moon will cross in front of the Sun, blotting out the light from our favorite star for a couple of minutes along a 70-mile-wide swath of the U.S. that runs from Oregon to South Carolina. Countless millions of Americans will be watching — but most of them will not be in the small zone of totality. And that’s what petrifies Lou Tomososki of Oregon City, Oregon. Tomososki, 70, was a high school kid in 1962 when he and a friend looked up to glance at a partial solar eclipse — “We were just doing it for a short time, he says” — and saw a flash of light similar to that of a camera flash. Fox Science

FDA Approves New Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved inotuzumab ozogamicin (Besponsa) for the treatment of relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the adult population. The trial that led to the approval, INO-VATE ALL, was a phase III trial that included 326 adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL. Patients were randomized 1:1 to receive treatment with investigator’s choice of chemotherapy or inotuzumab ozogamicin. Google News

Huge Fire Near Barcelona Airport As Smoke Towers Over Runways 'After Blaze Breaks Out On Industrial Estate'
A huge fire has broken out near Barcelona Airport as smoke has been pictured towering over runways. Bombers Barcelona, the area's fire and rescue service, said the blaze broke out in vegetation in the Zona Franca industrial area. Three fire engines and one helicopter took an hour to extinguish the blaze, which broke out just before 5pm. Mirror UK

Laguna Beach Installing Barriers To Protect Pedestrians Against Weaponized Car
The street attack in Barcelona — following similar attacks here and abroad — show the need to protect pedestrians against weaponized cars and vehicles. CBS2’s Michele Gile says Laguna Beach is doing just that.The city is putting up barricades to keep drivers from intentionally doing harm to pedestrians. This weekend, two demonstrations are planned — not to mention the thousands who just like hanging out in the area. “We’ll place K-Rail anywhere there’s not a car because the cars are a natural barrier. We want to make sure we protect everybody,” said Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella. Today’s street attack in Barcelona is fresh on Farinella’s mind. She knows there are key spots that are vulnerable.  CBS

Maxine Waters Accuses Ben Carson Of Being ‘White-Wing Nationalist’
Maxine Waters’s latest rant against Donald Trump and his administration was so unhinged, it amounted to word spittle that could be heard on any street corner in L.A. Appearing before the Los Angeles Community Review Board, Waters launched into Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Complaining there is “uncertainty” because of the Trump administration, Waters said, “Mr. Mnuchin, who is the Treasury Secretary, who is responsible for over 36,000 foreclosures in this area, is now the Secretary of the Treasury,” repeating herself. “Standing next to him just yesterday, or day before yesterday, I’m getting these days mixed up,” the 79-year-old California congresswoman said. The American Mirror
VOA VIEW: Waters is nuts - plain liberal anti white nuts.

More Than 500 Police Officers Will Be Ready To Keep The Peace At ‘Boston Free Speech’ Rally
More than 500 police officers, including undercover units, will monitor Saturday’s “Boston Free Speech” rally on the Common and will shut down the event if it turns violent, officials said Friday morning at a City Hall news conference. “The courts have made it abundantly clear that they have the right to gather, no matter how repugnant their views are,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said. “They don’t have the right to create unsafe conditions. . . . They must respect our city.” The “free speech” rally is expected to be small, and organizers have maintained the event is open to all political views and not a forum for hate groups. But authorities fear white supremacists could attend, and two of the rally’s keynote speakers have ties to extremist elements. Boston Globe

Women Say They Quit Google Because Of Racial Discrimination: 'I Was Invisible'
Qichen Zhang couldn’t believe what she was hearing. The technical specialist was in the middle of the office at Google when a white male colleague began joking with her about her hiring. “He said, ‘It must’ve been really easy for you to get your job because you’re an Asian woman and people assume you’re good at math,’” Zhang recalled in a recent interview. “It was absolutely stunning. I remember me just emotionally shutting down.” The conversation was one of many instances where Zhang said she felt isolated as a woman of color working for the technology giant, and a few months later, feeling like there was no future for her at Google, she quit. Guardian

Anonymous Affiliate Publishes Claimed List Of GOP Private Contact Info
A group allied with the decentralized hacktivist collective Anonymous published what it claims are private phone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican senators. The move comes as part of a "Denouncement Day" effort Friday protesting Confederate memorials around the country. "The Anon Journal" published the contact information with an invitation to call the senators and demand movement by the GOP against President Trump in the wake of his "both sides" comments about violence between white supremacists and counterprotesters at a white supremacist rally Charlottesville, Va., organized to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. The Hill

U.S.-South Korea War Games Start Monday As Pyongyang Warns Of ‘Catastrophe’
Are tensions cooling in the Korean Peninsula? The United States and South Korea will find out Monday, when the two allies are scheduled to start joint military exercises that are known to anger North Korea, sometimes triggering a show of force. This year’s war games come at a particularly delicate moment. There have been exchanges of war rhetoric between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has further complicated the situation, by stating in an interview there’s “no military option” in North Korea while floating a possible deal with Pyongyang that would leave Seoul hanging. Amid all this back and forth, the U.S. and South Korean military will simulate warfare with North Korea from Aug. 21 to 31, well aware that North Korea could respond with another missile test. Charlotte Observer
VOA VIEW: NK would make a major mistake to launch another missile

Google Drops Alt-Right Favorite Gab From Play Store As Internet Hate Speech Purge Continues
As the world's biggest tech companies take a stand against racist hate speech in the wake of neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, Va., Google has removed social network Gab -- a favorite of the alt-right -- from its Play Store. The company announced this news itself on Twitter, including an email from Google to its developers. Google did not respond to Forbes' request for comment on the app's removal, but its hate speech policy reads: "We don't allow apps that advocate against groups of people based on their race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, nationality, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity." Forbes

Trump At Camp David To Meet With Top National Security Team
Still technically on vacation, President Donald Trump on Friday departed for Camp David for a high-level meet with his national security team to discuss various issues -- including future military plans in Afghanistan. Trump left his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., Friday morning -- where he's been staying for vacation this month-- for the presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains, 60 miles northwest of Washington. The White House said Trump would meet with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. Vice President Mike Pence cut short a trip in South America to attend the meeting. "Heading to Camp David for major meeting on National Security, the Border and the Military (which we are rapidly building to strongest ever)," Trump posted on Twitter Friday.  UPI

NYSE Cheers After Steven Bannon's Exit From White House
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange erupted in cheers and applause Friday, as White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s departure from the Trump administration was announced. Clapping and whistling could be heard for more than 10 seconds after Wall Street heard the news. The stock market climbed Friday amid reports of Bannon’s ouster. Bannon reportedly submitted his resignation on Aug. 7. NY Daily News

After Charlottesville, The First And Second Amendments Are Under Fire
A very strange thing has happened since last weekend’s dreadful violence in Charlottesville. White supremacists used virtually every form of weapon except guns, yet somehow the Second Amendment is now under fire. Even worse, those who lawfully exercise the right to keep and bear arms now have fewer defenders when they also choose to speak. It started with Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe. In remarks that were oddly enough edited out of a New York Times article, McAuliffe claimed that “80 percent of the people here had semiautomatic weapons.” He further asserted that militia members “had better equipment than our state police.” He also said that white supremacists had weapons “stashed around the city.” National Review

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Trump’s DOJ Not Trying To Stop AT&T/Time Warner Merger
Despite President Trump's promise to block AT&T's purchase of Time Warner Inc., the government's review of the merger has "reached an advanced stage" The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. "The deal’s regulatory review has hit a late-stage point where AT&T lawyers are discussing merger conditions with the Justice Department," the report said, quoting people close to the situation. If the Justice Department concludes that any potential harms from the merger can be offset by conditions, then it would not sue to block the deal. Reuters

TIME Magazine Picks The Best Restaurant In Every State; Here's Its Louisiana Choice
Using its list of best restaurants in America, the James Beard award nominations, expert reviews and local recommendations, TIME magazine has come up with its list of each state's best restaurant. In Louisiana, its choice is Herbsaint in New Orleans. TIME says the restaurant's beef short rib starter and its duck confit are among the best dishes on the menu. Rebecca Wilcomb, chef de cuisine of Herbsaint, recently won the regional James Beard award for Best Chef: South. That's a category New Orleans has dominated lately, and Wilcomb's award makes her the latest in a long line of James Beard award winners from the Link Restaurant Group. The Advocate

HUD Labels New Orleans A 'Slow Spender' On Drainage Aid
New Orleans failed to spend a cent of the $141 million federal grant intended for work on the city's drainage system, leaving it designated as a "slow spender" in June's financial tracking report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. But Ben Carson, Trump's appointed HUD Secretary, in his recent visit to New Orleans said he'd like to see cities spend grants faster, according to a report from WWL-TV.  “I'm concerned about the slow (disbursement) everywhere,” Carson said to WWL-TV. “It's not a problem that's unique to New Orleans.” After the grant was first signed on Barack Obama's final day in office, New Orleans Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Hebert said the city was concerned to begin spending its money after President Donald Trump said he'd be de-funding certain HUD programs. The Advocate

Take 'Em Down NOLA Renews Push To Rename Streets, Parks
As more Confederate monuments come down across the country, one of the most vocal groups involved in the removal of four monuments in New Orleans is calling for more to be done locally. Take 'Em Down NOLA held a press conference on Thursday demanding that the city change street signs, schools and parks named after confederate leaders. "History is what is written and recorded in books; statutes are just images," said Malcolm Suber of Take 'Em Down NOLA. "(History) will never change, but we don’t have to have those statues to know that." The President of the United States disagrees, though. President Donald Trump posted a series of tweets Thursday denouncing the removal of statues and monuments saying in part "sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart." CBS News

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