|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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Meanness' At The Core Of GOP Health Care Bill
Former President Barack Obama took to Facebook to ask Republicans to reconsider their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. "I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party," Obama wrote. "Still, I hope that our senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did." Fox News
VOA VIEW: What is more problematic is Obamacare is a loser.
Sniper Sets World Record With 2.2-Mile Pickoff Of ISIS Fighter
A Canadian sniper set what appears to be a record, picking off an ISIS fighter from some 2.2 miles away, and disrupting a potentially deadly operation by the terror group in Iraq. Shooting experts say the fatal shot at a world-record distance of 11,316 feet underscores how stunningly sophisticated military snipers are becoming. The feat, pulled off by a special forces sniper from Canada’s Joint Task Force 2, smashed the previous distance record for successful sniper shots by some 3,280 feet, a record set by a British sniper. Fox News
Ends His Self-Made Crisis Where It Started: Twitter
President Donald Trump finally, grudgingly, had no choice but to come clean. His admission, on Twitter Thursday that he did not secretly record his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey -- after earlier raising the possibility that he did -- capped a six-week charade that damaged his presidency and cast doubt on his personal credibility. It was a surreal new twist to a presidency that has often already stretched the limits of credulity, and has challenged conventions on the decorum and gravity expected in the behavior of the person who holds the office itself. After weeks of speculation, the President delivered a mea culpa, a step that he had little choice to make, in a somewhat resentful manner, in keeping with his reluctance to ever publicly admit error. "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea ... whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings," Trump wrote in a pair of tweets. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN made a liberal deal out of nothing.
Arrested After Disability Advocates Protest At McConnell's Office
Several dozen protesters were arrested Thursday after they gathered and chanted outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office over the GOP health care bill. "Don't touch Medicaid, save our liberty," the protesters chanted outside his office. The protest was organized by ADAPT, a national disability rights organization. In a statement, they said about 60 protesters gathered for a "die-in" to fight back on the health care bill, which will drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid. "The American Health Care Act caps and significantly cuts Medicaid which will greatly reduce access to medical care and home and community based services for elderly and disabled Americans who will either die or be forced into institutions," Bruce Darling, an ADAPT organizer taking part in the protest, said in a statement. "Our lives and liberty shouldn't be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy. That's truly un-American." CNN
VOA VIEW: The liberal protesters should be jailed.
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Won't Say Aborting Baby With Beating Heart 'Dishonors God'
Three weeks ago, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said it dishonors God to pull out of the Paris Accord on climate change, but today she did not say it dishonors God to abort a baby with a beating heart. At Pelosi's press briefing on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Pelosi if her understanding of what dishonors God extends to aborting a baby with a beating heart as well as pulling out of the Paris Accord; CNSNews.com: "Three weeks ago you said we need to be 'responsible stewards' of 'God's creation.'" Pelosi: Yes. CNSNews.com: "And that it dishonors God to pull out of the Paris Accord." Pelosi: "Yes." CNSnews.com: "The Heartbeat Protection Act would prohibit aborting a baby with a heartbeat. Does it dishonor God to abort a baby with a beating heart?" CNS News
VOA VIEW: Pelosi needs to stay where she is - she helps Republicans.
Ryan: Trump Request To Defund Public Broadcasting Is ‘Micro-Detail’ He
Won’t Be Involved In
When asked if he supports President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said today that that topic was the sort of “micro-detail” he did not get involved in. In his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which begins on Oct. 1, 2017, President Trump calls for eliminating CPB funding entirely--starting by cutting its funding from the $484 million it is getting this fiscal year to $30 million in fiscal 2018. At Speaker Ryan’s press briefing on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked: “President Trump's 2018 budget calls for eliminating federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Do you support that proposal and will you follow the funding elimination of the CPB outlined in the president's budget?” CNS
VOA VIEW: The CPB should not be given a penny of taxpayer money.
On Track To Supply India With 22 Guardian Drones
The United States is on track to announce plans to supply India with 22 Guardian drones in a deal worth more than $2 billion, a source familiar with the deal said on Thursday. The approval of the sale of the naval variant of the Predator drone comes ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the United States as he tries to revitalize relations with Washington. The deal would still require approval by Congress. Securing agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defense ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under President Donald Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear program. Reuters
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Trump Defense Lawyer Says He's No 'Snowflake'
The latest lawyer hired to represent U.S. President Donald Trump in the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is an ex-Marine who likens some cases to war. "I fight hard," John Dowd said in an interview. "I believe that's what I'm supposed to do. I am not a snowflake, I can tell you that." "Snowflake" is a disparaging term for people considered overly sensitive and fragile that has been adopted by some Trump supporters to mock liberals. Dowd, who spoke with Reuters on Wednesday, is a mirror of his client in many ways. He has a no-holds-barred, hyperbolic style and a history of attacking prosecutors, congressional Democrats and the media. Reuters
Don’t Want Trump Talking About Russia. But He Is
President Donald Trump's senior staff, energized by recent Republican wins in South Carolina and Georgia, urged the president not to talk about the Russia investigation during his Wednesday night speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, one top official told NBC News. He didn't, but by the time the sun rose on Thursday morning, the president was back on Twitter and focused on the one thing his advisers wished he wouldn't. Trump trashed the Democratic National Committee for turning down DHS offers to protect them from hacks — “it’s all a big Dem HOAX!” — and wondered why the Obama administration did nothing to stop alleged Russian meddling if they were “working so hard on the 2016 Election.” MSNBC
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
Controversy, Trump’s Approval Remains Low But Steady
President Donald Trump’s approval rating remains historically poor but stable amid months of feuding in Washington over his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a new poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal. The new survey finds that Trump’s overall job approval rating stands at 40 percent approve, 55 percent disapprove — numbers that are historically low for a new president but virtually unchanged from the poll’s findings in both May and April. Democrats and independents still give the president dismal marks, disapproving of the job he’s doing in the Oval Office by 90 percent and 63 percent, respectively. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal media wishful thinking.
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Million Illegals Working Under Stolen Social Security Numbers
Most illegal immigrants who pay taxes have stolen someone else’s legal identity, and the IRS doesn’t do a very good job of letting those American citizens and illegal immigrants know they’re being impersonated, the tax agency’s inspector general said in a new report released Thursday. The theft creates major problems for the American citizens and legal foreign workers whose identities are stolen, and who have to deal with explaining money they never earned. But the IRS only manages to identify half of the potentially 1.4 million people likely affected by the fraud in 2015, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said in its report. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The number is much larger.
Johnson ‘Not Pleased’ DNC Turned Away Homeland Security Assistance After
President Obama’s homeland security chief on Wednesday told a House panel investigating Russian meddling in the November election that, much to his disappointment, Democratic National Committee officials declined an offer by his agency to help even after they learned the committee had been hacked. In widely anticipated testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson provided new details about an unprecedented series of Kremlin-sponsored cyberattacks during the presidential campaign, while warning that such attacks “are going to get worse before they get better.” Washington Times
Many Women Don't Recognize The Dangers Of Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading killer of U.S. women, but many women and their doctors don't recognize the danger. A survey of more than 1,000 women between 25 and 60 years of age found 45 percent were unaware that heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women in America. Most respondents said they had had a checkup in the past year, but only 40 percent said the doctor had assessed their heart health. "Eighty percent of heart disease is preventable, yet women's heart disease is underdiagnosed, under-researched and underfunded," said British Robinson, head of the Women's Heart Alliance, a nonprofit organization that paid for the study. CBS
Missile Defense Test Fails To Intercept Target Over Pacific
A joint missile defense test conducted by the U.S. and Japan failed to intercept a targeted rocket over the Pacific on Wednesday, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said. The failed attempt was the second intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile, which is being developed by the U.S. and Japan to intercept medium- and intermediate-range ballistic rockets. The first test in February was successful. Wednesday's test included the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile from a base in Hawaii at 7:20 p.m. local time, the MDA said in a release. The USS John Paul Jones, a guided-missile destroyer outfitted with the Aegis weapon system, tracked the missile, launching an SM-3 Block IIA guided missile to intercept the target. CBS
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Border Wall Was 'My Idea,' Trump Says
When President Donald Trump pitched his idea for an energy-producing border wall covered in solar panels Wednesday night to that spirited campaign crowd in Iowa, he called the proposal “my idea.” “And we're thinking of something that's unique. We're talking about the southern border, lots of sun, lots of heat. We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall so it creates energy and pays for itself,” Trump said to the cheering audience. He said they were the first group with whom he'd shared the idea. ABC
Backs Russia Sanctions; Dems Say GOP Delaying For Trump
Speaker Paul Ryan is expressing support for a popular bill that would hit Iran and Russia with new sanctions amid Democratic criticism that House Republicans are stalling for time to weaken the penalties at the Trump administration's request. "We just want to get moving on it," the Wisconsin Republican told reporters on Thursday. "I support sanctions." The sanctions measure was written by the Senate, where it passed last week on a 98-2 vote. But the passage ran afoul of a constitutional requirement that legislation involving revenue start in the House, known in bureaucratese as a "blue slip." ABC
Study, Old Story: Americans Cherish Their Guns
The Pew Research Center on Thursday released a new survey of American attitudes and practices related to guns. The poll, conducted in separate waves in March and April among almost 4,000 respondents, including more than 1,200 gun owners, offers some subtle insights into a highly polarized issue. There continue to be areas of almost universal consensus on guns, such as preventing the mentally ill from purchasing them, requiring background checks on private sales and barring gun purchases by anyone on a no-fly watch list. (Just don't expect Congress to take action on any of those.) Even 54 percent of gun owners in the poll support a federal database to track gun sales, suggesting that the promulgation of anti-government paranoia by gun groups has yet to capture a majority of gun owners. Bloomberg
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Won't Take A Red-Hot Summer To Wipe Out The U.S. Gas Glut
A supply glut that’s weighed on the U.S. natural gas market for most of the past two years may vanish before the winter, even if a sweltering summer fails to materialize.
Inventories of the power-plant fuel may reach 3.4 trillion cubic feet by the end of October, the lowest since 2008 for the time of year, according to report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s about 10 percent below the five-year average for the period. Even as forecasts show unusually cool early-summer weather curbing gas consumption in the eastern U.S., bullish traders may have cause for optimism. Exports of the fuel are heading to Mexico and overseas buyers at a record clip, siphoning off stored supplies, and production from America’s shale basins has yet to recover to early 2016 levels after last year’s price rout. Gas stockpiles dipping below the five-year average could bode well for a market rally in 2018. Bloomberg
Tells Senators He Did Not Write Trump Energy Budget
Republicans and Democrats denounced President Donald Trump's proposed energy budget Thursday, and even Trump's energy secretary distanced himself from a plan that would slash funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and basic science. The proposal also would eliminate popular programs such as research for advanced energy technologies. As senators condemned the budget at a hearing, Energy Secretary Rick Perry made it clear he did not have a say on the request submitted to Congress. The $28 billon proposal "was written before I got here," Perry told the Senate energy panel. "My job is to defend it." Las Vegas Sun
Growing Older And More Racially Diverse
The U.S. Census Bureau says the nation is aging and becoming more ethnically diverse. The government agency that counts Americans says all race and ethnic groups grew in the year following July 1, 2015, including a 2 percent jump among non-white Hispanics and a 3 percent increase each among Asians and people of multiple races. The slowest-growing group during that year? Non-Hispanic whites, with a net gain of just 5,000 people that year. The newly released estimates also show the nation's median age rose from 35 years in 2000 to nearly 38 years in 2016. Baby boomers began to reach retirement age in 2011 and at that time accounted for 12.4 percent of the U.S. population. In 2016, that age group accounted for 15.2 percent of all Americans. Las Vegas Sun
Korea Accuses 'Psychopath' Trump Of Sending Warship To Spy
North Korea accused the United States of deploying a U.S. warship into North Korea's maritime economic zone, the same day it called U.S. President Donald Trump a "psychopath" whose policy of "military pressure will lead to ruin." Pyongyang's Workers' Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun also slammed the "South Korean authorities" for "following" the "psychopath" U.S. president into a potential "North Korean invasion." "It is important to keep in mind such actions would bring about greater disaster," the newspaper stated on Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: North Korea should soon feel the wrath of the so-called psychopath.
Politician: North Koreans Should Be 'Starved To Death' For Threats
A prominent Japanese politician is drawing controversy after suggesting ordinary North Koreans should be "starved to death" as a "solution" to Pyongyang's missile provocations. Governor of Ishikawa Prefecture Masanori Tanimoto said Wednesday during a meeting of local government officials that "the people of North Korea should be starved to death," by cutting off their food supply, the Sankei Shimbun and Jiji Press reported. "The things North Korea is doing are beyond violence," Tanimoto said. "If we do not enforce sanctions that are painful to the North Korean people, there is no meaning." UPI
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IRANIAN FUNDING FOR ANTI-ISRAEL TERROR GROUPS REVEALED
Iran’s massive funding of terrorist groups that endanger Israel was exposed in shocking detail by IDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.- Gen. Hertzi Halevi on Wednesday. Speaking at the IDC Herzliya Conference, Halevi revealed that Iran is funding Hezbollah to the tune of $75 million a year, while paying $50m. of Hamas’s budget and approximately $70m. to Islamic Jihad. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran is part of Obama assistance.
ANTI-ISIS ENVOY VOWS NOT TO LET IRAN THREATEN ISRAEL FROM SYRIAN GOLAN
The US envoy sounded a victorious tone with a narrative of how the US has helped put ISIS on the run in both Iraq and Syria, focused on ISIS clean-up operations. The US will not let Iranian proxies threaten Israel from the Golan Heights after ISIS rule in Syria falls, US envoy for combating ISIS Brett McGurk said on Thursday. McGurk, speaking at the IDC Herzliya Conference, said that he was “recently on the Golan looking at... ISIS across the border,” and that neither ISIS nor “Iranian proxies” can be allowed to remain to trouble Israel. Jerusalem Post
The Desperate Fight For Islamic State Group's ‘Capital’
So-called Islamic State is defending its Syrian "capital" against a major offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters. The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse is one of the first reporters to reach the city. This has been a long and brutal road. Driving through the suburbs of Raqqa towards the centre, we pass collapsed buildings, hit by American air strikes, and pockmarked shop fronts, caught between the advance of the SDF and the retreating fighters who call themselves Islamic State (IS). As the SDF push forward, carts emerge, piled high with people and belongings, flying white flags. Some of these families sought refuge in Raqqa from other battles in Syria's long war, only to find themselves now back at the centre of the fighting. BBC
Cosby Plans 'Sexual Assault Education' Speaking Tour
Embattled comic Bill Cosby plans to embark on a town hall-style speaking tour to educate young people about sexual assault allegations. His spokespeople said on Thursday that due to changing laws, more young men will face sexual assault allegations. Mr Cosby narrowly escaped a prison sentence when a sexual assault trial against him ended in a hung jury. Prosecutors plan to retry the case. At least 50 other women accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. BBC
Than Half Of Americans Want Stricter Gun Laws, Pew Study Finds
More than half of Americans want stricter gun laws, while still preserving the rights of most people in most places to carry most types of guns, a Pew Research Center survey has found. While half of Americans see gun violence as a very big problem in their country, fewer than 10% of American adults said that “almost no one” should be able to legally own a gun, and only 10% said that “almost no types” of guns should be legally available to buy. Overall, however, 52% want stricter gun laws. In other countries, last week’s mass shooting on members of Congress that left House majority whip Steve Scalise seriously wounded might have started a debate over stricter gun control laws. In America, the response was different: the leading gun rights organization agreed to train members of Congress and their staff on how to use guns in self-defense. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Fake info and news.
Says He Doesn't Want A 'Poor Person' Handling Economy
Donald Trump has said he doesn’t want “a poor person” to hold economic roles in his administration as he used an Iowa rally to defend his decision to appoint the wealthy to his cabinet. The US president told a crowd on Wednesday night: “Somebody said why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy? No it’s true. And Wilbur’s [commerce secretary Wilbur Ross] a very rich person in charge of commerce. I said: ‘Because that’s the kind of thinking we want.’” The president explained that Ross and his economic adviser Gary Cohn “had to give up a lot to take these jobs” and that Cohn in particular, a former president of Goldman Sachs, “went from massive pay days to peanuts”. Guardian
Man Charged With Giving Top-Secret US Documents To A Chinese Agent
A Virginia man caught with $16,500 in cash in his carry-on luggage was charged on Thursday with transmitting top-secret documents to an apparent Chinese agent. Kevin Mallory, 60, of Leesburg was arrested on Thursday and made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia. The self-employed consultant who speaks Chinese is charged under the federal Espionage Act and could face life in prison. In fact, if certain conditions are met, the charges could make Mallory eligible for the death penalty, prosecutor John Gibbs said at Mallory's initial appearance. Telegraph
Markets Laugh Off Opec Pledge To Do 'Whatever It Takes'
The Saudi and Russian energy ministers walked into a trap last month when they vowed to do “whatever it takes” to clear the overhang of excess crude and restore balance to the global oil market. The wording was a deliberate copy of Mario Draghi’s promise to save the euro in 2012. They hoped it would have the same talismanic effect, but the context is entirely different. What made Mr Draghi’s words stick was a watershed decision by Germany to let the European Central Bank act as a lender-of-last resort and prevent sovereign defaults in Italy and Spain. Telegraph
Narcotics Market 'Thriving;' Range Of Available Drugs Diversifying At Alarming
Pace – UN
Of the quarter of a billion people who used drugs in 2015, about 29.5 million – or 0.6 per cent of the global adult population – were engaged in “problematic use” and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence, according to report out today from the United Nations drugs and crime agency. Opioids were the most harmful drug type and accounted for 70 per cent of the negative health impact associated with drug use disorders worldwide, said the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). UN News
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