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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Bill Clinton Used Personal 'LLC' As 'Pass-Through' For Payments, Sources Say
The newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services, but which demonstrates the complexity of the family's finances. Because the company, WJC, LLC, has no financial assets, Hillary Clinton's campaign was not obligated to report its existence in her recent financial disclosure report, officials with Bill Clinton's private office and the Clinton campaign said. They were responding to questions by The Associated Press, which reviewed corporate documents. Fox News
VOA VIEW: The Clintons are thieves and con artists.

Behind The Scenes: A Secret Navy Flight Over China's Military Buildup
Take-off is swift on the U.S. Navy's P8-A Poseidon -- there's no slow roll down the runway on military flights -- and within minutes, the turquoise blue of the South China Sea comes into view from the window of America's most advanced surveillance and sub-hunting aircraft. The P8 crew, composed of more than a dozen naval aviators, invited me into the cockpit to watch and to listen. CNN last week first reported on this secret surveillance mission, which eight times received warnings from the Chinese navy to leave the contested area. This is a behind-the-scenes look at the journey. Approaching the P8-A Poseidon on the tarmac, it's easy to mistake the sophisticated aircraft for one of the many other Boeing 737 planes around it. The P8 is based on a 737 frame, but the similarities end there. CNN

U.S. Top Court To Hear 'One Person, One Vote' Challenge In Texas Case
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide whether urban, often Hispanic voters get too much voting power because of the way state legislative districts are drawn in a Texas case that could end up giving more clout to rural Republican voters. The court will hear a challenge, backed by a conservative group, that contends that the manner in which Texas determines legislative districts - based not on the number of eligible voters but rather on total population - violates the U.S. Constitution's principle of "one person, one vote." If the court embraces the argument, it could affect the drawing of legislative districts not just in Texas but in other states such as Arizona and California with large, non-citizen immigrant communities that include many Hispanics. Reuters

Obama On The Defense Again As Another Defense Secretary Speaks
President Obama has not had an easy time with his secretaries of defense. Two of his defense secretaries wrote books critical of his administration after they left office, and his third was essentially fired. On Tuesday, the White House scrambled to clarify remarks by Obama’s fourth defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, who said over the weekend that Iraqi forces who collapsed in their defense of Ramadi lacked the “will to fight” Islamic State militants. Carter’s pronouncement, unusual for its bluntness, angered senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad and seemed to suggest that the president’s strategy, built around supporting Iraqi forces with training and airstrikes, was failing. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Reality check is that Obama's ignorance and deception makes him look bad when the truth comes out by his own appointees.

Army Begins Training For The Next War, Which May Be Much Different — And Bigger
For more than a decade, troops here have been schooled in counterinsurgency. “Mission-specific” training, they call it: going house to house, busting down doors, rooting out terror cells, recognizing crude explosives. Now, after a pair of mission-specific wars, an Army in transition aims to get back to the future. The training needed to fight full-scale, more conventional battles has suffered, Army leaders contend. So Fort Riley is putting soldiers such as Staff Sgt. Gilbert Monroe back into big tanks and simulating wars on a scale grander than Iraq or Afghanistan. “This is what I signed up for,” Monroe said. He began his military career 14 years ago in an M1 Abrams tank. But he spent tours in Iraq commanding more nimble armored vehicles, rolling on eight tires and lacking the heft to blast a target from 2 miles out. Kansas City Star

Military Bans Big Macs, Other Treats At Guantánamo Legal Meetings
A Sudanese captive and his lawyers baked a Guantánamo guilty plea over chocolate chip cookies. Attorneys for a sickly Syrian hunger striker got him to sip juice as they worked on federal court strategy. Child soldier Omar Khadr passed through his adolescence behind the razor wire in Cuba chowing down on pizza and McDonald’s with his lawyers. Now, a new rule going into effect Wednesday at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba forbids food at legal conferences for the first time in a decade. Miami Herald


Amtrak To Install Cameras Facing Engineers
Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer's actions before the crash. The engineer, Brendan Bostian, suffered a head injury in the accident and has told investigators he can't remember what happened. Northeast Regional train 188 accelerated to a speed of 106 miles per hour in the last minute before entering a curve where it derailed. The speed limit for the curve is 50 mph. The crash left eight people dead and about 200 injured. The train was equipped with a "black box" data recorder and an outward-facing camera focused on the track ahead, but neither of those devices reveals what was happening inside the cab. CBS

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick Launches Senate Bid To Unseat John McCain
As popular Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain seeks a sixth term in the U.S. Senate, a potential Democratic opponent today emerged after Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a three-term lawmaker from Flagstaff, entered the race. "In Arizona we tell it straight, so let’s get right to it,” Kirkpatrick said in a campaign video announcement. “I’m announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate. I love this state." McCain, who would turn 80 before Election Day, is unlikely to draw any Republican House members into a primary -- but facing off against Kirkpatrick, who is well-funded, could possibly prove to be a tough race for the former Republican presidential nominee. Later in the video announcement, Kirkpatrick, 65, addressed the elephant in the room. ABC

Critics Say White House Has Mixed Messaging On Iraq
Amid calls from critics to switch strategies in Iraq's war besieged regions, the Obama administration has recently sought to publicly highlight that nation's role in high profile setbacks all the while assuring Iraqi leadership of American support. Pentagon officials tell NBC News that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's declaration over the weekend that the Iraqis did not have the "will to fight," was part of a "good cop/bad cop" scenario crafted by the National Security Council and intended to send a "strong message" to Baghdad to improve military efforts. After Carter's statement went public, Vice President Joe Biden called Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday and stressed U.S. recognition of "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces over the past eighteen months in Ramadi and elsewhere," according to a readout of the call provided by the White House. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: More like mad messages.

Rand Paul: ‘Leftist Lunatics’ Have Hijacked Nation’s ‘Great Universities’
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is pitching himself on the 2016 presidential campaign trail as a Republican who can make inroads for the GOP among constituencies like younger Americans, is joining forces with a Virginia-based educational group that specializes in training and equipping young conservatives. “I refuse to accept that our nation’s colleges will always remain bastions of left-wing extremism. I refuse to allow leftists to brainwash an entire generation of American students into hating our country and our free-market system,” Mr. Paul wrote in an email blasted out Tuesday on behalf of the Arlington-based Leadership Institute. Mr. Paul goes on to write that he’s joining with the group “to help liberate our nation’s colleges and universities from the clutches of the left.” Washington Times


Study Tests The Truth Behind "Mom Brain"
Becoming a mother does more than change a woman's life -- it may actually change her brain. New research has found evidence that hormonal changes in pregnancy and childbirth could affect brain function later in life. The study, conducted at the University of British Columbia, looked at the impact of two types of estrogen hormones on the brains of lab rats. Similar to the hormone replacement therapy some women receive to relieve symptoms of menopause, the hormones had varying impact on the rats.
The researchers found that using estrone, the predominant form of estrogen in older women, impaired learning ability in middle-aged rats that were mothers, while it had the opposite effect -- improving learning ability -- in rats that had never had babies. CBS

Popular Cash-For-Grass Program Expands During Drought
A major water wholesaler has added $350 million to its budget for a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California drought. Bob Muir, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, says the board approved the additional money on Tuesday to pay homeowners and businesses to replace grass with drought-friendly landscaping. Muir says the change brings the program's total two-year conservation budget up to $450 million. He says it's a one-time emergency measure to respond to the drought. Residents and businesses have rushed to request the rebates since April when Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory cuts in urban water usage. ABC

Fischer Says Fed May Slow Rate Rises If World Growth Falters
Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said policy makers will consider global growth as they begin to raise interest rates, and that they could increase borrowing costs more gradually should the world economy falter. “If foreign growth is weaker than anticipated, the consequences for the U.S. economy could lead the Fed to remove accommodation more slowly than otherwise,” Fischer said in a speech Tuesday at Tel Aviv University. His prepared comments were similar to remarks he delivered in October. The Fed will weigh how raising rates will affect other nations, said Fischer, a former governor of the Bank of Israel. Bloomberg

Clinton Returns To South Carolina, Site Of Humbling '08 Loss
The last time Hillary Rodman Clinton was in South Carolina, it was 2008 and she was on her way to losing the state's presidential primary to then-Sen. Barack Obama by close to 30 points. She'll be back on Wednesday, again to campaign for president. This time around, several of the state's African-American leaders predict, she'll find a far different reception. "There was a lot of pent-up emotion involved in that vote," said Rep. Jim Clyburn, the only Democrat in South Carolina's congressional delegation. "Mrs. Clinton stands well with the black community. She always has." Clyburn is among those in South Carolina who argue that little can be learned from Clinton's 2008 loss in South Carolina, other than a reminder she had the misfortune to run against a candidate who would become the nation's first black president. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Hillary is running for money - she knows she can't win.

Prosecutors Prepare To Distribute Whitey Bulger's Assets
Authorities say federal prosecutors are preparing to distribute nearly $822,000 seized from former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger to the families of his murder victims and people he extorted. Prosecutors filed documents in federal court on Tuesday indicating that Bulger's cash, guns, jewelry and other items are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in preparation for a final forfeiture order. They were taken from Bulger's California apartment. U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's spokeswoman Christina DiIorio-Sterling says prosec. Charlotte Observer

US Returns 25 Looted Artifacts To Italy
The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been on a campaign to recover looted artifacts, using the courts and public shaming to compel museums and collectors to return them, and has won back several important pieces. The items returned Tuesday were either spontaneously turned over to U.S. authorities or seized by police after investigators noticed them in Christie's and Sotheby's auction catalogues, gallery listings, or as a result of customs searches, court cases or tips. San Deigo Union

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IRS Says Thieves Stole Tax Info From 100,000 Taxpayers
The IRS says thieves used an online service provided by the agency to gain access to information from more than 100,000 taxpayers. The information included tax returns and other tax information on file with the IRS. In a statement Tuesday, the IRS said the thieves accessed a system called "Get Transcript." In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including the Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address. The IRS said thieves targeted the system from February to mid-May. The service has been temporarily shut down. Tax returns can include a host of personal information that can help someone steal an identity, including Social Security numbers and birthdates of dependents and spouses. MSNBC

Obama Scolds Senate: Skip Recess, Get Back To Work On Patriot Act Reform
President Obama on Tuesday blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to save key Patriot Act provisions that are set to expire in less than a week, isolating the Kentucky Republican while firmly aligning himself with those seeking to curb some government snooping powers. The president called on the Senate to scrap its weeklong Memorial Day recess, return to Washington and immediately resume work on legislation that would extend much of the Patriot Act but also would eliminate the government’s collection of bulk phone data. The bill already has passed the House with bipartisan support but came up three votes short the 60 needed to clear the Senate last week. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Obama should skip some vacations.

Home Prices In 20 U.S. Cities Increased 5% In Year To March
Home prices in 20 U.S. cities rose at a faster pace than projected in the year through March, reflecting a limited number of available properties on the market.
The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values increased 5 percent from March 2014 for a second month, the group said Tuesday in New York. The median estimate of 25 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 4.6 percent year-over-year advance. Nationally, prices rose 4.1 percent from March 2014. Higher home prices along with lean inventory and limited income growth have tempered the recovery in residential real estate. More construction, particularly of cheaper properties, would help boost supply and bring purchases within reach of more Americans looking to take advantage of low borrowing costs. Bloomberg


Cleveland Agrees To Limit Police Use Of Force After Shootings
The Cleveland police department has agreed to train officers to minimize racial bias and the use of excessive force in a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice after a pattern of abuses was detailed in a report last year, officials said on Tuesday. The agreement, which requires the approval of a federal judge, would also provide a road map for changes to other departments as policing across the United States has become a flashpoint for racial tensions. "It will define who we are as a people and who we are as a city," Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson told a news conference. Authorities made the announcement about strict oversight of the Cleveland police three days after a judge acquitted a white city police officer of manslaughter charges in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black couple in 2012. Reuters

Pentagon Chief’s Take On Iraqis Undercuts Obama’s Strategy
Defense Secretary Ash Carter's blunt assessment that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" undermines a central premise of President Barack Obama's strategy for defeating the Islamic State: that Iraq's military can effectively handle ground operations so Americans don't have to. Carter's comments in a weekend interview reflect deep concern within some quarters of the administration about the capabilities of Iraq's security forces. Despite outnumbering Islamic State forces, the military suffered a major defeat this month in the city of Ramadi. And some officials question whether it can overcome the same sectarian divisions between Sunnis and the Shiite-dominated government that gave the Islamic State space to thrive. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Obama is not on the same page with his own.

Obama: US To Rethink How It’s Using Military Assets In Iraq
President Barack Obama says the U.S. wants to support the Iraqi government in its fight against the Islamic State group. And the president says that means the U.S. needs to think about whether it is deploying its military assets in Iraq effectively. His comments Tuesday came after Defense Secretary Ash Carter over the weekend criticized Iraqi forces, saying their men fled the Islamic State advance on Ramadi without fighting back. Since then, Iraq has announced the launch of a major military operation to drive the Islamic State from the western Anbar province. The Iraqi troops are out to retake the Sunni heartland where the extremist group captured the provincial capital of Ramadi. The president spoke after meeting in the Oval Office with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Las Vegas Sun

Rain Has Houston Area A Floody Mess
Residents must sort through waterlogged debris after deadly and destructive storms dumped nearly a foot of rain from the Hill Country to Houston in Texas, as well as parts of Oklahoma. More than two dozen people died in the severe weather that hit over Memorial Day weekend, including 13 in the Texas-Mexico border town of Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. In Houston, where as much as 11 inches of rain fell in a six-hour period late Monday and early yesterday, about 2,500 vehicles were abandoned on streets and freeways as drivers escaped for higher ground. As many as 700 homes were damaged in the Houston area. Philadelphia Inquirer

Top FIFA Officials Arrested In World Cup Corruption Case
Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich. Sepp Blatter was not among them. The case involves bribes “totaling more than $100 million” linked to commercial deals dating back to the 1990s for soccer tournaments in the United States and Latin America, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement. It was unclear if the probe was linked to the 1994 World Cup hosted by the United States. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Corruption is everywhere.

Obama To Raise Money For Democratic Party In Miami
President Barack Obama is heading to South Florida to raise money for the Democratic Party as it gears up for the campaign to succeed him. Obama was headlining a pair of fundraisers Wednesday at private homes in Miami. The Democratic National Committee says about 30 supporters, contributing up to $33,400 apiece, are expected at the first event. At the second, about 60 people, also contributing up to $33,400 each, will hear formal remarks by the president. Democrats trail Republicans in fundraising. Publicly available spending reports show the Republican National Committee began May with approximately $11.7 million in available cash; the DNC had $8.2 million. Tampa Tribune

Amnesty International: Hamas Tortured, Killed Palestinians In 2014 Gaza War
A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes. Amnesty International detailed the abuses in a report entitled "Strangling Necks': Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict." According to the London-based human rights group, some 23 Palestinians were shot and killed and dozens more were arrested and tortured by Hamas, which rules Gaza. The Palestinians targeted were either political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, or people the militant group had accused of cooperating with Israel, Amnesty said. Sun Sentinel

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Average Cost Of Computer Breach Is $3.79 Million
The average cost of a computer breach at large companies globally was $3.79 million, a survey released Wednesday found. For U.S.-based companies, the average cost was much higher, $6.5 million. The survey was conducted by the Ponemon Institute, a security research center, in conjunction with IBM. It surveyed 350 companies in 11 countries that had experienced a data breach, mostly in 2014. In the United States, 62 companies participated in the survey. "The cost of a data breach, both the total organization cost as well as the cost per compromised record, increased substantially," said Larry Ponemon, chair of the institute. Globally it has risen 23% since 2013. In the United States it's up 12%. The average cost per lost or stolen record in the United States was $217. Globally the cost was $154. USA Today

Here’s How The First President Of The Social Media Age Has Chosen To Connect With Americans
The gathering in Beverly Hills in early April had all the elements of a Hollywood pitch meeting: influential celebrities, powerful agents, marketing moguls and social media strategists. The only hint of difference was the presence of a lone government official: Paulette Aniskoff, head of the White House Office of Public Engagement. Aniskoff had journeyed from Washington to the offices of the entertainment company Live Nation for a strategy session on how YouTube and Vine stars could use their digital celebrity to promote some of the Obama administration’s key policies. Washington Post

Louisiana Votes To Dial Back Barbaric Pot Punishments
The South is the worst place in America to use cannabis, but at least things are getting less awful. On Monday, the Louisiana legislature approved a bill to reduce the state’s draconian marijuana sentences. Personal possession of any amount of pot can earn you six months in jail and a $500 fine in Louisiana. Second and third-time pot possession convictions can equal five or 20 years in prison. SB 241 from New Orleans democrat J.P. Morrell would reduce the max penalty for possession from 20 years in prison to eight, and adds a second-chance provision for first-time offenders. The Louisiana senate voted 27-12 to advance SB 241 Monday, in part because the influential Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association and the Louisiana District Attorney Association stopped opposing long-overdue reforms. The bill now heads to the House. SF Gate

Appeals Court Refuses To Lift Hold On Obama Immigration Action
A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to allow the implementation, for now, of President Obama's executive action that could shield from deportation as many as 5 million illegal immigrants. The U.S. Justice Department had asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's earlier decision temporarily halting the administration's plan. Hanen issued the temporary hold in February, after 26 states filed a lawsuit alleging Obama's action was unconstitutional.
Two out of the three judges on a court panel, though, voted Tuesday to deny the government's request, as the underlying case is argued. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Great decision by two judges and a treasonous decision by one fool.

Tinder And Hookup Apps Blamed For Rise In STDs
Rhode Island's Department of Health says that sexually transmitted diseases are way up in the state, in part because of the increase of hookup apps like Tinder. Between 2013 and 2014, cases of syphilis grew by 79%. HIV infections were up 33% and gonorrhea cases increased by 30%. STD cases for young adults are growing at a faster rate than the rest of the population. Rhode Island says the recent uptick in STD cases follows a national trend. The state's health department blamed "high-risk behaviors that have become more common in recent years," including "using social media to arrange casual and often anonymous sexual encounters."
A spokesman for Tinder did not respond to a request for comment. CNN

Prospective U.S. ‘Free Trade’ Partner Prohibits Catholic Paper From Using ‘Allah'
In Malaysia, one of 11 nations President Obama is seeking to bring into his “Trans-Pacific Partnership” free-trade zone with the United States, the government has prohibited a Catholic newspaper from using the word “Allah,” says the U.S. State Department. “Allah,” the Arabic word for God, was adopted by the Malay language.
In Malaysia, as the New York Times explained in an article last November, the government has gone so far as to restrict its use in the Bible. “According to a series of government orders and rulings by Malaysia’s Islamic councils, the word for God in the Malay language—‘Allah’--is reserved for Muslims,” the Times reported. “Malay-language Bibles are banned everywhere except inside churches. State regulations ban a list of words, including Allah, in any non-Muslim context." CNS News

Trade Deal Talks; 3 TPP Partners Have Poor Records
The “fast track” trade promotion bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Friday night includes an amendment requiring the administration to take into account religious freedom conditions in countries negotiating trade agreements with the United States. The Senate late Friday passed the Trade Act by a 62-37 vote, and the legislation now heads to the House of Representatives. While the overall bill is contentious – liberal Democrats worry about protections for workers and consumers, while some Republicans oppose giving the president fast track authority to negotiate trade deals – the religious freedom amendment was approved earlier in the week by a 92-0 vote. CNS News

Nearly Indestructible Virus To Be Used To Treat Diseases
Scientists at the University of Virginia studying the SIRV2 virus discovered how it survives in very harsh environments and hope it will help them to use genetic therapy to battle diseases. The research spotlighted similarities between the virus and the methods which bacterial spores use to survive, including the way that SIRV2 forces itself into an A-form, which allows it to protect its DNA. The protection of its DNA is important to attempting to fight disease because the human body has several ways to degrade DNA in invading viruses and bacteria -- which means that scientists may have discovered a way to overcome these protective systems in the body. UPI

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North Korea Turning Island Into Military Bunker, Says SKorea
North Korea has turned a secluded border island into a site where multiple rocket launchers could be deployed, the South Korean military said Tuesday. The North Korean island of Gal is just 2.8 miles north of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, reported Yonhap. Pyongyang bombarded the island in November 2010, leaving four South Korean civilians dead. An unidentified South Korean military officer told the Korea Times North Korea is "expected to either deploy 122-millimeter multiple rocket launchers there, or to use [the military encampment] as guard posts." The South Korean military source said North Korea has been building up its military manpower and equipment on the island of Gal since March. North Koreans have been spotted digging ditches, engaging in construction until five-roofed trucks arranged like bunkers appeared on the site. UPI News

After Four Weeks Of Silence, Gaza Rocket Explodes In The South
A Gazan rocket exploded in the Gan Yavne region, east of Ashdod on Tuesday evening, shattering four weeks of quiet and setting of air raid sirens in the Ashdod and Lakhish regions. Apart from a 15-year-old girl who was taken to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashdod  suffering from a panic attack, the rocket failed to cause injuries, though emergency responders were still assessing on Tuesday whether the projectile had caused any damages. Tuesday's rocket was the first mid-range rocket attack since the ceasefire went into effect on August 26 following the month and a half long war with Gaza known as Operation Protective Edge. Jerusalem Post

US Says Reported 'Settlement Borders' Proposal New To Their Ears
The United States has not heard of a plan by Israel to define the settlement blocs it would be allowed to retain under a future two-state solution with the Palestinians, before resuming direct negotiations toward final agreement, one US official said on Tuesday. The official was responding to reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had made the proposal to the European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, in a meeting last week. According to the report, published in Haaretz, Netanyahu seeks to restart talks with the Palestinians and reach an understanding on the settlement blocs that Israel would keep, so that Israel could continue building in those agreed-upon territories. Jerusalem Post

Fall Of Ramadi A 'Defeat For American Strategy'
The fall of Ramadi to Islamic State fighters was due to a lack of US and coalition support for Iraqi troops on the ground, says a journalist embedded with Iraqi special forces in the city before it was taken. The US says Iraqi soldiers defending Ramadi were at fault for showing “no will to fight”. But Ayman Oghanna, who left Ramadi just before it was overrun by IS last week, said the city's fall instead represented a defeat for American strategy in Iraq. Ramadi had been held for 14 months by one unit – the so-called Golden Division - which became exhausted before the most recent offensive, he said. BBC
VOA VIEW: A loss is a loss - no excuses.

Number Of Arrests In Baltimore Plunge As Violence Rises
The number of arrests made by Baltimore police in May has plummeted as shootings and homicides have dramatically increased. Data from the US city shows that officers are making about 45% fewer arrests than comparable times in previous years. Meanwhile, local media have reported that May has turned out to be the deadliest month in the city since 1999. The police department has not explained the decline in arrests. The police department has been under scrutiny since the death of Freddie Gray in April set off weeks of protests and unrest. BBC

Privacy Advocates Oppose Fresh Senate Attempt To Renew NSA Spying Powers
Fresh attempts to prevent controversial National Security Agency surveillance powers expiring this weekend emerged on Tuesday, only to quickly run into opposition from privacy campaigners in Congress. Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein, a hawkish member of the intelligence committee, has proposed the new legislation to try to win over a handful of wavering Republicans who stood in the way of more ambitious reform efforts during a showdown last week. But Feinstein’s bill, first reported by the Empty Wheel blog, rolls back a number of key provisions in the USA Freedom Act, which fell three senators short of the 60 needed to proceed in a 57-42 vote in the early hours of Friday morning, and may complicate rather than aid the painful process of building consensus. Guardian

Bernie Sanders Formally Launches Run For President With Attack On 'Grotesque' Level Of Inequality
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders formally launched his long-shot bid to unseat Hillary Clinton from the left on Tuesday in a Burlington, Vermont, park. Sanders, a self-described “Democratic socialist”, will mount a populist campaign focused on income inequality, campaign finance reform and fighting climate change. He told the crowd of flag waving attendees on the sunny shore of Lake Champlain, “Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally.” Guardian

US-China War 'Inevitable' Unless Washington Drops Demands Over South China Sea
China’s armed forces are to extend their operations and its air force will become an offensive as well as defensive force for the first time, in a major shift in policy that will strengthen fears of accidental conflict. A policy document by the state council, or cabinet, said China faced a “grave and complex array of security threats”, justifying the change. The People’s Liberation Army, including its navy and air force, will be allowed to “project power” further beyond its borders at sea and more assertively in the air in order to safeguard its maritime possessions, the white paper stated. Telegraph

Benjamin Netanyahu 'Calls For West Bank Settlement Talks With Palestinians'
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has called for peace talks with the Palestinians on West Bank settlements for the first time since he came to power in 2009, according to Israeli daily Haaretz. Mr Netanyahu told EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini that he wants to restart the peace talks with the Palestinians and reach understandings concerning land swaps and annexations of some of the West Bank settlements, the newspaper reported. Telegraph

UN Warns Of ‘Alarming’ Spike In Suicide Attacks By Women And Girls
Northeast Nigeria has witnessed a sharp increase in suicide attacks involving women and girls this year, the United Nations children’s agency warned today, calling on the country’s incoming Government make the safety and well-being of children a political priority. “Children are not instigating these suicide attacks; they are used intentionally by adults in the most horrific way,” the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Nigeria, Jean Gough said in a press release, stressing that “they are first and foremost victims – not perpetrators.” UN News

Ban Calls For Postponement Of Yemen Consultations, Urges ‘Soonest Possible’ Return To Dialogue
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has requested that his Special Envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, postpone the planned consultations aimed at seeking a peaceful and Yemeni-led political transition process in the country, according to a United Nations spokesperson. “The Secretary-General is disappointed that it has not been possible to commence such an important initiative at the soonest possible date and reiterates his call for all parties to engage in United Nations-facilitated consultations in good faith and without pre-conditions,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement issued in new York. UN News

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