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It’s time for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s sputtering presidential campaign to call it quits, a friend of hers and two former aides told The Post. “It would be best if she decided that this was not her time,” said one longtime Gillibrand fundraiser, who claimed the Democratic contender’s well-heeled supporters want her to remain in the... New York Post
VOA VIEW: It would be wise to get out the race - she is outclassed.
Plans for the line were first approved in 1929, but it took until 2017 -- and $4.5 billion -- to complete its first leg, from 63rd Street to 96th Street. New York Post
An Iranian oil tanker bound for Greece has abruptly changed course and will instead make port in Turkey, according to the Associated Press. The ship Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, is now on track to reach Mersin, Turkey, in roughly a week. U.S. authorities believe the vessel, which is carrying $130... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The tanker should be taken by the US.


The president cited a national security law from 1977 that has never before been used to cut economic ties with a major power in a trade dispute. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Trump has the authority to protect the US.
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot failed to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, citing a live broadcast. Rueters
Britain joined Germany on Saturday in criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to block a trade deal between the European Union and the Mercosur group of southern American countries to pressure Brazil on Amazon forest fires. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Macron is a flake.
Marysville, Michigan mayor Dan Damman has called for city council candidate Jean Cramer to withdraw. She says she doesn't plan to.        USA Today
Bill Maher is not holding back his thoughts on the late David Koch, saying "I'm glad he's dead" during "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: Stupid to say that about such a man.
White House hopeful Marianna Williamson compared President Trump on Saturday to the British monarch whose taxation policies precipitated the American Revolution. Ms. Williamson likened Mr. Trump to George III, the 18th-century monarch who taxed colonists toward revolt, in light of the 45th president increasing tariffs on Chinese goods Friday. "Well ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems have a lot of idiot running for office.


Trump will attend meetings on foreign security, the global economy, African economies, gender equality, and the climate at the G-7 summit. ABC
VOA VIEW: Talk is good.
Two systems in the tropics merit watching, as well. ABC
Kazeem Oyeneyin says he was handcuffed and put in police car in his underwear. ABC
VOA VIEW: More race baiting.
Boris Johnson will meet US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in France on Sunday. BBC
VOA VIEW: The UK needs a deal with the US more.

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Mr. Trump had lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of a dinner with other G-7 members CBS
Conflict takes a dangerous new turn as the Trump administration and China exchange blows over trade CBS
VOA VIEW: China should give up.
Two former top FBI officials deny former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne's claim that the FBI directed him in the summer before the 2016 election to pursue a "romantic relationship with Maria Butina," the Russian woman who was accused of seeking to win influence in powerful Republican circles at the behest of her country's government. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN does not like to hear anything that is not anti Trump.


A tropical depression has formed in the Atlantic near the Caribbean and it could become a tropical storm this weekend as the peak of hurricane season approaches. CNN
The family of a decorated former Green Beret who is charged with killing a suspected Taliban bomb maker  in 2010 is facing another roadblock in the military justice system, his wife told “Fox & Friends” on Saturday. FOX News
VOA VIEW: The government should not prosecute one of its own.
The clerical regime lashed out at FDD, accusing the think tank of “spreading lies, lobbyism, [and] propaganda against Iran,” according to a report in state-controlled Mehr news agency Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran has no credibility.
Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain's exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Talk is better than fighting.
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations will discuss global trade woes at their annual summit on Sunday, likely laying bare a yawning divide between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Western allies. Reuters

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China said on Saturday it strongly opposes Washington's decision to levy additional tariffs on $550 billion worth of Chinese goods and warned the United States of consequences if it does not end its "wrong actions". Reuters
VOA VIEW: China would be wise to deescalate.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the central bank would "act as appropriate" to keep the U.S. economy healthy in a deteriorating global economy, but stopped short of committing to rapid-fire rate cuts and drew fire from President Donald Trump. Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" on Saturday, state news agency KCNA reported on Sunday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: UN is making a major mistake.

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French riot police used water cannons and tear gas on Saturday to disperse anti-capitalism protesters in Bayonne, near the resort of Biarritz where President Emmanuel Macron and G7 nation allies were meeting for a three-day summit. Reuters

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August 25, 2019

     Dems like to bring out black issues every presidential election time. our hundred years ago this summer, a few weeks and 35 miles apart, two epochal events occurred. One was the inaugural meeting of the General Assembly of the Virginia colony – the first elective representative body of its kind in North America.

     The other was the first recorded arrival of enslaved Africans in mainland English America. Slavery alongside democracy; oppression amidst freedom. The contradiction would shape the nation that emerged from the Virginia colony.  How and why slavery, America’s original sin, came to these shores and took hold is a story of accident and coincidence. It didn’t have to happen the way it did. Blacks originally enslaved blacks and sold blacks to whites and blacks. 

     Not if a 17th-century Portuguese king hadn’t dreamed of a trans-African empire; if an obscure African kingdom had been more stable; if two pirate ships looking for gold hadn’t, in the vastness of the Gulf of Mexico, stumbled instead on a slave ship; if the pirates hadn’t sold the enslaved to settlers in a colony desperately short of labor. And the story of where the enslaved people came from is one that most Americans have never heard and that historians in recent decades have had to radically alter.

     Once, scholars believed the first blacks to arrive in the Jamestown settlement probably came from the West Indies. Where they had originally come from in Africa was anyone’s guess.But two decades ago, a researcher found a shipping document in the Spanish national archives that told of a raid by two pirate ships in July 1619 on a slave ship, the San Juan Bautista, en route to Mexico. The pirates absconded with about 60 enslaved Africans.

     The timing coincided with the arrival in Virginia a month later of two ships, the White Lion and the Treasurer, carrying the enslaved whom the pirates sold to several leading settlers.  The shipping document’s biggest revelation was the San Juan Bautista's port of departure: what is today Angola.