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Trump to Skip Ceremony Celebrating Artists’ Lifetime Achievements

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend an annual ceremony at Washington’s Kennedy Center honoring the lifetime achievements of select artists to avoid distraction, a White House statement said. “The president and first lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction,” the White House said. The Saturday announcement came after two of the five honorees, singer Lionel Richie and dancer Carmen de Lavallade, said they would boycott the traditional White House reception that…

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Dueling Protest Groups Hold Rallies in Boston

Conservative free speech advocates and left-wing counterprotesters are holding dueling rallies in the East Coast city of Boston as police say they will not tolerate violence from either side. … Read the referenced story here: Dueling Protest Groups Hold Rallies in Boston

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Competing Protest Groups Gather in Boston as Police Call for Calm

Conservative free speech advocates and left-wing counterprotesters are beginning to gather in the East Coast city of Boston for dueling rallies, and police say they will not tolerate violence from either side. Several hundred people already have showed up at the downtown park where the rallies are to be held. Left-wing activist groups, including Black Lives Matter and Antifa, planned to protest the event, which its organizers are calling a free speech rally. Celia Mendoza reports from Boston The rally was organized in July by a group calling itself Boston…

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Top US General Visits Pakistan’s Waziristan Region

U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel has concluded two days of talks with civilian and military leaders in Pakistan, underscoring the need for the two countries to work together to ensure “greater regional security ad stability.” “Military cooperation, and even stronger cooperation with Pakistan, is very important, and we deeply appreciate the hospitality and willingness to continue an honest and open relationship,” a U.S. Embassy statement issued Saturday quoted the general as saying. “We are extraordinarily pleased to continue these enduring relationships,” Votel said. Pakistan’s army also flew Votel’s…

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Trump Acknowledges Ousted Bannon, says it Was ‘Great’ Working With Him

U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon Saturday, tweeting that working with Bannon was “great,” while once again disparaging former Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton. “I want to thank Steve Bannon for his service. He came to the campaign during my run against crooked Hillary Clinton — it was great! Thanks S.” Vice President Mike Pence also recognized Bannon Saturday on Twitter, thanking him for serving with “distinction.” “Steve served @Potus Trump with distinction. I value his friendship and contributions. Thank you, Steve!” The White House…

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Trump Says Decisions Made on War in Afghanistan

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration has made decisions on how to deal with the 16-year war in Afghanistan. One day after meeting at the Camp David presidential retreat with his national security team to consider strategic options, Trump tweeted, “Important day spent at Camp David with our very talented generals and military leaders. Many decisions made, including on Afghanistan,” he wrote, without providing details. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday that a new strategy would “protect America’s interests” in the South Asian region…

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Solar Eclipse Fuels Demand, Anxiety, for Viewing Lenses

On Monday, Aug. 21, for the first time in 99 years, a solar eclipse will march across the United States from west coast to east coast, and excitement is building across the nation. Experts advise that people wear specific, protective eyewear to view the eclipse, but as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, finding the special lenses is becoming a difficult task. … Read the referenced story here: Solar Eclipse Fuels Demand, Anxiety, for Viewing Lenses

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‘Antifa’ Protesters United by Extreme Protest Tactics

It’s pronounced AN-ti-fa — short for anti-fascists — and it is arguably either a violent far-left militia or a group of human rights activists so dedicated they will risk life and limb to protect democracy. Their participation in the Charlottesville protest last Saturday may have been behind President Donald Trump’s assertion that “many sides” contributed to the violence that left three people dead. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” Trump said at a press conference hours after the…

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Left-wing Activists Plan to Protest Boston Free Speech Rally

Left-wing activist groups, including Black Lives Matter and Antifa, have announced plans to protest an event that its organizers are calling a free speech rally Saturday in Boston, as a response to the violence in Charlottesville last weekend. The free speech rally in the East Coast state of Massachusetts was organized in July by a group calling itself Boston Free Speech, which says it is made up of a coalition of “libertarians, progressives, conservatives and independents.” John Medlar, one of the group’s organizers, has told multiple media outlets the rally…

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Back at Breitbart, Bannon Ready to Do Battle

The news that White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was leaving the Trump administration was made public Friday afternoon. By evening, he was back at work at his old job. Bannon left the White House and went directly to the Breitbart News Network, the ultra-conservative online publication he led before joining Donald Trump’s presidential campaign a little more than a year ago. The website announced that Bannon “returned as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Friday afternoon and chaired the company’s evening editorial meeting.” He took over leadership of Breitbart following…

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