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China's stealth fighter jets feature missiles during airshow show of force
China's largest airshow featured a show of force Sunday, as the country showed off the missiles in its advanced J-20 stealth fighter jet during a flyover. The two J-20 fighter jets opened their missile bay doors to the public and displayed the six missiles inside, the Global Times reported. Chinese experts told the state newspaper the airshow demonstration, which was part of the celebration of the 69th birthday of the Chinese People's Liberation Air Force, was to show off the aircraft's superiority to U.S. fighter jets. Four of the missiles in the J-20's belly are long-range air-to-air missiles, while the two on the sides are short-range combat missiles intended for dogfights, Song Zhongping, a military expert, told the Global Times. Fox
VOA VIEW: China is a major global threat.

Apple, Goldman Sachs push Dow down 600 points
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid nearly 602 points or 2.3 percent in a volatile and light trading session due to the Veterans Day holiday. The Nasdaq Composite fell over 206 points or nearly 3 percent, while the S&P 500 lost 54.79 points or nearly 2 percent. Most of the sectors in the S&P 500 fell led by technology and consumer discretionary. Real Estate stocks were the exception pushing out modest gains. Dow members Apple and Goldman Sachs paced the declines. Apple supplier Lumentum, which provides iPhone parts, cut is second-quarter forecast which pressured the stock in early trading.  Fox Business
VOA VIEW: Dems are a threat to economic growth.

Blood pressure drug recall expands again
The US Food and Drug Administration says another heart medicine is being voluntarily recalled after tests showed that it was tainted with a potential cancer-causing chemical. The recall includes one lot of Sandoz's losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets with the lot number JB8912. Patients use these drugs to keep their high blood pressure in check. The drug is being recalled because the active ingredient has tested positive for N-Nitrosodiethylamine or NDEA, a suspected human and animal carcinogen that is used in gasoline as a stabilizer for industry materials and as a lubricant additive, according to the National Institutes of Health. The ingredient was made by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Company Co. Ltd. CNN

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Defeated GOP congressman blames McCain for House flipping
A Republican unseated in the midterm elections last week has come out with an op-ed blaming the late Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain for the party losing control of the House. In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece, outgoing Minnesota GOP Rep. Jason Lewis pinned the wave of Democratic victories last week on McCain's vote in July 2017 to sink a GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare. "MCain's last-minute decision prompted a 'green wave' of liberal special-interest money, which was used to propagate false claims that the House plan 'gutted coverage for people with pre-existing conditions,'" Lewis wrote. McCain, along with Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, crossed party lines to defeat the GOP's so-called "skinny repeal" of Obamacare.  CNN
VOA VIEW: McCain made a major blunder in his Obamacare vote.

Food Stamp Recipients Down 4,123,082 Under Trump
The number of persons in households participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)--also known as food stamps--has declined by 4,123,082 since December 2016, the month before Donald Trump was inaugurated president, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In December 2016, the last full month that President Barack Obama was in office, there were 42,969,079 people on food stamps, according to USDA. As of August 2018, according to data released last week by USDA, the number of people on food stamps had declined to 38,845,997.  CNS

Rep. Nadler: 'We Will Certainly Pursue Sensible Gun Control Legislation'
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee in the next Congress. On Sunday, he said protecting the Mueller investigation is his top "oversight" priority; and gun control is one of his top legislative priorities:  "Well, we will certainly pursue sensible gun control legislation as one of our priorities," Nadler told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos.  He said he recently campaigned with Democrat Representative-Elect Lucy McBath, who won her Georgia seat by campaigning for gun control.  CNS
VOA VIEW: There is no sensible gun control.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings: 'I'm Not Going to Be Handing Out Subpoenas Like...Candy on Halloween'
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is expected to chair the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the next Congress, and as such, he will launch investigations into President Trump.  He told ABC's "This Week" that the American people want "transparency" and "accountability," but he also said he won't be handing out subpoenas like they were Halloween candy: "I'm not going to war with anyone," Cummings told host George Stephanopoulos: What I am going to do is do what the American people said they wanted us to do through this election, even in Trump country they basically are saying that we want transparency, we want honesty and we want integrity.   ABC
VOA VIEW: Cummings is an anti white idiot.

High stakes, entrenched interests and the Trump rollback of environmental regulations
Since his days on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump has promised to roll back environmental regulations, boost the use of coal and pull out of the Paris climate agreement — and he’s moving toward doing all those things. He has pushed ahead with such action even as a report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released in October concluded that without much stronger measures to reduce the use of fossil fuels, a warming planet will witness the spread of tropical diseases, water shortages and crop die-offs affecting millions of people. Supporters of the administration’s changes — some of whom are skeptical of accepted science — say the administration’s moves will save money, produce jobs and give more power to states. ABC

Mark Zuckerberg declines to appear before "international grand committee" investigating Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not appear before an "international grand committee" of at least five governments investigating disinformation and election meddling, according to a letter from Facebook that was obtained by CBS News. The hearing is scheduled for November 27. Zuckerberg initially turned down an invitation by Damian Collins, a member of British Parliament,  and Bob Zimmer, a Canadian lawmaker. But he was invited again after Argentina, Australia and Ireland signed on to the joint inquiry. On Monday, Facebook's Head of Public Policy for the United Kingdom, Rebecca Stimson, declined on Zuckerberg's behalf, writing in the letter that Zuckerberg will be unavailable. CBS

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California utility stocks plunge on wildfire liability worries
Amid California's deadly wildfires, shares of two major California electric utility companies, PG&E and Edison International, sank Monday. Investors are worried the companies may be liable in the historic fires now engulfing large swaths of the state, killing at least 31 people. PG&E fell around 14 percent in late Monday trading, bringing its two-day decline to as much as 48 percent since the Camp Fire began to burn near San Francisco last week. Edison International lost more than one-third of its value over two trading days since the Woolsey and Hill fires broke out near Los Angeles late last week. CBS

North Korea is still working on its ballistic missile program, say U.S. officials
Recent intel and satellite photos of work on undeclared missile sites underscore that regardless of Trump's statements, North Korean nukes remain a threat. North Korea is continuing work on its ballistic missile program, U.S. officials briefed on recent intelligence tell NBC News, confirming the gist of a private report Monday detailing recent improvements made at undeclared military sites. A separate analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, provided exclusively to NBC News, describes a secret military base deep in North Korea’s interior that analysts believe could house missiles capable of reaching the United States.  NBC
VOA VIEW: NK cannot be trusted.

Trump on Florida: 'Many ballots are missing or forged.' Gillum
There has been no evidence yet of fraud in the voting for governor or Senate. President Donald Trump tweeted Monday that the Florida recount should be called in favor of Republicans Rick Scott for Senate and Ron DeSantis for governor because an "honest vote count is no longer possible." The president, without offering any evidence, claimed ballots were "massively infected." "Must go with Election Night!" Trump added. NBC

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Cindy Hyde-Smith: Senator's 'public hanging' joke criticised
A Republican senator from Mississippi is facing criticism for a joke she made about lynching. Cindy Hyde-Smith was filmed praising a cattle rancher, saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row." She is facing a run-off later this month against a black Democrat in a state with a history of race killings. Her opponent, Mike Espy, called the comment "reprehensible" but she says the reaction has been overblown. The video was published on Twitter on Sunday by a Mississippi blogger, and showed Ms Hyde-Smith meeting supporters.  BBC
VOA VIEW: Dems and liberals can say anything.

Cable group urges antitrust probe of Comcast and Trump tweets support
President Donald Trump tweeted his support on Monday for a call by a cable industry group to investigate alleged anti-competitive practices by Comcast Corp, the world’s biggest entertainment company. The American Cable Association (ACA), which represents hundreds of smaller cable and broadband providers, on Monday said in a statement that it has asked the Justice Department’s antitrust division to investigate Comcast’s business practices, “focusing on harms stemming from the dominant communications firm’s control of cable systems, TV stations, and regional sports networks concentrated in some of the largest local markets in the country.”
Trump appeared to agree with the industry’ group’s call for a probe, which it said it made to the Justice Department in a Nov. 6 letter.  Reuters

U.S. not concerned by Europe's idea for Iran trade as companies moving out
The United States is not too concerned by Europe’s idea for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to get around U.S. sanctions with Iran as companies are already withdrawing from the country in droves, the senior official for financial intelligence said. “I think the bigger news in Europe is that companies are withdrawing from Iran in droves,” Under Secretary of the Treasury Sigal Mandelker told reporters in London when asked about the SPV idea. “I am not concerned by the SPV actually at all,” she said.  Reuters

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Progressive Democrats arrive in Washington
Members of the press got a first chance to meet the incoming class of progressive Democrats at a member orientation in Washington DC. “This isn’t your mother or father’s progressive caucus,” said congressman Mark Pocan, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), introducing the newest members. The group included upstarts like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Also among them were the first Muslim women – Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota – and one of the two Native American women elected to Congress, Debra Haaland of New Mexico.  Guardian

The Zinke effect: how the US interior department became a tool of big business
Since his first day on the job, when he surrounded himself with a National Park Service police escort and rode through Washington DC on a white-nosed horse named Tonto, the US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, has exhibited a flair for ostentation. Not long after taking office in March 2017, the new secretary started flying a special flag, adorned with the agency’s bison seal, above the interior department’s elegant New Deal-era headquarters. At a cost of more than $2,000, he also commissioned commemorative coins emblazoned with his name to hand out to visitors and staff. He replaced the doors in his office to the tune of more than $130,000, and installed a hunting-themed arcade game in the department’s cafeteria. Guardian

Republicans fan unfounded worries about voter fraud in Florida
Republicans are sowing skepticism about the electoral process in states with votes that are too close to call, echoing President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud and suggesting that election officials should jettison the common practice of completing vote counts after Election Day. Nowhere is the effort more aggressive than in Florida, where Gov. Rick Scott is tapping the powers of his administration to defend his slender lead in the U.S. Senate race and accusing Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of “trying to steal an election.” Without evidence, Trump on Twitter claimed ballots were “massively infected” in Florida and said the recount should halt — though it is mandated by state law and overseas military ballots aren’t due until Friday.  Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: The liberal media does not like to report facts.

Newly revealed N. Korean missile bases cast doubt on value of Trump’s summit with Kim
On Monday, a new report from a Washington think tank identified more than a dozen hidden bases in North Korea that could be used to disperse mobile launchers for ballistic missiles in the event of a conflict. Are these bases evidence that North Korea is cheating on the agreement it reached in June, when President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore? Analysts say the answer is no – although there are plenty of caveats. “Kim hasn’t broken any promises,” said Jeffrey Lewis, a nonproliferation expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterrey. “Instead, he’s making good on one of them – to mass produce nuclear weapons.” Joseph Bermudez, Victor Cha and Lisa Collins of the Center for Strategic and International Studies used satellite imagery and interviews with North Korean defectors and government officials to identify 13 missile bases. They say there are seven more bases that remain hidden. Seattle Times

Michelle Obama: Melania Trump hasn’t asked for my help
Former first lady Michelle Obama says she took a page out of Laura Bush’s playbook and reached out to Melania Trump to offer advice on the years ahead — and the current FLOTUS ghosted her. “Has (Trump) reached out?” asked ABC anchor Robin Roberts during a sit-down with Obama on Sunday. "No,” said Obama. “No, she hasn’t.” Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed the lack of correspondence in a statement to CNN on Monday. “Mrs. Trump is a strong and independent woman who has been navigating her role as First Lady in her own way,” the statement said. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Obama is not one to seek advise from.

Judge orders Georgia to count all votes in contested governor’s race
A Georgia federal judge ruled in favor of Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign Monday night, ordering election officials to review thousands of provisional ballots that have not been counted in the contested election for governor. Judge Amy Totenberg, a New Yorker who serves on the Atlanta-based court, said that the race cannot be officially certified until those ballots were counted. Many voters have complained they were told at polling stations they weren’t registered and had to file provisional ballots. Abrams would need to gain more than 20,000 votes to force a runoff against Republican Brian Kemp.  New York Post

Trump complains about allies' spending after France trip
Fresh from a trip to France where his brand of "nationalism" drew rebuke from his hosts, President Donald Trump says "much was accomplished" in his meetings. But he's raising a familiar complaint about American allies' spending on defense. Trump says Monday on Twitter that the U.S. pays billions "protecting other countries, and we get nothing but Trade Deficits and Losses." He adds: "It is time that these very rich countries either pay the United States for its great military protection, or protect themselves." Trump returned late Sunday from ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Houston Chronicle

‘The loss is bitter,’ says Beto O’Rourke in email to supporters
Defeated U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke didn’t offer any concrete steps about what his next move will be, but told supporters in an email late Sunday that he intends to be “be part of the best way forward for this country.” O’Rourke made clear he is certain, though, about one immediate goal: “For the time being, I am going to focus on being a better dad to our kids who have not had much of one for the last 22 months,” O’Rourke said.  Houston Chronicle

Kellyanne Conway on Acosta video: 'That's not altered. That's sped up. They do it all the time in sports.'
Kellyanne Conway doesn't think the controversial video shared by the White House of CNN reporter Jim Acosta refusing to let go of the microphone during President Donald Trump's news conference last week was altered. The widely criticized clip was merely "sped up," she said Sunday. In an interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, the White House counselor known for coining the term "alternative facts" was trying to defend the administration's decision to promote a video experts say was edited to make Acosta's actions toward a White House intern seem more aggressive than they actually were. The video, which at first looks authentic, shows Acosta's arm swiftly coming down on the arm of the young female aide who is trying to take the microphone from him. Missing from the seconds-long clip is Acosta saying, "Pardon me, ma'am," as he maintains a firm grip on the microphone and continues peppering Trump questions. San Francisco Gate

Congress returns to familiar threat: Trump's demand for wall money or shutdown
Congress will return Tuesday facing a familiar threat: President Donald Trump's demand for billions of dollars for his U.S.-Mexico border wall with the risk of a government shutdown if he doesn't get it. The lame-duck session gives the outgoing House Republican majority one final test of governing before Democrats take over in January and leave Trump with a weakened hand in pushing his priorities on Capitol Hill, even though the GOP still has a grip on the Senate. But Republicans determined to deliver for Trump face the intractable issue of immigration as well as Democrats emboldened by the midterm election, as their expected House majority continues to grow to a dozen seats or more as votes are counted. Senate races in Arizona and Florida remain too close to call.  San Francisco Gate
VOA VIEW: Republicans should use whatever power they have.

Hamas hits building in Israel, threatens more rocket attacks
Gaza militants fired dozens of rockets at southern Israel early on Tuesday, killing a man in a strike on a residential building, and warning they would escalate their attacks if Israel continues bombing targets in the Gaza Strip. The cross-border attacks, which were triggered by a botched Israeli undercover raid into Hamas-ruled Gaza late Sunday, marked the most serious escalation since an Israel-Hamas war in 2014. International mediators appealed for restraint, hoping to avert another war.
The Israeli military said some 400 rockets and mortars have been launched from Gaza since the current round began on Monday afternoon, with about 100 of them intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system. Israel has hit more than 100 targets it says are linked to militants in Gaza, including a strike that destroyed the TV station of Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza. ABC

Death toll in California wildfire rises to 42, marking worst in state history
Thirteen bodies have been found in Northern California in the wake of the deadly Camp Fire, bringing the death toll in the blaze to 42, authorities said Monday. The grim discovery makes the wildfire the deadliest in the state's history, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told reporters, replacing the record held by a Los Angeles brush fire in 1933 that killed 29. Combined with the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, the number of state-wide deaths from active wildland fires as of Monday night reached 44. The Camp Fire has burned through 117,000 acres and is 30 percent contained, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said in a 7 p.m. (10 p.m. ET) Monday update.  NBC

Democrats' investigative dreams to meet cold, hard congressional reality
Democrats conducting presidential oversight will soon have legal authority to demand answers from the Trump administration. That doesn't mean they'll get them. When Democrats take control of the House next year, they will find themselves with new powers to investigate and embarrass the Trump administration. But their ability to use those powers may be more limited than many progressive voters may imagine. The liberal wish-list has been circulating for months, and Democratic base voters are hungry for results.  NBC

Crude oil futures rise, but lack of new OPEC cuts curbs stronger recovery
Crude oil futures rose Monday morning with WTI finally picking up after ten consecutive declines, and Brent seeing gains after selloffs the previous week, but the lack of consensus by OPEC and non-OPEC countries on a production cut prevented a bigger recovery. WTI front-month future prices traded at $60.66, up 0.8 percent, as of 9.41 a.m. EST while Brent traded at $70.79 per barrel, or up 0.9 percent, at the same time. Traders had reportedly speculated throughout last week that the OPEC and non-OPEC countries could jointly announce cuts after sharp selloffs in October and early November, but this did not happen at a weekend meeting. Only Saudi Arabia unilaterally decided on a 500,000 barrel per day reduction in December exports, from November."UPI

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Steve King dared a conservative magazine to release audio of him calling immigrants ‘dirt.’ It did.
Rep. Steve King, the newly reelected Iowa Republican with a history of incendiary comments about race and immigration, dared a conservative magazine to show evidence that he had called immigrants “dirt.” “Just release the full tape,” King, who eked out a victory last week despite affiliations with white nationalists, told the Weekly Standard’s online managing editor Saturday on Twitter. Days earlier, the magazine reported that King had made an inflammatory joke about immigrants. The Weekly Standard released the recording — a two-minute audio in which King can be heard bantering with a handful of supporters at the back of an Iowa restaurant during a campaign stop on Nov. 5, the magazine reported. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: The nation is divided.

Conservative author and Stone associate Jerome Corsi said he expects to be indicted by special counsel for allegedly lying
Conservative author Jerome Corsi said Monday that he expects to be indicted by prosecutors working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on a charge of lying to investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. Corsi, a writer who has promoted political conspiracy theories, provided research during the White House race to longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who Mueller has been scrutinizing for possible ties to WikiLeaks.  Washington Post

Kyrsten Sinema defeats Martha McSally to become Arizona's first female senator
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's unbreakable hold on Maricopa County, along with overwhelming support for her from Martha McSally's Tucson-based congressional district, gave her an electoral edge Republicans could not erase in the race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat. The Associated Press called the Senate race for Sinema on Monday night and McSally tweeted her congratulations to Sinema. Sinema will be the first woman in the state's 106-year-old history to take a seat on the floor of the U.S. Senate. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Sad, but true.

Pence, Abe agree on North Korea sanctions, new trade talks
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday reaffirmed the need to keep sanctions on North Korea to achieve its denuclearization as they showcased their bilateral alliance, while Pence also urged Japan to do more to reduce the U.S. trade deficit. Pence and Abe also agreed to deepen cooperation in promoting energy, infrastructure and providing loans to nations in the region. Pence said the U.S.-Japan alliance is a “cornerstone” of the region’s peace and prosperity and said Japan is not only an ally but a friend, but that Japan needs to do more to reduce the bilateral trade imbalance. “Japan is an indispensable trade partner for the United States,” he said. USA Today

Trump reportedly preparing to fire Kirstjen Nielsen
President Trump is reportedly preparing to dismiss Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and the removal could happen as soon as this week. According to a report Monday night in The Washington Post, which cited “five current and former White House officials,” Mr. Trump told aides last weekend that he has decided to dismiss her over what he sees as her lackluster performance on immigration enforcement. Mr. Trump has been grumbling for months along these lines and has berated Ms. Nielsen at Cabinet meetings, “belittled her to other White House staff and tagged her months ago as a ‘Bushie,’ a reference to her previous service under president George W. Bush and meant to cast suspicion on her loyalty,” The Post wrote.  Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford still collects pledge cash
Christine Blasey Ford is no longer in the headlines, but she’s still collecting cash through GoFundMe accounts set up by friends and fans who wanted to show their support for her attempt to derail Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s path to the Supreme Court. As of Monday, more than $850,000 had been pledged to the two biggest online solicitations, with one of them, personally blessed by Ms. Blasey Ford, still raking in more than $4,000 over the weekend. The organizers of the funds have been strikingly secretive about their operations, declining to respond to messages about the cash they’ve raised. Ms. Blasey Ford’s lawyers have also said little, other than to say they worked pro bono and so the cash won’t have to be used to pay them. Washington Times

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