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NEWS   THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018   NEWS

NFL National Anthem Policy Stirs Reaction As 49ers Owner Says He Abstained
A decision from NFL owners requiring players to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" if they are on the field when the anthem is played triggered intense reaction from supporters and opponents Wednesday, as one owner revealed that he abstained from the vote. Commissioner Roger Goodell said the change was approved unanimously at the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Fox News in an email that San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York was the only abstention. Fox
VOA VIEW: Another Trump win - bad for the NFL.

Redacted Message Reads Obama WH 'Running This'
A top Senate Republican is challenging the Justice Department over extensive redactions made in files showing text messages between anti-Trump FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, drew particular attention to one text that suggested the Obama “White House is running this,” in reference to an unspecified investigation. But, like in so many of the files, a name was redacted and the context was unclear, though one report suggests that was related to the Russia probe. Fox
VOA VIEW: The left is looking and will be more exposed for their bad and illegal behavior.

Trump Can't Block Users On Twitter, Federal Judge Rules
A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that President Trump is in violation of the Constitution when he blocks users on Twitter. It's a remarkable development in one of the more peculiar debates of Trump's presidency, and a victory for the First Amendment advocates who brought the lawsuit last year. CNN Money

Presidential Misspellings Create Spike In Dictionary Searches
President Donald Trump is known for his Twitter feed, often posting seemingly off-the-cuff messages or providing commentary on the news of the day. But his seeming lack of a filter on the social media platform has also led to several misspellings. And it's not always the President tapping away, he often dictates messages to an aide who ultimately presses send. According to a report by Dictionary.com, when the President's account has tweeted misspelled words, it has corresponded with a spike in searches of the same words spelled incorrectly on the website. CNN

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Kushner Gets Permanent Security Clearance, Meets With Mueller Team Second Time
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, has received a permanent security clearance and was recently interviewed for hours by the special counsel's office for a second time, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News on Wednesday. Kushner operated with an interim security clearance for more than a year inside the administration, giving him access to highly classified information while he underwent an FBI background check. NBC
VOA VIEW: Good!

Federal Prosecutors Open Harvey Weinstein Investigation In New York
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein, according to a lawyer for the disgraced movie mogul. Attorney Benjamin Brafman says that he has met with federal prosecutors in Manhattan "in an attempt to dissuade them from proceeding." NBC

China 'Successfully' Tests Radar Cross Section For Fighter Jets
China continues to test stealth technology that could be used on the design of its fifth-generation fighters, according to state media. The Global Times reported Tuesday Shenyang Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corp. of China, had successfully tested a Radar Cross Section. UPI

Two-Thirds Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage
More than two-thirds of Americans now support same-sex marriage -- and more are identifying themselves as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, new Gallup research shows. In the highest level ever recorded by Gallup, 67 percent Americans said they support same-sex marriage. Gallup said it's recorded 3 percent increases in each of its last three annual surveys on the issue. UPI
VOA VIEW: Don't believe all you read or hear.

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Iran Leader: Europe Must Protect Trade With Tehran To Save Nuclear Deal
Iran’s top leader set out a series of conditions on Wednesday for European powers if they want Tehran to stay in a nuclear deal after the U.S. exit, including steps to safeguard trade with Tehran and guarantee Iranian oil sales. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out earlier this month from the 2015 nuclear deal that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program, calling it deeply flawed. European powers see the international accord as the best chance of stopping Tehran developing a nuclear weapon and have intensified efforts to salvage it. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Iran will lose any contest with the US.

Trump Threatens Aid Cut To Countries That Do Not Stop MS-13
President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday he was working on a plan to reduce U.S. aid to countries he says are doing nothing to stop MS-13 gang members from crossing into the United States illegally. “We’re looking at our whole aid structure. It’s going to be changed very radically,” Trump told a roundtable discussion about the threat posed by the violent gang. Reuters

Lawsuits Seek Removal Of Arkansas Ten Commandments Display
Opponents of a Ten Commandments display at the Arkansas state Capitol filed federal lawsuits Wednesday to have the monument removed, arguing it's an unconstitutional endorsement of religion by government. Separate complaints were filed challenging the display, which was installed on the Capitol grounds last month. A 2015 law required the state to allow the privately funded monument. The monument was reinstalled last month after the original version was destroyed by a man who crashed his car into it. Newsday

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Pompeo: North Korea Must Disarm Before Any Economic Relief
Mike Pompeo has said the US will use a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to demand North Korea completely and rapidly surrenders its nuclear weapons programme before it receives any economic relief. Pompeo added he was “very hopeful” the summit would still go ahead on 12 June. The US secretary of state was speaking in Congress a day after Trump had cast doubt on the timing of the summit in Singapore, and appeared to drop the insistence of “all-in-one” unilateral disarmament before receiving any reciprocal steps from the US. Guardian
VOA VIEW: The only way any deal can be acceptable.

Trayvon Martin's Parents: 'The Weinstein Company Owes Us $150,000
The parents of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager shot dead while walking home from a convenience store by George Zimmerman, have claimed they are owed at least $150,000 (£110,000) by the Weinstein Company. According to documents filed by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin in a Delaware bankruptcy court, the company formerly run by the disgraced Hollywood mogul entered into a deal to purchase the rights to a possible movie and TV series based on their book, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Dumb!

For Troubled Kids, Some Schools Take Time Out For Group Therapy
Sometimes 11-year-old B. comes home from school in tears. Maybe she was taunted about her weight that day, called "ugly." Or her so-called friends blocked her on their phones. Some nights she is too anxious to sleep alone and climbs into her mother's bed. It's just the two of them at home, ever since her father was deported back to West Africa when she was a toddler. NPR

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Senate Passes $55 Billion Veterans Affairs Reform Bill
A major Veterans Affairs reform has passed the Senate by 92-5 and is on its way to the White House. The $55 billion bill will change how the VA pays for private care, expand a VA caregiver program and start a review of the VA's aging infrastructure. President Trump has said he will sign it — and it's sure to be touted among his biggest legislative achievements. NPR

Go Hard Or Go Home: Giuliani Changes His Mind, Says Trump Should Meet With Mueller
Rudy Giuliani did an about-face on Wednesday, saying that he now believed that President Trump should agree to a sitdown with the special counsel’s team investigating Russian election meddling. Giuliani, one of the president’s lawyers, said he would like Trump to give Robert Mueller and his investigators an interview, and that a final decision would be made within “the next couple weeks,” The Washington Post reported. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Trump should not meet with Mueller.

Cohen Reportedly Got $400K To Arrange Talks Between Trump, Ukrainian President
President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen pocketed a secret payment of at least $400,000 to arrange talks between the Ukrainian president and Trump, a new report said Wednesday. The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine’s leader, Petro Poroshenko, sources in Kiev told the BBC, though Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law. NY Post

Baby Name 'Donald' Stands Steady, 'Hillary' Drops Precipitously
Could baby names prove a litmus test for presidential approval? During the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, the popularity of "Donald" as a baby name has held steady, while the popularity of "Hillary" has dropped precipitously. According to the Social Security Administration, 594 baby boys were given the name "Donald" at the time of their birth in 2017, making the president's name rank 488 among all baby names. This came nowhere near the most popular names: "Liam," "Noah,'" and "William" took first, second, and third, respectively. PJ Media

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Mueller Rejects Speedy Trial Law To Delay Russian Collusion Trial
Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge Tuesday to reject the four-decade-old speedy trial law in the case against 13 Russians and three Russian companies and has asked for an indefinite delay to the Russian collusion trial. It is the second time Mueller tried to delay the trial. Judge Dabney L. Friedrich, a Trump appointee, rejected the earlier request without comment and ordered the case to go forward. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Mueller and his staff don't want to look like the fools they are.

Mueller Moves Toward Sentencing George Papadopoulos
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is moving closer to sentencing George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian nationals and a mysterious Maltese professor. Mueller filed notice in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday asking for the preparation of a pre-sentence investigation report, a standard document that judges use to determine criminal sentences. Daily Caller

FBI Agent at Mike Flynn Interrogation Is Ready to Testify Against McCabe, Strzok and Comey!
On Friday May 11, 2018, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein  stating Comey testified the FBI didn’t think General Flynn lied.  Grassley also revealed Joe Pientka was the second FBI agent who joined Peter Strzok on January 24th, 2017 in an ambush style interview to take down General Flynn. Grassley demanded the FBI and DOJ produce the transcript of Flynn’s intercepted calls with Russian Ambassador Kislyak and the related 302’s by May 25th. Gateway Pundit

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Schumer, Pelosi Ask Rosenstein, Wray For Gang Of Eight Bipartisan Briefing On Russia Probe Documents
Democratic congressional leaders called for a bipartisan gang-of-eight-style briefing from the Justice Department on sensitive documents related to the Russia investigation sought by certain House Republicans. The GOP demand drew resistance from law enforcement and intelligence officials who contend access at this point could compromise the investigation and put covert sources in danger. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: The people should know what happened and who is telling the truth.

Pathetic. Mueller Begs Trump-Appointed Judge For Indefinite Delay in Junk Russian Bot Case
On Tuesday, Robert Mueller begged a federal judge to indefinitely delay his trial against Concord Management and Consulting. This is the second time Mueller has requested a delay in his junk Russian bot case. Obviously Mueller rolled out the indictment of 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies as a PR stunt and now it’s coming back to haunt him. Gateway Pundit

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