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Cohen Raid Rattles Trump Allies: Did Feds Seize President's Communications?
“There really has not been any visible change since he was apparently informed of his status as ‘subject.’ Not being considered a target of the Mueller probe does not mean he can’t still be charged as they obtain additional evidence," he said. "Not being a target for the Cohen investigation and search warrant is slightly reassuring, but again does not mean much in terms of whether he will ever be charged." Fox
VOA VIEW: The Mueller probe is fictional to cause hardship for Trump.

Waffle House Suspect Thought Taylor Swift Was Stalking Him
At the time, deputies said Reinking believed Swift was stalking him, hacked his phone and had climbed a building to chase him. He also threatened to kill himself, according to the sheriff's report. Reinking, whose relatives claimed he had been having delusions since August 2014, said Swift hacked his Netflix account and told him to meet her at a Dairy Queen, according to the report. Fox

Republicans Are Losing 2018 Midterm Money Wars
CNN's John King reports that for months, more seasoned members of the party's leadership have been warning younger members about what's needed when running in such a difficult climate. Those warnings include urgent appeals to raise more money; resources for ads and research and staff are always important, but all the more so in a midterm climate where Republicans know the wind is in their face. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal bias garbage.

Kasich Says He Plans To 'Take Action' On Gun Control
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced Monday that he plans to "take action" to improve the state's ability to keep guns away from criminals. "In too many communities, convictions aren't uploaded to the National Criminal Background Check system as they should be. This afternoon, I'll take action to help close this gap to keep weapons out of the wrong hands in our state," Kasich tweeted. CNN

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John Oliver Trolls Trump By Purchasing Pro-Iran Nuclear Deal Ads On Sean Hannity’s Fox News Show
“Two of Trump’s top advisers are, like him, dead set against this deal, and they’re getting backup from Sean Hannity, whose show the president watches so much, advisers refer to him as the ‘shadow chief of staff,’” said Oliver. “Hannity hates this deal, too, so there is not really a way for us to get a moderating voice into this conversation short of buying time on Hannity’s show this week, and running an ad like this.” Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: The DB is a rag.

What We Know About Sean Hannity's Shell Companies And Why It Matters
According to documents reviewed by The Guardian, Hannity bought real estate through more than 20 shell companies registered in Georgia. A shell company is a vehicle used to hold assets and can help beneficiaries remain anonymous. They are not in themselves illegal, though they are sometimes used to conduct illegal activities such as tax evasion. There is no indication that Hannity is engaged in any illegal practices, but he is the hidden owner behind at least some of the 20 companies through which he has bought property. Fortune

First Lady Prepares To Host State Dinner
When French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, arrive Tuesday at the White House, they will be greeted by a military band playing strains of brassy notes and a 21-gun salute in a pomp-filled ceremony that will be followed by a state dinner. The first official state visit of the Trump administration will be the biggest moment yet for first lady Melania Trump to play hostess-in-chief.  St. Augustine

French, German Leaders Bring Trump Same Message: Save Iran Nuclear Deal
"I don't have any Plan B for nuclear [protections] against Iran," Macron said Sunday on Fox News. "Let's preserve the framework because it is better than a sort of North Korea-type situation." Iran's foreign minister made the point more dramatically, warning that if Trump quits the 2015 accord, Tehran may respond by relaunching and intensifying its now-blocked nuclear program. Los Angeles Times
VOA VIEW: Making demands on Trump is foolish.

Maverick To Maverick, Macron Seeks Common Ground With Trump
As 40-year-old Macron arrives for the first state visit of Trump’s presidency, the U.S. leader is threatening to upend the global trading system with tariffs on China, maybe Europe too, and to ditch the Iran nuclear accord, a key plank of western policy for containing military tensions in the Middle East. Macron has been building bridges with Trump for a year. Now he’s looking for something in return.  Bloomberg

China's Xi Says Internet Control Key To Stability
China must strengthen its grip on the internet to ensure broader social and economic goals are met, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday citing comments from President Xi Jinping, underlining a hardening attitude towards online content. Under Xi's rule China has increasingly tightened its grip on the internet, concerned about losing influence and control over a younger generation who are driving a diverse and vibrant online culture from livestreaming to blogs. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: The Internet would be like China - a dictatorship.

Obama To Deliver Mandela Event Speech In Latest Contrast With Trump
It makes for a continuation of efforts Obama began while in office to cultivate young leaders through leadership training programs and town halls. During his last trip to Africa as President, Obama convened a meeting with young people in Nairobi to discuss social issues and leadership strategies. He held similar events in South America and Asia. CNN

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Trump Gets Ahead Of The Facts On North Korea Denuclearization
"Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake News NBC just stated that we have given up so much in our negotiations with North Korea, and they have given up nothing. Wow, we haven’t given up anything and they have agreed to denuclearization (so great for World), site closure, and no more testing! So far, North Korea has yet to officially commit to scrapping its nuclear program. It has left it to other countries to put that possibility on the table. Politifact
VOA VIEW: Liberal fake news don't have anything good to say.

Armenian Prime Minister Sargsyan Resigns After Mass Protests
His announcement came as protesters calling for Sargysan’s resignation flooded the streets of the capital, Yerevan, for an 11th day, and hours after police released opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan from overnight detention. The arrest of Pashinyan, who’d urged a peaceful “velvet revolution,” prompted the largest demonstration to date on Sunday, while scores of troops joined the anti-government movement on Monday for the first time. Bloomberg

U.S. Softens Stance On Rusal Sanctions; Aluminum Plunges
The U.S. softened its position on sanctions against Russian metals giant United Co. Rusal, sparking a record plunge in aluminum prices. For the first time, the U.S. Treasury discussed a path for lifting the sanctions on Rusal, saying it would provide relief if Oleg Deripaska relinquished control. It also extended the deadline for companies to wind down dealings with the Russian aluminum producer by almost five months. Bloomberg

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No Need For Trump To Pardon Personal Lawyer At This Point
There is currently "no need" to pardon President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said Monday. "There's no need," Short told CNN's "New Day" co-anchor Chris Cuomo. "There's no need for that at this point, Chris. I think that the President, of course, all of us are frustrated. We're very frustrated with the scope of the investigation and the way it's dragged on." CNN
VOA VIEW: More CNN liberal garbage.

Man Tasered On Flight After Fondling Female Passenger
Before takeoff, the boyfriend of a woman on the plane contacted authorities to say that Jacob A. Garcia had began touching her, Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Lazaro Llerena told NBC News. The flight, which was bound for Chicago, was still at the gate when crew members began asking Garcia to deplane. The taser doesn't appear to affect Garcia — at first — who calls the officer "a baby" and tried to grab the device out of the officers hand. NBC

MSNBC's Joy Reid Claims Homophobic Posts From Her Blog Were 'Fabricated'
In an exclusive statement to Mediaite, the MSNBC host claims these posts from The Reid Report — which include defending homophobia, gay jokes, and the outright mocking of gay people and homosexuality — were somehow put in by an “external party” that “manipulated material from my now-defunct blog.” While Reid apologized in December for writing homophobic content on a blog she ran long before her days as an icon of the #Resistance movement, she claims these new posts opposing gay marriage and cringing “at the sight of two men kissing” were part of a “fabricated” outside effort to paint her as “offensive and hateful.” Mediaite
VOA VIEW: Reid is offensive and hateful.

Mexico Dismisses Trump Threat To Tie NAFTA To Migration Policy
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Monday that Mexico decides its immigration policy in a sovereign manner, and that it would be “unacceptable” to condition the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the issue. Videgaray’s comments on Twitter came after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to make immigration control a condition of a new NAFTA deal, saying Mexico must stop illegal immigrants from getting into the United States. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Mexico seems to have a dilemma.

Walking Upright Evolved 3.6M Years Ago-Long Before Modern Humans Appeared
Now, new research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Anatomists during the 2018 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego suggests that the characteristic bipedalism of modern humans may have evolved much earlier than previously thought—long before our species had even emerged. They found that while there may have been some subtle differences, the hominins that made these footprints walked in much the same way as we do. Newsweek

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Ivana Trump Doesn't Think Donald Should Run For Re Election
"He has a good life and he has everything. Donald is going to be 74, 73 for the next (election) and maybe he should just go and play golf and enjoy his fortune," Ivana said last week in her Upper East Side townhouse, also commenting, "I'll tell you something, I don't think it's necessary." Ivana told Page Six she speaks to the President every month and that she thinks he misses his freedom. "I don't think he probably knew how much is involved of being the president.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN and other liberals wishful thinking.

Trump Blamed As US Colleges Lure Fewer Foreign Students
Trump is responsible for the decline in student enrollment, U.S. universities argue — especially his travel ban, which goes before the Supreme Court on Wednesday. Dozens of higher education groups wrote in an amicus brief for that case that Trump's travel ban is a "clarion message of exclusion to millions" that harms universities' ability to enroll international students and recruit top faculty. Politico
VOA VIEW: Good!

Trump's Tweets: Why Is He Always SHOUTING?!
People and events are either "great" or "not good," "terrific," or "terrible," depending on how they feel about him and align with his agenda. We know he doesn't bother to correct spelling errors, and often uses the wrong word ("Council" instead of "Counsel" happened -- not for the first time -- this weekend). His goal when he communicates is to persuade -- and often to goad -- not win praise for accuracy. Yet Twitter is a system of visual as well as verbal communication, and the visual dimension of tweets is highly relevant, given how image-focused Trump is. CNN
VOA VIEW: It works and that is what CNN hates.

Sears CEO Offers To Buy Kenmore
ESL Investments, the hedge fund led by Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert, is proposing to buy the Kenmore brand, Sears' Home Improvement business, its PartsDirect division and some of the chain's real estate. The retailer saw its sales drop nearly 30 percent during the holiday quarter. Heavily in debt, Sears has been looking for ways to improve its cash flow, including shedding under-performing stores and landing new financing, much from ESL. CNBC

Mike Pompeo On Track For Confirmation For Secretary Of State
CIA Director Mike Pompeo is on track to make history this week, but probably not in the way his supporters envisioned. The secretary of state-designate's nomination is unlikely to be favorably recommended out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Monday night because no Democrat on the 11-10 panel supports his nomination, and neither does Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. NPR
VOA VIEW: It will be what it will be.

Connecticut University Closes Monday As Mysterious Outbreak Sickens 100 Students
Monday's closing will give staff time to consult with state and city health officials to determine what the next steps will be and allow maintenence crews to continue to sanitize all areas of the campus. "While the latest data we have about the disease is encouraging, we want to make doubly sure that the university is safe and secure for all before re-opening," Clark said. The university has not yet identified the illness. NBC New York

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The Bill To Protect Mueller May Not Survive the Supreme Court
Legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been hailed as a ray of bipartisan sunshine in a divided Congress. The only problem is that even if it could pass both chambers with a veto-proof majority, there may not be enough votes on the Supreme Court to save it from President Trump’s opposition. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, sponsored by Republican Senators Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senators Chris Coons and Cory Booker, would make federal law of Justice Department regulations stating that the special counsel can only be fired for “good cause.” Atlantic
VOA VIEW: A waste of time and effort.

Sessions Is Why Mueller's Russia Probe Is Still On Track
Sessions, Rosenstein and Mueller still have their jobs despite the reported presidential threats. Surely the attorney general’s courageous stand helped. We were impressed too with the courteous but tough way department lawyers pressed their case against the president’s personal lawyer for documents including communications about Trump, despite the known anger of the president, their ultimate boss. Rosenstein and his team even found a way to produce the Comey memos with sufficient redactions to protect sensitive information. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein is in control, not Sessions - why.

Kellyanne Says Melania 'Superior' First Lady
Kellyanne Conway says Melania Trump is a "superior" First Lady. "Melania Trump is such a superior and excellent First Lady," Kellyanne told TMZ ... "This country is so lucky to have her." Conway proceeded to rave about Melania's achievements ... calling her a wonderful role model for women and girls. "I don't think she needs to be on the cover of a magazine for everyone to see how wonderful her work is." TMZ

DeVos Cuts Down On Civil-Rights Investigations In Schools
The U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos has rolled back on civil-rights investigations in schools, giving districts room to discriminate in their disciplinary systems, ProPublica reports. A leaked June 2017 memo shows DeVos ordered investigators put in place during the Obama administration to “limit proactive civil-rights probes rather than expanding them to identify systemic patterns.” Daily Beast

Gmail & Google Search Are Being Blocked In Russia
In its attempt to prevent Russians from using the Telegram secure messaging app, Russia's Roskomnadzor internet regulator is now blocking such a wide range of Google IP addresses that Gmail, Google Search and Android push notifications have reportedly been rendered partially unavailable in the country (TechCrunch). In a Facebook post, Roskomnadzor wrote that, by allowing Telegram to continue using its IP addresses, Google has not met requirements to enforce the nationwide ban and that its own IP addresses would now be added to Russia's national firewall. Wired
VOA VIEW: Google needs to be censored for being too big.

Frustrated At VISA Holdup, Russians Give Up On American Vacations
Russians wanting a glimpse of the American Dream now have to wait. Or not go at all. Escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington are putting a damper on Russians’ vacation plans, catching ordinary people in a diplomatic crossfire that has distinct Cold War overtones. A year ago, obtaining a U.S. tourist visa could take less than a week. Now, it comes with an eight-month delay. Washington Post

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Russia Moves Air Defenses To Syria 'Soon'
According to the report in Kommersant, the system will be supplied to the regime of Bashar al-Assad for no cost and will likely be brought into the country via transport aircraft or Russian Navy ships to be deployed to cover Damascus and the regime’s airfields. The report stated that while Moscow believes that such a move would stabilize the situation in war-torn country,“experts believe that the reaction of the Israeli military to such a move will be predictably negative and do not exclude attacks on their locations.” JPost
VOA VIEW: Russia will waste more money.

U.S. On Pace To Receive Fewest Refugees Since 1977
According to State Department figures published by the Refugee Processing Center, only 10,548 refugees were accepted between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, putting the projected total for FY 2018 at roughly 21,100 - a sharp decline from 53,716 in FY 2017. In FY 2016, the last full year of the Obama administration, there were 84,994 refugee admissions. If projections hold true, this will mark the fewest asylum seekers approved since 1977, and the lowest total since the Refugee Act of 1980. News Wars

Porn Star Says Stormy D. Telling Truth About Alleged Trump Threat
Jessica Drake, an adult-film star who claims she refused a $10,000 offer to have sex with Donald Trump after meeting him at a Lake Tahoe golf event in 2006, says Stormy Daniels told her Daniels was threatened by someone to stay silent about Daniels' alleged sexual tryst with Trump. In an interview airing on "Good Morning America" on Monday, Drake told ABC News that Daniels, her friend and fellow porn star, is telling the truth. ABC
VOA VIEW: SD is a publicity seeking liar.

Trump's Electricity Solution In Search Of A Problem
President Trump is directing his administration to prop up financially struggling coal and nuclear power plants to ensure the electricity grid is resilient and reliable, but government data and most objective experts say there is no such problem. Why it matters: America’s electricity fuel mix is undergoing significant change, which does present challenges. But Trump’s laser focus on coal and nuclear power — and companies seizing on that — distracts the debate from more substantive issues. Axios

Trump Challenges Native Americans' Historical Standing
The Trump administration says Native Americans might need to get a job if they want to keep their health care — a policy that tribal leaders say will threaten access to care and reverse centuries-old protections. Tribal leaders want an exemption from new Medicaid work rules being introduced in several states, and they say there are precedents for health care exceptions. Native Americans don’t have to pay penalties for not having health coverage under Obamacare’s individual mandate. Politico

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