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MS-13 Gang Member Known As 'Animal' Sentenced To 40 Years
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts announced that 23-year-old Joel Martinez, who went by the street name of "Animal," will be subject to deportation once he's released from federal prison. Martinez pleaded guilty in December to RICO conspiracy and admitting to stabbing 15-year-old Irvin Javier de Paz Castro to death on Sept. 20, 2015, according to prosecutors. President Trump, who has made the fight against the street gang a notable part of his domestic policy, recently referred to dangerous MS-13 gang members as “animals," which some media organizations took out of context to make it appear that he was talking about illegal immigrants. Fox
VOA VIEW: Animal is as animal does.

Michael Avenatti's Law Firm Ordered By Judge To Pay $10M To Ex-Colleague
A law firm managed by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump and his personal attorney, was ordered to pay $10 million Tuesday to a lawyer who claimed that the firm had misstated its profits and that he was owed millions. The Los Angeles Times reported the judgment by a U.S. bankruptcy court judge in southern California against the Eagan Avenatti law firm. "At this point, that's what's appropriate," Judge Catherine Bauer said of the award, according to the paper. Fox
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is scum.

Trump's Lawyers Want To Narrow The Mueller Interview
Donald Trump's legal team is trying to narrow the scope of the President's potential interview with special counsel Robert Mueller to questions on Russia-related matters that occurred before Trump's election, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN. Trump's lawyers, who are urging Mueller to wrap up his investigation, are looking for a way to get him to agree to limit -- or eliminate -- questions regarding Trump's conduct after he won the presidency, especially those related to whether he might have obstructed justice while in office. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump should not answer any Mueller questions.

Presidents Can Be Indicted
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have concluded that they can't indict a sitting president, simply because Justice Department guidelines prohibit such an action. Whether or not President Trump should be indicted, he can be indicted. Giuliani's statement, which he attributes to Mueller, is not, in fact, etched in constitutional granite. CNN
VOA VIEW: Typical CNN liberal bias.

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More Immigrant Children Separated From Paretns At Border
Facing dozens of migrants shackled at their waist and ankles, public defender Miguel "Andy" Nogueras asked a question he had rarely asked before last week: Have you been separated from your children? Last Thursday, a Central American woman was among several in the courthouse here who said yes. Nogueras asked how old her child is so that he could refer her to one of his attorneys, and the answer haunted him for the rest of the day. "Five years old," Nogueras told NBC News. NBC

Paul Ryan Shrugs Off An Early Leadership Exit
Speaker Paul Ryan pushed back Tuesday at critics alleging he’s lost effectiveness as GOP leader, and shrugged off the suggestion that he could leave his leadership post before his planned retirement at the end of the congressional session. “Look, the members drafted me into this job because of who I am and what I stand for. I think members very much agree that we should be completing our agenda and our work,” Ryan said Tuesday at the weekly House GOP leadership news conference. NBC
VOA VIEW: Good move and position.

Trump Tempers Expectations Of N Korea Summit
Hosting South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump tempered expectations for his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump told reporters he believes Kim is serious about denuclearization, but added the June 12 meeting may not happen if certain conditions aren't met. "It may not work out for June 12," Trump said. UPI

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US Sanctions Five Iranians For Supplying Missiles To Yemeni Rebels
The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against five Iranian individuals for providing ballistic missile-related technical expertise to Huthi rebels in Yemen. Five individuals linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' al-Ghadir Missile Command, including the missile unit's commander, Mahmud Bagheri Kazemabad have been targeted by the sanctions. UPI

Dems Not Invited To See Documents On US Election Probe
Two Republican lawmakers, and no Democrats, are expected to attend a meeting scheduled for Thursday to review classified information relating to U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion the FBI might have used an informant to gather information on his 2016 election campaign, the White House said on Tuesday. Trump’s closest conservative allies in Congress have been clamoring for access to the classified documents. The lawmakers have accused the FBI and Department of Justice of political bias against Trump in favor of Democratic former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during his successful presidential campaign. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems would leak any information.

Trump Floats Management Changes Instead of Sanctions For China's ZTE
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday floated a plan to fine ZTE Corp (000063.SZ) (0763.HK) and shake up its management as his administration considered rolling back more severe penalties that have crippled the Chinese telecommunications company. Trump’s proposal ran into immediate resistance in Congress, where Republicans and Democrats accused the president of bending to pressure from Beijing to ease up on a company that has admitted to violating sanctions on Iran. Reuters

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Cohen May Be Leaking Daniels Records
The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels claimed in a federal court filing on Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen may be leaking “select audio recordings” of his client that were seized during FBI raids on Cohen’s home and office in April. Lawyer Michael Avenatti, in a letter to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, asked her to question Cohen about the leaks at an upcoming hearing in a lawsuit over attorney-client privilege claims by Cohen and Trump relating to materials seized by federal agents investigating Cohen. Newsday

DHS Secretary 'Not Aware' Russia Wanted Trump To Win
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday she was unaware of intelligence assessments concluding that Russia favored Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. The U.S. intelligence community said in a January 2017 assessment that Russia had tried to influence the election to benefit Trump. "I do not believe I've seen that conclusion that the specific intent was to help President Trump win. I'm not aware of that," Nielsen told reporters after briefing members of the House on election security efforts. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Russia did not want Trump to win.

Giuliani Won Deal For OxyContin Maker To Continue Sales Of Drug Behind Opioid Deaths
The US government missed the opportunity to curb sales of the drug that kickstarted the opioid epidemic when it secured the only criminal conviction against the maker of OxyContin a decade ago. Purdue Pharma hired Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now Donald Trump’s lawyer, to head off a federal investigation in the mid-2000s into the company’s marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller at the centre of an epidemic estimated to have claimed at least 300,000 lives. Guardian

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Donald Trump Set To Head To Scotland For Golf During State Visit
Donald Trump is expected to head to Scotland after his visit to London on 13 July to play golf with a high quality professional golfer or possibly a member of the royal family. The president is being offered a range of low handicap golfers as a part of a UK government bid to make the visit as pleasurable as possible for him. Trump owns two golf courses in Scotland, and his visit to the UK following a Nato summit will give him a chance to relax in the surroundings that give him greatest pleasure. British officials have recognised he is a serious golfer and will need an expert opponent to keep him entertained. Guardian

Congress Rolls Back Part Of Dodd-Frank
The House voted Tuesday to ease rules for midsize and regional banks in what is considered the largest undoing to date of banking rules put in place in the wake of the financial crisis. The vote was 258-159. The Senate has already approved the bill that would allow banks with up to $250 billion in assets to escape some of the toughest rules put in place by the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 to shore up the banking system. President Trump could sign the bill as early as this week. NPR

House Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Prison Reform Bill
The House by an overwhelming 360-59 vote passed a bipartisan reform bill Tuesday that provides more education for federal prisoners and gives them a second chance after their release. Authored by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the First Step Act would authorize $250 million over five years to develop and expand programs that reduce recidivism and give incentives for good behavior. NY Post

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More Embassies Move To Jerusalem After US Sets Example
Your instinct may be to dismiss the significance of a small country like Paraguay, with a population of around seven million, moving their embassy to Jerusalem, but that is a bad instinct. The South American country just announced their decision, and it does matter. First, here is the tweet from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu regarding the decision by the nation. PJ Media

Manafort’s Lawyers Suggest Key Mueller Deputy Is Leaking To Media
A senior assistant special counsel to Robert Mueller’s investigation is facing allegations he leaked information to reporters concerning the Russian collusion investigation, according to a Monday court filing. Paul Manafort’s defense attorney Kevin Downing officially leveled the leaking allegation against key Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann as part of a new legal offensive against Mueller’s indictment of Manafort, who served briefly as Trump’s campaign manager. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Weissmann is an idiot.

Email Sheds Light On Cambridge Prof's Interactions With Trump Aide
Last July, Cambridge professor Stefan Halper contacted Carter Page with something resembling support for the Trump campaign aide, who has faced allegations that he is a Russian agent and a conduit for collusion between the Kremlin and the campaign. “It seems attention has shifted a bit from the ‘collusion’ investigation to the ‘contretempts’ [sic] within the White House,” Halper wrote in a July 28, 2017 email to Page. Daily Caller

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Texas School Shooter's Dad: Son Was 'Mistreated' By Classmates
The father of the Texas teen who killed 10 people at his school said his son was a “good boy” — and blamed the massacre on bullying that he said the 17-year-old had experienced, according to a report. Dimitrios Pagourtzis was “mistreated at school,” his dad, Antonios Pagourtzis, told the Wall Street Journal. “I believe that’s what was behind” the shooting at Santa Fe High School. The father, who owns a Houston-based shipping repair company, said his family was distraught over the mass shooting. “I only went to grammar school. NY Post

James Clapper: Embedding Spy Inside Trump Campaign Is “Standard Investigative Practices
Obama’s former DNI Chief James Clapper said Thursday evening on CNN, “It’s a good thing,” the Deep State FBI was spying on Trump’s campaign.
This was after Clapper initially denied the intelligence community was spying on Donald Trump. On Monday Clapper doubled-down saying spying on the opposition candidate is “standard investigative practices.” Via The New York Times: Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: Clapper is a liberal madman.

Former Trump Campaign Aide Michael Caputo: Federal Agency Attempted to GIVE ME HILLARY EMAILS!
Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo dropped a bomb on the Ingraham Angle Monday night. Caputo told Ingraham: “I was approached by a SECOND government informant.” Michael Caputo said he’s waiting for clearance from his attorney before he offers more details. On Tuesday Michael Caputo joined Neil Cavuto on FOX News. Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: A major detail, if true.

After Minting Coin For North Korea Summit, White House Accused Of Early Celebration
Weeks before President Trump and Kim Jong Un are scheduled to meet for a daylong summit, there is growing uncertainty over how the meeting will go — or whether it will even take place. The meeting was originally scheduled for June 12, but Trump now says it "may not work out" that day. "If it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later," he said, after a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss strategy. NPR

Michael Cohen’s Shady Business Partner Agrees To Cooperate With The Feds
Until recently, Michael Cohen’s longtime partner in the taxi business was facing a high risk of spending the rest of his life in prison. Federal prosecutors had accused Evgeny Freidman of evading more than $5 million in taxes, and committing four counts of criminal tax fraud and one of grand larceny. Each of those felonies, by itself, could have secured Freidman as many as 25 years behind bars. NY Mag

Lawyer Famous For Racism Says Racism Not The ‘Real Me’
New York attorney Aaron Schlossberg has managed, through strenuous, documented efforts, to make himself the national poster boy for anti-immigrant racist bigotry, which takes some doing these days. After a video went viral of Schlossberg obscenely and stupidly berating Spanish-speaking people for daring to speak their own language and threatening to call ICE on them, he invited a world of hurt on himself, and New York City accepted the challenge: NY Mag

Why Dems Are Suddenly Competitive In Deep-Red Texas
For the first time in decades, Democrats are making a big play for Texas in 2018. There are Democratic candidates running in all of the state’s 36 congressional districts for the first time in 25 years. Democrats know they won’t be competitive in every congressional district, but they have their sights set on the three they believe they have the best shot at winning — the Seventh Congressional District in Houston against incumbent Rep. John Culberson, the 23rd Congressional District outside San Antonio against incumbent Rep. Will Hurd, and the 32nd Congressional District in Dallas against incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions. Vox
VOA VIEW: Liberal false propaganda.

Jimmy Carter Says Trump Could Win Nobel Peace Prize
Jimmy Carter has said Donald Trump ought to receive the Nobel Peace Prize if has has a successful meeting with Kim Kong-un and manages to lower decades-old tensions on the Korean peninsula. While the 93-year-old has on several occasions criticised Mr Trump’s actions, he said if the president were able to pull off a peace deal, it would be an achievement none of his predecessors had managed. Independent UK

US Ambassador To Israel 'Deeply Disappointed' To Be Photographed With Doctored Image
President Trump’s ambassador to Israel is “deeply disappointed” that he was photographed with an image of Jerusalem that depicts the reconstruction of Judaism’s so-called "Third Temple" at the city’s most contested location. Ambassador David Friedman, while visiting a charity for children with learning disabilities, was photographed with a man who held a large aerial image of Jerusalem. Washington Examiner

Havard Law Professor Tells Dems 'To Shoot To Kill' In Impeaching Trump
Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe warned Democrats Tuesday they "have to shoot to kill" when pressing for President Trump's impeachment. “If you’re going to shoot him, you have to shoot to kill,” Tribe told CNN "New Day" host Chris Cuomo. “And that requires an overwhelming majority of a bipartisan kind. Otherwise you’re just going to nick the guy, and make him feel empowered and vindicated.” Washington Examiner

Donald Trump To Visit Bunker Where Winston Churchill Masterminded The Defeat Of Nazi Germany
Donald Trump is set to visit the underground bunker from which Winston Churchill masterminded the defeat of Nazi Germany when the US President visits Britain in July. Mr Trump's visit to Britain is likely to combine his interests in Winston Churchill and golf, and could also see him have tea with the Queen. The President’s itinerary is now being prepared and it is understood that a trip to the Churchill War Rooms, in London, is one of the options under consideration. He is then likely to take on a sportsman at golf in Scotland. Telegraph UK

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