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DNC's Perez Says Trump A Bully, 'Didn't Win Election'
New Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez on Friday night said President Trump “didn’t win the election” and suggested his Republican Party doesn’t care about voters. The comments by Perez, Labor secretary under President Obama, appear to leave little doubt about the direction in which he will try to take the struggling committee. “Donald Trump, you don’t stand for our values. You didn’t win this election,” Perez said at the rally hosted by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, according to a video posted by The Daily Caller. Fox
VOA VIEW: Perez is an idiot that will lead the DNC down.

Hacked New York Post apologizes for 'Heil President' alert
The New York Post issued an apology Sunday on Twitter after an April Fools' Day hack of the Post app resulted in a flurry of push alert notifications including "Heil President Donald Trump!" "The push alert system for our mobile app was compromised this evening. Please accept our apologies," the Post tweeted early Sunday.  The Trump reference was one in a burst of Post alerts sent late Saturday, possibly aimed at Trump, that included some religious references and a dash of Nirvana. Social media quickly pounced on them, but the notifications lasted just a few minutes. Hacks targeting the media are not new. Last month, scores of Twitter accounts from media outlets and celebrities around the world were hacked with Nazi messages in Turkish.  In 2013, The New York Times and The Washington Post websites were hacked on multiple occasions, and in 2014 CNN's main Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked, along with several other CNN accounts. USA Today

Trump Vs. Freedom Caucus: President Takes Names, Starting With Amash
The list of House Freedom Caucus members being targeted by President Trump for sinking Republicans’ ObamaCare overhaul plan grew Saturday when the White House singled out Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash for a primary defeat. “Donald Trump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan,” tweeted White House social media Director Dan Scavino Jr. “@justinamash is a big liability. #TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary.” Most of the ultra-conservative caucus’ roughly 35 members withheld their support for the Republican House leadership’s overhaul plan, which kept it from even getting a final vote in the GOP-led chamber, despite Trump’s rigorous dealmaking efforts. Fox
VOA VIEW: Not a good move by Trump.

21st Century Fox Stands By Bill O'Reilly Amid Report Of Five Settlements
21st Century Fox is standing by top Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly amid new revelations of financial settlements reportedly paid to women who complained about his behavior. The New York Times reported Saturday that five women over a period of more than a decade received payouts from either O'Reilly, Fox News or parent company 21st Century Fox "in exchange for agreeing to not pursue litigation or speak about their accusations against him. The agreements totaled about $13 million."
Two of the five settlements were previously known, and involved sexual harassment allegations -- including a complaint from a producer that was settled for about $9 million according to the Times. The others were first revealed by The Times on Saturday, and include two sexual harassment claims and one related to verbal abuse. CNN
VOA VIEW: The report is expected from the liberal audience loser - CNN.

Uniqlo Threatens To Leave U.S. Over Trump Threats
Popular Japanese fashion chain Uniqlo has a message for President Trump: We'll leave the U.S. if you insist we make all of our clothes in America. Trump's main economic message is "Buy American, Hire American." He campaigned on reviving American manufacturing, especially in the Rust Belt. But Tadashi Yanai, the billionaire head of Fast Retailing Co., which owns Uniqlo, doesn't like being given an ultimatum by Trump. "If I was directly told to do so, I will withdraw from the United States," Yanai told Japanese newspaper. CNN
VOA VIEW: Reported by liberal CNN.

Flynn Made $1.3 Million For lobbying, Speeches, More
Former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn has disclosed that he earned more than $1.3 million for work for political groups and government contractors, as well as for speeches to Russian companies and lobbying for a firm owned by a Turkish businessman. Flynn’s recent financial history, made available Saturday by the White House, comes amid Flynn’s effort to win immunity from congressional probers in exchange for his cooperation with official inquiries into contacts between Russia and President Donald Trump’s election campaign in 2016. The new disclosures show that Flynn declared more than $827,000 from his work for the Flynn Intel Group, a consulting firm that he and partners set up in 2015. The company filed as a foreign agent last month with the Justice Department, acknowledging that its lobbying work last year likely benefited the government of Turkey even as Flynn was advising Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Detroit News
VOA VIEW: No article how much money Hillary and Bill Clinton made during the same period - 100s of millions.

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Wealthy White House Staffers' Finances Detailed In New Disclosures
President Donald Trump on Friday released details of the personal finances of his staffers late on Friday, including his son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka, confirming that he has surrounded himself with some very affluent advisers. White House ethics officials said the legally required disclosure documents provided a snapshot of assets and positions held by personnel when they first entered their new jobs at the White House, and before they started selling stocks and other assets that could pose conflicts of interest. Reuters

Trump Aide Dan Scavino Calls For ‘Defeat’ Of GOP Rep. Justin Amash
The divisions between the Trump administration and the House Freedom Caucus appear to be deepening. On Saturday, a Trump aide took to Twitter to call for primary challengers to unseat prominent Republican representative Justin Amash. President Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, lashed out at the Michigan lawmaker in a tweet, calling the representative a "liability," and challenging Trump supporters to "defeat him" during the 2018 primaries. MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Not smart.

Three Transients Arrested In Atlanta Highway Bridge Collapse
Three people described as transients were in custody Friday in connection with the fiery collapse of a major interstate highway bridge running through the heart of Atlanta, as officials said it would take months to repair the damage. No one was hurt when the span gave way on Thursday evening as a fire raged beneath it, sending thick black smoke into the air and briefly igniting a fireball before the structure fell in on itself, snarling traffic. Inspectors have determined that at least 700 feet (213 meters) of Interstate 85 must be replaced, including three sections of the northbound bridge and three on the southbound side, as well as their support columns, officials said. Reuters

1 Dead, At Least 11 Poisoned In Michigan Hotel Carbon Monoxide Leak
A carbon monoxide leak at a Michigan hotel Saturday morning led to one child's death and 11 people, including six other children, to be rushed to the hospital, police said. The child — later identified by police as Bryan Douglas Watts, 13, of Niles — died en route to a local hospital, while the other children were transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend, Indiana. They are all expected to make a full recovery, a spokesperson for the Lakeland Health Hospital in Niles told NBC News. They range from ages 12 to 14. MSNBC

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Trump To NBC: Stop Focusing On Russia, Look Into Wiretapping Instead
President Trump on Saturday told NBC News to stop reporting on Russia’s involvement in his White House victory as accusations concerning Moscow’s role in last year’s election face heightened scrutiny in the form of no fewer than three federal probes. Via his personal Twitter account, Mr. Trump fired off a pair of posts Saturday morning blasting recent media reports devoted to Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, specifically taking aim at NBC News and the network’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. “When will Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd and @NBCNews start talking about the Obama SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL and stop with the Fake Trump/Russia story?” Mr. Trumptweeted shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday morning from his @realDonaldTrump account. Washington Times

Trump White House Curtails Back Association’s Pre-Nomination Vetting Of Judges
President Trump will not ask the American Bar Association to evaluate candidates for federal judgeships prior to formally nominating them for the more than 100 existing judicial vacancies — a departure from a practice that has been previously criticized for bias against Republican nominees. ABA President Linda Klein announced Friday that the association was “notified that the White House does not intend to follow the long-standing practice of inviting the independent ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary to review the professional qualifications of prospective nominees to the lower federal courts on a pre-nomination basis.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The ABA is somewhat liberal.

This Texas Democrat Thinks He Can Beat Ted Cruz Using Bernie Sanders' Playbook
The Democrat gunning to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas is ripping a page straight out of the playbook of Sen. Bernie Sanders, framing himself as an outsider who wants to harness the grassroots and eradicate the corrupting scourge of money in politics. Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a mop-haired 44-year-old El Paso native first elected to the House in 2012, embarked on a four-city tour of Texas on Friday to launch his underdog campaign against Cruz, who is up for re-election next year. Throughout the day, O’Rourke talked up his “people driven” campaign for Senate, eschewed big money and party labels and emphasized job creation. He even dropped a few f-bombs in front of a crowd of beer-drinkers at a bar in Dallas. CBS

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Pressure Builds For Michael Flynn To Testify Without Immunity
Pressure continues to mount on former national security adviser Michael Flynn to testify before Congress about possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia even without protection from prosecution, CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett reports. Flynn was fired from the White House in February for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. Flynn’s lawyer released a statement Thursday saying his client “has a story to tell,” but wants protection in order to tell congressional intelligence committees and the FBI what he knows. And that has all of Washington wondering what exactly that could be. CBS
VOA VIEW: Testifying with immunity is not total immunity.

Ford Recalls 53K Trucks That Can Roll Away When Parked
Ford is recalling 53,000 2017 F-250 trucks because they can roll away even when they are parked due to a manufacturing error. Ford says drivers should use the parking brake to make sure that parked cars don't move. Dealers will also replace the defective part for free, but Ford doesn't have the replacement parts yet. It will notify owners when the parts are available. The recalled trucks have 6.2-liter engines. They were built at a Kentucky plant from October 2015 through Thursday and sold in North America. ABC

US Cancer Deaths Are Decreasing
More people are surviving the most common forms of cancer as cancer deaths continue to trend downward for both men and women in the U.S., according to a new study published today by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. From 2010 to 2014, overall cancer deaths in men decreased by 1.8 percent per year, 1.4 percent per year for women and 1.6 percent per year for children. Researchers from multiple institutions, including the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, examined data from population-based cancer registry programs and compiled by North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) to look at cancer deaths and survival rates after cancer diagnosis during different time periods from 1975 to 2014. ABC

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Venezuela Back From Brink As Top Court Reverses Shock Ruling
Venezuela’s top court reversed its decision to strip power from the opposition-led National Assembly in favor of the ruling socialist party, a move that critics say had driven the oil-producing nation to the brink of dictatorship. President Nicolas Maduro announced the court’s move -- statements that removed earlier rulings transferring the assembly’s functions to the court -- on state television on Saturday. The decision came a day after the nation’s top prosecutor, a Maduro ally, labeled the Supreme Court’s March 29 move unconstitutional. Maduro applauded the decision while warning regional leaders he wouldn’t accept any “meddling” into domestic affairs. He said he rejected “vulgar interventions” by foreign governments “that make demands on Venezuela while their countries are up in flames,” an apparent reference to protesters in Paraguay setting that nation’s congressional building on fire Friday night. Bloomberg

Turmoil Deepens In Latin America As Paraguay's Congress Smolders
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes proudly watched Friday morning as children handed out gifts to visiting central bankers and finance officials in Asuncion, a rare moment in the spotlight for one of South America’s smallest nations. Twelve hours later, Paraguay was still attracting attention, but for the wrong reasons as violent protests followed the senate’s unexpected approval of a bill allowing Cartes to stand for re-election. One person died as demonstrators stormed the congress building in the nation’s capital, and set it ablaze. Bloomberg

Trump Tweets About Chuck Todd, ‘Fake News’ And More
President Donald Trump continued his feud with the media this week, issuing a critical tweet at The New York Times on Thursday. Linking to a New York Post article that suggests the Times is dishonest, Trump said the paper "has disgraced the media world." Thursday's attack, however, was not the first tweet this week that took aim at the press. On Wednesday, Trump wrote that "certain media" are covering his administration "viciously and inaccurately." On Saturday, Trump resurrected a derogatory nickname -- of his creation -- for NBC's Chuck Todd. Newsday

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Those Pesky Airline Fees And How To Avoid Them
As most passengers can’t help but notice, add-on fees are becoming more and more prevalent. Hobica said the fee that makes most passengers angry is the one for changing flights, which costs an average of $200 on domestic flights. But that does not mean the smaller fees aren’t aggravating. A recent study by the farecasting app Hopper showed that airlines are increasingly “unbundling” their flights, offering lower base prices for travelers to get on the plane and making them pay à la carte for almost everything else, from seat assignments to baggage and in-flight supplements like food, entertainment and, apparently, blankets. These secondary fees now represent roughly 10 percent of total airline revenues, according to Hopper. The problem is that the fees vary greatly from airline to airline and class to class, which means comparing base ticket prices has become almost meaningless. Las Vegas Sun

Under Trump, Pentagon Seizing More Control Over Warfighting
Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa. This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the United Arab Emirates' battle against Iranian-backed rebels. Key decisions on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are looming, from ending troop number limits to loosening rules that guide commanders in the field. Las Vegas Sun

Flynn Files Revised Financial Disclosures That Include Russian Payments
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn filed revised financial disclosure forms on Friday that included payments from three Russian companies with ties to the Kremlin shortly before he joined President Donald Trump's campaign. Flynn was paid $45,000 as a guest speaker by RT, the Russian state-sponsored news outlet regarded by the U.S. government as a propaganda instrument. He was also paid $22,500 by two companies with close ties to the Kremlin for speeches. The speeches came in December 2015, shortly before he formally became a foreign policy adviser to Trump. The payments were not listed on Flynn's first financial disclosure submitted to the federal government after Trump tapped him to be the national security adviser. UPI

New York Mayor Vows To Close Rikers Island Jail Complex
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed on Friday to close the Rikers Island jail complex. Speaking at City Hall, de Blasio promised to work toward closing the island complex as an independent commission prepared to release a 97-page report recommending a $10.6 billion plan to replace Rikers with a series of smaller jails based in New York City's five boroughs. "This is a very serious, sober, forever decision," he said. "Once you're off, you're off." De Blasio presented a timeline of 10 years to reduce the city's jail population to 5,000 in order to allow for a "complete departure of all inmates from Rikers Island" that would facilitate the closure. UPI

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GERMANY REBUKES INSTITUTE FOR HOSTING PRO-HEZBOLLAH ACADEMIC
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration reprimanded the Max Planck Institute for sponsoring an Islamic propaganda event featuring the pro-Hezbollah US academic Norman Finkelstein. The government “assesses critically the public presentation of the event,” according to a parliamentary inquiry statement The Jerusalem Post obtained on Thursday. The federal government’s rebuke in late March comes after a US senator and congressman delivered harsh words for the Max Planck Institute’s vigorous defense of Finkelstein’s anti-Israel event in the city of Halle. Jerusalem Post

Fired Trump Aide Michael Flynn's Immunity Bid 'Momentous'
The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat says a request by the fired US national security adviser for immunity to testify to the panel is "momentous".
Representative Adam Schiff said they were interested in hearing Michael Flynn's evidence, but it was too early to shield him from any prosecution. Two congressional committees and the FBI are investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election. Mr Flynn's ties with Russia have been under scrutiny. The retired army lieutenant general was sacked in February after misleading the White House about a conversation he had with the Moscow ambassador shortly after the election. BBC

Paraguay Congress Set On Fire As Election Protests Turn Deadly
Demonstrators in Paraguay have set fire to the country's parliament during violent protests against a bill that would lift presidential term limits. One activist was killed by a blow to the head which the opposition blamed on a rubber bullet fired by police. Under the 1992 constitution, introduced after the dictatorship, a head of state may only serve a single five-year term. But sitting President Horacio Cartes is trying to remove the restriction and run for re-election. Protesters were photographed smashing in windows of the congress building in the capital, Asuncion, on Friday night and setting fire to the interior. BBC

Small Hand Of Government: Trump's Aim To Shrink The State Pleases Conservatives
Donald Trump may not look like a conservative, act like a conservative or sound like a conservative, but he has been governing like one. Many Republican activists are satisfied with the first 70 days of his administration. In conversations with such figures this week, issues such as Trump’s controversial travel bans or the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn did not come up. Instead, optimism centered around efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant supreme court seat. Grover Norquist, a long-time and vocal activist, leader of Americans for Tax Reform, said: “On the deregulatory front he’s been phenomenal.” Trump’s picks to staff his administration, Norquist said, were “all people who understand the costs of the regulatory burden and are committed to ruling back the over-regulations of both George W Bush and Obama”. Guardian

Bernie Sanders Says Trump Voters Aren’t 'Deplorable' In Jab Aimed At Clinton Camp
Bernie Sanders has defended voters who backed Donald Trump for president, telling a rally in Boston: “Some people think the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. I don’t agree, because I’ve been there.” The senator from Vermont was speaking on Friday night at an event staged by Our Revolution, a group set up after his unexpectedly strong challenge to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary. Our Revolution aims, in the senator’s words in Boston, to create “a Democratic party that is not a party of the liberal elite but of the working class of this country”. Guardian

‘It’s Christmas All Over Again’: Donald Trump Gives New Hope To America’s Decimated Coal Towns
In the shadow of towering coal faces near Gillette, Wyoming there was "jubilation" this week as President Donald Trump eviscerated the climate change legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama and ended the "war on coal". "It was Christmas all over again," said Louise Carter-King, mayor of the town that styles itself the "energy capital of the nation". On March 31 last year 465 miners in Gillette were laid off in a single day as coal companies cut back in the wake of Mr Obama's pledge to slash carbon emissions. Telegraph

Donald Trump Leaves Executive Order Ceremony Without Signing Executive Order After Press Asks About Mike Flynn
It was an executive order signing ceremony that lacked one crucial part - the signature. Donald Trump was scheduled to sign off on a pair of directives in the Oval Office on Friday - but walked out of the room before actually signing them. With the papers laid out on the desk ready for his signature, Mr Trump was asked by a reporter about his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who is seeking immunity before testifying before congressional committees about Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential election. Telegraph

UN, Partners Warn 108 Million People Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide
Despite international efforts to address food insecurity, around 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a United Nations-backed report on food crises that offers benchmark for action needed to avoid catastrophe. “The cost in human and resource terms only increases if we let situations deteriorate,” said UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in a news release on the Global Report on Food Crises 2017. “We can prevent people dying from famine but if we do not scale up our efforts to save, protect and invest in rural livelihoods, tens of millions will remain severely food insecure,” he added. UN News

UN Agency Dispatches 3.5 Million Doses Of Yellow Fever Vaccine To Counter Outbreak In Brazil
In response to the yellow fever outbreak on-going in Brazil, some 3.5 million doses of vaccine from the emergency stockpile were deployed to the country through a United Nations-backed coordination mechanism, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision oversees a continuously replenished emergency stockpile of six million doses of yellow fever vaccine. The ICG includes four agencies: WHO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF,) the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). UN News

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