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Second Amendment Case Peruta Vs. California May Be Heading To Supreme Court
The Second Amendment is only 27 words, but Americans have used millions of words arguing over what it means. It guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” But which people, what arms, and under what circumstances? Two milestone cases involving the Second Amendment that reached the Supreme Court are District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), declaring an individual has a right to own a firearm, and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010), affirming the Second Amendment applies to state law. Fox News
VOA VIEW: The Second Amendment is clear and has been upheld many times.

Trump 'Tapes'? President Likely In Legal Rights To Record Conversations
President Trump may be the only one who truly knows if he has “tapes” of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey – but if he does, it's more of a congressional problem than a legal one. The president raised the possibility of secret tapes in a tweet Friday. Amid a slew of media leaks about Comey's controversial firing, Trump warned that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Fox News

Donald Trump's Poll Numbers Should Terrify Republicans
Donald Trump has never been a terribly popular president. But, a series of recent polls show him in truly dangerous territory -- flirting with dipping under 40% approval just 115 days into his presidency. The new Gallup tracking poll released Monday afternoon put Trump's job approval rating at just 38%, the lowest mark he has reached since April 1. That jibes with a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday that pegged Trump's job performance at 39% approval. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted before Trump fired FBI director James Comey last Tuesday showed Trump's approval at a meager 36%. In fact, the Real Clear Politics average of all polls on Trump's approval/disapproval now stands at 40.9% approval while his disapproval sits at 53.8%. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberal CNN trash that should not be believed.

The White House Still Won't Say Whether Donald Trump Is Taping Phone Calls
On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to offer any clarity on a simple but absolutely critical question: Is President Donald Trump taping phone calls he makes and receives? The President has nothing further on that," Spicer said at one point. "The President's made clear that's what his position is," he said at another. There's a number of problems with those responses but the most obvious is this: Trump has, in no way, shape or form made clear what his "position" is on taping phone calls. Here's the extent of Trump's "position," which came in the form of a tweet last Friday morning: "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" CNN

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U.S. Supreme Court Effectively Kills N.C.’s Voter ID Law
Liberal activists are celebrating the end of North Carolina's 2013 election law, which required photo ID at the polls; eliminated same-day voter registration; and reduced the state’s early-voting period by one week. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a federal appeals court decision that found North Carolina’s election law discriminated against African-Americans. The Supreme Court refusal means North Carolina has exhausted all its appeals, and the 2016 ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals stands. “This law, enacted with what the appeals court called discriminatory intent and ‘almost surgical precision’ targeting African-American voters, is meeting its much-deserved demise,” said Dale Ho, director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project. “An ugly chapter in voter suppression is finally closing.” CNS

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Appoint Someone Within FBI Ranks To Director
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the next FBI director should be someone from within the ranks of the agency. “I think it's time for an FBI agent to lead the FBI. When you talk about a new person to lead the FBI - how about an FBI agent who is above reproach?” Graham said. NBC’s Chuck Todd asked why former FBI Director James Comey’s predecessor should be an FBI agent and not a U.S. attorney or prosecutor. “It could be. It could be a lot of people, but how about the idea of an FBI agent leading the FBI, promoting within the ranks. There's so many good agents, men and women out there capable of leading the agency. This is up to the president. He has a duty and obligation to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane,” Graham said. “I think he'll do that. I hope he'll do that. CNS News

Baltimore's Soaring Homicide Rate: 'This Is A Killing Field'
No one saw the baby. She sat in a gold-hued car with tinted black windows as her 26-year-old father lay on the ground outside, dying. All eyes were on him, another fallen body in a city increasingly defined by them. In portions of Baltimore, the strobe of police cars is as much a part of the landscape as boarded-up homes. But the pace of the killings this year has been stunning as the city struggles to recover from rioting in 2015. As of Friday, 124 people have been murdered, including five on a recent day, making the Baltimore's homicide rate one of the highest in the country. It is more than triple Washington's rate and higher than the homicide rates in New Orleans and Chicago, two places that have become national symbols of gun violence. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: Gun rules make a difference.

Ford To Cut 10% Of Global Workforce
Ford is to announce a plan to cut 10% of its global workforce later this week, the Wall Street Journal reported late Monday. The Dearborn, Mich., automaker has been under pressure both from its board of directors and from shareholders in recent days to show that its strategic plan is working as U.S. industry sales begin to decline for the first time in seven years. Ford's profits sank 35% during the first quarter to $1.6 billion as higher costs for warranties, recalls and materials eroded profits. Ford could outline the job cuts as early as this week, according to the Journal. The cuts are said to largely target salaried employees. USA Today

Elizabeth Warren: Decision To Fire Comey Obstructs Investigation
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey “clearly obstructs an ongoing investigation.” The Massachusetts Democrat said Monday the next director needs to be someone the American people can trust to investigate Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and Russian connections to the Trump administration. Trump said Monday the selection process for a nominee for FBI director was “moving rapidly.” Warren said Trump has acknowledged that he was thinking about the Russia probe when he made the decision to fire Comey Tuesday. Warren said the country still needs a special prosecutor — someone Trump can’t fire — to guarantee a full investigation. Republicans hold a 52-seat majority in the Senate and can approve a new director with no Democrats on board. Boston Globe
VOA VIEW: Warren is a liberal idiot.

Coroner: Caffeine Overdose From Soda, Coffee And Energy Drink Led To Death Of S.C. Teen
According to the Associated Press, Richland County Coroner Gary Watts ruled out the possibility of a pre-existing heart condition and  said a caffeine overdose caused Cripe to collapse in his high school classroom on April 26. The S.C. teen drank a large Mountain Dew, a McDonald’s latte and an energy drink two hours before he began experiencing arrhythmia, Watts said. According to the Food and Drug Administration, caffeine in doses up to 400 mg (about five cups of coffee) is generally safe.
While McDonald’s doesn’t currently report the amount of caffeine in their coffee, Caffeine Informer estimates a large McDonald’s latte (21-24 oz.) contains 178 milligrams of caffeine. Atlanta Journal

Trump Reassures Farmers Immigration Crackdown Not Aimed At Their Workers
President Donald Trump said he would seek to keep his tough immigration enforcement policies from harming the U.S. farm industry and its largely immigrant workforce, according to farmers and officials who met with him. At a roundtable on farm labor at the White House last month, Trump said he did not want to create labor problems for farmers and would look into improving a program that brings in temporary agricultural workers on legal visas. "He assured us we would have plenty of access to workers," said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, one of 14 participants at the April 25 meeting with Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Reuters

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Gov't Report: Efforts To Reduce US Uninsured Stalled In 2016
 After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress toward reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government report that underscores the stakes as Republicans try to roll back Barack Obama's law. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 28.6 million people were uninsured last year, unchanged from 2015. The uninsured rate was 9 percent, an insignificant difference from 9.1 percent in 2015. The numbers, released Tuesday, suggest that the two main components of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, were reaching their limits in Obama's final year as president. Premiums for private insurance were about to jump, and 19 states continued to refuse the ACA's Medicaid expansion. The number of uninsured could start climbing again under some of the policies now being considered by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. Houston Chronicle

Trump Administration Vastly Expands Global Anti-Abortion Policy
The Trump administration said on Monday it was vastly expanding the scope of a policy blocking U.S. assistance to foreign groups that perform or provide information about abortions, a move critics say will hinder women's access to critical care. The new policy means that $8.8 billion in U.S. assistance to an array of programs fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria and maternal and child health will be subject to the so-called Mexico City policy. The policy, introduced in 1984, holds that no U.S. government funding for family planning services can be given to foreign clinics or groups that offer abortion services or discuss abortion, even if the funds for those activities come from non-U.S. government sources. The policy previously applied to a much narrower stream of about $600 million in U.S. government funds. Reuters
VOA VIEW: It's time to stop all the loopholes.

Did Trump Raise Mike Flynn’s FBI Troubles At Comey Dinner?
Neither side will comment on whether President Trump discussed the Justice Department's profound concerns about his national security adviser during a private dinner in January with FBI Director James Comey at the White House. But according to the statements of White House and Justice Department officials, Trump would have been aware of Mike Flynn's FBI troubles when he sat down for dinner with Comey. The dinner happened on Jan. 27, one day after acting Attorney General Sally Yates came to the White House to brief White House counsel Donald McGahn on Justice Department concerns that Flynn was compromised because he had lied about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. MSNBC

Democrats’ Agenda: Win House In 2018, Investigate Donald Trump
For now, Democrats can only ask for the "tapes" that President Donald Trump has suggested may exist of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. But if the party takes back the House next year, it can subpoena them. The supposed "tapes" are just one of a number of issues Democrats are already plotting to pursue if they win control of Congress' vast arsenal of investigative powers — raising the stakes on the 2018 congressional midterm elections. "When we take back the House in 2018, Democrats are going to hold this administration accountable," said Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., a member of the party leadership. "And we'll make sure there are real consequences for anyone who tries to use their elected office for personal gain...especially President Trump." MSNBC
VOA VIEW: Wishful Democrat thinking,

Trump Urged To Prod Erdogan On Human Rights
Turkish opposition members and human rights defenders are urging President Donald Trump to raise the issue of Turkey's deteriorating human rights and democracy in talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan is scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House for discussions expected to center on the friction between the two NATO allies over a U.S. decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters considered as terrorists by Turkey. They will also likely focus on a Turkish request for the extradition of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Turkey blames for last summer's failed coup. "Turkey is under a state of emergency since (the failed coup), during which human rights have been trampled on," said Sezgin Tanrikulu, a legislator from Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP. "The media and press freedoms have been placed under government control. Torture and ill-treatment have increased." Houston Chronicle

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Trump Takes Aim At Black Lives Matter, Slams ‘Hostility And Violence’ Against Police
President Trump took aim at the Black Lives Matter movement and former President Obama Monday, saying ambush-style killings of police last year during tensions in minority communities were “a stain on the very fabric of our society” and that too many Americans “obstruct” law enforcement. “We are living through an era in which our police are subjected to unfair vilification and defamation — even worse, hostility and violence,” Mr. Trump said at a memorial ceremony at the Capitol for fallen officers. “More officers were slain last year in ambushes than in any year in more than two decades.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Black Lives Matter is an anti white group.

Trump Aims To Tighten Ties With Saudi Arabia On His First Official Stop Overseas
President Trump’s upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia is a clear sign that the White House is allying itself with Riyadh, as regional power plays between the kingdom and Iran continue to polarize the Middle East. Making Saudi Arabia his first overseas visit as president, Mr. Trump is breaking with recent White House tradition of the inaugural trip being in the Americas or to one of Washington’s European allies. Critics claim the visit is designed to offset anti-Muslim rhetoric that played so heavily into Mr. Trump’s election campaign and fueled two hamstrung efforts to institute a travel ban from several majority-Muslim countries. Washington Times

White House Staff Shakeup Coming?
Talk of White House firings and shakeups have been nearly constant since Inauguration Day. That said, over the weekend, sources inside and outside the White House say that President Trump's frustration with the direction of his agenda is real and that staff changes -- likely starting in the communications staff -- are coming.
"Everyone knows it's coming. The question is now, or August? Things can't keep going the way they are," a senior Trump administration official told me. White House press secretary Sean Spicer and communications director Mike Dubke are under the microscope now. The White House sent word out over the weekend that it wanted suggestions for a new press secretary. There have been reports that Fox News' Kimberly Guilfoyle is being considered -- she had originally been seriously considered for the job during the transition. Spicer is said to have spent some time with Mr. Trump on Sunday, and that may have stabilized his position. CBS

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Saudi Arabia Confirms Its Computers Hit By Virus
Saudi Arabia says the WannaCry "ransomware" attack affected some government computers as well as those of Saudi Telecom Co., which provides landline, mobile and internet services for millions in the country. The kingdom's electronic security agency says about 18 percent of Saudi Telecom's computers were affected by the cyberattack. It says private computers also were affected. U.S. antivirus company McAfee says cyberattacks continue to hit Saudi Arabia. Data-wiping malicious software wrecked thousands of computers at Saudi Arabia's state-run oil company Aramco in 2012 in one of the most destructive attacks in the private sector. Tampa Tribune

Gun Demand On The Rise In Chicago, Police Say
The appetite for legal firearms is on the rise in Chicago, even as demand appears to wane nationally. Illinois State Police say the number of firearm owner identification applications in Chicago doubled from about 19,600 in 2014 to nearly 39,000 last year. It's on pace to surpass that this year. Illinois State Police say the number of firearm-owner identification applications in Chicago doubled from about 19,600 in 2014 to nearly 39,000 last year. Applications are on pace to surpass that this year. CBS
VOA VIEW: When crime is high, the demand for guns rise.

Hospitals Remain Key Targets As Ransomware Attacks Expected To Increase
The massive cyberattack this weekend that used “Wannacry” ransomware to infiltrate hundreds of thousands of computers has left organizations around the world – including medical care providers – on high alert. The attack on the British National Health Service that affected 16 hospitals became the most visible and frightening symbol of the attack, after several patients were sent to other hospitals and surgeries were canceled. While the scale of this weekend’s attack has been massive, authorities say it is just part of what will be a continuing pattern of ransomware attacks. Last year, multiple medical facilities in the U.S. were targeted in different attacks, with some paying thousands of dollars to recover their files. The hackers used ransomware to encrypt data, lock computers and hold the information for ransom payments. ABC

Trump Honors Fallen Police Officers, Vows To Reduce Violence
Decrying violence against police, President Donald Trump honored the "brave souls" of law enforcement on Monday and vowed his administration would look for ways to reduce violence against police. Trump addressed law enforcement and family members of the fallen at the 36th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service outside the U.S. Capitol, reaffirming his campaign promises to restore justice and end attacks on police. "Every drop of blood spilled from our heroes in blue is a wound inflicted upon the whole country," Trump said. "And every heartache known by your families in law enforcement is a sorrow shared by the entire family of the American nation." ABC

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New South Korean Leader To Go To White House Summit In June
New South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House next month for a summit with President Donald Trump amid worries over North Korea's progress in building a nuclear and missile arsenal, Seoul's presidential office said Tuesday. The agreement for the leaders to meet in late June followed a meeting in Seoul between Chung Eui-yong, Moon's foreign policy adviser, and Matt Pottinger, the Asia director on Trump's National Security Council, said Moon's spokesman Yoon Young-chan. The announcement came days after North Korea successfully tested a powerful new missile that analysts believe could reach Alaska when perfected. Tampa Tribune

Hillary Clinton Is Launching A New Political Group
Hillary Clinton is launching a new political organization. The former Democratic presidential nominee unveiled "Onward Together" on Monday afternoon. The organization, whose name is a riff on her campaign theme, "Stronger Together," aims to empower Democrats and liberal groups that are building a network of candidates in the 2018 mid-terms to oppose President Donald Trump. Clinton tweeted that she's launching the new group "to encourage people to get involved, organize, and even run for office." The former secretary of state was not expected to rejoin the Clinton Foundation, the primary focus of her husband and daughter. In another Monday tweet, she said she's been "reflecting, spending time with family — and yes, taking walks in the woods." The 69-year-old Clinton recently described herself as a "citizen activist." Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Having Hillary as an activist will help Republicans.

China, Japan Increase Holdings Of U.S. Government Treasuries
Japan and China increased their holdings of U.S. Treasuries as overall net foreign purchases in March reached the strongest in a year. China increased its ownership of U.S. government bonds, notes and bills by $27.9 billion to $1.09 trillion in March, remaining the second-largest foreign holder of American debt, according to a monthly Treasury Department report released on Monday. Japan, the largest non-U.S. holder of government debt, increased its total to $1.12 trillion, up $3.4 billion from a month earlier. Total foreign ownership of U.S. Treasuries amounted to about $6.08 trillion in March -- the highest since September, but down from a peak of $6.3 trillion a year earlier. Net purchases of U.S. Treasury bonds and notes by foreigners were $24.4 billion, the data show. Bloomberg

Trump Taps Callista Gingrich To Be Ambassador To The Vatican
The Trump administration has tapped the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Two people with direct knowledge of the discussions said President Donald Trump will nominate Callista Gingrich for the post. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before an official announcement. The decision comes ahead of Trump's first foreign trip, which includes a stop at the Vatican. Callista Gingrich is president of Gingrich Productions and has produced a number of documentaries, including one about Pope John Paul II. She also served on the House Committee on Agriculture, where she worked as chief clerk until 2007. She was a key figure in her husband's 2012 bid for the Republican nomination. Las Vegas Sun

Biden To Headline DNC’s Annual LGBT Gala In New York
Former Vice President Joe Biden will headline the Democratic National Committee's annual LGBT Gala in New York next month, the DNC says. DNC Chair Tom Perez says the former vice president will receive the inaugural LGBT hero award for his advocacy on behalf of gays and lesbians at the June 21 dinner. Gays and lesbians represent a key voting group that supported former President Barack Obama's two campaigns. Biden spoke out in favor of gay marriage in 2012, three days before Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage. Perez says Biden has been at the "forefront of transgender equality, calling it 'the civil rights issue of our time.'" Las Sun Vegas

U.S. Officials: Syria Prison Executing At Least 50 Inmates A Day
The Syrian regime of President Bashar al Assad is executing dozens of prisoners per day and wiping out their remains inside a new crematorium, the U.S. Department of State said Monday. Asst. Secretary of State for the Middle East Stuart Jones said a crematorium at the infamous Sednaya military prison is destroying the corpses at a rapid rate. Jones said at least 50 inmates at the Damascus facility are being killed daily. Jones also showed photos of the crematorium during Monday's news briefing. UPI News

NJ Republican: 'Classified Intelligence Is Classified For A Reason'
A New Jersey Republican on a key intelligence committee called reports Monday that President Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials “deeply concerning” and vowed to bring the issue up with the House panel this week. “Classified Intelligence is classified for a reason and must be respected and protected as such at all levels of government. While sharing intelligence against a mutual threat such as ISIS is warranted at times - and in the President's purview - the U.S. must take every precaution to protect the sources and methods of long-established allies who assist us,” said the statement from U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. “These media reports are deeply concerning and I will raise the issue surrounding the disclosure of classified information” when the committee meets this week. Philadelphia Inquirer
VOA VIEW: A cheap Republican.

Trump Vows To Wipe Out MS-13 Gang In Short Order
President Trump vowed to eradicate the notorious MS-13 gang “very soon” during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Monday to honor fallen police officers. “MS-13 is going to be gone from our streets very soon, believe me,” Trump said to loud applause. The president has railed against MS-13 in recent weeks, telling National Rifle Association members at a conference last month that he hopes to get the gang “the hell of out here.” Treasury Department officials labeled MS-13 a “transnational criminal organization” in 2012, noting that its members have been involved in drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, murder and sex trafficking in the U.S. and several other countries. “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama admin allowed bad MS-13 gangs to form in cities across the U.S.,” Trump tweeted late last month, days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had suggested that MS-13 “could qualify” for State Department designation as a terrorist organization. NY Post

Bill Cosby Says Sex Allegations Could Be Racist
Bill Cosby said the sexual allegations launched against him could be due to racism during an interview Monday as the legendary comedian prepares for his sexual assault trial next month. “Could be. Could be,” Cosby told Sirius XM’s Michael Smerconish, referring to new racism charges made by Cosby’s daughter, Esna. “There are so many tentacles. So many different – ‘nefarious’ is a great word. And I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.” Ensa Cosby released an audio statement Monday that said “racism has played a big role” is her father’s sex scandal. “The accusations against my father have been one-sided from the beginning,” Esna Cosby said. “I’ve witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary works be dismissed without any proof. Bill Cosby also questioned the timing of the allegations, claiming they were made all at once to sway public opinion. NY Post

How The Dark Overlord Is Costing U.S. Clinics Big Time With Ransom Demands
A brassy, attention-seeking hacker group that calls itself The Dark Overlord is stealing massive numbers of patient records from U.S. medical and dental clinics and hawking them on the black market or spilling them onto the internet. The group’s digital rampage hasn’t seized the kinds of headlines that have been devoted to the WannaCry ransomware that’s swept the globe in recent days. But it has had a far greater impact in the United States than the ransomware attack, inflicting heavy – even crippling – costs on small clinics across America. While the ransomware attack affected few computers in the United States other than those of FedEx, The Dark Overlord has plundered hundreds of thousands of digital health records in the past year from coast to coast. Targets have ranged from a Manhattan cosmetic dental practice to a semi-rural Missouri medical clinic. Only last week, the group posted the patient records of clinics in Florida and California. Charlotte Observer

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Draws Fire For Posting Photo Of His Daughter In Lingerie
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has stirred up an online debate over a photo he tweeted of his adult daughter. In the black-and-white photo Samantha Blake Cohen, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, poses in black stockings and a bra. “So proud of my Ivy League daughter … brains and beauty channeling her Edie Sedgwick,” he wrote, adding a link to @samichka_, his daughter’s Instagram. California socialite and model Edie Sedgwick, who died in 1971, became a muse of Andy Warhol in the 1960s at the height of the Pop Art movement, according to Biography. The ick factor of a father posting a photo of his daughter in a state of undress ran too high for some people. One Twitter user called Cohen “Mr. Creepypants.” Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: It's time for a new attorney.

They Got Breast Implants After Mastectomies. The Implants Gave Them Cancer
The Food and Drug Administration first reported a link between implants and the disease in 2011, and information was added to the products’ labeling. But the added warnings are deeply embedded in a dense list of complications, and no implants have been recalled. The FDA advises women only “to follow their doctor’s recommended actions for monitoring their breast implants,” a spokeswoman said in an email this month. Until recently, many doctors had never heard of the disease, and little was known about the women who suddenly received the shocking diagnosis of cancer brought on by implants. An FDA update in March that linked nine deaths to the implants has helped raise awareness. The agency had received 359 reports of implant-associated lymphoma from around the world, although the actual tally of cases is unknown because the FDA’s monitoring system relies on voluntary reports from doctors or patients. Kansas City Star

Over 130,000 Pounds Of Food Yanked In Third Nationwide Waffle Listeria Recall
There’s a third nationwide recall from the listeria worries that pulled all Aunt Jemima frozen waffles, pancakes and French toast out of the nation’s grocery freezers.
Aunt Jemima owner Pinnacle Foods, which made the initial recall May 6 after finding listeria in its plant, also supplies the waffles for Valley Innovative Services’ heat-treated Traditions’ brand dishes. So, Valley recalled 130,071 pounds of the product, produced and packaged from May 2016 through this month. On Tuesday, Save-A-Lot Pick 5 Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches got recalled nationwide for the same reason. Miami Herald

Ryan Might Regret Having Said This About Hillary Clinton
In July 2016, few in Washington, D.C., were more incredulous that the FBI decided not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime for sending and receiving classified information on her private email server than House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan issued one of the Republicans' irate statements: "No one should be above the law. But based upon the director's own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law. Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent. The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions." And then he held a news conference, where he asked the Obama administration to stop giving Clinton, who was the Democrats' newly minted presidential nominee, classified briefings. "Individuals who are 'extremely careless,' close quote," Ryan said, using the term then-FBI Director James Comey used to describe Clinton's email practices, "should be denied further access to information." (That proposal never got anywhere). SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Hillary thinks she is above the law.

Healthcare A Primary Concern For Americans Right Now
As Republicans try to replace the Affordable Care Act, nearly a fifth of Americans cited healthcare as their chief concern, a poll released Monday indicates. In a new Gallup poll, 18 percent of Americans responded that healthcare coverage is the single most important issue at the moment -- tied with overall government dissatisfaction. Gallup's survey indicates that more Americans are concerned about the healthcare system now than at any other time since November 2013, when the figure was 19 percent amid the rollout of former President Barack Obama's ACA, or Obamacare. UPI News

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WHITE HOUSE QUESTIONS AUTHENTICITY OF 'WESTERN WALL' SOVEREIGNTY COMMENTS
The Trump administration is denying that one of its top officials characterized the Western Wall as West Bank territory outside of established Israeli jurisdiction, after local reports claimed a US official said as much to counterparts in the prime minister's office. "These comments, if true, were not authorized by the White House," a spokesman told The Jerusalem Post on Monday afternoon. "They do not reflect the US position, and certainly not the president's position." Jerusalem Post

How The Dark Overlord Is Costing U.S. Clinics Big Time With Ransom Demands
A brassy, attention-seeking hacker group that calls itself The Dark Overlord is stealing massive numbers of patient records from U.S. medical and dental clinics and hawking them on the black market or spilling them onto the internet. The group’s digital rampage hasn’t seized the kinds of headlines that have been devoted to the WannaCry ransomware that’s swept the globe in recent days. But it has had a far greater impact in the United States than the ransomware attack, inflicting heavy – even crippling – costs on small clinics across America. While the ransomware attack affected few computers in the United States other than those of FedEx, The Dark Overlord has plundered hundreds of thousands of digital health records in the past year from coast to coast. Targets have ranged from a Manhattan cosmetic dental practice to a semi-rural Missouri medical clinic. Only last week, the group posted the patient records of clinics in Florida and California. Charlotte Observer

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Draws Fire For Posting Photo Of His Daughter In Lingerie
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has stirred up an online debate over a photo he tweeted of his adult daughter. In the black-and-white photo Samantha Blake Cohen, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, poses in black stockings and a bra. “So proud of my Ivy League daughter … brains and beauty channeling her Edie Sedgwick,” he wrote, adding a link to @samichka_, his daughter’s Instagram. California socialite and model Edie Sedgwick, who died in 1971, became a muse of Andy Warhol in the 1960s at the height of the Pop Art movement, according to Biography. The ick factor of a father posting a photo of his daughter in a state of undress ran too high for some people. One Twitter user called Cohen “Mr. Creepypants.” Kansas City Star
VOA VIEW: It's time for a new attorney.

They Got Breast Implants After Mastectomies. The Implants Gave Them Cancer
The Food and Drug Administration first reported a link between implants and the disease in 2011, and information was added to the products’ labeling. But the added warnings are deeply embedded in a dense list of complications, and no implants have been recalled. The FDA advises women only “to follow their doctor’s recommended actions for monitoring their breast implants,” a spokeswoman said in an email this month. Until recently, many doctors had never heard of the disease, and little was known about the women who suddenly received the shocking diagnosis of cancer brought on by implants. An FDA update in March that linked nine deaths to the implants has helped raise awareness. The agency had received 359 reports of implant-associated lymphoma from around the world, although the actual tally of cases is unknown because the FDA’s monitoring system relies on voluntary reports from doctors or patients. Kansas City Star

Over 130,000 Pounds Of Food Yanked In Third Nationwide Waffle Listeria Recall
There’s a third nationwide recall from the listeria worries that pulled all Aunt Jemima frozen waffles, pancakes and French toast out of the nation’s grocery freezers.
Aunt Jemima owner Pinnacle Foods, which made the initial recall May 6 after finding listeria in its plant, also supplies the waffles for Valley Innovative Services’ heat-treated Traditions’ brand dishes. So, Valley recalled 130,071 pounds of the product, produced and packaged from May 2016 through this month. On Tuesday, Save-A-Lot Pick 5 Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches got recalled nationwide for the same reason. Miami Herald

Ryan Might Regret Having Said This About Hillary Clinton
In July 2016, few in Washington, D.C., were more incredulous that the FBI decided not to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime for sending and receiving classified information on her private email server than House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Ryan issued one of the Republicans' irate statements: "No one should be above the law. But based upon the director's own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law. Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent. The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions." And then he held a news conference, where he asked the Obama administration to stop giving Clinton, who was the Democrats' newly minted presidential nominee, classified briefings. "Individuals who are 'extremely careless,' close quote," Ryan said, using the term then-FBI Director James Comey used to describe Clinton's email practices, "should be denied further access to information." (That proposal never got anywhere). SF Gate
VOA VIEW: Hillary thinks she is above the law.

PM: FOX NEWS IS WRONG ON US EMBASSY MOVE, AND HERE’S THE PROOF
In a rare move, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released information he shared privately with the White House to disprove a Fox News correspondent’s claim that Israel opposes relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “Everyone I’ve spoken to in DC that has been briefed on the Jerusalem embassy move says Netanyahu told Trump not to move embassy at this time,” Fox News foreign correspondent Connor Powell wrote on Twitter. Jerusalem Post

Iran Election: Hardliner Qalibaf Withdraws Candidacy
Tehran's hardline mayor, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, has withdrawn from Iran's presidential election. Mr Qalibaf called on his supporters to back conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi against the incumbent Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who is seeking a second term. A victory for Mr Raisi on Friday was vital for "the preservation of the interests of the people, the revolution and the country", he warned. Mr Qalibaf had been under pressure from the clerical establishment to drop out. Hardliners reportedly feared the anti-Rouhani vote would be split and make a second round run-off more likely. BBC

Yemen War: Emergency In Sanaa As Cholera Kills Scores
A state of emergency has been declared in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, after an outbreak of cholera killed scores of people. Hospitals in the city, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, are crowded with cholera patients. The Red Cross says the number of suspected cases in the country has tripled in a week to more than 8,500. Yemen has been ravaged by hunger and civil war, allowing disease to spread rapidly. Two-thirds of the population do not have access to safe drinking water, according to the UN. BBC

Donald Trump 'Shared Highly Classified Information With Russian Officials'
Donald Trump allegedly revealed highly classified information to Russian foreign minster Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in an Oval Office meeting last week. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Trump shared details of intelligence gathered of an Isis threat that had been closely guarded within the United States government and among close US allies. The report said that while Trump did not describe the specific source used to gather the intelligence, he provided highly classified details, apparently connected to an Islamic State plot related to the use of laptop computers on board passenger aircraft. BBC
VOA IEW: Fake news

Don't Pay WannaCry Demands, Cybersecurity Experts Say
Cybersecurity experts have warned businesses against meeting hackers’ demands for money in the wake of the “unprecedented” attack on hundreds of thousands of computer systems around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. The worm used in Friday’s attack, dubbed WannaCry or WanaCrypt0r, encrypted more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries for ransoms of $300 to $600 to restore access. The full damage of the attack and its economic cost was still unclear, but Europol’s director, Rob Wainwright, said its global reach was precedented, and more victims were likely to become known in the coming days. Guardian

Melania And Barron Trump Will Move To The White House This Summer
Melania Trump will move into the White House this summer after having remained in Trump Tower in New York since her husband took over the presidency in January. The couple’s 11-year-old son, Barron, will attend St Andrew’s Episcopal school, a private preparatory school in Potomac, Maryland, after finishing fifth grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan, a White House spokeswoman said, and the two will join Donald Trump in Washington. In a statement, Melania Trump said she chose St Andrew’s Episcopal school because “it is known for its diverse community and commitment to academic excellence”. Guardian

Vladimir Putin Warns Against 'Intimidating' North Korea After 'Dangerous' Missile Test
Vladimir Putin has warned against attempting to intimidate North Korea after Pyongyang said it had successfully launched a nuclear-capable missile in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. In his first comments since a North Korean missile plunged into the sea off the Russian coast on Sunday, Mr Putin condemned Pyongyang’s nuclear program as "harmful and dangerous.” But he added that the international community should respond with talks, not threats, and appeared to blame US policy for provoking the crisis. Telegraph

Syrian Troops Advancing Towards US And British Special Forces
Bashar al-Assad’s troops are on a collision course with Western special forces, after advancing towards their training base in eastern Syria over the weekend.
Pro-government soldiers are now within 15 miles of al-Tanf - a heavily fortified hub for American and British special forces training Syrian rebel groups, which are fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) near the Iraqi border. The assault is being led by Iranian forces, which are commanding Syrian troops and a number of Lebanese Hizbollah fighters with the help of Russian jets in the skies. Telegraph

Sexual Violence In Conflict ‘Legitimate Threat’ To Peace And Security
Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the United Nations Security Council today. “Sexual violence in conflict is no longer seen as ‘merely a women’s issue’ or as a ‘lesser evil’ in a false hierarchy of human rights violations,” she said during an open debate on the subject, in which some 70 speakers shared their views. The debate, on sexual violence in conflict as a tactic of war and terrorism, heard briefings from Adama Dieng, Under-Secretary-General, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, as well as Mina Jaf, Founder and Executive Director of Women's Refugee Route. UN News

UN Chief Condemns DPR Korea’s Ballistic Missile Launch
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged Pyongyang to return to the path of denuclearization saying the latest ballistic missile launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a threat to peace and security in the region. “The Secretary-General condemns the launch of another ballistic missile by the DPRK, the Spokesman said in a statement. He added that that launch violates Security Council resolution, and said that Mr. Guterres calls on the DPRK to “ensure full compliance with its international obligations.” DPRK fired the missile while the UN chief was in Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum. Addressing President Xi Jinping, Mr. Guterres highlighted the shared aims of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as deepening connectivity in infrastructure, trade and finance. UN News

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