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California To Sue Trump Admin Over Citizenship Question In 2020 Census
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the suit against the administration late Monday on Twitter, saying the measure would be unlawful. “Filing suit against @realdonaldtrump's Administration over decision to add #citizenship question on #2020Census. Including the question is not just a bad idea — it is illegal,” Becerra wrote. The Commerce Department said in a statement that the citizenship question would be added in response to a request by the Justice Department made in December.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Those who oppose the citizenship question are totally nuts.

Orange County Could Sue To Block 'Unconstitutional' Sanctuary Law
Orange County, California, Supervisor Shawn Nelson is pushing back against his state's sanctuary law. Nelson, who's running for Congress in California's 39th District, wants to opt out of the California Values Act, which limits cooperation between local police and federal immigration agents. On "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, Nelson said he hopes Orange County will join a lawsuit the Justice Department has filed against California claiming recently-passed state laws are deliberately interfering with federal immigration enforcement. Fox

Former Supreme Court Justice: Repeal The Second Amendment
Former Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens on Tuesday called for the repeal of the Second Amendment, the constitutional right used to defend gun ownership. In a New York Times op-ed, Stevens — a Gerald Ford appointee who emerged as a liberal voice on the court and who retired from the court in 2010 — said the March for Our Lives demonstrations and civic engagement in the wake of last month's Parkland, Fla., school shooting "demand our respect." USA Today
VOA VIEW: The Second Amendment has no chance of being repealed.

Cambrideg Analytica Used hacked Data In 'Privatized Colonizing Operation'
A company linked to controversial consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used hacked personal information for a “privatized colonizing operation” in developing countries such as Nigeria, according to a whistleblower. Christopher Wylie, a former research director for the company who blew the lid off of its use of Facebook data earlier this month, testified before a committee of British Parliament on Tuesday, and exposed more bombshell claims about what his former employer did around the world. NY Daily

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NATO Expels Russian Diplomats
Nato is expelling seven Russian diplomats in response to a nerve agent attack in the UK. The international security organisation's chief said the move would send a message to Russia that there are "costs and consequences" for its behaviour. Twenty-five countries have expelled Russian envoys in the last two days, in solidarity with the UK. They all believe Russia was behind the poisoning of two people in Salisbury.  BBC

California’s Ready To Retaliate If Trump Cuts Auto Rules
As the Trump administration begins to dismantle Barack Obama’s ambitious auto efficiency regulations, California is said to be poised to retaliate by doing something that automakers have feared: de-coupling the state’s rules with those set in Washington. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded Obama rules to limit vehicle greenhouse-gas emissions are too aggressive and should be revised, according to people familiar with the determination.  Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Zuckerberg Refuses UK Parliament Summons
Mark Zuckerberg has declined a summons from a UK parliamentary committee that’s investigating how social media data is being used, and — as recent revelations suggest misused — for political ad targeting. The DCMS committee wrote to Zuckerberg on March 20 — following newspaper reports based on interviews with a former employee of UK political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, who revealed the company obtained Facebook data on 50 million users — calling for him to give oral evidence. Tech Crunch
VOA VIEW: Social media is a danger.

Prince Died With 'Exceedingly High' Level Of Fentanyl
Prince had an extremely high level of a powerful synthetic opioid in his body at the time of his death at his home in Minnesota in April 2016, according to a toxicology report obtained by The Associated Press. The confidential toxicology information was reported less than a week after the Carver County Attorney Mark Metz stated that the death investigation remains active. Metz is still deciding whether to charge someone with a crime. BBC

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Buying Viagra: What You Should Know
Men can now buy the impotence pill Viagra Connect without a prescription at some UK pharmacies. Health experts hope it will mean more men get help for erectile dysfunction - a condition thought to affect up to one in five adult men, 4.3 million in the UK. Like any medication though, the drug can cause side-effects and should not be misused or abused. What should men consider before buying and trying the little blue pills? Who can have it? BBC

2 More Lawyers Decline To Join Trump Legal Team
Two more lawyers have declined to join President Donald Trump's legal team, a Chicago-based law firm said Tuesday, the latest attorneys to turn down an invitation to represent the President amid special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. In a statement, Winston & Strawn said attorneys Dan Webb and Tom Buchanan "were unable to take on the representation due to business conflicts." "However they consider the opportunity to represent the President to be the highest honor and they sincerely regret that they cannot do so.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN likes to report any negative about Trump.

Britian's May Calls For 'Long Term Response' To Russia Spy Poisoning
British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for a “long-term response” by the West to the security threat from Russia as NATO followed member states in expelling Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a double agent in England. In the most sweeping such action against Moscow since the height of the Cold War, the United States and European Union members plan to expel scores of  diplomats in action against the Kremlin for the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter which they have blamed on Russia. Reuters

Walmart To Remove 'Cosmopolitan' Magazine Amid #MeToo Movement
Walmart is saying goodbye to Cosmopolitan. The retail giant will remove the women's fashion magazine from checkout lines at 5,000 stores across the country, according to a press release from National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) Tuesday, an organization that helped instigate the policy change. "You can go through and buy your groceries with your family knowing you don't have to be exposed to this graphic and often degrading and offensive material," NCOSE Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach Haley Halverson said in a Facebook live session Tuesday. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good!

Bill Clinton's Census Asked About Citizenship
The Department of Commerce announced that it would include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 U.S. Census, which sparked outrage among Democrats on Tuesday. However, Former President Bill Clinton’s Department of Commerce asked about citizenship in their 2000 census. Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez said that asking a citizenship question on the census was “a craven attack on our democracy and a transparent attempt to intimidate immigrant communities.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the decision violated the Constitution. NTK Network
VOA VIEW: Anti America fools object to Citizenship being asked.

China Sends Massive Navy For South China Sea Games After Xi Vowed To Wage 'Bloody Battle' For World Domination
DOZENS of Chinese ships are exercising this week with an aircraft carrier in a show of force off Hainan Island in the South China Sea. Pictures, provided by Planet Labs Inc, show a Chinese carrier group has entered the trade route as part of combat drills. The Chinese navy claims the movements are part of routine annual exercises, according to Reuters. The Liaoning carrier group last week traversed the Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese defence ministry. The photos, taken yesterday, show what appear to be at least 40 ships and submarines flanking the carrier Liaoning in what some analysts described as an unusually large display of the China’s expanding fleet.  The Sun

NBC Claims There Were 800,000 Gun Control Marchers In DC
In the aftermath of the March for Our Lives that took place in Washington, D.C., and across the country, NBC News erroneously reported on social media the number of marchers was almost 1 million. The true number, however, was significantly lower. Initially, NBC News reported there were an estimated 800,000 people who registered to vote at the march on Saturday but then issued a “correction,” saying 800,000 is the number of people who participated, which is what the March for Our Lives organizers claimed the number to be in the nation's capital: IJR
VOA VIEW: Fake news.

Trump Under Oath: Sometimes Combative, Often Boastful, Usually Lacking Details
In June 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump raised his right hand and swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. On the verge of becoming the Republican nominee for president, Trump sat for a videotaped deposition, a familiar experience for a businessman who had sued or been sued thousands of times. "I imagine you've had your deposition taken a number of times?" asked lawyer Deborah Baum, who led the questioning. "I have, yes," Trump answered. NPR

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China Space Lab To Fall To Earth This Weekend
China’s Tiangong-1 space lab is likely to fall to Earth sometime between Friday and Monday and shower debris over an area covering thousands of square kilometers (miles), though the risk to people will be very small, the European Space Agency aid. ESA said the 10.4-metre-long (34.1-foot) space station is expected to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere somewhere between the 43rd north and south parallels, roughly between the latitudes of London in Britain and Wellington in New Zealand. Reuters

Adultery Allegations Undercut Trump's Authority
The White House’s retaliatory steps against the Kremlin Monday were sweeping and noteworthy. The president’s spokesperson said plainly that the Russian government’s behavior would not be tolerated, and lawmakers from both sides and international partners around the world applauded. But this West Wing seems to be standing in quicksand. ABC

US Punishes Russia But Trump Hedges Bets On Putin
The Trump White House is coming down harder than ever before on Russia, booting out 60 diplomats and standing firm with Western allies after an alleged Russian nerve gas attack on one of its former spies in Britain. The fact that anyone is surprised shows how much President Donald Trump's deferential relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin has puzzled the world following allegations that Moscow's interference in the 2016 US election helped put him in power. CNN

Trump Pushing Pentagon To Pay For Border Wall
President Trump is privately pushing for the Pentagon to pay for his proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, according to a new report. The Washington Post reports that Trump made the suggestion to several advisers last week, saying it was a "national security" issue that the wall be funded. Trump reportedly told Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a meeting last week that the military should pay for the wall. Ryan offered little reaction to the idea while senior Capitol Hill officials called its prospects unlikely. Google
VOA VIEW: Good idea which makes sense.

Michigan Supervisor Of Larry Nassar Jailed
A former Michigan State University dean who oversaw USA Gymnastics abuser Larry Nassar has himself been arrested for alleged criminal sexual misconduct. William Strampel is accused of inappropriate sexual conduct and of storing nude photos of students, investigators say. The 70-year-old also allegedly failed to properly oversee Nassar despite complaints about his treatments. Nassar, who abused some 265 girls, was sentenced to up to 300 years in prison. BBC

North Korean Leader Was In Delegation Visiting Beijing
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was part of a secretive delegation that arrived in Beijing by train on Monday and left on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the matter and foreign media reports. The visit, which would be Kim’s first known journey abroad since he assumed power in 2011, was not announced by North Korea or China and has remained shrouded in mystery. South Korea’s left-leaning Hankyoreh newspaper reported that Kim had travelled to Beijing for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday afternoon before leaving for a “third location”, which could be in China. Reuters

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WH 'Strongly' Denies Trump's Alleged Affair
The White House has denied allegations that Donald Trump had an affair with an adult-film actress. Stormy Daniels gave details about the alleged 2006 affair during an interview on CBS News' 60 Minutes programme. "The president doesn't believe that any of the claims that Ms Daniels made last night in her interview were accurate," said spokesman Raj Shah. President Trump's lawyers are seeking $20m (£14m) in damages from her, saying she broke a non-disclosure deal. BBC
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts - Daniels has no proof of an affair.

Russia Says It Will Respond To 'Obnoxiousness' Of Diplomat Expulsions
The Russian foreign minister on Tuesday said Moscow will not tolerate the “obnoxiousness” of having its diplomats expelled and blamed the United States for using “colossal blackmail” to coerce its European allies to go along with the dismissals. “Rest assured, we will respond,” Sergey Lavrov said, according to the Russian state-run news agency TASS. NY Post

Stormy Daniels Not Going Away 'Anytime Soon'
Porn actress Stormy Daniels has a "litany of more evidence" to back her allegation of an affair with President Donald Trump, her lawyer told "Good Morning America" Monday. On the morning after a much-anticipated TV interview with Daniels, the professional name for 39-year-old Stephanie Clifford, lawyers representing both her and Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, traded threats over the validity of her claims. ABC
VOA VIEW: Daniels is a publicity seeking loser.

Trump's Trade Tactics May Make China More Willing To Negotiate
It's yet to be seen if President Donald Trump's tough trade talk will work but there have been some promising signs, said Larry Lindsey, who served as a top economic advisor to President George W. Bush. Trump signed an executive memorandum on Thursday that would impose tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports. "Trump is trying something new. We won't know until it's tried whether it's going to work or not," Lindsey said on CNBC's "Closing Bell" Monday. CNBC

Trump Reportedly Looking To Bring Back Rob Porter
President Trump is reportedly looking to re-hire former White House staff secretary Rob Porter — who left in February amid a domestic abuse scandal. Trump has been in constant contact with the disgraced former aide and has told advisers that he misses the work Porter had dnoe in the West Wing — and wants him back, The New York Times reported on Monday. Porter resigned after reports cited two of his ex-wives who claimed he had been physically and emotionally abusive. NY Post

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Who Would Demand Someone Bake A Cake, Anyway?
The Supreme Court is now considering the infamous gay wedding cake case. A gay couple sought out a certain baker to bake a cake for their wedding, knowing the baker in question is a Christian. He politely refused service, saying he couldn't give sanction to a practice that is against his faith. Now the case is before the highest court in the land, and the controversy surrounding it hasn't died down in the least.  PJ Media

Democrats Introduce Bullet Control Bill
In the wake of the “March For Our Lives” rally Saturday, and with no legislative appetite for more gun control laws, Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced a bill requiring background checks for purchasing bullets. “You do not have the right to bear bullets,” said Congresswoman and former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz at a press conference Monday announcing the introduction of a bill that would require instant background checks to purchase ammunition. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Dems are going to all extremes.

California Sheriff Revolts Against Sanctuary State Law, Makes Inmates’ Release Dates Public
The sheriff’s department in a major Los Angeles metro area county announced Monday that it will begin publishing a list of inmate release dates, spurning a provision of California’s sanctuary state law that limits communication between local officials and immigration authorities. As of Monday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s online inmate database includes the date and time of a prisoner’s release, a change that agency officials say will improve communication with federal law enforcement partners. Daily Caller

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Stormy Daniels’ Friend Alana Evans: I’m Also Going To Sue Michael Cohen
Stormy Daniels might not be the only porn star suing President Trump’s attorney. Alana Evans, a fellow adult-film actress, is planning her own defamation case against Michael Cohen, The Daily Beast has learned. “Because of his words, Stormy and I are continued to be called liars even after the man admitted he actually did pay her off,” Evans said. Evans said some longtime fans have turned against her because of Cohen’s statements, which deny Daniels’ tryst with Trump. Daily Beast

Twitter Bans Cryptocurrency Advertising
Twitter announced Monday it will ban advertising for cryptocurrencies, joining advertising giants Google and Facebook in a wider crackdown that aims to protect investors from fraud. “We are committed to ensuring the safety of the Twitter community. As such, we have added a new policy for Twitter Ads relating to cryptocurrency,” a Twitter spokesperson told CNBC Monday. WND

Netanyahu Rushed To Hospital
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital on Tuesday due to a high fever and cough. Netanyahu's office said in a statement that his doctor ordered him to undergo a series of tests at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, according to The Jerusalem Post. He reportedly he did not get enough rest after suffering from the flu two weeks ago.  Hill

Jimmy Carter Calls Trump's Decision To Hire Bolton 'A Disaster For Our Country'
Former president Jimmy Carter, one of the few U.S. officials who has traveled to North Korea and met with its leaders, expresses hope for the planned White House summit with Pyongyang but warns that President Trump may have made “one of the worst mistakes” of his tenure by naming John Bolton to the sensitive post of national security adviser. In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, pegged to the publication of his new book titled Faith. USA Today
VOA VIEW: No one, or almost no one cares what Carter says or thinks.

Cambridge Analytica Specialist Found Dead
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie has today revealed his predecessor died mysteriously in a Kenyan hotel room - and may have been poisoned. He said Dan Muresan was working for President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election campaign when he was found dead in 2012 amid reports a deal he was working on went 'sour'. Giving evidence to the culture select committee of MPs, Mr Wylie told how rumours that Mr Muresan had been killed circulated around the controversial data firm. . Daily Mail UK

Christopher Steele's Other Report: A Murder In Washington
The FBI possesses a secret report asserting that Vladimir Putin’s former media czar was beaten to death by hired thugs in Washington, DC — directly contradicting the US government’s official finding that Mikhail Lesin died by accident. The report, according to four sources who have read all or parts of it, was written by the former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who also wrote the famous dossier alleging that Russia had been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Donald Trump. Buzz Feed

Democrats Know Hackers Will Be Back In 2018. The Problem? Forcing Campaigns To Care.
To Shauna Daly, a veteran Democratic operative, the idea seemed like an obvious answer to an urgent problem in the months after the 2016 election: a new nonprofit that could help campaigns guard against hacks and share critical threat intelligence. At the time, US officials were detailing the extent to which Russians had launched a series of massive cyberattacks across the party. Operatives who’d lived through the hacks looked back on 2016 as a traumatic event: Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, saw a decade’s worth of personal emails exposed. At the Democratic National Committee, staffers became scared and paranoid. The office was swept for bugs.  Buzz Feed

Second Amendment Repeal Would Hurt Constitution
It’s understandable that Justice John Paul Stevens would call for repeal of the Second Amendment, as he did Tuesday in an op-ed article in the New York Times, in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s misinterpretation of it to protect some gun sales. I have great respect for Justice Stevens, and what’s more I agree with him that the Heller case was wrongly decided by the court in 2008. But it would actually be a terrible idea to attempt a repeal of the Second Amendment just because the Supreme Court got it wrong. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Dumb idea.

Apple's New $329 iPad With Pencil Support Takes On Chromebooks
It's back to school for Apple with a brand-new iPad. Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its iOS-powered tablet at its education event in Chicago, which it hosted at the Lane Tech College Prep High School. The school is the largest public high school in Chicago. "Macs and iPads are used throughout schools by students for everything from music to language arts and even advanced robotics."CNET

Cops Involved In Alton Sterling Death Will Not Face Charges
Two Baton Rouge cops will not be charged with the July 2016 killing of Alton Sterling outside a convenience store that provoked outrage and nationwide protests, the state’s top prosecutor said Tuesday. “This decision was not taken lightly,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced. “We came to this conclusion after countless hours of reviewing the evidence.” Sterling’s grieving loved ones were enraged after Landry privately told them officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II would not face state charges. NY Daily

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