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California County Rescinds Homeless Shelter Plan
The homeless shelters in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel were to house up to 400 people, the Orange County Register reported. Laguna Niguel ranks seventh among the nation’s wealthiest cities, according to a 2016 Register report. "They're just dumping these poor people in our neighborhoods and communities where there are like six schools and, you know, little children walking to school," Irvine resident Radhika Athlaye told ABC7. "Just a general area where it's not right for either the homeless or the residents of Irvine." Fox
VOA VIEW: It's OK as long as it's not next to me.

How The Roseanne Premiere Handled Donald Trump
The opening minutes of the Roseanne revival are all about rebuilding the lives of the Conner family. The afghan is still there, slung over the sofa. Darlene has moved back home with her children. Roseanne and Dan are older, but they’re still hot for each other and they’re still cracking jokes. Roseanne wears the chicken shirt. Times may have changed, but for the most part, the Conner household is the same. Vulture
VOA VIEW: The ratings show that pro Trump is positive.

With Secretive China Trip, Kim Jong Un Builds Bargaining Power
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s visit to China, countering what had been growing estrangement between the Cold War allies, is likely to bolster Pyongyang’s leverage going into a planned summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump. For Chinese President Xi Jinping, the meeting with a long-troublesome neighbour ensures Beijing will not be left out of any deal struck between the United States and North and South Korea, experts said.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: All that is important is a non nuclear NK.

Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering: The Supreme Court's Play In 3 Acts
The curtain rises Wednesday on Act II of Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering, a play in three acts currently playing at the U.S. Supreme Court. Act I opened the first week in October when the nine justices heard arguments in a case testing whether there is any constitutional limit to partisan gerrymandering — the practice of drawing legislative district lines to maximize and perpetuate the power of the incumbent party.  NPR

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States To Sue Trump Administration-Citizenship Question
A collection of states started preparing legal actions against the Trump administration on Tuesday just hours after the Commerce Department announced that it would include a controversial question about citizenship status in the 2020 U.S. Census — a move that could have far-reaching effects on immigrants and the political landscape.  Politico
VOA VIEW: The operative word is "collection" - ment to denote more, when in fact there are few states.

US, South Korea To Revise Trade Pack Currency Side-Deal, Autos Concessions
The United States and South Korea agreed to revise their six-year-old trade pact with a side deal to deter competitive currency devaluation by Seoul and with concessions for U.S. autos and pharmaceutical companies, Trump administration officials said on Tuesday. They told reporters that the deal includes provisions outlined by South Korean officials on Monday, including a 20-year extension of the 25-percent U.S. tariff on pickup trucks and a doubling of the Korean import cap on autos that meet U.S.-specifications to 50,000 per manufacturer per year. Reuters

Apple's Tim Cook Rebukes Zuckerberg Over Facebook's Business Model
Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, issued a harsh rebuke of Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s business model on Wednesday, saying that detailed profiles of individuals compiled by internet platforms should not exist. “We could make a ton of money if we monetized our customers, if our customers were our product,” Cook said in an interview with Recode and MSNBC that will air on 6 April. “We’ve elected not to do that … We’re not going to traffic in your personal life. Privacy to us is a human right, a civil liberty.”  Guardian
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be punished, if not terminated.

Ecuador Cuts Off Internet On Julian Assange
Ecuador's government is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's communications outside the nation's London embassy. Officials announced on Wednesday they were taking the measure in response to Mr Assange's recent activity on social media. As part of an agreement between Mr Assange and the Ecuadorean government, he is not permitted to send any messages that could interfere with the South American nation's relations with other countries. Daily Mail UK

Stormy Daniels Lawyer Michael Avenatti Says She ‘Would Consider’ Settlement With Trump
Michael Avenatti, the outspoken lawyer of Stormy Daniels, appeared on CBS This Morning and said his client would consider a settlement in her suit against President Donald Trump. Daniels is suing the president and his lawyer Michael Cohen to nullify a nondisclosure agreement she signed in exchange for $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.  Mediaite
VOA VIEW: Avenatti like Daniels is looking for publicity.

Schools Across UK On Lockdown: Email Warns Children Will Be Killed At 3:15PM
Schools across the UK were put on lockdown amid a major safety alert after an email threated to 'run down and shoot' children at 3.15pm. Police confirmed that "malicious communications" were sent to schools 'across the country'. An email allegedly threatened 'pupils would be run down' if they left the building or shot down. Schools across the country, including London, Durham, Cambridge, Suffolk the West Midlands and Stoke-on-Trent have been affected. Mirror UK

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FBI Agent Charged With Leaking Secret Document To News Outlet
A former Minneapolis FBI agent who sought to expose what he called "systemic biases" within the bureau has been charged after allegedly leaking secret documents to a national news reporter, according to federal criminal charges filed in Minnesota this week. The charges, filed by prosecutors for the Justice Department's National Security Division, are the first to come in Minnesota since Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a broad crackdown on government leaks last year. Star Tribune

Are Trump’s Approval Ratings On The Mend?
It’s really hard to maintain perspective on public-opinion findings about the president’s job approval assessments. For many Republicans (and most definitely for Trump himself), every spike in any measurement of the president’s popularity is a sign that (a) Americans are getting used to him; or (b) Republican policies are making life so wonderful that people don’t care about this or that report of scandal or chaos in the White House, or (c) the anti-Trump enchantment woven by the fake-news media is wearing off. Conversely, Democrats tend to view drops in Trump approval as a sign that his party is toast in the upcoming midterms. NY Mag
VOA VIEW: The liberal bias left realize their lies of low ratings for Trump will be discovered.

Russia: Prove Your Own Spies Did Not Poison Skripal
Russia has called on Britain to prove it did not poison former double agent Sergei Skripal, saying that unless it sees proof it will consider the incident an attempt on the lives of Russian citizens. Ties between London and Moscow are badly strained by the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, who remain in critical condition after being exposed to a powerful nerve toxin in the southern English city of Salisbury on March 4. Radio Free Europe

Trump To Replace David Shulkin With Adm. Ronny Jackson As Veterans Affairs Secretary
President Trump on Wednesday announced his intention to replace Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, who currently serves as physician to the president. It marked the latest in a string of swift White House replacements over recent months. Trump also announced that Robert Wilkie, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, would serve as interim VA secretary pending Jackson's confirmation.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Good move.

ICE Raids Pheonix, 34 People From 3 Countries Detained
Thirty-four people said to be illegal immigrants were in custody on Wednesday after federal agents raided a "drop house" in Phoenix suspected of being a part of a human smuggling operation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said. The raid late on Tuesday was precipitated by a tip that a "local residence contained a large group of suspected undocumented aliens," Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for ICE, said in a statement.  Yahoo News

Trump Attack Unleashes Oppo Against Mueller
When President Donald Trump lashed out against Robert Mueller by name earlier this month, the president’s supporters sprang into action—treating the chief Russia investigator to political campaign-style opposition research. Within hours, the Drudge Report featured a story blaming Mueller, the special counsel leading the Justice Department’s Russia probe, for the FBI’s clumsy investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks when Mueller ran the bureau. The independent pro-Trump journalist Sara Carter posted a story charging that Mueller, as a federal prosecutor in Boston in the mid-1980s, had covered up the FBI’s dealings with the Mafia informant Whitey Bulger.  Politico

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'The Second Amendment Will Never Be Repealed
President Donald Trump dismissed retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' call to repeal the Second Amendment. “The second amendment will never be repealed,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens.” ABC
VOA VIEW: Trump is right.

'Violent Deportee' Escapes ICE Custody At JFK Airport
The circumstances leading up to the incident are not immediately clear. A spokesman from the Port Authority confirmed news of the escape to Fox News early Wednesday. U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents removed the unidentified man’s handcuffs while going through airport security, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News. He eluded authorities at Gate B23 in Terminal 4 at around 8:30 p.m. local time. Fox

Trump Approval Holds At 45%
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 45% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) disapprove. The latest figures include 29% who Strongly Approve of the way the president is performing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -13. Rasmussen
VOA VIEW: Trump's approval is much higher than reported.

GOP Ponders How To Fill Rest Of 2018
Republican leaders are mulling what to do for the rest of the year after passing a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package. Legislative activity will slow down dramatically after the Easter recess as vulnerable incumbents seek to spend more time campaigning ahead of the fall midterm elections. GOP leaders haven’t said much about what’s next. Infrastructure will now take center stage, but there are deep divisions within the party over the scope of the legislation, how much it should cost and how to pay for it.  Hill

Trump Wants To Go After Amazon
President Donald Trump is "obsessed" with Amazon, according to a new report, and is eyeing legal means to go after the online retail giant. According to Axios' Jonathan Swan, Trump believes Amazon is a negative force for smaller, locally owned retailers and wants to find a way to curtail the company's dominance in online shopping. Among the options he is considering: a change to Amazon's tax status or cracking down through antitrust rules.  Business Insider

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Wisconsin Grain Silo Avalanche That Killed Father And Son Is Commonplace On US Farms
The tragic deaths of a Wisconsin dairy farmer and his 14-year-old son last week in grain silo avalanche sent a familiar chill through America's agriculture community, whose members know too well the grim dangers of of life on the family farm. While entanglements with machines or falls are generally seen as the most frequent cause of injury or death on farms, grain silo avalanches – whether inside the silo itself or from a structural collapse – happen almost on a daily basis, experts say. “Fox

Zuckerberg Expected To Testify To Congress
AFTER MULTIPLE REQUESTS from legislators around the globe, Mark Zuckerberg is expected to testify before one or more congressional committees in coming weeks following reports that the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica misused the personal data of millions of Facebook users. CNN reported Tuesday that Zuckerberg plans to testify and that Facebook is working out a strategy for where and when. Bloomberg reported that the Facebook CEO will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 12, but a committee spokesperson denied that is the case.  Wired
VOA VIEW:  Facebook should be closed down.

Apple Wants To Convince Schools That iPads Are Better Than Chromebooks
Apple has a Google problem — in education, that is. Google has won over a large portion of the education market in the US, something that can be credited to both the cheapness of web-based Chromebooks and the accessibility of Google’s apps. Apple knows this, so yesterday, it hosted a “field trip” — that’s actually what it was called — for press, teachers, and student journalists at a magnet high school in Chicago. Verge

Playboy's Cooper Hefner: "We Are Stepping Away From Facebook"
"Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies continue contradicting our values," the chief creative officer wrote in a tweet. Playboy is joining the #DeleteFacebook movement. On Tuesday night chief creative officer Cooper Hefner announced that the magazine was deleting its Facebook page in a tweet. "Facebook's content guidelines and corporate policies continue contradicting our values. We've tried to craft our voice for the platform, which in our opinion continues to be sexually repressive," the statement said. Hollywood Reporter
VOA VIEW: Great move.

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Ann Coulter: Trump Is A 'Shallow, Lazy Ignaramus'
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter called President Trump lazy and ignorant as her support for the president falters after he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill into law last week that didn’t include money to fully fund his border wall. “I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus, and I didn’t care,” Coulter acknowledged during an event at Columbia University on Tuesday, the Daily Beast reported. Coulter was a staunch supporter of Trump’s during the campaign, but has complained that Trump isn’t enacting his immigration policies fast enough. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: The DB is a rag -  nothing come from them can be trusted.

Airbnb Just Revealed It Will Give Hosts' Information To The Chinese Government Without Notice
Airbnb has written to hosts with listings in China to inform them it will start sharing their information with Chinese government agencies within a matter of days. In an email seen by BuzzFeed News, Airbnb China said that effective March 30, the company may disclose information to Chinese authorities "without further notice." The email said that "like all businesses operating in China, Airbnb China must comply with local laws and regulations, including privacy and information disclosure laws." To maintain their listings in China, hosts were then asked to agree to the new terms, while a similar email posted on Twitter instead gave hosts the option to deactivate their listing. Buzz Feed

DOJ Inspector General Reviews Alleged FISA Abuses By DOJ, FBI
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Wednesday he will review potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses by both the Justice Department and the FBI, following requests from Congress and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Office of the Inspector General released a statement Wednesday outlining the start of the review. “The OIG will initiate a review that will examine the Justice Department’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) relating to a certain U.S. person,” the statement obtained by Fox News read. Fox
VOA VIEW: A start.

Fraudulent Web Traffic Continues To Plague Advertisers, Other Businesses
Web traffic is rife with bots and non-human traffic, making it difficult for ad and media businesses to understand who is visiting their sites and why, according to new findings from Adobe . In a recent study, Adobe found that about 28% of website traffic showed strong “non-human signals,” leading the company to believe that the traffic came from bots or click farms. The company studied traffic across websites belonging to thousands of clients. Adobe is currently working with a handful of clients in the travel, retail and publishing industries to identify how much of their web traffic has non-human characteristics. WSJ

Apple Faces Multiple Lawsuits Over Slowed-Down iPhones
Dozens of iPhone owners are taking Apple Inc. AAPL -1.10% to court over its disclosure that it slowed down old phones to preserve battery life, in what could become one of the biggest legal challenges involving the company’s smartphone since its 2007 debut. Some five dozen iPhone customers have filed at least 59 separate lawsuits since December accusing Apple of slowing their phones to spur people to buy new iPhones, according to court records. Apple said in December that its software update introduced at the start of 2017 reduced the performance of older phone models.  WSJ

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Trump: Xi Told Me Summit With Kim Went 'Very Well'
President Trump said Wednesday that Chinese leader Xi Jinping notified him that his surprise summit with Kim Jong Un was a success — and that the North Korean despot is looking forward to meeting him. “Received message last night from XI JINPING of China that his meeting with KIM JONG UN went very well and that KIM looks forward to his meeting with me,” Trump said in an early morning tweet. NY Post

Pope Tells Italian Mafia They Can't Call Themselves Christians
Pope Francis on Wednesday told members of the Mafia in Italy, where many go to church and worship openly, that they cannot call themselves Christians because they “carry death in their souls.” Francis’ improvised words before tens of thousands of people at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square were his strongest attack on organized crime in nearly four years. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Strong words.

Rick Gates Knowingly Worked With Ex-Russian Intel Officer During Campaign
A former Trump campaign associate knew he was communicating with a former Russian intelligence officer during the 2016 election. In a court filing late Tuesday night, special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors show that Rick Gates — a close associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort — and “Person A” were “directly communicating” in September and October 2016. According to the special counsel, “Person A” has “ties to a Russian intelligence service and had such ties in 2016.” Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Time will tell if factual and real.

John Bolton Told Israel: ‘Condi Rice Sold You Out,’ Ex-Official Says
John Bolton, while serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, went behind his boss’s back to supply Israel with crucial information on American plans at the UN and redirect U.S. policy. That’s according to Israel’s former UN ambassador, Dan Gillerman, and former prime minister Ehud Olmert, who spoke to The Daily Beast on Tuesday. Bolton’s past, especially his controversial tenure at the UN, has come under fresh examination since President Trump named him to be his next national security advisor.  Daily Beast

California AG Threatens To Arrest Orange County Sheriff For Assisting ICE
Orange County California voted to bypass state rules and work with the federal government and ICE officials. And on Monday the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced it will publicly post inmates’ release dates in order to assist ICE agents. In response to this California Attorney General Xavier Becerra threatened to arrest Orange County Sheriff for holding criminal illegal aliens for ICE officers. Attorney General Xavier Becerra: State law is state law. Gateway Pundit

President Trump Galvanizes His Base With Strong Message To Gun Grabbers “NO WAY”
The anti-second Amendment movement has been in full swing since the Parkland mass shooting on February 14. The March For Our Lives protest, which spawned from the Parkland shooting brought out all the gun grabbers. Retired Supreme Court Judge John Paul Stevens even called for the Second Amendment to be repealed. Early Wednesday morning, Trump galvanized his base with a strong pro-2A message. Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: All Second Amendment gun grabbers are anti America.

A Former Russian Spy And His Daughter May Have Been Poisoned At Their Front Door
A former Russian spy and his daughter may have first come into contact with a deadly military-grade nerve agent at their home in the city of Salisbury, British police said Wednesday. The father and daughter were first found unconscious on a street bench in Salisbury on March 4 and remain in critical condition today. Buzz Feed

The White House Believes Police Shootings Of Black Men Is Not A National Issue
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that President Trump considers the high-profile police shootings of black men to be "local matters" that federal officials should stay out of. Asked for President Trump's response to the recent shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, an unarmed black man killed by two officers in his grandmother’s backyard, Sanders said that, while it was "certainly a terrible incident," it was "a local matter" to be handled by local authorities.  Buzz Feed

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