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Israeli Forces Kill 16 Palestinians
At least 16 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli security forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, Gaza medical officials said. Tens of thousands of Palestinians, pressing for a right of return for refugees to what is now Israel, gathered along the fenced 65-km (40-mile) frontier where tents were erected for a planned six-week protest.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: Trouble and confrontation only gains trouble and confrontation.

EPA Chief Paid $50 A Night For D.C. Condo Linked To Lobbyist
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency paid just $50 a night to stay in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents a roster of fossil fuel companies. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt paid for a single bedroom in the building on a leafy street about a block from the U.S. Capitol, staying for about six months in 2017 during nights he was in Washington. Records show three units inside the building are listed as belonging to a corporation co-owned by the wife of J. Steven Hart, the chairman and CEO of the powerhouse lobbying firm Williams and Jensen PLLC. NBC
VOA VIEW: The price is fishy.

Madison Avenue’s Rift With Fox News’ Laura Ingraham Widens
More advertisers are pulling their support of Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she teased one of the survivors of a horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Twitter, according to media buyers and other people familiar with the matter, and few marquee sponsors are expected to appear during Friday’s broadcast of her “The Ingraham Angle.” “It’s a big deal,” said one media-buying executive familiar with discussions around the program, with the potential for “getting bigger” if the storm growing around the popular host doesn’t dissipate. Variety
VOA VIEW: Fox should stand behind Ingraham.

Spy Poisoning: Russia Escalates Spy Row With New Expulsions
Russia has announced further measures against UK diplomats while at the same time declaring tit-for-tat expulsions of officials from 23 other countries. It has told the British ambassador to cut staffing to the size of the Russian mission in the UK. Moscow has rejected UK accusations that it is behind the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy and his daughter in the UK. However, some 150 Russians have since been expelled by mainly Western countries. BBC

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IG Report Faults McCabe For Lying 4 Times
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Oversight Committee, made the revelation during a Thursday night interview on Fox News. “It wasn't once, twice, it wasn’t even three times,” Jordan said on "The Ingraham Angle." “Four times he lied about leaking information to the Wall Street Journal about the FBI.” Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of the FBI and DOJ’s actions related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server has not been released publicly. Fox

Respected Professor Blasts 'Once Proud' CNN
McCall penned an op-ed for The Hill Friday headlined, “CNN lost its way in struggle to find an audience,” and blasted the increasingly liberal network for its recent programming decisions, such as promoting the anti-Trump Chris Cuomo. McCall mocked CNN’s Anderson Cooper as seeking “to corner the market on interviewing shapely women who have been friendly with Trump” after the “AC 360” host sat down with both Playboy playmate Karen McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels. “CNN’s warped obsession with reporting about supposed adultery demonstrates a larger problem at the once-proud and groundbreaking channel,” McCall wrote. Fox
VOA VIEW: CNN is a desperate liberal bias media.

Wife Of Orlando Nightclub Shooter Cleared Of All Charges
Noor Salman, widow of the gunman who opened fire on an Orlando nightclub in 2016, has been found not guilty on both the counts she faced. U.S. District Judge Paul Byron announced the verdict Friday, roughly one month after the trial opened. Salman was the only person charged in connection with the massacre that left 50 people — including her husband, Omar Mateen — dead at Pulse nightclub.  NPR

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Feds Question Ted Malloch
The FBI this week detained and questioned Ted Malloch -- who says he was an informal Trump campaign adviser in 2016 who was rumored last year to be a candidate for US ambassador to the European Union -- as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Malloch said. Malloch issued a written statement saying he was detained by the FBI on Tuesday after he arrived on an international flight to Boston, where federal investigators took his cell phone and questioned him about Republican operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks.  CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN likes to report on anything true or false that would look bad for Trump.

Gloria Allred No Longer Representing Summer Zervos Against Trump
Women's rights attorney Gloria Allred has withdrawn from representing Summer Zervos in her defamation suit against President Donald Trump. "Our withdrawal has nothing to do with the merits of her case against President Trump," Allred said. "We will have no comment regarding the reasons for our firm's withdrawal. We continue to wish Summer the very best in her pursuit of justice." Zervos said in a statement Friday that she "decided to part ways with Gloria Allred purely for personal reasons, having nothing to do with her work as my attorney. CNN

'I Failed To Protect' Former Staffer From Harassment
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, a Connecticut Democrat, has apologized for how she handled harassment claims against a former top aide made in 2016 by a former female staff member, and is now facing calls to resign. Esty issued a statement on Twitter Thursday evening saying she was "horrified and angry" to learn of the harassment claims against her former chief of staff Tony Baker, and admitted she "failed to protect" the female staffer who came forward with the accusations, which included death threats and physical violence according to the Connecticut Post, which first reported the news. ABC

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'Satan 2' Nuclear Missile Test Launched By Russia As Putin Brags
Russia’s defense ministry released a video purportedly showing the Sarmat ICBM blasting off in spectacular fashion from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in its northern Arkhangelsk province, the move coming just hours after the Kremlin announced it would expel 60 American diplomats and close the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg in retaliation for U.S. measures taken in response to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.  Fox

SpaceX Gets Permission To Launch 4,425 Internet Providing Satellites
Elon Musk’s SpaceX wants to launch a fleet of 4,425 internet-providing satellites into space—and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just approved the project. It’s the FCC’s first-ever approval of “a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies,” according to a statement released Thursday. Currently, satellite internet uses satellites launched 22,000 miles into space—which is why the connections can be super slow. But Musk wants to install SpaceX satellites lower than 1,000 miles into space. If they’re lower, they will have less coverage, hence the need for more than 4,000 of them. Daily Dot

Irish Pubs Open On Good Friday For 1st Time In 90 Years
Guinness is flowing in Irish pubs on a Good Friday for the first time in 90 years. Lines of people were reported as pubs opened at 7 a.m. to serve alcohol, thanks to legislation that overturned the 1927 ban on pubs opening on Good Friday in time for thirsty locals and tourists. The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland welcomed the change, saying it would add 40 million euros ($49 million) in sales. AP

David Hogg To McCain: Why Do You Take So Much Money From The NRA?
David Hogg, the Parkland shooting survivor who has become a high-profile gun-reform advocate after the Feb. 14 mass murder of 17 people, on Friday turned his attention to Sen. John McCain, the top recipient of National Rifle Association money in Congress. "Why do you take so much money from the NRA?" Hogg, 17, asked in a reply to a McCain Twitter message about the Phoenix-area "Rio Reimagined" redevelopment project that was launched Friday. AZ Central
VOA VIEW: Hogg is a publicity hack liberal idiot.

Chines Space Station Spurs Activation Of Michigan Emergency Operations
Be on the lookout for flying space junk, Michiganders. China's Tiangong-1 space station is anticipated to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere between now and April 2 and in response, Gov. Rick Snyder activated Michigan's Emergency Operations Center today to monitor its travels. Although unlikely, pieces of the 8.5 ton space station have the potential to land in the southern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, according to the Aerospace Corporation.  Freep

Why The Leaked Facebook Memo Is So Dangerous To Zuckerberg
In the memo, Bosworth argued that Facebook could very well be used to bully or to coordinate acts of terrorism, but that the company’s mission—connecting people—should take precedent over the possibility of such negative outcomes. “That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified,” he wrote. “All the questionable contact-importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China some day. Vanity Fair
VOA VIEW: Zukerberg and Facebook should go down.

Calif. Judge Rules Coffee Must Come With A Cancer Warning, But Should It?
Coffee companies in California must carry a cancer warning label because of a chemical produced while beans roast, a California judge tentatively ruled Wednesday. The decision was the result of a lawsuit filed in 2008 by a California-based nonprofit called the Council for Education and Research on Toxics. The lawsuit targets Starbucks and dozens of other coffee purveyors under the state's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, which requires companies with more than 10 employees to warn their customers about the prevalence of carcinogenic and toxic chemicals in their products. NPR

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Walmart-Humana Sounds Wild, But Makes Sense
As if the health-care-merger frenzy weren't wild enough already, it looks as if Walmart Inc. may soon dive into it. The mammoth discount retailer is reportedly in early-stage talks to acquire Humana Inc., a health insurer valued at $41 billion (based on Thursday's after-hours trading price, which spiked on the late news). The potential merger comes on the heels of a December offer from drug-store chain and pharmacy-benefits manager CVS Health Corp. to buy insurer Aetna Inc. for $77 billion including debt -- and we mean a lot of debt (more on that later). Bloomberg

ABC Renews Roseanne Revival For A Second Season After Just 1 Episode
After Tuesday’s premiere of the Roseanne revival pulled in 18.2 million viewers, ABC decided to go ahead and renew the series for a second season. The television network made the announcement Friday afternoon, sharing a congratulatory tweet that proclaimed, “You asked for it! #Roseanne is getting another season!” Minutes later, star Roseanne Barr thanked all the people who’ve been a part of the show — including the fans!  People
 
Pelosi Could Unexpectedly Deliver Republicans Their Worst Nightmare-Electoral Bloodbath
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is a favorite target for Republican candidates and groups to tie to their opponents and paint them as out of touch, elitist, or excessively liberal — but her fundraising prowess still proves to be a massive benefit to Democrats. While Pelosi has remained adamant that she will stay on as leader and shrugged off the handful of Democratic candidates across the US who have distanced themselves from her, the possibility that she would step down to assume a purely fundraising role is a prospect that terrifies Republicans. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is a positive for Republicans.

Israeli Stealth Fighters Fly Over Iran
Sources quoted in Al-Jarida stated that two stealth fighters flew over Syrian and Iraqi airspace to reach Iran, and even targeted locations in the Iranian cities Bandar Abbas, Esfahan and Shiraz. The report states that the two fighter jets, among the most advanced in the world, circled at high altitude above Persian Gulf sites suspected of being associated with the Iranian nuclear program. J Post

Schwarzenegger Has Emergency Open Heart Surgery
Arnold Schwarzenegger has undergone emergency open-heart surgery and his condition is stable, his spokesperson said on Friday. The 70-year-old Terminator actor, one of the most famous action stars in the world, a former governor of California and a father of five, underwent the operation after developing complications following a scheduled less-invasive procedure at a Los Angeles hospital. E News

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China's Tiangong-1 Window Narrows To Easter Sunday
Latest predictions indicate that China’s defunct Tiangong-1 space laboratory will fall to Earth most likely on April 1. According to updated calculations made by The Aerospace Corporation, a non-profit corporation providing technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions, the school bus-size station will enter the atmosphere around 11:15 a.m. EDT (15:15 GMT) plus or minus 14 hours. Space Flight Insider

Trump Tells Advisers He Wants US Out Of Syria
Trump is spending Easter weekend at his Palm Beach, Florida, estate. During a speech in Richfield, Ohio on Thursday, he revealed his desire to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria and turn over security to regional countries. He said that based on allied victories against Islamic State militants, “We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon.” “Let the other people take care of it now. Very soon, very soon, we’re coming out,” Trump said. “We’re going to get back to our country, where we belong, where we want to be.” Reuters

Tiffany Trump Touches Down In Florida With Her Dad In Rare Father-Daughter Appearance
In a rare father-daughter sighting, Donald and Tiffany Trump were photographed arriving in Palm Beach, Florida, together via Air Force One. Trump and his younger daughter will spend Easter Weekend with family at his Mar-a-Lago estate, where the president will be reunited with wife Melania and their son, Barron, 12, after spending the week apart. Trump, his wife and son traveled together to Mar-a-Lago last weekend but the president returned to Washington on Sunday, shortly before the airing of 60 Minutes‘ bombshell interview with porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006. People

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A Power Play In Chicago's Mayoral Race
Three candidates focusing their fire on one target: current Mayor Rahm Emanuel. CBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley explains. With a simple tweet, Paul Vallas announced he was running for Chicago mayor. But Vallas, businessman Willie Wilson and former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have already had discussions in concentrating their fire on Mayor Emanuel. “The bottom line is we agreed that we are going to run a professional policy-based discussion campaign,” says McCarthy. “Not the attack ads that we see from Emanuel. CBS Chicago
VOA VIEW: Emanuel should be defeated.

Washington Leak Culture Meets Wall Street’s Insider-Trading Cops
The federal prosecutors who sent Wall Streeters to prison for trading on insider information are taking on Washington’s culture of leaks in a first-of-its-kind trial next week. The capital’s "political intelligence" industry is now in their crosshairs. Hedge funds and other businesses pay consultants, often recent government employees, expecting them to leverage relationships with colleagues still in public service to get a heads-up on government actions that could move markets. Bloomberg

Google Employees Organize To Fight Cyber Bullying At Work
About 100 Google U.S. employees concerned about cyber bullying inside the company have organized into a group proposing new policies for conduct at the unit of Alphabet Inc, five people involved in the effort said in recent interviews. Three current employees and two others helping to organize the group said it formed last fall.  Reuters
VOA VIEW: Google is too big and powerful.

After CIA Career In Shadows, Gina Haspel To Face Spotlight
Gina Haspel, a Kentucky native, loves Johnny Cash so much she keeps a 5-foot-tall poster of the country music star in her office at the Central Intelligence Agency. She became a spy more than three decades ago, a time when few women filled that job, and rose through the ranks holding some of the agency's most sensitive posts. She once orchestrated a last-minute operation that captured two terrorists linked to the bombing of an embassy — earning one of the agency's highest honors, according to her official biography. Los Angeles Times

Trump Declares April Sexual Assault Awareness Month
President Trump on Friday declared that April would be National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. “We remain steadfast in our efforts to stop crimes of sexual violence, provide care for victims, enforce the law, prosecute offenders, and raise awareness about the many forms of sexual assault,” the president said in a proclamation emailed to reporters shortly after 5 p.m. “We must continue our work to eliminate sexual assault from our society and promote safe relationships, homes, and communities. Sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability.” NY Post

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