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Trump Rips California Gov
President Trump took aim at California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday for pardoning five ex-convicts facing deportation, asking if residents of the Golden State “really want” such policies for criminal immigrants. The president referred to Brown as “Moonbeam,” a nickname he was given in the late 1970s during his first time as governor for proposing a California space academy and later adopting a plan to launch and orbit a satellite for emergency communications. “Governor Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown pardoned 5 criminal illegal aliens whose crimes include (1) Kidnapping and Robbery (2) Badly beating wife and threatening a crime with intent to terrorize (3) Dealing drugs. Fox
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

The Left Sees Illegal Immigrants As Voting Power
Tucker Carlson said the left's rhetoric on illegal immigration has become "increasingly brazen," and their intentions are less disguised than they've ever been. "In the Trump presidency, the mask is off. The left tells us that no illegal immigrants should ever be deported, even ones who have committed crimes. Not only that, they should be allowed to vote," Carlson said on his program Thursday night. Fox
VOA VIEW: The left needs every edge they can get.

Trump: 'Washington Post' Should Register As Lobbyist Over Amazon's Postal 'Scam'
President Trump charged Saturday that The Washington Post, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, should register as a lobbyist, insinuating that it abetted his other company, Amazon, in pulling off a U.S. Postal Service "scam" to deliver its packages at a loss. From his Easter weekend retreat in Mar-a-Lago, the president laid out his case in two tightly packed morning tweets.  USA Today
VOA VIEW: Amazon has gottern too big.

Hundreds Rally In Sacramento After Stephon Clark Autopsy
Hundreds gathered for two rallies Saturday to demand justice for Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old unarmed black man who was killed by two Sacramento police officers earlier this month. The peaceful gatherings come on the heels of the release of an independent autopsy that found officers shot Clark eight times, most of the bullets hitting him in the back. Flanked by two large posters showing Clark and Joseph Mann, who was killed by Sacramento officers in 2016, retired Sacramento Kings basketball player Matt Barnes led one of the rallies at a downtown park. USA Today

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Here's A Look At Who Trump Might Boot Next
It seems at times like a reality television show. President Trump has ousted more than two dozen members of his administration, creating the impression of chaos and a national guessing game of who will be next. Most of the casualties have been senior aides — remember Stephen K. Bannon and Anthony Scaramucci? Of his original Cabinet — positions that require confirmation by the Senate — a total of three have been dismissed or forced to resign. They are Tom Price (secretary of Health and Human Services), Rex Tillerson (secretary of State) and, this week, David Shulkin (secretary of Veterans Affairs). But in Trump’s orbit, few people are safe. Here’s a look at some key officials and why they might stay or go: LA Times

Mexico Aids Easter Invasion Of Over 1,000 Illegals Into US
Mexican officials have aided a "Holy Week" caravan of over 1,000 migrants headed to the U.S. border to demand Easter asylum, according to reports. Mostly Hondurans, they posted celebration videos on Facebook and chanted "We are migrants. We are not criminals. We are workers." According to an account from the Center for Immigration Studies, Mexican authorities have allowed the migrants to drive north “with relative ease.” Researcher Kausha Luna added that the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, which aids immigrants, bragged about speeding into Mexico. Washington Examiner

Ted Nugent Slams Parkland Survivors-'Musshy Brained Children'
NRA board member and conservative rocker Ted Nugent blasted the survivors of the Parkland school shooting, claiming there is “irrefutable” evidence that “they have no soul.” During an appearance on The Joe Pags Show, the Republican guitarist described the student gun reform advocates “as mushy brained children who have been fed lies.” “They’re actually committing spiritual suicide because everything they recommend will cause more death and mayhem. NY Daily
VOA VIEW: The shameless liberal left is using the senseless shooting.

Stasi: Fox, Dump Laura Ingraham
Happy Easter, you phony Christian. And while I'm at it, I want to wish you a good spring break vacation with your three children. How lucky and how grateful must you be to still HAVE children to enjoy— unlike the 17 families whose children were slaughtered in a mass shooting at Parkland High School, the community you so disrespected last week when you mocked one child survivor among them while standing with your feet firmly planted in that vile bucket of hate called your TV platform. NY Daily
VOA VIEW: Fox should stand behind Ingraham.

Winning Mega MillionsTicket-Picked At This N.J. Gas Station
The lucky person holding the $521 million lotto ticket has yet to come into the Morris County gas station where it was sold, but the store's owner is sure it's a regular. "Even though we're on the side of a highway, we've got a small-town feel," the Lukoil's owner, Ameer Karass, said of the Riverdale area in a phone interview Saturday.  NJ.com

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Trump Puts Hold On More Than $200M In Syria Recovery Funds
President Donald Trump placed a hold on more than $200 million in recovery funds for Syria this week, demanding more information on how the money is being used, senior State Department officials have confirmed to CNN. The confirmation comes just days after Trump announced he wants the United States to withdraw from the war-torn country soon. The funding was to be used for basic infrastructure projects, such as restoring power and water and rebuilding roads.  CNN

Russia Expels More UK Diplomats
Russia has told Britain a total of more than 50 of its diplomats will have to leave, amid a deepening row over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the UK. Moscow initially expelled 23 British diplomats after 23 Russian diplomats were ordered out by London. But now the Russians are insisting that even more UK diplomats should leave. It says the UK and Russian diplomatic missions should be the same size in each country. BBC

From Ancient Athens To Modern America: Thank The Right To 'Bear Arms' For Freedom
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ recent opinion piece in the New York Times advocating the repeal of the Second Amendment appears to have surprised many, but it shouldn’t have. In 2008, while considering the District of Columbia v. Heller case, Stevens and three of his “progressive” colleagues on the United States Supreme Court attempted to effectively repeal the Second Amendment by judicial fiat. Their failure to do so was a victory for our republic and its inheritance of ordered liberty that predates the ancient societies of Athens and Rome.  Hill

Biden: 'The 2nd Amendment Is Being Very Badly Interpreted'
During a discussion at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden stated that the 2nd Amendment has been interpreted “badly” and the nation has decided it can’t ignore the “prostitution” of the amendment. Biden said, “I think there’s a 2nd Amendment. I think the 2nd Amendment is being very badly interpreted. It’s not consistent with what they’re — our founders intended, in my view. You saw Justice John Paul Stevens say that we should — because it’s been so prostituted, we should repeal the 2nd Amendment. It was about a standing militia.  InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Biden has lost his mind.

Gaza-Israel Violence: Israel Warns Of Action
The Israeli military has warned it could take action against "terrorist targets" inside the Gaza Strip. Brig Gen Ronen Manelis told journalists that Hamas - the militant group that controls Gaza - was using Palestinian protests as a cover for launching attacks on Israel. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has said Israel bears "full responsibility" for bloodshed on Friday. Sixteen Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers at the Gaza border.  BBC

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Baton Rouge Police Officer Who Shot Alton Sterling, Fired
Baton Rouge Police Officer Blane Salamoni has been fired for violating use-of-force policies in the Alton Sterling shooting, Chief Murphy Paul told reporters Friday evening while also releasing four videos, several of which graphically show Sterling as he lay dying. Paul said Howie Lake II, the other officer involved in the July 2016 incident, will be suspended for three days without pay for losing his temper during the incident. The four videos that were released include a convenience store surveillance video, two police-worn body camera videos and a video recorded by the dashboard camera in one of the police cars. CNN

PThe Kids Are Not Alright........With Donald Trump
President Donald Trump is having a tough time with America’s youngest voters. According to a new poll from the The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, just 33 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 34 approve of Trump’s job performance. That’s nine points lower than all other adult respondents, who gave their opinions in a another recent AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs survey. Trump’s current approval rating, according to Gallup, is at 39 percent, which is around where it’s hovered for most of his presidency.  Vox
VOA VIEW: Today's youth are being brainwashed by liberal academia.

How The Legal System Fails Victims Of Sexual Harassment
In recent months, women have been accusing men of sexual harassment in the press, rather than the courts. And here’s why: The legal system that’s supposed to investigate, address, and prevent sexual harassment has failed them for decades. That’s the conclusion from a review of more than 1,000 job discrimination cases by two law professors: Sandra Sperino at the University of Cincinnati, and Suja Thomas at the University of Illinois. Sperino and Thomas set out to understand how judges view discrimination cases.  Vox

How The Pope's Non-Denial Of Hell Shifts Perceptions Of What The Church Really Believes About Afterlife
Holy Saturday is, according to Christian tradition, the day that Jesus descends into Hell to free the “just” souls that went before him. Hell has been on the agenda this Holy Week after the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica" quoted Pope Francis saying it does’t exist in an article which the Vatican says is unreliable and the fruit of the author’s own “reconstruction”. Tablet UK

Trump: U.S. A "Third-World Country" In Many Cases, "It's An Embarrassment"
"It's a plan for building a stronger America. For most of our history, American infrastructure was the envy of the world. True. Go back 30, 40, 50 years, they would look at us like -- now, we are like, in many cases, a Third World country. It's an embarrassment. And we're the ones that had the imagination and the drive to get it done. But we've got that again. Other nations marveled as we connected our shores with transcontinental railroads, and brought power to our cities that lit up the sky like no other place on Earth, and built mile after mile of internet capabilities and interstate highways, to carry American products all across the country and around the globe. Nobody did it like us." Real Clear Politics

David Hogg Reddit Post, Celebrates Mosquitoes Killing "Billions" Of Humans
In a 2017 Reddit post, ‘March For Our Lives’ gun control activist David Hogg celebrates the fact that mosquitoes kill “billions” of people as being “great for the environment”. Another user on the site asked the question, “What is a positive reason for mosquitoes to exist?” to which Hogg responded, “They kill humans, billions of them, which is great for the environment.” The post was made eight months ago. Although the entry was posted under the pseudonym ‘davisgreen111’, the account almost certainly belongs to Hogg. InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Hogg is a pulicity and money seeking idiot.

GOP Senator On Trump's Ouster Of Shulkin: 'Not The Way I'd Do It'
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) chided President Donald Trump on Saturday for using Twitter to announce the ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, adding that such a cavalier approach might make it more difficult for the president to find future nominees. "It’s not the way I’d do it," Johnson told "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd in a clip of an interview that will air in full on Sunday. Politico

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Trump's Fire Alarm Presidency
When the fire alarm went off in my gym the other morning, barely anyone paid attention. Even though the siren was loud and alarm lights were noticeably flashing, most people kept on working out. With their Air Buds and ear buds blasting music and eyes glued to the morning news shows, they continued pumping iron, running on the treadmill, and staying in the plank position so that the core would be as tight as possible. It wasn't until some of the staff came scrambling through the gym floor yelling at people to leave the building quickly that it became evident that the smoke was very real.  CNN

Twitter Dissects Hope Hicks And Donald Trump's Awkward Goodbye Kiss With Many Memes
Donald Trump said goodbye to White House communications director Hope Hicks on Thursday — and it didn’t take long before social media started making jokes about their public peck on the cheek goodbye — and what their parting words might have been. “DO NOT CONGRATULATE,” one user joked on Twitter, making reference to the note Trump reportedly received warning him against calling Russian President Vladimir Putin to applaud him on his reelection victory. People

Jimmy Carter: 'Apparently' America Wants A Jerk For A President
Jimmy Carter didn't hold back in his assessment of President Trump. During a Friday appearance on "The Late Show," host Stephen Colbert asked the 93-year-old former president whether America wants "kind of a jerk as president." "Apparently, from this recent election, yes," Carter quipped, drawing a wave of laughter. At the same time, Carter – who was promoting a new book titled Faith: A Journey for All – acknowledged that he "prays" for the current president.  USA Today
VOA VIEW: Carter was a loser of a President.

American Diplomats Move Out Of St. Petersburg Consulate
Saturday was moving-out day for US diplomats assigned to the American consulate in St. Petersburg. Moscow shut down the consulate and expelled 60 Americans in a tit-for-tat retaliation for the US expulsion of the same number of Russian diplomats and the closing of its Seattle consulate. The Americans given the heave-ho by Vladimir Putin’s government are among more than 150 Western diplomats tossed out of the country. The dispute followed the poisoning in England of a former Russian spy and his daughter. NY Post

Google AI To Predict NCAA Final Four Outcomes At Half Time
Your bracket may be busted, but you may still not be bust. You may wish, perhaps, to wager a remaining few cents on the outcome of Saturday's two Final Four games in the NCAA tournament. Surely, then, Google has come to your rescue. The search (and destroy all doubt) company announced that it will use every single last piece of artificially intelligent analytics during the games to predict some of the things that will happen in the rest of the game. At half time. CNET

De Blasio Agrees To Pony Up $418M For Cuomo's Subway Rescue Plan
Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed on Saturday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s demand that city put up $418 million more for the subway, according to a City Hall spokesman. The Cuomo administration’s $168.3 billion state budget plan announced Friday night included funding for the MTA’s $836 million subway rescue plan, half of which the city would put up or risk losing other funding and revenue to make up the cost. NY Post

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Trump Paid Media Monitor $27K Day After Stormy Sued Over 'Hush' Deal
The White House spent more than $27,000 to track news stories in early March, according to a report – and OK’d the payment the day after a major development in the Stormy Daniels saga. The money went to TVEyes, a company that monitors media coverage in print, TV and radio, on March 7. Daniels launched a lawsuit to free her from a confidentiality agreement on March 6.  NY Post

New York Just Passed A Bill Banning Cops From Having Sex With People In Custody
State lawmakers in New York passed a bill Thursday to prohibit cops from having sex with people in custody, closing a legal loophole that has let police avoid sexual assault convictions by claiming sex with detainees was consensual. The bill was introduced in response to allegations that two on-duty New York City Police Department officers raped a handcuffed woman in their police van in September. Buzz Feed

Vanessa Trump Reportedly Divorced Don Jr. Because, as We’ve Known for Years, He Is Very Cheap
It has been less than a week since Vanessa Trump filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr., but some details into the couple’s troubled marriage are already emerging. Sources have told Page Six that Trump Jr. “treats [Vanessa] like a second-class citizen” and provides her with little financial support. “He gives her very little help and has been keeping her on a tight budget,” one source said. “She doesn’t live a lavish life and can very rarely pick up a check at dinner.” Another friend told the paper that Vanessa has had to turn to her mother for money toward her personal expenses. The claim would be more surprising if this weren’t the same Donald Trump Jr. that traded some photos of the couple getting engaged at the Short Hills mall in New Jersey for a free engagement ring. It was a move that even the fame-loving Trump patriarch questioned; in 2004 he told Larry King, “You have a name that is hot as a pistol, you have to be very careful with things like this.” Vanity Fair

Documents Reveal Ivanka Trump Followed Ethics Advice In Promoting Her Book
Government ethics lawyers advised Ivanka Trump to make sure and keep her White House role separate as she planned to promote her new book, according to internal government emails. "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success" was published May 2, 2017, after Ivanka Trump started advising her father at the White House. Emails released Tuesday following a CNN Freedom of Information Act request show conversations between Ivanka Trump's private attorney and the Office of Government Ethics that polices the White House. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN would like to report on any negative on the Trump family, true or untrue.

Laura Ingraham Says She’ll Take Planned Vacation Amidst Controversy
Laura Ingraham is taking a vacation next week. Now the question is whether a controversy swirling around the host will go on hiatus as well. The popular Fox News Channel host — her “Ingraham Angle” was the fourth most-watched cable-news program in February — told viewers Friday night she would not appear on air next week as she took what she described as a pre-planned break around the Easter holiday with her children.  Variety

Mormon Church Puts Asian American Man And Latin American Man In Leadership Posts For First Time Ever
The Mormon church appointed an Asian American man and a Brazilian man to top leadership positions Sunday, marking a historic moment for the faith that — since its founding in the 1800s — had previously only had top leadership with European ancestry. Gerrit W. Gong and Ulisses Soares both joined the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which is the second-highest governing body of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), often known informally as the Mormon Church. Buzz Feed

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It’s James Comey’s Word Against Andrew McCabe’s
An internal FBI report appears to put Andrew McCabe’s word against James Comey’s. The two fired FBI officials have different recollections about whether McCabe told Comey that he authorized leaks to the media in October 2016 about the Hillary Clinton investigation. It emerged on Thursday that a report from the FBI’s disciplinary office stated that McCabe lied four separate times, including to Comey, about his role in authorizing a leak to The Wall Street Journal. Daily Caller

CNN Article Claims That The Easter Story Is Like A ‘#MeToo Moment’
An article from CNN.com published Friday bewilderingly claims that the biblical story of Easter is a #MeToo story from Mary Magdalene’s perspective. “The men refused to listen to her story,” the article begins. “She was publicly smeared as a whore. And when she emerged as celebrated advocate, powerful men tried to silence her because she threatened their status. Nevertheless she persisted.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: CNN has lost it.

An ICE Director Apologized After Sharing A Meme Depicting Umbrellas As Muslim Women
An US Immigration and Customs Enforcement director from San Francisco apologized after sharing an offensive meme on social media. David Jennings, a field office director for enforcement and removal operations, posted the meme of three large umbrellas, supposedly mistaken for women in traditional Islamic dress, on LinkedIn three months ago. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported that the image had been shared by Jennings. Buzz Feed

Out-Of-Control Chinese Space Station Will Give 'Splendid Show' When It Crashes On Earth
The Tiangong-1 space craft is expected to tear across the sky - similar to that of a meteor shower - once it plummets into the Earth's atmosphere somewhere between today and Easter Monday. Chinese authorities say it is unlikely the nine-tonne space station will cause any damage. Holger Krag, head of the European Space Agency said: "If you're in the right place at the right times, and the sky is clear, it will be quite spectacular. The ESA is currently predicting a narrower window of tonight to late Sunday evening.  Sun UK
VOA VIEW: Played down.

Anna Wintour Facing Biggest Challenge Yet
One of the most influential magazine editors of her generation, Wintour, 68, has been a force in the fashion industry since she took the helm at Vogue 30 years ago — often dictating international fashion trends and making or breaking designers. But as the magazine business has evolved to encompass digital, video and live events — and rely less on print — Wintour has found herself in unfamiliar territory. Her beloved Vogue, some believe, wields much less power than it once did, while as artistic director at Condé Nast Wintour has overseen some high-profile misfires, including: NY Post

Melania Trump Sick Over Learning Trump Didn't Use Protection During Alleged Affairs
Melania Trump, 47, is not happy about the accusations that Donald Trump, 71, was careless and didn’t use protection when he allegedly had sex with porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal but she’s choosing to silently deal with her feelings. “Melania is not the type of woman to verbally confront her husband, or to get into any kind of heated altercation with him—she is much more the ‘strength in silence’ kind of person,” a source close to Melania EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.  Hollywood Life

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