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Trump Says Dreamer Deal Dead
President Trump declared on Sunday the deal for the Obama-era DACA program was “NO MORE” and called for "tough" immigration reform after a report stated a caravan carrying more than 1,000 people from Central America is traveling through Mexico and to the United States in hopes of entering the states illegally or by asking for asylum. Trump, who has vowed to end catch and release, tweeted Sunday morning that Republicans need to take the "nuclear option" when passing tougher immigration laws. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good!

Chinese Space Station Hurling Toward Earth
The 8.5-ton space lab, known as Tiangong-1, is likely to burn up upon re-entry, which is expected to happen about 37 miles above ground, so it only poses a small risk to people and property. However, the exact timing of when the craft, which is about the size of a school bus, will fall back to Earth is uncertain due to how quiet the sun has been.  Fox

New Details Emerge About EPA Chief's Rental Of Condo Linked To Lobbyist
The chief of the EPA is under fire again, this time for a sweetheart deal on a condo rental in Washington's upscale Capital Hill neighborhood. Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, paid just $50 a night to stay in a Capitol Hill condominium linked to a prominent Washington lobbyist whose firm represents fossil fuel companies, officials acknowledged Friday. Pruitt paid for a single bedroom in the building about a block from the U.S. Capitol, staying for about six months in 2017. Valley News Live
VOA VIEW: Pruit may be in trouble.

Woman At Stephon Clark Vigil Is Struck By Sheriff's Vehicle-He Drives Away
She was there to remember the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of Sacramento police officers. But during the vigil for Stephon Clark, she was struck by a Sacramento County Sheriff Department vehicle. A voice on a megaphone says, "Back away from my vehicle" four times. Another voice can be heard saying, "Back away from my car" before the activist is knocked down to the curb. NPR

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Hackers Steal Credit Card Information For More Than 5 Million Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor Shoppers
A massive data breach hit the Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor retail chains, compromising the credit and debit card information for more than 5 million shoppers. Hackers stole the personal financial information from more than 5 million customers who visited the stores from May 2017 to now, according to Gemini Advisory, a cybersecurity firm.  Fortune

Here’s The Wounded Warrior’s Response To David Hogg That Is Going Viral
Wounded warrior Derek Weida, who lost a leg while deployed in Iraq, posted a poignant rebuttal to Parkland survivor David Hogg’s gun control campaign on Friday. As of Saturday afternoon, Weida’s post had over 35,000 reactions and over 14,000 shares. The post was written from the perspective of Weida “listening to David Hogg speak,” and it began with a direct piece of advice for Hogg: “Watch what you say.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Hogg is a liberal publicity seeking idiot.

No Gaza Inquiry, Israelit Defense Minister Says
Hamas, the dominant Palestinian group in Gaza, said five of the dead were members of its armed wing. Israel said eight of the 15 belonged to Hamas, designated a terrorist group by Israel and the West, and two others came from other militant factions. A tense calm descended on Sunday on the border area, where hundreds of Palestinians, a fraction of the tens of thousands who initially turned out, remained in tent encampments along the fenced 65-km (40-mile) border. Reuters

DNC Vice Chair Calls For Repeal Of Second Amendment
It was Wednesday that CNN’s Chris Cuomo called it “a lot of bunk” that anyone was calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment, despite former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calling for exactly that in The New York Times just the day before. Plenty of people retweeted Stevens’ op-ed, including Louisiana Democratic Party Chairwoman and state Senator Karen Carpenter Peterson, who serves as the vice chair of civic engagement and voter participation for the Democratic National Committee: InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Dems want to repeal the Second Amendment.

Now Statues Offensive To Native Americans, Poised To Topple Across US
Over the decades, this quiet coastal hamlet has earned a reputation as one of the most liberal places in the nation. Arcata was the first U.S. city to ban the sale of genetically modified foods, the first to elect a majority Green Party city council and one of the first to tacitly allow marijuana farming before pot was legal. Now it's on the verge of another first. No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds. But Arcata is poised to do just that. The target is an 8½-foot bronze likeness of William McKinley, who was president at the turn of the last century and stands accused of directing the slaughter of Native peoples in the U.S. and abroad. Los Angeles Times

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Kim Jong-Un Watches K-Pop Stars Perform In Pyongyang
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife have watched South Korean K-pop stars perform in a rare event in Pyongyang. Mr Kim clapped along and then met performers backstage where he conversed and took pictures, said reports. It is the first musical delegation to visit in more than a decade as the leaders of the two countries on the divided peninsula prepare to meet. More than 11 acts are in Pyongyang for two shows.  BBC

NYT’s Easter Tradition of Insulting Christians
Christians who opened The New York Times on Easter Sunday were rewarded with a poke in the eye from the front page of the Sunday Review. At the top, beside a photo of Martin Luther King in a church with a cross prominent in the background, was “Keeping The Faith – We  Forgot What Dr. King Believed In,” by Michael Eric Dyson, left-wing professor and commentator, whom the paper carefully identified as “an ordained Baptist minister," -- so he could criticize Christians with credibility, perhaps? Here's Dyson: News Busters
VOA VIEW: Trash  propaganda from the left.

Trump's Unscripted Syrian Pullout Has Been Brewing For Weeks
President Donald Trump’s unscripted remark this week about pulling out of Syria “very soon,” while at odds with his own policy, was not a one-off: For weeks, top advisers have been fretting about an overly hasty withdrawal as the president has increasingly told them privately he wants out, U.S. officials said. Only two months ago, Trump’s aides thought they’d persuaded him that the U.S. needed to keep its presence in Syria open-ended — not only because the Islamic State group has yet to be entirely defeated, but also because the resulting power vacuum could be filled by other extremist groups or by Iran.  Haaretz

Special Counsel In Every Way But Name
Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have declined calls to appoint a second special counsel to probe the FBI’s behavior during the 2016 campaign, but the man he has picked to lead an internal Justice Department review is a special counsel in every way but name. John W. Huber, the U.S. attorney in Utah, can convene a grand jury, issue subpoenas, collect evidence and order witnesses to testify — all the usual powers a federal prosecutor has — as he delves into whether the FBI abused its powers when it sought permission then carried out wiretapping of a Trump campaign figure, or whether it trod too lightly in pursuing questions about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Let's see what he does.

ICE Arrests Farmworkers, Sparking Fears In The Central Valley
The arrests were part of a larger sweep in California’s agricultural heartland that has sent fear through the Central Valley, where for generations, immigrants here — both legally and illegally — have picked crops. In some fields, almost all of the foreign workers are in the country without legal status. While many immigrants have been on edge since President Trump vowed a crackdown on illegal immigration, the recent sweeps have been particularly concerning because they included the arrests of people not specifically targeted by ICE. Los Angeles Times

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Secret Service Investigating Vandalism At Trump Golf Club
The US Secret Service is investigating the vandalism of a sign at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office told the White House press pool that the Secret Service is looking into red paint that was splattered on the sign outside of the entrance of the club. Crews were spotted cleaning the sign early Sunday morning. A spokesman for the Secret Service said they are "aware of the incident." CNN

China Imposing New Tariffs On US Products
China says it's rolling out new tariffs on U.S. meat, fruit and other products as retaliation against taxes approved by President Trump on imported steel and aluminum. The Chinese finance ministry says in a statement that the new tariffs begin Monday. The announcement follows through on warnings Chinese officials have made for several weeks in an escalating trade dispute with the United States. China's Customs Tariff Commission is increasing the tariff rate on eight imported U.S. products, including pork, by 25 percent. It's also imposing a new 15 percent tariff on 120 imported U.S. commodities, including fruits. CBS
VOA VIEW: China will lose a trade war.

Poisoned Door Handle Hints At High-Level Plot To Kill Spy
British officials investigating the poisoning of Sergei V. Skripal, a former Russian double agent, believe it is likely that an assassin smeared a nerve agent on the door handle at his home. This operation is seen as so risky and sensitive that it is unlikely to have been undertaken without approval from the Kremlin, according to officials who have been briefed on the early findings of the inquiry. NY Times

Mueller's Team Stuffed With Democrats; Fact Checkers Hate The Emphasis
One of the tendencies of liberal “fact checkers” is to grant that a fact they don’t like is true, but then to try to dismiss its truth by making excuses and adding “context.” They’re offering “alternative facts.” They’re adding spin control. Let’s take their objections to a March 18 tweet by President Trump: “Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added…does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” Now see how the Washington Post "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler grants Trump his point, that Mueller’s team is stuffed with Democrats (and Hillary donors): News Busters
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Who Is Jared Kushner’s Dad, Charles?
Charles Kushner, who also goes by Charlie, is the son of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to the U.S. in 1949. Charlie's father started a construction business, the assets of which Charlie used to start his real estate development firm, Kushner Companies, in 1985. Kushner was very successful, and he used the fruits of his success to donate to numerous Democratic politicians and Jewish philanthropic causes. However, a little family strife soon led him into a serious run-in with the law. Bustle

GOP Strategist To Trump: A 'Storm Is Coming' In Russia Investigation
A Republican strategist on Sunday warned President Trump to build up his dwindling legal team because a “storm is coming” in the form of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. lex Castellanos, who has worked on campaigns for Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, told ABC’s “This Week” it’s hard to believe that “Robert Mueller is not going to dig up something in Trump’s complicated financial history to say. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Very little reported by the NYP is reliable.

As Bill Cosby's Second Trial Begins, What's Different This Time?
His accuser, with her unflappable demeanor and distinctive mane of tightly curled hair, will recount again the allegations that helped to destroy his career. But as Bill Cosby’s retrial on sexual-assault charges begins this week, the second courtroom showdown between the 80-year-old entertainer and Andrea Constand is shaping up to be no simple repeat of the first. Philadelphia Inquirer

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Shulkin: There Was 'No Reason For Me To Resign'
“I came to fight for our veterans and I had no intention of giving up,” Shulkin said Sunday on “Meet the Press.” “There would be no reason for me to resign. I made a commitment, I took an oath, and I was here to fight for our veterans." A White House spokesperson told Politico on Saturday that Shulkin had “resigned,” despite the former Cabinet member’s public statements saying otherwise. NBC
VOA VIEW: Shulkin should accept his fate and walk away - if he is smart.

New Book Blames Conway For Leaks
The author of new book on President Trump blames White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for being behind most of the leaks to the media. “If you wonder why there are so many leaks out of the White House, one reason is Kellyanne is the number one leaker,” said Ronald Kessler, author of “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Don't believe what the NYP reports.

Taking Back Christianity From The Religious Right
Since the early seventies, with the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade, the Christian right has been on the prowl, adding grievance to grievance, aligning themselves with the Republican Party and its Teapot wing. The Christian right had long, of course, been gathering steam in the South in response to the Civil Rights movement—there is a dark story there, with prejudice rooting in distorted Biblical arguments—but the mass turn of evangelical and fundamentalist Christians into the realm of politics has been at full strength only in the past four decades.  Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: The liberal left like DB would report on ignorance.

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How John Bolton Helped Kickstart the New Nuclear Arms Race
It was March 1 and Vladimir Putin was feeling invincible. Russian advancements in intercontinental ballistic missile modernization, maneuverable-trajectory hypersonic missiles, and even a nuclear-fueled cruise missile carrying a nuclear payload, the Russian president boasted, would make short work of America’s antiballistic missile defenses. In case there was any ambiguity to Putin’s fiery Kremlin address, Putin underscored his point—Russia can hold any U.S. city at risk in the event of a conflict—with an animated video showing a Sarmat missile strike on Florida, home of Donald Trump’s cherished Mar-a-Lago resort. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Garbage for the left liberal DB.

US, Mexico Forge Partnership To Combat Maritime Drug Trade
The United States and Mexican governments are sparring over immigration and trade, but the two countries are joining forces on the high seas like never before to go after drug smugglers. The US, Mexico, and Colombia will target drug smugglers off South America's Pacific coast in an operation that is scheduled to begin Sunday and last for the foreseeable future, Coast Guard officials told The Associated Press. CS Monitor

The New York Times Supports The Use Of ‘Secret Science’ At EPA
The New York Times editorial board came out against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan to stop “secret science” from being used as the basis of regulations. Pruitt will soon require EPA to only rely on studies that make their data publicly available when crafting regulations. The Times opposed Pruitt’s transparency plan, echoing liberal critics’ claims it would violate patient privacy. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: The NYT is a liberal biased rag paper.

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Here's Why The Man Who Lied About A Trump Adviser And An Alleged Russian Spy Won't Spend Much Time In Jail
The first defendant to be sentenced in the Trump-Russia investigation likely will spend little if any time in prison partly because special counsel Robert Mueller declined to charge him with obstruction of justice — even though he deleted an email that prosecutors say was critical to Mueller’s investigation. In a court memorandum filed last week laying out the case against Alex van der Zwaan, a London lawyer who’s to be sentenced on Tuesday, lawyers from Mueller’s office don’t link him to allegations of Russian interference in the presidential campaign. Instead, they cite Mueller’s probe into Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, two members of Trump’s campaign apparatus who’ve been indicted for money laundering and other crimes unrelated to their campaign work. Buzz Feed
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a joke.

On MSNBC, Schaeffer Slams Laura Ingraham's 'Betrayal of Teaching of Jesus'
At 10:51 a.m. Eastern, after host Joy Reid asked why it is that white evangelicals are so much more supportive of Trump than other Christians "despite all of his flaws," Schaeffer brought up Ingraham's Catholic beliefs: "It's not just the white evangelicals -- the conservative Roman Catholics like Laura Ingraham, for instance." He alluded to Ingraham's recent mocking of liberal activist David Hogg as he continued: "She's a convert to Catholicism, and here we are in Holy Week culminating in Easter, and she chooses this time to mock a teenager who stood up against gun violence." News Busters

Diplomatic Moves Against And By Russia After Nerve Gas Attack
Following are diplomatic measures announced against Russia by Britain, the United States and others after the poisoning of a former Russian double agent with military-grade nerve agent in the English town of Salisbury. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on March 29 Moscow’s response would be “symmetrical” referring to the number of diplomats Russia will expel. BRITAIN - Expelled 23 Russians alleged to have worked as spies under diplomatic cover. Reuters

Trump Threatens To Stop Mexico's 'Cash Cow' Unless Fewer People Come Into U.S.
President Donald Trump declared Sunday that a deal to help “Dreamer” immigrants was “NO MORE” and threatened to pull out of a free trade agreement with Mexico unless it does more to stop people from crossing into the U.S. He claimed they’re coming to take advantage of protections granted certain immigrants. “NO MORE DACA DEAL!” Trump tweeted one hour after he started the day by wishing his followers a “HAPPY EASTER!” Former President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally after they were brought here as children.  Time

If Trump Declares War On Amazon, Who Wins?
First there were the Robber Barrons -- John Jacob Astor, Andrew Carnegie, JP Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt and more – that activist President Theodore Roosevelt took on and busted their trusts. Now another activist president, Donald Trump, wants to add Jeff Bezos to that list. Times have changed and societal problems are different, but what hasn’t changed is the righteous indignation both presidents feel against their foes. Back in TR’s day, as apparently no one who knew him called him “Teddy,” Roosevelt took an axe to monopoly trusts for anti-competitive actions that drove prices up to line their own pockets. Forbes

CBS: Trump Presidential Campaign Spent More Than $150,000 On Amazon
President Donald Trump's presidential campaign spent more than $150,000 on purchases from Amazon, the company now facing his ire amid claims it doesn't pay its fair share of shipping costs and taxes. A report by CBS News digging into Federal Election Commission records found that in 2015 and 2016 the campaign spent $158,498.41 in 379 transactions classified as office supply purchases. The committee continued after the election to spend money on the website, purchasing more than $2000 in 2017. Trump has repeatedly attacked Amazon and the Washington Post, both of which are owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN liberal bias negative reprot that means or proves nothing.

Mexico's Andres Obrador Hits Out At Trump, As He Launches His Presidential Campaign
Mexico's presidential front-runner launched his campaign close to the U.S. border on Sunday, demanding respect for Mexicans hours after U.S. President Donald Trump again threatened to scrap a key trade pact and erect a wall between the countries. Striking a nationalistic tone, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador signaled that if he won the July 1 election, he would be less accommodating toward Trump than the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which has lagged in opinion polls over its failure to contain violence and corruption.  CNBC
VOA VIEW: Mexico will lose trying to match wits with the US.

Sanders: We Know Nothing About Trump's VA Pick
Sen. Bernie Sanders wouldn't commit to supporting President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, on Sunday. In an interview on CBS’ "Face the Nation," the Vermont independent noted that Jackson, Trump's personal physician, is a virtual unknown on veterans issues. He also expressed concerns the Trump administration is pushing to privatize the nearly $200 billion bureaucracy, citing the conservative agenda of the influential donors Charles and David Koch. Politico

Trump's Personnel Office Staffed By Drinking, Vaping Youngsters
Working for the Trump administration can be quite a party. The White House office in charge of recruiting and vetting political appointees under President Trump is staffed by a crew of young, inexperienced administrators who host happy hour parties, play drinking games and spend their time vaping in the office, according to a report Friday. The PPO, which stands for Presidential Personnel Office, not Presidential Party Office, is located on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, across the street from the White House. The office is populated by former Trump campaigners and the friends and friends and relatives of top officials, according to the Washington Post. NY Daily

Trump's World-Leader Buddy Is Starting To Regret It
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wooed the new American president harder than anyone. But his bet on Trump is not looking so hot today. On March 25, the Japanese prime minister lunched with Barack Obama in Tokyo, setting off warm reminiscences of their “sushi summits” in the local press. For Abe, the reunion was the political equivalent of comfort food. The 14 months since Trump stomped into the White House have been a different kind of raw for the Japanese establishment—and increasingly unappetizing for a government that prizes strong U.S. ties above any other relationship. Dating back to the 1980s, Trump was among America’s most vocal Japan critics. In 1989, the real estate mogul said Japan “systematically sucked the blood out of America” and called for a 20 percent tariff on all its goods. On the campaign trail, candidate Trump called for Japan to pay more for Washington’s security blanket—saying “we can't afford to do it anymore”—and raised the specter of Tokyo developing its own nuclear weapons. Politico

How To Pay College Athletes Without Ruining NCAA Sports
In 2016, the U.S. Women’s soccer team filed suit against U.S. Soccer for pay discrimination. U.S. Soccer was paying male players far more, and to make it all the more galling, the women were winning a lot more matches. The source of the disparity was not a conscious decision to value women less, but the logic of capitalism. Men’s soccer commands a bigger, and therefore more profitable, audience than women’s soccer.  NY Mag

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