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Trump Rips Amazon For Forcing Closure Of Stores 'All Over The Country'
“Not a level playing field,” Trump also said in the tweet that again suggested Amazon has a sweetheart shipping deal with the U.S. Postal Service that “will be changed.” “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE,” Trump also said in the tweet. On Saturday, Trump argued that the online retailer’s “scam” shipping deal with the postal service is costing the agency “billions of dollars.”  Fox
VOA VIEW: If true, Amazon must pay.

Trump Blasts 'Justice' Department And FBI For 'Slow Walking' Document Production To Congress
“So sad that the Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI are slow walking, or even not giving, the unredacted documents requested by Congress. An embarrassment to our country!” Trump tweeted Monday. This tweet comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would not appoint a second special counsel, at this point, to investigate alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses. Fox
VOA VIEW: A point.

Trump, Putin Discussed Possible Meeting At White House
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin last month discussed potentially meeting at the White House in the near future, a Trump spokesman confirmed on Monday, after a Russian aide told foreign news outlets the U.S. leader had extended an invitation. Yuri Ushakov, a Russian official, told outlets that Trump specifically invited Putin to a meeting at the White House, though he said the two countries had yet to begin preparations for the summit. Politico

Teacher Strikes Shut Down Schools Across Oklahoma And Kentucky
Classes were canceled Monday for hundreds of thousands of students across two states as striking teachers rallied at Capitols in Oklahoma and Kentucky to demand improved funding for education. The walkouts come less than a month after teachers in West Virginia ended a nine-day strike that shuttered schools there.USA Today

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Dow Dips More Than 500 Points After Trump Attacks Amazon, NAFTA
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 500 points, or more than 2 percent, just after noon Monday due to a turbulent mix of trade war fears and President Trump's repeated attacks on Amazon. Shares of other tech companies, including Facebook, Netflix, and Google's Alphabet, followed Amazon as it dropped after Trump tweeted that "only fools, or worse, are saying that our money-losing Post Office makes money with Amazon," CNBC reports. The Week

Donald Trump's Latest Dog Whistle On Immigration Is More Like A Scream
President Donald Trump won the White House in 2016 due, in large part, to his willingness to play on deep-seated fear of the other. "They" were invading America,Trump argued. "They" were challenging "our" values, changing the face of America in ways that were deeply damaging to the country. In ways large and small, Trump has continued to blow the dog whistle as President -- insisting that on everything from immigration to trade. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN has no clue.

China Hits Back At Trump, Slaps New Tariffs On US Goods Worth Up To $3 Billion
The trade spat between the world's two largest economies worsened over the weekend with China hiking tariffs on a slew of U.S. goods in response to Washington slapping duties on Chinese aluminum and steel. The measures announced Sunday matched a list of potential tariffs on up to $3 billion in U.S. goods published by China on March 23. In a sign that China could further its retaliatory campaign against the White House, The Global Times, a newspaper published by the ruling Communist Party, warned that "American politicians better realize sooner rather than later that China would never submit if the U.S. launched a trade war." NBC

Trump Tweet Seen As Boost For Sinclair Deal
President Donald Trump's tweet in support of Sinclair Broadcast Group leaves little question his administration will approve the conservative TV empire's bid for Tribune Media, according to the company's critics. Trump came to the broadcaster's defense after a viral video showing dozens of TV anchors at Sinclair-owned stations reciting the same Trump-like script bashing the media for spreading "fake news." While the president didn't mention Sinclair's pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune, opponents of the deal say Trump's comments send a message to regulators now reviewing the transaction. Politico
VOA VIEW: The left loses, again,

Dow Comes Off Session Lows, Finishes Day Down More Than 400 Points
Stocks plunged on Monday, April 2, the first trading day of the second quarter, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq tumbling into correction territory after China's Ministry of Finance announced new tariffs of up to 25% on U.S. products such as pork, fruit, nuts and wine. The Dow Jones Industrial Average came off its session lows but still declined 459 points, or 1.91%, to 23,644. The Nasdaq was Monday's biggest loser, falling 2.74%, while the S&P 500 declined 2.23%.  Street

EPA Moves To Weaken Landmark Fuel Efficiency Rules
The Trump Administration today moved to weaken fuel economy standards for automobiles, saying the current ones are inappropriate and wrong. The long-anticipated move is a win for auto manufacturers, which had lobbied for lower fuel-economy standards. It's also a rejection of one of former President Barack Obama's biggest efforts to combat climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions. In making the announcement, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, accused Obama of making incorrect assumptions when setting the standards, which led to them being set "too high." NPR

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Israel Reaches Deal To Send 16,000 African Immigrants To West
Other migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum, will be allowed to remain in Israel for at least the next five years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. Netanyahu named Canada, Italy and Germany as some of the nations that will take in the migrants - although they appeared not to have been informed of the plan yet. The fate of some 37,000 Africans in Israel has posed a moral dilemma for a state founded as a haven for Jews from persecution and a national home. The right-wing government is under pressure from its nationalist voter base to expel the migrants, while others are calling for them to be taken in. Forward
VOA VIEW: Why are there Africans wanting to leave their country?

'Affluenza Teen' Ethan Couch Released From Jail After 2 Years
Ethan Couch walked out of a Tarrant County, Texas jail Monday, days away from turning 21, after serving two years for a parole violation. Tarrant County deputies ushered Couch through a tunnel to avoid a media scrum awaiting his release, a reporter with NBC affiliate KXAS said. He is currently at a probation office where he'll be issued his court-ordered ankle monitor. The spoiled rich kid — who avoided a significant sentence by blaming his upbringing after a drunken joyride killed four people — is reportedly a changed person following years of bratty behavior.  NY Daily

Everything We Know About Shulkin's White House Exit
Did President Donald Trump fire former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin or did he resign? If Shulkin, the only holdover from President Barack Obama's administration, was fired, the actions of his acting replacement -- Defense Department official Robert Wilkie -- could be legally challenged as invalid until Trump's permanent pick for the job, White House doctor Ronny Jackson, is approved by the Senate.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Shulkin should have been eleminated long ago.

Fox News Insists Laura Ingraham Will Return Monday Despite Advertiser Pullout
“We cannot and will not allow voices to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts, Abernethy said in a statement. “We look forward to having Laura Ingraham back hosting her program next Monday when she returns from spring vacation with her children.” The “agenda-driven intimidation efforts” reference is an advertiser boycott launched by a high school student who survived the high school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which makes Abernethy’s statement pretty extraordinary. As of this morning, 16 advertisers have said they are yanking spots from Ingraham’s primetime show. Deadline
VOA VIEW: A smart and good move - liberals cannot get their way.

Parkland Students Return To A School They Say 'Feels Like Jail'
Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School return to class Monday, their first day back since organizing one of the largest youth-led protests in US history. But these teenagers won't be returning to a normal high school experience. Instead, they'll be met with strict security measures which are intended to protect them from another mass shooting but have some students feeling as if they'll be learning in a prison.  CNN

'Roseanne' Ratings Climb, Hit 25 Million Viewers
Roseanne's ratings riches keep climbing, hitting a record haul for Nielsen's live-plus-3 ratings growth. The new totals for the Mar. 27 premiere have the ABC comedy totaling 25 million viewers and a massive 7.3 rating among adults 18-49. Looking at just the audience, the 6.6 million viewer add-on from the premiere night is a time-shifting record. And that doesn't even include the additional 4.3 million viewers who tuned into an encore telecast on Sunday night — or the growth it will see from Hulu and ABC streaming. Hollywood Reporter

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CNN Mocked For Glorifying JFKs 'Legendary' Infidelity After Harping On Trump's Troubles
While promoting “The Kennedys,” CNN hailed the 35th president's “legendary love life,” before asking, “Did one of his affairs connect him with the mob?” The tweet featured video detailing JFK’s relationship with actress Judy Campbell, who was allegedly intimate with the head of the Chicago mafia while also having an affair with the president. “Hypocrisy at its finest,” one user responded. Author Joshua Kendall responded that “legendary love life” is a poor choice of words because it makes JFK’s infidelity sound “glamorous” and attached a link to a recent Los Angeles Times op-ed headlined, “JFK may have been a worse philanderer than Trump. Does it matter?”  Fox

Obama Eases Into Post-Presidential Life
“It’s obvious to most people who are watching that he is relieved to no longer be bearing the burden of the presidency,” said Josh Earnest, who served as Obama’s White House press secretary and had worked for him since the 2008 presidential campaign. “I think there's no doubt that he is more relaxed and more at ease and more unburdened than he's been in a decade, and it shows.”  Hill

Zuckerberg On Facebook's Hardest Year, And What Comes Next
It’s been a tough year for Facebook. The social networking juggernaut found itself engulfed by controversies over fake news, electoral interference, privacy violations, and a broad backlash to smartphone addiction. Wall Street has noticed: The company has lost almost $100 billion in market value in recent weeks. Behind Facebook’s hard year is a collision between the company’s values, ambitions, business model, and mind-boggling scale. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has long held that the company’s mission is to make the world more open and connected — with the assumption being that a more open and connected world is a better world. Vox
VOA VIEW: People should turn their back on all social media.

Sinclair Defends Itself Over Uproar After Local News Anchors Read Anit 'False News' Creed
Sinclair Broadcast Group is defending itself against criticism for a recent on-air promotional message many of its local news anchors were asked to read that warned viewers about "false news" on competing media outlets. Dozens of stations belonging to the nation's largest broadcaster have aired video promotions in the last few weeks in which their local on-air news hosts voice concerns about "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country." The anchors then go on to say that many media outlets are publishing "fake stories" and pushing agendas. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Fake news is real and liberal.

Congressman's Wife Arrested For Disorderly Intoxication On Easter
Authorities say the wife of a Florida congressman has been arrested on a charge of disorderly intoxication. In a statement to the Orlando Sentinel , U.S. Rep. Darren Soto said his wife had been treated for depression for years and recently stopped taking medication “in accordance with her treatment plan” and under supervision. The Democrat from Florida said his wife drank too much and “reached an argumentative state with a family member, which led to arrest.” NY Post

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Falsely Accused Parkland School Shooter Sues Alex Jones’ InfoWars For Defamation
Marcel Fontaine, who was falsely declared a suspect in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by conspiracy-theorist website InfoWars, is now suing Alex Jones for more than a million dollars. Fontaine, a young man from Massachusetts, filed suit in the district court of Travis County, Texas on Monday against InfoWars head Alex Jones; InfoWars reporter Kit Daniels; InfoWars LLC; and Free Speech Systems, LLC, InfoWars’ parent company. The suit charges that InfoWars “irreparably tainted” his reputation in a report that falsely claimed he was suspected as the Stoneman Douglas shooter. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Liberal DB needs something to whine about.

DNC Black Caucus Chair: ‘I’m A Former Black Panther’
The Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus chairwoman discussed being a former Black Panther at a town hall in Detroit on Saturday and explained how Democrats should mimic their grassroots community organizing strategies heading into the 2018 elections. “I’m a former Black Panther,” Virgie Rollins stated. “When we talked about the movement … it was important for us to make people understand that it was about the movement for us, educating us.” Daily Caller

Trump Congratulates Egyptian President On Election Win
President Trump congratulated Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his reelection during a phone call on Monday. "The two leaders affirmed the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt, and noted that they look forward to advancing this partnership and addressing common challenges," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a readout of the call. The Egyptian leader garnered 97 percent of the votes last month, according to the BBC.  Hill
VOA VIEW: Not much for a free fair election.

Israel Suspends Plan To Send African Migrants To West
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has suspended a deal with the UN to give residency to thousands of African migrants in exchange for Western nations resettling the same number. Hours after announcing the deal, he put the plan on hold, saying he would meet with residents of south Tel Aviv, where many of the migrants live. The arrangement had drawn opposition from within his governing coalition. It replaced a plan for mass deportations to Africa. Under the five-year agreement with the UN refugee agency, some 16,250 African migrants who entered the country illegally, many of them seeking asylum, would be resettled in Western nations, which Mr Netanyahu had said included Germany, Italy and Canada. BBC

Franciscan University Claims Facebook Rejected Ad Because It Shows Jesus On The Cross
Franciscan University posted a series of ads on Facebook Friday to promote some of its online theology programs, but it says one of them was rejected because it included the Crucifixion of Christ on the San Damiano Cross. The Catholic university in Steubenville, Ohio sent out a tweet on Friday saying its ad was rejected for content that is "shocking, sensational, and excessively violent." Free Beacon
VOA VIEW: Censorship at its best.

Scott Walker Is Quietly Keeping His National Profile Alive
Scott Walker’s political rebound is supposed to be grounded in Wisconsin, where he’s expected to run a robust gubernatorial campaign in a state where he has done nothing but win. But Walker, whose surprisingly quick rise and fall as a Republican presidential contender hurt his standing at home, also is carefully and somewhat quietly maintaining his national brand. His role last year as chair of the Republican Governors Association helped. . Buzz Feed

The Justice Department Is Suing California — Again
The Justice Department is suing California for the second time in a month, once again accusing the state of unconstitutionally passing laws that interfere with the federal government's activities. This time, the lawsuit is about the state's ability to block the transfer of federal property into private hands. California last year passed a law that gives the state the "right of first refusal” for a particular sale or exchange of federal lands. The Justice Department is arguing the state is violating the US Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which broadly says that when there’s a conflict between federal and state law, federal law prevails. Buzz Feed

77 Percent Believe 'Traditional' Media (TV, Papers) Report 'Fake News'
The American people are very skeptical of “fake news” in the Old Media. A new Monmouth University poll asked respondents “Do you think some traditional major news sources like TV and newspapers ever report fake news stories, or not?” A whopping 77 percent of those polled said Yes – 31 percent said it happens regularly, and 46 percent said it happens occasionally. (That was up from 63 percent who said Yes a year ago.) Only 21 percent said they did not offer fake news, down from 32 percent a year ago. News Busters
VOA VIEW: Most liberal main news media report fake news.

CNN Paints 'Fox & Friends' Segment as Racist, The President Is 'Venting After Watching Cable News'
To CNN's horror, President Trump unleashed a series of new tweets Monday morning, picking up where he left off in his "tweet storm" on Sunday. As she briefed the anchors of New Day, White House Reporter Kaitlan Collins could not tell if "these tweets actually represent a change in policy for this President or if they’re just simply him venting after watching cable news." As CNN attempted to make the case that part of the President's Easter Sunday "tweet storm" directly resulted from a segment on Fox & Friends Weekend, guest co-host and former Obama administration official Jim Sciutto attempted to paint that particular segment as racist. News Busters

Exceeding Eggs-Pectations: Trump Treats Kids To Easter Egg Roll At White House
President Donald Trump kicked off the annual Easter egg roll at the White House Monday by touting his record on the economy and the strength of the U.S. military. “This is a special year. Our country is doing great. You look at the economy, you look at what’s happening, nothing’s ever easy, but we have never had an economy like we have right now.  Daily Caller

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Local Mexican Officials Block Caravan Of Illegal Aliens From Moving Freely Through Their Town
The caravan is organized and led by a group called Pueblos Sin Fronteras. On Monday, the Buzzfeed reporter embedded with the migrant army, Adolfo Flores said local Mexican officials aren’t letting the caravan of people move freely through their town. Flores did not specify which town blocked the migrant army. Gateway Pundit

What Is Mueller Hiding? Mueller Asks Judge o Waive Lawyer’s Right o File FOIA Requests n Russia Witch Hunt
Dirty cop Robert Mueller asked a judge to waive Van Der Zwaan’s right to file a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request ahead of his sentencing which is scheduled for April 3rd. What is Mueller hiding? Special Counsel Robert Mueller asked the judge to waive Alex Van Der Zwaan’s right to file a FOIA claiming it would be a strain on “the scarce resources of the Special Counsel’s office.” Mueller has unlimited time and money to go on a fishing expedition; this is his way of moving ahead with no oversight. Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a terrible and senseless waste.

A Former Trump Campaign Staffer Is Suing To Challenge A Nondisclosure Agreement She Says She Was Forced To Sign
A former Trump campaign staffer is suing to challenge a nondisclosure agreement that she says she was required to sign in order to work on the campaign. Jessica Denson, who says she joined the campaign in August 2016 and was later promoted to manage Hispanic outreach, filed a lawsuit against the campaign last year, claiming she was the victim of discrimination and harassment by other campaign officials. Buzz Feed
VOA VIEW: Denson was not forced to sign the document or join the Trump campaign.

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Anti-Apartheid Leader Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies At 81
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the second wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, died on Monday, her personal assistant has confirmed. She was 81. Her family is expected to release a statement later in the day. Madikizela-Mandela's legacy as one of most central figures in the anti-apartheid movement was tarnished by a series of scandals as her relationship with Mandela crumbled after 38 years of marriage. Born Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela on Sept. 26, 1936, the daughter of a history teacher moved to Johannesburg in 1953 to study social work. A few years later, she met Mandela, and by 1958, they were married. Buzz Feed

Trump's Phone Diplomacy Sends Wrong Message To Putin
Once again, the world has learned about an important overture by President Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin from a Kremlin adviser, not the White House. On Monday morning, an aide to Putin said Trump had invited the Russian president to the White House when the two men spoke last month. It is a pattern that has been repeated regularly since the public first learned about Trump's controversial meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak from Tass last May. Why does this matter? NBC

Representative Esty Won't Seek Reelection After Harassment Mishandlings
Esty's announcement follows calls from several prominent Connecticut politicians of both parties demanding she resign after news broke late last week of how she addressed the sexual harassment and abuse allegations launched against a former top staffer. Esty kept her then-chief of staff Tony Baker on the payroll for three months in 2016, even after she learned of Baker’s threats to kill a female staffer he’d once dated, while investigating the allegations. “You better f-----g reply to me or I will f-----g kill you,” Baker said in a voice message, according to a recording obtained by The Washington Post. Politico
VOA VIEW: Dumb!

Sensitive Actresses Intimidated By Roseanne's High Ratings
Some celebrities are treating the Roseanne reboot’s high ratings as a sign of the impending apocalypse, proving that the only acceptable way to address the Trump presidency is with unrelenting hostility. The revival of the popular 90’s sitcom, Roseanne, last Monday was a great outing for ABC, with some estimates saying that it was the network’s best debut in close to a decade. Reviews of the 1-hour-long premiere were mostly positive, and Roseanne Barr’s perspective of post-Trump middle America resonated with millions across the country.  News Busters

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