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Trump Calls Dems 'Disaster' On Border
President Trump zeroed in on illegal immigration and securing the border this week, ramping up rhetoric and leading a push to shore up the border -- reportedly reacting to backlash from conservatives over his handling of last month's omnibus spending bill. "We are sealing up our Southern Border," Trump tweeted Saturday. "The people of our great country want Safety and Security. The Dems have been a disaster on this very important issue!" Fox News
VOA VIEW: It's time for zero tolerance on illegal immigration.

Stone To InfoWars: I Know. To CNN: I Didn't Know
Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, said he knew the date of upcoming WikiLeaks disclosures in October 2016, despite claiming on Friday in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper that he didn't. "I had no advanced notice of the content source or exact timing of the WikiLeaks disclosures including the allegedly hacked emails," Stone said on CNN. "I never received anything whatsoever from WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, anyone associated with them, or anyone else, including allegedly hacked emails, and passed them onto Donald Trump." CNN
VOA VIEW: Anything reported by CNN should be suspect.

1 Seriously Injured After Fire Breaks Out At Trump Tower
The fire broke out in multiple units on the 50th floor of the tower shortly before 6 p.m. It was knocked down by 6:45 p.m., according to the senior FDNY official. Videos on social media show thick, black smoke and flames rising from the building as people watch below. At least five fire trucks were seen responding to the fire on Fifth Avenue shortly after the blaze started. President Donald Trump has an office and a home in the building, but he was not in New York on Saturday. NBC

Pruitt Faces Renewed Questions Over Cost Of Security Detail
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing renewed questions about the size and cost of his 24-hour security detail, adding to a string of ethically questionable arrangements or actions on his part that have surfaced over the past year. Pruitt's security team currently consists of 19 agents and includes a fleet of at least 19 vehicles, a source with direct knowledge of Pruitt's security detail said. With the cost of maintenance, gas, and training for agents, that leaves the dollar amount for his round-the-clock security in the millions. CNN

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Kelly Threatened To Quit-Again
White House chief of staff John Kelly has gone back to an old tactic: threatening to quit. Kelly blew up at President Donald Trump in an Oval Office meeting on March 28, Axios reported Saturday. As he departed, he was overheard muttering that he was going to hand in his notice. The blowup was not tied to the firing of Veterans Administration David Shulkin, which occurred the same day, sources said. Kelly was angry enough to begin packing up personal items, according to the report. It took a visit from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a close ally, to talk him down. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Rumors continue.

Arizona, Texas Send 400 Troops To Border After Trump's Call
Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border by next week in response to President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas National Guard said it was already sending Guardsmen to the border, with plans to place 250 troops there in the next 72 hours as an "initial surge," according to a Guard spokesman. Two helicopters lifted off Friday night from Austin, the state capital, to head south. Politico

You Need To Earn $418,000 To Buy A House In NYC
In many major U.S. cities, it's becoming more costly than ever to purchase a home. "Over the past decade, home prices in almost all major U.S. cities have increased," home investment company Unison points out in its newly released 2018 Home Affordability Report. Large coastal cities have been hit the hardest. "Cities like San Francisco and Seattle have seen home price appreciation far outpace any historical precedent, growing as much as 10% year-over-year," the report says.  KHOU

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Secret Direct Talks Underway Between US And North Korea
The United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken severaltimes and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks. CNN
VOA VIEW: NK cannot be trusted.

Facebook Bans Another Political Data Analytics Firm
"In light of recent reports that AggregateIQ may be affiliated with SCL and may, as a result, have improperly received FB user data, we have added them to the list of entities we have suspended from our platform while we investigate," Facebook said in a statement. The news was first reported by by the National Observer, a Canadian investigative news site. Representatives for AggregateIQ didn't respond to a request for comment. On the company's website, though, AggregateIQ says that it has no connections to Cambridge Analytica or SCL and that it never had access to the reportedly leaked user profiles.  CNET

Facebook's Sandberg Backs Out Of ABC Interview
Sheryl Sandberg seems to be “leaning out” of her press push to hush the hysteria over Facebook privacy and user-data leaks. After many significant days of silence, the Facebook COO was quizzed by “Today’s” Savannah Guthrie on Friday, followed by an interview with Fox News’ Dana Perino. Sandberg was next due for a sit-down on ABC’s Sunday show “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” as she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg scramble to subdue the social- media scandal.  NY Post
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be regulated.

Russia Claims Queen 'Downs Cocktails All Day' And Theresa May 'Has A Brandy Habit'
Russia has slammed the Queen for downing gin, wine and champagne every day in a 'fake news' propaganda blast against the UK. Senator Aleksey Pushkov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin , said the monarch treats drinking like a "ceremony" while Prime Minster Theresa May has a brandy habit. The politician claimed tell-tale mannerisms reveal the pair as 'unpleasant' heavy drinkers. Mirror UK

Trouble Brews For Comey-Former FBI Director To Break Silence With Book Tour
In less than two weeks, James Comey is poised to begin a book tour and break his silence about his experience serving as FBI director before he was fired last summer by President Trump. Beyond the occasional tweet in which he has defended an embattled FBI from Trump's criticisms, Comey has largely kept out of the public eye while wrapping up his book, titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership." But with April 17, the day his memoir hits bookshelves, fast approaching, a number of potential complications have arisen. An ex-FBI supervisory special agent put it bluntly on Saturday when he said he has no issue with Comey, now a private citizen, selling books and charging $1,000 tickets for people to hear him speak, but that the timing of the media blitz was the issue. Washington Examiner

US Hiring Slows In March, But Job Market Still Looks Good
U.S. employers added a modest 103,000 jobs in March after several months of robust gains, though the government’s overall jobs report Friday suggested the labor market remains fundamentally healthy. The unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent, a 17-year low, for a sixth straight month, the government said. Average hourly pay ticked up, climbing 2.7 percent compared with a year earlier. Daily Journal

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Backpage Founder Charged With 93 Counts By FBI In Sealed Indictment
The co-founder of Backpage.com, a website synonymous with sex ads, was arrested by federal agents and charged with criminal offences, after law enforcement seized the website as part of an enforcement action by the FBI, according to a posting on the website on Friday. Federal agents raided the Sedona home of Backpage co-founder Michael Lacey on Friday. Newsweek

Dow Tumbles 572 Points
The Dow closed down 572 points, a drop of 2.3%, after President Trump threatened to escalate a confrontation with China over trade. It fell as much as 767 points earlier in the day. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq each declined more than 2%. Friday's losses wiped out gains for the week, and the Dow sank back into correction territory — 10% below its all-time closing high in January. CNN Money

Trump's Old Barber Says Trump's A Total 'Control Freak'
As the owner of the city’s oldest barbershop, Adrian Wood has a cardinal rule when it comes to dealing with his famous clientele: Never argue, even about presidential comb-overs. The philosophy has kept the Paul Molé Barber Shop in business for more than a century and the likes of Donald Trump and John Lennon flocking to its chairs. When Trump would visit the Upper East Side barbershop during the pinnacle of his real-estate career, he would instruct barbers precisely where to snip his mane — and would never allow them to expose his bald spot. “He’s a complete control freak,” said Wood.  NY Post
VOA VIEW: Big deal.

Anderson Cooper Destroys Eric Swalwell’s Collusion Theory
CNN host Anderson Cooper poured cold water on a conspiracy theory floated Friday night by California Rep. Eric Swalwell. Swalwell, a Democratic member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, discussed Twitter messages exchanged during the 2016 presidential campaign between President Donald Trump’s longtime friend Roger Stone and WikiLeaks. Swalwell hyped the messages, first reported by The Atlantic in February, suggesting a scheme between Stone and WikiLeaks, the group that published emails stolen from the Democratic National Committee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta. Daily Caller

#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke Slammed Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins For His "Gross" Comments
Motivational speaker Tony Robbins found himself the subject of heated criticism on social media on Saturday after footage went viral of comments he made about the #MeToo movement. "We have a hard enough time trying to shift the narrative about what this movement really is and he stands in front of thousands of his followers and completely misrepresents the @MeTooMVMT," tweeted Tarana Burke, the woman who created the #MeToo movement, on Saturday. Buzz Feed

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Teens Also Sometimes Quit Social Media
When Becca Ann graduated high school, her friends moved away to college while she stayed in her hometown to attend a local community college. When she checked Snapchat, she’d feel bombarded by their snaps of themselves partying, and felt left out. “It sounds incredibly petty, but my mental health couldn’t handle it anymore. It just reinforced the idea that I was being replaced and left behind,” she said. She didn’t delete her Snapchat, but mostly stopped checking it, as well as her personal Instagram. Now she only logs into Instagram under a separate fan account for her favorite musical, Phantom of the Opera. Buzz Feed

'Second Thoughts': Hollywood Cancels Two Slated Clinton-Lewinsky TV Dramas
While the Kennedys didn't stop the Chappaquiddick movie, it looks like the Clintons can still create "second thoughts" in Hollywood. The Hollywood Reporter notes Glee creator Ryan Murphy "hit the brakes" on a season of his FX series American Crime Story centered on Monica Lewinsky. This is actually reminiscent of 1998. The Clintons could never complain about the liberals favoring them in their news coverage of Lewinsky. They just wanted the story to die and never return. It's not just using Toobin's Ken Starr-bashing text as your source material. News Busters

Will This Be the Trial That Puts Cosby Away?
Bill Cosby’s second trial on drugging and sexual assault charges begins Monday, but don’t expect it to be a simple repeat of the first one that ended with a mistrial last June. Nearly everything has changed. Cosby has a new, more aggressive, seven-member legal team, led by Los Angeles-based Tom Mesereau. A key part of their overall strategy is to paint Constand, as a lying, scheming woman out for cash, a strategy Mesereau successfully used to get singer Michael Jackson’s acquittal on child molestation charges in 2005. They don’t seem to be afraid to play to the media, much to the consternation of the more low-key prosecutors, or even anger the judge, which they did last week when they whipped out a motion alleging racial bias during the jury selection process after the prosecution. Daily Beast
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This Password Manager Will Keep Your Personal Info Safe
Passwords can be a hassle, but a good one is necessary to keep your personal info on lockdown. Changing them frequently is a smart move, but remembering a collection of truly secure passwords isn’t easy. A password manager like RoboForm Everywhere can make all that a lot easier. It generates strong passwords that are extremely powerful and difficult to crack — and keeps them organized so you don't have to worry about remembering them. RoboForm Everywhere lets you log into your frequently used sites with a single click, without compromising your security. It's compatible with all devices, so you won’t get locked out of your accounts while switching from a laptop to a phone (but if you want, you can designate a trusted contact to obtain access to your data). Password managers can be pricey, but RoboForm Everywhere has a sale going: Get a 5-year subscription now for just $29, a 70% discount from the usual price of $99. Daily Beast

Parkland Hero Who Was Shot Five Times Rips Sheriff Israel
Anthony Borges, a Parkland shooting victim who was shot five times, released a statement on Friday that criticized the Broward County Sheriff’s Office for failing to protect students. Borges, a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, was recently released from the hospital but remains in a wheelchair. He was shot five times while barricading a classroom door to prevent Nikolas Cruz from getting to his classmates. Daily Caller

'Chappaquiddick’ Star: ‘Everybody Gave [Ted Kennedy] a Pass’
Jason Clarke got quite the education after accepting the lead role in Chappaquiddick. The movie, out April 6, follows the events surrounding the 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Sen. Ted Kennedy (Clarke) was driving Kopechne, a campaign worker for his late brother Robert F. Kennedy, home on the Massachusettes island of Chappaquiddick when he crashed his Oldsmobile through a fence, landing the car in a pond. Kennedy escaped the submerged car but Koechne remained trapped inside. The Senator waited 10 hours to call for help. “I was overcome, I’m frank to say, by a jumble of emotions: grief, fear, doubt, exhaustion, panic, confusion and shock,” he said at the time. News Busters

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The Kevin Williamson Saga Is Raising a Question Anti-Abortion Folk Would Just As Soon Keep Quiet
This week a brouhaha broke out over conservative writer Kevin Williamson’s hiring and firing at The Atlantic. His hiring raised all sorts of questions about journalistic “balance,” the relative willingness of progressive and conservative opinion outlets to empower dissenting voices, and the quality of work that should or should not qualify a writer for a rare full-time paying gig in these lean days for the Fourth Estate. NY Mag

Illegal Aliens Marching Through Mexico to US Border Now Receiving Legal Advice on ‘Their Asylum Rights in US’
The caravan began to splinter into smaller groups after attracting the ire of President Trump and conservatives. A smaller version of the original caravan is now in Puebla, Mexico; many received humanitarian visas giving them an extra 30 days to roam around Mexico. According to embedded reporter Adolfo Flores, the migrants are receiving legal counsel on their ‘asylum rights in the US and Mexico.’ On Saturday, embedded Buzzfeed reporter Adolfo Flores tweeted an update on the illegal alien caravan marching through Mexico to the US border. Gateway Pundit

Trump Tower: 1 Dead, 4 NYC Firefighters Hurt
Crews responded Saturday evening to a fire at Trump Tower in New York that killed one man and injured four firefighters, city officials said. The man, 67, whose name was not released pending notification of family, was taken to a hospital but later died of his injuries, said Officer George Tsourovakas, a New York Police Department spokesman. An investigation is under way. Four firefighters also were injured as they battled the blaze on the 50th floor, including two who were burned. Their injuries are not life threatening, according to New York City Fire Department officials. USA Today

Syria War: Scores Dead In Gas Attack
Rescuers and medics say at least 70 people have died in Syria after toxic gas was dropped on Douma, the last rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta. Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing scores of bodies in a basement. It said the death toll is likely to rise. There has been no independent verification of the reports. Syria's government has called the allegations of a chemical attack a "fabrication". A tweet - later deleted - by the White Helmets put the number of dead at 150. The US state department said it is monitoring the "very disturbing" reports, and that Russia - which is fighting alongside the Syrian government - should be held responsible if deadly chemicals had been used.BBC
VOA VIEW: If the facts are true, President Trump has to take action.

Keystone Pipeline Leak In South Dakota, Double Previous Estimate
The Keystone crude oil pipeline leak in November in rural South Dakota was nearly double the original estimate, making it one of the largest U.S. inland spills since 2010, a newspaper report on Saturday said. Robynn Tysver, a spokeswoman for Calgary-based TransCanada Corp, which owns the pipeline, told the Aberdeen American News some 9,700 barrels of oil leaked in the Nov. 16 spill, the South Dakota paper reported. The original estimate was 5,000 barrels.  Reuters

Trumpism: Speak Loudly And Carry A Big Stick
It’s tempting to view the recent reshuffling of Donald Trump’s foreign-policy advisers—along with the make-or-break nuclear diplomacy with North Korea, looming trade conflict with China and other countries, pending deployment of the National Guard to the border with Mexico, and threatened U.S. withdrawal from nafta, the Iran nuclear deal, and the Syrian war—as merely the latest episodes in the Trump Show.  Atlantic

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Vanessa Trump Filed For Divorce After Her Family's Major Windfall
Vanessa Trump’s dad, Charles Haydon, died in February 2005, just months before Vanessa married Donald Trump Jr. — President Trump’s eldest son — in an elaborate ceremony at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, the Trumps’ vacation home. Haydon was a storied Manhattan lawyer whose clients included Marilyn Monroe and Broadway producer and real estate mogul Abe Hirschfeld. He left an estate valued at $2.5 million to his wife Bonnie Kay Haydon, according to court records. Page Six

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Hints A 'Major' Bombshell Is Coming
Yet another bombshell is set to go off in the saga of Stormy Daniels and her alleged relationship with President Trump, the femme fatale’s lawyer said Saturday. “Expect a major announcement in the coming days regarding our efforts to identify the thug who threatened [her] in Las Vegas,” attorney Michael Avenatti tweeted. “You can run but you can’t hide.” Daniels, a porn actress whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said in a “60 Minutes” interview last month that a menacing stranger approached her in 2011, after she sold her story of a one-night session of unprotected sex with Trump to a magazine that never ran her account. NY Post

The Myth Of Scott Pruitt's EPA Rollback
Pruitt did not kill or roll back Obama’s strict fuel-efficiency standards; he merely announced his intention to launch a process that could eventually weaken them. In fact, Pruitt has not yet killed or rolled back any significant regulations that were in place when President Donald Trump took office. While Pruitt is often hailed (or attacked) as Trump’s most effective (or destructive) deregulatory warrior, the recent spotlight on his ethics—allegations of a sweetheart housing deal; pay raises for favored aides; lavish spending on travel, furniture and security; and retaliation against underlings who questioned him—has arguably overshadowed his lack of regulatory rollbacks during his first 15 months in Washington. Politico
VOA VIEW: If the report is true - Pruitt is in trouble.

Hungary's Viktor Orban Set To Extend Rule After Embracing Far Right
At a fiery election rally in Budapest last month, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban — who seems set to extend his rule after Hungarians go to the polls on Sunday — launched into the latest in a long line of attacks on what has become his favorite foe: the Hungarian-American businessman George Soros. “We are fighting an enemy that is different from us,” Orban was reported to have said.  NBC

Ted Nugent Says Dems Should Be Shot Like Coyotes
Musician and NRA board member Ted Nugent likened Democrats, members of the media and others to “rabid coyotes” on Friday and suggested people should not wait to “get” their guns and “shoot” them on sight. Nugent, a major proponent of gun rights and the Second Amendment, applied the same comparison to Hollywood and RINOS - the common acronym standing for Republicans in name only - during an interview on InfoWars’ The Alex Jones Show.  Newsweek

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