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Gas Attacks, 40 Dead-Trump Slams Obama Over Refusal To Cross 'Red Line' In Syria With 'Animal Assad'
President Trump slammed former President Barack Obama on Sunday for not crossing his stated "red line" with Syria, amid reports of a suspected chemical attack that left at least 40 dead near the capital, while also warning Russia and Iran there will be a "big price to pay" for backing the Assad regime. Trump made the comments on Twitter in the wake of the alleged attack in the town of Douma amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces. "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Fox
VOA VIEW: Some thing must be done, now.

Syrian Attack-'A World Where Using Chemical Weapons Is Considered OK'
First, was Assad’s appalling use of chemical weapons during the Syrian Civil War back in 2013. Thanks to the widespread dissemination of images and video on social media, the world was given the most horrific of front row seats to a 21st century style massacre that spurred the world to action. With the Obama administration considering military action but eventually punting to Congress, a deal was struck in cooperation with Russia where Assad at least seemed to give up his chemical weapons. Fox

Trump Denies Kelly's Influence Is Diminished
President Donald Trump is denying White House chief of staff John Kelly is suffering from diminished credibility and influence following a Washington Post report Saturday on Kelly's recent struggles. "Story on John Kelly isn't true, just another hit job!" Trump wrote in a Sunday tweet that claimed the newspaper produces "far more fiction than fact." Trump frequently criticizes the Post and other major news outlets, claiming their reports are untrue. His tweet Sunday morning was deleted and then re-published with a correction to a typo. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is known for its fake news - this included.

French Brace For Rail Strike Havoc As State Vows To Enact Reform
Travelers are facing havoc at French national railway SNCF, including on the Eurostar route between Paris and London, as a standoff intensifies between the government and unions over President Emmanuel Macron’s planned reforms. The state train operator expects disruptions for a second day on Monday, with the cancellation of about a quarter of cross-Channel trains, 80 percent of high-speed links between French cities and two-thirds of regional trains, according to a statement. Bloomberg

Diamond And Silk FURIOUS After Facebook Reveals Why Their Content Has Been Censored
Diamond and Silk say their reach on Facebook has dramatically reduced prompting them to seek answers from Facebook. After giving them the runaround for months, Facebook responded with, “The Policy team has came to the conclusion that your content and your brand has been determined unsafe to the community.” Even worse, Facebook said their ‘decision is final and it is not appeal-able in any way.’ Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: Facebook should be regulated or terminated.

America’s Dangerous Love Affair With A Saudi Prince
And they have been happy to receive him. From an interview on 60 Minutes (“At just 32, Mohammed bin Salman seems fearless and determined”) to a lengthy sit-down interview with the Atlantic’s editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg (“He was jovial to the point of ebullience when I met him”) to TIME magazine’s cover story (“He looks like someone you knew in college, a big guy going on about something that seems really important to him”), MBS has been delighting the American media. In all of his meetings, MBS has been putting himself forward as the leader of a changing, modernizing Saudi Arabia. Forward

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Could Have Come From 87 Million User's Data, Stored In Russia
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie says the data the firm gathered from Facebook could have come from more than 87 million users and could be stored in Russia. The number of Facebook users whose personal information was accessed by Cambridge Analytica "could be higher, absolutely," than the 87 million users acknowledged by Facebook, Wylie told NBC's Chuck Todd during a "Meet the Press" segment Sunday.  CNN

In An Age Of Trump And Stormy Daniels, Evangelical Leaders Face Sex Scandals Of Their Own
As white evangelicals have been some of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders, a handful of their leaders find themselves contending with a problem all too familiar to the commander in chief: a sex scandal. As the allegations by Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress who says she had an affair with President Trump, captures the nation’s attention, and as the #MeToo movement highlights sexual abuse, harassment and impropriety in the workplace, at least four leaders in the evangelical movement have been accused of violating the tenets of their faith, from adultery to sexual abuse.Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: The age is of fake news - Daniels uses the liberal media to promote her fake news.

Pro Gun Rights Activists Rally Against New Measures On Firearm Sales In Vermont
Several hundred people gathered in Vermont Saturday to denounce new gun restriction measures that await the governor’s signature before becoming law. Some protesters brought along guns to rallies in South Burlington, Barre and Bennington. Pro Rights 2A organizer Christopher Covey said it's not the gun that people should fear -- "it's the gun in the wrong hand." A handful of protesters in South Burlington toted AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, local media reported. Fox

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IDF Orders Investigation Into Military's Response To Gaza Border Protests
The IDF General Staff has ordered an investigation into the Israeli military’s response to the Gaza border protests. The Israel Defense Forces announced on Sunday that Brig. Gen. Moti Baruch has been appointed to lead the investigation.  Baruch is a former division commander and current head of the army’s Training and Doctrine Division. The IDF conducted a similar investigation after the Gaza war in 2014.  Only after the investigation is completed will a decision be made on whether to open a Military Police investigation, according to reports.  JTA

Buzz Aldrin Claims He Saw UFO On Way To The Moon, Passes Lie Detector Test
LEGENDARY astronaut Buzz Aldrin passed a lie-detector test over claims he’s encountered alien life, reports claim. Aldrin, the second man on the moon, and four others gave accounts of their sightings under strict lab conditions. According to The Sun, Aldrin, Al Worden, Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper all took part in the study conducted by the Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany, Ohio. Aldrin, 88, claimed he saw a spaceship on his way to the moon, adding: “There was something out there that was close enough to be observed ... sort of L-shaped.” News AU

Poisoned Ex Russian Spy, Daughter May Go Into US Protection
Former Russian spies Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yula reportedly will get new names — and start new lives in the US. The Sunday Times of London said MI6 is working out arrangements with the CIA to make sure the two are not attacked again. On March 2, they both were exposed to a deadly nerve agent novichok — which was developed by Russian scientists during the Cold War. The attack happened in the English town of Salisbury. . NY Post
VOA VIEW: A better protection.

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Trump Vows China ‘Will Take Down Its Trade Barriers’
President Donald Trump predicted China will be first to buckle as the world’s largest economies teeter on the brink of a trade war that’s sent financial markets reeling, without indicating where his assessment sprang from. “China will take down its Trade Barriers because it is the right thing to do,” Trump told his 50 million Twitter followers early Sunday. “Taxes will become reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property.”  Bloomberg

Facebook Suspends Another Data Analytics Firm, After CNBC Exposes Them
Facebook is suspending a data analytics firm called CubeYou from the platform after CNBC notified the company that CubeYou was collecting information about users through quizzes. CubeYou misleadingly labeled its quizzes "for non-profit academic research," then shared user information with marketers. The scenario is eerily similar to how Cambridge Analytica received unauthorized access to data from as many as 87 million Facebook user accounts to target political marketing.CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fools put their personal info on Facebook.

Pro Trump NJ Congressman Is Loaded With $10M To Crash Voter Wave Against President
Can William Bruck cancel out Donald Trump? Rep. Tom MacArthur is counting on it. MacArthur, R-3rd Dist., is New Jersey's most pro-Trump federal lawmaker, backing the president in such high-profile votes for legislation curbing the federal deduction for state and local taxes and ending New Jersey's Medicaid expansion. That will be used against him in his re-election bid as Trump remains unpopular in the Garden State. The Cook Political Report, a Washington-based publication that tracks congressional races, on Friday rated MacArthur as just a slight favorite to win a third term. NJ.com

Outrage At Kimmel Over Comments On Melania
An online petition launched recently, calling for a boycott of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and has exceeded its goal of 50,000 signatures. Organizers say the petition will eventually be sent to “the front door of Disney/ABC Studios” Burbank, Calif. “Dees and dat,” Kimmel joked, of her pronunciation of “this or that.” Kimmel's targeting of the first lady seems to contradict the network's recent assertions that it has captured the hearts of middle America since launching the rebooted "Roseanne" sitcom.  Fox News

U.S. Officials: Unclear Which Chemical Syria Used In Attack
President Trump is denouncing a “mindless chemical attack in Syria.” But two U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast it’s unclear whether an illegal chemical weapon was actually dropped on the Damascus suburbs—or whether the attack was yet another chlorine strike, the kind of attack that’s been routinely ignored by both the Trump and Obama administrations. It’s a distinction that could have major international repercussions. Almost a year ago to the day, the president authorized a cruise missile strike on a Syrian airfield after the Bashar al-Assad regime used nerve gas on its own people. Google News
VOA VIEW: Syria must be shown a big lesson.

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This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World
The end of history — that is, the American 1990s — came for a handful of reporters in Belarus, where the big story of Sept. 10, 2001, was the flowering of free markets and democracy with a capital D. The country was then known as Europe’s Last Dictatorship, a backward, Soviet-style state ruled by a giant former collective farm boss, Alexander Lukashenko, who towered over the nation’s politics. An election was scheduled for two days before 9/11, and correspondents from every major Western news outlet had gathered to cover it, and — perhaps — to watch the final communist domino fall. I was then a lowly “stringer” for the Wall Street Journal’s European edition, based in nearby Latvia. Buzz Feed

CNN's Stelter Claims Fox News Pushed ‘Manufactured Crisis’ At The Border
With the National Guard on its way to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid Border Patrol, CNN’s Brian Stelter kicked off Reliable Sources on Sunday by suggesting that Fox News had a hand in their deployment. According to him, Fox and Friends fed President Trump a steady diet of misleading reports that got him to send in the troops. Yet, Stelter and his panel never explained what was wrong with the reports and they even noted other outlets reported the same thing. Stelter began the show by lambasting the recent immigration story because it supposedly “symbolizes everything that's wrong with the Trump era. President Trump receives faulty information, then he makes impulsive decisions, and his staff has to scramble.” News Busters
VOA VIEW: CNN is making its own fake news - nonsense.

Senator's Son To Seek New Civil Trial Against Joe Arpaio
The adult son of outgoing U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will seek a new civil trial against a candidate seeking to replace Flake — Joe Arpaio — based on allegations that the then-sheriff brought a trumped-up criminal case against him in the deaths of 21 dogs at an Arizona kennel. Austin Flake and his ex-wife lost a malicious-prosecution lawsuit against Arpaio at a trial in December. But their attorney, Stephen Montoya, said he will seek another trial because authorities failed to turn over key evidence that he contends would have swayed the jury in his client's favor.  ABC

Robots Replace Soldiers In First Breaching Exercise Of Its Kind
Humans took a backseat during a base exercise on Friday, in which robots cleared obstacles for manned tanks and fighting vehicles. U.S. and British troops participated in the Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration, during which several remote-controlled vehicles performed a task usually carried out by soldiers.  Military

The Nation Compares Trump And Pence To Bull Connor, George Wallace After Praising MLK
In vintage form, The Nation's ill-tempered sports editor Dave Zirin writes that President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence (in photo above) had no business praising the late Dr. Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights' icon's murder. Zirin's latest hate screed against the nation's top elected officials described them as "shrunken men" who "trampled on King’s work" and compared them to racists George Wallace and Bull Connor. News Busters
VOA VIEW: Zirin is a liberal idiot.

Trump Says Scott Pruitt Is Doing A "Great Job" As EPA Chief
President Donald Trump defended embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Twitter over the weekend, saying he is doing a fine job — in spite of mounting ethics concerns surrounding the former Oklahoma state attorney general. It makes it seem like like as long as you’re rolling back environmental protections aggressively enough, Trump will stick by you. The list of Pruitt’s ethics scandals is long, though.  Vox

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Democratic Caucus Chair Doubles Down On Nancy Pelosi
House Democratic Caucus chairman Joe Crowley showed support for Nancy Pelosi on “Fox News Sunday” and said he will not be challenging her for a leadership position. Host Chris Wallace asked if Pelosi has become a liability for Democrats, but Crowley dodged the question by bashing the GOP. “I think it was more reflective of the fact that Republicans are bankrupt on ideas. They don’t have anything else to offer except to go after Nancy Pelosi to win elections,” Crowley said. “If they think that’s a winning strategy, they are completely mistaken and wrong.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is the best asset that Republicans have.

Senator Warns ‘Facebook Must Shape Up Or It Will be Broken Up’
With Mark Zuckerberg’s grilling on Capitol Hill looming this week, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden warned Facebook that it must make major changes — or else. “There are going to be people who are going to say Facebook ought to be broken up,” Wyden, a vocal digital privacy advocate, said at the TechFestNW conference in Oregon on Friday. “There have been a number of proposals and ideas for doing it and I think unless [Zuckerberg] finds a way to honor the promise he made several years ago, he’s gonna have a law on his hands,” he said, reports TechCrunch. Wyden said he would support such a law to break up the tech giant. Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: Facebook and Google must be broken un.

Alaska Voters Reject Anti Transgender Bathroom Bill
Proposition 1 would have required everyone in Anchorage public spaces to use the locker room and bathroom that aligns with the gender they were assigned at birth — effectively barring trans people from using the facility that matches their gender identity. Anchorage voted 53-47 against Proposition 1 with nearly all ballots counted, according to Anchorage Daily News. With the measure’s defeat, existing nondiscrimination protections for trans people that were approved by the Anchorage Assembly in 2015 will remain in place. Vox

Kim Jong-Un Has Offered To Talk Denuclearization With President Trump
The U.S. has confirmed that Kim Jong Un is willing to talk to President Donald Trump about getting rid of his nuclear weapons, as South Korea claimed when it passed along the North Korean leader’s offer for a historic meeting, according to an administration official. Whether or not Kim had genuinely offered to discuss dismantling his nuclear program was a key question surrounding his offer to meet Trump, made in March and conveyed to the U.S. via a South Korean envoy.  Time
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

IDF Officer: Our Activity On Gaza Border Is Preventing War
The Karni Crossing, Friday. From 10 am, Gazans have been travelling down the road leading from Saja’iyya to the Karni Crossing, which used to be the main meeting point between the Israeli economy and the Gazan economy. They settle between the water tower and the large greenhouses, near the border. In front of them, there are two fences. One stretches along the borderline. It’s an improved system equipped with all the electronic accessories. To the west, within the Gaza Strip’s sovereign area, there is a looped barbed fence aimed at preventing access to the border fence. The distance between the two fences is 70 to 100 meters. This is the battlefield or, if you insist, the killing zone.  Y Net News

Trump Responds To Questions About Stormy Daniels: Does It Affect Her Legal Case?
Legal analysis: “No.” That was President Trump’s response on Thursday when asked if he was aware of the payment made by his personal attorney to allegedly silence an adult film star who claims she had an affair with the president. With that word, uttered on Air Force One to reporters, the president for the first time commented on the $130,000 payment made by Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels. It’s often the case that just a few unplanned words by a litigant can alter the course of litigation. NBC

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Trump Tower Fire Is Second 2018 Blaze In Sprinkler Free Residential Tower
The fire on the 50th floor New York City's Trump Tower that left 67-year-old Todd Brassner dead and six firefighters injured was the second fire in the building in 2018. President Trump's centerpiece Manhattan skyscraper opened in 1984, but does not have sprinklers on its residential floors, a measure required in new buildings since 1999. President Trump, then a private citizen and property developer, lobbied to try and prevent the mandate at the time.  CBS

Impeachment For Rod Rosenstein? Rep. Mark Meadows Says It’s Possible
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could soon be held in contempt of Congress or even impeached if he fails to produce Russia- and Clinton-related records to Congress, a Republican lawmaker on the House Judiciary Committee said Saturday. “I think that if he does not turn over the documents, that there are a growing number of us on Capitol Hill who believe that someone else needs to do the job. And what happens there is, constitutionally, we have some things that we can do,” North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows said to Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in a Saturday night interview. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein should resign.

Iran Hit By Cyber Attack That Left US Flag On Screens
Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. “The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.  Reuters

Americans Face Highest Pump Prices In Years
Americans are spending more at the pump than they have in years. Prices could rise even higher just as drivers hit the road for family vacations. “This summer, in terms of average gas prices, will likely be the highest since 2014,” said Patrick DeHaan, petroleum analyst at GasBuddy, a fuel-tracking app. “There’s been very little question about that.” Crude prices have jumped thanks to continuing production cuts by major exporters. As a result, gasoline is also becoming more expensive. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, average regular retail gas prices reached $2.70 a gallon last week—the highest level since 2015. WSJ

Apple, Amazon And Google Also Are Bracing For Privacy Regulations
We are finally waking up to the fact that we aren’t merely “the product” of companies like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL -2.20% Google. As one Silicon Valley investor put it, we are their fuel. At least our personal data is: Every week, it seems, we are treated to fresh revelations of hacks, leaks and exploitation of our information, along with ever louder cries for regulation and consumer protection, in the U.S. and Europe. WSJ

Jimmy Kimmel Wants To End Feud With Sean Hannity
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday promised to end his war of words with Fox News host Sean Hannity, saying the “level of vitriol” involved is “harmful to our country.” The feud erupted last week when Kimmel’s mockery of first lady Melania Trump prompted Hannity to call him an “ass clown” and later accuse him of being a “pervert.” In a statement released on Twitter, Kimmel suggested the feud reminded him of his own personal experience with “vile attacks” against his wife and son and apologized for his own role in inciting “hatefulness.” Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Kimmel is liberal scum.

Twitter CEO Shares And Raves About Article Calling For Dem Victory In Second ‘Civil War’
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey aroused controversy after labeling a Medium article “great” that claimed there’s no “bipartisan way forward” in the United States and that the country is engaged in a “fundamental conflict between two worldviews that must be resolved in short order.” Dorsey shared the Medium article on his personal Twitter account Thursday night, with the accompanying acclaim that it was a “great read.” Daily Caller

Horse Trailer Carrying 18 Illegals Overturns On I-8 Near Campo
A woman who was driving behind the Ford F-250 in the fast lane told investigators that the two-axle, four-horse trailer being hauled by the pickup began to fishtail, according to the California Highway Patrol. The pickup driver was unable to maintain control and drifted off the freeway. The trailer then separated from the truck and tipped onto its right side, said CHP Officer Travis Garrow. Several people scrambled from the trailer and many ran away. No horses were inside. CHP called the Border Patrol, and after a search of the area authorities were able to round up most, if not all, involved, said Border Patrol Agent Eduardo Olmos. San Diego Union

Only 10 Diplomats Left At Cuban US Embassy
At a time when Cuba faces a significant generational shift in power with Cuban leader Raúl Castro expected to retire from the presidency on April 19, the United States has few official eyes and ears on the island. An embassy roster, which was updated on March 22 on the State Department’s website, lists no political or economic officers and a total of only 10 diplomats, including Chargé d’affaires Philip S. Goldberg, the chief of mission in the absence of an ambassador. There are no public affairs or cultural officers listed either. Miami Herald

In New Hampshire, The 2020 Presidential Race Is Already Well Underway
Potential candidates are shaking hands and taking questions from prospective voters, introductions and discussions are going on behind the scenes and Saint Anselm College’s "Politics & Eggs" conversation series has resumed. HENNIKER, N.H. — Potential candidates are shaking hands and taking questions from prospective voters, introductions and discussions are going on behind the scenes and Saint Anselm College’s "Politics & Eggs" conversation series has resumed. The political world might still be recovering from the 2016 presidential election and focusing now on the midterm fights for Congress, but here in the nation's first primary state the battle for 2020 is already well underway.  NBC

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