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Trump Calls Syria Chemical Attack 'Atrocious'
“It was an atrocious attack. It was horrible,” the president said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House. Added Trump, “We are studying that situation extremely closely. We are meeting with our military and everybody else and we'll be making some major decisions over the next 24 to 48 hours.” Saturday's suspected poison gas attack took place in a rebel-held town near Damascus amid a resumed offensive by Syrian government forces after the collapse of a truce.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Syria must pay.

Mattis On Possible Military Action Against Assad: 'I Don't Rule Out Anything'
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said he won't rule out a possible military strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces following a suspected chemical attack that killed dozens in a town near Damascus. Saturday's attack unfolded amid a resumed offensive by the Syrian government. The Assad regime has denied responsibility, but many believe it is behind the deadly strike. On Sunday morning, Trump condemned the attack as "mindless," referred to Assad as an "animal" and said there would be a "big price to pay." Fox

Sketch Of Man Who Stormy Daniels Says Threatened Her To Be Released
Stormy Daniels' legal team plans to release a composite sketch of the man the porn star says threatened her in 2011 when she was trying to sell her story about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, her lawyer said Monday. "We're going to be releasing that tomorrow, along with a significant reward, asking that the public come forward, asking to identify this individual," Michael Avenatti told CNN's "New Day," adding that his team is "close" to identifying the man who allegedly threatened Daniels. CNN
VOA VIEW: Typical CNN garbage.

Stock Market Can't Figure Out Trump's Trade Policy
Market bulls and bears are waging a tug of war "directly related to the mixed policies coming out of the White House," said Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research. Although the United States Trade Representative found that Chinese theft of intellectual property costs up US businesses up to $600 billion a year, business leaders warn that a trade war with China would stunt global economic growth, raise costs for producers and hike prices on consumers. On Monday, the Dow gained more than 350 points.  Money CNN

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YouTube Illegally Collecting Data On Kids-Violation Of Child Privacy Laws
A coalition of over 20 child advocacy,  consumer and privacy groups filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission asking it to investigate and sanction YouTube  for violation of federal children’s privacy laws. Specifically, the groups say YouTube is violating COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires that websites directed at children under the age of 13 get parental consent before they’re allowed to collect children’s data. YouTube doesn’t do this, the complaint says. Technically, YouTube’s site is aimed at those users 13 and older, its terms state. That’s how it gets around having to abide by child privacy laws. Tech Crunch
VOA VIEW: All social media should be held accoutable.

Uber Aquires Bike-Share Startup JUMP
Uber has acquired bike-sharing startup JUMP for an undisclosed amount of money. This comes shortly after TechCrunch reported that JUMP was in talks with Uber  as well as with investors regarding a potential fundraising round involving Sequoia Capital’s Mike Moritz. At the time, JUMP was contemplating a sale that exceeded $100 million. Tech Crunch

Facebook Is Tracking You Even If You’re Not On Facebook
Facebook's problems just keep accumulating, drip by drip—or more like splash by splash. It’s now been discovered that Facebook not only collects and uses the personal data of its members but also collects the data of those who never signed up for Facebook. So if you're one of those who blames Facebook users for allowing their personal data to be compromised, don't be so smug.  PJ Media
VOA VIEW: FB should be broken up.

'Caravan' Tells CNN They're All Going To USA
CNN’s Leila Santiago, covering the immigrant “caravan” moving through Mexico and toward the United States in recent weeks, asked the travelers where they intended to go on Monday. All who answered indicated that they would go to the United States to seek asylum. Santiago first claimed that many of the migrants would stay in Mexico, and she asked those on the bus where they would go.  NTK Network

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Bill Cosby Retrial, Day 1: Topless Protester Identified As Former 'Cosby Show' Guest Star
Cosby's retrial got off to a memorable start Monday as a topless protester with the phrase "Women's Lives Matter" written in red ink across her torso jumped a barricade and tried to ambush the comedian as he entered the Montgomery County Courthouse in the suburban Philadelphia enclave of Norristown. The woman was identified by the district attorney's office as Nicolle Rochelle, 39, of Little Falls, N.J. She's an actress who made multiple appearances in the final seasons of The Cosby Show between 1990 and 1992, according to Rochelle's IMDb page, which also lists her age as 38. USA Today

The Race To Replace Paul Ryan Is On
Two top members of Paul Ryan’s leadership team, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, have begun angling for his job in the event the speaker calls it quits after the election. They’re closely monitoring the moves of the other and quietly courting Republicans who could help either of them clinch the top post, according to 20 GOP lawmakers and aides interviewed for this report. Neither is actively rounding up votes at this point, and both downplayed the possibility of a looming clash. Scalise said in an interview that he would not challenge McCarthy for speaker. Politico

Arizona Sends 225 Troops To Mexico Border
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday that 225 members of the state’s National Guard were heading to the U.S.-Mexico border to support President Donald Trump’s call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. More of the state’s Guard members will be deployed on Tuesday, said Ducey, a Republican. The Arizona troops were being sent after Texas announced Friday it would send 250 National Guard members and helicopters took the first of them to the border. AP
VOA VIEW: Good!

The Latest: Yes, Mark Zuckerberg Will Wear Suit In Congress
Yes, Mark Zuckerberg will wear a suit. The Facebook CEO is best known for his "uniform" of jeans, sneakers and a fitted gray T-shirt. But he'll don a suit and tie when he testifies before Congress starting Tuesday. He already did on Monday, when he met with lawmakers ahead of the grillings. The 33-year-old billionaire no stranger to suits. In 2009, he wore a tie every day as the first one of what became his yearly "personal challenges." This year, his challenge is to fix Facebook. US News & World

First US Senator Gives Birth To New Baby Girl
Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday, her office announced, the first US senator to do so while in office. "Bryan, Abigail and I couldn't be happier to welcome little Maile Pearl as the newest addition to our family and we're deeply honored that our good friend Senator (Daniel) Akaka was able to bless her name for us -- his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us,"  CNN

Trump Says Summit With N Korea Will Occur 'Sometime In May Or Early June'
President Donald Trump said on Monday that a meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, would take place “in May or early June,” an announcement that came after Kim expressed a willingness to discuss his country’s nuclear weapons program. Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting at the White House that a highly anticipated diplomatic summit with Kim would happen in the next few months. “North Korea, by the way — as you can probably see, we’ve been in touch with North Korea,” Trump said. Politico
VOA VIEW: NK cannot be trusted.

Prosecutor Says Cosby Paid Accuser Nearly 3.4M In 2006
District Attorney Kevin Steele highlighted the settlement amount during his opening statement in the retrial of Cosby on three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault of Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Constand, a former Temple University basketball manager, says Cosby drugged and molested her. Cosby says their encounter was consensual. Under their 2006 settlement of a civil suit, the amount of money Cosby paid her has been secret, including at Cosby's first trial last summer, which ended in a hung jury.  USA Today

Largest Black Lives Matter Page On Facebook Is Fake
For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows. The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page. It was tied to online fundraisers that brought in at least $100,000 that supposedly went to Black Lives Matter causes in the U.S. . CNN

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California Senator Introduces Bill to Kill Free Speech
"This bill would require any person who operates a social media, as defined, Internet Web site with a physical presence in California to develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Web site. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, a plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories, the utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories, providing outreach to social media users, and placing a warning on a news story containing false information." Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: Who makes the decision what is fake news?

The Federal Ethics Office Says Scott Pruitt’s Actions Need To Be Reviewed
Federal ethics officials recently asked the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate the ethics allegations piling up against agency head Scott Pruitt. Pruitt’s come under fire for his past housing arrangement, his spending and travel on the job, and his treatment of staff. The Office of Government Ethics asked EPA’s ethics office to review these allegations in a letter sent Friday and posted online Monday morning. “OGE expects that the EPA will review and analyze the alleged conduct,” David Apol, OGE’s acting director and general counsel, wrote in the letter. “The American public needs to have confidence that ethics violations, as well as the appearance of ethics violations, are investigated and appropriately addressed.” Buzz Feed

A Major Abortion Rights Group Just Sued Mississippi Over Dozens Of Abortion Laws
The abortion rights advocacy group Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit Monday challenging dozens of laws restricting access to abortion in Mississippi, some of which were implemented 25 years ago. The sweeping suit follows an emergency filing by the Center for Reproductive Rights in late March shortly after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a 15-week abortion ban, the most restrictive abortion law in the country. A judge blocked the law until April 13. The ban “is the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” CRR president Nancy Northup said in a press conference announcing the suit Monday morning. “The piling on and piling on got to be too much.” Buzz Feed

"Trial By Fire": Will John Bolton Push Trump Toward War In Syria
Inside Foggy Bottom, there is confusion over what role the State Department will play in advising the president, given that Mike Pompeo is still awaiting Senate confirmation. According to one staffer, the National Security Council has written three different policy memos on the topic, but experts at State have largely been cut out of consultations. Trump’s contradictory strategy recalls Obama’s own 2013 “red line” on Syria, which he later ignored. “A very similar thing happened with Obama,” Glaser added, noting how the former president declared that any use of chemical weapons would precipitate a U.S. response, but ultimately backed down after Congress declined to authorize the use of military force.Vanity Fair
VOA VIEW: VF is a rag liberal publication.

Only Assad's Victory Will End Syria's Civil War
The only option now open to the west in Syria is whether or not to make it worse. No amount of grandstanding, feelgood rhetoric or intermittent bombing is going to impede the Assad regime’s path to victory in its civil war. It must now be obvious that every ounce of aid given by the west to the Syrian opposition since 2011 has just prolonged that country’s agony. Guardian

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Federal Debt Primed To Explode
The Republican overhaul of America's tax code and increased government spending are projected to boost economic growth to 3.3 percent this year but push the national debt to nearly the same size as gross domestic product by 2028, according to government data released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office forecast that the new tax law will generate an average of 0.7 percent growth over the decade and create 1.1 million jobs. It also predicted the two-year federal spending deal would increase GDP by 0.3 percent this year and 0.6 percent in 2019. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Thanks to 8 years of Obama.

CBS Serenades ‘Legendary,’ ‘Storied’ Joe Kennedy III, Hypes 2020
The appalling way in which Ted Kennedy treated women is currently being exposed in the new film Chappaquiddick. But you wouldn’t know about the sordid legacy of the Kennedy family in the nearly nine minutes CBS spent on Joe Kennedy III. Instead, the network on Friday and Sunday serenaded the “legendary,” storied” Kennedys and hyped Joe Kennedy’s possible presidential run in 2020. Chappaquiddick and the #MeToo movement never came up in the seven minutes Gayle King devoted to the Massachusetts Congressman on Sunday Morning. King, a Democratic donor as well as weekday co-host, cheered: “Joe Kennedy III remains a rising star, in part because he seems to rise above the fray  and in politics that could be worth everything.” News Busters

Bill Maher Tells Obscene Jesus Joke, Mocks The Cross
It’s the classic tool of the provocateur: when all else fails, make fun of religion. Don’t make fun of Islam, Buddhism or wiccans either, but target Christianity. That seems to be Bill Maher’s strategy anyway. On April 6’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher, the comedian nestled an offensive joke in between his vulgar jokes about male genitalia and a somewhat out of place rant about how much teachers are getting paid. The HBO entertainer is an outspoken atheist, but he rarely targets any religion but Christianity. News Busters

Agents Raid Office Of Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen
FBI agents raided the New York offices of President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen and other related locations Monday. Attorney Stephen Ryan, who represents Cohen, confirmed the searches, indicating that agents acted in part on a referral by  special counsel Robert Mueller to federal prosecutors in New York — related to issues separate from Mueller's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 elections. "Today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients," Ryan said in a statement. Ryan called the action "completely inappropriate and unnecessary." USA Today
VOA VIEW: Total madness.

UN Security Council Holds Emergency Meeting After Chemical Attack
The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the suspected chemical attack in Syria. The attack killed at least 40 people, including families found in their homes and shelters, opposition activists and local rescuers said. The attack on the besieged town of Douma came almost exactly a year after a chemical attack in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun killed dozens of people. CBS
VOA VIEW: Syria must must pay big.

Russian Stocks Crash On New Sanctions
Russian stocks crashed on Monday, while aluminum prices spiked, after the United States levied its harshest sanctions to date against Russia. The Russian RTS index plunged 11.4 percent, its biggest one-day decline since Dec. 16, 2014 when it fell 12.4 percent. Meanwhile, the VanEck Vectors Russia exchange-traded fund (RSX) dropped 10.7 percent. Monday's sharp declines come after the U.S. sanctioned several Russian oligarchs, officials, businesses and agencies on Friday. The U.S. also froze assets from these entities that were under U.S. jurisdiction.  CNBC

First Lady Melania Hosts Student Listening Session
First lady Melania Trump started a conversation on emotions at the White House on Monday afternoon, hosting 13 local middle school students in the Blue Room for an intimate listening session on the issues they face at school, at home and with their friends. Joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who briefly introduced Trump before taking a seat at the back of the room, the first lady welcomed the students, who came from public, charter and home schools.  CNN

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Indian Runaway Train Takes 1,000 Passengers On Engineless Journey
India’s railway ministry said a “ghastly” accident had narrowly been avoided after 22 passenger carriages carrying about 1,000 people became detached from a train engine and sped backwards for miles before being stopped. The runaway carriages rolled for seven miles in the north-eastern state of Odisha before being brought to a shuddering halt by rocks placed on the tracks by railway staff. A spokesman for the railway ministry’s eastern division said on Sunday that none of about 1,000 passengers had been injured in the incident on Saturday night. Guardian

Kremlin: Russia's Centuries-Long Romance With West Over
President Vladimir Putin’s adviser says Russia has abandoned its centuries-long aspirations of integrating into the West and is bracing for a new era of “geopolitical loneliness.” Vladislav Surkov wrote in an article for Russia in Global Affairs magazine released Monday that “Russia’s epic journey toward the West” is over, marking an end to its “vain attempts to become part of Western civilization” spanning four centuries. AP
VOA VIEW: The Kremlin has lost along with the liberals.

Facebook Confession By Tenn Boy, Killing Mom And Friend
In his Sunday Facebook post, Lawhorn wrote: "Since so many people keep trying to reach out to me on Facebook, I figure I can just say my piece once here and be done with it. Before I start, I need to emphasize that I take full responsibility for my actions. Nothing anyone has or hasn't done to me caused this, my decisions and my failures are my own. Technical Details: This morning, at around 01:30, I shot and killed my mother (Vi Lawhorn) and a close friend of mine (Avery Gaines) with a stolen .22 LR." He went on to give graphic details about both of their deaths, saying he shot Gaines as he lay sleeping on the floor. USA Today

Impeachment Is The Republicans' Latest Boogeyman For The 2018 Elections
“If impeachment becomes a political tool instead of the end result of a credible investigation, then you are as guilty as Trump, in some ways, of taking a hammer blow to institutions,” said David Axelrod, former President Barack Obama’s onetime chief strategist, adding that it would also create risks in swing districts. “To say I’m for impeachment come hell or high water is to promise chaos.” Esquire

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MSNBC's Joy Reid: What If Trump Refuses To Be Arrested By Federal Marshals?
Sunday on her weekend morning program, MSNBC's Joy Reid seriously discussed a situation where President Trump refused a subpoena and would have to be arrested and put in jail until he testified before a grand jury. Reid envisioned a scenario of a White House besieged by federal marshals who would wait for Trump to give the Secret Service a stand down order so he could be taken into custody. "Let's say that Donald Trump decides he doesn't want to give an interview with Mueller, but Mueller says 'Oh, but you will.' And he's subpoenaed to [be] interview[ed] [by] Robert Mueller. And Donald Trump simply says, 'I don't recognize that subpoena.' This is a president whose behavior is different as president of the United States. He doesn't follow convention. Real Clear Politics
VOA VIEW: Foolish liberal propaganda.

Iran Threatens Trump With Strong Response If Nuclear Deal Fails
Iran’s leaders have warned President Donald Trump he would regret pulling out of the nuclear deal with Tehran and vowed a strong response if the U.S. withdraws, Reuters reported. The threat comes as John Bolton—well-known for his hawkish stance on U.S. foreign policy, particularly toward Iran—begins his tenure as Trump’s national security adviser. Tehran's message is no doubt intended to show that Iran will not be intimidated by the new White House national security team.  Newsweek

Stormy Daniels Gives Tell-All Interview, Poses Nude For Penthouse
Stormy Daniels — who is milking her alleged one-night stand with Donald Trump for maximum exposure — has given an interview to Penthouse magazine covering some areas that were untouched on “60 Minutes.” The top-heavy porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, also posed nude for the double May-June issue hitting newsstands at the end of the month with her on the cover. “She answers a lot of questions about Trump that Anderson Cooper didn’t ask,” my source said. A spokeswoman for the mag said, “It’s a great feature. She looks amazing.”  Page Six
VOA VIEW: Daniels is milking the fools for all she can get.

Trump Tax Cuts Expected To Raise Deficit to $804B
A new budget analysis says the combined effects of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and last month’s budget-busting spending bill will send the government’s budget deficit toward the $1 trillion mark. That’s the word from the Congressional Budget Office, which says the twin tax and spending bills will push the budget deficit to $804 billion this year and just under $1 trillion for the upcoming year. CBO says economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7 percent on average to the nation’s economic output over the coming decade. . NY Post

The Terrible Cost Of Obama's Failure In Syria
Four years ago, it almost looked as if chemical attacks on Syrian civilians would stop. “We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out,” declared then-Secretary of State John Kerry on Meet the Press in 2014. Kerry was referring to Bashar al-Assad’s declared stockpiles of chemical weapons which, under a 2013 deal struck by the Obama administration following a sarin nerve gas attack that brought the U.S. to the brink of striking Syrian government forces, were dismantled and shipped out of the country. But there were two important and deadly loopholes. The first was that Assad did not declare everything—a reality that Kerry acknowledged publicly, including in a farewell memo to staff, in which he wrote that “unfortunately other undeclared chemical weapons continue to be used ruthlessly against the Syrian people.” The second was that chlorine gas, which has legitimate civilian uses, was not part of the deal. Atlantic

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