NEWS   SATURDAY, APRIL  14, 2018   NEWS

Ex-FBI Boss Drops Hint-Loretta Lynch's Involvement In Hillary Email Probe
According to ABC News, Comey writes in "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership," that he became the public face of the investigation partly because of the mysterious development which he felt could cast “serious doubt” on Lynch's independence. “Had it become public, the unverified material would undoubtedly have been used by political opponents to cast serious doubt on the attorney general’s independence in connection with the Clinton investigation,” Comey writes, according to ABC. He calls the material “development still unknown to the American public to this day.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Comey is causing his own problems - stupidity.

Russia Blames UK For Syria Chemical Attack
A day before a team from the international chemical weapons watchdog was to arrive in Douma, just east of Damascus, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that images of victims of the purported attack were staged with “Britain’s direct involvement, “ without providing evidence. Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations, Karen Pierce, dismissed Konashenkov’s claim as “a blatant lie.” USA Today

Trump Rips Comey As 'Untruthful Slime Ball'
“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR,” the president tweeted. “Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH.” “His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history,” Trump said. “It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” Fox

Zuckerberg's Testimony Raises New Questions About Facebook's Lobbying Practices
In February, Facebook gave $200,000 to The Committee to Protect California Jobs, a business-backed political action group dedicated to defeating a state ballot initiative that would expand Californians’ privacy controls. Then on Wednesday, after Mark Zuckerberg’s two-day grilling by 44 members of Congress — in which he spoke positively about the prospect of regulation — Facebook withdrew its support from the group. NBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook needs to be regulated ASAP.

Trump Issues Pardon For Scooter Libby
Libby came under scrutiny in connection with the leak in 2003 of the identity of Plame, who had worked undercover overseas and was married to a prominent Bush administration critic, Joseph Wilson. Libby, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, was never charged with leaking, but was indicted in 2005 on charges of obstruction of justice, perjury and making false statements to investigators, largely for denying his contacts with the media about Plame. Politico

Trump Firing Rosenstein Could Provoke A Legal Challenge
But removing Rosenstein -- and putting someone else in charge of the Mueller probe -- may not be quite as easy as it sounds. Under normal circumstances, firing Rosenstein would trigger the Justice Department’s line of succession plan and two things would happen. First, one of Rosenstein’s top assistants would become acting deputy attorney general for everything but the Mueller investigation. Bloomberg

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Armada Of US Warships Steaming Toward Middle East
An armada of 12 warships — the largest US strike force since the 2003 Iraq war – is steaming toward the Middle East as President Trump mulls an attack on Syria in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack on civilians, according to a report. The aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman set sail from Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday with five escort warships and they were expected to join four destroyers and two nuclear-powered subs believed to already be in or near the Mediterranean, the Times of London reported. NY Post
VOA VIEW: It does not look like a bluff.

Cohen Negotiated A $1.6M Payment To Former Playboy Model Who Said Top RNC Fundraiser Impregnated Her
According to The Journal, the deal was negotiated late last year and blocks the woman from disclosing details of her relationship with Broidy. The first payment was due on December 1, the report said. Broidy told the newspaper he had a consensual relationship with the woman. "At the end of our relationship, this woman shared with me that she was pregnant," he said. "She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this difficult period." Business Insider
VOA VIEW: The saga grows.

Trump Begs World Leaders To Let Him Back Into Their Club
“We welcome the U.S. coming back to the table, but I don’t see any wholesale appetite for any material renegotiation of the T.P.P.-11,” Australia Trade Minister Steven Ciobo told reporters Friday. Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed said that any renegotiation would “alter the balance of benefits for parties,” while Japan’s minister in charge of T.P.P., Toshimitsu Motegi, echoed that sentiment, saying it would be very hard to change the deal at this point, describing it as a “balanced one, like fine glassware.” Vanity Fair
VOA VIEW: Vanity Fair liberal fake news.

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Gaza Ministry Says Gunfire At Protest Wounds 122
Gaza's Health Ministry says a 28-year-old Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli fire in a mass protest on the Gaza-Israel border. The death brings to 28 the number of protesters killed in two weeks of border protests. In additions, hundreds of Palestinians have been wounded by Israeli fire since March 30. Friday marked the third large-scale protest near the border fence since late March. WKYT

Russia's Lavrov: God Forbid Any Libya Style Adventure In Syria
“God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience,” Lavrov told a news conference on Friday. He said that even the smallest miscalculation in Syria could lead to new waves of migrants and that ultimatums and threats do not help the dialogue.  Reuters

Trump's Personal Lawyer Attacked By US Prosecutor Over Privacy Claim
A U.S. prosecutor on Friday attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that many of the materials seized this week in FBI raids on Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private. Prosecutors also confirmed in a court filing on Friday that they have been investigating Cohen for months, largely over his business dealings rather than his legal work. US News & World Report
VOA VIEW: The power of the DOJ should make every American feel scared - worse than Russia.

Mass Protests Planned If Trump Fires Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein
If President Donald Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or any other officials involved in the Russia investigation, he faces the prospect of hundreds of thousands of activists immediately turning out to protest all over the country. A coalition of grassroots activists, unions, policy organizations and good governance groups have, for months, been plotting to quickly and forcefully respond to any perceived interference with the investigation. And with Trump increasingly vocal about his displeasure with the inquiry, these organizers say they’re stepping up their efforts. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Let the liberals whine, cry and do what they want or threaten.

Trump On Twitter: 'You Shouldn't Be Partners With A Gas Killing Animal'
"Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia,  because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!" Twitter

Trump Is Not A Very Good Global Economic Chess Player
You can argue about what exactly was the most incredible news out of the White House this week: The possible use of the American military in Syria, the raiding of the President's private attorney by the FBI, Trump's "slime ball" comeback at the memoir of the scorned former FBI director -- all would be contenders. But the development that carries the most weight is the news that Trump may now want to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is a liberal despite.

Ryan Declares Support For Kevin McCarthy As Next House Speaker
During an interview Friday, Ryan endorsed Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as his successor. “We all think Kevin is the right person to become Speaker,” Ryan told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “I fully anticipate handing the gavel over to the next Speaker of the House after this term, and I think Kevin’s the right guy to step up,” Ryan continued. ABC
Deported Veteran About To Become US Citizen. Wait....What?
Barajas has become a well-known leader of an increasingly vocal group of deported veterans, many of whom have made their home across the US-Mexico border in Tijuana. Whether the US government should deport people who've served the country is a debate that sits at the intersection of two major areas in US politics: immigration and the military. CNN

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Trump Orders Postal Service Review
President Trump stepped up his long-running battle with Amazon, ordering a federal task force to investigate the Postal Service's finances. The executive order issued late Thursday night does not mention Amazon by name, but Amazon is the subtext. Trump has frequently complained that Amazon (AMZN) takes advantage of the post office. Trump is angry at Amazon in part because its CEO, Jeff Bezos, is also the owner of The Washington Post, whose coverage Trump complaints about. CNN

Android's Trust Problem Isn't Getting Better
Published today, a two-year study of Android security updates has revealed a distressing gap between the software patches Android companies claim to have on their devices and the ones they actually have. Your phone’s manufacturer may be lying to you about the security of your Android device. Verge
VOA VIEW: Total deception and lies.

More Than 5 Drinks A Week Could Shorten Lives By Years
Any more than five drinks a week on average can take years off a person’s life, the new study of more than half a million people around the world shows. That’s less than what's recommended in many countries. For instance, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Heart Association both say men can safely drink up to two alcoholic drinks a day and women up to a drink a day. NBC

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Trump’s ICE Chief Loves His Deportation Force
The first nine people to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency President Donald Trump picked Homan to lead last January, rarely courted controversy. Most of them were lawyers, adept at the art of bipartisan doublespeak and content to leave policy fights to politicians. They generally described ICE as a national security agency, emphasizing its investigative work and the number of criminals removed, while downplaying its core function: deporting people who pose little or no threat. Huff Post

Michael Cohen Would Often Record Conversations And Now The Feds May Have Them
When the FBI raided the home and office of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, they were reportedly looking for information about hush payments made to women who say they’ve slept with Trump. Some Trump insiders fear the FBI found much more, though. As it turns out, Cohen has a habit of recording his conversations and some Trump allies fear those recordings are now in the hands of the Feds, the Washington Post reports. NY Mag
VOA VIEW: Where their any recordings of Trump and if so, where they legal and legally obtained.

The Internet Apologizes …
To keep the internet free — while becoming richer, faster, than anyone in history — the technological elite needed something to attract billions of users to the digital ads they were selling. And that something, it turns out, was outrage. As Jaron Lanier, a pioneer in virtual reality, points out, anger is the emotion most effective at driving “engagement” — which also makes it, in a market for attention, the most profitable one. By creating a self-perpetuating loop of shock and recrimination, social media further polarized what had already seemed, during the Obama years, an impossibly and irredeemably polarized country. NY Mag

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Racy Pic Of Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory Sheriff Emerges Online
An outspoken Oregon sheriff — who gained national attention following a mass shooting at a community college in 2015 — apologized this week after a photo appeared online that showed him without pants on. In the photo, Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin seems to be thrusting his pelvis at the camera, while a sticker reading “Lit Saturday” covers his genitals, according to a report. NY Post

Scrutiny Of NBC's Handling Of 'Access Hollywood' Tape After Cohen Raid
Just how long NBC knew about the tape is an open question. NBC sources tell Fox News that NBC staffers were openly discussing the existence of the tape in August 2016 in Rio, where star Billy Bush was providing Olympics coverage. Bush could be heard egging Trump on in the "Access Hollywood" recording. Fox News

A Former Russian Spy Worked On A Trump Moscow Deal While Trump Was Running For President
This connection between Trump and Russian intelligence — made public here for the first time — is known to special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and raises fresh questions about the president’s connections to the Kremlin. The former agent, who had served in Russia’s military intelligence arm known as the GRU and later worked as an arms dealer, negotiated for financing from a Russian state-owned bank that was under US sanctions at the time. Buzz Feed

ABC's Meghan McCain Zings Comey: He Just Wants to Be A 'View' Co-Host
View co-host Meghan McCain is making a habit of upending the liberal narrative on the ABC program. On Friday, she mocked the idea that Jim Comey is a pious, non-ideological truth teller, saying that the “highly political” ex-FBI Director just wants to be a View co-host. McCain reminded: “I have many problems with James Comey... On one side, he wants to be this stand up, ‘I'm the head of the FBI, and apolitical, and I'm here for the FBI and national security,’ and on the other hand, he is talking about the size of Trump's hands.” News Busters
VOA VIEW: Comey is a compulsive liar.

Alt-Left Insanity: Companies Should Provide Pet Bereavement Leave
Hmm. Do you work for Alpo or PetSmart? Is your last name Peebles? Then no. But, but, but ... “The stages of grief and loss for a pet are no different than if you have lost (a human),” according to “psychotherapist Jenn Mann, host of VH1’s “Couples’ Therapy with Dr. Jenn.” A real TV shrink? It must be so then. News Busters

Justice Department Watchdog Releases Damning Andrew McCabe Report
The Justice Department’s office of the inspector general released a long-awaited report on Friday accusing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe of “lack of candor” about his authorization of leaks to the media. The report, first published by The New York Times, asserts that McCabe misled the DOJ watchdog and former FBI Director James Comey about the leak authorizations. He also misled the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility when questioned under oath about the leaks. Daily Caller

Harvey Weinstein’s Italian Accusers Speak Out In New York
Gutierrez is the young woman who wore the NYPD wire to help catch Weinstein trying to manhandle her into his hotel room. “I’m not comfortable,” she was heard pleading when he reprimanded her for making a scene. “I don’t want to do anything I don’t want to do.” Argento was coerced into giving Weinstein a massage when she thought he would be reading a script she wrote—an episode which she says ended with him raping her orally and then essentially holding her hostage with threats and promises for several years. Daily Beast

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Dems Push Citigroup, Apollo For More Info On Ties To Kushner Companies
A group of Democratic lawmakers have asked Citigroup and Apollo Global Management for more information after charging that Kushner Companies’ ties with the two entities are more extensive than they previously thought. Both Citigroup and Apollo responded March 20 to previous requests for information, but new letters sent by Democrats said new reports about ties between the companies "raised questions about Mr. Kushner’s conflicts of interest” between his role in government and his family business. Washington Examiner

College Hosts No-Whites-Allowed Pool Party-"Bring Your Homies"
A private college in California will be hosting a pool party later today at which white people will be excluded, with only “people who identify as POC” permitted to attend. “POC” stands for “person of color.” The event will take place at Scripps College’s Sallie Tiernan Field House pool, according to The Claremont Independent. “Bring your chanclas and the homies over to our nice ass resort pool, LET’S TAKE UP SPACE,” the announcement reads, advertising the event as “a safe space for…students that identify as POC to come together and build community.” College Fix

RNC Honcho Resigns Amid Report Of 'Hush' Payment To Playmate
Fat-cat GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy stepped down as Republican National Committee deputy finance chair on Friday after lurid revelations that he paid a former Playboy model $1.6 million in hush money to clam up about their affair, the Wall Street Journal reported. The horndog’s non-disclosure deal was brokered by Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer. NY Post

Trapped In The White House: Many Trump Aides Are Too “Toxic” To Get Jobs
Companies and firms who used to recruit from presidential administrations and brag when they were successful in poaching an aide are making the calculation that the risks of bringing on a Trump administration official outweigh the rewards, according to interviews with 10 current and former administration officials, top recruiters, and lobbyists who did not want to be named to talk candidly. BuzzFeed News reached out to them after previously reporting during an especially chaotic stretch for the Trump White House that some officials were trying to leave but finding their job prospects to be “pretty bleak.” Buzz Feed
VOA VIEW: Libera garbage.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove. The latest figures include 34% who Strongly Approve of the way Trump is performing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -6. Rasmussen

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