NEWS   THURSDAY, APRIL  26, 2018   NEWS

Dem Presidential Hopeful Wants To Give Citizens $1,000 A Month
A Democratic presidential hopeful for the 2020 presidency is proposing $1,000 a month for all for all citizens between the ages of 18 and 64 as part of a universal basic income program. Andrew Yang, an American entrepreneur and the founder of Venture for America, said the spending proposal would cost the U.S. Treasury an estimated $2 trillion a year. Fox
VOA VIEW: Yang has lost his mind.

Video Shows Ex Clinton Aide In Profanity Laced Confrontation With Cops
"You may shut the f--- up!" the woman, Caren Z. Turner, 60, shrieks at an officer at one point. Most recently, Turner has been a commissioner with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and was chairwoman of its ethics committee, Politico reported. She was forced to resign last week because of the interaction with police during Easter weekend. According to a police report from March 31, Turner's daughter had been pulled over on Route 9W by Tenafly, N.J., police, but allegedly could not provide proof of insurance or registration. So Turner was called to the scene to help resolve the matter. Fox

Trump Travel Ban Gets Support From Key Justices At Supreme Court
Hearing the last arguments of its nine-month term Wednesday, the court took its first direct look at a policy that indefinitely bars more than 150 million people from entering the country. Opponents, led at the high court by Hawaii, say Trump overstepped his authority and was motivated by anti-Muslim animus. Chief Justice John Roberts suggested he doubted that the policy was unconstitutionally tainted by Trump’s campaign call for a Muslim ban at the border. Roberts asked whether those arguments would prevent a president from taking the advice of his military staff to launch an air strike against Syria. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Good!

Macron Argues For Iran Deal, Climate Pact In Address To Congress
Macron said that France's objective for Iran is clear -- "Iran shall never possess any nuclear weapons. Not now, not in 5 years not in 10 years, not ever." He added, "It is true to say this agreement may not address all concerns and every important concerns, this is true, but we should not abandon it without having something substantial and more substantial instead." Macron again suggested a new deal that France and the U.S. can write together to address existing concerns. CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump should stand tall.

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Comcast Challenges Rupert Murdoch & Fox, With Rival Bid For European Cable Company Sky
U.S. media giant Comcast, the owner of NBCUniversal, offered Wednesday to buy British broadcaster Sky for 22 billion pounds ($30 billion), topping a controversial bid from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. The move opened up the possibility of a bidding war for Sky, whose stock spiked 4.4 percent to 13.63 pounds on the news of the offer. Sky immediately withdrew its recommendation to its shareholders to accept the Fox bid. NBC
VOA VIEW: Money talks.

After 40 Years, Authorities Think They Have Golden State Killer In Custody
The first recorded rape was on June 18, 1976. The victim, Jane, was dozing in bed with her 3-year-old son after her husband left for work. Then, she was abruptly awoken. A masked man stood in the bedroom doorway, holding a large butcher knife and shining a flashlight at her face. It's been more than 40 years since his first recorded attacks, which began in and around Sacramento in Northern California. No one was ever caught or even identified in the case. CNN

After Hugs & Kisses, Macron Rips Trumpism
The startling contrast between Macron palling around with Trump on a state visit and his velvet hammer speech -- effectively defending the world order from "America First" nationalism -- encapsulated his intricate US strategy. Macron wants to bind the Trump administration into the existing Western international system, to convince it to dive back into multilateral efforts to shut down Iran's nuclear program, to battle climate change and to safeguard globalization and free trade. CNN
VOA VIEW: Macron will foolishly lose.

North Korea Test Site Could Be Unusable After Collapse
Chinese scientists have concluded that North Korea's nuclear test site has partially collapsed, potentially rendering it unusable. The test site at Punggye-ri has been used for six nuclear tests since 2006. After the last, in September, a series of aftershocks hit the site, which seismologists believe collapsed part of the mountain's interior. On Saturday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced he was suspending his country's nuclear and missile tests. The surprise declaration came ahead of historic talks with South Korea and the US. BBC

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LGBT Advocacy Group Rescinds Award To Joy Reid
The LGBT advocacy group PFLAG is rescinding its award to MSNBC host Joy Reid after homophobic blog posts she allegedly authored years ago resurfaced. Reid has maintained that she was hacked. In December, Reid apologized for other posts that resurfaced from her personal blog, but this week, more posts garnered attention. This time, Reid and her team said she fell victim to hackers. CBS
VOA VIEW: Past actions do count.

White House Vetting Process Criticized After VA Pick Stumbles
President Donald Trump is facing bipartisan backlash for failing to properly vet his nominee to head the Veterans Affairs Department, Ronny Jackson.
Democrats, Republicans and veterans groups have assailed the White House after allegations emerged that Jackson, the White House doctor, had engaged in improper behavior and management lapses. A planned confirmation hearing by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee was abruptly canceled this week as lawmakers sought more information about Jackson’s background. Bloomberg

Carson Wants Poor To Pay More Rent, Work For Assistance
HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday unveiled a major overhaul of the rental-housing system, proposing to increase the share of rent that low-income households must pay without assistance and allow public housing authorities to impose work requirements. The proposal reshaping the way HUD helps 4.5 million people meet their rent is part of a broader Trump administration push to link anti-poverty programs to employment. Politico
VOA VIEW: Good change.

Dallas Police Officer Dies After Home Depot Shooting
Mayor Mike Rawlings was presiding over a city council meeting when he announced the death of Santander, a member of the police force for three years. Santander, officer Crystal Almeida and a loss-prevention officer for Home Depot were shot Tuesday by a man identified by police as 29-year-old Armando Luis Juarez. Dallas Police Chief U.  CBS

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Professor Who Called Barbara Bush An 'Amazing Racist' Will Keep Her Job
"I will never be fired," professor Randa Jarrar taunted critics after she blasted Barbara Bush as a racist not an hour after the former first lady's death was announced last week. And the president of California State University, Fresno, has confirmed that she will keep her job. After reviewing the facts, "the university does not have justification to support taking any disciplinary action," President Joseph Castro said in a statement Tuesday. "Professor Jarrar did not violate any CSU or university policies." NPR
VOA VIEW: Pitiful!

NYSE Glitch Forces Amazon And Aphabet Traders Elsewhere
The New York Stock Exchange said on Wednesday that trading was suspended on its exchange in five stocks, including Amazon and Alphabet, for the rest of the day due to a technical glitch involving trade reporting. A spokeswoman for the NYSE, Kristen Kaus, said the issue affected a small subset of clients whose trading reports in the affected symbols were being returned in an unexpected format, so the exchange suspended trading in the five securities to minimize customer impact. Reuters

Delta Apologizes For Tying Passenger With MS To Wheelchair
Delta Air Lines has issued an apology and offered 20,000 SkyMiles to a woman with multiple sclerosis who claims she was tied to a wheelchair with a blanket, because the carrier did not have the proper wheelchair to support her. WSB-TV reported that the incident occured on April 1, when Maria Saliagas was flying with the airline from Atlanta to Amsterdam. Her son Nathan reportedly had coordinated with Delta to ensure the proper wheelchair would be waiting for her upon landing. Fox

Judge Rules NYC Bar Can Refuse Service To Trump Customer Wearing MAGA Hat
Greg Piatek of Philadelphia claims he was refused service and then eventually removed from a New York City bar in January 2017 for wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat, in a lawsuit against the establishment. “Anyone who supports Trump — or believes in what you believe — is not welcome here! And you need to leave right now because we won’t serve you!” Piatek claims the staff of The Happiest Hour told him. Fox
VOA VIEW: Illegal discrimination, if true.

Comey Denies Leaking Memos
While Comey acknowledged he gave one of his memos to a friend to then share with the New York Times, in his view, that doesn't constitute a leak, and he claimed there is "no credible claim by any serious person" that he violated the law. Last week, it was revealed the Justice Department's inspector general opened an investigation into whether Comey leaked classified information when he leaked the contents of those memos, which recall his conversations with Trump before being fired in May 2017. Washington Examiner

'Adversaries' Jamming Air Force Gunships In Syria
Calling the electronic warfare environment in Syria "the most aggressive" on earth, Army Gen. Tony Thomas told an intelligence conference in Tampa that adversaries  "are testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our AC-130s, etc." Thomas' remarks, which were first reported by the website The Drive, come on the heels of reports that Russian forces are jamming U.S. surveillance drones flying over the war-torn nation. Fox
VOA IEW: America must find the source and destroy it as an act of war.

NBC Bet $69 Million on Megyn Kelly—Then Viewers Vanished
Instead, the three-year, $69 million bet to woo Ms. Kelly from her conservative prime-time perch at Fox News is backfiring. Since taking over the 9 a.m. hour of the lucrative morning show in September and rebranding it “Megyn Kelly Today,” Ms. Kelly has struggled to make the shift to daytime broadcast television, with its delicate balance of soft features and hard news. Her ratings declines and higher production costs have been a drag on a critical franchise for NBC. WSJ
VOA VIEW: Kelly is a overpaid loser.

The Russia Investigations: What You Need To Know About Russian 'Active Measures'
Russian President Vladimir Putin likely had several reasons for ordering the campaign, intelligence officials say. He was angry at what he viewed as American interference in Ukraine, in Russia's front yard, under former President Barack Obama. He bore a longstanding personal animus against Clinton from her tenure as secretary of state and possibly out of fear about her policies toward Russia if she had been elected. NPR

Giuliani Met With Mueller's Team, Says Trump Interview Still Possible
While it’s not off the table, Giuliani conveyed Trump and his advisers still oppose the idea of an interview, according to three sources who spoke to the Washington Post. Mueller reportedly told Giuliani his team would like the opportunity to ask the president about his actions during the presidential transition period and his first few months in office. An interview is crucial to wrap up the possible obstruction of justice portion his investigation. Washington Examiner

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News Outlets Request Access To Sealed Mueller Docs From Russia Probe
A group of news outlets requested on Tuesday that documents used by special counsel Robert Mueller to obtain warrants in his investigation into Russian election meddling be unsealed by a federal court. The media organizations — which include POLITICO, The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Associated Press and CNN — are specifically seeking materials pertaining to the search warrants Mueller's team used on Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, as well as others indicted in the federal probe. Politico

Subway Closing 500 US Locations
The chain says it will shut down about 500 stores in the US this year, after hundreds of closures over the past two years. Subway currently has around 2,600 locations in the US. Due to competition from other fast food options and newer chains, Subway’s sales dropped 4.4 percent in 2017. Subway is trying to bounce back by launching a new loyalty program, remodeling stores and adding touch-screen kiosks for ordering. WFLA

Maxine Meltdown: Trump 'Just Get Out!'
“If you had to give some advice to President Trump, what advice would you give him?” a Time reporter asked Waters on the red carpet. “Please resign so that I won’t have to keep up this fight of your having to be impeached, because I don’t think you deserve to be there. “Just get out!” she declared. The president has previously dismissed Waters as “low I.Q.” American Mirror
VOA VIEW: Waters is an idiot.

31 More Sick In Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 31 more people have fallen ill in an E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce. The total E. coli cases is now at 84 and is now in 19 states, the CDC said Wednesday afternoon. There have been 42 hospitalizations with nine patients developing a form of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. USA Today

Sean Hannity Kept Getting Deals on Properties Previously Owned by a Fraudster Specializing in Foreclosures
Hannity denies without equivocation that he has ever been an investor of any of Brock’s endeavors. Christopher Reeves, the registered agent for 21 of Hannity’s SPMK companies, told The Daily Beast in an email, “No entity in which Mr. Hannity held any direct or indirect interest was an investor with Mr. Brock or any entity associated with him.” And that seems to make sense. Hannity has said he did not get involved in the details of his many transactions. And why would a guy who makes millions as a TV and radio commentator and was reportedly on the way to assembling a real-estate empire that the Guardian estimates to include more than 870 properties in seven states take such a risk for a relatively small score? Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: The truth is never known when the DB makes any report.

Kanye Tweeted Love For Trump And Wore A MAGA Hat
"You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him," the rapper tweeted Wednesday. "We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought." Since he reactivated his Twitter account earlier this month, Kanye has tweeted that he has a new album coming, but he's also retweeted posts that have caused some to think he's being swayed by alt-right ideology. Buzz Feed

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Gmail's Biggest Redesign Is Now Live
The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut alongside a substantial visual redesign for Gmail on the web. The new Gmail begins a global phased rollout today, which is to say that it won’t be available to every one of Gmail’s 1.4 billion users right away, and the first to get it will be invited to opt in rather than being able to just turn it on themselves. Verge

Democratic Donors Created A Tool To Identify 38 “Winnable” Congressional Races
A prominent liberal donor is trying to connect the kinds of donors who write big checks with data about what races are most promising for Democrats.
The “Take Back Congress Hub,” a subscription-based online tool to identify House races most likely to flip in 2018, was commissioned and funded by power couple Susan Sandler and Steve Phillips, who are Democratic donors and activists. Phillips is expected to announce the project Wednesday at a talk in Washington, DC, with Sen. Cory Booker. Buzz Feed

Michael Cohen To Plead The Fifth In Stormy Daniels Lawsuit
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, will invoke the 5th Amendment in the civil lawsuit brought by former porn actress Stormy Daniels in California, according to a new court filing. The documents cite the ongoing criminal probe against Cohen in New York, where his office and home were raided earlier this month by the FBI. Daniels is suing Cohen and Trump in California, alleging that the non-disclosure agreement about an alleged affair with Trump is invalid because the president never signed it.  Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: The DB is a liberal bias rag.

Three Courts Have Now Blocked The Trump Administration From Cutting Funding For Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
A federal judge in Baltimore ordered the Trump administration to resume funding two entities receiving grants through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) on Wednesday afternoon, days after two similar rulings were issued in federal courts in Washington state and Washington, DC. Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services abruptly cut funding for TPPP in August — two years before the original grants were supposed to end. The grants fund programs providing “comprehensive sexual education,” access to contraception, and health opportunities for teens, mostly in low-income areas. Buzz Feed

Macron Says He Thinks Trump Will Pull Out of Iran Nuclear Deal
"I believe he will get rid of this deal for domestic reasons,” Macron told journalists Wednesday in Washington, adding that he encouraged the American president to stay in the accord during his three-day visit to Washington. Macron, who later said he had “no insider” information on Trump’s decision, said a U.S. withdrawal from the accord, which continues to be endorsed by the United Nations and supported by all the other parties to the agreement, would lead to a period of increased tensions and uncertainty over Iranian and U.S. reactions. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Good!

Melania Trump Warned Vanessa Trump That Trump Men Are ‘Vain and Power-Hungry’
But when it comes to her husband, the former model doesn’t feel the same. A source reveals to Us that before Vanessa Trump split from Donald Trump Jr., she turned to her ­mother-in-law, FLOTUS, for advice: “Melania told her, ‘The Trump men are one and the same — vain and ­power-hungry.’” The insider adds that that she told Vanessa, 40, “she could do nothing to change that and offering her husband an ultimatum would be a huge mistake because he would choose his thirst for power like his dad.” US Weekly

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Whoopi Goldberg Angrily Reads Note Card Trashing Trump's Cabinet
On Wednesday’s edition of The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg was reading a rant off an index card. (This happens a lot with the liberals on The View, so you can wonder who’s actually writing these lines. They often sound like a DNC Info-Pak.) Whoopi was outraged about the lack of experience in the Cabinet. No one on the set asked how she is qualified to be a pundit because she co-starred in Ghost and Sister Act. She is a high-school dropout. News Busters
VOA VIEW: Goldberg is an idiot.

Facebook Removes Anonymous UChicago Page; New One Pops Up
A page for University of Chicago students to anonymously share confessions, questions, and rants was shut down by Facebook after a post included a meme making fun of French people. The Chicago Maroon reported the UChicago Secrets Page was unpublished by Facebook last week after a post mocking the French was found to violate the Community Standards. In a screencap provided to The Chicago Maroon, it is clear the meme is in the style of many other copypasta memes that make nonsensical comments with emojis randomly dispersed throughout the post. Copypasta posts posts modeled after templates, but contain words that are swapped out to make different points. News Busters

Russia Claims It Has A US Tomahawk Cruise Missile
An official within Russia's ministry said that an unexploded Tomahawk cruise missile and one high accuracy air-launched missile that the U.S. and its allies used in their last airstrike in Syria on April 14 has been brought to Moscow, Russian news agency TASS reported. The chief of the Russian General Staff's main operations directorate, Colonel-General Sergey Rudskoy, told a news briefing on Wednesday that Russian military specialists were already studying the missiles. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Big deal.

Israel & Iran's Escalating Shadow War In Syria Explained
Israel, for its part, has promised an even stronger response if this happens, threatening all of Iran’s soldiers in Syria and even the Assad regime itself.
The tough talk reflects Jerusalem’s insistence that it won’t allow Tehran to turn Syria into a forward operating base for it and its proxies to attack Israel. All of which points to a frightening and little-understood new reality: What was previously a shadow conflict inside Syria between Israel and Iran is now threatening to explode into all-out war between the two bitter Middle East foes. Vox

FB Post Linked To Toronto Van Attack Points To Insular, Misogynistic World Of 'Incels'
The term incel is short for "involuntarily celibate," and the community that uses the label is typically dominated by men voicing frustration online about their lack of sexual relationships, sometimes blaming women for their failures with the opposite sex. Toronto police said Tuesday that Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old suspected of driving the van that plowed into pedestrians on a busy stretch of Yonge Street in Toronto's north end Monday, killing 10 people, is alleged to have published "a cryptic post on Facebook minutes before he began driving the rented van." CBC

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