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Trump Slams Comey's 'Leak' Denial: 'Very Sick Or Very Dumb'
Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, denied Thursday that sharing the memos with his legal team constituted a leak of classified information. "I didn't consider it part of an FBI file," Comey told Fox News’ Bret Baier during an appearance on “Special Report.” He compared the process to keeping a “diary” and maintained a key memo “was unclassified then.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Time will tell whether right or wrong.

Pelosi Defends Hoyer After Audiotape Suggests Interference In House Race
Some progressive Democrats, in turn, have been calling for Hoyer to resign. “In terms of candidates and campaigns, I don’t see anything inappropriate in what Mr. Hoyer was engaged in — a conversation about the realities of life in the race as to who can make the general election,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters at her weekly news conference. Fox
VOA VIEW: Two peas in a pod.

Trump Hails Two Koreas’ Deal to End War, Pursue Denuclearization
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed Friday to finally end a seven-decade war this year, and pursue the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula. U.S. President Donald Trump hailed the move, declaring “KOREAN WAR TO END!” on Twitter. He’s agreed to meet with Kim at a time and place yet to be determined. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Seeing is believing.

Trump Administrations's Scandals And Embarrassments, In One Place
Fifteen months after storming into Washington's "swamp," more than a few high-ranking Trump administration officials have been caught lazing, spa-style, in its gooey waters. The term "embattled" has now been thrown around so often in news coverage of Trump Cabinet secretaries' assorted foibles, it's practically been fused to the front of some of their titles. The President himself, perhaps for variety's sake, referred to Jeff Sessions in a tweet last year as his "beleaguered" attorney general. CNN
VOA VIEW: Yet, Trump has out performed most if not all previous presidents.

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U.S. Growth Cools to 2.3% While Compensation Costs Accelerate
While GDP growth was the best for any January-March period since 2015, it’s a step down from three quarters of GDP growth above or near 3 percent, and a reminder that the first quarter remains plagued by data quirks. Analysts expect a rebound as tax cuts take hold amid a strong job market, though tailwinds such as low inflation and borrowing costs are starting to dissipate, and trade tensions represent a headwind. Bloomberg

UN Condemns Israel's Use Of 'Excessive Force' In Gaza
The UN rights chief on Friday urged Israeli forces to stop using excessive force against Palestinian protesters and called for troops who have committed abuses "to be held accountable." "Every week, we witness instances of use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators," the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, said in a statement. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: UN waste of time.

China's Xi Calls For Cooperation With India Amid Tensions
Chinese President Xi Jinping called for stepped-up cooperation with India during an informal summit Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, amid tensions along their contested border and a rivalry for influence with their smaller neighbors that could determine dominance in Asia. Xi greeted Modi at the provincial museum in the city of Wuhan at the start of two days of talks between the heads of the world's two most populous nations. US News & World Report

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DNA From Genealogy Sites Led To Break In Golden State Killer Case
The man suspected of being the Golden State Killer was arrested after investigators compared DNA collected from crime scenes to genetic information on genealogy websites, according to a spokeswoman with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. The DNA matched a relative of 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo, investigators said. From there, investigators zeroed in on DeAngelo, who lived on a quiet street in Citrus Heights. KFOR

Amazon Hits All Time High As Wall Street Gushes
Wall Street is buzzing over Amazon's impressive March quarter results. Analysts are growing more confident over the prospects for many of Amazon's new businesses including subscription services, advertising and cloud computing. The e-commerce juggernaut reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings results Thursday. It also gave profit guidance for its second quarter significantly above Wall Street expectations. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Amazon needs to be regulated.

Exxon Posts Worst First-Quarter Output Since 1999
The explorer pumped the equivalent of 3.889 million barrels a day in the quarter, the first sub-4 million figure for that time of year in almost two decades. The number was also lower than all seven estimates from analysts in a Bloomberg survey. Exxon announced the results Friday in a statement; the shares fell 1.9 percent at 8:22 a.m. in New York. Bloomberg

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For Apple's iPhone X, Is It Time For 'Full Panic Mode'?
The iPhone boom times may be officially over. And Apple may have the iPhone X to thank for that. This fiscal year was supposed to be a blowout for Apple. The company redesigned its popular iPhone for the first time in three years, and touted the iPhone X as "the future" of mobile. Analysts declared it would drive a "supercycle" that would reinvigorate excitement in a sluggish smartphone market. CNET

Tom Brokaw Denies Sexually Harassing Former NBC Colleague
Tom Brokaw, the retired longtime anchor of "NBC Nightly News," denied a former colleague's accusation on Thursday that he tried to kiss and grope her when she was an NBC News correspondent during the 1990s. The former correspondent, Linda Vester, told The Washington Post and Variety that Brokaw, who at 78 is 26 years older than she, twice made unwanted advances toward her, in 1994 and 1995. NBC
VOA VIEW: Brokaw is a sleaze, but so is a longago accusation.

Kim Jong Un Jokes About Ending Early Morning Missile Tests
Seoul reported that Kim told South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit meeting that he “won’t interrupt your early morning sleep anymore,” referring to occasional, region-destabilizing missile tests conducted by Pyongyang. Kim and Moon were meeting Friday in a border village in talks aimed at curtailing the North’s nuclear arms aspirations. The talks mark the first time a N
orth Korean leader has stepped foot in the south since the Korean War. NY Post

Amazon And The Rest Of Big Tech Are On Fire
Investors who put their faith in Jeff Bezos are being rewarded. Again. Amazon's shares soared 5% to an all-time high Friday after the company reported stellar first-quarter results. So much for President Donald Trump's anti-Bezos/Amazon/Washington Post tweets hurting the company, huh? The Amazon (AMZN) surge helped lift Amazon's market value above $775 billion. Only Apple (AAPL), with a market cap of nearly $820 billion, is worth more. CNN Money
VOA VIEW: Amazon has gotten too big.

How Wall Street Bought Toys ‘R’ Us And Left 30,000 People Without Jobs
When the last Toys ‘R’ Us store closes its doors once and for all, the company's top executives will have pocketed some $8.2 million in retention bonuses for sticking around long enough to liquidate the company. Wall Street firms that loaded Toys ‘R’ Us with debt when they bought it in 2005 will have collected millions in fees from the company, even if they ultimately lost the majority of their investment. And employees like Ann Marie Reinhart, who worked as a supervisor at Toys ‘R’ Us for 29 years, will walk away with nothing. Buzz Feed

The Ghost Of Hillary Vs. Bernie Is Alive In Georgia
Imani Scott-Blackwell, a 22-year-old philosophy student at the University of Georgia, said she slept well on Nov. 8, 2016. This isn’t the kind of response you typically hear when passionately progressive women reflect on the night Hillary Clinton lost to President Donald Trump. Usually these women can recall the exact moment they realized the predictions were wrong, and that the election of Trump — a man they viewed as impossibly dangerous and obviously misogynistic — was impending, unstoppable. Usually they mention the dread, the fear, the tears. Many, unlike Scott-Blackwell, remember their lack of sleep that night. Buzz Feed

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American Airlines Didn't Divert a Flight For a Sick Passenger. Now Her Family Is Suing Over Her Death.
The victim, Brittany Oswell, who was 25 years old, suffered an embolism while flying two years ago. According to the lawsuit, the flight crew did not make an emergency landing despite a doctor on the flight telling the crew that the flight needed to be diverted immediately for Oswell to receive medical treatment. The pilots reportedly ignored the doctor’s request as the flight was 90 minutes from landing at its destination. Before the flight landed, Oswell’s breathing and pulse reportedly stopped, at which time the flight crew attempted and failed several times to use the defibrillator and blood pressure cuffs. Fortune

North, South Korea Sign Denuclearization Agreement
The two Koreas announced they would work with the United States and China this year to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War and seek an agreement to establish “permanent” and “solid” peace in its place. The declaration included promises to pursue phased military arms reduction, cease hostile acts, transform their fortified border into a peace zone, and seek multilateral talks with other countries including the United States. NY Post

Florida Deputies Are Asking The Governor To Remove The Parkland Sheriff Over His Handling Of The Shooting
After delivering a resounding vote of no confidence Thursday, members of the Broward County deputies union want Sheriff Scott Israel removed from office, signifying their distaste with the leader's media-centric response to the Parkland school shooting. About a week after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Israel confronted a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association during a heated town hall on CNN, calling her out for claiming to support the victims but not advocating for "less weapons." Buzz Feed

It's Trump's Turn To Meet Kim Jong Un
Trump hailed the summit in a couple tweets Friday morning. “After a furious year of missile launches and Nuclear testing, a historic meeting between North and South Korea is now taking place. Good things are happening, but only time will tell!” he said. Later Friday, Trump praised the summit during a White House ceremony for Olympic athletes. "I want to express my hope that all of the people of Korea – North Korea and South – can someday live in harmony, prosperity and peace, and it looks like it could happen," Trump said. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The operative word is "could."

Thousands Protest After Cartel Linked To Students' Bodies Dissolved In Acid
Thousands took to the streets in Mexico’s second-largest city this week to protest the deaths of three missing film students — whose bodies a rapper had confessed to dissolving in hydrochloric acid. About 12,000 people gathered in Guadalajara, not far from where the students were abducted last month, local media reported. Another group congregated in Mexico City. “We demand justice, not only for our three colleagues but for the thousands of missing,” declared Oscar Juarez, a student leader at ITESO, a Jesuit university in Guadalajara. NY Post

Golden State Killer To Appear In Court
The ex-cop accused of a series of rapes and murders attributed to the "Golden State Killer" over four decades was scheduled to appear in court Friday in Sacramento in his first public appearance since police tracked him down using DNA samples and a genealogical website. James Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was taken into custody Tuesday outside his home in Citrus Heights, 20 miles northwest of Sacramento after six days under police surveillance. USA Today

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Nearly All The Democrats And One Republican In The Senate Are Accusing Mattis Of Bringing Back "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Forty-nine senators, including one Republican, sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday accusing him of establishing a new “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for transgender service members that is not supported by the Pentagon's own data. Buzz Feed

Democrat Rep. Nadler: Social Media Censorship Of Conservatives A 'Hoax’
Social media took center stage on Capitol Hill again Thursday, April 26, 2018. The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing examining the “Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms.” While certain Republican members of Congress and the pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk argued social media platforms are politically biased against conservatives, other witnesses and Democrats claimed the hearing was “ridiculous” and a distraction. News Busters
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts - liberals are afraid.

Nets Ignore Bipartisan Admonishment Of Menendez By Ethics Committee
In a bipartisan letter sent to New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez on Thursday, the Senate Ethics Committee issued a scathing admonishment against him for “knowingly and repeatedly accept[ing] gifts of significant value” and “fail[ing] to publicly disclose certain gifts as required by Senate Rule and federal law.” As they did with Menendez’s bribery trial last year, which Thursday’s admonishment was related, the major three network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo ignored it. News Busters

Kim Jong Un Has Become The First North Korean Leader To Step Into The South
For the first time since the Korean War ended more than half a century ago, the leader of North Korea has visited South Korea, marking the beginning of historic peace talks between the two rival nations. Friday's meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in began as the two men shook hands in the heavily-armed demilitarized zone, a 2.5-mile wide strip that has divided their countries since 1953. Kim then made history by stepping into South Korean territory, which is technically still at war with his country. Buzz Feed
VOA VIEW: Good political start, but trust is still far.

Veterans Affairs In Limbo After Jackson Withdraws As Nominee
A former Pentagon official, Robert Wilkie, has been acting secretary since David Shulkin was fired in March after an 87-page report by the VA's inspector general found he had misused taxpayer funds while on an official trip to Europe. "Our community is exhausted by the unnecessary and seemingly never-ending drama," said Paul Reickhoff, with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. "VA's reputation is damaged, staff is demoralized, momentum is stalled and the future is shockingly unclear." NPR

Debate Celebrity Says School Suspended Son Over Gun Picture
Ken Bone, the Shiloh man made famous by asking a question during a 2016 presidential debate in a bright red sweater, is again in the spotlight after saying on Twitter that his son was suspended for a photo that Bone had shared on social media just a few days before. The original tweet, shared on Monday, was in response to tweets sent by Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the shooting massacre at a Parkland, Fla., high school and a gun rights supporter. Bone said that when he saw Kashuv getting grief for sharing a photo of himself at a gun range, Bone wanted to send a message of solidarity. STL Today

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Democrats Face Left-Wing Backlash For Choosing Primary Winners Ahead Of Time
Progressive activists are furious with Democratic Party leaders who have boosted establishment Democrats over their left-wing opponents in primary races across the country. The Intercept on Thursday published audio of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer pressuring progressive candidate Levi Tillemann to drop out of a Colorado primary, to clear the field for establishment candidate Jason Crow. Daily Caller

Trump Praises Kanye, Chance For ‘Service To Black Community’
West and Chance the Rapper have set off a media sensation with recent praise of Trump drawing significant ire from their colleagues in the entertainment industry. West also tweeted an image of himself wearing POTUS’ signature “Make America Great Again” hat. The president addressed West’s support in a Thursday Fox & Friends interview saying: “I get along with Kanye. I get along with a lot of people frankly, but Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country, okay?” Daily Caller

Republicans Release Redacted Russia Report
The House Intelligence Committee on Friday released a redacted version of the Republican report on the committee's year-long Russia investigation, in which, GOP members say, they found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and disputed the intelligence community's findings that Vladimir Putin tried to help elect Donald Trump President. The committee released the report with redactions from the intelligence community, along with a redacted Democratic dissent disputing the Republican conclusions. CNN
VOA VIEW: Democrats are against the truth.

Ryan Explains Decision To Dismiss House Chaplain
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told the House Republican Conference Friday morning that he fired Chaplain Patrick Conroy because members felt like their “pastoral needs” were not being met and not for a political reason, according to several Republicans inside the room. Ryan told members his decision to ask Conroy to step aside had nothing to do with politics, a policy conflict or a prayer. Hill

Search For Suspect In Maine Deputy Killing Enters 3rd Day
The fugitive suspected in the killing of a Maine deputy might be interested in talking to authorities, police said Friday. The shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole early Wednesday morning in Norridgewock has triggered an intensive search for 29-year-old John Williams. Sheriff Dale Lancaster said at a news conference Friday authorities understand that Williams may want to communicate with them but wouldn't elaborate further. Lancaster said they are willing to listen and encouraged him to reach out. ABC

Lauer Bitterly Attacks ‘False Stories’ From ‘Anonymous Or Biased Sources’
In a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday, disgraced former Today show anchor Matt Lauer bitterly went after his sexual harassment accusers, dismissing the “many false stories” about his behavior “from anonymous or biased sources.” The comments came amid a lengthy Post report on NBC’s poor handling of such allegations, which also detailed new accusations of harassment against former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw. News Busters
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Video of Linda Vester And Tom Brokaw’s First Nightly News Segment Together
After news broke of former correspondent Linda Vester’s sexual harassment complaint against former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, I rummaged through the MRC’s archive and found footage of her first appearance with Brokaw on the Nightly News, a June 30, 1993 report that basically amounted to a press release from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), demanding more government regulation of beach water. News Busters

What Kanye West’s ‘Redpilling’ Really Means
The Internet has been abuzz with West’s sudden and unambiguous declarations of support for President Trump. Whether he’s tweeting pictures of his signed “MAGA” hat, or declaring that Trump is his “brother” and that they “are both dragon energy,” it is clear that the president has just found his newest—and greatest—celebrity supporter. President Trump has even responded directly to Kanye not once, but twice. AM Greatness

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