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Trump Rips WH Correspondents' Dinner As 'Boring Bust'
“While Washington, Michigan, was a big success, Washington, D.C., just didn’t work,” Trump tweeted. “Everyone is talking about the fact that the White House Correspondents Dinner was a very big, boring bust...the so-called comedian really “bombed.” @greggutfeld should host next year! @PeteHegseth.” Trump for the second straight year skipped the annual Washington dinner for reporters, politicians and other famous people -- where he, like presidents before him, was the target of jokes by the host. Fox
VOA VIEW: The correspondents lost out.

Clinton Nonprofit Won't Let Donor Cancel $10.48 Monthly Contribution
Corey Koscielniak, 29, wanted to stop his $10.48 recurring tithe to Onward Together, the politican action organization Clinton formed after her 2016 election defeat, because the group disclosed little information on how it spent the money, he told the Seattle Times. “Onward Together (OT) accepts payment information, but provides no ability to alter or cancel donations once the initial donation is received,” Koscielniak wrote in his complaint to the Washington state Attorney General’s Office. Fox
VOA VIEW: Clinton is desperate.

WH Correspondents' Dinner: Comedian Obliterates Sarah Sanders
Sarah Huckabee Sanders attended Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner as a representative of the Trump administration, getting a front-row seat to a brutal roasting, courtesy of this year's entertainer Michelle Wolf. Wolf, host of The Break premiering in May on Netflix, held absolutely nothing back, though she was just feet from the White House Press Secretary. "I'm a little starstruck," Wolf began. "I love you as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid's Tale." Wolf's digs got increasingly rough as the night went on. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Sad group of idiots.

Kim's Charm Offensive Pressures Trump Before Summit
Kim Jong Un is turning on the charm ahead of his summit with Donald Trump, adding pressure on the U.S. president to ease sanctions against North Korea even before it’s made any significant concessions. The 34-year-old dictator plans to invite foreign journalists to witness the shutdown of North Korea’s main nuclear weapons test site in May, South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s spokesman told reporters on Sunday. Bloomberg

Confident Pompeo Makes Middle East Debut From Saudi Arabia
Washington’s newly appointed secretary of state landed in Riyadh Saturday on a tour of America’s key Middle East allies, after vowing to bring some “swagger” back to US diplomacy. After attending NATO talks in Brussels, Mike Pompeo embarked on a three-day trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan to update friends on President Donald Trump’s plans for the Iran nuclear deal. Arab News

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Central Americans In Migrant "Caravan" Face Risks By Seeking Asylum At Southern Border
U.S. immigration lawyers are telling Central Americans in a caravan of asylum-seekers that traveled through Mexico to the border with San Diego that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months. They say they want to prepare them for the worst possible outcome. "We are the bearers of horrible news," Los Angeles lawyer Nora Phillips said during a break from legal workshops for the migrants at three Tijuana locations where about 20 lawyers gave free information and advice. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dumb quest.

Trump Calls For Jon Tester To Resign Over Jackson Opposition
President Donald Trump on Saturday morning called for Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester to resign over his opposition to White House physician Ronny Jackson's nomination for secretary of veterans affairs, saying some of the allegations against Jackson "are proving false." Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, had raised concerns about allegations against Jackson, including that he loosely handled prescription pain medications, was intoxicated during an overseas trip, and created a toxic work environment. Jackson withdrew his nomination on Thursday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Tester should be finished.

Most Killings Of Palestinians During Gaza Protests Unintentional
Most of the Israeli army’s killings of Palestinians during the Gaza-border protests have resulted from snipers aiming at demonstrators’ legs, with the killings an unintentional outcome after a protester bent down, a sniper missed, a bullet ricocheted or a similar phenomenon, a senior officer in the Southern Command said. The Israeli army has killed 44 protesters since March 30; it cites its efforts to prevent a breach of the border fence as Gazans demonstrate in their “March of Return” each Friday. Haaretz

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Philippines' Duterte Says Kuwait Work Ban 'Permanent'
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the temporary ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying a diplomatic standoff over the treatment of migrant workers in the Gulf nation. Duterte in February prohibited workers heading to Kuwait following the murder of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in her employer's freezer. The resulting row deepened after Kuwaiti authorities last week ordered Manila's envoy to leave the country over videos of Philippine embassy staff helping workers in Kuwait flee allegedly abusive employers. Yahoo News

Here's How People Reacted To Michelle Wolf's WH Correspondent's Roast
The debate is raging about Michelle Wolf's stand-up act at the White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner. The "winners," so to speak, might be Wolf and President Trump. Wolf's name is trending all over social media just a few weeks before the launch of her new Netflix show. And Trump is embracing Wolf as a foil -- a symbol of liberal Hollywood elitism. Trump said on Twitter Sunday morning that she "bombed." CNN
VOA VIEW: Wolf lost big time - black liberal stupidity.

Suspect In Maine Sheriff's Deputy Death Caught
A man accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy was arrested Saturday outside a remote cabin, ending an intense manhunt in its fourth day in the woods of central Maine. A law enforcement team used the slain deputy’s handcuffs to arrest 29-year-old John Williams in a symbolic gesture, Sheriff Dale Lancaster said. Williams was wanted in the fatal shooting of Cpl. Eugene Cole early Wednesday after the two had an encounter on a darkened road in Norridgewock. CBS

Off Duty Arkansas Police Officer Killed Inside His Home
Forrest City Police Officer Oliver Johnson, Jr. was inside his home just before 2 p.m. in West Memphis, Ark., when an unidentified person unleashed a spray of bullets at his home, FOX13 Memphis reported. Neighbors said there were children inside the home, including Johnson’s daughter. "They hit the apartment. They hit the car. They hit the whole place up," one resident who witnessed the shooting told FOX13. Johnson died after being struck by a bullet. A family member inside the house attempted to perform CPR on the off-duty police officer, WREG reported. Portia Weatherspoon, Johnson’s relative, said she heard about 40 gunshots. Fox

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Comey Confirms: In Clinton Emails Caper, The Fix Was In
While promoting his memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, former FBI director James Comey sat for what turned out to be a tough but fair and refreshingly civil interview by Bret Baier, host of Fox News’s Special Report. (See Part 1 and Part 2.) Owing to President Trump’s comparatively unhinged interview earlier in the day on Fox & Friends, the Trump–Comey feud over alleged leaking of classified information is drawing most of the media attention. But something more important is less apparent: Comey has implicitly confirmed what we’ve been saying here for well over a year: In the Clinton emails caper, the fix was in. National Review

Wynn Leaves Las Vegas Villa As Company Cuts Ties From Founder
Steve Wynn has moved out of the elaborate Wynn Las Vegas villa duplex he occupied for more than a decade as the company he founded seeks to show Massachusetts regulators that it has completely cut ties with him. Wynn had until June 1 to leave the property, according to the separation package he signed in February with the casino operator. Wynn had been paying $305,680 a year to live in the 6,233-square-foot residence. Las Vegas Review Journal

Trump Dares Dems: Don't Fund Wall, 'We'll Close Down The Country'
TRUMP “But to protect our families we must secure our borders. The good thing about the caravan. People are watching. People are watching. You watch how horrible -- They are coming in from Honduras. They are coming in from other places. They are taking this long trek up Mexico. We want Mexico to help us and we have to demand it. But Mexico is going to help us. But there are hundreds of people out of maybe 2,000. Grabien
VOA VIEW: Close the country.

NYPD Sgt. Suing Starbucks After Violent Encounter
An injury sustained in a violent scuffle inside a Midtown Starbucks could spell the premature end of an NYPD sergeant’s career. Sgt. Timothy Wall says it all could have been prevented if the coffee chain had just listened to him. He claims he warned them for over a year if they didn’t change their policy when it comes to giving free food to people who are emotionally disturbed, someone was going to get hurt. He just had no idea it would be him. CBS

Lupica: Kanye West's Pro Trump Thinking Is About Selling Himself
Kanye West, who once again looks like the kind of phony that aspirational young phonies everywhere want to grow up to be, says that this week’s embrace of President Trump was an example of what an independent thinker he is. Well, yeah, but only if the independent thinking is about selling a new song with all that dragon energy he says he has, and shares with our current President. But this isn’t about his own politics, if he actually has any. This isn’t about Trump’s politics. This is simply one self-promoter — Kanye — emulating a guy he saw promote himself all the way to the White House. NY Daily

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Paris Hilton Says Leaked 2004 Sex Tape Was 'Like Being Raped' In New Documentary
The 37-year-old hotel heiress is one of the subjects of Bert Marcus' new documentary, The American Meme, which sheds a light on social media stars like Hilton, Josh "The Fat Jew" Ostrovsky and Brittany Furlan, among others. Inside the film, Hilton recounts her rise to fame, including The Simple Life, her reality show with Nicole Richie, and her sex tape with former boyfriend Rick Salomon, which was leaked in 2004. ET Online

Watch Jeff Bezo's Space Company Blue Origin Launch Its Space Tourism Rocket
Blue Origin plans to launch its reusable, suborbital rocket New Shepard, carrying a space capsule equipped with a dummy and a handful of scientific experiments, to the edge of space for the eighth time. Thunder storms have delayed the launch slightly to 11:15 am ET/10:15 am CT. Founder Jeff Bezos says this launch will be shared live with the public, starting about 15 minutes before an expected launch time. We’ll embed the video here when it goes live. Quartz

NASA Says 5 'Close' Asteroid Flybys Will Take Place Today
The Earth will experience a number of (relatively) close calls in one day, as NASA reports that an alarming total of five asteroids will hurtle towards – but happily not quite at – our planet. The Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California publishes a comprehensive list of space rocks that are worth keeping an eye on, just to prepare yourself for any potential armageddons or extinction-level collisions.  RT

ICE Held An American Man In Custody For 1,273 Days
Immigration officers in the United States operate under a cardinal rule: Keep your hands off Americans. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents repeatedly target U.S. citizens for deportation by mistake, making wrongful arrests based on incomplete government records, bad data and lax investigations, according to a Times review of federal lawsuits, internal ICE documents and interviews. MSN
VOA VIEW: Don't buy into limited, if any, exceptions.

Subway Attacks Leave Straphangers On Edge
Subway safety fears are growing after several high-profile violent incidents. Surveillance videos shows a man arguing with an MTA clerk just before police say he lit several matches and threw them into the booth’s money slot in an attempted arson. Another image appears to show him making a menacing gesture with his hand, as if pointing a gun. . CBS

Bill Cosby Is Mentally Preparing Himself For Prison
His attorneys might still be squawking about innocence and appeals, but Bill Cosby is mentally preparing himself for prison. “This is what they wanted,” the comedian once revered as “America’s Dad” told Page Six after a Pennsylvania jury found him guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. When he arrived at his suburban Philadelphia home after court, he was greeted at the door by another “victim” — his wife and most loyal supporter, Camille. She gave him a hug and a kiss, said a source who was present. Page Six

Trump Administration Struggles To Win Arab Support For Helping Rebuild Syria
The Trump administration is struggling to assemble a coalition of Arab military forces to replace U.S. troops battling Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, a roadblock that could indefinitely delay President Trump’s goal of pulling American forces out of the country, U.S. officials said. Allies in the region are deeply skeptical about sending their troops — and many are even reluctant to contribute funds — to help stabilize cities and towns liberated from Islamic State, according to senior U.S. officials, if the United States intends to pull out, as Trump has threatened. San Diego Tribune

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Londoners Warned Of Health Threat From Toxic Caterpillars
RESIDENTS in London are being told to beware the white-haired caterpillars that can cause rashes, vomiting and asthma attacks. The British Forestry Commission says caterpillars that become oak processionary moths have been spotted in and around the British capital since mid-April. The caterpillars are covered in thousands of hairs containing the protein thaumetopoein, which can cause skin rashes, sore throats, breathing difficulties and eye problems. People are being warned not to touch the creatures, which are most often found in oak trees — and to keep pets away from them, too. US News & World Report

John Bolton: Trump Hasn't Decided To Leave The Iran Nuclear Deal Yet
National security adviser John Bolton said Sunday President Trump still hasn't decided whether to leave the Iran nuclear deal ahead of his May 12 deadline. "He is certainly considering the framework, the four pillars that [French President Emmanuel Macron] laid out in their meetings last week," Bolton said during an interview with "Fox News Sunday." Washington Examiner

Trump Deserves Some Credit For Getting North Korea To The Table
Schiff said on ABC’s “This Week” Trump’s personality may have forced North Korea to the bargaining table, but it could also be a problem during talks. “It's more than fair to say that the combination of the president's unpredictability and his bellicosity had something to do with North Korea's willingness to come to the table,” Schiff said. “He needs to realize we may go into a confrontational phase, and he may not want want the full blame if things go south. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Schiff is an idiot.

University Of Texas To Treat Masculinity As A 'Mental Health' Issue
The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.” Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.” The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.” PJ Media

Trump Says Potential Talks With Kim Could Happen In 'Three Or Four Weeks'
President Donald Trump said during a rally in Michigan on Saturday that there would likely be a US-North Korea meeting in the near future, but "whatever happens, happens." "Look, I may go in. It may not work out. I leave," Trump said in Washington Township on the night of the White House Correspondents' Dinner. The President went on to say he thinks "we'll have a meeting over the next three or four weeks." . CNN

Team Trump Goes To China To Avert A Trade War
Trump team heads to Asia: A trade war with China was once unthinkable. Now, that nightmare scenario is sitting atop Wall Street's worry list.
The fear is that confrontation between the world's two biggest economies derails trade, destabilizing the global economy. That's why it's an unmistakable positive that President Donald Trump is sending top economic officials to China this week for trade negotiations. Talks are certainly better than tariffs. CNN Money

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U.S. Needs 'Manhattan Project for Flu Vaccine' as 1918 Pandemic Could Break Out 'Overnight'
"It’s a broken system that we have to fix and we have only had marginal improvement," he said. "We’ve got to stop all this happy talk. We have to illustrate the problems … instead of just congratulating ourselves for what we accomplished." Osterholm stressed that public health is a "never-ending investment need," though clarified that the Ebola and Zika viruses, as frightening and deadly as they were, were not pandemics. He highlighted two distinct health crises that have the "potential to be a worldwide outbreak overnight" – flu and antibiotic resistance. PJ Media

Dem Rep: Trump’s ‘Twitter Wars,’ 'Bullying' Might Have Helped Bring Kim to the Table
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told PJM that President Trump’s “Twitter wars” and “bullying” might have “encouraged” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to enter into peace talks with South Korea. Kim and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in met on Friday, marking the first time in more than 10 years that the leaders of the two countries met face-to-face. “I’m absolutely optimistic. It was good to see the two leaders shake hands and cross over back and forth between North and South, so I think everybody should wish them the most success in coming up with an agreement,” Castro said at the Mayflower Hotel before joining the Creative Coalition’s #RightToBearArts gala on Friday. PJ Media

Kim Promises to Shut Main Nuclear Test Site in May — And Let Foreign Media Watch
Ahead of an historic meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump expected within the next three to four weeks, Kim told South Korea’s president that two tunnels at the nuclear test site are still in good condition, playing down international speculation that the site was so badly damaged by nuclear explosions that it can no longer be used. Kim’s pledges to Moon at their historic summit on Friday were detailed in Seoul on Sunday by Moon’s chief communication official. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Kim is still paying games.

MMA Fighter With Links To Trump, Cohen Is Questioned By FBI
A Russian mixed martial arts fighter who has connections with President Donald Trump, the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen and Russian President Vladimir Putin was questioned this week by the FBI, his manager confirmed Saturday. Fedor Emelianenko was questioned by agents who met him in his hotel room on Tuesday, manager Jerry Millen said before Emelianenko's Bellator MMA heavyweight fight against Frank Mir. Millen declined to detail his client's conversations with the agents. Yahoo News

Will Cohen Flip? Tenuous Finances May Provide Crucial Clues
At first blush, Cohen looks like a pretty rich man. He drives a white Rolls Royce, sports a $50,000 watch and owns a fair amount of Manhattan real estate. But just as his loyalty to Trump is coming under scrutiny, a more tenuous financial picture is emerging. A taxi business he and his wife built is deeply in debt and losing money daily, his commercial real estate is throwing off only modest income, and his legal and consulting work is on hold while he remains under investigation. Bloomberg

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