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Secret Donors Helped Finance Trump Dossier Team Research After Election
The team of opposition researchers behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier embraced by the FBI were paid big bucks to continue trying to dig up dirt on Russian meddling in American politics – even after the 2016 presidential election. That revelation, buried inside a 243-page report released by House Intelligence Committee Republicans last week, has sparked new speculation about the identities of the secretive donors who were funding the post-election project. Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberals and the Democrats have a lot to answer for.

Graham: 'Stunning' For Comey Not To Know Who Funded Trump-Russia Dossier
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blasted the way the Russia investigation has been handled compared to how the Hillary Clinton email probe was investigated by the FBI. Graham said it was "stunning" that former FBI director James Comey told Bret Baier last week that he did not know that the dossier used to obtain a surveillance warrant against former Trump adviser Carter Page was paid for by the Democratic party. "We're talking about providing a document to a court to get a warrant on an American citizen. You should know where the damn thing comes from," Graham said. Fox
VOA VIEW: Another Comey lie.

Reported Mueller Questions For Trump Hint At Detail Not Yet Public In Russia Probe
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller may have developed evidence not yet public about contacts between Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government as it attacked the 2016 election, based on questions published Monday by The New York Times. The Times obtained more than 40 questions evidently submitted by Mueller's office to Trump's legal team. Someone "outside" the legal team then gave the document to The Times, which described its contents, although not verbatim. NPR
VOA VIEW: If true, who leaked the questions?

Trump Delays Metal Tariffs
U.S. President Donald Trump has postponed the imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, the European Union and Mexico until June 1, and has reached agreements for permanent exemptions for Argentina, Australia and Brazil, the White House said on Monday. The decisions came just hours before temporary exemptions from the tariffs on these countries were set to expire at 12:01 a.m. (0401 GMT) on Tuesday. In a statement, the White House said the details of the deals with Brazil, Argentina and Australia would be finalized shortly, and it did not disclose terms. Reuters

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What's Changed After Netanyahu's Presentation
So what has changed, if anything, in the wake of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's theatrical presentation of Israel's claimed seizure of a trove of documents from Iran's secret nuclear archive? The purpose and timing of Mr Netanyahu's presentation was clear: to discredit the Iran nuclear deal, and to influence one man - Donald Trump. The US president must decide by mid-May whether to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or to stick with it, at least for the time being. BBC

Cardinal George Pell To Face Sexual Assault Charges In Australia
Pell is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be charged in the church's long-standing sex abuse scandal. Although Melbourne Magistrate Belinda Wallington dismissed many of the charges against Pell, who was appointed archbishop of Sydney in 2001 and later oversaw the Vatican's finances under Pope Francis, she said that the prosecution's case was strong enough to warrant a jury trial on the remaining charges. NPR

Ex-CNN Pundit Reza Aslan: Trump is 'Enemy of the State,' Followers Belong to a Cult
Former CNN contributor Reza Aslan is in the media again decrying Donald Trump and his voter base of “radicalized extremists.” One would think that Aslan would tone down his personal brand of anti-Trump rhetoric, considering it got him removed from CNN. But Aslan sees the Trump presidency and its cult-like following as a dire situation for America, one that warrants fierce dissent from the left. News Busters
VOA VIEW: Aslan is an idiot.

Bibi Exposes Iran — And Obama
On today’s episode of The Daily Daily Caller Podcast, we talk about how the wheels came off President Barack Obama’s “signature foreign policy accomplishment,” the disaster known as the Iran nuclear deal. As the mainstream media circled the wagons to protect Obama’s legacy, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blew it up, exposing how Iran had been lying all along. Daily Caller

Is Comey Lying About What He Told the House Intel Committee in March 2017?
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee are not happy that the intelligence community blacked out a crucial portion of fired FBI director James Comey's words in their recently released report on Russia interference in the 2016 election. Lawmakers hope the issue gets resolved soon because Comey has been denying in interview after interview what he purportedly said in the redacted portion of the transcript. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Comey is a fraud and liar.

Rubio Says There's "No Evidence Whatsoever" Rep Tax Cuts Are Helping Workers
The Republican tax cut bill has found an unlikely critic in its giveaways to big corporations: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The 2016 Republican presidential candidate — who voted for the legislation in December — is openly doubting it’s actually benefiting American workers and says it is instead resulting in a boost in stock buybacks that benefit shareholders. In fact, he says, there’s “no evidence whatsoever” that American workers are seeing a big tax cut boost. Vox

Ashley Judd Sues Harvey Weinstein, Saying He Tried To Damage Her Career
Film star Ashley Judd has become the latest to file a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, accusing the embattled former Hollywood producer of damaging her career after she rebuffed his sexual advances. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, Judd alleges sexual harassment and defamation, saying Weinstein "badmouthed her to filmmaker Peter Jackson and cost her a role in the Lord of the Rings trilogy," according to Hollywood Reporter. NPR
VOA VIEW: Too much deceptive garbage by those who want to make a fast buck.

Kim Agrees To Meet Trump At The DMZ
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet President Trump for a landmark summit on the border separating the Koreas after some prodding by the South Korean president, according to a report Tuesday. President Moon Jae-in met with Kim in the Demilitarized Zone in an event that was aired around the world last Friday, when the two leaders agreed to formally end the 68-year-old Korean War and to work toward the “complete denuclearization” of the peninsula. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Can it be made safe for Trump?

Koreas Take Down Propaganda Loudspeakers At Border
The rival Koreas dismantled huge loudspeakers used to blare Cold War-style propaganda across their tense border on Tuesday, as South Korea’s president asked the United Nations to observe the North’s planned closing of its nuclear test site. The dismantling of dozens of loudspeakers was in line with an agreement on reconciliation by the leaders of the Koreas at their historic summit last Friday. It is still unclear if such measures can bring permanent peace because no major breakthrough in the North Korean nuclear standoff was produced at the summit. NY Post
VOA VIEW: A worthless nuclear sight inspection is no big deal for NK.

Here Are The Questions Robert Mueller Wants To Ask Trump
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted a list of 48 questions to President Donald Trump’s legal team he hopes to have answered in a prospective interview as part of the investigation into possible obstruction of justice and campaign collusion with Russia. The New York Times obtained the list of questions, which are moistly related to a potential obstruction of justice case against Trump. Daily Caller

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South Korea, Japan, China To Hold Summit Next Week
The gathering on May 9 will bring together the South's President Moon Jae-in, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in the neighbours' first such meeting for more than two years. It follows a historic summit between Moon and the North's leader Kim Jong Un last Friday. They vowed to pursue denuclearisation and a peace treaty to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War, setting the mood for Kim's much-anticipated face-to-face encounter with US President Donald Trump. Yahoo News

How Workers and Activists Around the World Are Celebrating May Day
Major demonstrations have been held in recent years in Havana, Cuba; Istanbul, Turkey; and Caracas, Venezuela, where police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro traded tear gas, rocks, and petrol bombs last year. This year, workers in countries around the world marked International Workers’ Day, also known as Labor Day or Workers’ Day, with strikes and rallies for better working conditions. Time

A Lot Of Apps Sell Your Data. Here's What You Can Do About It.
In November 2017, Yale Privacy Lab detected trackers in over 75% of the 300 Android apps it analyzed. A March 2018 study of 160,000 free Android apps found that more than 55% of trackers tried to extract user location, while 30% accessed the device’s contact list. And a 2015 analysis of 110 popular free mobile apps revealed that 47% of iOS apps shared geo-coordinates and other location data with third parties, and personally identifiable information, like names of users (provided by 18% of iOS apps), was also provided. Buzz Feed

WH 'Frustrated' With Direction Of Mueller Questions
The White House on Tuesday said it's "frustrated" with the direction of the Russia probe, claiming the leaked questions special counsel Robert Mueller reportedly prepared for President Trump prove the federal investigation has veered off its intended course. "The overwhelming majority of those questions don't focus on the underlying premise of this special counsel," deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah told Fox News. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Mueller and his prbobe are a joke.

Father Of Parkland Victim Sues 'Coward' Officer
The father of one of the Parkland school shooting victims filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday against Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who did not enter the school during the shooting, and the suspected gunman, Nikolas Cruz. Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among the victims of the Feb. 14 massacre, is suing Peterson and Cruz, among others, in Broward County court. Washington Examiner

Agents: We Found Tiger Cub In Duffel-Bag Carried Across Border
U.S. Border Patrol agents found a live tiger cub inside a duffel bag after they saw three people trying to enter the country illegally, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV reports. Agents said they were working near the Rio Grande Monday when they saw the three try to  come into the U.S. One was carrying a small, black duffel bag but left it behind when they returned to Mexico. Inside the bag, agents found the male tiger cub. It appeared to be about three or four months old. CBS

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'I Hate To Leave.' John McCain Opens Up About His Brain Cancer Diagnosis and the Future Of Politics
Republican Sen. John McCain said that his brain cancer diagnosis served as “ungentle persuasion” to recognize his current term in the Senate will be his last. The longtime lawmaker wrote in an except from his new book The Restless Wave, published Monday on Apple News, that not having to run for re-election provides him with the freedom to “vote my conscience without worry.” McCain announced in July 2017 that he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: It's past time for McCain to give it up.

Indiana Mystery Man Upends Bloody GOP Senate Primary
The self-funding businessman emerged seemingly out of nowhere last fall and is now on the brink of dispatching Rokita and Messer by portraying them as a pair of interchangable D.C. swamp creatures. Powering Braun’s effort is nearly $6 million of his own money that he’s either loaned or given to his campaign to capture the nomination to face Sen. Joe Donnelly in the fall. Politico

John Kelly Has Repeatedly Referred To Trump As An ‘Idiot,’ NBC Reports
White House chief of staff John Kelly has often called President Donald Trump an “idiot” in front of aides and has portrayed himself as a “savior” who has singlehandedly rescued the country from disaster, according to an NBC News report published Monday that cited comments from eight current and former White House officials. Four of the officials said they’d personally witnessed Kelly using the disparaging term to describe Trump. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Typical liberal deceptive propaganda.

This Teen Wore A Traditional Chinese Dress To Prom And Caused A Huge Controversy
Keziah Daum, an 18-year-old senior at Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah, told BuzzFeed News in a statement she found the dress in a vintage store in downtown Salt Lake City. "I was immediately drawn to the beautiful red gown and was thrilled to find a dress with a modest neckline," she said. After Daum shared her photos to Twitter, it was quote-tweeted by Jeremy Lam, a student at the University of Utah, who accused her of cultural appropriation. Buzz Feed

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Zuckerberg Won't Slow Down
When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the stage at 10 on Tuesday morning at the company’s annual developer conference, F8, look for him to share a deliberate message that he also told investors last week on the company’s Q1 earnings call: We’re not slowing down. Facebook has spent the past six weeks in crisis. Revelations in late March that the company’s data policies enabled an outside research firm, Cambridge Analytica, to collect data from tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent created a firestorm of bad press, angry users and looming regulation. Facebook has been trying to clean up that mess with sweeping changes to its data policies, plus lots and lots of public face time for Zuckerberg. Recode
VOA VIEW: Zukerberg is not in control of Facebook, which needs to be regulated, fast.

Construction Spending Stumbles In March
Construction expenditures were 1.7% lower in March compared to February, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. But a hefty upward revision to spending estimates in prior months signals that spending is on a strong footing. Spending ticked down to a seasonally adjusted annual $1.285 trillion rate in March from a $1.306 trillion pace in February. March expenditures were 3.6% higher than a year ago. Market Watch

Gibson Files For Bankruptcy In Deal To Renew Guitar Business
Gibson Brands Inc. filed for bankruptcy with a turnaround plan that gives some of the company’s lenders equity ownership of the iconic American business that’s supplied guitars to B.B. King, Elvis Presley and Pete Townshend. Support from senior secured noteholders will help Gibson repay bank loans while going through a "change of control" transaction, according to papers filed Tuesday with its Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware. The petition shows the company owes as much as $500 and that lenders will provide a new loan of up to $135 million to keep Gibson in business. Bloomberg

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Gas Prices Are Going Up
The cost of a fill-up keeps going up and that’s putting a squeeze on some family budgets. A simple way to reduce the pain at the pump is to shop around for the best price, something most motorists don’t do, according to a recent survey. Drivers are prone to overpay by at least 20 cents per gallon “due to factors such as laziness and procrastination,” according to a report from GasBuddy, a website and app that helps consumers find the best gas prices. NBC
VOA VIEW: Gas buyers are their worst enemies.

WhatsApp's CEO Is Suddenly Leaving Facebook
Jan Koum’s exit from Facebook Inc. could prove costly. A speedy departure may prevent him from collecting as much as $1 billion in stock awards. The chief executive officer of messaging unit WhatsApp confirmed in a Facebook post Monday afternoon that he was leaving the company. The announcement comes before the final three vesting dates of restricted stock unit awards tied to Facebook’s $22 billion purchase of WhatsApp in 2014. Time

NBC Paints America as the Villain Thwarting Caravan Progress
With the caravan of migrants now sitting at an entry point on the U.S.-Mexico border outside California, the liberal major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were sure to make it a big part of their Monday evening broadcasts. And while ABC and CBS both bemoaned how the people were stuck as they waited to attempt to get into the country, the report on NBC Nightly News cast America in a negative light as they portrayed us as a moral conundrum. News Busters
VOA VIEW: NBC is anti America.

Pence Doctor Is Source Behind White House Physician Ronny Jackson Smears
Vice President Mike Pence’s physician is the source behind the spurious allegations that led White House physician Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to withdraw his nomination for secretary of the Veteran’s Affairs Administration, investigative journalist Sara Carter reported Monday. Moreover, reports that Jackson is no longer employed as the president’s physician are only partially accurate, Carter reports. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: The truth is ...

The Latest Faith Group To Launch A Congressional Caucus-Non Religious
A new religious group in the US House of Representatives is advocating for more representation and influence. Those members? The nonreligious. This week, Democratic Reps. Jared Huffman (CA), Jamie Raskin (MD), Jerry McNerney (CA), and Dan Kildee (MI) announced the formation of a new caucus, known as the Congressional Freethought Caucus, to safeguard the interests of nontheists in government, and to promote policies based, in their view, on reason and science. Vox

Paul Manafort Wants A Judge To Investigate Who Is Leaking About Mueller's Investigation
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asked a judge late Monday to investigate who has been sharing nonpublic and possibly classified information about his case with the media, arguing that the leaks interfere with his right to a fair trial and may violate grand jury secrecy rules. Manafort's lawyers are arguing that the disclosures appear to be coming from the government, not the defense, citing news reports that attributed information about Manafort's case and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to unnamed current and former government officials. Buzz Feed

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New Director Of Air And Space Museum Is The First Woman To Hold The Job
Ellen Stofan saw her first rocket launch when she was 4 years old. Now, more than 50 years later, she's director of the National Air and Space Museum — the first woman to hold the position. Stofan, a former chief scientist at NASA, comes to the position with more than 25 years of field experience. But before all that, she was just a kid who fell in love with science — specifically, with rocks. WBUR

Human Bone Reveals How Much Radiation Hiroshima Bomb Released — And It's Staggering
On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" on Hiroshima, Japan, leading to a nuclear blast that instantly claimed about 45,000 lives. Now, the jawbone of one of those casualties — belonging to a person who was less than a mile from the bomb's hypocenter — is helping researchers determine how much radiation was absorbed by the bones of the victims, a new study finds. The amount is staggering: Analyses show that the jawbone's radiation dose was about 9.46 grays (Gy). Live Science

Jon Tester Has More on Ronny Jackson Than Has Been Made Public: Aides
For days now, President Donald Trump has been angrily tweeting at Sen. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, for spreading wild allegations that fueled the implosion of the Veterans Affairs nomination of Ronny Jackson. But privately, relations are nearly as strained between the White House and the committee’s top Republican over what West Wing officials have described as the “smearing” of the White House physician. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Bring it on - the DB is a liberal rag.

First Members Of Caravan Trump Vowed To Stop Are Allowed To Seek US Asylum
After waiting for a full day, the first eight members of a caravan of Central Americans who spent the last month traversing Mexico were allowed to request asylum in the United States. Until the eight were allowed to present themselves shortly before 7 p.m., US immigration officials had said the San Ysidro border crossing, one of the busiest US ports at the southern border, didn't have the capacity to take even a single applicant — and even turned away people unrelated to the Central American caravan. Buzz Feed

Kanye West Said He Doesn't Agree With "Half The Shit Trump Does" In A New Video
The new video is a "making of." In it, Kanye says him putting on a Make America Great Again hat last week "forces an evolution because even for me I know so much more because I'm getting so much energy positive or negative." Kanye that while his intentions may have been pure, the direction he took to get there may be seen by some as "thoughtless," and Kanye replies that "half the shit Trump does" he doesn't agree with. Buzz Feed

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