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Federal Judge Accuses Mueller's Team Of 'Lying', Trying To Target Trump: 'C'mon Man!'
A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking “unfettered power” and are more interested in bringing down the president. Fox
VOA VIEW: Mueller got hit hard.

Giuliani Clarifies Statements On Stormy Payment
Rudy Giuliani put out a three-point clarification Friday regarding comments he made in bombshell interviews this week about the hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and more, just hours after President Trump said the latest addition to his legal team would “get his facts straight.” The former New York City mayor, now representing Trump in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, released a statement “intended to clarify” the “views” he shared in interviews this week. Fox
VOA VIEW: Giuliani did bad - in plain English.

Trump And Pence Address NRA Amid Tense Gun Debate
President Trump and Vice President Pence spoke to the National Rifle Association in Dallas on Friday. It's the third year in a row Trump has addressed the gun lobby organization, which was a strong backer of his 2016 campaign. "The people in this hall have never taken our freedom for granted," Trump told the cheering crowd. "Thanks to your activism and dedication, you have an administration fighting to protect your second amendment." NPR

College Apologizes After Native American Students' Visit Is Sidelined By Police
The brothers' Facebook pages are littered with jokes and jabs with their friends. They also post photos of their dog and their mom. They're described as quiet and thoughtful — except when they're rocking in their metal band, Snot Goblin. In other words, they're American teenagers. But Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, 19, and Skanahwati Lloyd Gray, 17, are also Native American — and their mother says their appearance was the reason police were called to question the pair as they tried to tour the campus of Colorado State University this week. NPR

CNN's April Ryan Misquotes Sanders To Imply She Wanted Physical Fight
After Ryan asked a combative question during Thursday’s press briefing, accusing her of being "blindsided" by comments Rudy Giuliani recently made on Fox News, Sanders told Ryan, “Well, with all due respect, you actually don’t know much about me in terms of what I feel and what I don't.” Fox News
VOA  VIEW: Ryan should not be given the floor for a while.

Trump Says Giuliani Will 'Get His Facts Straight'
The president’s comments came after Giuliani told Fox News' “Hannity” on Wednesday night that Trump reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, despite a past claim denying knowledge of the payment. “Rudy is a great guy but just started days ago—he’s a great guy,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Friday, before heading to Texas for a speech. “Rudy knows this is a witch hunt. He started yesterday. ... He’ll get his facts straight.” Fox News

Hundreds Forced To Evacuate As Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Spews Lava Into Nearby Town
Cracks miles away from the volcano — called rifts — burst with lava on Thursday afternoon, burning trees and sending many running from their homes at Leilani Estates on Hawaii’s big island, according to CNN. CNN reported that the lava shot several feet in the air from a crack in a street in the neighborhood. People

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Trump Says He Hasn't Changed His Story Regarding Payments To Porn Star
President Trump is throwing doubt on statements made by his new attorney Rudy Giuliani that indicated the president reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen for his payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Attempting to walk back statements by Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team last month, Trump called the former New York mayor "a great guy," but said that he just "started a day ago" and "he'll get his facts straight." NPR

Feds Monitored Trump Lawyer Cohen's Phones
Earlier today, NBC News reported that there was a wiretap on the phones of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, citing two separate sources with knowledge of the legal proceedings involving Cohen. But three senior U.S. officials now dispute that, saying that the monitoring of Cohen’s phones was limited to a log of calls, known as a pen register, not a wiretap where investigators can actually listen to calls. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal Trump hater NBC screwed up, again.

US Job Growth Rebounds Modestly
The Labor Department’s closely watched employment report on Friday also showed wages barely rose last month, which could ease concerns that inflation pressures are rapidly building up, likely keeping the Federal Reserve on a gradual path of monetary policy tightening. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 164,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. Data for March was revised up to show payrolls rising by 135,000 jobs instead of the previously reported 103,000. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The liberal press hates positie Trump news.

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Trump Pledged To Take On The NRA; Now He's Speaking At Group's Annual Convention
In the days after the shooting that killed 17 people, Trump called out lawmakers for being "afraid" of the NRA, saying the group had "less power" over him. He even publicly backed raising the minimum age to buy long guns and supported imposing more expansive background checks — positions strongly opposed by the NRA. NPR

Trump Says Site Set For Kim Summit
The talks, expected by early June, would amount to a historic opening with the hermit kingdom. The site of the meeting has been the subject of intense speculation since Trump agreed to Kim's invitation in March. Trump has expressed a preference for the Korean Demilitarized Zone, which he said would provide a celebratory backdrop should the talks succeed. But some advisers have cautioned that traveling there could appear conciliatory to Kim, and have suggested more neutral ground such as Singapore. CNN

Mom Suspects Racism After Sons Are Pulled From College Tour
The mother of two Native American teenagers who campus police pulled from a college tour in Colorado after a parent reported feeling nervous about them said she believes her sons were victims of racial profiling and she feared for their safety after learning about the encounter. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Lorraine Kahneratokwas Gray described receiving a frantic phone call from her son, 19-year-old Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, about the incident at Colorado State University. Yahoo News

Charlie Rose And CBS Reportedly Hit With Sexual-Harassment Lawsuit
The Post first reported on Rose’s alleged sexual misconduct last fall, with eight women coming forward to discuss the harassment they allegedly experienced from Rose. The Thursday report included even more accusations against Rose, including claims that he forcibly kissed staffers, exposed his penis, and groped women’s breasts. The report also noted that a lawsuit would soon be filed against Rose. Vulture
VOA VIEW: Liberals are not smart enough, or too arrogant to run and hide.

In South Carolina, A Red State Finally Rejects An Abortion Ban
It took a near perfect storm of factors — including a Democratic filibuster and pressure to get real business done before the end of a session — but the legislature of a very red state, South Carolina, has killed a bill that would have sought to ban an estimated 97 percent of the state’s legal abortions. NY Mag

Where Do Oil Prices Go If President Trump Spikes The Iran Deal?
It is important to remember that Trump’s withdrawal would not be a surprise. As I mentioned above, traders have already factored new sanctions into prices. Benchmark Brent oil prices have risen to their highest levels in more than three years – around $75 a barrel – on the expectation of fewer available Iranian barrels. There’s still some room left in the market for prices to go higher once the news becomes official, but that will take some time to materialize. Forbes

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Nuclear Deal A Challenge for Rouhani
Trump has threatened to abrogate the 2015 agreement by not extending sanctions waivers when they expire on May 12, if Britain, France and Germany do not “fix” its “terrible flaws”. This sets the stage for a resurgence of political infighting within Iran’s complex power structure, Iranian officials said. Annulment of the accord could tip the balance of power in favor of hardliners looking to constrain the relatively moderate Rouhani’s ability to open up to the West. Reuters

US Accuses China Of Pointing Lasers At Its Pilots
The US has formally complained to China over several incidents of its pilots being irritated by lasers it says are coming from a Chinese base in Djibouti.
The Pentagon said it had asked China to investigate several "very serious incidents". It said people at the east African base had been shining military-grade lasers at US pilots coming in to land. China has rejected the allegations, saying they are "inconsistent with facts". BBC

Dozens More From Caravan Let Into US
Scores of asylum seekers who traveled in a caravan from Central America to the US were allowed into the country to begin pleading their case for asylum Thursday, bringing the total to 158 since last weekend. Seventy men, women and children were allowed into the crowded port of entry border crossing at San Ysidro early Thursday, according Alex Mensing, a caravan organizer with advocacy group Pueblos Sin Fronteras (People Without Borders), told Reuters. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Invasion is more like what is happening.

Trump Appoints Dr. Oz To Be A Health Adviser
If you’ve wondered whatever happened to the snake oil–peddling celebrity physician Dr. Oz, and whether he’s still going strong, look no further than this news nugget today: President Donald Trump just announced he’ll appoint Oz to his Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. Along with other sports and health celebrities — including the New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick — Oz is expected to serve on the council, created in 1956 with the aim of promoting “regular physical activity and good nutrition.” Vox

America's Incarceration Rate Is At A Two-Decade Low
America’s incarceration rate fell to a two-decade low in 2016, according to a recent report by the US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). In 2008, the incarceration rate hovered at an all-time high — with a rate of 1,000 per 100,000 people. Since then, the incarceration rate has fallen to 860 per 100,000. That still means that 2.2 million people were incarcerated at any given period in 2016, but that’s a big drop from the 2.3 million just a few years before. Vox
VOA VIEW: Good news.

This Grandfather Tripped An Armed Suspect So Police Could Catch Him
A grandfather has been praised for deftly tripping an armed suspect who was running from the police, allowing officers to catch up with him and make an arrest. On April 3, Bill — whose real name has not been identified by the police — was waiting to leave a library in west Columbus, Ohio, with his granddaughter in tow when he heard police sirens. Soon after, he saw a man with a hand in his waistband running toward him, and heard officers repeatedly urging him to drop his gun. Yahoo

US Warns China Of 'Consequences' Over Reported Missiles In South China Sea
The United States has warned China that there will be “consequences” for its growing militarization of disputed islands in the South China Sea amid reports it has moved missiles to the region. The threat comes as the two nations continue talks to resolve a major trade dispute, and follows a formal complaint to Beijing over lasers blinding U.S. pilots in the Horn of Africa. NBC

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Mueller Seeks 70 Blank Subpoenas In Managort Case
Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday filed a request for 70 blank subpoenas in the Virginia court presiding over one of two criminal proceedings involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The two-page filing doesn’t offer much in the way of details, but each subpoena orders the recipient to appear at the federal courthouse in Alexandria on July 10 at 10 a.m. to testify at Manafort’s trial on charges stemming from Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Courthouse News

U.S. Trade Team Leaves China Talks Without Any Big Breakthroughs
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other top U.S. trade officials ended a round of talks in Beijing on Friday, failing to secure large goals that ranged from cutting the trade imbalance by $200 billion to stopping China from targeting U.S. technology and intellectual property. Both sides say the talks will continue with quarterly meetings. NPR

Welcome To The Giuliani Phase Of The Trump Presidency
On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani — his one-time campaign adviser and now-lawyer — decided that Giuliani was going to make news about the Stormy Daniels payment in the next 24 hours. It wasn’t clear if the plan then was for the former mayor of New York City to continue talking to a wide range of reporters on a broad range of topics — from the background of the payment to a breaking story about Michael Cohen to Trump’s firing of James Comey, to whether North Korea was about to release Americans it is holding. Buzz Feed

Pence's Doctor Quits
Vice President Mike Pence’s doctor quit over the controversy surrounding Dr. Ronny Jackson’s failed nomination for secretary of Veterans Affairs, Politico reported Friday. Dr. Jennifer Peña, a military physician assigned to the White House, was among those who accused President Trump’s physician of professional misconduct and urged senators to oppose his nomination, the website reported, citing sources. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Resingation is the least that she could do.

Missouri Lawmakers Will Hold Special Session To Consider Impeaching Governor
Missouri lawmakers say they will convene a special legislative session to consider impeaching Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, as the embattled governor faces two felony charges. "This was not a decision made lightly, and certainly not without great deliberation and effort," House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, told reporters Thursday. Richardson said 138 members of the House and 29 senators had signed a petition to call the special session — more than the three-quarters of each chamber that is required to convene the session. NPR

D.C. Un-United: Amazon's Second HQ Pits City Vs. Its Suburbs
When it comes to the Olympic-style bidding for Amazon's second headquarters, the nation's capitol and its neighbors could have joined together in a united front. Instead, the District of Columbia and the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia decided to compete against each other. As Amazon is working to whittle down the 20 finalists to a new short list in coming weeks, cities are abuzz with the company's mega-promise of a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 jobs paying an average of $100,000 a year.NPR

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Warren Buffett Buys 75M Apple Shares
Warren Buffett's big bet on Apple just got a whole lot bigger. But the billionaire investor is out of IBM. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought a whopping 75 million more shares of the iPhone maker in the first quarter. News of Buffett adding to his already sizable stake in Apple was reported by CNBC. The announcement, divulged during a Thursday night interview, came ahead of Saturday's annual shareholder meeting in Omaha, Neb., dubbed the "Woodstock of Capitalism." Berkshire is scheduled to release its first-quarter earnings report during the gathering. USA Today

Musk Calls Move To Snub Tesla Analysts 'Foolish'
Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said it was “foolish” of him to snub Wall Street analysts on a conference call after earnings on Wednesday. In a series of tweets on Friday, he claimed the two analysts he cut off in questioning “were trying to justify their Tesla short thesis.” But the two have hold or neutral ratings on the stock, according to Thomson Reuters data. Reuters

Meghan Markle Cried When She Picked Her Wedding Dress
On Thursday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, actress Priyanka Chopra — a longtime friend of Meghan’s — opened up about the former Suits star’s upcoming wedding to Prince Harry in a game Cohen called “Spill the Royal Tea.” Chopra mostly answered Cohen’s questions with her facial expressions, and when asked if Meghan had cried when she found her wedding dress, she smiled broadly and buried her face in her hands, prompting both Cohen and fellow guest Sebastian Stan to say, “yes!” People

Trump Appointing Bill Belichick, Herschel Walker To Sports And Fitness Council
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and retired NFL player Herschel Walker will soon join President Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.
Axios reports that Belichick and Walker are among six people Trump is appointing to the Council, which has existed (under a variety of names) since 1956. The Council is dedicated to encouraging Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. NBC

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Black Teen Girl Scientists In NASA Competition Targeted By Hackers For Their Race
Hackers tried to sway a NASA challenge in order to attack grade school students based on their race, the administration confirmed. The challenge from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center encourages students to find "spinoff" technology in their everyday world and involves public voting via social media to signal support. However, NASA said on April 29 it had to shut down the voting portion after learning hackers attempted to alter the final vote totals. USA Today

Facebook Targets Major Far-Right Group In France
Facebook has targeted one of the major white nationalist groups in France by shutting down two of their largest pages this week, according to French news reports. The pages belong to the pan-European movement known as Generation Identity, which became widely known last summer with a mission branded "Defend Europe," sailing a boat intended to stop NGOs from rescuing migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Africa. Facebook closed the main page of the group's French chapter, known as Generation Identitaire, and suspended a page under the Defend Europe banner. Buzz Feed

Trump Slams Mueller, Then Says He Would 'Love' To Be Interviewed
President Trump on Friday trashed Robert Mueller and his team of prosecutors in the Russia probe — but said he would “love to” sit down for an interview with the special counsel. “You have a group of investigators that are all Democrats, and in some cases, they went to the Hillary Clinton [post-election] celebration that turned out to be a funeral,” the president said before heading to Dallas to speak at the NRA convention. NY Post

Trump Blasts NBC Over Erroneous Report On Cohen Wiretap
President Trump on Friday slammed NBC News over its erroneous report that the feds were eavesdropping on his personal lawyer — saying the Peacock Network’s “sources probably don’t exist.” “NBC NEWS is wrong again!” the president declared in one of several tweets that included another of his signature calls for a wall along the US-Mexico border. NY Post

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