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FBI Officials Jim Baker, Lisa Page Resign From Bureau
Jim Baker, a top FBI lawyer who was reassigned in late 2017 after being linked to a journalist who wrote about the so-called "Trump dossier," is reportedly looking to join the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Lisa Page, whose electronic communications with another FBI employee drew accusations of political bias, "resigned" Friday to "pursue other opportunities," an FBI spokesperson told Fox News. Fox
VOA VIEW: A good start.

Gingrich: Trump Should 'Just Say No' To Mueller's Absurd Questions
President Trump should adopt first lady Nancy Reagan’s famous anti-drug slogan in his current fight with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. When asked to testify in Mueller’s Russia probe, Trump should “just say no.” Based on the Monday New York Times story headlined “The Questions Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What They Mean,” by Matt Apuzzo and Michael S. Schmidt, many of the questions Mueller wants to ask President Trump are absurd.  Fox
VOA VIEW:  Mueller should resign.

The Timeline Of Trump's Explanations For Daniels Payment
President Donald Trump and his team repeatedly denied that Trump had a relationship with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and left unclear Trump’s role in furnishing hush money to silence the porn star about their alleged 2006 affair. But statements by Trump’s newly-appointed attorney Rudy Giuliani have shifted the narrative about Trump’s role in financing a $130,000 settlement agreement reached weeks before the 2016 presidential election. Politifact

FBI Has Not Requested Anti-Trump Agents’ Personal Email Records
The FBI says it has not requested information from the personal email accounts of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the two bureau officials who exchanged anti-President Donald Trump text messages while working on the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia. The disclosure was made in a letter sent May 2 to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley, a Republican, questioned why the bureau has not sought Strzok and Page’s personal email records, noting they referred to using private email accounts to conduct government-related business. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: The FBI is hiding something big.

Hawaii On High Alert After Day Of Earthquakes
Scientists and local officials warned residents that seismic and volcanic activity may continue after a 6.9 tremor shook buildings on the island’s southeast corner at little after noon local time and more lava fissures were reported in a residential subdivision, where residents have been ordered to leave. “Until we see earthquake activity dying down and the ground stops moving, it’s likely that this activity is going to continue,” said Tina Neal, a scientist in charge at the USGS Hawaii Volcano Observatory after a late-afternoon community meeting attended by about 300 people. Reuters

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40 Most Breathtaking Lines From Trump's NRA Speech
"We love Texas, do we love Texas?" Texas, amirite? Is Dallas in the house? Let me hear you Galveston! 3. "You had your water just pouring down on top of you, just kept coming and coming, he kept calling and calling, we need more money, money, money." It took me three readings to figure out that Trump is referring to the hurricanes that came through Texas in 2017. CNN

Judge in Manafort Case Orders Govt to Hand Over Unredacted Rosenstein Memo Within 2 Weeks
The Federal Judge in the Manafort case is not messing around. Judge T.S. Ellis lost his temper Friday in a Manafort hearing and accused Mueller’s prosecutors of using the case against Trump’s former campaign chairman to oust the President from office. Mueller’s wheels are falling off. CNN reported: “You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” District Judge T.S. Ellis said to prosecutor Michael Dreeben, at times losing his temper. Ellis said prosecutors were interested in Manafort because of his potential to provide material that would lead to Trump’s “prosecution or impeachment,” Ellis said. “That’s what you’re really interested in,” said Ellis, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: Mueller's case should be dismissed.

NASA Launches InSight Spacecraft To Mars To Dig Down Deep
A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides. In a twist, NASA launched the Mars InSight lander from California rather than Florida's Cape Canaveral. It was the first interplanetary mission ever to depart from the West Coast, drawing pre-dawn crowds to fog-socked Vandenberg Air Force Base and rocket watchers down the California coast into Baja. US News & World Report

Judge Blasts Special Counsel Mueller's Criminal Case Against Manafort
A federal judge on Friday criticized the criminal case brought against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, asserting that special counsel Robert Mueller's team wanted to bring down the president, according to reports. During a tense hearing for Manafort, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III rebuked Mueller's team. He questioned whether Mueller was overstepping his prosecutorial power to look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. USA Today

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Police Have Detained Hundreds Of Protesters In Russia Ahead Of Putin's Inauguration
Thousands turned out in cities nationwide to demonstrate ahead of Putin's inauguration on Monday, which will see him take up another six-year term. OVD-Info, a group that monitors political repression in Russia, reported on Twitter than by 4 p.m. local time nearly 600 people had been detained. Among them was Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who had called for the mass demonstrations under the banner, "He is not our czar." Buzz Feed

Rick Perry Lets Congress Know GAO’s New Definition Of Office ‘Furnishings’ Is Absurd
Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s office notified Congress he spent just under $10,000 to refurbish his and his deputy’s office, according to letters sent to lawmakers Friday evening, which by The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained. Perry spent $4,652 reupholstering furniture and painting his office, while Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette spent $4,993 doing much of the same to his office. The Energy Department’s (DOE) general counsel sent the letters to Congress out of an abundance of caution. Daily Caller

Iran Says It's Not Renegotiating Nuclear Deal
Iran's foreign minister took to YouTube on Thursday to criticize President Donald Trump's threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal, saying Iran will not "renegotiate or add onto" the atomic accord. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Iran may not have a choice.

California Now World's 5th Largest Economy
The Golden State is getting even richer. California is now the world’s fifth-largest economy, according to data released Friday morning by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Its 2017 Gross State Product was $2.747 trillion, surpassing the United Kingdom’s $2.625 trillion Gross Domestic Product. The new ranking marks the highest point for California’s relative GSP since 2002. The state had slipped to the 10th-largest world economy in 2012, when its GSP was just $2.003 trillion. Sacbee

Sure, Unemployment Went Down - Because More People Left The Workforce
Following unemployment numbers is a passion for those who watch the economy. However, current happy talk needs tempering with a closer look at numbers. The announced 3.9% unemployment rate is, as news reports mentioned, a low since 2000. But percentages are expressions of ratios: how much of one thing compared to another. The unemployment rate is the ratio between the number of unemployed people and the total workforce, which is the sum of the employed and unemployed. Forbes

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Trump Follows The Bill Clinton Playbook
As his legal team readies a more aggressive approach to dealing with special counsel Robert Mueller, President Trump is channeling former President Bill Clinton — husband of the candidate he defeated in the 2016 election — as he argues the Russia investigation is distracting him from more important public business. Washington Examiner

Trump Administration Ends Temporary Protected Status For Hondurans
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced Friday the termination of the program that has protected about 57,000 Hondurans in the U.S. from deportation since 1999. That designation, known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, came in response to the deadly Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed an estimated 10,000 people in Honduras and launched a regional humanitarian crisis. NPR

SoCal School Mural Depicting Trump's Head On A Spear Sparks Online Furor
A mural at a San Diego County charter school is causing a stir for depicting the decapitated head of the president with a spear going through it. CBS8 reports the mural at MAAC Charter School in the southern San Diego County city of Chula Vista shows an Aztec warrior putting a spear through Donald Trump’s head. Parents of students at the school have voiced their concerns about the painting, saying it is too graphic and inappropriate. CBS
VOA VIEW: There are some very sick liberals.

Elon Musk's Ire Reveals A Wall Street-Silicon Valley Divide
WALL STREET AND Silicon Valley have never been happy bedfellows, and that was on full display this week during Tesla’s quarterly earnings call. These calls are usually dull affairs, with CEOs or CFOs reading a prepared script summarizing the already-released financial results and articulating the main goals of the company that have, presumably, been stated before. Wired

iPhone X Was The Best Selling Smartphone In Q1 2018
Apple's big iPhone X gamble pays off with 16 million units sold worldwide in the first quarter of 2018, according to data from Strategy Analytics, making it the best-selling smartphone in that period. The iPhone X was a huge gamble for a number of reasons. One, it was the most radical iPhone yet, featuring a new "notch" design and an OLED display Apple had to order from Samsung. Two, it introduced Face ID, a state-of-the-art facial recognition system so secure and accurate that Apple got rid of Touch ID. Three, it costs $1,000. Tech Times

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Rapper Snoop Dogg Posts Racist White-Washed Pic Of Kanye West — After Kanye Endorses Trump
Kanye West caused a liberal Twitter meltdown in April by tweeting support for President Donald Trump, including a photo of himself in a “Make America Great Again” hat alongside someone making the ‘okay’ hand gesture. Following Kanye’s endorsement of Trump and follow up interviews the Democrat party has been in a panic. On Friday rapper Snoop Dogg posted a racist white-washed image of Kanye West on his Instagram page. Gateway Pundit

Golden State Killer Case Shows How Swiftly We're Losing Genetic Privacy
Shortly after California law enforcement officials announced that they’d tracked down a man they believe to be the Golden State Killer, it was reported that police had used public DNA databases to determine his identity. The investigators apparently set up an account on a genealogy site using a fake name, and uploaded DNA sequences obtained from crime scenes years ago. Then they used the website’s software to search for people whose DNA indicated they might be related to the perpetrator — and came up with a list of families. Vox

Get Caught Up On Donald Trump's Complex Web Of Legal Challenges
As a businessman, Donald Trump was not shy about jumping into the trenches for litigious battles large and small. In fact, he seemed almost to relish the fight. The game has changed, however, since Trump won the White House, and his enthusiasm for such scraps may have waned as the legal challenges facing him have piled up. It's all a distraction, Trump says, from the real work of his administration. NPR
VOA VIEW: Trump has been a great president despite all the liberal gang.

The Russia Investigations: Will Trump Give Mueller The Stiff Arm?
At the conclusion of another outrageous dust devil week of news, here is the main thing to take away: An interview between President Trump and the team of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller now appears less likely than ever. The road to reach this point was wild — it involved a war of leaks and counter-leaks in the press, an explosive media tour by one of Trump's new lawyers, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and then a bravura quasi-reverse double salchow by Trump himself on Friday. NPR

Teachers Press DeVos; Questions About Koch Brothers' Gifts To Universities
The weeklong Arizona teachers walkout ended Thursday after lawmakers passed a state budget that included raising their pay. Not all their demands have been met and some vowed to keep organizing through the November elections. This was the fifth state that's seen teacher action since February. Our NPR/Ipsos poll found teachers around the country struggling to make ends meet. At times, 58 percent have worked a second job. NPR

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US Navy Resurrects Second Fleet In Atlantic To Counter Russia
The US Navy has said it will re-establish its Second Fleet, as Russia becomes more assertive. Chief of Naval Operations Adm John Richardson said the fleet, disbanded in 2011, would oversee forces on the US East Coast and North Atlantic. He said the National Defense Strategy, published earlier this year, made it clear that the era of great power competition had returned. BBC

Donald Trump Told US Gun Supporters That Knives Have Made London A "War Zone"
US President Donald Trump honed in on knife crime in London in a speech justifying the right to own guns in the US. "I recently read a story that in London, which has unbelievably tough gun laws, a once very prestigious hospital, right in the middle, is like a war zone for horrible stabbing wounds," he said on Friday. He made the comments at a meeting of the National Rifle Association, which campaigns to protect the US Second Amendment giving Americans the right to bear arms. Buzz Feed
VOA VIEW: BF is a liberal rag.

Russian Troll Farm Goes After Mueller’s Files
Lawyers for the company accused of funding Russia’s election interference trolls are demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller turn over reams of information, including the identities of informants, details of any electronic surveillance, and a list of “each and every instance” since 1945 in which the U.S. “engaged in operations to interfere with elections and political processes in any foreign country.” Daily Beast

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North Korea Adjusts Its Time Zone To Match The South's
North Korea readjusted its time zone to match South Korea's on Saturday and described the change as an early step toward making the longtime rivals "become one" following a landmark summit. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to sync his country's time zone with the South's during his April 27 talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A dispatch from the North's Korean Central News Agency says that promise was fulfilled Saturday by a decree of the nation's Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly. LA Times

Police In Russia Detain Opposition Leader, Activists Before Putin's Inauguration
Navalny had called for people to take to the streets in more than 90 towns and cities across the world’s largest country to register their opposition to what Navalny says is Putin’s autocratic Tsar-like rule. Putin won a landslide re-election victory in March, extending his grip over Russia for six more years until 2024, making him the longest-lasting leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin who ruled for nearly 30 years. Reuters

Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel's 1975 Murder Conviction Vacated
Connecticut’s top court on Friday ordered a new trial for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who was convicted in the grisly 1975 murder of his 15-year-old Greenwich neighbor, Martha Moxley. The 4-3 decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court vacated Skakel’s earlier conviction — a decision that infuriated Moxley’s family. “He’ll be in jail for the rest of his life,’’ Moxley’s brother, John, said of Skakel. “He may not be physically in jail. He may be walking the streets — but he’ll be in hell at some point.” NY Post

Israeli Diplomat Says He Was Thrown Out Of Uber For Speaking Hebrew
An Israeli diplomat says an Uber driver in Chicago yelled and threw him out of the car when he answered a phone call in Hebrew. Itay Milner is deputy consul general of Israel to the Midwest. Milner told The Associated Press he was taking the ride-sharing service home Thursday about 5:30 p.m. when he said “How are you?” in Hebrew into his phone. Milner says the driver cursed at him and told him to “get out now.” Milner says the driver told him it was because he was speaking Hebrew. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Madness!

Cohen Took Out $774,000 in Credit During Trump Campaign
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen took out lines of credit worth as much as $774,000 during the 2016 presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reports. Federal prosecutors examining Cohen’s personal business dealings are said to be looking into whether he made any illicit campaign donations to Trump during that time, and also any other payments he may have made to cover up problems for the soon-to-be-president. Daily Beast

The Nuclear Deal Makes America Complicit In Iranian Crimes
The fundamental question when discussing a nuclear deal with Tehran is this: Are you prepared to fight over it? If not, then any deal is a good deal. This willingness to go to the mat also affects whether you are prepared to push back against the clerical regime in the Middle East, especially in Syria and Iraq, and even whether and how you are willing to advance a regime-change policy—regime change, incidentally, being what an increasingly big and vocal slice of the Iranian people want. Westerners should appreciate the religio-political evolution of the Islamic Republic. Atlantic

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