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Sanders Touts CIA Pick, Blasts 'Hypocrite' Dems
“There is no one more qualified to be the first woman to lead the CIA than 30+ year CIA veteran Gina Haspel,” Sanders tweeted. “Any Democrat who claims to support women’s empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite.” Beginning Wednesday, Haspel faces a contentious confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, ahead of what the White House acknowledges will likely be a close confirmation vote on the Senate floor. Fox
VOA VIEW: Only liberal obstructionists will vote against Haspel.

Brutal Confirmation Process Turns Off Would-Be Trump Picks
The increasingly nasty and protracted confirmation process in Washington is creating new headaches for the Trump administration as it tries to fill vacancies for critical government jobs. The most recent flare-up surrounded Dr. Ronny Jackson, the White House doctor who had received glowing praise from the Obama administration -- but after being nominated for VA secretary, saw his reputation and career damaged as allegations emerged that he drank on the job and over-prescribed drugs. Fox

Trump Floats 'Closing Up The Country For A While' Over Border Security
President Donald Trump seemed to float a new idea about border control during at a tax reform roundtable in Ohio. The President was in the midst of criticizing Democrats during a riff about border security when he slipped in the idea that people might "have to think about closing up the country." "They don't want the wall, but we're going to get the wall, even if we have to think about closing up the country for a while," Trump said. "We're going to get the wall. We have no choice. CNN
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Democrats want to give a free ride to outsiders.

Lava Eruptions Destroy Homes, Gas A Threat
Nearly 2,000 people on Hawaii’s Big Island have been evacuated from homes after lava eruptions destroyed five houses and sulfur dioxide gas threatened to harm anyone who stayed in the residential area, officials said. A new fissure spewed lava up to 230 feet (70 m) into the air and new cracks opened on a highway in the Leilani Estates area, about a dozen miles (19 km) from where the Kilauea volcano erupted on Thursday.  Reuters

How Long Will Rudy Last As Trump's Lawyer?
With his impulsive behavior and chronic aversion to the truth, Donald Trump has created endless challenges for his White House staff during the past fifteen and a half months. But with the tumultuous arrival of Rudy Giuliani, supposedly as a member of his legal team, Trump has found himself cast in an unfamiliar role—as part of a White House cleanup crew. On Friday, he sought to excuse some of Giuliani’s recent utterances while also intimating that some of them had been inaccurate. New Yorker

Judge Rejects Mueller's Request For Delay In Russian Troll Farm Case
A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller’s request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich offered no explanation for her decision to deny a request prosecutors made Friday to put off the scheduled Wednesday arraignment for Concord Management and Consulting, one of the three firms charged in the case. Politico
VOA VIEW: Another setback for Mueller's dumb aggressive probe.

Michelle Obama Says She's Not Running For Office
Former first lady Michelle Obama said Saturday that she isn't interested in running for office, cautioning that "it doesn't matter who runs" for the presidency until the U.S. becomes unified. The remark came in an interview with actress Tracee Ellis Ross at the United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles when Obama appeared to respond to an audience member urging her to seek office. Hill

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North Korea Calls US Claims About Summit "Misleading"
North Korea on Sunday criticized what it called "misleading" claims that President Trump's policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove Pyongyang to the negotiating table. The new comments come with just weeks to go before Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to hold their first-ever summit. The North's official news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman warning the claims are a "dangerous attempt" to ruin a budding detente on the Korean Peninsula after Kim's summit late last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. CBS
VOA VIEW: Liberals want the peace deal to fall apart and Un may be playing games.

Russian Opposition Leader And Activists Held Before Putin Inauguration
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and around 1,600 anti-Kremlin activists were detained by police on Saturday during street protests against Vladimir Putin ahead of his inauguration for a fourth term as president. Navalny had called for demonstrations in more than 90 towns and cities across Russia against what he says is Putin’s autocratic, tsar-like rule. Before his detention, he briefly addressed supporters in central Moscow, leading them in chants of ‘Down with the Tsar!”. Reuters

Trump Team Hired Spy Firm For 'Dirty Ops' On Iran Arms Deal
Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a “dirty ops” campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer can reveal. People in the Trump camp contacted private investigators in May last year to “get dirt” on Ben Rhodes, who had been one of Barack Obama’s top national security advisers, and Colin Kahl, deputy assistant to Obama, as part of an elaborate attempt to discredit the deal. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Smart!

Giuliani: Trump Could Take 5th, Or Not Comply With Subpoena To Testify
Giuliani said to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview on "This Week" Sunday, "How could I be confident" that president won't take the Fifth Amendment The former New York City mayor also commented on the possibility of Trump getting subpoenaed by the special counsel to testify. "We don't have to" comply with a subpoena, he said. ABC

Fury In France Over Trump's Paris Attacks Remarks
Former French president François Hollande slammed US President Donald Trump's remarks about the 2015 Paris attacks as "obscene posturing", the foreign ministry expressed "strong disapproval" and former victims have been even more forthright about his claim that one person with a gun could have changed the outcome of the armed Islamist attacks that cost 130 lives. Trump performed what he believed happened during the attacks, exclaiming "Boom! Come over here. Boom! Come over here. Boom!" before his audience at the US's National Rifle Association convention. RFI France

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Iran's Rouhani Warns Trump Of 'Historic Regret' Over Nuclear Deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that the US will face "historic regret" if Donald Trump scraps the nuclear agreement with Tehran. Mr Rouhani's comments come as the US president decides whether to pull out of the deal by a 12 May deadline. Mr Trump has strongly criticised the agreement, calling it "insane". The 2015 deal - between Iran, the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and the UK - lifted sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. BBC
VOA VIEW: A real president is at the helm.

Georgia Sniper Shot Vehicles Along Highway, Had Arsenal, 'Idolized' Parkland Shooter
A man accused of shooting at passing vehicles along a Georgia highway wrote that he idolized the suspect accused in the killing of 17 people at a high school in Florida, authorities said on Saturday. The sniper, Rex Whitmire Harbour, 26, was identified Saturday afternoon during a news conference with the Hall County Sheriff's Office. After the terrifying shooting spree Friday afternoon, which injured two people and left at least seven vehicles with bullet holes, Harbour killed himself. USA Today

Rosie O'Donnell's Campaign Donations To Dems Went Over Legal Limit
Rosie O’Donnell made illegally over-sized campaign donations to at least five Democratic federal candidates, according to a Post analysis of campaign filings. The liberal comedian has regularly broken Federal Election Commission rules limiting the total any one person can give to an individual candidate at $2,700 per election. The limit applies separately to primaries, runoffs and general elections. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Liberals are cheaters.

Buffett Accounting ‘Nightmare’ Fuels First Loss in Nine Years
Warren Buffett has warned about the “nightmare” tied to new accounting-rule changes. Now it’s beginning. The rules, which require Berkshire to report unrealized gains or losses in equity investments in net income, helped fuel a $1.14 billion loss at Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in the first quarter, the Omaha, Nebraska-based company said Saturday in a statement. That marked the company’s first net loss since 2009. Bloomberg

Mueller Team Grills Trump's Friend Tom Barrack
Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller have interviewed one of President Donald Trump’s closest friends and confidants, California real estate investor Tom Barrack, The Associated Press has learned. Barrack was interviewed as part of the federal investigation of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, according to three people familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. NY Post

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Stormy Warns Trump On SNL 'Storms's A Coming Baby'
US porn star Stormy Daniels has made a surprise appearance on US TV show Saturday Night Live as her legal wrangle with President Trump over an alleged affair continues. Playing herself in the latest in the show's series of sketches lampooning the president, she mocked him, saying: "I know you don't believe in climate change but a storm's a coming baby." BBC
VOA VIEW: Stormy is nothing publicity burger.

McCain Doesn't Want Trump At Funeral
People close to Sen. John McCain have told the White House that the ailing Arizona Republican does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral and would like Vice President Mike Pence to come instead, a source close to McCain confirmed to NBC News. McCain, 81, has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for nearly a year and is back home in Arizona after he underwent surgery last month for an intestinal infection. NBC
VOA VIEW: And the truth is ...

John McCain Battles Donald Trump With His Dying Breaths
Senator Lindsey Graham once described his friend John McCain as someone who would “run across the street to get in a good fight.” McCain’s final battle came straight to him. I’m not talking about the one against brain cancer, which has kept the 81-year-old senator at home in Arizona for months and prompted many friends, including Joe Biden, to travel there recently to see him, possibly for the last time. I’m talking about the one against Donald Trump. NY Times
VOA VIEW: The NYT makes up what they want - than says oops.

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McCain: I Regret Picking Sarah Palin As A Running Mate
Arizona GOP Senator John McCain said Saturday he’s sorry he chose then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the presidential race he lost to Barack Obama. He told the New York Times that if he could do it over he would have picked former Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. Lieberman told The Times that he hadn’t known McCain felt that way. “It touched me greatly,” he said. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Dumb!

The Legal Fight Over DACA Is Now Even Messier. Here's What's Happening.
Upset at injunctions issued by federal judges in recent months that partially revived DACA, Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit this week challenging the legality of the program. The state asked for a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing the terms of the original 2012 memorandum that created DACA, which has provided temporary protection against deportation and work authorization for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants. Buzz Feed
VOA VIEW: DACA was created by by Obama.

Russia Has Won In Syria, Will It Challenge US In Lebanon Next?
Lebanon held on Sunday its first parliamentary elections in nine years, as citizens expressed cautious optimism that the country's rigid, oft-deadlocked sectarian political system could be swayed. Behind the scenes, however, one of the world's leading powers has quietly eyed the small state as a potential ground to project its power in the Middle East and into the Mediterranean. But it won't be easy. Newsweek

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Prominent Christian Legal Group Barred From Amazon Program While Openly Anti-Semitic Groups Remain
Amazon has barred prominent Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) from participating in its Amazon Smile charitable program, which allows nonprofits to recoup a small fraction of the money their supporters spend through Amazon. ADF, which specializes in First Amendment law and has won cases at the Supreme Court, is barred from Amazon Smile on account of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, which labeled ADF a “hate group.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Amazon must be regulated.

Laura Ingraham Hammers Devin Nunes On Not Reading Requested Documents — ‘How Serious Are You?
Fox News host Laura Ingraham pulled no punches during a Friday night interview with House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes over recent CNN criticism about the chairman’s handling of documents. The two were discussing FBI and DOJ documents that the committee “needed yesterday” when Ingraham brought up a recent CNN report claiming that Nunes himself “opted not to read” un-redacted documents already made available to him and Rep. Trey Gowdy at the Department of Justice. The report said Nunes instead chose to leave the task to staffers and Gowdy. Daily Caller

Hollywood Actress Attends Anti-Gun Protest----With Armed Guards
In video captured by Ben Howe, NRA member Will Haraway asked Milano’s security if he was armed and the man clearly wasn’t amused by the question. “I’m going to ask you to leave,” the guard said repeatedly, physically backing Haraway up by getting in his face. “How far do I have to go?” Haraway asked. American Mirror

Immigration Detention Prolonged In Alabama's 'Black Hole'
Olusegun Olatunji paid a $40,700 fine, did three months in a halfway house and spent a year on probation for selling counterfeit hats out of an Indianapolis shopping mall. Then, since the Nigerian native had overstayed a work visa 30 years ago, immigration officials detained him to await deportation in 2014. More than three years later, he’s still waiting. He’s moved among six immigration detention centers, including his ongoing second stay at a county jail in northeastern Alabama that critics call a black hole for complicated deportation cases. AP
VOA VIEW: There should be zero tolerance for illegals.

Kerry Is Quietly Seeking To Salvage Iran Deal He Helped Craft
John Kerry’s bid to save one of his most significant accomplishments as secretary of state took him to New York on a Sunday afternoon two weeks ago, where, more than a year after he left office, he engaged in some unusual shadow diplomacy with a top-ranking Iranian official. He sat down at the United Nations with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to discuss ways of preserving the pact limiting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. It was the second time in about two months that the two had met to strategize over salvaging a deal they spent years negotiating during the Obama administration, according to a person briefed on the meetings. Boston Globe
VOA VIEW: Kerry is breaking the law.

Armed Teachers Become Reality In Georgia
The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., convinced school Superintendent Daniel Brigman that his plan to arm teachers and other Laurens County, Ga., school personnel needed to go beyond the idea phase. “I’ve had this discussion repeatedly with different boards of education for the last 14 years,” Brigman said. His school district is southeast of Macon and the first in Georgia to make the move.  Atlanta Journal

Cohen Freed Up $700,000 In Potential Loans Ahead Of The Election. Then He Paid Stormy.
Michael Cohen took part in two financial transactions in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election that gave him access to as much as $774,000, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is under federal criminal investigation and at the center of several stories involving payoffs to women who claim to have had relationships with the president — namely, porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Vox

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WH: China's Demands To US Airlines 'Orwellian Nonsense'
Amid high-level negotiations on trade, the White House on Saturday called China's demands that American airlines follow the communist country's line on sensitive issues like the international status of Taiwan "Orwellian nonsense." "President Donald J. Trump ran against political correctness in the United States," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. "He will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens." Politico
VOA VIEW: Trump is not one to threaten or make demands.

Students, Celebrities And The Faithful Protest Outside Of The NRA Convention
Thousands of gun enthusiasts have walked into Dallas' Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to revel in displays of firearms and hunting accessories at the National Rifle Association's annual convention — but some crowds are staying outside to protest what they believe is a dire problem in America. NPR

Justify Breaks 136-Year-Old Curse To Win The Kentucky Derby
After a day of steady rain on Churchill Downs, it was Justify who managed to cross the finish line first in the mud. Justify brought Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith a second Derby victory, on top of his and trainer Bob Baffert's $1.24 million of the $2 million total prize. Smith previously won aboard Giacomo in 2005. Bafftert, the Triple Crown-winning trainer of American Pharoah, seals his fifth Derby win. NPR

Early GOP Primaries Shaping Up As Rightward March With Trump
As primary season kicks into high gear, Republicans are engaged in nomination fights that are pulling the party to the right, leaving some leaders worried their candidates will be out of a step with the broader electorate in November. Primaries in four states on Tuesday, all in places Donald Trump carried in 2016, showcase races in which GOP candidates are jockeying to be seen as the most conservative, the most anti-Washington and the most loyal to the president. It’s evidence of the onetime outsider’s deepening imprint on the Republican Party he commandeered less than two years ago. AP
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Democrats are upset over a 2018 defeat.

California's Orange County Could Determine Congress Control
Once considered conservative holy ground, Orange County is starting to look like a last stand for California Republicans. Chased out of much of California by Democrats who hold every statewide office and a 39-14 advantage in U.S. House seats, the party is trying to hold its ground in a place whose nickname, the Orange Curtain, recalls its famous Republican bona fides and where white, suburban homeowners once delivered winning margins for its candidates year after year. Sacbee

Navy To Resurrect Fleet To Protect East Coast And North Atlantic From Russia
The U.S. Navy has reactivated a fleet responsible for overseeing the East Coast and North Atlantic - an escalation of the Pentagon's focus on a resurgent Russia and its expanding military presence. 2nd Fleet, deactivated in 2011 to preserve funds for new ships, will resume operations in Norfolk, Virginia, on July 1, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson told reporters Friday. LMT

As Karl Marx Turns 200, Visitors Pay Respect — And A Fee — At Tomb Site
On Saturday afternoon, Nushi Nazemi marked the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth by laying a wreath at his London tomb. Nazemi, 67, grew up in a Marxist family in Tehran and served time in prison in Iran for her communist involvement against the Islamic regime. And to honor the philosopher behind the anti-capitalist activism of her youth, she paid 4 pounds(about $5.40) to enter the Highgate Cemetery. NPR

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