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Schneiderman 'Hypocrisy' Leads To Downfall, Taunting From Republican Foes
Democrats hoped Eric Schneiderman could bring down President Trump, but it was the crusading New York attorney general himself whose career is now in tatters, after stunning revelations Monday of bad behavior and hypocrisy that have Republicans gloating. Schneiderman quickly picked up a high-profile reputation in the Trump era for his legal pushback and acerbic criticism of some of Trump’s top agenda items. Fox
VOA VIEW: Once a fool - always a fool.

Manhattan DA Reportedly Opens Up Investigation Into Schneiderman After Bombshell Report
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office late Monday said it was opening a probe into former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after an explosive New Yorker article that alleged assault leveled by four women, The New York Post reported. Schneiderman, who had taken on high-profile roles as an advocate for women’s issues and an antagonist to the policies of President Donald Trump, announced his resignation late Monday just hours after four women he was romantically involved with or had romantic interactions with accused him of physical violence in the report. Fox
VOA VIEW: Who else will go down?

Trump Not Sold On Giuliani Defense
President Donald Trump has been flustered by the onslaught of negative coverage generated by his new personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has exacerbated his political troubles in recent days with a series of unscripted interviews, four sources familiar with knowledge of the President's thinking tell CNN. Giuliani joined Trump's legal team amid a shakeup less than three weeks ago to represent him in the special counsel's investigation into Russian election interference and possible ties to Trump associates. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN would like to see and promote a division between Trump and Giuliani.

Tell The Truth About Stormy Daniels
In his latest interviews, the newly minted Trump lawyer has adopted a posture of impenetrable epistemological modesty — there’s nothing he knows about the case, or can possibly learn about it anytime soon. Giuliani retreated to this tack after directly contradicting the president’s denial of knowing anything about the hush money, and getting rebuked by Trump for being ill-informed and not yet up to speed. National Review

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Donald Trump Pulls US Out Of The Iran Deal, Renews Sanctions
President Trump said Tuesday the United States will withdraw from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement and re-impose sanctions on Tehran, a decision that angered allies who fear the prospect of a nuclear arms race in the heart of the Middle East. Claiming that "the decaying and the rotten structure" of the 2015 agreement does not block Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Trump said during a speech at the White House that "the Iran deal is defective at its core." USA Today
VOA VIEW: A decisive good position.

The Met Gala's Best Dressed Stars
As the most fashionable night of the year, celebrities have a lot of pressure when it comes to dressing for the Met Gala red carpet. Not only do they want to stand out amongst the sea of stylish stars, but some also dress according to the exhibition’s theme, and this year it was tricky. The gala centered around the controversial theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” but stars completely knocked it out of the park. In fact, there were so many stop-and-stare moments that left our jaws on the ground— from Sarah Jessica Parker’s nativity scene headpiece, to Rihanna’s papal hat —  that we’re narrowing it down to our editors’ favorite moments from this year’s Met Gala. People

Kim Jong Un Is Watching Trump's Iran Decision, Chinese Envoy Says
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will be eyeing closely what Donald Trump decides on the Iran nuclear deal, with potential repercussions for their upcoming summit, according to China’s former ambassador to Pyongyang. “The DPRK is watching,” said Liu Xiaoming, China’s current envoy to the U.K., who served in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 2006-2009. “If you walk away from a deal agreed to by your previous administration, it will set a bad example.” Bloomberg

Pelosi All But Promises Higher Taxes If Democrats Win Majority
It is presumed that the Democrats would like to wrest control of Congress away from the Republicans next November. They have been talking about the coming "Blue Wave" for months already, and there are certainly plenty of indicators that an overwhelming victory night may be in store for them. One of them might want to tell their elder stateswoman to sit down and be quiet for a while. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been insisting that the Republican tax cuts are "crumbs" since the bill was first passed last year, reinforcing the out-of-touch elitist problem that plagued the Democrats in 2016. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is good for Republicans - she is nuts.

Former Coal CEO Turned Senate Hopeful Don Blankenship Says He's 'Trumpier Than Trump'
But the former coal company CEO, who spent a year in prison for safety violations related to the deaths of 29 miners in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia, has been running against the Republican establishment — and internal polls show him gaining ground in the campaign's final days. He is seeking the GOP nomination to face Sen. Joe Manchin, who is considered among the most vulnerable Democrats seeking reelection. NPR

Southern Baptist Women Are 'Shocked' By Church Leader's Comments
A prominent Southern Baptist leader faces demands for his dismissal after women from his own denomination reacted angrily to the news that he once advised abused women to pray for their husbands and gave a sermon in which he defended a lewd remark about a teenage girl as "biblical." Paige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has denied having condoned marital abuse. He has so far declined to apologize for his past comments and is still scheduled to speak at an upcoming Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Dallas. NPR

Pompeo Expected To Return From N Korea With American Detainees
The former CIA director was making his second visit to the country in three months to finalise details of a landmark summit between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He was also expected to bring back Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, and Kim Hak-song, South Korea news agency Yonhap reported. Telegraph UK

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Putin Is Playing With Fire and We All May Get Burned
When the U.S., U.K. and France launched airstrikes against Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons facilities last month, the world watched anxiously to see how Russia’s Vladimir Putin would respond to this attack against his Syrian ally. While his response was muted, at least for the time being, that apprehension was a testament to how much Putin has raised Russia’s geopolitical profile over the past decade — and to the penchant for risk-taking that has been simultaneously his foremost strength and greatest strategic weakness. Bloomberg

Photos And Videos Capture Hawaii Lava Consuming Car, Destroying Buildings
A video of lava deluging a car during Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano eruption and other staggering photos provide a grim look at how powerful the spewing molten rock is. Shared late Sunday night by WeatherNation, the time-lapse clip shows the creeping lava engulfing a car parked on the side of the road in the Big Island’s Leilani Estates. Huff Post

Gary Cohn Says A ‘Digitized’ Bank Is One Option For Future Role
Gary Cohn, the former director of the White House Economic Council, said he’s still weighing options for his next role but one possibility is a digital bank. “I do have an idea for a company,” Cohn, who was Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s president before joining the Trump administration, said Tuesday in an interview on CNBC. “It would be an interesting concept playing on the knowledge I know from the banking world, in running a regulated bank, but in a digitized world.” Bloomberg

'The President Is Creating A New Nuclear Crisis': Lawmakers
There is a growing concern that President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, formally the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, will sour relationships with crucial allies and tarnish the US's credibility. Before Trump's announcement on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence briefed senators on potential scenarios following a withdrawal, people who were in the room say. Business Insider
VOA VIEW: Coward anti America liberals are crying.

Trump Says Pompeo Is En Route To North Korea
President Donald Trump announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is en route to Pyongyang to continue preparations for the President's upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump broke the news on Tuesday at the White House as he announced that the US is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. CNN

Saudi Prince Buys The Plaza Hotel For $600M
Eloise’s prince has come through. With a dramatic flourish, a New York real estate company and Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal have exercised their option and are buying the iconic Plaza Hotel, The Post has learned. The global real estate company, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp., headed by Ben Ashkenazy and Michael Alpert, and the prince will pay a cool $600 million for the Central Park-adjacent hotel. NY Post

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Reputed Gang Member Charged In Friday Shooting Of ATF Agent
A reputed gang member has been charged with shooting a federal agent last Friday in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Dozens of agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives packed the courtroom Tuesday as Ernesto Godinez made his initial appearance in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. Chicago Tribune

Trump’s EPA Will Axe Obama’s ‘De Facto Ban On New Coal Plants’
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans on repealing an Obama-era requirement effectively mandating all new coal-fired power plants be outfitted with unproven emissions technology, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. EPA will modify the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for power plants as part of its effort to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) — the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s climate agenda. EPA will drop the de facto requirement that new coal plants install carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology Obama administration critics said would make it nearly impossible to build new coal plants. Daily Caller

Congressmen Used To Love Rescissions, Until Trump Offered Them Up
President Donald Trump is asking lawmakers to claw back $15 billion in taxpayer money they shelled out to federal agencies years ago, but his request is being met with hesitancy and flack from nearly every corner of Capitol Hill. The White House is targeting what are called “unobligated balances” — money Congress gave to an agency that, for one reason or another, did not spend. In some cases, agencies can use these funds as reserves, while, in other instances, agencies might be legally barred from using the money. Daily Caller

Syria Says Israel Struck Near Damascus As IDF Opens Shelters Bracing For Iranian Attack
Syria said that Israel struck near Damascus on Tuesday shortly after the Israeli army announced it believes Iran is planning to carry out an imminent strike from Syria. Several Arab media reports said the strike targeted a base used by Iranian forces. A pro-Assad commander said Israeli fighter jets struck a Syria army position south of Damascus, adding that there were no casualties.  Haaretz
VOA VIEW: Israel is strong and Iran will lose any confrontation.

Syrian Government Slams US Pullout Of Iran Deal
The Latest on President Donald Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The Syrian government is strongly denouncing U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. In a statement Tuesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry says the decision confirms once again America’s lack of credibility and commitment to international accords and agreements. AP

Square Near US Embassy In Jerusalem To Be Named For Trump
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat announced his intention to formally name the square near the US embassy site the "United States Square in honor of President Donald Trump," the Jerusalem Press Office released on Tuesday. An official event with American dignitaries will be held in the future to celebrate the naming. "This is the way in which Jerusalem returns love to the president and residents of the United States who stand by the state of Israel," said the mayor. "President Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish people, stand on the side of historical truth and do the right thing." J Post

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Likely 2020 Democratic Candidates Want To Guarantee A Job To Every American
The 2018 midterm primary season is really heating up this week, which means it's time to think about elections — like the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. No major candidates have declared that they're preparing a run against President Trump in two years, but whispers are already building around potential candidates. A few of them have coalesced around a seriously ambitious policy idea — guaranteeing a job for every American who wants one. NPR
VOA VIEW: Total madness.

US Air Force Orders Stand-Down For Safety Review
The US Air Force will ground all of its aircraft for a day while it conducts a safety review following a series of deadly accidents, officials said Tuesday.
Active duty wings and their maintainers can choose when to conduct the stand-downs, though they must do so by May 21. Pilots and crews in combat areas will be given longer. "I am directing this operational safety review to allow our commanders to assess and discuss the safety of our operations and to gather feedback from our Airmen who are doing the mission every day," Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David Goldfein said. Yahoo News

Mike Pence's Brother Greg Is Running for the VP's Old House Seat in Indiana
Greg Pence, brother of Vice President Mike Pence, is running to take his brother's old seat in the House of Representatives. The sitting congressman will challenge a vulnerable Democrat for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat, leaving Pence's brother to face off against a local entrepreneur to represent the Republican Party in a deep red congressional district. Pence, 61, is a Marine Corps veteran and owner of two antique malls. He once ran a now-bankrupt chain of convenience stores. He is running on issues like infrastructure, veterans' affairs, fixing the immigration system, and health care. PJ Media

Carson And HUD Are Sued Over Delaying Anti-Segregation Rule
Fair housing advocates are suing the Department of Housing and Urban Development to compel it to follow a rule meant to help prevent segregation. The suit, which also names HUD Secretary Ben Carson, was filed Tuesday morning. The federal lawsuit stems from HUD's decision in January to postpone an Obama Administration rule requiring impact assessments under the 1968 Fair Housing Act. NPR
VOA VIEW: A free ride for a free ride.

U.S. Voting System Remains Vulnerable 6 Months Before Election Day. What Now?
As America heads toward the 2018 midterms, there is an 800-pound gorilla in the voting booth. Despite improvements since Russia's attack on the 2016 presidential race, the U.S. elections infrastructure is vulnerable — and will remain so in November. Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier laid out the problem to an overflowing room full of election directors and secretaries of state — people charged with running and securing elections — at a conference at Harvard University this spring. "Computers are basically insecure," said Schneier. NPR

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Cuomo Faces Backlash from Left, Right, Feds After Trying to Handcuff ICE
Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York, doesn’t believe New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has “a constitutional leg to stand on” after the Democrat sent a “cease and desist” letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. However, Cynthia Nixon, who is running against Cuomo for the New York Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nomination, doesn’t think the governor is going far enough. PJ Media

Republicans Renacci, Gibbons Battle for Trump Supporters in Heated Ohio Senate Race
Tuesday is primary day in Ohio, and one of the most heated races in the state is for the Senate seat currently occupied by Democrat Sherrod Brown. Congressman Jim Renacci will face Cleveland investment banker Mike Gibbons in the GOP primary in their quest to take on the uber-liberal Brown in the fall. Both are trying to rally Trump supporters to their cause, hoping to win their votes on Tuesday. PJ Media

How Fox News Ignores The Stormy Story
The Stormy Daniels saga is becoming a massive story. It’s not only responsible for cornering President Trump into admitting to something that might be a violation of campaign finance law; it’s also turning into a cultural touchstone, with Daniels playing herself to Alec Baldwin’s version of Trump on Saturday Night Live. But to Fox News’s top pundit, Sean Hannity, the story is “old news.” And on much of the Fox News Channel, it’s not even old news; it’s barely news at all. Vox
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought.

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NYPD Wants To Talk To Schneiderman Accusers
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said on Tuesday that detectives are planning to reach out to the two women who told the New Yorker they were choked and slapped by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Four women’s allegations were included in the story, which prompted Schneiderman to resign from his position within hours. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Bad things happen when you play with fire.

Mueller Rejects Trump Request To Answer Questions In Writing
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is now on President Trump's legal team, told CBS News correspondent Paula Reid Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller's office has rejected proposals to allow Mr. Trump to answer questions from investigators in writing. The president's legal team has signaled that this would be their preferred format for a possible interview, since it helps protect Mr. Trump from the possibility of lying or misleading investigators. CBS

Guiliani Wants Parameters Of Trump Interview With Mueller Set By Next Week
President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Tuesday that he wants the parameters of an interview between the president and special counsel Robert Mueller to be set by May 17, which is the one-year mark for when Mueller was appointed to probe possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia's efforts to influence in the presidential election. The Hill

Meet The Renegades Of The Intellectual Dark Web
Here are some things that you will hear when you sit down to dinner with the vanguard of the Intellectual Dark Web: There are fundamental biological differences between men and women. Free speech is under siege. Identity politics is a toxic ideology that is tearing American society apart. And we’re in a dangerous place if these ideas are considered “dark.” NY Times

Christiane Amanpour Will Replace Charlie Rose With New Program
Christiane Amanpour will anchor a new late-night public affairs program on PBS stations beginning in July. Amanpour & Company will feature interviews with global leaders, and will replace the current simulcast of Amanpour, CNN International's flagship program, which has been running as an interim replacement on PBS stations since December, when public television severed its relationship with Charlie Rose in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against the host. Amanpour will continue to air weekdays on CNN International. Hollywood Reporter
VOA VIEW: Liberal news is doing poorly.

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