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Nunes, Gowdy Accuse DOJ Of Attacks On Congressional Investigator
Two senior House Republicans are accusing the Justice Department of being behind “anonymous attacks” in the press targeting a House Intelligence Committee GOP staffer who helped author the committee’s well-publicized memo alleging surveillance abuse by the FBI and DOJ during the 2016 election. Fox
VOA VIEW: The DOJ and FBI are corrupt.

Melania's Popularity Soars In Polls
First lady Melania Trump has in recent weeks experienced a significant surge in support, a new CNN poll reveals, including among women and Democrats. In a poll conducted by SSRS last week, 57% say they have a favorable impression of Trump, up from 47% in January. This is the biggest number Melania Trump has experienced in any CNN polling, and higher than any favorability rating earned by President Donald Trump in CNN polling history going back to 1999. CNN

Scores Dead In Gaza As US Move Embassy To Jerusalem
At least 52 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and almost 1,960 others were wounded Monday after thousands of protesters converged on the razor-wire fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel as the U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem. The Israeli Defense Forces opened fire on protesters approaching the barrier and accused the militant Palestinian group Hamas of "leading a terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people. NBC
VOA VIEW: Palestinians are a fault for their own misery

Supreme Court Legalizes Sports Gambling-By State
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law banning sports betting nationwide, effectively ending a prohibition on a $100 million industry. Monday's ruling makes sports wagering legal, and strikes down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, a federal law that required states to prohibit gambling. UPI

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Harry Read Has Surgery For Pancreatic Cancer
Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer Monday, according to a statement from Reid's family. "Today, Former Democratic Leader Harry Reid underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center to remove a tumor from his pancreas," the family's statement said. "His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good. CNN

WH Backs Kushner, Blames Hamas For Gaza Deaths
The White House on Monday blamed Hamas for the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in clashes between protesters and the Israeli military. The protests on the border between the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip and Israel, in which some participants burned tires and hurled rocks, came as the U.S. held a ceremony marking the opening of its new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, reflecting the Trump administration's recognition of that city as the capital of Israel. NBC

Russian Company Indicted By Mueller Says Charge Is Baseless
A Russian firm accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 presidential election claimed Monday that the government hasn't shown that it intentionally broke the law. In a court filing, attorney Eric Dubelier claimed that the case against Concord Management and Consulting LLC "has absolutely nothing to do with any links or coordination between any candidate and the Russian Government." Fox News
VOA VIEW: Mueller looks and is an idiot.

NY Times Accused Of Anti-Israel Bias In Coverage
Critics on social media accused The New York Times of anti-Israel bias in the newspaper's reporting on riots in the Gaza Strip that left dozens of Palestinians dead Monday. At the height of the violence, the headline on the Times' website read: "Israel Kills 58 and Injures Over 1,300 by Gunfire at Gaza Border." As of Monday evening, the slightly edited headline read: "Israeli Soldiers Kill Scores at Gaza Border; Thousands Hurt." Fox News
VOA VIEW: The NY Times will lose more readership.

US Embassy Opens. 'When Trump Makes A Promise He Keeps It'
President Donald Trump was the only president to fulfill his promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem—this was the message repeated by all speakers at the inauguration ceremony for the new US Embassy in the Israeli capital on Monday. Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, led the US delegation with a single message: Only Trump had the courage to act on what America has wanted for a long time. YNet News

The Russians Try To Call Mueller’s Bluff, File Request to View Secret Grand Jury Info
Attorneys for an alleged component of Russian trolling efforts during the 2016 presidential election are demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller be forced to reveal the grand jury instructions used in count one of the government’s indictment against Concord Management and Consulting LLC. The motion further specifies that Concord Management is requesting a private “inspection of the legal instructions provided to the grand jury regarding Count One of the Indictment…in order to determine whether the instructions provided could support a motion to dismiss Count One of the Indictment.” Law And Crime
VOA VIEW: Smart and good move.

Company Charged By Mueller Says His Goal Is To 'Indict A Russian-Any Russian'
Lawyers for a Russian company indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller are calling the charges baseless, and allege in a new court filing that Mueller is out to “indict a Russian — any Russian.” Concord Management and Consulting LLC was indicted in February by Mueller for its role in “sowing discord” and interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Concord was one of two Russian companies charged by Mueller then. Washington Examiner

Gulf Of Mexico Storm Could Become Hurricane
A low-pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico could develop into a subtropical depression or storm in the next five days, the National Weather Service said Monday. Whatever its outcome, heavy rain is expected in Florida and the Gulf Coast this week. The weather activity could give an early start to the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1. UPI

CBS Sues Redstone Family In Bid For Independence
CBS Corp filed a lawsuit on Monday to reduce the voting power of controlling shareholder National Amusements Inc, the movie theater company owned by Sumner and Shari Redstone, in an act of defiance aimed at thwarting the Redstones’ plan to merge CBS with Viacom Inc. Reuters

World Slams Disproportionate Force In Gaza As IDF Kills Dozens Of Gazans
The international community urged Israel to stop shooting Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border, with South Africa and Turkey recalling their ambassadors in protest, after a day of violent riots left 58 Palestinians dead on Monday. The IDF did its best to make its case that the Hamas-led protests, known as the Great March of Return, were not peaceful demonstrations but violent riots designed to break through the border fence and kidnap soldiers. JPost
VOA VIEW: Hamas is a terrorist organization that is causing the problem = Israel is standing tall.

Charges Dropped Against Missouri Gov Eric Greitens
Attorneys representing the state of Missouri announced Monday they will drop a felony invasion of privacy charge against Gov. Eric Greitens, after the attorney prosecuting the case was named as a witness in the trial. However, the decision might only mark a temporary victory for Greitens. Prosecutors said they plan to name either a special prosecutor or one of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's assistants to refile the charge and move forward with the case. CNN

Hawaii's Largest Volcano Eruption Ever Is Imminent Officials Warn
Since eruptions began 10 days ago, dozens of homes have been destroyed and officials have ordered the evacuations of nearly 2,000 people in the lower Puna district of the Big Island, home to around 187,000 residents. The American Red Cross said 500 people sought refuge in its shelters on Sunday night because of worsening volcanic activity. US News & World Report

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Melania Trump In Hospital-Kidney Procedure
Mrs. Trump was treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely be in the hospital for the rest of the week, according to the first lady’s communications director. “This morning, First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” the communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement Monday. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. The First Lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.” Fox

Turkey Calls Meeting Of Islamic Body After Palestinians Killed In Gaza
Ankara wants the meeting of the 57-member-state body to be held on Friday, spokesman Bekir Bozdag said. On the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014, Israeli troops shot dead 55 Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. Reuters

Why Kids And Teens Face Far More Anxiety These Days
"With [social media], it's all about the self-image -- who's 'liking' them, who's watching them, who clicked on their picture," said Marco Grados, associate professor of psychiatry and clinical director of child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. "Everything can turn into something negative. . . . [K]ids are exposed to that day after day, and it's not good for them." Newsday

Stormy Daniels Lawyer Threatens To Sue 'Daily Caller'
Adult film star Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti threatened Monday to sue The Daily Caller and its reporters individually for defamation, according to an email published by one of the conservative news site's reporters. "@MichaelAvenatti sent me an email this morning threatening to sue me and my colleagues for reporting on him," said Daily Caller reporter Peter J. Hasson in a tweet Monday morning. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts - Avenatti is a loser.

Iraqis Deliver Surprising Results In First Big Election Since ISIS War
Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has emerged as the biggest winner in parliamentary elections, limiting the chances for Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to form another government and setting the country on an uncharted course. Sadr, known for leading a militia that carried out deadly attacks on U.S. forces after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, did not run as a candidate himself and has no formal political role. NPR

Malaysia Airlines Crash Was Deliberate-Aviation Experts
An investigation by an Australian TV news program suggests the pilot of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared with 239 people aboard more than four years ago, deliberately crashed into the Indian Ocean. Investigators are still searching for the aircraft, but these findings raise the possibility that one of the greatest aviation mysteries in modern history may not have been a catastrophic accident, but instead a possible mass murder-suicide. CBS

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Facebook-200 Apps Suspended
Facebook said it had suspended roughly 200 apps as part of its investigation into the potential misuse of personal data on the social network, the latest fallout from the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. In an announcement on Monday, the company also said that it had investigated thousands of apps two months after reporting by the Observer and the Guardian revealed that millions of Americans’ personal data was harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Facebook cannot be trusted - they need to be regulated.

WH Says It Handled Aide Who Joked About McCain
The White House on Monday said the communications aide who said Sen. John McCain was “dying anyway” has been handled “internally.” “This is an internal matter, it’s being addressed internally, and I don’t have anything further to add,” deputy press secretary Raj Shah said at the daily briefing. During a discussion last week on strategy over McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel’s CIA nomination, Kelly Sadler said it didn’t really matter “because he’s dying anyway.” NY Post

Trump Vows To Track Down Traitors And Cowards Who Leak
President Trump on Monday attacked news coverage based on leaks coming from the White House as “a massive over exaggeration” — but also slammed his own staffers as “traitors and cowards” for spilling the beans. “The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News Media in order to make us look as bad as possible. NY Post

Bernie Sander's Son: Trump Doing 'Incredible Job' Boosting Voter Self-Esteen
Levi Sanders, the only biological son of Vermont senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in New Hampshire, and he’s speaking his mind about problems in the Democratic Party. Among the biggest issues is Democrats don’t make voters feel good enough about themselves, he said, unlike the “incredible job” Donald Trump and the Republican Party is doing, the Independent reports. The American Mirror
VOA VIEW: Good!

Bill O'Reilly In Talks To Return To Cable News
Bill O’Reilly is in talks to head back to cable news in his old 8 p.m. slot, but this time at Newsmax TV, sources exclusively tell Page Six. A year after O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, where he was the top-rated host in cable news, the controversial anchor — who was forced out after the disclosure of sexual-harassment allegations and settlements paid to alleged victims — is in advanced discussions with Newsmax about developing a new show, we’re told. NY Post

New Chemical Compound Stops Common Cold In Its Tracks
It’s a conundrum that has stumped scientists for centuries, but now researchers say they have taken a tantalising step forward in the quest to tackle the common cold. The scourge of workplace, home and school playground, the common cold is predominantly caused by the rhinovirus. But attempts to thwart the pathogen by vaccination or antiviral drugs face a number of difficulties – not least because the virus comes in many forms and can mutate rapidly leading to drug resistance. Guardian

Bernie Sander's Son: Trump Doing 'Incredible Job' Boosting Voter Self-Esteen
Levi Sanders, the only biological son of Vermont senator and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is running for Congress in New Hampshire, and he’s speaking his mind about problems in the Democratic Party. Among the biggest issues is Democrats don’t make voters feel good enough about themselves, he said, unlike the “incredible job” Donald Trump and the Republican Party is doing, the Independent reports. The American Mirror
VOA VIEW: Good!

Bill O'Reilly In Talks To Return To Cable News
Bill O’Reilly is in talks to head back to cable news in his old 8 p.m. slot, but this time at Newsmax TV, sources exclusively tell Page Six. A year after O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, where he was the top-rated host in cable news, the controversial anchor — who was forced out after the disclosure of sexual-harassment allegations and settlements paid to alleged victims — is in advanced discussions with Newsmax about developing a new show, we’re told. NY Post

New Chemical Compound Stops Common Cold In Its Tracks
It’s a conundrum that has stumped scientists for centuries, but now researchers say they have taken a tantalising step forward in the quest to tackle the common cold. The scourge of workplace, home and school playground, the common cold is predominantly caused by the rhinovirus. But attempts to thwart the pathogen by vaccination or antiviral drugs face a number of difficulties – not least because the virus comes in many forms and can mutate rapidly leading to drug resistance. Guardian

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Pompeo: US Offering Assurances To North Korea
The United States is offering assurances to North Korea's Kim Jong Un as it seeks to put in motion the potential for a sweeping nuclear deal ahead of President Donald Trump's upcoming summit with the North Korean leader. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will need to "provide security assurances" to Kim if they're able to forge an agreement. . Newsday
VOA VIEW: Expected if an honest deal is made.

U.S. Israel Envoy: Embassy Move Is 'Preventing An Illegitimate Point' By Palestinians
As the U.S. Embassy to Israel officially moves from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday, "I think the move is going to permit the parties to focus on issues that are, first of all, important. And second of all, solvable," U.S. Ambassador to Israel Davidri Fedman tells NPR's Morning Edition. "What the president did when he made this decision was to remove from the Palestinians the right to veto the recognition by the United States and other countries of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel." NPR

NRA Teens Can't Anonymously Challenge Florida Gun Laws, Judge Says
A federal judge in Florida has decided that the National Rifle Association cannot use pseudonyms for teenagers who want to buy guns as part of a legal challenge against new gun laws in Florida. The judge expressed sympathy for the teenagers, acknowledging that they probably would suffer extreme harassment if their names were public. But, he wrote with evident reluctance, the law was clear that pseudonyms were not allowed. NPR

Trump Denies Going Soft On Beijing
President Trump fended off criticism Monday that he is going soft on China’s unfair trade practice after he moved to cancel sanctions against a cheating Chinese company out of concern for its workers, action that prompted Democrats to mock the president for trying to “make China great again.” The president made the startling reversal on ZTE Corp., China’s second-largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, as U.S. and Chinese negotiators prepared to meet Tuesday in Washington for a second round of trade talks. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: ZTE is a big problem.

Southwest Flight Makes Emergency Landing In Dallas After Losing Pressure
A Southwest Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing Saturday after the cabin started losing pressure. The plane is now undergoing a maintenance review. Flight 861 was headed from Denver to Dallas Saturday night, and there were more than 100 passengers on board. Passenger Glen Eichelberger said at around 9 p.m., the oxygen masks came down and passengers were told to put them on because the cabin was losing pressure. Passenger Josh Trimberger said the plane was about 30 minutes outside of Dallas at that point. CBS

Pastor Pleads Guilty In Sex Trafficking Of Teen Girls
One of three Ohio pastors accused of conspiring to recruit teenage girls to have sex with them has pleaded guilty to federal charges, including child sex trafficking. Thirty-eight-year-old Kenneth Butler also pleaded guilty Monday in Toledo to a related conspiracy charge and obstructing a sex trafficking investigation. He acknowledged having sex with two minors. NY Post

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Mike Pence Shoulder-Fetish Update
Mike Pence is into shoulders. He talks about shoulders constantly, saying things like, “To be around Donald Trump is to be around a man with broad shoulders,” and “He’s a man with broad shoulders, he’s got a clear vision, he’s strong,” and Ronald Reagan’s “broad-shouldered leadership inspired my life.” It seems Pence has found another pair of broad shoulders to inspire him. NY Mag

The Michael Avenatti Files: Court Documents Show Porn Star Lawyer Reported $8 Million Windfall in Feb. When he Took on Stormy
The Michael Avenatti Files — How did a bankrupt attorney come across $8 million after picking up porn star client Stormy Daniels? Porn star lawyer Michael Avenatti is a huge hit with the Democrat-media complex. The attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels has held 108 interviews on cable news outlets MSNBC and CNN since March 7th. Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: Avenatti iss a cheat and liar.

JOHN SOLOMON: Mueller May Have Huge Conflict of Interest That Leads Directly to Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska
The conflicts of interest with Robert Mueller and his unconstitutional Russian collusion witch hunt keep piling up, yet he keeps moving full steam ahead. It turns out back in 2009, Mueller’s FBI with the help of Andrew McCabe courted Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska for a secret mission to rescue a retired FBI agent–yes the same Russian who is now caught up in Mueller’s witch hunt. Gateway Pundit

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That One Time Al Franken Said He Doesn’t ‘Buy’ McCain Was A ‘War Hero’
Former Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota once questioned Sen. John McCain of Arizona’s status as a war hero in a 2000 interview, arguing that one cannot be a war hero if captured. “I doubt I could cross the line and vote Republican I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war-hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned, he sat out the war,” Franken told Salon.com in a 2000 interview. Daily Caller

Boykin: Offensive Things In Clinton WH Were Not Leaked
Keith Boykin, a former Clinton White House official, said on CNN Monday that many “offensive” things were said in that administration that were not leaked to the press. A CNN panel was debating the appropriateness of leaking insensitive comments about Sen. John McCain reportedly made by Trump White House aide Kelly Sadler. Daily Caller

Iranian Student Group Offers $100K Reward to Blow Up U.S. Jerusalem Embassy
"The Student Justice Movement will support anybody who destroy the illegal American embassy in Jerusalem," the poster states in Farsi, Arabic, and English, according to an independent translation of the propaganda poster provided to the Free Beacon. There will be a "$100,000 dollar prize for the person who destroys the illegal American embassy in Jerusalem," the poster states. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Dumb - who pays?

Candidate Uses 'F-Bomb' in Political Ad
Just ask Albuquerque City Council member Pat Davis, who is running for Congress as a Democrat in the open 1st Congressional District. Davis made political history by cutting an ad that criticizes the NRA. The station that ran the ad claims they had to air it because of federal campaign laws: By airing the ad, local stations may run afoul of FCC rules prohibiting the use of profanity during broadcasts aired from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. But local CBS affiliate KRQE claims federal election law ties its hands. PJ Media

A Big New Plan To Combine Medicaid And Obamacare
The Urban Institute, a major left-of-center policymaking outfit, has released an expansive and ambitious new plan to expand health insurance coverage: the Healthy America program. This isn’t quite Medicare-for-all, but that’s part of the selling point. The idea is to not totally disrupt the existing system, especially the employer-based coverage that covers half of Americans. I would think of this more as a superduper-charged Affordable Care Act, at least for starters. Vox

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