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Ex Republican Michael Grimm Campaigns For Old Seat And Tells Trump To 'Stay Out Of Race'
New York’s disgraced former Republican Rep. Michael Grimm warned President Trump to “stay out” of the race, as he campaigns for his old seat in the state’s primary this month. Grimm is competing against incumbent Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., who the president endorsed this week. “If I was legitimately advising the president, which I’m not, but if I was, I would say, ‘Stay out of a race like this because I don’t see how it would benefit him to get into such a contentious race,’” Grimm said. “By going into the race, he puts himself in a situation where he’s going to lose.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump made his move.

Trump, Master Of Throwing Bait To See What Bites-Questions Whether
Mueller, DOJ 'Leaking Letters' To Fake News Outlets 'With Hunt Hoax'. “There was No Collusion with Russia (except by the Democrats). When will this very expensive Witch Hunt Hoax ever end?  So bad for our Country. Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?  Should be looking at Dems corruption instead?” Trump tweeted Saturday. Fox

Why North Korea's Special Delivery Letter Was So Warmly Received In The Oval Office
Even before President Donald Trump had read the letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday, it was "special delivery." Instead of bringing Kim Jong Un's number-two unceremoniously through a side door, the White House rolled out the red carpet for Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's former longtime spy chief. Even though Gen. Kim remains under Treasury Department sanctions, with a record of hostile actions against the United States, he was given the kind of reception usually accorded a top diplomat from a friendly nation. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberals are not satisfied what or how Trump does anything.

Barack To Appear At DNC Gala Ahead Of Midterms
Former President Barack Obama is set to help Democrats gear up for the 2018 midterm elections, which supporters hope could see the party take control of at least the House this year. Obama will appear at a Democratic National Committee Gala Dinner in Los Angeles on June 28, organizers said in an emailed invitation. "With the midterms quickly approaching, we gently ask for your steadfast support," the invitation reads, adding that the event is "an opportunity to hear from President Barack Obama about the future of the Democratic Party." NBC
VOA VIEW: Bad news for Democrats - Obama is a loser and dirty.

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Mattis Warns Of Future Aggression To Chinese Militarization
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned Saturday there could be an aggressive U.S. response to China's military presence in the South China Sea. Mattis warned there could be "much larger consequences" in the future from China's installation of weapons on disputed islands, the Wall Street Journal reported. However, he did not say what the consequences would be. The warning came in response to a question from an audience member after his speech at a regional security conference held in Singapore on Saturday. Mattis also talked tough on China during the speech. UPI
VOA VIEW: China should walk carefully.

Using Satellites To Count Buildings In South China Sea
Reuters deputy head of graphics Simon Scarr, based in Singapore, had previously dealt with private sector satellite imagery providers but always felt more could be done within the highly competitive field. Late last year in a conversation with Earthrise Media, an independent group helping journalists obtain and analyze satellite data, Scarr wondered if it would be possible to count buildings on China’s seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago of the hotly contested South China Sea. Reuters

Bumpy Road For California Dems Targeting Republican House Seats
As Californians prepare to go to the polls on Tuesday to choose candidates in primary elections, the state’s quirky electoral rules and a softening of support for Democrats among suburban voters could disrupt the party’s ambitious plan to wrest as many as 10 seats from Republicans in California. Democrats need to win 23 seats nationwide to have a majority in the House of Representatives, considered a very real possibility. Most of California’s congressional districts did not go for the Republican Party’s leader, Donald Trump, in the 2016 presidential election. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Democrats will not come close to picking up ten Republican House seats.

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Mattis Warns Of Future Aggression To Chinese Militarization
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned Saturday there could be an aggressive U.S. response to China's military presence in the South China Sea. Mattis warned there could be "much larger consequences" in the future from China's installation of weapons on disputed islands, the Wall Street Journal reported. However, he did not say what the consequences would be. The warning came in response to a question from an audience member after his speech at a regional security conference held in Singapore on Saturday. Mattis also talked tough on China during the speech. UPI
VOA VIEW: China should walk carefully.

Using Satellites To Count Buildings In South China Sea
Reuters deputy head of graphics Simon Scarr, based in Singapore, had previously dealt with private sector satellite imagery providers but always felt more could be done within the highly competitive field. Late last year in a conversation with Earthrise Media, an independent group helping journalists obtain and analyze satellite data, Scarr wondered if it would be possible to count buildings on China’s seven man-made islands in the Spratly archipelago of the hotly contested South China Sea. Reuters

Bumpy Road For California Dems Targeting Republican House Seats
As Californians prepare to go to the polls on Tuesday to choose candidates in primary elections, the state’s quirky electoral rules and a softening of support for Democrats among suburban voters could disrupt the party’s ambitious plan to wrest as many as 10 seats from Republicans in California. Democrats need to win 23 seats nationwide to have a majority in the House of Representatives, considered a very real possibility. Most of California’s congressional districts did not go for the Republican Party’s leader, Donald Trump, in the 2016 presidential election. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Democrats won't come close picking up ten Republican House seats.

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Trump Names Rear Admiral Douglas Fears As Homeland Security Adviser
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday named Rear Admiral Douglas Fears as his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser on the National Security Council, the White House said. “Doug Fears brings more than three decades of experience across a range of vital homeland security areas including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and disaster response to the NSC,” White House national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement. Reuters

Trump Calls Comedian Slur Response 'Double Standard'
President Donald Trump said Friday it’s a “total double standard” that comedian Samantha Bee wasn’t fired for using a vulgar term to describe his daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump after ABC canceled the show “Roseanne” when its star posted a racist tweet. Trump tweeted: “Why aren’t they firing no talent Samantha Bee for the horrible language used on her low ratings show? A total double standard but that’s O.K., we are Winning, and will be doing so for a long time to come!” Newsday

Las Vegas Casino Workers Prep For Strike Over Automation-'Robots Can't Beat Us'
At the Tipsy Robot in Las Vegas, a mechanical arm mixes cocktails that patrons order on tablet computers. “Galactic ambassadors” – human waitresses in shiny silver skirts – are sometimes available to deliver drinks. But the underlying message at the future-themed bar is that humans are irrelevant. It’s a novelty experience, but the future Tipsy Robot represents is one of several issues that may lead tens of thousands of Las Vegas hotel employees to strike in the coming days. Guardian

How Carmakers Hike Spare Parts Prices
Carmakers including Renault, Jaguar Land Rover and Peugeot have boosted revenues by over $1 billion in the past decade by using sophisticated pricing software, according to sales presentations prepared by the software vendor, Accenture, and other documents filed in a court case. The software works, Accenture told prospective clients, by identifying which spare parts in a manufacturer’s range customers would be content to pay more for, how much to raise prices by and which prices should not be hiked. Reuters

Why Was Kim's Letter For Trump So Big?
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known for pushing the envelope with threats and bluster as he seeks to leverage his nuclear weapons program into security and economic benefits for his country. But lately he's gained notoriety for his envelopes alone. President Donald Trump on Friday declared that his on-and-off summit with Kim was on again. The announcement came after Trump hosted a senior North Korean envoy at the White House and he delivered a personal letter from Kim that was inside a white envelope nearly as large as a folded newspaper. Newsday

Legalising Cannabis Could Earn UK Treasury 3.5B
Introducing a legal cannabis market to the UK could earn the Treasury between £1bn and £3.5bn a year in tax revenues, a report has suggested. Health Poverty Action, an international development organisation, claims that regulating and legalising cannabis in the UK is an “idea whose time has come” and that the windfall could be used to plug the gap in the NHS budget. “Prohibition has failed,” said the group’s advocacy officer, Natasha Horsfield.Guardian

The Papadopoulos Case Needs A Closer Look
Congress should be taking a very hard look at the prosecution of George Papadopoulos. To these eyes, the harder one looks, the more the Papadopoulos case appears to be much ado about nothing. That is no small thing: The “much ado” here is a purported Trump–Russia conspiracy to subvert a presidential election. There has always been something fishy about the charge filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Papadopoulos, who was a green-as-grass 28-year-old when he made the big primary-season move from Ben Carson–campaign novice to Trump-campaign novice. Peruse the “Statement of the Offense,” filed by Mueller’s lead prosecutor on the case, Jeannie S. Rhee (who is fresh from a stint representing the Clinton Foundation — and donating $5,400 to the Hillary Clinton campaign). National Review

Trump/Russia May Expose Extent Of Five Eyes Allied Spying
Over the past month, a number of articles have made reference to the timeline surrounding the Obama administration’s counterintelligence operation into President Donald Trump’s campaign ‘s alleged ties to Russia. Investigations conducted by Congressional and Senate committees are entering the second year and what has been pieced together by investigators – battling for documents every step of the way – challenges the information the FBI and former senior Obama administration have revealed about the investigation. Sara Carter

Experts Doubt North Korea Really Destroyed Nuclear Test Site
Experts are increasingly doubtful that North Korea has destroyed its underground nuclear testing site. The weak explosions on May 24 at entrances to the Punggye-ri test site deep beneath Mount Mantap did not trigger the internal collapses that would put the site out of commission, a U.S. official told CNN, based on seismic data. No geology experts or arms inspectors – just a small delegation of foreign journalists – were allowed to monitor the showy detonations. NY Post
VOA VIEW: NK did nothing but cover an already bad site.

Republicans Furious Google Linked GOP To Nazism
Furious Republicans pushed for Congress to take action against tech giant Google on Saturday, following multiple reports of a left-leaning slant in its powerful search engine. “This was disgusting,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said. “The bias has to stop.” He was referring to a Google “knowledge panel” that displayed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party. Google’s “knowledge panels” appear for many groups and individuals whenever users search for them. NY Post

Cuba To Begin Constitutional Reform Process
The national assembly of Cuba is expected to begin a rewrite of its constitution that will give "legal backing to the Communist-run island’s economic and social opening while upholding the "irrevocable nature of socialism," Reuters reports. Why it matters: Cuba has come a long way socially, as it only recently approved sex-change operations and discriminated against homosexuals following the 1959 revolution, per Reuters. The last time it changed its constitution was in 2002, when it made socialism "irrevocable." Axios

Israel Denies New Deal With Russian In Syria
Israel denied claims today by Russian officials and reports in Arab media outlets about new understandings that were allegedly reached about the situation in Southern Syria. An Israeli official told me that no deal was reached with the Russians so far. Why it matters: The Syrian army is about to start a military operation against rebels in Southern Syria near the Israeli and Jordanian borders, which would violate a ceasefire deal signed by the U.S., Russia and Jordan last July. Axios

Hagel: America More Divided Than 1968 'in Many Ways,' But Can 'Self-Correct'
Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said America is more divided “in many ways” today than it was in 1968 during the Vietnam War but predicted that the U.S. would eventually “self-correct.” Former Senator Bobby Kennedy (D-N.Y.) was assassinated in 1968 during his presidential campaign. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. That November, Richard Nixon won the White House. PJ Media

Catholic Bishops to Immigration Officials: Separating Families 'Does Not Allay Security Concerns'
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on the Department of Homeland Security to not inflict "trauma" on children by separating them from parents applying for asylum at the border or apprehended crossing into the country illegally. “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Gatlinburg Law Enforcement Training Conference in Tennessee on May 8. “If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.” PJ Media

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Niall Ferguson Quits Stanford Free Speech Role Over Leaked Emails
Niall Ferguson, the conservative British historian and political commentator, has resigned from a key position on a US university free speech programme after leaked emails revealed that he urged a group of Republican students to conduct “opposition research” on a leftwing student. Ferguson had been serving in a senior leadership role on the Cardinal Conversations, a Stanford University programme that has given a platform to contentious speakers including Charles Murray, the controversial social scientist who has claimed that black and Latino genetics are linked to intellectual inferiority. Guardian

Judge Rips 'Privileged' Young Adults For Doing Drugs At Music Festival
An Australian judge tore into a group of “privileged” young professionals for getting busted with drugs at a music festival given their well-off roots, according to a report Friday. Sydney Magistrate Judge Robyn Denes said she was fed up with well-off pill poppers traipsing through her courtroom after more than 65 people were caught with ecstasy and other drugs at the outdoor rave “A State of Trance” last month, according to News.com.au. NY Post

Minnesota Archdiocese Reaches $210M Settlement With 450 Clergy Abuse Victims
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has reached a $210 million settlement agreement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of a bankruptcy reorganization, officials announced Thursday. At $210,290,724, it is estimated to be the second-largest payout by the Catholic church in the U.S., according to the Associated Press. It comes after nearly four years of bankruptcy proceedings and negotiations.  NPR

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GOP Lawmaker Requested 'Sensitive' Email Audit Of His Own Staff
On Monday, freshman Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced he will not seek re-election. On Wednesday, he requested an investigation into his own congressional staff. "This is (a) SENSITIVE request on behalf of the member who would like to audit several employees," reads an official IT incident receipt that was reviewed by NPR. The IT receipt was provided by a congressional source who requested anonymity in order to share an internal U.S. House of Representatives document. The request was reported on Wednesday morning through a technology support office run by the chief administrative officer of the House. "Tom Garrett" is identified by name on the document as the office making the request. NPR

Hacking Group Targets Industrial Safety Systems
A hacking group known as XENOTIME, which shut down an industrial plant in the Middle East last year, is expanding its targets and could launch destructive attacks on the safety components of industrial control systems, the cybersecurity firm Dragos reports in a blog post. Why it matters: Such attacks could affect operations at nuclear, chemical, and other industrial plants, and outcomes involving death or physical harm could be either a goal or an acceptable outcome of the attacks. Per Dragos, "XENOTIME is easily the most dangerous threat activity publicly known ... which can lead to scenarios involving loss of life and environmental damage." Axios

What They're Saying: The Backlash To Vogue's Saudi Princess Cover
Women in Saudi Arabia will be legally allowed to drive on June 24, and Vogue Arabia is marking the sea change with its June cover featuring Saudi princess Hayfa Bint Abdullah Al Saud behind the wheel. Yes, but: The glowing cover contrasts with the Saudi administration's continued crackdown on women's rights activism. Human Rights Watch reports that at least 11 activists have been arrested in Saudi Arabia since mid-May. Axios

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Thousands Of Acres Destroyed In Colorado, New Mexico Fires
Wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico Friday and Saturday burned thousands of acres, destroyed buildings and caused mass evacuations. The 416 Fire in Colorado's La Plata County burned 1,100 acres, spurring more than 800 homes to be vacated on Saturday and residents of 750 more homes to be put on alert. The fire, which was north of Durango Friday morning, was being fueled by shifting winds that caused nearly two square miles to be burned.UPI

Puerto Rico: Deaths Increased By More Than 1400 After Maria
There were 1,431 more deaths than usual in Puerto Rico in the months after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island, government data show. The Puerto Rican government documented 1,431 more deaths in September, October and November 2017 than they did in the same three months a year earlier, CNN reported. The data show that 3,040 people died in the first full month alone after the storm hit on Sept. 20, which is an increase of 680 over the same period the previous year, the Washington Post reported. UPI

American Airlines Warns Of Fare Increases If Oil Remains High
Oil prices have risen around 50 percent compared to the levels seen last year and that is putting pressure on airline profits. “If it becomes clear this is the new normal you would see over time less capacity and growth in the industry and therefore higher prices, but I don’t think that’s going to happen in the near term,” CEO Doug Parker told reporters on the sidelines of the annual IATA meeting of airline executives in Sydney. Reuters

Trump's Lawyers, In Confidential Memo, Argue To Head Off A Historic Subpeona
President Trump’s lawyers have for months quietly waged a campaign to keep the special counsel from trying to force him to answer questions in the investigation into whether he obstructed justice, asserting that he cannot be compelled to testify and arguing in a confidential letter that he could not possibly have committed obstruction because he has unfettered authority over all federal investigations. MSN
VOA VIEW: Mueller is wasting time and money.

Gavin Newsom And Antonio Villaraigosa Face Past In California Race
Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democratic candidate for governor of California, was working the hallways of Grand Central Market the other day, stopping people at every turn and food counter to ask for votes in this Tuesday’s primary. That included Bruce Binkow, 61, a boxing promoter, over his lunch at Prawn Coastal. Mr. Binkow smiled at the pitch from Mr. Villaraigosa, a former mayor of Los Angeles. But as he moved on, Mr. Binkow said his thoughts were less on the race and more on what he described as California’s prosperity under the man who has served 16 years as governor over the past 40 years — Jerry Brown, the Democrat stepping off the stage because of term limits. World News

May Jobs Report Great For Everyone-Except Dems Running For Office
Friday's monthly employment report was great news for anyone looking for a job in America – unless you happen to be a Democrat running for Congress. Among the many contentious topics swirling around this year's campaign, none is more important than the perennial issue of employment. Voters who are employed are historically more likely to favor incumbents than those who are out of work. CNBC

Scientists Alarmed As Drone Reveals Mysterious Cracks In Kilauea-Hawaii Volcano Eruption
A drone mission has alarmed scientists monitoring the erupting Hawaii volcano, which has become one of the world’s most dangerous and volatile sites. Kilauea has shocked the world with streams of lava swallowing houses and giant fissures opening up across Hawaii. The latest aerial drone footage of the volcano has revealed dramatic changes within the volcano spotted at one of Kilauea's main craters. Express UK

CNN Anchor Slammed After Suggesting Trump Campaign MS-13 Parallel
CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota was slammed by conservative Twitter users Saturday when she tried to draw parallels between the idea of FBI informants in the brutal gang MS-13 and President Donald Trump’s claim that his campaign was spied on. “You believe that the FBI planted a spy in the Trump campaign. Are you using the term informant and spy interchangeably?” Camerota asked Matt Schlapp, formerly President George W. Bush's political director. Fox
VOA VIEW: CNN and Camerota are liberal idiots.

President Dictated Statement On Son's Trump Tower Meeting
In a confidential letter to special counsel Robert Mueller in January, President Donald Trump's legal team acknowledged for the first time that Trump "dictated" the first misleading statement put out about his son's controversial 2016 meeting with Russians at Trump Tower. "You have received all of the notes, communications and testimony indicating that the President dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times article on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.," the letter said, according to The New York Times, which published a copy of it. "His son then followed up by making a full public disclosure regarding the meeting, including his public testimony that there was nothing to the meeting and certainly no evidence of collusion." CNN

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