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Mueller Needs To 'Man Up', Avoid Pulling 'Another Comey' As Russia Probe Wraps Up
Calling the investigation a "long nightmare with the American people," Giuliani also issued a challenge directly to Mueller's team, telling investigators to "man up" rather than seek to subpoena President Trump. "They have to make a decision without it," Giuliani said on ABC's "This Week," noting that the Trump team has already made available several witnesses and turned over more than a million documents. "So, come on, man up and make your decision." Fox
VOA VIEW: Mueller needs to move on before he makes a bigger idiot of himself.

'Comey And The Boys' Shouldn't Have Hidden Probe Of Manafort During Campaign
The FBI should have disclosed that it was "doing a number" on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in 2016, President Trump said Sunday, at once excoriating both federal investigators and the lack of transparency surrounding the ongoing Russia probe. "As only one of two people left who could become President, why wouldn’t the FBI or Department of 'Justice' have told me that they were secretly investigating Paul Manafort (on charges that were 10 years old and had been previously dropped) during my campaign?" Trump tweeted. "Should have told me!" Fox
VOA VIEW: There is much done  wrong and  sneaky by Mueller and his clan.

Residents Stranded With No Power And Water In Area Cut Off By Lava In Hawaii
Nearly a dozen people are stranded in an area cut off by lava following "vigorous eruptions" from the Kilauea volcano, Hawaii authorities announced Sunday. Hawaii Civil Defense Service officials said they went through the neighborhood to warn residents this was their last chance to evacuate before their final escape route was cut off by lava. Some chose to stay in the area, which now has no power, cell reception, landlines or county water, officials said. CNN

Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access To Data On Users And Friends
As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers popular features of the social network, such as messaging, “like” buttons and address books. NY Times
VOA VIEW: Facebook should be very highly regulated.

Joe Biden Steams Into Midterm Campaigns As 2020 Question Looms
There are two questions Joe Biden just can’t avoid most days: When can you campaign for me? And what are you doing in 2020? The former vice president already has been one of the most active Democratic surrogates in 2017 and 2018, and his advisers are hard at work on plans for a busy campaign schedule this fall that could have him appearing at as many as a dozen events each week. NBC

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China Warns Trade Agreements At Risk If US Imposes Tariffs
China warned the United States on Sunday that any deals the two countries reach on trade will be void if President Donald Trump's threatened tariff hike on Chinese goods goes ahead. The warning came after U.S.-Chinese delegations wrapped up their latest round of talks as part of a sprawling trade dispute between Beijing and Washington. NBC
VOA VIEW: China's threats or warnings should go into deaf ears.

New Mexico, Colorado, California Fires Burn Thousands Of Acres
Fires in New Mexico, Colorado and New Mexico continued to burn thousands of acres Sunday. New Mexico's Ute fire grew to 31,930 acres on Sunday as forecasts of strong thunderstorms in the area raised concerns about about flash flooding on burn scars and the possibility of lightning strikes causing more fires, according to the New Mexico State Forestry Division. UPI

Bashar Al-Assad To Visit Kim Jong Un In North Korea
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is set to visit North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, North Korean media reported Sunday. North Korean state news agency Korean Central News Agency reported Assad received credentials to visit Kim in North Korea, but didn't specify a date for a meeting. UPI

Melania Trump Skipping G7, North Korea Summits
First lady Melania Trump will not join her husband at the G7 summit in Quebec later this week and there are "no plans" for her to travel to Singapore to meet with North Korea's leader later this month, a spokeswoman told Fox News late Sunday. Mrs. Trump stayed behind Friday when President Donald Trump, and family-- including his daughters, eldest son and son-in-law-- went to the Camp David retreat for the weekend. Fox
VOA VIEW: Don't make too much about Melania's attendance.

Giuliani: Trump Could Have Shot James Comey And Not Be Prosecuted
Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani claimed Sunday that the President hypothetically could have shot the former FBI director to end the Russia investigation and not face prosecution for it while in office. Giuliani told HuffPost in an interview that Trump's presidential power extends so far that "in no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted." "I don't know how you can indict while he's in office. No matter what it is," he said. CNN

North Korea Shakes Up Military Leadership As Trump-Kim Summit Nears
North Korea's top three military officials have been replaced ahead of an historic summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump, according to multiple reports. All three appear to have been replaced by younger Kim loyalists, part of an ongoing transformation of the country's political and military establishment since the young leader took power in 2011. South Korea's Yonhap news agency, citing an unnamed intelligence official, reported that defense chief Pak Yong Sik had been replaced by No Kwang Chol, while Ri Myong Su, chief of the Korean People's Army (KPA) general staff, had been replaced by his deputy, Ri Yong Gil. CNN
VOA VIEW: Un is protecting his turf.

Friends In High Places: How Trump Uses The Power Of The Pardon
When it comes to pardons from this populist president, the little guy need not apply — at least, not yet. If you want President Donald Trump to offer that relief, it helps to be famous, to know him personally or to accuse the government of executing a high-profile witch hunt against you. And one of the messages he's sent, according to some legal experts, is that it will help in the future to have been loyal to him during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. NBC

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Iran Calls On World To Stand Up To Trump, Save Nuclear Deal
The world should stand up to Washington’s bullying behavior, Iran’s foreign minister was quoted as saying on Sunday by state media in a letter to counterparts, as the top diplomat intensifies efforts to save a nuclear deal after a U.S. exit. U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out last month from the 2015 accord between Iran and world powers that lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Iran is crying the blues.

End Of An Era? Tea Party Class Of House Republicans Fades
The Republican newcomers stunned Washington back in 2010 when they seized the House majority with bold promises to cut taxes and spending and to roll back what many viewed as Barack Obama's presidential overreach. But don't call them tea party Republicans anymore. Eight years later, the House Tea Party Caucus is long gone. So, too, are almost half the 87 new House Republicans elected in the biggest GOP wave since the 1920s. Newsday
VOA VIEW: And the liberal point is ...

Schumer Urges EPA To Keep Mileage Standards For Passenger Cars
Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon plans to roll back mileage standards for passenger vehicles, arguing that scrapping rules designed to increase fuel efficiency will hurt consumers already reeling from skyrocketing gas prices. Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said Pruitt’s proposal to vacate Obama-era rules that would require new passenger vehicles to have average gas mileage of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025 also will contribute to climate change and make the U.S. auto industry less competitive. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Schumer should save his breath.

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Trump Running WH Like A CEO
Such a photograph would, it is fair to assume, have been beyond the most delirious, hallucinatory imaginings of a tropical fever patient five years ago. Donald Trump sits at the Resolute desk in the Oval Office with hands folded and a broad grin. To his right, dressed in black, stands an unsmiling Kim Kardashian West, a reality TV superstar catapulted to fame a decade ago by a sex tape. Guardian
VOA VIEW: It's about time someone did.

U.S. Allies Rebuke Trump Administration's Trade Actions At G7 Meeting
The finance ministers from the six non-U.S. members of the G7 issued a statement Saturday criticizing the trade actions taken by the Trump administration. The U.S. announced Thursday that it would extend tariffs — 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminum — to Canada, Mexico and the European Union, citing national security concerns as the main reason for implementation. NPR
VOA VIEW: You don't agree when the deck is staked against you.

From Travel Ban To Political Pins: Pending Decisions From The Supreme Court
On Monday at 10 a.m., the Supreme Court might release opinions in a number of significant cases on this year's docket, deciding the fate of President Trump's travel ban, public sector unions and political redistricting — among other possibilities. The Court never says in advance which opinions it's releasing, and it has until the end of June to either release opinions or decide to postpone the decisions. So there's no way of knowing what, exactly, might get dropped on any given opinion day. NPR

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Clinton: 'Impeachment Hearings Would Have Begun' For A Dem President
Former President Clinton said impeachment hearings would already be underway if a Democrat was in the White House and the special counsel’s Russia investigation was as far along as it is now. “I think if the roles were reversed — now, this is me just talking, but it’s based on my experience — if it were a Democratic president, and these facts were present, most people I know in Washington believe impeachment hearings would have begun already,” Clinton said in an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Clinton is talking through his a.. .

Most Americans Fear Driverless Cars
A lot of Americans are fearful of autonomous cars, but 33% are at least somewhat likely to buy one once they are available, according to a new Axios/SurveyMonkey poll. Why it matters: To the degree the survey is accurate and reflects a broad global trend, everything from the world's sprawling car industry, to roads and cities themselves, could be on the cusp of a fundamental transformation. The backdrop: Every carmaker on the planet, large and small, in addition to Wall Street, Silicon Valley and governments, seem united in the conviction that we are all going to abandon the wheel and be driven around by robots. Axios

Democratic Governors Threaten To Sue Over Trump Abortion Rule
Democratic governors are threatening to sue the Trump administration over a proposed rule that would force Planned Parenthood to give up its federal grants or keep family-planning and abortion-related services under different roofs. "If this reckless policy is finalized as written, we will have no choice but to explore all possible avenues, including legal options, to block it from harming the women in our states," Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and 13 fellow members of the Democratic Governors Association wrote in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. "Our voices will be heard on this damaging proposal, and we are prepared to match our words with action." NBC

American Farmers Worry They'll Pay The Price Of Trump's Trade War
America’s farmers are about to start harvesting the wheat crop. Close to 60m tonnes are gathered annually and almost half is usually exported. Where this crop will be sold, though, remains an open question. As Donald Trump’s trade war escalates, a lot of farmers are worried. Trump was elected, in part, on a promise to put America’s interests first and crack down on what he characterises as a world trade system rigged against the US. But until recently the president has acted like many of his predecessors – talking tough on the campaign trail but backtracking in the White House. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.

Devin Nunes Warns Google May Need To Testify If Anit GOP Search Results Keep Showing Up
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday there may be a need for Google to testify after the company's search engine showed results linking Republicans to "Nazism." Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, the California Republican framed the issue as one in which tech monopolies "should be reined in" and called for a new search engine to compete against Google that doesn't "censor" conservatives. Washington Examiner

Ancestry Wants Your Spit, Your DNA And Your Trust. Should You Give Them All 3?
It markets its DNA kits with promises that tug at the heartstrings: Discover ancestors. Strengthen family ties. Understand your life. Aided by venture capital and a flood of savvy marketing, Ancestry LLC has grown to become the world’s largest DNA testing conglomerate. Since 2012, it has lured more than 5 million people to spit into tubes and add their genetic code to the world’s lragest private database of DNA. Tampa Bay

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Clinton: 'Mother Woulda Whipped Me for Five Days in a Row' for 'Badmouthing' Like Trump
Former President Bill Clinton told CBS in an interview aired Sunday that his "mother woulda whipped me for five days in a row when I was a little boy if I spent all my time badmouthing people" like President Trump. "I don't like all this," he said of political rhetoric today. "I couldn't be elected anything now 'cause I just don't like embarrassing people." Clinton has co-authored a novel with best-selling author James Patterson, The President Is Missing, due to be released Monday. In the thriller, the president takes on an international terrorist plot, at one point getting into a shootout at Nationals Park. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Clinton is again talking like an idiot.

Google Aplogizes For Labeling NC State Senator As Bigot
Google has apologized to Republican North Carolina state Sen. Trudy Wade for an old photo of her with the superimposed word ‘bigot’ in red capital letters that appeared on the search engine’s results related to the senator’s name. A story published by Vice about the photo, which was then distributed by media aggregator Drudge, prompted the apology from Google on Friday.  News Observer

Israel To Join Largest International Navy Exercise
In face of rising tensions with Iran, Israel will participate - for the first time - in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercise led by the US 3rd fleet off of the coast of Hawaii and Southern California later this month. RIMPAC, the world’s largest international maritime exercise, will be be held from June 27 to August 2nd and will see the participation of 26 nations, 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel. J Post

Reagan's Daughter: My Dad Would Be Appalled By Trump Presidency
Ronald Reagan would be “appalled” by the Trump presidency, daughter Patty Davis tells the Washington Post. In a letter written on the occasion of the anniversary her father’s June 5, 2004 death, Davis said Reagan would be “pretty horrified at where we’ve come to.” “He would be appalled and heartbroken,” she wrote, “at a Congress that refuses to stand up to a president who not only seems ignorant of the Constitution but who also attempts at every turn to dismantle and mock our system of checks and balances.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: A liberal idiotic statement.

Rhode Island Becomes Latest State to Pass New Gun-Reform Laws
Rhode Island on Friday became the latest state to pass new gun restrictions after several high-profile mass shootings over the last year. Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo signed two provisions into law. One bans bump stocks, the devices that modify semiautomatic rifles into automatic-fire weapons. Though bump stocks rarely make an appearance in shootings, they were used to deadly effect by Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people in Las Vegas last year. Since then, the federal government has moved to ban them, though that process could take years. NY Mag

Army Taps AM Genral For 300 Humvees
The U.S. Army awarded a $44.1 million contract modification to AM General LLC to produce 300 expanded-capacity high-mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, commonly known as Humvees. The South Bend, Ind., manufacturer can also deliver optional equipment under the terms of the contract modification, the Defense Department said Thursday. UPI

Trump Can Probably Pardon Himself, But Has No Plan To
President Donald Trump, under pressure from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, probably has the power to pardon himself but does not plan to do so, his attorney Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday. Asked whether Trump has the power to give himself a pardon, Giuliani said, “He’s not, but he probably does.” Giuliani added that Trump “has no intention of pardoning himself,” but that the U.S. Constitution, which gives a president the authority to issue pardons, “doesn’t say he can’t.” Reuters

A Moral Crisis Grips US Border, Yet Religious Right Shamefully Silent
As a matter of recent policy, agents of the American government take children from their parents’ arms at our southern border. They are kept at separate facilities for indeterminate periods of time. The parents are jailed and the children are put in the care of non-governmental agencies, sometimes in other states. Guardian

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New Italian Interior Minister: 'The Good Times for Illegals Is Over'
Italy's new hardline interior minister, Matteo Salvini, made it clear in a visit to Sicily that the new populist coalition government meant what it said when it pledged to send refugees back where they came from. France 24: The head of the far-right League is on the road seeking to rally support for his party's candidates in municipal elections later this month, as part of a broader effort to boost the traditionally secessionist party's profile in the country's poorer south. PJ Media

Sarah Sanders Slaps Paul Krugman For 'Great Recession' Prediction Under Trump
The White House frequently has made fun of Krugman for his November 2016 prediction that “if the question is when markets will recover, a first-pass answer is never.” The Nobel Prize-winning economist continued: “Putting an irresponsible, ignorant man who takes his advice from all the wrong people in charge of the nation with the world’s most important economy would be very bad news. What makes it especially bad right now, however, is the fundamentally fragile state much of the world is still in, eight years after the great financial crisis.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Krugman is a liberal idiot.

Trump Questions Why Comey, FBI Never Alerted His Campaign About Manafort Investigation
President Donald Trump attacked former FBI Director James Comey on Sunday morning, saying that he never would have hired his now-indicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort if the FBI had come clean about their investigations at the time. President Trump has been very critical of the FBI’s recently revealed use of a “confidential human source” within the campaign, claiming that if the motive was to uncover Russian attempts to influence his campaign, he should have been informed. Daily Caller

Bill Murray Says He Doesn’t Know What Harvey Weinstein Is Being Accused Of
Despite dominating international news headlines since last fall, the full extent of this Harvey Weinstein situation still hasn’t made its way to Bill Murray. Such a revelation occurred during a new interview with The Guardian, during which he was asked by the reporter to reflect on a quote Weinstein said a few years ago: “Being a Murray-ite is a religion, where you can behave as badly as you want to people, and they still love you.  Vulture

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