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Bay Area Exodus? Nearly 50% Of Californians Say They Want To Move Out Soon
A whopping 46 percent of California Bay Area residents fed up with the region’s high cost of living and soaring home prices are planning to pack their bags and move out in the next few years, a poll has found. The poll, conducted by the Bay Area Council, which describes itself as a business-sponsored, public policy advocacy organization, also found that homelessness and heavy traffic are among the things that most irk residents who live there. Fox
VOA VIEW: They should leave the area.

Supreme Court Sides With Colorado Baker Who Refused To Make Wedding Cake For Same Sex Couple
The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, in one of the most closely watched cases of the term. In a 7-2 decision, the justices set aside a Colorado court ruling against the baker -- while stopping short of deciding the broader issue of whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people. The opinion was penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the swing justice in tight cases. Fox
VOA VIEW: The case was decided on the issue of the First Amendment - belief in GOD.

Unpacking The Real Story Behind Republicans' Chances At Holding The Senate In 2018
On Sunday, The New York Times published a piece headlined "Senate Republicans Are Newly Hopeful About the Midterms. For Good Reason." The argument in the piece, as the headline suggests, is that Republicans are -- and should be -- optimistic about their chances of holding (and maybe even expanding) their one-seat majority. Is that right?  CNN

Pentagon Opens Investigation Into Ronny Jackson Allegations
The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into allegations related to Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump's one-time personal White House physician whose nomination as veterans affairs secretary was withdrawn amid allegations of misconduct and poor administration of the White House medical office. "The DoD Office of Inspector General has initiated an investigation into allegations related to Rear Admiral Ronny L. Jackson," IG spokesman Bruce Anderson said in a statement to CNN. CNN
VOA VIEW: The truth will find ... .

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Why Melania Trump's Vanishing Act Matters
She hasn't been seen with President Donald Trump at a public event since May 10, four days before she underwent a procedure for a kidney problem. She won't be at her husband's side for the G-7 economic meeting in Quebec City later this week, and she's not going to Singapore for his historic nuclear disarmament summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. NBC
VOA VIEW: The liberal media is bugged out and should be kept guessing.

EPA's Pruitt Told Aide To Obtain 'Old Mattress' From Trump Hotel
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt instructed an aide to seek a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel and help him hunt for a new apartment, according to testimony contained in a letter released by House Democrats Monday. Ranking Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Gerry Connolly of Virginia, in the letter addressed to House oversight committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., accused Pruitt of "multiple abuses of authority" for using agency aides to complete personal tasks, which is prohibited under federal ethics rules. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal fools don't have the intelligence to do anything else,

Parkland Students Plan Bus Tour To Urge Midterm Voting
Students of the Parkland, Fla., high school where 17 people died in a February shooting announced plans Monday for a nationwide bus tour this summer to address multiple issues, including voter turnout for this fall's midterm elections. Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the Feb. 14 attack at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School who co-founded the "March for Our Lives" movement, announced the summer bus tours -- in which activist students will make stops to encourage registering to vote. UPI
VOA VIEW: A liberal movement.

Korean Conflict Could Strain US Military
Instability in North Korea could seriously strain the U.S. military and the challenges of addressing a potential conflict on the peninsula is a viable reason for reducing tensions, a U.S. analyst told UPI. Michael Mazarr, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corp., said in a recent phone interview his study indicates lowering tensions is beneficial because of risks. The results of Mazarr's co-authored findings come at a time when President Donald Trump appears to be resuming diplomacy with North Korea and has agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un on June 12. UPI

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Free Trade Puts Republican Megadonors On Collision Course With Trump
Groups backed by powerful Republican donors Charles and David Koch said on Monday they will champion free trade and oppose tariffs with a multimillion-dollar campaign that puts them on a collision course with President Donald Trump. The embrace of free trade principles by major Republican donors comes as Trump pursues aggressive measures against trading partners from China to Canada and U.S. allies in Europe, in line with his campaign pledge to pursue better trade deals. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Who cares about America first?

FBI Agent Whose Gun Went Off Dancing At Bar Tested For Alcohol
Denver police say they’re awaiting lab results to help determine if an off-duty FBI agent could face charges after accidentally firing a weapon that dropped out of its holster while he was dancing at a nightclub. Police say in a statement Monday that they want to determine if alcohol was a factor. Prosecutors will determine whether the agent will face any charges in the shooting that wounded another man. The victim was taken to a hospital in good condition. Police have said the agent was dancing at the downtown club early Saturday when the gun fell from his waistband holster onto the floor. The firearm went off when the agent picked it up. NY Post

Apple Requested 'Zero' Personal Data In Deals With Facebook, CEO Tim Cook Says
"We've never been in the data business," Apple CEO Tim Cook told NPR on Monday, responding to a report that Facebook struck agreements giving Apple and other device makers access to Facebook users' personal information. Information on users' relationship status, religion and political leaning is among the private data that became available under partnerships between Facebook and at least 60 device makers, The New York Times reported. NPR

Jordan's Prime Minister Resigns Amid Protests Against Austerity
After four nights of anti-government protests in Amman and other cities, Jordan's King Abdullah II summoned Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki to the palace, where Mulki tendered his resignation. Jordan's education minister Omar Razzaz, a Harvard-educated economist, has been appointed the new prime minister and will name a new cabinet. It will be up to him to defuse a crisis over a tax plan — for Jordanians, the last straw in a long list of burdensome austerity measures imposed in the midst of the country's economic crisis. NPR

Starbucks Executive Chairman Howard Schultz Steps Down
Starbucks Corp Executive Chairman Howard Schultz is stepping down, effective June 26, the world’s biggest coffee chain said on Monday, fuelling speculation that the outspoken, liberal-leaning executive will make a U.S. presidential bid. Schultz, 64, has been with Starbucks for nearly four decades and built it into one of the world’s most powerful global brands. Under his leadership, the Seattle-based coffeeshop chain went from 11 cafes to more than 28,000 in 77 countries. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Schultz has hurt Starbucks with his pro black and liberal antics.

Trump: I Have Absolute Right To Pardon Myself
President Donald Trump asserted Monday that he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself, but maintained he has done nothing wrong to require making such a move as he and his legal team step up their attacks on the sweeping investigation into Russian election interference. “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?” Trump tweeted Monday morning. Newsday

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Bill Clinton Bristles At Lewinsky, #MeToo Questions
Former President Bill Clinton says the #MeToo movement is overdue. But he's bristling at questions about Monica Lewinsky. In an interview with NBC's "Today Show" released Monday, Clinton was asked whether he should have resigned 20 years ago for his sexual relationship with the White House intern and whether the #MeToo movement has changed his perspective. Clinton says his critics are "omitting facts" to lump him in with other men accused of sexual assault and harassment. Newsday

Trump To Meet Kim At 9AM Singapore Time On June 12
Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are tentatively scheduled to meet at 9am Singapore time on 12 June, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said that planning for the historic summit continues. “We are actively preparing for the 12 June summit between the president and the North Korean leader,” Sanders said on Monday. “We feel like things are continuing to move forward, and good progress has been made.” Guardian

Elusive First Lady Finally Emerges To Make First Public Appearance In 25 Days
Melania Trump has made her first public appearance in almost a month at a reception for Gold Star families at the White House on Monday evening. Entering the event alongside President Trump, the first lady appeared well as she was videoed walking in, despite the White House saying no press coverage of the event would be allowed. She was wearing a black dress and six-inch black heels, several attendees told the DailyMail.com. Daily Mail UK
VOA VIEW: The liberal media should have been kept making their absorb innuendoes.

France's Fake News Law Leaves Media Experts Uneasy
The draft law, designed to stop what the government calls "manipulation of information" in the run-up to elections, will be debated in parliament Thursday with a view to it being put into action during next year's European parliamentary polls. The idea for the bill came straight from President Emmanuel Macron, who was himself targeted during his 2017 campaign by online rumours that he was gay and had a secret bank account in the Bahamas. Yahoo News

Homeland Compiles List Of All Bloggers, Journalist & Social Media Influencers
So if you have a website, an important blog or you are just very active on social media, the Department of Homeland Security is going to put you on a list and will start collecting information about you.  The DHS has already announced that it will hire a contractor to aid in monitoring media coverage, and they will definitely need plenty of help because it is going to be a very big job…"As part of its “media monitoring,” the DHS seeks to track more than 290,000 global news sources as well as social media in over 100 languages, including Arabic, Chinese and Russian, for instant translation into English." Zero Hedge
VOA VIEW: Tough call and seems to be targeting.

How Jesus Died: Rare Evidence Of Roman Crucifixion Found
The body of a man buried in northern Italy 2,000 years ago shows signs that he died after being nailed to a wooden cross, the method used for the execution of Jesus described in the Christian Bible. Although crucifixion was a common form of capital punishment for criminals and slaves in ancient Roman times, the new finding is only the second time that direct archaeological evidence of it has been found. Live Science

Apple's New Digital Wellbeing Tools Aim To Reduce Screen Time
Apple has unveiled digital wellbeing tools to help people reduce the time they spend glued to their screens. A new app called Screen Time will offer iPhone and iPad users a dashboard highlighting how much time they have spent using which apps, how many notifications they receive, how often they pick up their device and how their usage patterns compare to the average. Guardian

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Gun Studies: Permit Laws Reduce Murders; Red Flag Laws Cut Suicides
In the wake of the Parkland high school massacre, there's been renewed interest in "red flag" laws, which allow courts and police to temporarily remove guns from people perceived to pose a threat. The new research offers insight into the laws' effect — and it may not be what you think. "Although these laws tended to be enacted after mass shooting events, in practice, they tend to be enforced primarily for suicide prevention," says Aaron Kivisto, a clinical psychologist with the University of Indianapolis who studies gun violence prevention. NPR
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are in hysterics over facts they hate.

Woman Cured Of Advanced Breast Cancer Using Own Immune Cells In Exciting Global First
A woman has been completely cured of breast cancer after doctors tweaked her immune system, enabling it to destroy the tumours that had spread through her body. The treatment, which succeeded after all other conventional treatments had failed, marks the first successful application of T-cell immunotherapy for late-stage breast cancer. Independent UK

Disgraced Deputy Haunted By Failure At Florida School Shooting
The disgraced Florida sheriff’s deputy who stayed outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a killer stalked its halls has spent the 90 days since the massacre wondering why he failed to save lives, according to a report. “It’s haunting,” Scot Peterson said in a Washington Post report published Monday. “I’ve cut that day up a thousand ways with a million different what-if scenarios, but the bottom line is I was there to protect, and I lost 17.” NY Post

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WH Reporters Left Fuming After Sarah Sanders Cuts Them Off
White House reporters on Monday were left angry and frustrated by press secretary Sarah Sanders, after she dodged questions about President Trump dictating a memo about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians in 2016, and otherwise cut short several reporters who were looking to ask more follow-up questions. Sanders has generally frustrated the press by offering short amounts of time for questions and answers, but Monday's briefing made it clear that more and more reporters are becoming openly hostile. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Sanders did what America wants - end liberal outrage.

Spending On Medicare Drugs Soars Despite Drop In Prescriptions
Medicare paid 77 percent more for brand-name drugs over a five-year span, despite a 17 percent drop in the number of medicines prescribed, an inspector general study found. The study from the Department of Health and Human Services' watchdog looked at the impact of high drug prices on costs for Medicare Part D, the program’s prescription drug plan.  Washington Examiner

Go Deeper: Inside Facebook's Newest Data Privacy Black Eye
Facebook faces a raft of new criticisms in the wake of a New York Times story about the social network's program of sharing user data with smartphone makers. Why it matters: Critics of the company in Congress and the media are piling on Facebook and framing this story as "Cambridge Analytica II." But industry insiders are questioning the import of the new revelations, since device makers are a unique and trusted class of "third party" data users — and also since there's no evidence of actual misuse of data this time around. Axios

Trump's Legal Team Readies For Fraught Showdown With Mueller
Despite President Trump’s declarations that he has expansive powers that could blunt the special-counsel investigation, his legal team is preparing for the possibility of a presidential interview, or a legally precarious subpoena battle over such a sit-down. Trump declared in tweets Monday that he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself and called the special counsel unconstitutional, the latest efforts by the president and his lawyers to assert his authority over the federal law enforcement system. Washington Post

Trump Has Disinvited Eagles To WH, Citing Anthem Protests
Less than 24 hours before the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles were set to visit the White House, President Donald Trump rescinded their invitation, citing national anthem protests and boycotts from some team members. "[The Eagles] disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country," Trump said in a statement released Monday evening. "The Eagles wanted to send a smaller delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better." NBC
VOA VIEW: The Eagles went against the wishes of most Americans.

Navy Developing Mothership Drones For Coastal Defense
The U.S. Navy and researchers from Florida Atlantic University are developing robotic boats that can launch aerial and sub drones to protect U.S. coastal waters. “Our focus will be on developing a multi-vehicle system that can safely and reliably navigate coastal waters with a high level of autonomy while performing assigned tasks,” Manhar Dhanak, director of SeaTech, the Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering in FAU’s Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, said in a press release. Defense One

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Eric Holder Sides With Trump On Blagojevich Commutation
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and former attorney general Eric Holder both sided with President Trump today, supporting a commutation for former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's 18-year prison sentence for corruption, per NBC News' Geoff Bennett. The details: Per Bennett, Holder said of Blagojevich's prison term: "I thought that sentence was a little harsh." And Durbin echoed those sentiments, saying, "If there's a way to reduce the sentence for him and his family, I would support it." Axios

Mattis: U.S. Troops on Korean Peninsula Non-Negotiable, 'Not Going Anywhere'
Returning from Singapore, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Sunday he found "a surprising commonality" among Indo-Pacific leaders about needing "a complete verifiable, irreversible, removal of WMD, of nuclear weapons and WMD" in North Korea negotiations. "So we'll see how it goes, but a lot of support across the board. Some challenges on other issues, but I did not hear any disagreement on this," he said after numerous meetings at the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue. PJ Media

Climate Change Has Run Its Course
Climate change is over. No, I’m not saying the climate will not change in the future, or that human influence on the climate is negligible. I mean simply that climate change is no longer a pre-eminent policy issue. All that remains is boilerplate rhetoric from the political class, frivolous nuisance lawsuits, and bureaucratic mandates on behalf of special-interest renewable-energy rent seekers. WSJ

Senate Republicans Baffled By Self Pardon Chatter From Trump, Legal Team
Senate Republicans want nothing more than for President Trump and his legal team to stop talking about whether he can pardon himself despite their repeated claim that he, along with his campaign, did nothing wrong during the 2016 presidential contest. While many Republicans believe it is an open question as to whether Trump can actually pardon himself, they are more astounded and concerned that talk of self-pardon is even being bandied about publicly after the president and his legal team made the declaration. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: The liberal media are the cause of the chatter.

The Supreme Court's Missed Opportunity In The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case
This Supreme Court term's blockbuster case about whether a state can punish a baker who does not want to create a cake for a same-sex wedding raised important questions about the scope of public accommodation laws, free speech, and free exercise of religion. It brought the conflict between anti-discrimination law and religious freedom that Justice Clarence Thomas predicted when the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage back to 1 First Street. Washington Examiner

The NRA's Powerful Response to the Hillary Clinton-Backed Gun Control 'Wear Orange' Campaign
On Friday, gun control activists launched a campaign to "wear orange" during the weekend around the third annual Gun Violence Awareness Day, sponsored by the group Everytown for Gun Safety. The National Rifle Association (NRA) responded with its own gun safety declaration, perfectly subverting the campaign. Everytown for Gun Safety asked supporters to wear orange on Friday, which it designated National Gun Violence Awareness Day. "Tomorrow is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and millions of Americans will Wear Orange — a color so loud it can't be ignored," the group tweeted. PJ Media

Papadopoulos' Wife: Trump Aide Was Absolutely Not Involved In Russian Collusion
George Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona Mangiante, said her husband was not involved in collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and that he pleaded guilty in the special counsel’s investigation to avoid facing charges that he was an agent of the Israeli government. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Mangiante also claimed that it was former Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos who, during an interview with the FBI on Jan. 27, 2017, brought up Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious Maltese professor who mentioned Hillary Clinton’s emails to him during a meeting in London in April 2016. Daily Caller

Manafort Attempted To Tamper With Potential Witnesses
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who has been indicted by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attempted to tamper with potential witnesses, Mueller said in a court filing on Monday. Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, asked the judge overseeing the case in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to revoke or revise an order releasing Manafort ahead of his trial. Trust.org
VOA VIEW: Mueller is an idiot.

Inside The Mysterious Intelligence Firm Now In Mueller's Sights
In the fall of 2016, Donald Trump Jr. and other key aides to the future president reportedly met in Trump Tower with Joel Zamel, the founder of a company called Wikistrat. Wikistrat bills itself as a “crowdsourced” geopolitical analysis firm based in Washington, D.C. But interviews with current and former employees and documents reviewed by The Daily Beast tell a different story: that the vast majority of Wikistrat’s clients were foreign governments; that Wikistrat is, for all intents and purposes, an Israeli firm; and that the company’s work was not just limited to analysis. It also engaged in intelligence collection. Google News

Pardoned Sailor By Trump, Suing Obama And Comey
A former U.S. Navy seaman who spent a year in federal prison for photographing a classified area of a nuclear submarine plans to sue former President Barack Obama and fired FBI director James Comey for selectively prosecuting him. Donald Trump issued a presidential pardon this year to Kristian Saucier, whose lawyer Ronald Daigle told Fox News on Monday that the pending lawsuit will also name the Justice Department as a defendant. Daily Mail UK

Joy Reid Accused Of Promoting Conspiracy Theories That Would Make Alex Jones Blush
Joy Reid, now a prominent MSNBC host, once questioned whether terrorist group al-Qaida might be a “Trumped up fantasy designed to perpetuate Bush’s corporate wars,” according to recently surfaced screenshots obtained by The Daily Caller. A post from “JReid” stated: “Is al-Qaida a Trumped up fantasy designed to perpetuate Bush’s corporate wars? Or is it a real threat to the security of the United States that the administration is simply incapable of containing (or worse, of inadvertently expanding…)?” Daily Caller

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