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Trump Says He'll Ask Protesting Athletes For Pardon Referrals
Amid an ongoing dispute between the White House and professional sports teams over national anthem protests, President Trump on Friday said he was open to suggestions from athletes on potential pardon candidates. “You have a lot of people, in the NFL in particular, but in sports leagues, they’re not proud enough to stand for our national anthem. I don’t like that,” Trump said. “We have a great country, you should stand for our national anthem. You shouldn’t go in a locker room when our national anthem is played.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Trump is right - don't stand, don't play.

MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Slammed For Asking If Melania, Ivanka Are 'Dead Inside' or 'Paid Off'
On her show "Deadline: White House" Wallace pondered how women close to the president cope with the ongoing allegations surrounding adult film star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a consensual sexual encounter with Trump over a decade ago (Trump denies the allegation). “Are they just the most stoic human beings, are they numb, are they dead inside, are they paid off, I mean, what’s their deal?” Wallace asked. Fox
VOA VIEW: MSNBC and Wallace are idiots.

The Chef, Storyteller And Emmy-Winning Host Of CNN's "Parts Unknown" Died Of Suicide
In death, as in life, Anthony Bourdain brought us closer together. On his award-winning series, "Parts Unknown," Bourdain brought the world home to CNN viewers. Through the simple act of sharing meals, he showcased both the extraordinary diversity of cultures and cuisines, yet how much we all have in common. Tragically, he proved this again on Friday. Bourdain's death shook television viewers around the world. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is totally unreal.

Trump Says Russia Should Be Reinstated In Group Of Leading Industrialized Nations
President Donald Trump said Friday that Russia should be reinstated to a leading group of industrialized nations ahead of his visit to the G7 summit this weekend. Trump's statement is an extraordinary break from key US allies, and particularly striking given Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. A special counsel investigation into whether Trump campaign officials colluded with Russia is underway, though Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations. "Russia should be in this meeting," Trump told reporters upon leaving the White House for the summit, which is being held in Charlevoix, Canada. CNN

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His Release From Prison Was Ruled A Mistake. Now He's Asking Trump To Set Him Free Again.
Matthew Charles got a two-year taste of freedom. Then it was taken away. And now, after rebuilding his life — a job, an apartment, a car, a girlfriend, time with his family — the 51-year-old former crack dealer is back behind bars, forced to finish a federal prison sentence that an appeals court says was wrongly cut short. Charles’ case has become a rallying point for people who say the criminal justice system doesn’t do enough to give rehabilitated offenders opportunities to live free again. NBC

Trump Hits World Stage Day One: Come Late, Leave Early, Offend Host, Alienate Allies-Boo Yah!
The world is getting a good look at the two faces of the Trump administration at this week's G-7 meeting in Charlevoix, Canada: One is that of a team of government officials working hard to find common ground with like-minded nations on a wide range of policy issues, while the other is that of a president who at times seems bent on taking a hammer to the whole process. NBC
VOA VIEW: Trump did it his way.

ICE Will Temporarily Send 1600 Immigrants To Federal Prisons
U.S. immigration officials said they will temporarily transfer 1,600 detained migrants to federal prisons in multiple states due to a "surge" in border crossings. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send 1,000 immigrants to a prison in Victorville, Calif., and the others to facilities in Seattle; Phoenix; La Tuna, Texas; and Sheridan, Ore. Among them are refugees seeking asylum. UPI

State-Level Dems Funneled $84M To Clinton's Campaign, Lawsuit Alleges
As many as 40 state-level Democratic parties may have been involved in a scheme to funnel as much as $84 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, a campaign finance lawyer contends. Dan Backer, an attorney based in Virginia, has filed a lawsuit alleging that a plan was in place to circumvent campaign contribution limits set by the federal government, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Fox
VOA VIEW: Hillary and her clan should be in jail.

Fox News Star Charles Krauthammer Reveals He Has Weeks To Live
Charles Krauthammer, the beloved and brilliant Fox News Channel personality who gave up a pioneering career in psychiatry to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning political analyst, on Friday revealed the heartbreaking news that he is in the final stages of a losing battle with cancer. “I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months,” the letter began. “I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.” Fox

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Manafort Indicted!
A new indictment linked to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Friday charged former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with obstruction of justice. Mueller's team accused Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik -- an aide alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence -- of tampering with witnesses. The court document did not name the two witnesses nor did it provide details of the allegation. UPI

Nearly 1800 Families Separated At US-Mexico Border In 17 Months Through February
Nearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, according to a senior government official, as President Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies. The numbers are the first comprehensive disclosure by the administration of how many families have been affected by the policies. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Americans who go to jail are separated from their families - why shouldn't illegals.

Special Counsel Indicts Russian
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed charges on Friday against a political operative with alleged ties to Russian intelligence, bringing his probe into possible collusion by the Trump presidential campaign a step closer to the Kremlin’s door. The indictment, filed by Mueller in District of Columbia federal court, included new counts against Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort and the operative, Manafort aide Konstantin Kilimnik, for tampering with witnesses about their lobbying for Ukraine. Reuters

DOJ Won't Defend DACA In Texas Lawsuit
The Justice Department won't defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in a federal lawsuit that Texas and six other states filed last month challenging the constitutionality of the program. The DOJ argued in a legal filing late Friday that the DACA policy is unlawful and is "an open-ended circumvention of immigration laws." The filing was filed in response to a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on behalf of seven states to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The states argue that former President Barack Obama's initial creation of DACA in 2012 violated the Constitution and federal law. CNN
VOA VIEW: Obama broke the law.

Ex CIA Officer Found Guilty In China Spying Case
A Virginia jury Friday found former CIA case officer Kevin Mallory guilty of transmitting secret and top secret documents to Chinese spies, according to a spokesman for the US attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Mallory was also convicted of lying to investigators. He faces up to life in prison. John Demers, the assistant attorney general for national security, reacted to the verdict by saying, "it is a sad day when an American citizen is convicted of spying on behalf of a foreign power." CNN

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Sheldon Adelson: The Casino Mogul Driving Trump's Middle East Policy
In 2015, the billionaire casino owner and Republican party funder Sheldon Adelson spent days in a Las Vegas courtroom watching his reputation torn apart and wondering if his gambling empire was facing ruin. An official from Nevada’s gaming control board sat at the back of the court listening to mounting evidence that Adelson bribed Chinese officials and worked with organised crime at his casinos in Macau – allegations that could have seen the magnate’s Las Vegas casinos stripped of their licenses. Guardian

Trump Says Doctors Ordered Melania Not To Travel With Him
President Donald Trump revealed new details Friday about first lady Melania Trump’s medical procedure last month, saying she had a “big operation” and couldn’t go to the G7 with him because of doctor’s orders. “First lady’s great, right there,” Trump told reporters from the South Lawn before leaving for the meeting in Quebec, while pointing to the upper-floor windows of the White House. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

Trump: No WH Invite For NBA Champs, 'We'll See' About Caps
President Trump said Friday that he might invite the Washington Capitals to the White House after they won the Stanley Cup — but at least one of the team’s stars has already said no thanks, calling Trump “racist and sexist.” “I think we’ll have the Caps, we’ll see,” Trump said outside the White House before departing for the G7 meeting in Quebec, two days after Caps standout winger Devante Smith-Pelly told Canada’s National Post that he’d bail on any invite. NY Post

Iran Facilitated Passage Of 9/11 Attackers
A prominent Iranian politician admitted that Iran knowingly facilitated the passage of al-Qaeda members who later carried out the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, potentially confirming allegations in a 9/11 Commission report. Mohammad-Javad Larijani, a former diplomat, member of a politically influential Iranian family, and current international affairs assistant in the Iranian judiciary, made the comments in an interview with Iranian state TV on May 30, according to an Al Arabiya report. The interview translation was independently confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Tran has hurt the US and world.

Trump Very Sad Over Anthony Bourdain's Death
President Trump said Friday he was saddened by Anthony Bourdain’s sudden passing — even though the salty celebrity chef regularly roasted him. Bourdain committed suicide in France and the president was magnanimous in offering his condolences. “Yeah, I think it’s very sad. In fact, I want to extend to his family my heartfelt condolences. That was very shocking,” Trump told reporters in Canada. NY Post

Judge: Trump Must Go On Recorde Over Objections To Cohen Revies
President Trump must go on the record with any objections he has to materials  OK’d for review by the feds in their probe of his personal lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen, a judge ruled Friday. Manhattan federal Judge Kimba Wood said Trump, the Trump Organization and Cohen cannot seal their arguments for why certain materials seized in an FBI raid on Cohen should not be shared with the feds. NY Post

As U.S. Flexes Its Muscles On Trade, Other Countries Are Beginning To Push Back
As the world's largest economy, the United States can use its considerable economic muscle to force other countries into making concessions in trade disputes. But as President Trump is finding out, even the biggest guy on the block can face resistance by pushing too hard. As leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries meet in Quebec, Trump is facing serious opposition from some of America's closest allies, with some Western leaders warning that they are willing to part company with the U.S. over trade. NPR
VOA VIEW: No country can win a push back against the US.

Trump Signals Possible Support For Bipartisan Marijuana Legislation
President Trump is signaling he's willing to support a move toward the legalization of marijuana, which would be a departure from the position of his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. Sessions has been known for his vocal opposition to marijuana legalization, calling it a "very real danger" during his Senate confirmation hearing, and saying, "Good people don't smoke marijuana." NPR

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American Soldier Killed In Somalia
A U.S. special operations soldier was killed in southwestern Somalia on Friday and four others were wounded when their team came under attack from insurgents. According to the U.S. Africa Command, U.S. service members were with Somali forces in an operation aimed at clearing al-Shabab, a terrorist organization, from villages and establishing a permanent combat outpost. NPR

Georgia GOP Lieutenant Governor Caught On Tape Insisting He’s A Political Hack
It’s not often that you see a seasoned politician go into a meeting with a political rival and insist he flipped-flopped on a key policy issue for dishonorable reasons. But that’s what Georgia’s longtime lieutenant governor and current gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle did, according to a transcript published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle told executive Clay Tippins he supported “bad public policy” to deprive another rival of supposed help from an outside group, in a recording obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News. NY Mag

G7 Showdown: Furious Trump Will Exit G7 Early
Donald Trump is planning to leave the G7 summit early - skipping the climate discussions - following a furious Twitter spat with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump also attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, labeling him as 'indignant' and accusing him of damaging US agriculture, while complaining that both he and President Macron 'are charging the U.S. massive tariffs.' Macron fired back on Twitter that the summit did not need the US. Daily Mail UK
VOA VIEW: Good - bye Russia and now maybe the US - dumb.

Bill Clinton Defends Franken: It Was A Difficult Case And The SNL Women Defended Him
PBS’s Judy Woodruff asked former president Bill Clinton Thursday whether he thought it was a “good thing” that norms have changed when it comes to sexual harassment. Woodruff’s example was former Minnesota senator Al Franken being forced to resign his post after accusations that, Woodruff said, were less serious than what happened in the Lewinsky scandal. Townhall

A Running List of Scott Pruitt’s Biggest Scams
We are currently in the midst of a historic Summer of Scam, from the tale of fake German heiress Anna Delvey to the crimes of the so-called “Portofino pirate.” So it’s fitting that the Trump administration’s most prolific scammer, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, has also been making headlines with grifts of his own. As of late (thanks in large part to ongoing congressional probes into the matter), not a day has gone by without new revelations about Pruitt’s mismanagement of the EPA or exorbitant spending of taxpayer funds. We now know of the hotel moisturizer that the five-eight politico forced aides to fetch and all about his fancy snack habits, and details about inane things he had his staff do keep popping up. The Cut

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Dennis Rodman To Join Trump And Kim In Singapore To Shill For A Marijuana Cryptocurrency
It’s official: Dennis Rodman will join Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Singapore for their historic summit next week. Or, at least, he’ll be there at the same time that they are. Rodman announced his travel plans on Twitter Friday and credited PotCoin, a cryptocurrency for the legal weed industry, for making the trip happen. PotCoin has previously sponsored Rodman’s trips to North Korea so he could hang out with Kim, whom the ex-NBA star once called a “friend for life.” NY Mag

Georgia Commissioner Takes Oath On 'Malcolm X Biography,' Gives Black Power Salute
Nestled in the heart of northeast Georgia lies Athens-Clarke County. Athens is home of the University of Georgia, a premier school for both academics and athletics, along with a vibrant, eclectic college-town scene. The Athens music scene birthed such diverse careers as that of alt-rock stalwarts REM, campy pop stars the B-52s, country chanteuse Jennifer Nettles, and 2000s hip-hop star Bubba Sparxxx. Exciting cuisine and a wealth of cultural experiences make Athens a unique place to live and play.   PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Total nonsense.

Clapper: Belief That Russia 'Swung' Election Is ‘Not an Indictment’ Of Trump Voters
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told PJM his claim that Russia had “swung” the 2016 election to President Trump is an “informed opinion” that’s “not based on empirical evidence” and “not an indictment of anybody who voted for Mr. Trump.” In his new book, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths From A Life In Intelligence, Clapper wrote, “Of course, the Russian efforts affected the outcome. Surprising even themselves, they swung the election to a Trump win.” “It is thinking about it and seeing and understanding better since I left the government that the full magnitude of what they did, in my mind and in my opinion, they did affect the election,” Clapper told CNN in May. PJ Media

Giuliani Trying To Influence Perception Of Mueller Probe
A series of seemingly authoritative assertions in recent weeks about the shape and scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference has helped define it in the public eye, generating countless headlines and cable chyrons about the ongoing saga that has shadowed President Donald Trump's White House. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a pain on the US.

Suicide Increased More Than 30 Percent Since 1999 In Half The States
More than a decade of steadily rising rates have made suicide the nation’s 10th leading cause of death and one of only three causes of death — including Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdoses — that are increasing in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a report that examines trends in suicide at the state level from 1999 to 2016, the CDC says suicide rates have increased in nearly every state. In half the states, the agency found the rate rose more than 30 percent. Omaha World Herald

Air Force Grounds B-1 Bombers Due To Safety Concerns
The Air Force has grounded its entire fleet of B-1B Lancer bombers due to safety concerns, military officials said Friday, putting out of service a key part of U.S. long-range bombing capabilities that had recently taken part in air strikes in Syria. In a statement Friday, the Air Force said it issued the order Thursday following an incident in Texas. Washington Times

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If We’re Lucky, This Innovation Will Nuke Climate Change Scaremongering
A team of scientists at Harvard University and a company called Carbon Engineering announced this week that they’ve figured out a low-cost, industrial-scale method of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Needless to say, it sounds like an exciting technology, which would, as The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer notes, “transform how humanity thinks about the problem of climate change.” Federalist

8 Times Obama’s Intelligence Agencies Set People Up To Fabricate The Russia Story
The intelligence bureaucracies spied on the Donald Trump campaign: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants were granted because of a Hillary Clinton-funded and unverified document, national-security letters were issued to allow warrantless spying, and the unprecedented but not-illegal-per-se unmasking of Trump officials’ conversations with non-U.S. persons was shockingly routine. Yet the news of a CIA-connected human source operating as far back as April or May of 2016 is about more than just spying. It is the latest example in what now looks to be a long line of attempted setups by the Clinton team, many times aided and abetted by our intelligence bureaucracies. Federalist
VOA VIEW: Obama and Hillary are lying losers and scam artists.

Trump Is Fulfilling Russia’s Dream Of Splitting The Western Alliance
One of Russia’s principal foreign-policy goals for decades has been to split the United States from is allies. Whether by accident or by design, President Trump appears intent on bringing that dream to fruition. The most immediate theater of Western disarray is today’s G7 meeting in Canada. Trump has been fomenting a trade war, hurling wild and largely groundless accusations at America’s allies. “Why isn’t the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies,” he demands. “Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!” NY Mag

Trump Throws Lifeline To Chinese Telecom Giant ZTE; Senators Move To Stop It
The Commerce Department today announced a deal to pull a Chinese telecom giant deemed a national security risk out from under the weight of sanctions, prompting bipartisan action on the Hill to block the favor to ZTE. Last month, Trump vowed to help Chinese telecom giant ZTE, which has been the subject of equipment bans for suspected espionage as well as a violator of Iran and North Korea sanctions, get back on its feet. PJ Media

Pence Visits Wounded Warriors At Walter Reed
“Always an honor to spend time with our heroes recovering at @WRBethesda,” wrote Pence. “Thanks also to the great medical team who give America’s best to America’s best every day.” Pence also visited wounded service members at Walter Reed and the USO Warrior and Family Center last November. Pence is a longtime advocate for veterans and their families. Over Memorial Day weekend, the vice president welcomed 70 veteran bike riders to his home for the annual Project Hero bike ride. Daily Caller

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