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Merkel Calls Trump's G7 Slams Sobering And Depressing
In the same interview, Merkel said the European Union was preparing to implement counter-measures against U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Trump imposed tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on imported aluminum from the EU on June 1, a move he said was meant to protect U.S. national security. After leaving the summit Saturday, Trump announced that the U.S. was pulling back its endorsement of the G7 communique in part because of what he called "false statements" at a news conference by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Fox News
VOA VIEW: The US is number one and will win any trade war.

Kim Jong Un's Running Bodyguards Back In Action In Singapore
The North Korean leader’s security detail was out in full force on Sunday shortly after Kim’s plane landed in Changi Airport. Video showed the men, dressed in black suits with blue-and-white-striped ties, jogging alongside a black vehicle with tinted windows carrying Kim. The bodyguards caught worldwide attention during the inter-Korean summit in late April when the suited North Korean men were spotting trudging along in a similar bizarre scene that was spotted Sunday. The bodyguards formed a human shield around Kim’s black Mercedes limousine at the Demilitarized Zone before it drove into North Korean territory. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Un and Trump need tight security.

Trump's Top Economic Aide On Trudeau
President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the US and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit. "It was a betrayal," Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union." Kudlow was speaking following the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday. As Trump flew from the summit with US allies to a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he lashed out at Trudeau for what he said were his "false statements" at a news conference and said the US would not endorse the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trudeau acted like an idiot.

Peter Navarro: There's A Special Place In Hell For Justin Trudeau
Peter Navarro, a trade adviser to President Donald Trump, escalated the White House's rebuke of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him weak and dishonest on Sunday. "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door," Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday." He continued, "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One." CNN

Hollywood Legend Draws Cheers From Broadway Elites With Foul-Mouthed Anti-Trump Rant!
“I'm gonna say one thing: f--- Trump!" he stated, as he clenched his two fists in the air, leaving panic-stricken broadcast censors trying bleep out the remarks. "It's no longer down with Trump, it's f--- Trump!" The U.S. viewers at home heard dead silence, though in other regions the f-bombs reportedly weren’t censored. The expletives sparked a roaring reaction from the audience, with many of the celebrities standing up. Fox News
VOA VIEW: Idiots that should be fined and the real audinece should object.

Harry Kazianis: Summit Can Succeed If Trump Remembers One Thing
He explained that “[W]e should not be fooled. The Kim family is as if Hitler had children—a three-generation Hitler dynasty—all ruling over my people for seven decades. They have killed millions of us [Koreans], starved us, broken up our families, forced millions to live in poverty or concentration camps, all the while building terrible weapons that can kill millions of people. Who else should I compare the Kim’s to?” Checkmate. Fox

North Korean Citizens Unaware Of Historic Trump-Kim Summit
With all the attention focused on Singapore and the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must be buzzing with excitement, right? Well, maybe, if anyone here knew it was happening. Instead, North Korea's capital was like the calm in the center of a storm. With few sources of information other than government-run media, gossip and word of mouth, North Koreans were largely in the dark about the momentous — and potentially life-changing — events taking place outside of their isolated nation. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: North Koreans are kept in the dark and starving.

Summits Are Tricky: Kennedy, Nixon And Reagan Learned The Hard Way
In his 1961 inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy spoke about the possibility of daring diplomacy to thaw even the coldest of relationships: “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” Those words, often cited by President Barack Obama, could also be repurposed by President Donald Trump — if the 45th president were into quotations — as he embarks on the highest-stakes U.S. summit in a generation, sitting down in Singapore Tuesday with Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Virginian Pilot

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With Trump, Politics No Longer Stops At The Water's Edge
President Donald Trump isn’t the only political luminary now willing to cast aside diplomatic precedents. Prominent figures in both parties are criticizing him for Saturday’s abrupt withdrawal from a G-7 communiqué — even though Trump is abroad and Washington’s political class has long observed the maxim that politics should end at the water’s edge. NBC
VOA VIEW: Liberals act like fools in their criticism of Trump.

Immigrant Dies By Suicide After Being Apprehended At Border
An immigrant who was apprehended after attempting to cross the border died by suicide in a jail cell in Texas, according to authorities. Marco Antonio Muñoz was found dead of an apparent suicide at a jail in Starr County, Texas, on May 13, according to a statement from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson on Sunday. NBC

Putin: Ready To Meet Trump On Arms Race And Rejoin G8
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday he wants to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump over the concerns of a new arms race and supports another suggestion by Trump to return to the G8. Putin's comments come as Trump's relations erode with key allies, including lashing out Saturday at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed opposition to Trump's trade policies at the conclusion of the summit in Canada. UPI

Winner Of $315.3M Powerball Jackpot Comes Forward In New Jersey
A New Jersey man came forward as the winner of the $315.3 million Powerball jackpot. Tayeb Souami of Little Ferry, N.J., had the only jackpot winning ticket for the May 19 Powerball drawing and elected to receive a cash prize of $183.2 million, the New Jersey Lottery announced on Friday. Souami, who has played the lottery for 21 years, didn't check his ticket until May 20 when a stunned employee informed he had won the jackpot. Souami purchased the ticket at a ShopRite in Hackensak after his wife sent him to return a bottle of orange juice and he spotted a Powerball sign that read $306 million. UPI

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Canada Responds After White House Says Trudeau 'Stabbed Us In The Back'
After one White House adviser said there was "a special place in hell" for foreign leaders like Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, and another said Trudeau "stabbed us in the back," Canadian leaders offered a measured — even polite — response. "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries," said Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, according to the Toronto Star. NPR

SAG-AFTRA And TV Networks Move To Eliminate Casting Couch
The largest actors' union in the U.S. has reached a tentative agreement with four television networks to try to eliminate the so-called casting couch, and prevent sexual harassment and assault. SAG-AFTRA struck a new deal with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, which limits private meetings in off-site locations, including hotel rooms and private residences. SAG-AFTRA is the union that represents the journalists at NPR, among 160,000 others in the media and entertainment industries, including actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, and news editors. NPR

Fox & Friends Host Calls Trump A ‘Dictator’
Fox & Friends host Abby Huntsman momentarily made President Trump’s authoritarian dreams come true on Sunday morning when she referred to the president as a “dictator” during a live news broadcast. The mislabeling occurred as Trump deplaned from Air Force One in Singapore, where he arrived on Sunday ahead of his summit there with actual dictator Kim Jong-un of North Korea. Speaking with ten-day White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Huntsman memorably captioned the moment: “This is history. We are living — regardless of what happens in that meeting between the two dictators — what we are seeing right now, this is history.” NY Mag

Devin Nunes To DOJ: Hand Over Docs On Alleged FBI Informant By Tueday Or It's Obstruction
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has set a Tuesday deadline for the Justice Department to provide documents related to an alleged FBI informant looking for suspicious ties to the Russians who spoke with members of President Trump's 2016 campaign. In a letter sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday, the California Republican demanded the documents be provided to all committee members "and designated staff," which would go beyond top members of Congress which have been invited to view material related to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: The DOJ should produce of face the consequences.

Online Big Spenders Tend To Be Men, NPR/Marist Polls Shows
If a shopper clicks buy for a product that costs $1,000 or more, it's twice as likely to be a man than a woman. That's one of the results revealed in a new NPR/Marist poll about online shopping. The poll found that 27 percent of online shoppers — regardless of gender — have taken taken the plunge on big ticket items ($1,000 or more). It's the evolution of digital commerce from the early days in the 1990s when people worried about giving out their credit card information and fretted over returns and whether products would even arrive. NPR

Bill Clinton: Parkland Students ‘First People’ To Make Gun Control A ‘Voting Issue’
Former President Bill Clinton praised gun control activist Emma Gonzalez and the “March for Our Lives” organizers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at a Robert F. Kennedy memorial service that marked 50 years since Kennedy’s assassination. “50 years later, [RFK] would say, I’m 92 now and you have to listen to me from a distance, I still try to speak to the young. We stood up for Emma [Gonzalez], and you know why I love that?  PJ Media

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A Modest Observation About Suicide
Two recent celebrity suicides have highlighted the fact that the suicide rate has skyrocketed since the turn of the century, up a startling 25 percent between 1999 and 2016. The typical media reaction to this is to sentimentalize the deaths of the celebrities while making grand pronouncements about What's Wrong with Society. The God people declare we have turned away from God, the family people decry the breakdown of the family, the government people wail about the lack of programs to help the mentally distressed and so on. PJ Media

State Democratic Parties Accused of 'Unprecedented' Conspiracy to Violate Campaign Laws
A federal lawsuit says the Clinton team and the Democratic National Committee went around campaign finance laws by pouring money into state parties that then sent the funds back to the DNC to help Clinton, the  Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. The Committee to Defend the President, a pro-President Trump PAC, first filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission in December. But the authorities didn’t take action before a required deadline, the group’s campaign finance attorney, who filed the federal lawsuit, told the Review-Journal. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Liberals have much to answer.

Supreme Court Poised For Blockbuster Finish
As the U.S. Supreme Court approaches the conclusion of its 2017 – 2018 term, the justices are expected to release a deluge of decisions in the coming weeks, including marquee opinions addressing mandatory union dues, partisan gerrymandering, and President Donald Trump’s travel ban. As of this writing, there are 25 decisions outstanding. Among the remaining cases is one of the first argued this term, a partisan gerrymandering dispute arising from Wisconsin called Gill v. Whitford. Daily Caller

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Bill Kristol Fantasizes About Foreign Leaders Siding With Mueller
Weekly Standard editor-at-large Bill Kristol fantasized on Saturday about foreign leaders declaring their support for special counsel Robert Mueller in order to spite President Donald Trump. “How great would it have been if, after Trump’s early departure from the G7, the other leaders had issued a statement calling for the Mueller investigation to be allowed to proceed unimpeded?” Kristol tweeted. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Fools have bad luck.

Trump Makes The Midterms Exciting
We have President Trump to thank for the noisy and exciting midterm elections. If John Kasich were president, the sound of the campaign would be zzzzzzzzz. Trump’s aides must have forgotten to tell him presidents aren’t on the midterm ballot. With luck, they’ll keep it a secret. But even Trump hasn’t been enough to stamp out the most tedious aspect of electoral coverage, the narrative. That’s what we call it when the press—or if you prefer, the media—comes up with a word or two to make an otherwise zippy campaign boring. Weekly Standard

Trump Relies On Gut Instinct. The North Koreans Have 45 Years Of Preparation
President Donald Trump says his approach to the high-stakes summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — which begins Tuesday on a secluded island resort in Singapore — is not about preparation. "It's about attitude," he said last week. He'll know in the "first minute" if the North Koreans are serious about negotiating, he boasted on Saturday. "Just my touch, my feel," he said. "It's what I do." NBC
VOA VIEW: Trump knows what to do and how to act.

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Is President Trump Looking To Win Over African American Voters?
Back in August, 2016, candidate Donald Trump told a crowd in Michigan that he was asking for the vote of every single African American. Speaking at a rally near Lansing, Trump said, “Look how much African American communities have suffered under Democratic control. To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? What do you have to lose?” He didn’t lose Michigan. He carried that state and others with the help of voters who broke with their history of reliably voting for Democrats. Democratic politicians who contemptuously refer to Trump by an assortment of synonyms for “idiot” may be surprised when they find out that his plan to win the vote of every single African American is still an active project. DN

Steve Hilton: Trump's Criticism Of G7-'Unprecedented' Scream The Elite!
So President Trump should feel a strong sense of satisfaction with a job well done after leaving the slightly pointless Group of Seven (G-7) summit in Canada on Saturday for another likely far more consequential summit in Singapore with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un. The U.S. president’s critics are all using identical language in their denunciations of his policy positions. The complaints from U.S. allies over President Trump’s trade policies is that these polices are “unprecedented.” They say he is undermining the “rules-based international order.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Making America great, again is all that matters.

New York Times Reporter Broke The Biggest Rule In Journalism
On previous occasions, I’ve written about the blunt way legendary New York Times editor Abe Rosenthal dealt with a conflict of interest. The story bears repeating after the indictment of a top Senate official over his contacts with reporters, including one from the Times with whom he had a romantic relationship. The Rosenthal standard on conflicts was shaped by a remarkably similar case decades ago. Soon after a woman who had covered politics in Philadelphia was hired by the Times, a story from Philly said she had a secret affair with a politician she covered and accepted expensive gifts from him. NY Post

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Meghan Markle Criticized For Inappropriate Dress At Queen's Birthday Parade
Though Meghan Markle was all smiles for her first Trooping the Colour ceremony in an off the shoulder, sleeveless dress, some critics on Twitter are slamming the look as “inappropriate” for Queen Elizabeth’s annual birthday parade. On June 9, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex joined her husband, Prince Harry, and the entire royal family for the London festivities. The highly attended ceremony celebrates a 250-year-old British tradition where military troops show off their flags (or colors) and march throughout the Buckingham Palace square, Fox News reports. Page Six

Lacking Birth Control Options, Venezuelan Women Turn To Sterilization And Illegal Abortion
DARLING WAS UP at 4:30 a.m. on a warm and windy April morning, breastfeeding her 1-year-old baby in the one-bedroom house she shared with her three children and her sick mother, in the El Junquito slum in western Caracas, Venezuela. From the top of her hill, she could see the city sparkling in the distance, its streets deserted since sunset. People rarely dared to venture out into the darkness anymore, in a city that has become notorious for being the most violent capital in the world. Intercept

Drama, Action, Emotional Power’: As Exhausted Aides Eye The Exits, Trump Is Re-Energized
President Trump has gone overseas to embark on some of the most consequential diplomatic negotiations of his tenure, threatening an all-out trade war with allies and seizing a chance to make peace with a nuclear-armed menace. But back home, he left behind a West Wing where burned-out aides are eyeing the exits , as the mood in the White House is one of numbness and resignation that the president is growing only more emboldened to act on instinct alone. MSN
VOA VIEW: Liberal outrage of stupidity.

Cost Of Government Rises When Local Newspapers Close
When a local newspaper closes, the cost of government increases. That’s the conclusion of new survey from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, which draws a direct line between loss of the watchful eyes of local newspapers and a decline in government efficiency. Paul Gao, a professor of finance at the college, said he got the idea for the study while watching John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight about the decline of local newspapers almost two years ago. The result of that study, Financing Dies in Darkness? Guardian

Travel Ban, Gerrymandering Top Supreme Court's Closing Flurry Of Cases
The Supreme Court is moving toward the end of its nine-month term with some of its biggest cases still to be decided, led by the fight over President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The justices also will rule on gerrymandering, union fees, internet sales taxes, credit card fees and cellphone privacy. The term could end with even bigger news if a justice announces retirement plans. The justices began this month with a narrow ruling favoring a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. With 25 cases awaiting decisions, the court is on pace to issue 48 percent of its opinions in June, the highest percentage in history, according to Adam Feldman, a scholar who runs the empiricalscotus.com website. Watertown Daily Times

Trump-Kim Summit To Cost Singapore $20M
Hosting Tuesday's summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will cost local officials about $20 million, a hefty price Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said his country is "willing to pay" to be a witness to history. "It is our contribution to an international endeavor that is in our profound interest," Lee told reporters at the International Media Center, where thousands of journalists have descended to cover the pivotal moment when Trump and Kim meet face-to-face for talks that could lead to an even greater diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea. Washington Examiner

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