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Trump Taunts Crowley Moments After He Lost Democratic Primary
President Trump slammed Joe Crowley just minutes after the Democratic congressman lost a primary to a political novice – even though the woman who defeated the long-time incumbent is a hard-left socialist. “Wow! Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley, who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi’s place, just LOST his primary election,” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “In other words, he’s out! That is a big one that nobody saw happening. Perhaps he should have been nicer, and more respectful, to his President!” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Democrats better look over their shoulder.

Right Wing Media Figures Quick To Defend Immigration 'Seperation' Policy
The Trump administration is separating immigrant children from their parents or legal guardians after they cross the border, with at least 2,000 children taken from their parents since April 19. The administration’s merciless and inhumane policy has spurred numerous heartbreaking stories, including reports of a breastfeeding baby who was ripped from her mother, a Honduran father separated from his family who took his own life, and children who are held in cages alongside strangers. Media Matters
VOA VIEW: Liberal media spin.

Productivity Must Be Central Job Of Central Bank
The banks have not done enough to support companies in sectors that are critical to raising the productive potential of the U.K. economy. The Bank of England, as the steward of the financial system, is therefore central to the productivity debate. The Bank of England would not be straying from its areas of “expertise and responsibility.” If central banks are not experts in the nexus between finance and investment, then who is? They should be experts in productivity too -- the single most critical variable for their monetary policy decisions. It is for this reason that we welcome the appointment of Jonathan Haskel to the BOE’s Monetary Policy Committee. Bloomberg

Trump Chides Top NY Dem Crowley For 'Getting His A** Kicked' By Socialist
At a rally in Fargo, N.D., President Donald Trump chided one of his most reviled political foes for getting "his a** kicked" in a Democrat primary in Trump's home borough of Queens, N.Y. Trump said his intra-borough rival, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley (D) is a "slovenly man" who was surprised by an upset defeat at the hands of a socialist candidate. "One of my biggest critics, a slovenly man named Joe Crowley got his a** kicked by a young woman who had a lot of energy," Trump, who was raised in Jamaica, Queens, said. Fox
VOA VIEW: Bad for Dems.

Abortion And Gay Rights In Play After Kennedy's Departure
Kennedy is a conservative, but he joined the court’s four liberals to cast deciding votes on several key social issues, most notably on gay marriage. His successor will be picked by President Donald Trump from a White House list of 25 names recommended by conservative legal activists, and the new justice is likely to take a less liberal tack than Kennedy did on at least some issues. If so, he or she will provide a fifth vote for the court’s conservatives rather than its liberals - and over time reshape the U.S. legal landscape. Reuters

Ex Cambridge Analytica Employee: "There Were More" Apps That Collected User Data
A former official at Cambridge Analytica is sharing what she considers some of the data firm's questionable practices. Brittany Kaiser worked at the British-based company from 2014 until this January before the company shut down. Cambridge Analytica processed data for several Republican clients including Donald Trump's presidential campaign. It drew attention when it was revealed the company harvested data from 87 million unknowing Facebook users, and cameras caught its CEO discussing underhanded tactics like bribery and sex stings. CBS

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Israeli Airline EI AI To Immediately Remove Passengers Who Refuse To Sit Next To Women
Israeli airline El Al said it would "immediately" remove any person from a flight who won't sit next to another passenger following outrage after four ultra-Orthodox men refused to take their assigned seats because they were next to women. An incident last Friday at Kennedy Airport on El Al's New York-Tel Aviv flight prompted one of Israel's largest tech firms to say it would boycott the national airline. The women in that case were moved away from the men — despite a court ruling against the practice. NBC
VOA VIEW: Religious beliefs cannot be put on others.

Neil Gorsuch Strikes Again!-Supreme Court Strikes Blow Against Unions With 'Fair Share' Ruling In An Unprecedented Overturn
Following Gorsuch’s Senate hearing, the Service Employees International Union said, “Throughout the last three days of testimony, Judge Gorsuch has again proved that he isn’t the kind of judge who gives working people a fair shot at justice.” “I’m not against unions,” said the employee, 65-year-old Mark Janus, who is represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. “I don’t oppose the right of workers to organize. But the right to say no to unions is just as important as the right to say yes.” He said he opposes his union’s fight for wage and benefit increases when the state is “in pretty terrible financial condition right now.” William Messenger, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation lawyer who is representing Janus at the Supreme Court, said everything the union does, including its bargaining with the state, is political and employees should not be forced to pay for it. Denver Post

Citing 'Bias Against Israel' US Becomes First Country To Withdraw From UN Human Rights Council
The United States is under intense pressure from the international community for carrying out the Miller-designed policy of detaining children and separating them from their immigrant parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. UN Human Rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has called on Washington to immediately halt this “unconscionable” policy. The US has long shielded its ally Israel at the United Nations. In citing what it says is bias against Israel, the Trump administration could further fuel Palestinian arguments that Washington cannot be a neutral mediator as it prepares to roll out a long-awaited Middle East peace plan. Trump controversially relocated the US embassy to Jerusalem after recognising it as the capital of Israel in 2017, The move was a decisive break with decades of US policy, which had followed international norms since the state of Israel was founded by recognising Tel Aviv as the country’s official capital. New Europe EU
VOA VIEW: Good!

NATO Jets In Baltics Scrambled 4 Times Last Week Over Russian Military Aircraf
NATO's fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled four times last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday. Two of the scrambles were to intercept reconnaissance aircraft and other two were to intercept transport planes. All of them flew over the Baltic Sea without using their onboard transponders. The NATO air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia. Baltic Times

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US Giant General Electric Faces Millions In Penalties Over French Jobs Pledge
US conglomerate General Electric will have to pay millions of euros in penalties in France if it fails to uphold its pledge to create 1,000 new jobs by year end, a government official said Sunday. GE made the promise as part of its 2014 purchase of Alstom's power and electrical grid businesses, including its prized gas turbine operations, for 12.4 billion euros ($14.4 billion at current rates). Shortly after closing the deal the following year, GE announced plans to cut 6,500 power jobs in Europe because of falling oil and gas prices, and a further 12,000 job cuts in the sector were announced last December. Local FR

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy To Step Down-Roe V. Wade At Risk Now
With his departure, President Donald Trump is likely to appoint a more reliably conservative judge who will swing the balance of the court further to the right. Among the key issues at stake is the constitutional right to an abortion, as upheld in the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade. With a conservative replacing Kennedy, anti-abortion activists are likely to shepherd a challenge to that ruling up to the Supreme Court. Conservatives have long been preparing for Kennedy’s departure from the court and are already eyeing potential replacements.  Huff Post
VOA VIEW: Liberals hate the fact that there will be positive change and at least one more will go before Trumps term is over.

Oklahoma Legalizes Medical Marijuana
Marijuana is now legal in Oklahoma for medical purposes. Voters approved State Question 788 in Tuesday’s primary, which makes it legal to grow, sell and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The law provides no outlines on qualifying conditions, giving physicians broad latitude to determine why they recommend medical marijuana to patients. Under the law, adults with a medical marijuana license would be authorized to possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana, six flowering plants and various weight of edibles and marijuana concentrates derived from the plant. Huff Post

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As Fighting Edges Closer To Hodeidah, The Biggest Losers Are Yemeni Civilians
Fighters loyal to the Saudi-backed government point rifles toward a Houthi banner on the outskirts of Hodeidah. The biggest losers, though, remain ordinary Yemenis -- 20 million of whom rely on aid shipments that come mostly through the port. Hodeidah is the point of entry for around 70% of the country's food imports and foreign aid. This is why the fight for the port city is viewed as such an existential moment in Yemen's largely unseen war. CNN

World's Safest Country To Visit In 2018 Revealed By Gallup Survey
Perhaps it's no surprise that Singapore leads the way, with several Nordic nations also scoring highly. Some lesser known destinations also feature prominently: Fifth place goes to Uzbekistan. "We wanted to know whether or not people had fear in their society, and the way that we decided we would gauge that would be through asking people," Jon Clifton, global managing partner at Gallup, tells CNN Travel. Joint at number two were Norway, Iceland and Finland, three Nordic countries which, thanks to their abundance of natural spaces and eco-friendly cities, make regular appearances in quality of life rankings. CNN

Trump, At ND Rally, Says Keeping Senate In GOP Hands 'The Most Important Thing' After Kennedy Retirement
President Trump praised retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy as "a very special guy" and "a great man" at a rally in North Dakota Wednesday evening before imploring GOP voters to keep the Senate in Republican hands this coming November. Trump told the crowd of approximately 6,000 people at Fargo's Scheels Arena that he was "very honored" Kennedy chose to retire while Trump was in office because "he felt confident in me to make the right choice and carry on his great legacy." Fox
VOA VIEW: Very important.

Debt For US Corporations Tops $6 Trillion
The debt load for U.S. corporations has reached a record $6.3 trillion, according to S&P Global. The good news is U.S. companies also have a record $2.1 trillion in cash to service that debt. The bad news is most of that cash is in the hands of a few giant companies. And the riskiest borrowers are more leveraged than they were even during the financial crisis, according to S&P's analysis, which looked at 2017 year-end balance sheets for non-financial corporations. CNBC

CO2 Shortage: Britain's Biggest Pub Chain Runs Low On Beer Brands
Britain's biggest pub group says some outlets are running out of certain beer brands as CO2 gas shortages continue to hit the food and drink sectors. Ei Group, which has 4,500 properties, said it was working with publicans to source alternative beers where needed. Some Wetherspoon pubs are temporarily without draught John Smith's and Strongbow cider. Many pub landlords are unable to pick and choose which brands they can sell because of restrictions. BBC

Putin Blames US To Blame For Bad Relationship
"Russia has never sought confrontation, and I hope that we can talk today about what can be done by both sides to restore full-format relations on the basis of equality and respect,” Putin said, per U.S.-backed Radio Free Europe. Putin made those comments at the outset of a meeting with White House national security adviser John Bolton. President Trump’s aide is in Moscow for a round of high-level meetings on U.S.-Russia relations, which could pave the way for a bilateral summit between Putin and Trump. Washington Examiner

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Hoops Legend "Kevin McHale" Slammed For Possibly Attending Trump Rally
A man who appears to be the 6-foot-10 McHale was visible in the background during Trump’s rally in Duluth, Minn. on Wednesday night and Internet sleuths quickly noticed and decided he shouldn’t be associated with the sport going forward. The Score editor Chris Walder was “disappointed” with McHale and dug up his wife's pro-Trump Twitter feed. New York Daily News columnist Carron J. Phillips implied that people from Boston and Minnesota are racist. McHale did not "immediately" respond to a request for comment. Fox

Mixed Race Family Asks Blue Bell Ice Cream To Change Flavor Name
A mixed-race family of eight are asking Blue Bell Ice Cream to change the name of a popular chocolate and vanilla ice cream flavor, The Great Divide, to be more inclusive. “The line down the middle of the carton reminded him of the Mason Dixon line, and the name reminded him of a time in history when our nation appeared to be irrevocably divided. He looked at our table and saw a mixture of both black and white people, not divided on one side or another like in the ice cream but gathered around the table together,” she wrote. Fox

Pelosi Dresses Down Reporter Who Asks About Younger Pols Winning
“No, they did. They made a choice in one district. So let’s not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that. Within the caucus or outside the caucus, we are — again, we have an array of genders, generations, geography, and there is opinion in our caucus, and we’re proud of that. The fact that in a very progressive district in New York, it went more progressive than — Joe Crowley is a progressive, but more she’s left than Joe Crowley, is about that district. Grabien
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, the voters will choose a Republican over a socialist.

Meet Anton Krasovsky-The Gay Man Running For Mayor Of Moscow
Anton Krasovsky’s mouth is full of swear words. He is angry with pretty much every liar and propagandist in Moscow, the city he loves and wants to change. At times it seems that his courage would disappear the moment he stops cursing. And courage is what he needs most right now, as Krasovsky is the only openly gay person in the country of Russia—with a population of more than 140 million—who dares to compete in the Kremlin-controlled election process. Google News

Border Plans Hit A Wall In Congress And Court
The Trump administration’s sweeping immigration crackdown faltered Wednesday after GOP leaders watched members of their party help defeat a border bill championed by the president and a federal judge ordered the government to swiftly reunite migrant families. By a vote of 301 to 121, the House rejected a wide-ranging GOP immigration bill that would have funded President Trump’s border wall, offered young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and partially addressed the family-separation crisis at the southwest border. Washington Post

Ocasio-Cortez Backers Call On Crowley To Resign As Party Boss
Rep. Joe Crowley should resign as the Queens Democratic Party leader following his startling loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a party activist said Wednesday. “It’s only a matter of time for him to step down. He couldn’t win his own re-election. I don’t know how he could be the Queens Democratic Party chairman,” said Willam Salgado, head of the Pan-American Democratic Association, the only Queens club to endorse the 28-year-old challenger. NY Post

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Merkel Under Pressure On Eve Of EU Migration Summit
The German chancellor will arrive in Brussels with her Bavarian CSU coalition partners still threatening to pull down her government and Italy and other eastern EU states determined to defy her once unquestioned authority. The EU summit comes after a turbulent week for Mrs Merkel that has exposed her growing weakness at home and apparently irreconcilable divisions in the EU over how to address the migrant crisis. Telegraph UK

As NATO Summit Nears, Allies Have One Main Worry: Trump
NATO has been preparing for its July summit meeting for a year now, but there is one wild card: President Trump. Nobody knows which president will show up — the truculent one railing about inadequate military spending by the allies or the boastful one taking credit for recent spending increases. Either way, NATO members say they fear that all the preparation and the desire to show solidarity in the face of a new Russian threat will be overshadowed, if not undone, by a divisive encounter followed by Mr. Trump’s prospective summit meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. NY Times
VOA VIEW: The NYT is in a puzzle.

Post Dismisses Reporter Lax Attribution In 'Aggregated' New Stories
The Washington Post has dismissed a reporter for inadequately attributing material and closely parroting sentences from other publications in articles based on outside news sources. The Post did not characterize Eltagouri’s actions as plagiarism, which is a gross breach of journalistic ethics and often warrants dismissal. Instead, Eltagouri’s conduct appears to have fallen into a grayer area involving “aggregation,” the rewriting of news stories published by others. The practice has become common among many news organizations as they seek to compete for readers on the internet. Washington Post

Ivanka Trump Donates $50,000 To Plano's Prestonwood Church To Aid Its Campaign To Help Migrant Children
As President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy continues to face immense backlash across the country, his daughter Ivanka Trump donated $50,000 last week to Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano to help the church's efforts to care for children separated from their families along the border. Pastor Jack Graham said Ivanka Trump first learned about the church's campaign after he tweeted last Tuesday that he is trying to find a solution to the "terrible immigration crisis" emerging on the state's southern border. She promptly reached out to Graham, who has led the church for nearly 30 years, and made a personal donation of $50,000, according to a news release. Dallas News

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Feds To Begin Distributing Grant Money To Non Sanctuary Cities
The Justice Department said Wednesday it has begun distributing hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money that had been tied up in a major court battle over sanctuary cities. Byrne Justice Assistance Grants are used by localities and police departments across the nation to pay for equipment, training, personnel or other pressing needs. The Trump administration last year said it would condition the money on localities’ willingness to cooperate in holding illegal immigrants for pickup by federal deportation officers. Washington Times

Trump Adviser Sees Having Putin Summit As 'A Deliverable'
A summit that brings together Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will be a success in itself regardless of the results, Trump's national security adviser said Wednesday while in Moscow to lay the groundwork for the meeting. National Security Adviser John Bolton said the Kremlin and the White House would jointly announce the date and location of a Trump-Putin summit Thursday, but disclosed the event would be held in neither Russia nor the United States. Yahoo

Xi Warns Mattis: China Won't Surrender 'One Inch' Of Territory
President Xi Jinping told U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis he wouldn’t give up any territory that China considered its own, an unusually blunt warning as security disputes simmer below a fight over trade. Xi made his remarks while meeting Mattis on Wednesday in Beijing, the first such visit by a U.S. defense chief in more than four years. The comments appeared to be a reference to U.S. complaints about Chinese military deployments in the disputed South China Sea and a push by American lawmakers to expand ties with the democratically run island of Taiwan, which Beijing considers a province. Bloomberg

Kavanaugh Emerges As Key Contender For Trump Supreme Court Pick
Federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former Anthony Kennedy law clerk with close ties to the retiring justice, is emerging as a top contender to replace his former boss, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the Trump’s administration thinking. It remains early in the selection process for a nomination that could tip the ideological balance of the court to its most conservative in decades, and President Donald Trump has a record of shifting directions on key decisions. Bloomberg

Cuomo: Immigrant Parents Can Assign Guardians For Children In Case Of Deportation
Immigrant New Yorkers can now designate who would be responsible for their children in case the parent or other caregivers are detained for suspected illegal immigration, under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The bill — 7899 in the State Assembly and 6217 in the State Senate — amends the existing Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, which has long granted parents the right to choose a guardian upon death, incapacitation or disability. Newsday

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