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FBI's Strzok 'Smug' And 'Defiant' In House Interview, But Regrets Sending Anti Trump Texts
Embattled FBI official Peter Strzok was “smug” and “laughed off” questions during his closed-door congressional interview this week, though also told lawmakers he regrets sending the anti-Trump texts that made him the poster child for bureau bias, congressional sources tell Fox News. Strzok spoke behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, in his first congressional appearance following revelations of numerous anti-Trump messages he exchanged with bureau colleague Lisa Page during the 2016 campaign. Fox
VOA VIEW: Strzok should be indicted, very soon.

Michael Flynn's Sentencing Delayed By Mueller Team For Third Time
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has once again delayed sentencing for former Trump official Michael Flynn, according to court documents released Friday. Flynn, the former Trump campaign official who briefly served as national security adviser to the president before being fired, pleaded guilty last year to making false statements to the FBI. Fox
VOA VIEW: What about all the lies by FBI and DOJ personnel?

Obama Offers Democrats Tough Love Ahead Of Midterms
Former President Barack Obama, re-emerging into the political fray for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser here on Thursday, had a message for troubled Democrats: Do more than just mope. Obama peppered his 45-minute appearance with subtle knocks for despondent Democrats, warning that it is not enough to lament Donald Trump's presidency or complain about the impact he is having on the country. Instead, a tie-less and visibly relaxed Obama urged Democrats to back up those concerns with action and avoid the belief that the party is bound to defeat Republicans in November. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose in November.

Trump Can't Stop 'Winning'
On Wednesday night, speaking to a packed house in North Dakota, President Donald Trump seemed to suggest that this whole being President thing wasn't so tough. "The Heritage Foundation came out with a report, and this was as of two months ago, we've already implemented 64% of our top agenda items," Trump told the cheering crowd. "And that's at a much faster pace than even Ronald Reagan. That's pretty good, right?" CNN

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Trump Doesn't Plan Exit From WTO, Wants Better Treatment
President Donald Trump said he doesn’t plan to withdraw from the World Trade Organization, while adding the U.S. needs to be treated more fairly by the global body. The U.S. won’t exit the Geneva-based organization “at this point,” Trump said Friday. Axios news agency reported earlier in the day that Trump had repeatedly told top White House officials he wants to exit the WTO, citing people familiar with Trump’s thinking. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index and U.S. futures both wobbled following the story’s publication before recovering. Earlier Friday, White House officials sought to ease concerns over the report, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling it an “exaggeration.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Fake news causes turmoil.

Federal Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements Plan
A federal judge blocked a plan to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients in Kentucky days before it was set to take effect, dealing a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to remake the safety net health-care program. The secretary of Health and Human Services “must adequately consider the effect of any demonstration project on the state’s ability to help provide medical coverage,” Judge James Boasberg of U.S. District Court in Washington wrote. “He never did so here.” Boasberg remanded the decision back to HHS. Bloomberg

Canada Lists Details Of Tariffs On US Goods
Canada is announcing billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. in response to the Trump administration's duties on Canadian steel and aluminum. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government released Friday the final list of items that Canada will target beginning July 1. Some items will be subject to taxes of 10 or 25 percent. CBS
VOA VIEW: Canada will lose a trade war with the US.

Newspaper Shooter Investigated In 2013 Over Threats Against Newspaper
The alleged gunman who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper was investigated in May 2013 after threats were made against the paper, police said on Friday. Timothy Altomare, chief of Anne Arundel county police, said Jarrod Ramos was looked into over “online threatening comments” directed at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, but the newspaper management decided not to pursue criminal charges. “There was a fear that doing so would exacerbate an already flammable situation,” Altomare said at a press conference. Guardian

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NSA Whistleblower Describes Russian Government As Corrupt
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his most trenchant criticism yet of the Russian government, describing it unequivocally as “corrupt”. His comments mean the proposed US-Russia summit in Helsinki on 16 July is potentially risky for him if Donald Trump was to request Vladimir Putin to hand him over. Guardian

UN: Parents Who Share Pictures Of Their Children On Social Media Putting Their Human Rights At Risk
The UN's special rapporteur Joseph Cannataci said that "strong guidelines" were needed to preserve the rights of children whose parents upload video and images of them. During a mission to the UK to assess the privacy situation he also found that kindergarten-age children were being surveilled using CCTV at school and in their bedrooms. Mr Cannataci said that children "require increased protection" from companies who collect and share their data, but his investigation had not yet established whether new legislation was required. Telegraph UK
VOA VIEW: Fools!

Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill FCC Chair's Family Over Net Neutrality
Prosecutors have charged a California man with threatening to kill Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's family, allegedly over the regulator's repeal of net neutrality rules. Details: Markara Man, 33, was arrested Friday in Los Angeles, according to the Eastern District of Virginia, and was charged with threatening the family of a federal official. Axios

Calls For 'Strength' To Resist Trump
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton rejected calls of civility in a recent interview, calling for “strength and resolve” to resist President Trump. The Guardian reports that when asked about some on the left becoming “uncivil” recently, she responded: “‘Oh, give me a break,’ she erupts, eyes widening into indignation. ‘Give me a break! What is more uncivil and cruel than taking children away? It should be met with resolve and strength. And if some of that comes across as a little uncivil, well, children’s lives are at stake; their futures are at stake. That is that ridiculous concept of bothsideism.'” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Hillary looks more and more like a big fool.

Obama: 'You Are Right To Be Concerned'
Barack Obama’s message to Democrats: Stop dreaming of him. Speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday here in the lush backyard of two party megadonors, Obama warned of a country and world on the brink — “you are right to be concerned,” he told the crowd — but said they’d flub their chance to change that if they kept pining for a magical savior. Politico

2020 Dems Join Anti ICE Stampede
Democrats jockeying for the 2020 presidential nomination are calling to dismantle U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — embracing a stance that until recently been isolated to far-left party activists. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has gone the farthest among possible contenders — tweeting Thursday that ICE “has become a deportation force” and should be replaced with “something that actually works.” Politico
VOA VIEW: Fools!

Manafort Assistant Gave FBI Access To Storage Locker
A personal assistant to Paul Manafort granted the FBI access to a storage locker, allowing the government to secure evidence that President Donald Trump's former campaign manager is trying to suppress, according to testimony on Friday in a federal court hearing in Virginia. FBI special agent Jeff Pfeiffer made the disclosure at a hearing to consider whether evidence from the locker and a separate search of Manafort's home, both in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Alexandria, could be used in a Manafort trial set for July. US News & World Report

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Trump To Announce Supreme Court Judge, Come July 9
President Trump has narrowed his Supreme Court shortlist to five people, including two women, he told reporters traveling with him to New Jersey today. He said he'll be interviewing candidates this weekend and that he'll announce the pick Monday, July 9. Go deeper: Here's the list of five judges (but only one woman) that Axios' Jonathan Swan reported yesterday were on Trump's short list. Axios

Reuters Editor Blames Trump Annapolis Shooting
Rob Cox, Global Editor for Thomson Reuters’ Breakingviews vertical, said the Capital Gazette newspaper shooting was a direct response to President Donald Trump’s criticism of the mainstream media. “This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump calls journalists the enemy of the people,” Cox tweeted following the shooting. “Blood is on your hands, Mr. President. Save your thoughts and prayers for your empty soul.” InfoWars
VOA VIEW: In reality, the liberal news are at fault for the shooting.

Trump: Unborn Babies Have "Basic And Fundamental Human Right, The Right To Life"
President Trump on Thursday affirmed he’s committed to protecting the rights of the unborn. In a letter to attendees of the 2018 Annual National Right to Life conference, the president stated his duty to defend American life doesn’t stop at the unborn. “We all have a duty to defend the most basic and fundamental human right—the right to life. As President, I am dedicated to protecting the lives of every American, including the unborn,” the president wrote to conference attendees. InfoWars

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Republicanas Might Need An Even Stronger US Economy To Hold Onto House
Several who use economic data in their models have concluded that unless the economy gets quite a bit stronger Republicans will not be able to retain their hold on Congress. The U.S. economy is doing well by many measures. But their analysis, based on data running back to the 1940s or earlier, gives evidence Democrats have a good chance of winning at least 23 seats at November’s midterm polls, enough to take control of the House of Representatives. Reuters
VOA VIEW: There will be no blue wave, period.

FBI Director Won't Say If Adultery Is 'Significant Vulnerability' For Counterintelligence Agent
Testifying under oath in the House Judiciary Committee today, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray declined to say whether engaging in adultery was a “significant vulnerability” for an FBI counterintelligence agent. Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte asked Wray whether engaging in an “extramarital affair” that was unknown to the agents spouse “could be a significant vulnerability to an FBI agent, especially a counterintelligence agent.” CNS
VOA VIEW: Wray is took weak.

As Pompeo Voices Support For Protesting Iranians, Regime's Foreign Minister Trolls Him On Twitter
Hitting back at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s criticism of the regime in Tehran, “moderate” Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Thursday tweaked a statement from Pompeo – for instance, switching “Iran” for “U.S.” – and sent it back, via Twitter. Where Pompeo earlier this week had highlighted ongoing protests in Iran and the regime’s “squandering” of resources though “adventurism” in Syria and support for terrorists, Zarif turned the statement around to refer to protests against the Trump administration, and the U.S. “squandering” of resources through “adventurism” in Iraq and Afghanistan and support for “Israel and other terror-sponsoring regimes.” CNS

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Two Thirds Of Americans Oppose Reversing Roe Vs Wade
A new poll Friday found 67 percent of Americans are opposed to rolling back the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that guarantees a woman's right to an abortion. In a survey of about 1,500 people, the Kaiser Family Foundation found slightly more than two-thirds of respondents favored keeping the ruling in Roe vs. Wade. The poll was conducted before Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, the Kaiser Foundation said. UPI

UN Migration Agency Skips Over Trump's Pick To Lead Agency
Ken Isaacs, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the United Nations migration agency, was bypassed for the job Friday in a secret ballot vote. Isaacs finished last among three candidates Thursday at the International Organization for Migration's Geneva headquarters. Portuguese diplomat and former deputy prime minister Antonio Vitorino won the vote instead. He will start in October. UPI

Trump Mulling 2 Women Supreme Court Nominees
President Trump said Friday two women are on his short list as the next Supreme Court nominee and he’ll announce his decision July 9. On his way to Bedminster, NJ, the president told reporters aboard Air Force One that he plans to interview one or two candidates this weekend. “I’ve got it narrowed to about five,” Trump said, including two women. NY Post

The US-China Supercomputer Battle
The United States took the top spot in the TOP500, a biannual ranking of the world's fastest computing systems, for the first time since 2012 with the new Summit supercomputer, but it continues to lose ground to China overall. Why it matters: In an ever-advancing industry, the world's most powerful computers are continually growing stronger and faster — and, in the burgeoning tech war between the U.S. and China, they're a mark of a nation's technical prowess. Axios
VOA VIEW: The US must beat China.

US Assessing Cost Of Keeping Troops In Germany As Trump Battles With Europe
The Pentagon is analyzing the cost and impact of a large-scale withdrawal or transfer of American troops stationed in Germany, amid growing tensions between President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to people familiar with the work. The effort follows Trump’s expression of interest in removing the troops, made during a meeting earlier this year with White House and military aides, U.S. officials said. Trump was said to have been taken aback by the size of the U.S. presence, which includes about 35,000 active-duty troops, and complained that other countries were not contributing fairly to joint security or paying enough to NATO. Washington Post

Why Tech Worker Dissent Is Going Viral
Silicon Valley has a long and secretive history of building hardware and software for the military and law enforcement. In contrast, a recent wave of employee protests against some of those government contracts has been short, fast, and surprisingly public—tearing through corporate campuses, mailing lists, and message boards inside some of the world’s most powerful companies. The revolt is part of a growing political awakening among some tech employees about the uses of the products they build. What began as concern inside Google about a Pentagon contract to tap the company’s artificial-intelligence smarts was catalyzed by outrage over Trump administration immigration policies. Now, it seems to be spreading quickly. Wired

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North Korea Still Secretly Enriching Uranium
North Korea has increased its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons at secret sites in recent months, contrary to Donald Trump’s claims that it was “no longer a nuclear threat”, according to a new report. NBC News quoted more than a dozen US officials familiar with the intelligence assessments. Coming soon after satellite images showed rapid improvements being made to a North Korean nuclear research facility at Yongbyon, the developments will make it harder for Trump to claim that his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore this month was a success. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Un would make a major mistake to play Trump.

US Says It Will Detain Migrant Children With Parents Now
A 1997 court settlement known as the Flores agreement has generally been interpreted to require the Department of Homeland Security to release illegal immigrant children from custody after 20 days. But Justice Department lawyers said in the filing in U.S. District Court in California on Friday that they now have no choice but to hold children for as long as it takes to resolve their immigration cases, because of a preliminary injunction issued on Tuesday in a separate immigration case. Reuters

Ted Cruz Tells People To Vote Democrat In IL-3 Race
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday made known his distaste for a Republican congressional candidate who is a Holocaust denier—so much so that the ardent conservative encouraged people in that district to vote Democrat. “This is horrific. An avowed Nazi running for Congress,” Cruz tweeted, linking to a Politico article on Arthur Jones, the avowed Nazi who “snookered” (his words) his way to the Republican nomination for Illinois’ 3rd congressional district against heavily favored incumbent Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski. “To the good people of Illinois, you have two reasonable choices: write in another candidate, or vote for the Democrat. This bigoted fool should receive ZERO votes.” Google News
VOA VIEW: A liberal is better than a Nazi.

Guinness Opens First US Brewery In US In Over 60 Years
The brand’s owner Diageo said in a statement Thursday that the brewery near Baltimore will include a visitor center, a 270-seat restaurant and a tap room. It added that around 200 jobs will be created. Guinness was established in Ireland in 1759 and its dark stout has grown into a world-famous brand. The beer-maker said none of the company’s stouts will be brewed in Maryland, however, with the site initially focused on producing lager. InfoWars

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