Federal Prosecutor Evaluating Alleged FBI, DOJ Wrongdoing
In a letter directed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, Sessions revealed that he asked U.S. Attorney John Huber to lead the evaluation into issues raised by the committees in recent months. “I write in response to recent letters requesting the appointment of a Special Counsel to review certain prosecutorial and investigative determinations made by the Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. I take the concerns you raise seriously,” Sessions wrote, noting how important it was that the American people and Congress had “confidence” in the Justice Department. Fox
VOA VIEW: Will the American people see any information and action before the 2018 elections?

Marines' Ultra-Powerful Heavily Armed Mega Drone Will Devastate Enemies Of The US
The MUX will terrify enemies of the United States, and with good reason. The aircraft won't be just big and powerful: it will also be ultra-smart. This could be a heavily armed drone that takes off, flies, avoids obstacles, adapts and lands by itself — all without a human piloting it. If goals are met, the MUX will be a drone that can truly run vital missions all by itself. Sure, it can be an eye in the sky, but it could carry all the same weapons as the F-35B — a variant of the sophisticated fifth generation stealth fighter jet, the F-35. Fox
VOA VIEW: Scary!

Does Trump's VA Pick Have What It Takes To Turn Around Troubled Agency?
Campaigning for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly pledged to improve veterans' care. But President Donald Trump's choice of White House physician Ronny Jackson to serve as the next secretary of veterans affairs has been met with concern among Washington lawmakers and veterans' advocates who worry that Jackson lacks the experience to lead the government's second largest bureaucracy. If Jackson is confirmed, he will inherit a Department of Veterans Affairs that has been faced with challenges that have spanned years.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Jackson has proven to be knowledgeable and articulate.

Laura Ingraham's Advertisers Distance Themselves After Her David Hogg Comments
Several companies announced Thursday they were pulling ads from Fox News host Laura Ingraham's program after she mocked Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg on Twitter -- and after Hogg responded, calling for an advertising boycott. "We are in the process of removing our ads from Laura Ingraham's program," the Nutrish pet food company tweeted. The online home furnishings retailer Wayfair said in a statement it doesn't plan to continue advertising on The Ingraham Angle, which airs weeknights at 10 p.m. ET.  "As a company, we support open dialogue and debate on issues," the statement said.  CBS
VOA VIEW: A liberal ploy.

Spy Poisoning: Russia Expels 60 US Diplomats In Footisie Retaliation
Russia has expelled 60 US diplomats and closed the St Petersburg consulate in a tit-for-tat response to US action over a spy poisoning case in the UK. Russia's foreign minister said other countries that expelled Russians could expect a "symmetrical" response. It comes amid a row over the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in southern England. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the city of Salisbury on 4 March. BBC


Trump Says He May Delay South Korea Trade Deal Until North Korea Is Resolved
President Donald Trump said he may delay a revamped trade deal the U.S. reached with South Korea this week until after the nuclear confrontation with North Korea is resolved. “I may hold it up until after a deal is made with North Korea,” Trump said Thursday during a speech in Richfield, Ohio. “You know why? Because it’s a very strong card and I want to make sure everyone is treated fairly and we’re moving along very nicely with North Korea.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: A good position.

Trump Wants 'Out' Of Syria 'Very' Soon', Contradicting Top Officials
President Donald Trump said Thursday that the United States will end its military presence in Syria “very soon”—contradicting his secretaries of state and defense, who have said U.S. troops should stay in the Arab country for the foreseeable future. Trump’s declaration was just the latest instance in which the president has publicly undercut or defied his foreign policy team, to the frustration and confusion of U.S. officials and America’s allies. Politico
VOA VIEW: Very confusing.

Russian Spy: Yulia Skripal 'Conscious And Talking'
Yulia Skripal, the daughter of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, is improving rapidly and no longer in a critical condition, says the hospital treating her. She and her father were admitted nearly four weeks ago after being exposed to a nerve agent in Salisbury. The BBC understands from separate sources that Ms Skripal is conscious and talking. However Mr Skripal remains in a critical but stable condition, Salisbury District Hospital said. BBC


Vatican: Claim That Pope Denied Hell's Existence Is Unreliable
The Vatican said comments attributed to Pope Francis denying the existence of hell are a product of an Italian journalist's "reconstruction" of the pope's remarks and not a faithful transcript of the pope's real words. Eugenio Scalfari, a co-founder and former editor of La Repubblica, an Italian daily, said Francis -- with whom he has had several telephone conversations and face-to-face meetings -- invited him to his residence March 27. NCR

Police Chief Calls Austin Bomber 'Domestic Terrorist'
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley declared the bomber who terrified residents of the Texas capital for weeks a “domestic terrorist” Thursday. “This is a distinction I wanted to make today,” the interim police chief said at a panel discussion on reactions to the Austin bombings — including how the suspect was initially characterized by officials. NY Daily

Moderator Invokes Nazism When Talking About America — Hillary Has Bizarre Response
Hillary Clinton gave a talk at Rutgers University Thursday and at one point the moderator invoked Nazism when talking about what “could happen” in America. Clinton’s response may leave your head scratching. “Well, I am fundamentally optimistic and hopeful, but I don’t think that optimism and hope is warranted unless we do what we’re supposed to do as citizens,” Clinton said. “And so, I worry about the degradation of institutions, the dismissing of norms and values–because remember, a democracy is fundamentally held together by trust.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Hillary's remarks make no sense.

NBC Comedy Blames 'White Women' for 'Abandoning' Hillary Clinton
Who else has been keeping up with NBC’s Champions? Likely none of you, and after the latest episode, I don’t blame you. When the show isn’t being an uninteresting romp about two gym-owning brothers taking care of the elder brother’s biracial gay son (already a mouthful), it’s dropping liberal bombs like this one: It’s always the white woman’s fault. The March 29 episode “Lumps” has the gym facing a problem with a new competing all-female gym called Lumps. News Busters

Time Gives Jeff Sessions The OJ Simpson Photo Treatment
In June 1994, a Time Magazine cover photo of O.J. Simpson after his arrest generated heated controversy because his photo had been significantly darkened. The magazine's latest issue treats Jeff Sessions similarly, even though the Trump administration's Attorney General hasn't been accused of murdering anybody or credibly accused of any crime. The treatment given Simpson is seen by comparing Newsweek and Time covers shortly after his arrest: News Busters

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Trump Says Infrastructure Overhaul Will Likely Have To Wait Until After Midterms
President Donald Trump’s long-stalled infrastructure package is unlikely to happen until after November’s midterm elections, he acknowledged Thursday. “We’ll probably have to wait until after the election,” Trump said in Richfield, Ohio, during what administration officials billed as a major speech on infrastructure. It was an admission rooted in political reality and the congressional calendar. Huffington Post
VOOA VIEW; Liberal happiness.

Austin Police Chief On Bomber: 'He Was A Domestic Terrorist'
Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley called the Austin serial bomber a "domestic terrorist" at a panel hosted by member station KUT on Thursday. Despite previous calls from the community after a string of bombings killed 39-year-old Stephan House and 17-year-old Draylen Mason, Manley hadn't used the term. At the panel, he said he's now "very comfortable" calling Mark Conditt a terrorist. NPR

Mueller Probing Russia Contacts At Republican Convention
Investigators probing whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia have been questioning witnesses about events at the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to two sources familiar with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiries. Mueller’s team has been asking about a convention-related event attended by both Russia’s U.S. ambassador and Jeff Sessions, the first U.S. senator to support Trump and now his attorney general, said one source, who requested anonymity due to the ongoing investigation. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberal rhetoric.

US Government Finally Scrambling To Regulate Facebook
WASHINGTON AND BIG TECH are scrambling to keep up after revelations that the voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from 50 million Facebook users. The scandal has accelerated regulatory and oversight efforts and left top Democrats reconsidering the party’s traditional closeness to Silicon Valley. Perhaps the biggest change in Washington has been to the Senate timeline for confirming members of the Federal Trade Commission, the agency with jurisdiction over data privacy and the tech industry.  Intercept

Trump Tells Aides Not To Talk Publicly About Russia Policy Moves
President Donald Trump's national security advisers spent months trying to convince him to sign off on a plan to supply new U.S. weapons to Ukraine to aid in the country's fight against Russian-backed separatists, according to multiple senior administration officials. Yet when the president finally authorized the major policy shift, he told his aides not to publicly tout his decision. Doing so, Trump argued, might agitate Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to the officials. NBC


What Microsoft's Latest Shakeup Says About Its Top Priorities
A few years ago, Microsoft faced the music and accepted that Windows Phone didn't have much of a future in a mobile landscape dominated by iOS and Android. It responded by drastically downsizing its phone business, as well as getting serious about becoming a top provider of iOS/Android productivity apps and developer tools. With its latest annual restructuring, the software giant seems to facing the music again, this time for its Windows cash cow. Street

Trump Being Told He Doesn't Need A Communications Director Or Chief Of Staff
Several of President Donald Trump's outside advisers have told him over the past week he requires neither a chief of staff nor a communications director, at least in the traditional definition of those jobs, according to a person familiar with the conversations. Trump has absorbed the advice, but offered little indication whether he's interested in taking it, the person said. CNN
VOA VIEW: Outsiders don't want a buffer - very foolish for Trump to not have a Chief of Staff.

Trump Gives Rally-Like Speech In Ohio
President Donald Trump used what was billed as an infrastructure event on Thursday to instead deliver a politically tinged address that veered from foreign policy to Republicans' prospects in upcoming elections to the reboot of Roseanne Barr's sitcom. Speaking before a crowd of union builders in Richfield, Ohio, Trump did lay out in the broadest terms the underpinnings of his infrastructure plan, which had been announced previously.  CNN

David Hogg Is Quickly Learning How To Be A Bully
When is it okay to talk back to someone who keeps falsely branding you a murderer? Well, that depends on whether he's being funded by Republicans or Democrats. Ever since the shooting last month at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a student named David Hogg has become the new face of the gun-confiscation movement. He's everywhere you look, telling you that if you disagree with him, you've got blood on your hands. If you've managed to miss his schtick, here's a quick recap from David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon: PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Hog is an idiot for the liberals and if advertisers don't like the truth, they can leave.

Everyone Agrees That All Voting Machines Should Leave A Paper Trail.
Despite Congress's agreement last week to spend $380 million to help states replace voting machines that don't produce a paper trail, it's likely that tens of thousands of voters will cast their ballots in this year's midterm elections on outdated equipment that the Department of Homeland Security has called a "national security concern." That's because the newly approved money will be allocated to all 50 states instead of just those that have the greatest need to replace voting machines.  Buzz Feed

Jim Mattis Called John Bolton "The Devil"
The long-awaited first meeting between Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Trump’s bombastic incoming national security adviser John Bolton did not disappoint. “I’ve heard that you’re actually the devil incarnate and I wanted to meet you,” Mattis told him in an off-mic moment that was caught by TV cameras when he greeted him on the Pentagon steps. Bolton laughed. Buzz Feed

Congressman: FBI Report Says Andrew McCabe ‘Lied Four Times’ About Media Leaks
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lied four times, including to James Comey, about his authorization of leaks to the media, according to a Republican lawmaker familiar with an internal FBI report recommending McCabe’s firing. “He didn’t lie just once; he lied four times,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Thursday. “Four times he lied. He lied to James Comey. He lied to the [FBI’s] Office of Professional Responsibility, and he lied twice under oath to the inspector general.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: McCabe should be indicted and than go to jail.

Mueller Just Connected A Top Trump Campaign Staffer To Russian Intel
Paul Manafort, the former chair of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had a long professional relationship with a man connected to Russian intelligence. And special counsel Robert Mueller says that man, Konstantin Kilimnik, was still working with Russian intelligence in 2016, when Trump was running for president. Kilimnik had worked with Manafort since 2005, helping with Manafort’s clients in Ukraine, and continued to talk with Manafort’s team during the election. Vox

Congress Quietly Bulldozing A Butterfly Refuge To Build Wall
In an unusual concession to the environment, Congress just exempted the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, a 2,088-acre patch of extraordinary biodiversity on the Rio Grande river, from the new sections of border wall it funded in the spending bill it passed last week. But it’s a slim victory for conservation because Congress also allocated $1.6 billion to build 33 miles of new barriers around the refuge in the Rio Grande Valley.  Vox

Michael Cohen’s Attorney May Be An Even Worse Lawyer Than He Is
From his assertion that marital rape is legal to his insistence that a $130,000 preelection payment to Stormy Daniels doesn’t violate campaign finance laws because he paid it himself (which might actually be a bigger campaign finance violation), President Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen has offered up ample evidence that he’s not the sharpest legal mind. That makes sense, as Cohen was hired years ago to be Trump’s ultraloyal “fixer,” not an expert in litigation involving the president.
However, that doesn’t explain why Cohen’s attorney and spokesperson, David Schwartz, is doing such a poor job defending his client in the media — unless he was hired to be Trump’s fixer’s fixer, not someone with a good grasp on the law. NY Mag

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Trump Blasts Amazon For Hurting The Postal Service
President Trump again took aim at Amazon, blasting it for hurting retailers as well as the U.S. Postal Service. Do his criticisms ring true? Brick-and-mortar stores have closed by the hundreds, as retail chains struggle to compete with the convenience of online shopping, a transformation led and dominated by Amazon. The U.S. Postal Service has been roiled by the same gale-force technology winds, as Americans abandoned mail for email and other electronic communication. But the post office has benefited, more than suffered, from Amazon, financial analysts say. USA Today

Don't Trade The Tweets: Why Amazon Investors Can Ignore Trump 'Concerns'
Pay no attention to the president’s company-focused Twitter rants. That is the advice being given by market experts to investors, notably in Inc. AMZN, +1.11% , after President Donald Trump tweeted that he had “concerns” with the online retail giant. This was the latest example of Trump singling out a specific stock for condemnation on Twitter, and while Amazon shares initially fell in response, as has been the trend following such statements, the analysts said the tweets could be safely ignored and shouldn’t be the only factor traded on. Market Watch

Woman Gets 5 Years For Illegally Voting In 2016 Presidential Election
A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in prison this week following her conviction for illegally voting in the 2016 presidential election. Crystal Mason, 43, of Tarrant County, Texas, is a convicted felon for tax fraud and voted while still on supervised release, the Dallas Morning News reported. Texas law prohibits felons from voting until their full sentence, including supervised release, is served. Mason opted for state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez to determine her sentence, instead of standing trial in front of a jury, the paper reported. Fox
VOA VIEW: A small drop in the bucket.

Trump Tweets Misleading Pics Of Border Wall
The images that President Trump included in a tweet about being briefed on the start of his signature wall were actually of cranes replacing a barrier fence along the Mexican border, according to reports. “Great briefing this afternoon on the start of our Southern Border WALL!” the president tweeted Wednesday along with four photos apparently from the scene of a small barrier replacement project in Calexico, California. The images were from a months-long project — plans for which began in 2009 — to replace a 2.25-mile stretch of barrier along the Mexican border, the LA Times reported, citing a recent statement from US Customs and Border Protection. NY Post

For Trump, Diplomacy Is A Four-Letter Word
For years, a story circulated in Washington about Donald Trump’s attempt to nab a job leading nuclear negotiations with the Soviet Union in the nineteen-eighties. His book “The Art of the Deal” had been on the Times best-seller list for forty-eight weeks. Trump apparently thought that he could do a deal one-upping anybody—and wanted to prove it. He lobbied quite hard, I was told, with the George H. W. Bush Administration. The White House instead appointed Richard Burt, the U.S. Ambassador to West Germany during the run-up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and a longtime expert on nuclear-arms talks. New Yorker

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Trump Rushes To Embrace 'Roseanne' Success
President Trump is embracing comedian Roseanne Barr, whose rebooted television show is a surprise hit that’s being hailed by the media for its portrayal of a working-class family in the Trump era. On Wednesday night, the president phoned Barr — a Trump supporter who also plays one on TV — to congratulate her on her titular show’s success. In a Thursday interview on “Good Morning America,” Barr described the president’s phone call as a “sweet” gesture from an old friend and laughingly detailed Trump’s fixation on ratings. The “Roseanne” debut on ABC pulled in more than 18 million viewers, making it the most successful comedy launch in four years. Hill

Don Jr., Eric Fire Back After Jeb Bush Takes Dig At Trump
Former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush apparently mocked President Trump’s relationship with his family during a speech at Yale University and was quickly corrected by two of the president’s sons. Bush, the son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush, said he returned home after the 2016 primary race in South Carolina to children “who actually love me” without mentioning Trump during a lecture Tuesday at Yale University. The crowd responded with wild applause and many audience members told the Yale Daily News they understood the reference to Trump. NY Post

Pope Francis Says It's 'Abuse' To Accessorize With The Crucifix
In a speech at St Peter's Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis said that the crucifix is a religious sign to be 'contemplated and understood', rather than merchandised. He said that the crucifix is a sacred sign not to be "abused" by being treated as an ornament or clothing accessory. Pope Francis said: "The crucifix is not an ornamental object or a clothing accessory which is sometimes abused, but a religious sign to be contemplated and understood. Fox
VOA VIEW: A wise move and statement.

How Veteran Groups Are Reacting To The Departure Of VA Secretary Shulkin
Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled American Veterans, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about how veteran groups are responding to the the news of VA Secretary David Shulkin's firing. What happens when you're an advocate for veterans and the Veterans Affairs secretary is removed? Obviously the rumors have been flying for the last few weeks. However, nothing was confirmed. There were a lot of names that were floated around. And, you know, that's unsettling, I'm sure, especially for folks at the VA. NPR

Meet The Badass Army Vet Vying For Mrs. America
The newly crowned Mrs. New York is an Army National Guard veteran, a senior marketing manager for a finance firm, an aspiring Harvard master’s candidate, a frequent volunteer, a dog owner, a wife — and a city native who will now vie for the title of Mrs. America. “I don’t sleep,” joked Patti Gomez-Michalkow to The Post, fresh off her Sunday triumph representing her current home, Syracuse, in the statewide pageant for married women. “One of the things that was always imparted to me in the military was ‘Right place.  NY Post

Laura Ingraham Apologizes To Parkland Survivor As Advertisers Ditch Her Show
After right-wing star Laura Ingraham publicly mocked Parkland school-shooting survivor David Hogg for being rejected by multiple colleges, several companies have pulled their ads from her primetime Fox News show. “David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. Ingraham wrote Thursday on Twitter while sharing an article on the matter from right-wing outlet The Daily Wire. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Promoted by the rag DB.

Facebook Quietly Begins Fact-Checking Political Photos And Videos
Facebook announced today that the company began fact-checking political photos and videos on Wednesday in an attempt to root out fake news. The company announced in a blog post that the changes come as a result of Facebook's plan to review "ongoing election efforts." "By now, everyone knows the story: during the 2016 US election, foreign actors tried to undermine the integrity of the electoral process," Guy Rosen, vice president of product management at Facebook, wrote. PJ Media

President Trump Seems To Be Struggling To Find Replacements For His Legal Team
Nothing about Donald Trump's White House is serene, and that chaos extends to his legal team. Over the past week, some attorneys have left the fold. The president seems to be struggling to find replacements, but based on his Twitter feed, he is not worried about it. On Sunday, he tweeted (reading) many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia - many lawyers and top law firms want to represent me in the Russia case. Don't believe the fake news narrative that it is hard to find a lawyer who wants to take this on. Fame and fortune will never be turned down by a lawyer, though some are conflicted. NPR

New Orleans Mayor Knocks Trump, Says Election "Emboldened" Racists
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who's been touted as a potential Democratic candidate for president, says that racists feel "much more emboldened" since President Trump took office. However, he also insists that "not everybody that voted for Donald Trump is a racist." Landrieu, who made national headlines when he decided to remove some Confederate monuments in his city, examines the role of race in the United States in his new book, "In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History." CBS

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