Michelle O Mocks Trump
Former first lady Michelle Obama likened her husband's presidency to having "the good parent" at home at a women's leadership conference on Thursday. At the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, Obama appeared to take shots at President Trump's administration in remarks first reported by local TV station WBZ. Hill
VOA VIEW: Obama has the worst presidency in US history.

Feds announce ‘zero tolerance’ policy for illegal immigration
Central American migrants traveling with the annual Stations of the Cross caravan march to call for migrants' rights and protest the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, in Matias Romero, Oaxaca State, Mexico, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Bogged down by logistical problems, large numbers of children and fears about people getting sick, the caravan was always meant to draw attention to the plight of migrants and was never equipped to march all the way to the U.S. border. The orders are a major escalation in the administration’s efforts to discourage illegal immigration, and come as the latest numbers released this week showed a more than 200 percent increase in attempts at illegal entry in March, compared to a year earlier. Washington Times

How the FBI is facing a federal court showdown over Trump data
The FBI is refusing to disclose additional information about its decision to begin investigating then-candidate Donald Trump in July 2016, prompting Rep. Devin Nunes to threaten a showdown in federal court. Mr. Nunes, California Republican and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on intelligence, sent a letter to the Justice Department saying the FBI will not un-redact internal electronic communications provided to the panel on how the investigation got started. Mr. Nunes says the FBI has blacked out large portions of FBI electronic messages. The FBI also is resisting Mr. Nunes‘ demand to make documents available to lawmakers on the application for a court-approved wiretap on former Trump volunteer Carter Page.Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The FBI thinks its above the law.


A Third Of Millennials Aren’t Sure The Earth Is Round
A new survey has found that a third of young millennials in the U.S. aren’t convinced the Earth is actually round. The national poll reveals that 18 to 24-year-olds are the largest group in the country who refuse to accept the scientific facts of the world’s shape. CBS
VOA VIEW: It shows that a third of Millennials are dumb.

German Justice Minister To Probe Algorithms
German Justice Minister Katarina Barley said she planned a further meeting with Facebook to discuss the impact of its algorithms on the social network's users, adding that recent disclosures of privacy violations were probably not isolated. Facebook said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users, mostly in the United States, may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, more than previous estimates. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Facebook and other social media need regulation or shut down

Bernie Courts Black Voters
Senator Bernie Sanders insists he hasn’t decided whether to run again for president, but a 14-hour sprint across the Deep South on Wednesday made clear that he is not only thinking about it but is already trying to remedy his most significant vulnerability in 2016: his lack of support from black voters. NY Times

Legal Pot To Match Soda Sales By 2030
Pot may be on its way to beating pop. (Editor’s note: Yes, we know it’s called “soda” out here on the West Coast, but we didn’t want to mess with this writer’s lead.) The U.S. legal cannabis industry is expected to reach $75 billion in sales by 2030, according to research firm Cowen & Co. That’s almost as large as the North American carbonated soft drink market in 2017. Mercury News


ICE raids meatpacking plant in rural Tennessee; 97 immigrants arrested
Federal officials arrested 97 immigrants at a meat-processing plant in rural Tennessee on Thursday in what civil rights organizations said was the largest single workplace raid in a decade and a sign that the Trump administration is carrying out its plan to aggressively ramp up enforcement this year. Ten people were arrested on federal immigration charges, one person was arrested on state charges and 86 immigrants were detained for being in the country illegally, Tammy Spicer, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement Friday. All of those arrested are suspected of being in the country illegally, she said. Immigration advocates said most were from Mexico. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: A message of zero tolerance on illegals.

Manafort’s lawyers want Mueller to name alleged accomplices cited in criminal indictment
Lawyers for Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge Friday to order special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to release the names of alleged accomplices accused of helping Manafort commit crimes. Manafort’s legal team also asked the court to direct Mueller to specify each allegedly false and misleading statement their client is accused of making, including to his tax preparers about his control of foreign bank accounts and to the Justice Department about his alleged lobbying work in 2016. Without that information, Manafort’s lawyers said, he cannot adequately prepare for trial.Washington Post

Trump May Have Just Ended ‘Catch And Release’ With A Stroke Of The Pen
A memorandum signed by President Trump on Friday could be the beginning of the end for America’s longstanding “catch and release” policy at the border. The memo gives the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies 45 days to detail “all measures that their respective departments have pursued or are pursuing to expeditiously end ‘catch and release’ practices,” according to The Hill. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Great!

Rep. Blake Farenthold resigns amid abuse investigation
"While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress, I know in my heart it's time for me to move along and look for new ways to serve," Farenthold said in a statement. In late 2017, the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into the congressman over harassment accusations. He said in December that he'd never served in office before being elected in 2010 and had "no idea" how to run a congressional office. Former aide Lauren Greene said Farenthold told another staffer in the office that he had "sexual fantasies" about her. Greene received $84,000 from a congressional fund to resolve workplace disputes, but she said she was blacklisted on Capitol Hill after raising her concerns. UPI

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Nut, seed proteins more heart healthy than meat
People consuming nuts and seeds have a lower risk of heart disease than those mostly eating meat, according to a study conducted in the United States and Canada. Researchers from Loma Linda University School in California, and AgroParisTech and the Institute of National Agronomic Research in Paris, found that the type of proteins makes a difference: red meat increases heart disease risk by 60 percent while plant proteins -- nuts and seeds -- cause a 40 percent reduction to risk. UPI

House's Steny Hoyer Takes A Last Shot At The Top Spot
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is not welcome in Trump country, which was probably one reason another top Democrat — her long-term rival Steny Hoyer — was zipping through Republican-friendly corners of western Wisconsin this week. Hoyer, the Maryland centrist and perpetual leader-in-waiting in the House of Representatives, was on a mission to woo blue-collar voters and help his party win back control of the House. He was also looking for what could be his last shot. AP
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is good for Republicans.

Arizona, Texas announce plans to send National Guard members to border
Officials in Arizona and Texas announced on Friday their plans to send National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border. The governor of Arizona said he planned to send about 150 members, while the Texas National Guard said it would send 250. The announcement follows comments by President Trump on Thursday when he said he wanted to deploy between 2,000 and 4,000 guard members to the southern border in order to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed orders on Friday under Article 32 to deploy up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the Mexico border, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told Fox News. Fox

Congressman Pulls Out Loaded Gun At Constituent Meeting
A South Carolina congressman pulled out his loaded handgun during a meeting with constituents to make a point that guns are dangerous only in the hands of criminals. News outlets report Republican US Rep. Ralph Norman placed the .38-caliber gun on a table during Friday’s meeting at a Rock Hill restaurant. Noman said he wasn’t going to be “a Gabby Giffords,” referring to the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot outside a grocery store during a constituent gathering in 2011. Norman said he’ll display his gun at future constituent meetings. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Action is worth a 1,000 words.

Record-Setting Number Of Women Running For House In 2018
309 women, Republicans and Democrats alike, have filed candidacy papers to run for the House, eclipsing the previous record of 298 set in 2012, according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University that AP analyzed. And that number is likely to grow in the coming months. Vox

Conor McGregor Posts $50,000 Bail
The Irishman had a hearing on Friday afternoon at the Kings County Criminal Court. Heading into the hearing, the 29-year-old McGregor faced three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief due to his UFC 223 bus attack on Thursday. MMA Fighting


Michelle Obama calls Barack the 'good parent,' slams Trump supporters for going 'fun' route
Former first lady Michelle Obama got political during a chat at a women's leadership conference Thursday, likening her husband's presidency to having "the good parent at home" opposed to what she called the "other parent," referring to President Trump. Barack was like the "responsible parent -- the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time," the former first lady said at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, clearing her throat. "And now perhaps we have the other parent in the house." Fox
VOA VIEW: Obama is the worst US president ever.

Trump administration hits 24 Russians with sanctions over 'malign activity'
The Trump administration announced new sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 top government officials on Friday, in a move that targets Vladimir Putin’s inner circle for “malign activity” including meddling in the 2016 US election and other aggressions. The new economic sanctions represent the most forceful action yet taken by the Trump administration against Putin’s circle. “The Russian government operates for the disproportionate benefit of oligarchs and government elites,” said the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin. “Russian oligarchs and elites who profit from this corrupt system will no longer be insulated from the consequences of their government’s destabilizing activities.” Guardian
VOA VIEW: What happened to Russia, Russia?

Bill Maher Exposes Geraldo Rivera On Trump: ‘Now You Are The Spin’
But in the years since, between the Al Capone vault fiasco, his trash-TV show Geraldo, and his questionable work for Fox News, he’s become something of a punchline. Rivera, for instance, lied about being at the scene of a controversial friendly-fire incident during the War in Afghanistan in 2001; was kicked out of reporting in Iraq after he accidentally gave up U.S. military positions on-air in 2003; repeatedly blamed Trayvon Martin’s death on his wearing a hoodie; and has emerged as a staunch defender of President Donald Trump. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Rivera is liberal - DB is a liberal rag.

Roger Stone: Trump Should Not Meet With Mueller
Former Trump adviser Roger Stone said Friday that he does not believe the president should meet with Special Counsel Robert Mueller — but he doesn’t think the president should fire him either. During a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, Stone explained how he thinks it could be “very dangerous” for Trump to willingly meet with Mueller. “I have written and said on InfoWars repeatedly that I thought it was a perjury trap,” Stone explained. Daily Caller

Paul Manafort Says The FBI Illegally Searched A Storage Unit Where He Kept Files
Paul Manafort is asking the federal judge overseeing his DC-based criminal trial to toss out any of the evidence obtained by the FBI in its search of a storage unit in Alexandria, Virginia — evidence that includes materials relating to his and Rick Gates's work in Ukraine. The request, a motion to suppress evidence, is filed to argue that evidence obtained by law enforcement — here, the FBI — was obtained as the result of an illegal search and cannot be used at trial by a prosecutor — here, Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Buzz Feed

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News of Facebook's secret tool to delete executive messages caps days of chaos
When Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, embarked on a media apology tour Thursday, it seemed possible that the woman known as Mark Zuckerberg’s “adult supervision” would bring calm to the troubled company’s image. But the past 48 hours have shown that not even Sandberg’s steady hand can keep this car from spinning out of control. On Friday, Facebook was again under fire, both over the discovery that the company has a two-tiered privacy standard (one for executives, one for everyone else) and over its use of facial recognition software. Guardian

Giffords’ husband reacts to congressman comment
The Latest on a South Carolina congressman who pulled out a handgun at a constituent meeting Friday. The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is speaking out against comments made by a South Carolina congressman who pulled out his own loaded handgun at a meeting with constituents, and said he was "not going to be a Gabby Giffords." News outlets report that Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman's comments were made Friday at a restaurant in Rock Hill where he placed his .38-caliber gun on a table. Giffords, a Democrat, was shot and wounded outside a grocery store during a constituent gathering in 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Las Vegas Sun

US-China Trade Rift Could Squeeze Growth And Hurt Consumers
Higher prices. Slower growth. Farmers losing access to their biggest foreign market. Even President Donald Trump is warning that Americans might have to accept "a little pain" before they enjoy the fruits of his escalating trade fight with China. On the pain part, if not necessarily on the "little" part, most economists agree with the president: The tariffs the United States and China are preparing to slap on each other's goods would take an economic toll. ABC
VOA VIEW: Hurt first - gain an positive.

Naloxone Stops Opioid Overdoses
The United States surgeon general issued a rare national advisory on Thursday urging more Americans to carry naloxone, a drug used to revive people overdosing on opioids. The last time a surgeon general issued such an urgent warning to the country was in 2005, when Richard H. Carmona advised women not to drink alcohol when pregnant. NY Times

Tainted Synthetic Marijuana Sickens More Than 90 in Midwest, Killing 2
The patients have arrived at emergency rooms across Illinois with mysterious, unnerving symptoms. Some were vomiting blood or bleeding from their gums and noses. Others had arms and legs that were mottled purple, splotched with unexplained bruises. Many were young and previously healthy, panicked and confused about what was happening to them. NY Times

Severe Thunderstorms Move Into The Southeast On Saturday
The risk for severe thunderstorms will move into the Southeast Saturday, after large hail, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes were reported from Texas to Mississippi Friday into early Saturday. A line of strong thunderstorms and heavy rain is moving southeastward through the northern Gulf Coast as of early Saturday. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 7 a.m. CDT for portions of southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

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Trump Signs Memo Ordering End to ‘Catch and Release’ Immigration Policy
President Trump issued a memorandum on Friday directing his administration to move quickly to bring an end to “catch and release,” the practice by which immigrants presenting themselves at the border without authorization are released from detention while waiting for their cases to be processed. The directive does not, on its own, toughen immigration policy or take concrete steps to do so; it merely directs officials to report to the president about steps they are taking to “expeditiously end ‘catch and release’ practices.” But it is a symbolic move by Mr. Trump to use his executive action to solve a problem that he has bitterly complained Congress will not. It also caps a week that began with the president offering tough talk on immigration and ended with his ordering the National Guard to patrol the southwestern border, a move formalized on Friday night when Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed orders to deploy up to 4,000 troops. New York Times

Feds Seize In Enforcement Action
A founder of a 45-year-old alternative weekly newspaper in Phoenix has been charged in the apparent culmination of a federal human-trafficking investigation. Michael Lacey, 69, of Sedona, Ariz., who helped build a nationwide media empire out of the Phoenix New Times, was charged Friday as part a 93-count indictment that remained sealed late Friday, according to Lacey's lawyer, Larry Kazan. Lacey also co-founded the online classified advertising site Backpage, and authorities had spent months probing whether the website served as a willing participant in the online sale of sex, including with underage girls. USA Today

EPA Chief Spent Milliions On Security And Travel
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s concern with his safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away from investigating environmental crimes. Altogether, the agency spent millions of dollars for a 20-member full-time detail that is more than three times the size of his predecessor’s part-time security contingent. New details in Pruitt’s expansive spending for security and travel emerged from agency sources and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. They come as the embattled EPA leader fends off allegations of profligate spending and ethical missteps that have imperiled his job. AP
VOA VIEW: Time will tell the outcome.

Pompeo and Bolton Appointments Raise Alarm Over Ties to Anti-Islam Groups
Nearly two months after the Boston Marathon bombing, Mike Pompeo, then a congressman from Kansas, took to the floor of the House to denounce American Muslim leaders for what he called their “silence” in response to the heinous terrorist attack. “Silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts,” Mr. Pompeo said, reading from prepared remarks. In fact, more than half a dozen American Muslim organizations had issued statements condemning the bombing within hours of the attack. In the days following, Muslim groups organized news conferences, blood drives and prayer vigils. Mr. Pompeo was immediately informed that he was wrong, but did not apologize or respond to Muslim groups stung by his remarks. NY Times

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