Trump Rips Mueller For 'Setup & Trap' After Subpoena Warning Revealed
President Trump decried the latest tactics in the special counsel’s Russia probe as a “setup & trap” after it emerged that Robert Mueller suggested to Trump's legal team that he could subpoena the president to appear before a grand jury if he refuses an interview with investigators. "There was no Collusion (it is a Hoax) and there is no Obstruction of Justice (that is a setup & trap). What there is Negotiations going on with North Korea over Nuclear War, Negotiations going on with China over Trade Deficits, Negotiations on NAFTA, and much more. Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. Fox
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a joke and so is his staff.

Georgia Candidate Kemp Triggers Uproar With Shotgun Ad
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp has triggered an uproar with a campaign ad that shows him pointing a shotgun toward a young man -- who supposedly wants to date his daughter but first has to recite Kemp's campaign platform. Kemp, Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, aired the commercial on local stations. Viewers reportedly called the ad offensive, but the campaign has stood by the spot. Fox
VOA VIEW: A strange ad.

Why Firing Mueller Won't End Russia Investigation
Justice Department officials and FBI agents could simply pick up where a fired Mueller left off. State attorneys could bring their own charges against Trump and his associates. Even as a private citizen, Mueller might be able to publicize or share his findings with Congress. “Bureaucracies are complicated animals and this one has metastasized beyond the Mueller investigation,” said Benjamin Wittes, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and editor in chief of the blog Law Fare. Politico

Boy Scouts Are Dropping The Word 'Boy' From The Flagship Program
The Boy Scouts of America doubled down Wednesday on its quest to become the scouting program of choice for boys and girls, announcing it will drop "Boy" from the name of its signature program. Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh also unveiled the group's new "Scout Me In" marketing campaign aimed at promoting inclusiveness. “As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible," Saurbaugh said. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The programs is doomed.

Macron Thanks Australian Leader's 'Delicious Wife'
French President Emmanuel Macron committed a rather delicious faux pas on Wednesday that left his Australian audience scratching their heads. Mr Macron has been in the country on a diplomatic trip, discussing weighty issues like climate change and defence. The president's immaculate English, however, failed him momentarily as he thanked PM Malcolm Turnbull. "Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome, the perfect organisation of this trip," he said. BBC


Microsoft Persuades Court to Imprison Man for 'Counterfeiting' Software They Give Away for Free
Computer recycler Eric Lundgren was sentenced to 15 months in prison for selling what Microsoft claimed to be counterfeit software—software that was available for anyone to download free from the Internet. Many in the tech community are up in arms at Microsoft and the company is now on the defensive, trying to explain their actions on a special website. “We are sharing this information now and responding publicly because we believe both Microsoft’s role in the case and the facts themselves are being misrepresented," the company explained. PJ Media

Australia's Largest Bank Lost The Personal Financial Histories Of 12 Million Customers
The Commonwealth Bank lost the personal financial histories of 12 million customers, and chose not to reveal the breach to consumers, in one of the largest financial services privacy breaches ever to occur in Australia. BuzzFeed News can reveal that the nation’s largest bank lost the banking statements for customers from 2004 to 2014 after a subcontractor lost several tape drives containing the financial information in 2016. Buzz Feed

Deputy Attorney General: Mueller Is 'Not An Unguided Missile'
Despite unrelenting criticism from the White House on the course of the investigation into Russia's election interference, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Monday offered unqualified support for special counsel Robert Mueller. "The special counsel is not an unguided missile," Rosenstein said in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY. "I don't believe there is any justification at this point for terminating the special counsel." USA Today
VOA VIEW: There is something wrong with Rosenstein.

Bornstein Claims Trump Dictated The Glowing Health Letter
When Dr. Harold Bornstein described in hyperbolic prose then-candidate Donald Trump's health in 2015, the language he used was eerily similar to the style preferred by his patient. It turns out the patient himself wrote it, according to Bornstein. "He dictated that whole letter. I didn't write that letter," Bornstein told CNN on Tuesday. "I just made it up as I went along." CNN

Tornadoes, Severe Storms Hit The Plains
Tuesday kicked off a multi-day round of severe weather in the Plains and Midwest, spawning several tornadoes that caused limited damage in rural areas. Storm chasers tracked several twisters in progress Tuesday evening across parts of Kansas, where the state's first tornadoes of 2018 were spotted, and also in Nebraska. They were responsible for only minor structural damage, and no injuries were reported.


May's Latest Brexit Headache-A Customs Deal With The EU
Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Britain to leave the EU customs union when it quits the bloc - and not join a similar arrangement - has become a flashpoint in the Brexit process, setting up a possible parliamentary defeat that could force her government into a damaging policy U-turn. The European Union’s customs union is a legal arrangement in which all member states participate. Some other countries have also joined under varying conditions, including Turkey, but May has ruled this out for Britain. Members of a customs union apply the same tariff to imports from outside the union, and apply no tariffs to goods from other members of the union. Reuters

GOP Senate Candidate: ‘Chinaperson’ Isn’t Racist
West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship on Tuesday said he saw nothing wrong with his use of a racial slur to describe the father-in-law of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “This idea that calling somebody a ‘Chinaperson,’ I mean, I’m an American person. I don’t see this insinuation by the press that there’s something racist about saying a ‘Chinaperson,’” Blankenship said during a primary debate hosted by Fox News.  Huff Post
VOA VIEW: No racism in the statement.

Brother Of Accused Parkland Shooter Arrested Again
Zachary Cruz, the younger brother of accused Parkland, Fla., school shooter Nikolas Cruz, has been arrested for allegedly violating conditions of his probation. Cruz was booked into the Palm Beach County jail Tuesday evening on charges of breaching his probation by driving a Kia SUV on April 28 without a valid driver’s license and for going within 25 feet of a parking lot of a high school in Lake Worth, local media reported. USA Today

Apple CEO Tim Cook Is 'Very Optimistic' About U.S.-China Relations
Cook was in Washington last week, where he met with the president. “China and the U.S. have this unavoidable mutuality where China only wins if the U.S. wins and the U.S. only wins if China wins and the world only wins if China and the U.S. win,” Cook said in Apple's earnings call on Tuesday.  Forbes

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When Will Tesla Run Out Of Cash?
Tesla insists it won’t run of money, but banks and analysts are nervously watching as the electric carmaker burns through its $4.2 billion cash pile. Some say Tesla won’t generate enough revenue to replenish its hoard before it will be forced to raise extra cash from investors, yet again. In March, investment bank Jefferies and credit rating firm Moody’s predicted (paywall) the company would be forced back to (perhaps less forgiving) investors later this year to raise as much as $3 billion to cover for lagging Model 3 production, and even more during the second half of 2019.

What We Didn't Hear From FB At F8
Appearing before 5,000 of the most faithful members of the Facebook community, Mark Zuckerberg threw out many, many announcements in the space of 30 minutes. Some sounded cool, others not so much.  And we left with a lot of questions. Let's dive in. For the past two years, Facebook has been touting the idea of live broadcasting on the social network. Remember Zuckerberg showing a BBQ from his backyard, as a way to keep people engaged and active on the social network? USA Today
VOA VIEW: A waste of time - Facebook needs to be regulated.

Stephen Hawking's Final Theory About The Big Bang
The theory, which was submitted for publication before Hawking's death earlier this year, is based on string theory and predicts the universe is finite and far simpler than many current theories about the big bang say. Professor Hertog, whose work has been supported by the European Research Council, first announced the new theory at a conference at the University of Cambridge in July of last year, organised on the occasion of Professor Hawking's 75th birthday.


Hawaii May Be The First State To Ban Reef-Killing Sunscreens
Hawaii may soon be the first state in the U.S. to ban sunscreens with chemicals that harm nature. State lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bill that bans the sale of sunscreens that have chemicals believed to damage coral reefs. The ban is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021, once it is signed by Gov. David Ige (D). The bill specifically prohibits the sale and distribution of any sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate.Huff Post

Deep InSight: NASA's Next Mars Lander Will Probe Red Planet's Interior
If all goes according to plan, the solar-powered spacecraft will touch down on a smooth, flat plain just north of the Martian equator on Nov. 26, then spend at least two years studying the Red Planet's interior structure and composition. [Where to Watch InSight's Mars Launch from the California's Coast] "In essence, it will take the vital signs of Mars — its pulse, temperature and much more," Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said during a news conference in late March. "We like to say it's the first thorough checkup since the planet formed 4.5 billion years ago."

Justice Department Shoots Down GOP Request to See Mueller Memo
The Department of Justice sent a letter to the leaders of the House Freedom Caucus on Monday declining their request to see the unredacted version of a memo detailing the scope of the special counsel’s Russia probe. In the letter, obtained by the Washington Examiner, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd writes: “Although we are working to accommodate the requests of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in a number of oversight matters, we cannot provide the requested information pertaining to the Special Counsel’s ongoing investigation consistent with longstanding principles of investigatory independence.” Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Why should the American people be denied the right to see what Mueller was hired to do?

Biotech CEO Who Injected Himself With Untested Vaccines Found Dead
An investigation was launched Tuesday into Traywick’s death but no foul play was suspected, D.C. police told The New York Post. “Aaron was a passionate visionary. He seemingly never tired as he brought people together to work on some of the most imposing challenges facing humanity,” Tristan Roberts told VICE News in a statement. “While many in the biohacking scene disagreed with his methods, none of them doubted his intentions.Fox News

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Trump's Lawyer In Russia Probe Is Retiring
Ty Cobb, the lawyer leading President Trump’s legal team in the special counsel’s Russian investigation, is retiring and Trump is planning on hiring as a replacement an attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment, a report said Wednesday. “It has been an honor to serve the country in this capacity at the White House. I wish everybody well moving forward.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: No big change - maybe better.

South Korea: US Troops Off The Table In Peace Talks
South Korea said Wednesday the issue of US troops stationed in the South is unrelated to any future peace treaty with North Korea and that American forces should stay even if such an agreement is signed. “US troops stationed in South Korea are an issue regarding the alliance between South Korea and the United States. It has nothing to do with signing peace treaties,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House, citing President Moon Jae-in. NY Post

Trump’s Pentagon Opens Up Guantanamo Bay To New Prisoners
The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay is now formally set to receive new inmates for an indefinite stay, the Pentagon confirmed Wednesday. In what amounts to a fulfilled campaign promise for Donald Trump, who had pledged to refill Guantanamo with “some bad dudes,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis delivered a long-expected detentions policy to the White House, a day after the deadline set by Trump’s January executive order paving the way for new Guantanamo detainees. Daily Beast

Republican Senate Candidate Says He'll End Mueller Probe If Elected
A Republican in Indiana running for Senate aired a new ad on Wednesday where he promised to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump. “Mueller, Pelosi, Donnelly. They’re using fake news to destroy our president. Who’s tough enough to stop the witch hunt?” Rep. Todd Rokita says in the TV spot targeting incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Good idea, but not practical.

18 House Rep Formally Nominate Trump For Nobel Peace Prize
Eighteen House Republicans have formally nominated President Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in helping to improve relations between North and South Korea. Led by Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., the Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Wednesday outlining the actions Trump has taken to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program and commit to a denuclearized Korean peninsula. Washington Examiner

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Iowa’s Legislature Just Passed The Most Restrictive Abortion Bill In The Country
Iowa legislators passed a so-called heartbeat bill Wednesday that bans abortion after a fetus' heartbeat can be heard through an ultrasound — on average around six weeks into a pregnancy. If signed, it will be the most restrictive abortion law in the country. The bill was fast-tracked by the Republican-controlled Statehouse and passed in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It now heads to the desk of Gov. Kim Reynolds, who opposes abortion rights but has not made any public comment on whether she will sign the bill.  Buzz Feed

A Southwest Airlines Flight Had To Make An Unscheduled Landing Because Of A Broken Window
The flight, which was heading from Chicago to Newark, New Jersey, was diverted and landed in Cleveland. Only one layer of the window broke, so cabin pressurization was maintained and passengers were not exposed to the outside, a spokesperson for Southwest told BuzzFeed News. Passengers snapped and shared photos of the damaged window, which was noticed during the flight. Buzz Feed

Facebook Advisory Team to Address Anti-Conservative Bias
Facebook will be bringing in an adviser to address concerns about anti-conservative bias on the platform. Axios reported on Wednesday that Facebook will be bringing in an advisory team led by former Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl to tackle the issue of bias against conservatives. Kyl’s law firm, Covington and Burling, will allegedly be discussing the issue with conservative groups “directly” in order to “advise Facebook” going forward. News Busters
VOA VIEW: Facebook is anti conservatives - period.

Networks Dismiss Netanyahu’s Iran Presentation: ‘No Smoking Gun’
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows worked to discredit and dismiss Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Monday presentation detailing Iran’s deception about its nuclear weapons program prior to the 2015 international deal to prevent that program’s progress. While secret Iranian files obtained by Israel clearly demonstrated that the authoritarian regime lacked any credibility on the issue, anchors and correspondents made Netanyahu the target instead. News Busters
VOA VIEW: The networks are too liberal and anti America to report facts.

White House Looking To Roll Back $25 Billion From Massive Spending Bill
President Donald Trump’s administration is going to roll out a recision package in the coming weeks that will roll back $25 billion from the $1.3 trillion spending bill Congress passed in April, a source with first-hand knowledge told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I will never sign another bill like this again. I’m not going to do it again. Nobody read it. It’s only hours old. Some people don’t even know what is in it. $1.3 trillion dollars–it is the second largest ever,” the president said in late March when he signed the Republicans’ spending bill. Daily Caller

Trump Pokes Fun At The State Department
President Donald Trump poked fun at the State Department at Mike Pompeo’s swearing in ceremony Wednesday. The crowd was cheering when Trump said he hasn’t heard spirit like that “in a long time, many years.” The crowd at the State Department began cheering when President Trump took the podium to introduce Mike Pompeo before his swearing in.  Daily Caller

Flynn Sentencing Delayed for at Least Two Months 'Due to Status of Investigation'
Special counsel Robert Mueller asked that the sentencing of Michael Flynn be delayed for at least 60 days in a court filing Tuesday. The former Trump administration national security advisor pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators on Dec. 1, 2017. On Feb. 1, lawyers were directed to come back to the court with a sentencing status report no later than May 1. "Due to the status of the Special Counsel's investigation, the parties do not believe that this matter is ready to be scheduled for a sentencing hearing at this time," states the filing. PJ Media

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