NEWS   FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018   NEWS

Trump Slams 'Cryin' Chuck Schumer For Iran Deal Flip-Flop
President Trump on Thursday blasted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., for criticizing the withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- noting that Schumer opposed the deal when then-President Barack Obama negotiated it. “Senator Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fought hard against the Bad Iran Deal, even going at it with President Obama, & then Voted AGAINST it!” Trump tweeted Thursday. "Now he says I should not have terminated the deal - but he doesn’t really believe that!" Fox
VOA VIEW: Schmer is and looks like the loser he is.

Trump Expected To Threaten Farm Bill Veto If Food Stamp Work Requirments Not Tightened
President Trump is expected to tell senior lawmakers that he'll veto the farm bill working its way through Congress if it doesn't include tighter work requirements for people on food stamps, a source familiar with the discussions told Fox News. Legislation that passed the House Agriculture Committee last month would already tighten existing work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), while expanding funding for state training programs. Fox News

Israel Claims It Has Struck All Of Iran's Military Capabilities In Syria
Israel claims it has destroyed almost all of Iran's military capabilities in Syria after what it says was an Iranian missile attack on the Golan Heights. In the most direct confrontation between Israel and Iran to date, the two regional enemies exchanged fire for hours during a volatile night. The extended barrage of fire comes amid soaring tensions between Israel and Iran, two rivals battling for regional influence, and less than two days after the United States withdrew from the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program. CNN

Saudis Set To Pursue Nuclear Weapons If Iran Restarts Program
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister told CNN on Wednesday that his country stands ready to build nuclear weapons if Iran restarts its atomic weapons program. Asked what his country will do if Iran restarts its nuclear program, Adel Al-Jubeir told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that "we will do whatever it takes to protect our people. We have made it very clear that if Iran acquires a nuclear capability we will do everything we can to do the same." CNN
VOA VIEW: The race for nuclear dominance will begin if Iran is not shut down.


AT&T Paid Cohen $600,000 For Trump Insights
AT&T Inc. paid President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, up to $600,000 for insights into how the new administration might handle matters affecting its business, according to a person familiar with the matter. That’s about $400,000 more than the figure alleged by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult actress Stephanie Clifford, who revealed a series of payments to Cohen from AT&T, Novartis AG, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. and others on Tuesday. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The real truth is ...

Giuliani Leaves His Manhattan Law Firm
Rudy Giuliani is leaving his Manhattan law firm to focus solely on his new role on President Donald Trump's legal team. The former New York City mayor originally planned simply to take a leave of absence from the law firm of GreenbergTraurig when he joined Trump's outside team last month. Bloomberg

Newly Released FB Ads Show Russian Trolls Targeted Mexican Americans After Trump Election
The release includes more than 3,000 Facebook and Instagram ads purchased by the troll group, known as the Internet Research Agency, between 2015 and 2017. The committee had previously released only a few dozen ads, making Thursday's disclosure the most comprehensive insight into the trolls' paid online activity that is publicly available. CNN and others have previously reported on how the Russian group operated a network of thousands of fake social media accounts that were designed to look like they were run by real American activists — including fake groups imitating Black Lives Matter, Muslims and Donald Trump supporters. CNN
VOA VIEW: Facebook and other social media need regulation ASAP.

U.S. Embassy In Tel Aviv Prepares A Monday Move To Jerusalem
Come Monday, Jerusalem will be the official home of the U.S. embassy to Israel. Near the office, American and Israeli flags line the streets. New road signs, written in Hebrew, Arabic and English, point the way to the embassy. The Friends of Zion Museum have plastered buildings and buses with more than 150 billboards in support of President Trump. And on Twitter, the Tel Aviv handle @USEmbassyTA has gone dormant and @usembassyjlm has taken its place. NPR

Hannity, Black Lives Matter Among Targets Of Russian Influence Campaign
Russian propaganda efforts used ads on Facebook and Instagram to push divisive messages to fans of a variety of pages including Black Lives Matter and Fox News host Sean Hannity, according to a new batch of sponsored posts released on Thursday. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee just released thousands of divisive ads created by the Internet Research Agency, the Kremlin-backed organization that targeted American voters on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 presidential election. NBC

Federal Budget Surplus For April Largest On Record, Driven By Tax Deposits
Government revenue rose by 12%, or $55 billion, in April from the same period a year earlier, the Treasury Department said Thursday. That brought April’s surplus to $214.3 billion, the largest April surplus on record. More broadly, the budget deficit widened in the first seven months of fiscal 2018. The deficit, or the difference between the amount of money the government spent and what it took in, stood at $385.4 billion in October through April, which was 12% larger than the deficit during the same period a year earlier. WSJ

Trump's In His Glory, And It's Driving Liberals Nuts!
Heads of state don't talk this way. No judicious, temperate words -- instead a crude threat with sexual undertones. No solemn press conference or presidential address to the nation, just a backhanded sally on Twitter. A first principle of international relations is not to provoke armed leaders who are wacky or desperate, and here was Trump needling one with nukes! The man's unfit, his critics said. CNN

'Cryin' Chuck Schumer Strikes Back
Sen. Chuck Schumer fired back at President Trump for referring to him as “Cryin’ Chuck” on Twitter and used the First Lady’s “Be Best” anti-cyberbullying initiative to make his point. Senator 'Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fought hard against the Bad Iran Deal, even going at it with President Obama, & then Voted AGAINST it!,” Trump posted Thursday. “Now he says I should not have terminated the deal – but he doesn’t really believe that!” NY Post
VOA VIEW: Schumer is looking as bad as Pelosi.

FCC Plans Net Neutrality Rollback For June 11; Senate Democrats Plan A Key Challenge
The Federal Communications Commission says that its order ending an era of "net neutrality" — the rules that restrict Internet service providers' ability to slow down or speed up users' access to specific websites and apps — will take effect on June 11. That is one day before the Senate's June 12 deadline to vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution filed by Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass. The resolution aims to overturn the FCC's repeal of the Obama administration's Open Internet Order of 2015, which officially established net neutrality. NPR

Ford Halts Production Of F-150s After Fire At Supplier's Facility
Ford has halted production of the F-150 pickup truck, the most popular vehicle in America, after a fire at a supplier facility last week left the automaker without a source for key parts. It's unclear how long the production halt will continue, but the company says consumers won't feel any immediate impact. A number of other automakers are also experiencing disruptions. A Meridian Magnesium Products of America plant in Eaton Rapids, Mich., was badly damaged by a fire and a series of explosions early in the morning on May 2.  NPR


Trump Says Summit Will Be In Singapore On June 12
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that his long-expected summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12. "The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!" the president tweeted. NBC

Trump Welcomes Home American Prisoners Held In North Korea
Three Americans detained in North Korea arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Thursday morning, where they were greeted by President Donald Trump. The president and first lady Melania Trump greeted Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul at the door of the airplane. UPI
VOA VIEW: Shumer cried for Democrats.

Pentagon Cites 'Institutional Failures' for Niger Assault
Pentagon investigators on Thursday blamed multiple "individual, organizational and institutional failures" for the ambush that left four U.S. solders dead in Niger in October 2017. The six-month investigation, which resulted in an eight-page summary report released Thursday, determined no single person or entity was to blame for the deaths. UPI

Drudge Turns on Trump Over Fears His Threats Could Lead to ‘Licensing of All Reporters’
Conservative news tycoon Matt Drudge, a prominent supporter of Donald Trump, hit out at the president Wednesday following a tweet in which he suggested that journalists' credentials could be revoked. Drudge, who runs the influential right-wing news site The Drudge Report, tweeted that he feared Trump’s attacks on the media could lead to a licensing of reporters. “I fear the future result of Trump’s crusade on ‘fake news’ will be licensing of all reporters,” he wrote. “[Dems already floated this in the senate pre-Trump.] The mop up on this issue is going to be excruciating…" Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Drudge is not a big and important as the liberal media report.

'If It Rains In Israel It Pours In Iran'
ISRAEL has blasted Iran's bases in Syria with 70 missiles killing "at least 23 fighters" in revenge for rocket strikes on Golan Heights. Fighter jets bombarded military bases, munitions warehouses and intelligence centres, after Tel Aviv stoked fears of a war by warning: "If it rains in Israel it will pour in Iran." The strikes hit "nearly every target" and were in response to "20 rockets" fired by the Iranian Quds Force, Israeli military chiefs claimed. Five Syrian soldiers, including two officers, and 18 militia fighters were killed in the attack, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Sun

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US Sanctions Iran Currency
The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Thursday against six individuals and three companies it said had funneled millions of dollars to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Qods Force, just days after President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The Treasury Department said it was acting with the United Arab Emirates to disrupt the network and accused Iran’s central bank of actively helping the group to access U.S. dollars held in foreign bank. Reuters

Turkey And Russia Say US Was Wrong To Quit Iran Deal
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone call on Thursday that the United States had been wrong to withdraw from a big-power nuclear deal with Iran, a Turkish presidential source said. They also discussed escalating tensions in Syria, the source said. Trump said on Tuesday that the 2015 deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for measures restricting its nuclear program, did not go far enough in removing the threat posed by Iran to the United States and its allies in the Middle East. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Good for the US, bad for Turkey and Russia - tough.

Maryland Gubernatorial Candidate Dies
Kevin Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland and longtime leader in local politics, died early Thursday at age 60. Kamenetz, Baltimore County's two-term executive, died following a cardiac arrest, according to a news release from Baltimore County authorities. Kamenetz was at home in Owings Mills when he awoke around 2 a.m., complaining of feeling ill, the news release said.  Newsday

The ‘Russian Collusion’ Trial Is On, And Mueller May Be The First Casualty
Lawyers for Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, formally entered a “not guilty” plea in federal court Monday in a case special counsel Robert Mueller probably never thought would happen. Mueller, weathering significant criticism that his Russian collusion case was thin, unveiled a grandiose indictment Feb. 16 against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies. The 13 Russians in question were charged with waging “information warfare” in the United States, interfering with the 2016 presidential election, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Mueller is an idiot.

Trump Swings For The Bleachers!
The way President Donald Trump sees it, why go for a solid single when you can swing for a home run? Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is only the latest example of the president’s go-big strategy. From tax reform to international trade to foreign policy, Trump has pursued a high-risk, high-reward approach that advisers say can help produce results on longstanding problems — and that critics warn could trigger dangerous repercussions all the way from a trade war to global conflict. AP


Harvey Weinstein's Ex-Wife Breaks Her Silence
Fashion designer Georgina Chapman has spoken publicly for the first time about the scandal surrounding her ex-husband Harvey Weinstein, telling the June issue of American Vogue that she never suspected the disgraced film producer of the multiple sexual assaults of which he has been accused. The interview will be interpreted as an attempt to rehabilitate Chapman’s fashion brand, Marchesa, which was tainted by its association with Weinstein. This week, the brand controversially secured its first A-list endorsement since the scandal, being worn at the Met Gala by Scarlett Johansson. Guardian

Israel And Iran Edge Closer To Conflict
Israel and Iran have been urged to step back from the brink after their most serious direct confrontation, with Israeli missiles being fired over war-torn Syria in a “wide-scale” retaliatory attack many fear could drag the foes into a spiralling war. Hostilities erupted after Donald Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that the US was pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, a move that infuriated Tehran and raised tensions across the Middle East. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Iran will lose.

Homeland Security Secretary Defends Separating Families Of Illegal Border-Crossers
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the administration's "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally, saying the undocumented immigrants shouldn't get special treatment. "That's no different than what we do every day in every part of the United States — when an adult of a family commits a crime," she told NPR. "If you as a parent break into a house, you will be incarcerated by police and thereby separated from your family." NPR

Stormy's Lawyer, Avenatti, Mysteriously Obtains Cohen's Emails
It's inconvenient to lose your phone contacts – whether through an ordinary mishap or an FBI raid. When longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen lost his, due to the later, he reached out to Keith Davidson, the former attorney to porn star Stormy Daniels, to get back in touch. Daniels' current lawyer, Michael Avenatti, says the email directly rebuts the claim by Trump lawyer Giuliani that 'of course' Cohen is no longer representing Trump. Daily Mail UK
VOA VIEW: Something or someone smells,

Saudi Tests Siren After Yemen Rebels Fire New Missiles
Saudi Arabia said Thursday it tested a new siren system for the capital Riyadh and oil-rich Eastern Province, the day after Yemeni rebels fired three ballistic missiles at the kingdom. The Saudi civil defence posted a video on its official site of the alarm system being tested. It said in a statement the system was designed to "face risks of all kinds" and alert the population "in case of emergency". Yahoo News

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Nurse Charged In Death Of H.R. McMaster's Father
A nurse was charged Thursday with involuntary manslaughter, neglect and falsifying documents to make it appear she had performed required exams on President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser’s father before he died at a Philadelphia senior care facility last month. Christann Shyvin Gainey, 30, was charged in the death of H.R. McMaster Sr., who died April 13 about eight hours after falling and hitting his head at the Cathedral Village retirement community. NY Post

Pence Calls On Mueller To 'Wrap Up' Russia Probe
Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday he believes it’s time for special counsel Robert Mueller to conclude his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and other potential misdeeds by those in the president’s orbit. “In the interests of the country, I think it’s time to wrap it up,” Pence told NBC News following the release of three Americans held by North Korea. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Pence makes sense.

Trumpism Is Having Its Best Week Ever
In certain respects, Donald Trump has been a far more “normal” Republican president than many pundits had predicted (or are willing to admit). Upon taking office, the mogul left his most heretical deviations from GOP dogma at the White House gates: The “populist” insurgent’s welfare chauvinism gave way to Paul Ryanism; his neo-isolationism, to something resembling conventional right-wing hawkery; his gestures of tolerance toward “the LGBT community,” to the pious persecution of transgender Americans. NY Mag

Firm That Paid Stormy Hush Money Enmeshed In Federal Probes
From its origins as a conduit to pay hush money, Essential Consultants LLC has evolved into a nexus in federal investigations buffeting the Trump administration. Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, set up the Delaware limited liability company to pay former adult-movie actress Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels. Now the company has become a central piece of an investigation, led by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office, into whether Mr. Cohen committed federal bank fraud, money laundering or other crimes, according to people familiar with the matter. WSJ
VOA VIEW: Either Cohen is a fraud or the media has him wrong.

Trump's Iran Exit Forces EU To Confront US 'Economic Policeman Of The World'
The day after Trump announced his long-dreaded decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, EU members were hammering out measures to try to protect European firms doing business in Iran from US sanctions. The JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) – as the Iran deal is formally known – was signed between Iran, the US, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and the EU. France 24

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Iraqi Forces Capture 5 Top ISIS Leaders In Cross-Border Raid
Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest was a "significant blow to Daesh," coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group. A Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the U.S. credited Iraqi security forces with the militants' capture "on the Iraq-Syria border." Newsday

6 States Hit Harder By Cyberattacks Than Previously Known, New Report Reveals
Two years after Russia's wave of cyberattacks against American democracy, a Senate committee investigating election interference says those hackers hit more states harder than previously thought. The committee also added that it still doesn't know with complete certainty exactly how much of U.S. voting infrastructure was compromised. NPR

George Will Calls ‘Repulsive’ Pence Worse Than Trump
When Donald Trump chose Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016, there was a strong sense that the Indiana governor could serve as his new boss’s ambassador to the more conventional conservatives whose party Trump had taken by storm. Pence had been a leading member of the right wing of the House Republican caucus for years. He was especially close to the Christian right, an important segment of the party that wasn’t initially keen on the great orange heathen, with his crude ways and history of ideological heterodoxy. NY Mag
VOA VIEW: Will is an idiot.

Top Four Obama Policies Trump Has Reversed
Fulfilling a campaign promise, earlier this week Donald Trump officially withdrew the United States from the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” For critics of the deal who recognized its flaws and did not turn a blind eye to evidence Iran was violating the terms of the agreement, this was welcome news a long time coming. Trump fulfilled his promise, and the days of kowtowing to terror-sponsoring regimes are behind us. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Great work - by Obama work.

Israeli Missile Destroys Russian-Made Missile Defense System
The Twitter account representing the Israeli Defense Forces, @IDFSpokesperson, posted a stunning video of an Israeli missile descending towards an SA22 Greyhound short range air defense system. According to Military Today, the SA22 is capable of shooting down cruise missiles and guided bombs. PJ Media

Avenatti Denies ‘Political Interests’ Are Paying Him
Michael Avenatti, porn star Stormy Daniels’s attorney, denied on Thursday that any “political interests” are funding his legal battles against President Donald Trump. “I’ve answered this repeatedly on my Twitter feed; I would encourage you to go back and look at exactly what I’ve said on Twitter, related to who is paying my bill. We have been very clear about this,” Avenatti told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone interview. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Avenatti is a publicity seeking fool and loser.

Hawaii Rush To Move Tens Of Thousands Of Flammable Chemicals From Lava Path
Officials in Hawaii are rushing to move tens of thousands of gallons of highly flammable chemicals out of the path of the lava flows there, and residents have been warned that mass evacuations may be necessary if the Kilauea volcano eruptions become more violent. The chemicals evacuation was started after a new fissure in the volcano opened Wednesday about a half a mile from a geothermal power plant. In response to that development, Hawaii Governor David Ige created an emergency task force. Independent

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