Secret FBI Source Becomes Dossier-Level Focus Of GOP Russia Probe
The focus on the FBI intelligence source’s role has also led to renewed interest by congressional investigators in August 2017 Senate testimony from Glenn Simpson, whose firm, Fusion GPS, commissioned the dossier. At the time, Simpson testified that former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele had told him the FBI had intelligence from an “internal Trump campaign source.” Fox
VOA VIEW: The FBI and DOJ will look bad when the truth comes out.

Giuliani: Trump Team Decision On Interview With Mueller Likely To Slide
Giuliani said he had hoped to resolve that question by May 17, the one-year anniversary of Mueller's appointment, but that was no longer feasible. In a phone interview with Fox News on Friday, Giuliani said the outside legal team is still waiting for information from Mueller. He said a decision may slide until after Trump’s planned summit on June 12 with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Fox News

Pompeo Says North Korea Could Prosper If It Makes A Nuclear Deal
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dangled the prospect of a far brighter future for North Korea if leader Kim Jong Un abandons his nation’s nuclear weapons program after a summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore next month. Speaking alongside South Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha at the State Department, Pompeo said Friday he thinks the U.S. and North Korea are largely on the same page in expectations for the June 12 encounter. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Un would be smart to accept any deal to end its nuclear quest.

The Drug Industry Dodges Its Worst Fears In Trump's Plan On US Prices
President Donald Trump’s plan to lower U.S. drug prices avoids some of the harshest steps that the pharmaceutical industry and the network of companies that distribute its products feared. Calling his proposal the most sweeping attempt in U.S. history to lower drug prices, Trump wants to increase competition for medicines, cut list prices and reduce patients’ out-of-pocket costs. Yet it also preserves -- and in some cases expands -- the role of the pharmacy middlemen the administration has blamed for many problems with drug costs. Bloomberg


Biden: 'Decency' At WH Has Hit 'Rock Bottom'
The statement was in response to White House aide Kelly Sadler's comments following the Arizona Republican's opposition to President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director by saying Thursday morning that "he's dying anyway," a White House official told CNN. Asked about Sadler's comment, a White House official said, "We respect Senator McCain's service to our nation, and he and his family are in our prayers during this difficult time." CNN

Lawyer: I Fed Dirt To Cohen On Schneiderman Years Ago
The investigation of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and the domestic-violence scandal that toppled former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman collided Friday when a colorful attorney not representing either man asked that certain court records be sealed. In a letter to a federal judge, Peter J. Gleason said that he fed accusations of "sexually inappropriate" conduct by Schneiderman to Cohen five years ago. He asked that any record of that conversation that might be among papers seized from Cohen last month be kept under wraps. NBC
VOA VIEW: The truth is ...

Lawmakers Weigh Plan B To Protect Mueller's Work
If Congress can’t protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, perhaps it can protect his work. That’s the thinking among several lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who are discussing ways to safeguard the special counsel’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump 2016 campaign and Russia amid President Donald Trump’s escalating attacks. NBC


Joking About McCain's Death Is Our Terrible New Normal
On Thursday morning, a White House aide named Kelly Sadler joked about Sen. John McCain's opposition to CIA nominee Gina Haspel by noting that "he's dying anyway." It was the latest in a series of increasingly nasty comments about McCain: Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, called it "ridiculous" that McCain wasn't planning to invite President Donald Trump to his funeral while a retired general on Fox News on Thursday referred to a debunked conspiracy theory that McCain had informed on his comrades while a prisoner of war during Vietnam. CNN

Final Friday Protests Kill 1, Injure Hundreds In Gaza
One Palestinian was shot dead and more than 400 people were injured Friday in the last "March of Return" protest at the Gaza-Israel border, which has run for seven straight weeks. About 5,000 people participated in the demonstrations, the Israeli army said. It was the final event in a seven-week schedule of protests at the border every Friday, leading to Nakba Day. UPI

Cybersecurity Experts Fear More Cyberattacks From Iran After Trump Pulls US From Nuclear Deal
Cybersecurity experts are reportedly concerned President Trump’s decision to leave the Iran nuclear agreement will prompt cyberattacks from Iran. In the hours after Trump announced the U.S. would be withdrawing from the agreement, researchers from security firm CrowdStrike detected a “notable” deviation in Iranian cyberactivity, the New York Times reports. Washington Examiner

Trump Had 'No Idea' Cohen Was Selling WH Insight
President Donald Trump was unaware that his long-time lawyer was selling his insight into the workings of the White House after his election, a member of the president’s legal team has said. Rudy Giuliani – the latest addition to Mr Trump’s team managing his response to the Russia investigation – said he was “quite certain” the president did not know about the post-election activities of his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen. Independent UK
VOA VIEW: Makes more sense.

George W. Bush Cites Winston Churchill Quote That Doesn't Exist
Before Donald Trump’s mangled syntax there was George W Bush, whose greatest hits included “Rarely is the question asked: is our children learning?”, “Families is where our nation finds home, where wings take dream”, and the deathless “They misunderestimated me”. But the 43rd president reminded Americans what they had been missing on Thursday when he put words in the mouth of Winston Churchill that, according to historians, the British wartime prime minister never said. Guardian

'Melania' The 5th Fastest Growing Baby Girl Name In US
First lady Melania Trump has made it her mission to stop children from bullying, but she's doing more than inspiring their Internet habits -- she's also inspiring their names. The name "Melania" is the fifth fastest growing baby girl name in the United States, Social Security Administration data showed Friday. UPI

Apple Nears $1 Trillion, But Look Out For Amazon
Started in the garage of co-founder Steve Jobs in 1976, the iPhone maker’s annual revenue has ballooned to $229 billion, greater than the gross domestic product of countries including Portugal and New Zealand. Apple’s market capitalization on Thursday topped a record $934 billion, following its unveiling last week of a $100 billion buyback budget and news that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway dramatically increased its stake in the company. Reuters

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False Tsunami Warning Jolts US West Coast And Alaska
Some Alaskans got a jolt when they heard an emergency radio and television broadcast indicating the entire West Coast, from San Diego to Alaska's Aleutian Islands, was under a tsunami threat. Only at the end of the nearly two-minute long message sent early Friday morning did it indicate the alert was a test. The National Tsunami Warning Center said there is no tsunami threat. Lois Varnado, with the tsunami warning center, said the matter was being investigated. Newsday

Hawaii Officials Plead For Visitors To Keep Travel Plans
Warnings that Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could shoot boulders and ash out of its summit crater are prompting people to rethink their plans to visit the Big Island. But most of the rest of the island is free of volcanic hazards, and local tourism officials are hoping travelers will recognize the Big Island is ready to welcome them. Newsday

Black Activist Jailed For Facebook Posts Speaks Out On FBI Surveillance
Handcuffed and shaking in the cold wind, Balogun thought a misunderstanding must have led the FBI to his door on 12 December 2017. The father of three said he was shocked to later learn that agents investigating “domestic terrorism” had been monitoring him for years and were arresting him that day in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police. Guardian

North Korea Will Receive Economic Assistance If It Gives Up Nuclear Weapons
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday extended America’s potential economic assistance to North Korea, under the assumption that they get rid of their nuclear weapons. “If Chairman Kim chooses the right path, there is a future brimming with peace and prosperity” for North Korea and its people, Pompeo said. "If North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearize, the United States is prepared to work with North Korea to achieve prosperity on the par with our South Korean friends." Fox
VOA VIEW: Time will tell if Kim is smart to denuclearize.

Veterans Group Mistakenly Suggests McCain Has Passed
A veterans service organization on Friday inadvertently suggested that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., had passed, sending out a a draft email to reporters with a subject line that read, “VFW Remembers Sen. John McCain.” The nonprofit organization, Veterans of Foreign Wars, mistakenly emailed a draft release to reporters announcing the death of McCain, who has been at his Sedona ranch recovering from recent surgery and continues to battle an aggressive form of brain cancer. Fox News

Giuliani Showed Up In Court. His Client Wasn't The President.
One day after Rudy Giuliani announced he was leaving his law firm to offer his "sole concentration" to President Donald Trump, Giuliani appeared in a Broward County, Florida, courtroom Friday to represent a woman accused in an insurance fraud case. The former New York City mayor, who recently joined Trump's legal team, appeared for a morning hearing for a criminal defendant. According to court documents, the defendant was in a car crash on May 18, 2016, in Broward County. CNN


John Kelly: Trump Embarrassed, Frankly By Mueller Investigation
John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, has said Donald Trump is “somewhat embarrassed” by the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Kelly told National Public Radio (NPR) in a rare interview broadcast on Friday that Robert Mueller’s investigation inevitably crops up when the US president hosts his foreign counterparts. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Mueller's goal is to disrupt the presidents' positive momentum.

Family Dead In Australia's Worst Mass Shooting In 2 Decades
A family of seven people, including four children, was found dead Friday in an Australian village in what is being considered the country’s worst mass shooting in 22 years, officials said. Police are treating the incident as a murder-suicide and said they were not looking for any suspects.  NY Post

MSNBC's Wallace Suggests Sarah Sanders Should Be Choked
MSNBC daytime host Nicolle Wallace suggested that White House press secretary Sarah Sanders should be choked after she refused to comment Friday on a report that an aide in the administration made a dismissive remark about Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., health. On her show Friday, Wallace, who was an adviser for McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, asked NBC News' White House reporter Kristen Welker, "How do you resist the temptation to run up and wring her neck? Why can't she just say if a staffer said that, we're going to get to the bottom of it and she'll be fired?" Washington Examiner

Mueller Probing Foreign Donations To Trump's Inauguration Committee
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators grilled several witnesses about millions of dollars in donations to President Trump’s inauguration committee, a new report said Friday. The donors they asked about had links to Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, sources told ABC News. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Mueller is stretching his mandate.

Europe Faces Tough Battle Against New Iran Sanctions
France's Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has called on European nations to unite in the face of the US's decision to reimpose sanctions on companies trading with Iran. But can Europe escape the consequences of US President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. The US has announced that international firms have six months to halt existing business and cannot enter into new contracts or face crippling fines. RFI

Israel Admits To Strike On Iran Operated T-4 Airbase In Syria Last Month
Israel admitted on Friday that it was behind the April 9 attack on an Iranian T-4 airbase in Syria, as well its ongoing mission to prevent Iran from a reprisal attack.The Israeli army gave a more detailed description of the April 9 target, saying the strike was aimed at a shipment of advanced air defense weapons, which included one with a range of 110 kilometers. i24 Israel

John Kelly On Trump, The Russia Investigation And Separating Immigrant Families
President Trump's chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, said he has never seriously considered leaving his job and indicated that he's in lockstep with the president on many issues. Kelly says they have "a close relationship" and spend up to eight hours a day together. "My view is to speak truth to power. I always give my opinion on everything. He always listens," he said. "Sometimes he takes the opinion, sometimes he doesn't." NPR

Documents Reveal How Russian Official Courted Conservatives In U.S. Since 2009
Kremlin-linked Russian politician Alexander Torshin traveled frequently between Moscow and various destinations in the United States to build relationships with figures on the American right starting as early as 2009, beyond his previously known contacts with the National Rifle Association.
Documents newly obtained by NPR show how he traveled throughout the United States to cultivate ties in ways well beyond his formal role as a member of the Russian legislature and later as a top official at the Russian central bank. NPR

California Bill Wants To Drop Washington/Lincoln’s Birthday And Replace It With Communist Holiday
The California Assembly discussed Thursday a bill that would replace Abraham Lincoln or George Washington’s birthday with International Socialist Workers’ Day as a paid holiday. California Democrat Assemblyman Miguel Santiago introduced Bill AB-3042, which would allow schools to replace Washington Day and Lincoln Day with Presidents’ Day and install an “International Workers’ Day” — conventionally known as “May Day” — as a second holiday. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: Total madness.

Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Is Media's New Donald Trump
President Trump raked in an estimated $5 billion in free media in the year leading up to the 2016 election, enjoying more free press than all the Democratic and Republican candidates combined. It made sense, too: Trump is rude, crude, and immensely entertaining. Newsrooms claimed shock and disapproval, but none dared look away. The ratings and subscription numbers were too good. Washington Examiner

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AT&T Admits 'Mistake' In Hiring Trump Lawyer, Top Company Lobbyist Steps Down
Telecom giant AT&T made a "big mistake" in paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to President Trump's personal lawyer to seek his help as the company pursued a merger that the administration opposed, the company said Friday. CEO Randall Stephenson said in a message to employees that although he believes everything about the relationship with Michael Cohen was legal and "entirely legitimate," it represented a "serious misjudgment." NPR

John Kelly: Despite 'Times Of Great Frustration,' No Regrets Taking White House Job
President Trump's chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly, said he has never seriously considered leaving his job and indicated that he's in lockstep with the president on many issues. Kelly says they have "a close relationship" and spend up to eight hours a day together. "My view is to speak truth to power. I always give my opinion on everything. He always listens," he said. "Sometimes he takes the opinion, sometimes he doesn't." NPR

Iran Threatens Israel.........Again
The chief of the UN has called for an immediate halt to “all hostile acts” in the Middle East, a day after Israeli forces bombed Iranian military targets inside Syria. Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, asked for the halt to avoid “a new conflagration” in the region following the most extensive military exchange between Israel and Iran. Independent UK
VOA VIEW: Tran will lose any confrontation.

Does Anyone Want To Host The 2020 Republican National Convention?
With the Republican National Convention a little more than two years away, the GOP is having a hell of a time finding a city to host the extravaganza, which will see Donald Trump nominated for a second term unless something unexpected happens between now and then. At least four cities have declined to pursue the event after showing some initial interest, The Hill reports. Like most urban areas equipped to handle the convention, those waving away the GOP are largely Democratic, making the proposed influx of MAGA hats less than ideal. NY Mag

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McCain Urges Senate Not To Confirm Gina Haspel
Republican Senator John McCain has spoken out against Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director, citing her history with a CIA interrogation programme that some have called torture. Mr McCain, a US Navy veteran who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, said Ms Haspel’s failure to deem such practices immoral was “disqualifying”. Independent UK
VOA VIEW: McCain is an idiot.

Trump Reportedly Furious About Border
President Donald Trump is screaming mad at his homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, for failing to stop people from coming to the US without papers. According to reports in the New York Times and Washington Post, Trump went on a half-hour rant at Nielsen during a recent Cabinet meeting — an unusually long tantrum even for him (and one that reportedly made other officials in the room uncomfortable). The Times reported that Nielsen wrote a resignation letter but hadn’t yet decided to submit it; the Post’s reporting says no such letter was drafted. Vox

Honor Mother's Day By Backing Parental Leave
Ever since its establishment in the early 20th century — unofficially in 1908, officially in 1914 — Mother’s Day has been when Americans celebrate the importance of the biological imperative of reproduction. It may seem crass to put it that way. But at its core, the holiday is about thanking our mothers for bringing us into the world, fulfilling the socially vital task of continuing the species, and acknowledging the sacrifices they made to do so. Vox

Maxine Waters Explodes On House Floor: I Resent 'Making America Great Again'
California Congresswoman Maxine Waters doesn’t want to hear any talk about making America great, especially if it’s coming from a straight white man. Waters went off the rails at a recent House debate when Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly had the audacity to suggest the country needed to shift focus from what divides to what unites. American Mirror
VOA VIEW: Waters is an idiot.

Popularity Of Netanyahu Rises
Israel's tough stance on Iran has boosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity at home, and he can expect more good press in the coming days when the United States opens its embassy in Jerusalem. Three corruption investigations against Netanyahu, who has hardly been out of the headlines for weeks, show no sign of denting his popularity among his support base. Yahoo News

Oprah Tells Graduates To 'Hysteria' That Has Gripped Politics
Oprah Winfrey told a class of graduating seniors at the University of Southern California (USC) on Friday that they need to wake up and fight the "hysteria" gripping politics across the U.S. today. In her roughly 20-minute address to Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism students, Winfrey warned of the dangers of fighting "hysteria with more hysteria" in the face of tough national issues such as gun violence and racism. Hill

Russia Balks At Arming Syria With Missiles After Netanyahu Talks
Russia has no plans currently to deliver advanced S-300 air-defense systems to Syria, President Vladimir Putin’s aide on military cooperation said, an apparent reversal following talks between the Russian leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We’re not discussing any deliveries of advanced new systems” to Syria, Vladimir Kozhin said in comments published on Friday by the pro-government Izvestia newspaper. The Syrian military has “everything it needs,” he said. Bloomberg

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