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Hawaii Evacuations Ordered
New fissures have opened on Hawaii's Big Island - bringing the total to 17 - spewing bits of bright red lava several hundred feet in the air and escalating fears of violent explosions to come, more than a week after Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanos, erupted. Hawaii Civil Defense officials said they went door-to-door Sunday waking people up and telling them to evacuate. At least 36 structures, including 27 homes, have been destroyed since the eruptions began. Fox
VOA VIEW: It could get worse.

Sarah Sanders Says Her Whining Kids Taught Her How To Deal With Jim Acosta
“Both of them whine pretty regularly. They both like to ask the same questions and sometimes their tone needs to be adjusted a little bit. So I think that having kids has prepared me for the job that I have right now,” Sanders responded to the Daily Caller question: “What’s more difficult: Dealing with your children on an onerous day or dealing with [CNN reporter] Jim Acosta?” Fox
VOA VIEW: Acosta is a whining baby.

Bernie Sanders Can't Believe That WH Hasn't Apologized For McCain Joke
Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that it is beyond his "comprehension" that the White House has not apologized in the wake of reports that a staffer mocked Sen. John McCain's health, saying "he's dying anyway," in response to the senator's opposition to President Donald Trump's pick to lead the CIA, Gina Haspel. "It is one thing in the White House for somebody to say something crude and stupid and disrespectful about an American hero, it is another thing for them not to apologize," the Vermont independent told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" Sunday morning. CNN
VOA VIEW: Sanders is a socialist idiot.

Ex Tennis Star Says Trump Offered Him $1M
Former tennis star and current commentator John McEnroe said on In Depth with Graham Bensinger that Donald Trump once offered him $1 million to play a match against Serena or Venus Williams. "I was calling a match and suddenly I get this envelope, and it's from Donald Trump, who is promoter galore. ... So he wrote me a letter, it went, 'Dear John, I want to offer you $1 million to play either Serena or Venus." Bleacher Report


Pompeo Says US To Send 'Capital' To N Korea Once Nukes Go
The U.S. is ready to allow investments in North Korea once it has verifiable proof of the Asian nation’s denuclearization, two of President Donald Trump’s top national security officials said. “We’re prepared to open the trade and investment with North Korea as soon as we can,” National Security Adviser John Bolton said on ABC’s “This Week,” one of two appearances on Sunday political shows. Bloomberg

Apple CEO Lauds Gun Control Activists; Jabs At Google And Facebook
Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook waded into divisive political topics such as gun control and immigration during a commencement speech while continuing his criticisms of internet companies over a lack of user privacy. Speaking at Duke University, where he graduated from business school 30 years ago, Cook urged the students to reject the status quo and be fearless. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Facebook and Google must be regulated and the Second Amendment must stay.

Tensions High Ahead Of Embassy Move In Israel
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other members of the U.S. delegation arrived in a tense Jerusalem on Sunday to celebrate the relocation of the United States embassy. President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel's capital last year and pledged to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. NBC


Paris Knife Attacker ID'd As Russian Native
The knife-wielding man who killed one and wounded four others in a suspect terror attack in Paris was been identified Sunday as a French national born in southwest Russia. The attacker was born in 1997 in Russia's Chechnya region, sources told CNN and France 24. The assailant, shouting "Allahu akbar" in Arabic -- which is "God is good in English -- was shot dead by police in central Paris late Saturday after he attacked people near the city's main opera house. UPI

Europe Moves To Safeguard Iranian Interests
Europe’s largest economies lobbied to protect their companies’ investments in Iran on Friday, seeking to keep the nuclear deal with Tehran alive after Washington pulled out and threatened to impose sanctions on European companies. Germany and France have significant trade links with Iran and remain committed to the nuclear agreement, as does Britain, and the three countries’ foreign ministers plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss it. Reuters
VOA VIEW: American interests will prevail over European companies.

Israeli Football Team Renames Itself After Trump
In December, the US president defied global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, angering Palestinians and Muslims around the world who see the ancient city as a capital of their future state. “For 70 years has Jerusalem been awaiting international recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognised Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel,” read a statement on Beitar Jerusalem’s official Facebook page. Guardian

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Trump Wants To Help Telecom Giant ZTE4
President Donald Trump said Sunday he has instructed his Commerce Department to help get a Chinese telecommunications company "back into business" after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers. At issue is that department's move last month to block the ZTE Corp., a major supplier of telecoms networks and smartphones based in southern China, from importing American components for seven years. The U.S. accused ZTE of misleading American regulators after it settled charges of violating sanctions against North Korea and Iran. NBC

Lesbian Teacher Claims Discrimination After Showing Class Photo Of Wife
Stacy Bailey has twice been named teacher of the year at Charlotte Anderson elementary school in Arlington, Texas. Last August, at the start of a new school year, she put on a getting-to-know-you slideshow. It included pictures of her family and friends, including a woman Bailey described as her “future wife”. Later in the week, according to a court filing, Bailey was told a parent had complained about the art teacher promoting a “homosexual agenda”. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Bailey should have kept her personal life out of the classroom.

Many Electronic Voting Machines Are Insecure. One County Is Trying To Fix That
Election administrators in Austin, Texas, are trying to put an electronic voting system in place before the 2020 presidential election that is more secure than anything else in the market right now. There are widespread concerns that many of these voting machines are vulnerable to hacking due to aging equipment and design flaws. Following reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election, lawmakers say local governments need to start switching to more secure technology. NPR


A DACA Recipient Graduates Amid Deportation Fears
Late spring is graduation season for schools across the United States. It's a time of joy and hope for many, but for DACA recipients and their families it can bring added anxiety. For many of these "DREAMers," the threat of deportation looms over their graduation celebrations. NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Jessica Moreno-Caycho, a DREAMer graduating this May from Virginia Commonwealth University. NPR

Ivanka Arrives In Israel
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have arrived in Israel for the opening of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem, an event that is due to be met with widespread protests by Palestinians and others opposed to it. Donald Trump’s eldest daughter arrived as part of the official US delegation, technically headed by deputy secretary of state John Sullivan, and containing Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and 12 members of Congress. Independent UK

Soldier Livestreams Himself Being Waterboarded
A US special forces soldier has livestreamed a video of him being waterboarded by his friends, as part of an effort to promote Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA. The president wants acting CIA director Gina Haspel to take leadership of America’s preeminent intelligence agency from Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed as his new secretary of state. There is considerable opposition to Ms Haspel’s confirmation by the senate because of her previous role overseeing “black sites” during George W Bush’s so-called war on terror, in which water-boarding and other methods many consider to be torture, were used to interrogate prisoners. Independent UK

Meghan McCain Still Waiting For WH Public Apology
A White House aide who made disparaging comments about Arizona Sen. John McCain has yet to follow through on her reported promise to publicly apologize, McCain's daughter told ABC News on Sunday. Meghan McCain has said that White House staffer Kelly Sadler told her she would apologize publicly for the callous remarks she made about the 81-year-old Republican senator, who has been battling brain cancer. ABC
VOA VIEW: A demand that is made up by the liberal media.

Netanyahu Welcomes US Delegation Ahead Of Embassy Opening
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday attended an event welcoming the US delegation ahead of Monday's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem at a ceremony held at the Foreign Ministry compound in Jerusalem. A red carpet stretched out from the building's entrance, while band played Israeli and American music at the foyer. Each guest received a pin of Israeli and US flags. Y Net News

John Kerry Spotted Meeting With Iranian Diplomats In Paris-Trash Talking Trump
John Kerry was just seen leaving a cafe in Paris after meeting with what appeared to be five Iranians driven in vehicles with diplomatic plates, according to Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Osborne. Osborne tweeted on Saturday: "So John Kerry just left a meeting @ L’Avenue in Paris w/3 Iranians. A friend was sitting next to their table and heard JK blasting @realDonaldTrump. The Iranians had a 5 person security detail and left in diplomatic vehicles. Is he FARA registered?" PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Kerry is a traitor.

Yahoo And AOL Just Gave Themselves The Right To Read Emails, Access Bank Records
It’s not only Facebook and Google that want all your data. In one of the most far-reaching attacks on personal privacy, Oath, the new name of Verizon’s online content subsidiary, is now requiring users of Yahoo and AOL to consent to allow access to their personal data. This includes Oath's right to view and analyze every email sent or received on Yahoo! and AOL emails, attachments, videos, images, even location information. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: All social media should be regulated and held liable.

First Tropical Disturbance Enters Gulf
Hurricane season doesn't officially start until June 1, but the National Hurricane Center is already eying a disturbance in the gulf. On Sunday, the hurricane center flagged an area of showers and thunderstorms stretching from Cuba to the Southeastern Gulf. The disturbance was given less than a 40 percent chance of developing into a named storm, according to a tropical outlook memo issued Sunday. Miami Herald

Shiite Cleric Takes Surprise Lead In Iraq's Election
Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes counted, the electoral commission said on Sunday, a surprise comeback for the powerful nationalist Shi’ite cleric who had been sidelined by Iran-backed rivals. Shi’ite militia leader Hadi al-Amiri’s bloc, which is backed by Tehran, was in second place, according to the count of over 95 percent of the votes cast in 10 of Iraq’s 18 provinces. Reuters

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Schumer Wants Fentanyl To Be Part Of China Talks
Chinese-made fentanyl that is being trafficked in New York should be the main speaking point when U.S. negotiators sit down with their Chinese counterparts this week, a top lawmaker said. Sen. Chuck Schumer said China produces over 90 percent of the world’s fentanyl and its government does nothing to stop Chinese drug king-pings and manufacturers from cooking it up and illegally pushing it to Americans. NY Post

Trump Officials On Why They Leak
White House leakers used a raft of excuses Sunday to justify sharing sensitive Trump administration information with reporters, reasons ranging from a way to settle personal scores to dealing with a confrontational work environment within the West Wing. "The most common substantive leaks are the result of someone losing an internal policy debate," a senior administration official told Axios. "By leaking the decision, the loser gets one last chance to kill it with blowback from the public, Congress, or even the President." Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Inexcusable foolishness.

Gulf Of Mexico Heating Up-2018 Hurricane Season Around The Bend
The rumblings of hurricane season 2018 have already begun. With the official start of the season more than two weeks away, the National Hurricane Center said on Sunday that it is tracking a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico that could, though isn't likely, become a hurricane. "This system could acquire some subtropical or tropical characteristics while it moves slowly northward across the eastern Gulf of Mexico during the next few days. Regardless of subtropical or tropical cyclone formation, this system will enhance rainfall across portions of Florida and the northeastern Gulf Coast during the next few days," the NHC stationed in Miami said in an advisory Sunday afternoon. Washington Examiner

Kudlow Says Don't Blame Trump, Blame China-Trade Actions
National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow revealed to Breitbart News Saturday listeners on SiriusXM Patriot 125 that U.S.-China trade talks will continue in D.C. next Thursday and Friday with hope for a “good deal” and the possibility that stronger measures could be required if China does not permit that. Kudlow added that it is the Chinese to blame for the recent actions President Donald Trump has taken, not Trump, and that China’s “illegal” practices must be stopped — and the goal may be a full restructuring of the Chinese economy. Google News

The Mooch Selling $8.2M Home He Only Bought 9 Months Ago
Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci is having a hard time making up his mind. Less than nine months after plunking down $8.2 million for a Hamptons love nest for him and his wife, Scaramucci is ditching his 8,300-square-foot Water Mill home, The Post has learned. The Mooch, who reconciled with his wife, Deidre Ball, late last year just ahead of buying the newly constructed East End house built by celebrity developer Joe Farrell, is looking for something closer to the water, sources said. NY Post

Stormy Daniel's Attorney's Questionable Past Emerges
Much of the developments surrounding Stormy Daniels’ lawsuit again President Donald Trump have focused on the business dealings of attorney Michael Cohen, but an investigation by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveals that Daniels’ counsel, Michael Avenatti, has his own questionable history. Avenatti’s past is littered with lawsuits, jilted business partners and bankruptcy filings. People who have worked with the lawyer described him to TheDCNF as ruthless, greedy and unbothered by ethical questions. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: If you live by the sword - be prepared to die by the sword - Avenatti is dirty.

Trump Responds To Paris Terror Attack: ‘Countries Will Have To Open Their Eyes’
President Donald Trump responded on Sunday to news of a deadly knife attack that took place in Paris on Saturday. “So sad to see the Terror Attack in Paris. At some point countries will have to open their eyes & see what is really going on,” the president said. The president tweeted about “sickness & hatred” that drives terrorism and the need to change the current prevailing “thought process on terror.” Daily Caller

Give It A Rest! Top Democrat Tells Party Members to Stop Bashing Trump – Get Into “12-Step Program” if You Have To
A voice of reason in an otherwise unhinged and irate mob. Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown urged the Democrat mob to quit bashing President Trump if they want to win in November. Brown even admitted President Trump’s economic and foreign policy successes are impressive and popular. Brown even urged unhinged liberals to seek help with a 12-step program if they have to. Gateway Pundit

North Korea, Prisoners Release And Iran. All In A Day's Work.
The last great showman in the White House was Ronald Reagan, a one-time Hollywood film actor, who kept his sense of dramatic timing to the end. But Donald Trump (former host of US TV show The Apprentice) promises to run him close, if the staging of the latest development in the North Korea rapprochement is anything to judge by. This, pretty much, is the psychological calculation that Trump made – against all manner of warnings from experts and advisers – and, as of now, it would appear he was right. What Kim Jong-un sought was a one-on-one meeting with the US President, such as other national leaders are routinely granted, with his support team, due ceremony and his national flag. In granting this, Trump was prepared to risk the dignity of his office, as no previous US President had. Independent UK

IDF Braces For Violence In Gaza And West Bank Ahead Of Embassy Move
Thousands of soldiers from 11 battalions, including from the Nahal and Givati brigades, as well as special forces and intelligence-gathering units, the Armored Corps, snipers and drones will reinforce the troops already deployed. As part of preparations, the training of regular combat troops has also been paused in order to focus efforts to dealing with the possible disturbances. J Post

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Pompeo Describes What Kim Jong Un Is Like In Person
Pompeo described conversations with Kim Jong Un as “professional.” “He knows his brief, he knows what he is trying to achieve for the North Korean people, he’s able to deal with complexity when the conversation requires it,” Pompeo said. The Secretary of State also noted that Kim Jong Un pays attention to Western media, saying, “He does follow the Western press. He will probably watch this show at some point. He’s paying attention to things that the world is saying.” Daily Caller

Iowa Fires Warning Shot Across Bow of Roe v. Wade with Heartbeat Bill
Fifty-one years ago, Susan Morledge had an abortion for what she described as “medical reasons.” Now, the 70-year-old mother of two adult children told the Des Moines Register she supports Iowa’s new abortion law, which will be the strictest in the nation. “To me, a heartbeat means a baby is alive,” said Morledge. Sara Nolta, another Iowa resident, said she’s afraid if the Iowa law isn’t stopped by a judge before it goes into effect as scheduled July 1, the unintended consequences could be disastrous. PJ Media

As Mueller Probe Enters Year 2, Trump And Allies Go On War Footing
The grand jury witnesses arrive one by one at the windowless room in the federal courthouse on Constitution Avenue in downtown Washington. They are struck first by how commonplace the setting feels – more classroom than courtroom, two witnesses said. One of special counsel Robert Mueller III’s prosecutors stands at a lectern. The jurors, diverse by age and ethnicity, are attentive and take notes. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: More like Mueller's witch hunt.

Illinois Woman Pregnant With Her Daughter's Twins
In a few weeks, Sheila Gump will give birth to her grandchildren. The twins, a boy and a girl, were conceived through in vitro fertilization because Gump’s daughter, Micaela Johnson, is unable to get pregnant. Johnson, 26, was diagnosed in 2015 with a rare and aggressive small cell cervical cancer. At the time, Micaela and Brandon Johnson were trying for a second baby to follow son Aidyn, who was born in 2012. Doctors found a tumor on Johnson’s cervix during a routine exam. The only treatment option was a hysterectomy, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. The treatment would thrust the young woman into menopause and render her infertile. St. Louis Today

Kimmel Says Americans Tired Of Trump Bashing
“Sometimes there is such low-hanging fruit, you have to choose between 12 jokes on one subject, and picking the right ones is something I obsess over,” Jimmy Kimmel admits about his preparation for his annual sardonic stand-up routine during ABC’s upfront presentation. “Then I’ve found too that, almost inevitably, my best jokes come to me around 3 in the morning when I’m sitting there alone.” Deadline
VOA VIEW: Kimmel is losing audience.

Napoleon Complex Proven: Short Man Syndrome Is Real!
It seems short men really do act more aggressively than their peers to make up for their small stature. Researchers used a money sharing conundrum, dubbed the Dictator Game, which tests how fairly individuals treat others. It typically consists of two individuals, with one given a quantity of money which they must offer a portion of to a rival - even if the amount is zero. Daily Mail UK

Earnest: 'Some Accountability' in Trump Answering 'Shouted Questions' More Than Obama
Former White House press secretary Josh Earnest said President Trump answers “shouted questions” from the press at a higher rate than former President Obama did. During the transition, Earnest recalled that some had questioned whether there would be daily briefings and how frequently Trump would make himself available for questions from the press. “So from that perspective, things have actually turned out quite a bit better, I think, than. many people expected, that the daily briefing, for example, is much shorter and is not quite as a source of reliable information but it’s still happening, and there’s still senior members of President Trump’s team who stand before that podium most days and are held accountable and face tough questions and they do it on live television. PJ Media

North Korea Schedules Demolition of Nuclear Test Site
North Korea is continuing to make grand gestures ahead of its upcoming summit with the U.S. and South Korea, announcing on Saturday that it will dismantle its only known nuclear test site, complete with an accompanying ceremony, between May 23 and 25 (depending on the weather). According to North Korean state media, the regime’s Foreign Ministry has announced that it will demolish the site’s underground tunnels using explosives, as well as dismantle the buildings at the facility, which is located near the northeastern village of Punggye-ri. NY Mag

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