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Republicans Explain Why They Are Leaving Congress
A lot of Republicans are running away from Congress. Since the beginning of the 115th Congress, more than 40 Republicans have left or announced they plan to leave the House by the end of the year. A handful of members have resigned amid scandal. Another group is leaving to run for higher office -- for seats in the Senate or to become governors of their home states. CNN
VOA VIEW: Good reasons why Republicans are moving - CNN is upset with the truth.

US Lost Track Of 1500 Immigrant Children
Steven Wagner, a top official with the Department of Health and Human Services, disclosed the number to a Senate subcommittee last month while discussing the state of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that oversees the care of unaccompanied immigrant children. Wagner is the acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. CNN

Growing Movement To Ban Plastic Straws
The humble plastic drinking straw has become the villain of the moment for environmental crusaders, with New York City joining a small but growing list of communities considering a straw ban to lighten the load on landfills and protect marine life. The campaign is not advancing uniformly, though. NBC
VOA VIEW: What is next?

NASA Astronaut Alan Bean, 4th Man To Walk On The Moon, Dead At 86
Alan Bean, the NASA astronaut and fourth man to walk on the moon, died Saturday at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was 86. Bean had fallen ill while traveling in Fort Wayne, Indiana, two weeks ago, his family said. NBC

Peter King: Jets Chairman's Anthem Protest Stance 'Disgraceful'
Rep. Peter King called the decision by Jets chairman Christopher Johnson to pay the fines of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “disgraceful” on Saturday. In a morning tweet, the Seaford Republican said Johnson’s stance was “encouraging a movement premised on lies vs. police.” Newsday
VOA VIEW: The policy is meaningless and so is Johnson position - they will lose more attendees and audience and money.

Michael Cohen: Inside The Strange World Of Trump's Fixer
Just before he got his dream job as Donald Trump’s right-hand man, Michael Cohen was quoted in a 2007 tabloid news story hyping a Trump condo development in New Jersey. “Trump properties are solid investments,” said Cohen, who by then had bought at least three. Trump’s decision to hire Cohen has served the president well over the years, particularly for tasks requiring a mix of bluster and discretion – skills Cohen might have picked up in his days as a personal injury lawyer or in the taxi cab business. Guardian


Trump Ramps Up Attacks On 'Scandal' Of Russia Inquiry
Donald Trump said the investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 election “could be one of the biggest political scandals in history” as he dubbed the investigation into election inference “Spygate”. The White House hasannounced a Thursday meeting between top law enforcement officials and two Republican members of Congress – Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Devin Nunes of California – to examine classified documents about a government informant’s contacts with Trump’s campaign. Gaurdian

Rose McGowan: Put Me On The Stand Against Weinstein
Rose McGowan says she would "absolutely" like to testify if given the chance against Harvey Weinstein. McGowan spoke to NPR's Michel Martin a day after the mogul turned himself into police in New York after months fighting sexual abuse investigations. "I have had to have his arm around me and smile in photos," McGowan says on Weinstein embracing her at public events. "The cameras would flash and you're just kind of out of your body and 'don't cause a scene and just go with it' because what else are you going to do? You're trapped. NPR
VOA VIEW: McGowan wanted the notoriety - not a used, she gained.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias Stepping Down Amid Gynecologist Scandal
The president of the University of Southern California, C.L. Max Nikias, is stepping down, according to an announcement by the university's board of trustees. The resignation comes as USC is embroiled in a series of scandals that have tarnished the public image of the prestigious private institution in Los Angeles. The most recent scandal involves a former campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, who is alleged to have made sexual comments and inappropriately touched patients during pelvic exams. NPR


Carter Page: FBI Ruined My Life
FBI surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page cost him business, income and even his girlfriend. Page tells The Post that during the media barrage he faced in late 2016, he visited his girlfriend at her London flat, where she was “freaking out with the fake news about me.” NY Post

Morgan Freeman Releases New Statement On Harassment Allegations
This week actor Morgan Freeman was accused by eight women of sexual harassment in an investigation done by CNN. The allegations included accusations that he and his Revelations Entertainment co-founder Lori McCreary allegedly created a toxic work environment for employees in their office. Vulture
VOA VIEW: The so-called users could have quit.

Virginia Republican In Congress Accused Of Using Staff As "Personal Servants"
Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett treated aides in his office like “personal servants,” according to a report from Politico that details the lawmaker’s use of staffers to complete daily chores ranging from chauffeuring his daughters to cleaning up after his dog. The story comes following a turmoil-filled week for the freshman Republican Congress member, whose chief of staff Jimmy Keady abruptly left on Tuesday evening, kicking off a bizarre back-and-forth about whether Garrett planned to run for reelection. Vox

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Hero Teacher Who Bravely School Shooter Gets Prais From White House
President Trump tweeted his thanks to the science teacher who bravely sprang into action during a shooting at an Indiana middle school no Friday. Jason Seaman, 29, a seventh-grade science teacher at Noblesville West Middle School was credited with knocking a weapon out of the gunman’s hand. “Thanks to very brave Teacher & Hero Jason Seaman of Noblesville, Indiana, for his heroic act in saving so many precious young lives. Fox

Trump Calls For Dems To End 'Horrible Law' That Separates Children From Parents At Border
President Trump on Saturday called on Democrats to end a “horrible law” that he says separates children from their parents when they cross the border -- and also accused them of “protecting MS-13 thugs.” Fox

Kim Jong Un Meets Again With South Korean President
South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said, in an apparent move to convince Kim to hold his scheduled summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. "President Moon Jae-in held a second summit with Chairman Kim Jong-un at Tongil-gak on the North Korean side of Panmunjom from 3 p.m. through 5 p.m. on (May) 2."UPI


Florida Under State Of Emergency-Subtropical Storm Alberto
Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency Saturday morning as Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the season, moved north into the Gulf of Mexico. The executive order applied to the entire state of Florida and was issued "to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need," Scott said in a statement. UPI

Venezuela Frees US Missionary After Two Years
American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, was heading home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released him. They were being accompanied by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, who met on Friday with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Corker’s office said. Reuters

Handcuffed Weinstein Faces Rape Charge In #MeToo Reckoning
It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs. His face pulled in a strained smile and his hands locked behind his back, the once-powerful Hollywood figure emerged from a police station Friday facing rape and criminal sex act charges, a searing reckoning for the man who became a symbol of a worldwide outcry over sexual misconduct. AP

Kim Reaffirms Korean Denuclearization Push, Looks Forward To Trump Meeting
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had reaffirmed his commitment to “completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula” and looked forward to meeting President Donald Trump on June 12, in the latest attempt by the two Korean leaders to keep recent engagement efforts on track. WSJ
VOA VIEW: The liberal media pundits look bad.

Vice President Pence Tells Pastors: 'Share The Gospel!'
In a last-second surprise appearance before a pastors conference in Washington DC, Vice President Mike Pence outlined how the Trump administration has championed causes important to the evangelical community and implored them to continue to, "share the good news of Jesus Christ.” CBN

Judge Declines To Throw Out Manafort Charges
President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was handed a setback Friday as a judge rejected his attempt to throw out some of the criminal charges against him. Manafort had argued that he had been charged twice for the same offense of lying to the government and that the piling up of the charges could prejudice a jury against him. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Let a jury decide the case.

Pro Hunting Trump Officials Take Ax To Wildlife Protections
The Trump administration is systematically rolling back protections for endangered wildlife and expanding rights for hunters, winning cheers from sporting associations but worrying environmentalists who fear it will lead to the extinction of protected species. The National Park Service announced last week it would end an Obama-era protection that prohibited the hunting of bear cubs, as well as wolves and pups in their dens, in Alaska’s national preserves. Hill

Abortion Advocates Get Landslide Victory
An Irish election official confirmed a landslide victory for abortion rights advocates as Ireland repealed its constitutional ban. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, speaking Saturday after exit polls suggested voters chose to liberalize Ireland's strict abortion laws by a margin of more than two to one, called the result the culmination of a "quiet revolution." Newsday

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Popularity Of The Name ‘Muhammad’ In Europe Is An Element Of Jihad
Muhammad is slowly gaining ground against the infidels -- and in their own homelands. As one recent report notes, the German city of Bremen is the first in the country for which it is the most popular name for newborn boys. It’s the same in other Western European cities. “Mohammed [is the] most popular name for newborn boys in the Netherlands for second year in a row,” reads another recent report.   Muhammad is also the most popular name in England. PJ Media

Billy Graham's Will Revealed
Evangelist Billy Graham made a powerful statement in his Last Will and Testament. He called on his family to defend the gospel at all costs, he urged everyone reading his will to read the Bible and look to Jesus for salvation, and he put his money where his mouth had always been. “I ask my children and grandchildren to maintain and defend at all hazards and at any cost of personal sacrifice the blessed doctrine of complete Atonement for sin through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ once offered, and through that alone," Graham declared in his will, recently released to the public. "I urge all of you to walk with the Lord in a life of separation from the world and to keep eternal values in view." PJ Media

Alberto To Make Landfall On US Gulf Coast To End Memorial Day Weekend
Flooding will remain the greatest concern across the southeastern United States as Alberto churns northward with an expected landfall at the end of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Governors of Florida and Mississippi have declared states of emergencies ahead of the advancing subtropical storm. Accuweather

Tech Companies Scramble As Set Of New Sweeping Data Rules Take Effect
A sweeping set of new data privacy regulations descending on Europe is leaving internet companies in the U.S. scrambling to overhaul their practices to avoid steep penalties. Companies like Google, Twitter, Yelp and Uber have in recent weeks sent notices to their users about updates to privacy policies and user agreements aimed at making their data collection practices more transparent. Hill
VOA VIEW: All social media companies should be regulated - hard.

Hillary Clinton Dons Heavy Coat And Scarf In Sweltering 90° Boston Heat
On Friday, Hillary Clinton stepped out into the sweltering Boston, MA heat in a heavy coat and scarf. According to various weather reports, it reached nearly 90 degrees in Boston on Friday. Hillary Clinton received the Radcliffe Award at Harvard on Friday. The twice-failed presidential hopeful told the audience she would be the CEO of Facebook given the chance “because it’s the biggest news platform in the world.” Gateway Pundit

Who Killed Bobby Kennedy? His Son Doesn't Believe It Was Sirhan Sirhan
Just before Christmas, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. pulled up to the massive Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center, a California state prison complex in the desert outside San Diego that holds nearly 4,000 inmates. Kennedy was there to visit Sirhan B. Sirhan, the man convicted of killing his father, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, nearly 50 years ago. SF Gate

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'Very Well May Have' Lied-Here Are The Important Questions About 'Spygate'
A battle of semantics has dominated the revelation that the FBI used a Cambridge professor named Stefan Halper to keep tabs on three Trump campaign advisers. The argument is over whether Halper was a mere FBI informant or a spy, as President Trump has asserted. Daily Caller

Clapper: Obama Had No Knowledge Of FBI Informant In Trump Campaig
James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, said Friday that former President Barack Obama had “no knowledge” of an FBI informant in the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Daily Caller

What Is Hillary Clinton Hiding?
On Friday, Hillary Clinton stepped out into the sweltering Boston, MA heat in a heavy coat and scarf. Hillary Clinton received the Radcliffe Award at Harvard on Friday. The twice-failed presidential hopeful told the audience she would be the CEO of Facebook given the chance “because it’s the biggest news platform in the world.” Gateway Pundit

Hawaii Street Swallowed By Lava Tide As Many More Homes Burn
A tide of molten rock turned a Hawaii street into a volcanic wasteland on Friday as the number of homes destroyed by the erupting Kilauea volcano soared and authorities told residents to flee a surge of lava heading towards them. The destructive fury of the erupting Kilauea volcano was unleashed on the Big Island's Leilani Estates housing development, with the number of homes and other structures destroyed leaping to 82 from a previous count of 50, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Yahoo News

Half Of Americans Won't Take A Vacation This Summer
Younger people "are most likely to say they can't go on vacation because there's too much on their plates," the survey notes. "They're also more inclined to say that their financial situation is keeping them from taking time off." A 2017 GoBankingRates survey found that millennials between 18 and 24 years old had less than $1,000 in savings, which doesn't leave a lot of room for discretionary spending. Nearly half of respondents had nothing saved at all. CNBC

WH Says Prep Team For US-North Korea Summit To Head To Singapore As Scheduled
The White House said on Saturday its pre-advance team for the U.S.-North Korea summit will head to Singapore as scheduled, signaling that the high-stakes meeting President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled just days ago could be back on track. On Thursday, Trump called off the meeting, even as North Korea made a show of dismantling a nuclear test site. In a letter to North Korea's leader, Trump cited sharp words used by the North Korean officials about America denuclearization demands. CNBC

Assange Could Be Forced Out Of Ecuadoran Embassy Soon
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may have overstayed his welcome at the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where his situation is “unusually bad” and he could be forced out “any day now,” according to a report on Friday. The 46-year-old Aussie took refuge at the embassy in 2012, when a British judge ruled he should be extradited to Sweden to face sex assault charges. In December, Ecuador even made him a citizen. NY Post

FBI Warns Russians Hacked Hundreds Of Thousands Of Routers
The FBI warned on Friday that Russian computer hackers had compromised hundreds of thousands of home and office routers and could collect user information or shut down network traffic. The U.S. law enforcement agency urged the owners of many brands of routers to turn them off and on again and download updates from the manufacturer to protect themselves. Yahoo News

Freed Hostage From Venezuela Overwhelmed With Gratitude
Joshua Holt, who traveled to Venezuela from Utah in 2016 to marry a Spanish-speaking Mormon woman but soon found himself jailed and later branded the CIA’s top spy in Latin America, was set free by the anti-American Maduro government on Saturday, saying he was “overwhelmed with gratitude.” NY Post

Mitch McConnell Says A 'Blue Wave' Won't
Be Coming In 2018
The “blue wave” that Democrats hope to ride to midterm glory has ebbed to a blue trickle, gleeful Republicans say. Buoyed by a surging economy and President Trump’s rising approval numbers, the long-expected tsunami of Democratic victories in this year’s congressional elections has all but evaporated, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). NY Post
VOA VIEW: Republicans will prevail - Democrats have no agenda that makes sense or has value.

Teachers Win At The Polls; DeVos Fields Questions On The Hill
On Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos fielded questions about school safety, civil rights and for-profit colleges during a congressional hearing about her department's priorities. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., asked DeVos about problems with the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education grant program, which he called a "debacle." NPR

Swedish Law Declares Sex Without Consent Is Rape
The Swedish parliament has passed a bill that the government said, "states the obvious: if sex is not voluntary it is illegal." The new legislation rules that sex without explicit mutual consent is rape. Previously, the law stated rape was committed only in instances where a victim was violently coerced or threatened into a sexual act. NPR
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