Declaring "our country is full," President Donald Trump on Friday insisted the U.S. immigration system was overburdened and illegal crossings must be stopped as he inspected a refurbished section of fencing at the Mexican border. Trump, making a renewed push for border security as a central campaign... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Full to illegals.
Attorney General William Barr is defending his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Russia investigation, saying the confidential document contains sensitive grand jury material that prevented it from being immediately released to the public. The statement Thursday came as... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Dems are sore losers.
Many students came prepared with rainbow flags showing their support for the LGBT community and posters boasting words like "VICE BIGOT," "No to Pence. Yes to Peace," and "Go Away Satan!"Around 12:20 p.m., students practiced chants to prepare for Pence's arrival. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: They don't seem to learn free speech.


An attorney for Jussie Smollett is warning that if Chicago sues the "Empire" actor for the cost of the investigation into his claim that he was attacked, he'll demand sworn testimony from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the police chief and others. In a letter obtained ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Smollett is a big mouth that will lose big.
Federal immigration officials dropped the first group of several dozen asylum seekers — all Central American parents with children — at the downtown bus station here just before it opened at 5 a.m. Thursday. They dropped more throughout the day, all of them Spanish speakers in need of food, medicine... LA Times
The accountant who recently took control of operations at Michael Avenatti’s longtime law firm says bank records support prosecutors’ allegation that the celebrity attorney embezzled money from a client. The sworn statement by Brian Weiss, the receiver overseeing Eagan Avenatti since February,... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Avenatti will lose big.
The Trump administration is trying to make it harder for Nicolás Maduro to send oil to Cuba. The Treasury Department on Friday announced sanctions against two shipping companies and one … Miami Herald
The Miami-Dade aviation department on Friday reversed its decision on automatic gratuities and will allow airport restaurants to include an 18% tip on checks. The about-face comes 10 days before … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: An automatic gratuity is not a gratuity - it's a charge, part of the cost of the food.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and several other US agencies are investigating an E. coli outbreak in five states, the CDC said on Friday. The CDC, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the US Food and Drug Administration and several states are investigating the outbreak of toxin-producing E. coli... New York Post


Former CIA operative, author and activist Valerie Plame said Friday she is considering a 2020 run for an open US congressional seat in New Mexico. Plame told the Associated Press she is spending time with residents and will make a decision soon. The seat is currently held by Democratic US Rep. Ben... New York Post
President Trump with Jerome Powell in 2017, after Mr. Powell was nominated to lead the Federal Reserve. Mr. Trump has repeatedly criticized Mr. Powell since installing him in the job. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
Gordon Caplan, center, co-chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, said Friday that he would plead guilty to criminal charges in the nationwide college-admissions cheating scheme. New York Times
U.S. employment growth accelerated from a 17-month low in March, assuaging fears of an abrupt slowdown in economic activity, but a moderation in wage gains supported the Federal Reserve's decision to suspend further interest rate increases this year. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Trump is the ticket.

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The U.S. economy is growing at a 1.95% annualized pace in the second quarter based on a stronger-than-expected report on domestic manufacturing in March, the New York Federal Reserve's Nowcast model showed on Friday. Rueters
California's Attorney General wants a delay in a ruling striking down the state ban on high capacity gun magazines San Diego Tribune
NEW YORK (AP) — Seven human rights and press freedom groups are urging the United States, Britain and France to speak out publicly about the trial in Saudi Arabia of 11 people charged in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that those nations’ diplomats are attending. Seattle Times


An Addison, New York. man was taken into custody after federal authorities allege he threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Oman, D-Minnesota.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Omar is anti America trash - no one should make threats against her life.
Twenty-one state attorneys general say the Education Department is refusing to release student loan information needed to protect residents from abusive student loan servicing. Washington Post
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Friday linked a recent security breach at Mar-a-Lago by a Chinese national with a broader “threat” he said China poses to the U.S. ABC
VOA VIEW: China is a major threat.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas seems to put to rest speculation that he could be contemplating retirement soon, while a Republican is in the White House. ABC
The government has not proposed any changes to the PM's Brexit deal during cross-party talks, says shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer. Meetings have been taking place between Tory and Labour politicians to find a proposal to put to the Commons before an emergency EU summit next week. But Sir Keir said the government was not "countenancing any change" on the wording of the existing plan. The government was "prepared to pursue changes to the political declaration", a plan for the future relationship with the EU, to "deliver a deal that is acceptable to both sides", the spokesman said. BBC
VOA VIEW: It's over - move forward.

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"Once this Pandora's box is opened, the ensuing tit-for-tat will do lasting damage to our nation," the president's personal attorney wrote CBS
VOA VIEW: A waste of time - tax returns are private and Trumps' would take years to understand.
Physical damage would have much broader impacts on finance than many suspect, warns the world's biggest money manager CBS
President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen is seeking to delay his surrender to prison — and get a reduced sentence — by citing his recent ability to access a computer hard drive containing more than 14 million files. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Cohen is dodging time.

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David Malpass, the Treasury official nominated by President Donald Trump to head the 189-nation World Bank, has won election to the post. He has been a longtime critic of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. CNBC
Former Vice President Joe Biden joked twice about having permission to touch people on Friday during his first public appearance since several women alleged he made them uncomfortable in encounters over the years. CNN
VOA VIEW: Silly!
Emory University students and alumni have expressed concerns about flyers posted on campus criticizing Israel's treatment of Palestinians. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Liberal socialist stupidity.
Consumer borrowing rose at a slower pace in February as the increase in auto and student loans was the slowest in eight months. FOX News
Opposition criticises PM after talks, while risk of EU taking tough line on extension risesTheresa May’s prospects of cobbling together a cross-party majority to convince EU leaders to grant a short Brexit delay next week appear to be slipping away after Labour claimed she had failed to offer “real change or compromise” in talks.The prime minister made a dramatic pledge to open the door to talks with Labour on Tuesday after a marathon cabinet meeting. Continue reading... Guardian
After years in opposition, left wing considers army general as best bet to oust NetanyahuBenny Gantz, a macho army general who brags about flattening whole residential neighbourhoods with devastating bombings raids, might not immediately come to mind as the darling of Israel’s left wing.But after years in opposition, some beleaguered leftists say they are taking a chance on him. It is less about who he is, they say, and more about who he is not: Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. Continue reading... Guardian
VOA VIEW: Netanyahu is best for Israel.
Netanyahu has launched preemptive strikes on Mandelblit, Gantz and Rivlin. It will be clear on Tuesday if the strategy worked or if he’ll be defeated. Jerusalem Post
U.S. stocks rose on Friday, boosted by better-than-expected job growth in March, which eased concerns of an economic slowdown that have periodically roiled financial markets over the past year. Reuters
President Donald Trump on Friday promised approximately 450 miles (725 km) of new "wall" along the southern U.S. border, after threatening to slap Mexico with an unspecified economic penalty to crack down on what he describes as a crisis of undocumented immigration and drug trafficking. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Mexico best heed.
A third federal judge ruled that the Department of Commerce's plans to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census is unlawful Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Foolish liberal ideal.
President Donald Trump on Friday withdrew his nomination of Ron Vitiello as director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Trump told reporters outside the White House he wants to go in a "different direction." Vitiello, who began his career in Laredo, Texas, has more than 30 years of experience working in law enforcement. Trump didn't announce who his new nominee is, nor when Vitiello will depart as acting director. UPI
A lawyer representing actor Jesse Smollett told the city of Chicago that Smollett will not pay $130,000 the city says it is owed. UPI
VOA VIEW: The fool will lose much more if he does not pay.

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