Attorney General William Barr declared Wednesday he thinks "spying did occur" on Donald Trump's presidential campaign, suggesting the origins of the Russia investigation may have been mishandled and aligning himself with the president at a time when Barr's independence is under scrutiny. Barr,... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Not good news for Dems.
President Donald Trump says there's only one person in charge of his immigration policy: Him. Asked by reporters Wednesday whether he had considered tapping his influential aide, Stephen Miller, to lead the Department of Homeland Security given Miller's focus on the issue, Trump was ready with... Baltimore Sun
When the president comes to town and you're up for re-election in 2020, you need to make an impression. Houston Chronicle


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she doesn't trust Attorney General William Barr and suggested his statement that he believes President Donald Trump's campaign was spied on undermines Barr's independence as ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council on Wednesday the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power in Venezuela, preferably through diplomatic and ... Las Vegas Sun
Democrats have long railed at President Trump for an immigration crackdown they consider cruel and misguided. Now Trump has handed them a new argument: His policies aren’t merely inhumane, they’re chaotic — and counterproductive, too. The president has tried every draconian measure he and his hard-line... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
Cuban leader Raúl Castro, former president and current head of the ruling Communist Party, reiterated his support for Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela and urged Cubans to be prepared for a … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Birds of a feather.
The supermarket tabloid under fire for paying hush money to a former Playboy model to help Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential campaign is on the auction block. The parent of the National Enquirer said Wednesday that it is exploring a possible sale as part of a "strategic review" of its tabloid business. The decision by American Media Inc. comes after the tabloid said it paid $150,000 to keep Karen McDougal quiet about an alleged affair with Trump and being accused by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos of blackmail. American Media said it was considering a sale so it could focus more on other parts of its business, including its teen brand and broadcast platforms. Miami Herald
Two US senators -- Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Deb Fischer -- introduced a bill on Tuesday to ban online social media companies like Facebook and Twitter from tricking consumers into giving up their personal data. New York Post


Migrants in Matamoros, Mexico, line up for food donations as they wait to cross the Gateway International Bridge into Brownsville, Tex. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will have to wake up or face a major voting disaster in 2020.
Attorney General William P. Barr testified on Wednesday that he would “see if I can work to accommodate” congressional requests for access to blacked-out parts of the Mueller report. New York Times
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday the United Kingdom would crash out of the EU on June 1 if it failed to hold European Parliament elections during a Brexit extension granted until the end of October, 2019. Rueters
"First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as 'some people who did something,'" said Rep. Dan Crenshaw.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: This made Omar and Muslims look very bad.

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The Louisiana Republican is introducing legislation against NDAs in sexual harassment settlements, declaring, "This is no country for creepy old men."         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Good point.
Securing the border is not racism. Democrats need to stop pretending it is. The right battle for my party is over where to get the money for a wall.         USA Today
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said she has no authority to decide whether grant money can be used to arm teachers, and she left the matter to states. But a memo from her agency’s legal counsel says “the Secretary has discretion” to interpret the statute governing the funds. Washington Post


After seven failed attempts in 12 years, the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact suddenly caught fire this year in Oregon, finally winning passage in the Democrat-controlled state Senate. That worried Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson. She voted against Senate Bill 870, arguing that the proposed compact should be ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems want to change rules that they don't like.
The Washington Post has asked a federal court to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann, disputing his counsel's allegation that the newspaper's coverage of his face-off with a Native American man was tainted by "an anti-Trump bias." Washington Times
On the day of a House Democrats’ deadline for the IRS to respond to their request for President Donald Trump’s tax returns, the president doubled down on his position. ABC
VOA VIEW: He shouldn't have to - it's the law.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the latest to release her 2018 tax returns Wednesday, paid nearly $231,000 on an adjusted income of about $850,000. ABC
VOA VIEW: Who cares?
The hollowing out of the nation's Department of Homeland Security leadership during the president's declared national emergency at the southern border continued Wednesday, as DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced as one of her final acts the resignation of acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ron Vitiello. CBS
VOA VIEW: It will be a better ending when done.

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Moon says there is a "widespread understanding" in Seoul that John Bolton played a "very, very negative role" in derailing the last round of talks CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said he was taking the offer to Prime Minister Theresa May for approval from the U.K. government. CNBC
Buttigieg has said that his marriage to his husband has brought him closer to God. Pence has faced scrutiny from LGBT activist groups over his opposition to gay marriage and his support for a "religious freedom" bill. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Buttigieg is showing he is not presidential material.

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On Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers that "spying did occur" on President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, adding: "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal." CNN
VOA VIEW: This shook up Dems.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed Attorney General William Barr after he said without offering evidence that "spying" on the Trump campaign "did occur." CNN
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is showing her ignorance - yes the revelation will hurt Dems.
A Vermont public school board has voted to fly the Black Lives Matter flag at a high school. The Rutland Herald reports that the Rutland City Public Schools Board of Commissioners reaffirmed the plan during a vote Tuesday. Board member Kam Johnston says he moved to rescind the board's previous decision to raise the flag to allow for more student input and address concerns. Students at Rutland High School had initiated the effort to raise the flag and brought it to the board. The Black Lives Matter flag will fly at the school for 400 days starting April 12 to mark 400 years since the British slave trade started in the Americas. People opposed to flying the flag say the board shouldn't be taking a political stance and that the flag may be divisive. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Totally crazy.
Attorneys are negotiating a possible plea agreement to resolve gun-related charges against a self-described white nationalist from Washington, D.C., whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. FOX News
Benjamin Netanyahu has already begun to broker deals with religious and far-right partiesBenjamin Netanyahu is set to serve a fifth term as Israel’s prime minister after his main rival conceded that he had lost the election.With 97% of votes counted, Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Blue and White party, led by former army general Benny Gantz, had tied with 35 seats each in the 120-seat house, the Knesset. However, the rightwing bloc that Netanyahu is part of had 65 in total, a comfortable majority. Guardian
VOA VIEW: A great win.
In a four minutes exchange between Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Secretary Pompeo, the two argued about the prospects of an upcoming peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: There can't be a two state solution, as long as there is so much hate by Palestinians.
Goodwill wishes begin coming in from allies around the world. Jerusalem Post
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday mandating that the executive branch disclose details about authorizations it gives companies on sharing sensitive nuclear energy information with countries looking to build reactors. Reuters
Chief executives of some of the largest U.S. banks faced off with the House Financial Services committee for the first time since the financial crisis on Wednesday armed with the healthy balance sheets, but lawmakers grilled executives more on social issues than business fundamentals. Reuters
The Director-General of the  World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has marked World Health Day, which falls on Sunday, with a reiteration of the UN’s stance on health: that it is a fundamental human right, not a privilege. UN News
VOA VIEW: Foolish thought.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence encouraged the United Nations Security Council Wednesday to revoke the credentials of Venezuela's envoy and support opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation's president. UPI
The U.S. House voted Wednesday to restore Obama-era net neutrality rules that would prevent broadband providers from blocking and throttling Internet speeds for economic gain. UPI
Some Boeing shareholders have sued the airplane maker, claiming it hid risks in the 737 Max aircraft, the new model involved in two deadly crashes in the last six months. UPI
VOA VIEW: A good point.

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