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The new director of Georgia’s ethics commission plans to subpoena bank records from Democrat Stacey Abrams 2018 campaign for governor. Atlanta Journal
VOA VIEW: Abrams is a joke.
Federal prosecutors painted a picture of attorney Michael Avenatti on Thursday as a scheming operator who stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes, lied to investigators and tried to hide money from debtors in bankruptcy proceedings. A 36-count indictment returned late Wednesday... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: Avenatti needs to go to jail for a long time.
A bill imposing one of the most stringent abortion restrictions in the nation was signed into law in Ohio on Thursday, banning abortions after a detectable heartbeat in a long-sought victory for abortion opponents that drew an immediate constitutional challenge. In signing the heartbeat bill, Republican... Baltimore Sun

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President Donald Trump seemed gratified Thursday that his attorney general has endorsed a key talking point of the president's supporters: that there was spying on ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Dems are looking bad.
The head of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund said Thursday the world is facing a time of high uncertainty with 70% of the global economy caught in a growth slowdown that could be worsened by ... Las Vegas Sun
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he was open to considering immigration legislation, calling it one of two areas of potential compromise in the divided government that rules Washington. Other Senate Republicans, however, expressed much more skepticism about the idea, arguing... LA Times
Tamara King was 28 weeks pregnant when a blinding headache took hold. By the time she got to the hospital, her blood pressure was high enough to set off the monitor’s alarm. “It was like, ding-ding-ding! This person might die!” King said. After three weeks’ hospitalization in Columbia, S.C., King... LA Times
VOA VIEW: A black woman trying to play a race card.
Accusing the Trump administration of being motivated by politics and not facts, a second U.S. federal judge is blocking the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from forcing tens of thousands … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: A major mistake.
Hillary Clinton says newly arrested WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange needs to "answer for what he has done." The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state weighed in on … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Hillary should stay hidden and keep her mouth shut.

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Sen. Kamala Harris revealed Thursday that she’s a gun owner – but said she still wants stricter gun laws. “I am a gun owner. And I own a gun for probably the reason that a lot of people do, for personal safety,” the California Democrat told a group of reporters in Iowa. “I... New York Post
President Trump confirmed Thursday that he’ll make the trip to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. “I’ll be there,” he said in the Oval Office during a meeting with World War II veterans. In March, Le Parisien reported that Trump was scheduled to attend the June 6 event that commemorates when the... New York Post
The former F.B.I. director James B. Comey last year on Capitol Hill. He said on Thursday that he knew of no electronic surveillance aimed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Comey new the FBI was breaking the law.
Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Donald Trump's support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Dems are good for tax and spending.

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The city Rahm Emanuel leaves behind is bedeviled by many of the same ails that he inherited when he was elected in 2011—entrenched gun violence, runaway municipal pension fund crisis, and a black exodus from neighborhoods plagued by disinvestment.         USA Today
President Donald Trump has proposed ending tax credits to encourage the purchase of electric cars but a bipartisan group in Congress moved to stop him. U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, both D-Mich., as well as Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Susan Collins, R-Maine, and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, instead proposed legislation Wednesday that would expand the credits. "Today's legislation is something we can do now to reduce emissions and combat carbon pollution," said Stabenow, who has long pushed to protect the tax credits intended to encourage people to purchase vehicles powered by electricity or hydrogen         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Trump is right and must win.
Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser under President Barack Obama, won't be challenging Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in 2020. Rice told former Obama administration official Alyssa Mastromonaco at the 10th annual Women in the World Summit on Thursday in New York that she ... Washington Times

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Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie Smollett on Thursday in a bid recoup the costs of investigating a racist, anti-gay attack that authorities say was orchestrated by the "Empire actor" as a publicity stunt. The civil lawsuit, filed in Cook County court, is the latest volley in a legal ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Smollett should have paid the debt.
Federal prosecutors on Thursday indicted Gregory Craig, a high-profile Washington attorney who served in the Obama White House, on alleged violations of foreign lobbying laws for his work in Ukraine. Craig, 74, faces charges of “hiding material facts” and lying to lobbying regulators under the Foreign Agent Registration Act, or FARA. In court documents, prosecutors accused Craig of failing to file as a lobbyist for his work in Ukraine in 2012 pursuant to FARA guidelines because “doing so could prevent him…from taking positions in the federal government in the future,” among other reasons. ABC
VOA VIEW: One down, more to come.
The Senate has confirmed acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to lead the department on a permanent basis, despite complaints by Democrats that the former oil and gas lobbyist used his federal position to benefit former industry clients ABC
Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange took refuge in the embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped. At Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court. He now faces US federal conspiracy charges related to one of the largest ever leaks of government secrets. The UK will decide whether to extradite Assange, in response to allegations by the Department for Justice that he conspired with former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to download classified databases. BBC
VOA VIEW: A start.
Israel's Beresheet spacecraft is believed to have smashed into the lunar surface after engine failure. BBC

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The Federal Trade Commission is warning of a new nationwide phone scam. Tens of thousands have been tricked into giving out their social security numbers, which thieves use to take out loans and open credit cards. Anna Werner reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: Never give out personal information from a phone call.
The son of a deputy was charged for allegedly burning three historically black churches in Louisiana over a period of 10 days. Authorities are trying to determine if he was motivated by hate. CBS
The 2017 Census of Agriculture released Thursday shows the amount of total land devoted to agricultural use continues to decline in the U.S. and the number of farms is declining. CNBC

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Big banks kick off earnings season on Friday, and experts are hoping to see them recover from late-2018 weakness in the stock market. CNBC
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's fellow freshman lawmakers are coming to the Minnesota congresswoman's defense Thursday after remarks she made referencing 9/11 as "some people did something" were criticized in a New York Post cover that featured the Twin Towers. CNN
VOA VIEW: Omar's un American remarks are a new low for a member of Congress and Dems.
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota defended herself Tuesday afternoon against Republican criticism she has faced over a tweet she wrote that slammed a senior White House adviser as a "white nationalist" Monday on Twitter. CNN
VOA VIEW: Omar should be censored and removed from all committees for her big mouth.
The Catholic diocese for southwest Louisiana has released information about 12 clerics who officials say were credibly accused of sexual abuse. FOX News
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that attorney Michael Avenatti has been charged in a 36-count federal indictment in Southern California. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Good!
The US president says WikiLeaks is ‘not my thing’, despite frequently applauding the organization during 2016 campaignKey dates in the WikiLeaks founder’s caseThe Guardian view on Assange and extradition: say no to the USFull story: Assange arrested after taking refuge for seven years 11.36pm BST Assange’s lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, appeared on BBC this evening, to argue why her client’s arrest set a “dangerous precedent” that should concern free speech advocates. Guardian
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday withheld comment on whether he would support Herman Cain to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, saying that he would wait to see "who is actually nominated." Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed a willingness to hold a third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but said in talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Washington would leave sanctions in place on Pyongyang. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Smart and good decision.
Independent UN rights experts on Thursday said the arrest of Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange by police in the United Kingdom, after the Ecuadorian Government decided to stop granting him asylum in their London embassy, exposed him to “the risk of serious human rights violations”, if extradited to the United States. UN News
A former White House official will appear before a House oversight committee on April 23, as part of a House probe of the Trump administration's security clearance process, his lawyer said. UPI
The Trump administration on Thursday announced the latest in a series of shake-ups in leadership at the Department of Homeland Security. UPI

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