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North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its second weapons launch in five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks with Washington could be in danger. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons flew... Baltimore Sun
VOA VIEW: NK is acting very recklessly.
Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.... Baltimore Sun
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday the United States needs to find ways to address a decades-long slowdown in income growth and ... Las Vegas Sun
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday the country faces a "constitutional crisis" over President Donald Trump's resistance to congressional investigation, and she promised a methodical, if lengthy, effort to ... Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Pelosi and other Dems are out of the mind.
Joe Biden, capping off his two-day visit to Los Angeles, told donors on Thursday that he was not getting too comfortable with his strong polling numbers. “I know all that polling stuff looks good but it is a marathon and we have a long way to go.” Biden told about 70 people at a breakfast fundraiser... LA Times
The FBI has opened a public corruption investigation into Republican donor and South Florida massage-parlor entrepreneur Li “Cindy” Yang, focusing on whether she illegally funneled money from China into the … Miami Herald
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has gotten himself into a new tangle with the law — running afoul of Virgin Islands environmental regulations with construction on his island compound despite a stop work order. Epstein, a deep-pocketed socialite who has palled around with famous faces that include former President Bill Clinton, allegedly ran a seedy network... New York Post
President Trump and Beijing both indicated that a trade war could continue, surprising businesses and investors who had expected a resolution this week. New York Times
VOA VIEW: China will lose any trade war.
Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, has sweeping power to investigate President Trump and his administration. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Cummings has obstruction powers.
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Facebook Inc quickly rejected a call from co-founder Chris Hughes on Thursday to split the world's largest social media company in three, while lawmakers urged the U.S. Justice Department to launch an antitrust investigation. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Facebook should be broken up and regulated.
The commander overseeing U.S. naval forces in the Middle East told Reuters on Thursday that American intelligence showing a threat from Iran will not prevent him from sending an aircraft carrier through the vital Strait of Hormuz, if needed. Rueters
In San Francisco, you really might be living to the billionaire next-door. San Francisco Gate
Two members of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign say former Vice President Joe Biden would present the toughest 2020 challenge for the president, though they disagree on whether Biden can first win his party’s nomination. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said at a conference in Las Vegas on Thursday that […] Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Biden will be easy to beat - he has no consistency.
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A key architect of the long-awaited U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace has lashed out at the U.N.’s “anti-Israel bias” while urging support for the Trump administration’s “vision” — but the Palestinian foreign minister dismissed the American peace effort, saying all indications are it will be “conditions for surrender.” Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Palestinians have no purpose.
A federal judge says police in Tukwila acted unconstitutionally when they arrested an illegal immigrant and turned him over to immigration authorities for deportation. Wilson Rodriguez Macareno, who is originally from Honduras, called police early last year about someone trespassing in his yard. The officers instead arrested ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A wrong is a wrong and an illegal is an illegal.
Authorities have released body camera footage of a California police officer shooting and critically wounding a 17-year-old girl who ran at him with a knife. Oxnard Police Chief Scott Whitney describes the May 3 confrontation in an edited video package posted online Thursday. Washington Times
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The Senate confirmed Michael Park to be a judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, making him the 39th circuit court judge to be confirmed under President Trump in a process on a record pace that is steadily reshaping the bench. Judge Park joins Joseph Bianco, ... Washington Times
Justice Department officials honored departing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein Thursday amid unanswered questions about his role in the Mueller probe. ABC
VOA VIEW: Rosenstein is a phony.
A former government intelligence analyst has been charged with leaking classified information to a journalist, part of Trump administration crackdown on leakers. ABC
VOA VIEW: The left lose again.
The US says the vessel was used to violate sanctions and comes amid rising tensions between the two. BBC
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that the full House will vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress "when we're ready." Her comments come just one day after the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress. "When we're ready, we'll come to the floor. We'll see because there might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time." Pelosi said that the contempt vote was necessary, because the administration was refusing to cooperate with Congress. CBS
VOA VIEW: A waste of time, if they do it.
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The White House has threatened to impose new sanctions on Tehran and sent an aircraft carrier to the region to deter any attack CBS
VOA VIEW: Kerry should be concerned.
Facebook is not a monopoly in its actual market — advertising and the product it offers is not essential to the U.S. economy or society. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook must be broken up and regulated.
President Trump intends to nominate acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to be his permanent pick to replace James Mattis at the Pentagon, according to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. CNN
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Members of President Donald Trump's inner circle are frustrated that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., multiple sources tell CNN. CNN
VOA VIEW: The Dems are frustrating all.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said during a news conference Thursday that she believes President Donald Trump "is almost self-impeaching" and argued that "he is every day demonstrating more obstruction of justice and disrespect for Congress' legitimate role to subpoena." CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems are wasting their time and only making stupid threats.
For years -- and, really, decades -- Democratic voters have asked their candidates to talk substance over style. Stop getting caught in a process fight about who can win in Iowa! Throw "electability" out the window! Ignore polls and the horse-race media! Just talk about issues that matter to the country in deep, serious and substantive ways! CNN
VOA VIEW: Warren in concerned about reality.
President Donald Trump has a message for Iran's leaders as tensions flare over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program: "Call me." FOX News
Candidates say the party is ‘almost in denial’ over vote and will not publish manifestoConservative officials fear the party could come sixth in the European elections, with their support plummeting to single digits.Candidates running in the election said the party was “almost in denial” that the poll was happening and continued to insist they would not need to take up their seats in the European parliament, despite fading prospects for a cross-party deal with Labour that would enable Brexit to happen before 2 July. Continue reading... Guardian
“In my view, what is becoming an increasingly precarious situation can be turned into an opportunity,” Menendez said, addressing the US’s situation with Iran. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Iran would be wise to get in step with the US.
The Chabad-Lubavitch movement is one of the fastest-growing and most influential denominations of Judaism, spanning across the world and heavily impacting the religion’s future. Jerusalem Post
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was taking steps to authorize new tariffs on $325 billion in Chinese imports as officials prepared for last-ditch talks to avert an escalation of a trade war that threatens to derail the global economy. Reuters
VOA VIEW: China has more to lose.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on Thursday it would begin collecting a 25 percent tariff on a $200 billion category of Chinese imports at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) on Friday, the final step toward activation of President Donald Trump's planned tariff increase. Reuters
Up to 60 U.S Border Patrol agents will be trained to conduct initial asylum screenings as part of a pilot effort to speed up the vetting of migrants who seek refuge in the United States, U.S. officials told a congressional committee on Thursday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Illegal immigration must be stopped.
It is nothing less than a “moral, ethical and economic imperative” to take more action to mitigate the existential threat posed by climate change, said top executives from across the United Nations system on Thursday. UN News
Blue Origin found Jeff Bezos unveiled plans Thursday to land humans on the moon by 2024 -- in a new lander called Blue Moon. UPI
U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt says the Trump administration will continue with its plan to ease offshore drilling regulations. UPI
Retail giant Amazon is violating federal law by capturing and saving customers' voice conversations through its popular Echo Dot digital assistant for children, advocacy groups said in a complaint Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Amazon must be fined and some should go to jail.
President Donald Trump called on Congress Thursday to pass legislation to increase transparency on medical billing and end the practice of what he called expensive "surprise" medical bills. UPI
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