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Trump Poised For Major Makeover Of Liberal 9th Circuit Court
“Adding seven conservatives to the court would very much affect its ideological balance,” Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law, told Fox News. “It would push the court much further to the right.” If Trump wants to take advantage of this opportunity, he'll have to act soon. So far, he's only made two nominations. Fox
VOA VIEW: Republicans don't know how to fight.

On-Job Drinking Report Delays VA Secretary Pickls Confirmation
The New York Times reported that he's accused of overseeing a hostile work environment as White House physician, drinking on the job and allowing the overprescription of drugs. The postponement was confirmed to Fox News late Monday night by South Dakota Sen. Mike Rounds, a Republican member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The panel had been scheduled to hold the hearing Wednesday. Fox News

Kellyanne Conway, Conservative Snowflake
Kellyanne Conway was relying on your average CNN viewer having no idea who her husband is. But George Conway is an intensely political figure. He’s been a conservative power-lawyer in Washington for more than two decades. He was reportedly considered for more than one top spot in the Trump administration. Most interestingly, he was a key player in the late 1990s in the laying of the famous perjury trap for Bill Clinton. He was one of the right-wing so-called “elves,” a group that also included Ann Coulter, trying to find ways to lay Clinton low. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW: Typical liberal trash from the DB.

This Is What We Know About Alek Minassian, The Suspect In The Toronto Van Attack
Minassian, who is from Richmond Hill, Ontario, was apprehended shortly after the deadly incident. He appeared in court on Tuesday morning, where he was charged with 10 counts of murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. He will be held in custody until his next hearing on May 10. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said that the carnage appeared to be deliberate, although officials said that they do not yet know the motive for the attack. Buzz Feed

Trump Threatens Iran Over Nuclear Program In Macron Meeting
President Donald Trump warned Iran not to restart its nuclear program as French President Emannuel Macron urged him to remain in the international agreement curbing the Islamic Republic’s atomic efforts. Trump made his differences with Macron clear from the outset of a state visit on Tuesday, beginning an Oval Office meeting by saying the Iran deal was “insane, ridiculous, should never have been made.” Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: Trump stands tall.

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Coke Finds Out That Americans Still Love Their Soda After All
Coca-Cola Co. has pushed into all sorts of new kinds of beverages -- from drinking vinegars to protein shakes. But a big source of growth this quarter came from a more familiar place: carbonated soft drinks. Even as U.S. consumers reportedly move away from artificial sweeteners, the company’s first-quarter earnings were boosted by gains in Diet Coke and Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. Bloomberg

Facebook Reveals Its Secret Rules For Censoring Posts
In its new-found spirit of transparency, Facebook is publishing its internal Community Guidelines and is introducing an appeals process for users who believe their content has been taken down unfairly. The company has traditionally kept secret the guidelines it uses to decide what content should be allowed - concerned, one assumes, that publishing them would allow people to game the system. Now, though, it's going public. Forbes
VOA VIEW: Facebook is faking change to avoid regulations, which are a must.

Paul Backs Pompeo, Ensuring Confirmation As Secretary Of State
Mike Pompeo won a favorable vote Monday from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee after Sen. Rand Paul flipped to endorse him, paving an unexpectedly easy path for the CIA director to win confirmation as secretary of state as soon as this week. Pompeo appeared all but guaranteed to draw an unfavorable recommendation from the committee, with Paul firmly opposed, until the Kentucky Republican opted to vote yes after getting a personal appeal from President Donald Trump. Politico

Trump Calls Kim Jong Un 'Very Honorable'
During his discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House, Trump addressed his upcoming plans to meet with the rogue regime’s leader. “He really has been very open and I think very honorable from everything we’re seeing,” Trump told reporters. “Now a lot of promises have been made by North Korea over the years but they have never been in this position.” NY Post
VOA VIEW: The headline of Un being very honorable is  not totally correct.

Scott Pruitt Will Propose A Regulation To Keep ‘Secret Science’ Out Of EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to end the use of “secret science” to craft regulations will take the form of proposed regulation, making it harder for officials to skirt around or future administrations to repeal, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. Administrator Scott Pruitt first announced his ban on “secret science” in a March interview with TheDCNF. Pruitt will unveil the new policy on Tuesday in the form of a proposed rule, which, if finalized, will make it harder for future administrations to repeal. Daily Caller

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Gunman Kills His Mother, Shoots Self After House Catches Fire
A gunman fatally shot his mother after their Los Angeles home caught fire on Tuesday, cops say, and then he turned the gun on himself. Firefighters called for help while they tried to battle the blaze, an official with the LAPD told the Daily News. The gunman was later rolled out on a gurney with what was believed to be a stomach wound, according to CBS in Los Angeles. He is in critical condition, according to cops. NY Daily

Patent ‘Death Squad’ System Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
Silicon Valley companies have used the system as a less-expensive way to ward off demands for royalties, particularly from patent owners derided as "trolls" because they don’t use their patents to make products. The ruling caused shares to drop in companies whose main source of revenue -- their patents -- are under threat from challenges. The court’s ruling “will reassure, if not embolden, patent challengers,” said Christopher Bruno, a patent lawyer with Schiff Hardin. Patent owners are likely to turn their focus to asking courts to scrutinize some of the procedures used by the board, he said. Bloomberg

ICE Busts 225 People During Sweeping 6 Day Raid In New York
Federal immigration officials arrested 225 people in a sweeping six-day raid in the five boroughs and surrounding counties, officials said. Operation Keep Safe, as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency called it, netted 163 people in the city between April 9 through April 14 — 45 of whom had no outstanding criminal issue. ICE officials said that 180 of those arrested were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending against them, but refused to release their names. NY Daily
VOA VIEW: A start.

Meghan Markle's Steamy 'Suits' Sex Scenes Were Hidden From The Queen
"I do find it amusing that those raunchy scenes Meghan appeared in on ‘Suits’ and other movies are on the Internet, and yet she’s scrubbed clean her blog, which includes essays on female equality… She also got rid of her Instagram, which had some charming shots of her.” The biography became an instant best-seller, but the royal family was reportedly upset with the book that investigated their well-protected private lives. Fox

Pelosi Needs Big Cushion To Return As Speaker
The fate of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could hinge on one number: how many House seats Democrats win back in November. Pelosi, who has led the Democrats since 2003, has given no indication she intends to relinquish her position, regardless of the midterm outcomes. But winning the 23 seats Democrats need to seize the House majority may be no guarantee that Pelosi can gather the 218 votes she’d need to retake the Speaker’s gavel, which she lost after Republicans captured the chamber in a 2010 wave. The Hill
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is great for Republicans.

Scot Pruitt: Tick, Tick, Tick......
Less than 48 hours after The New York Times published a lengthy front-page piece detailing Scott Pruitt's long pattern of ethically dicey moves prior to being named EPA chief, the White House's defenses of him are clearly softening. Asked about the series of recent negative headlines on Pruitt, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responded Monday: "We're continuing to review a number of the reports that you've mentioned, and we'll let you know if we have any changes on that front." CNN

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Amazon Will Now Deliver Packages To The Trunk Of Your Car
Amazon announced today a new service that gives its couriers access to a person’s vehicle for the purpose of leaving package deliveries inside. But rather than use smart locks and a cloud-connected camera to gain entry, Amazon wants to use the connected technologies embedded in many modern vehicles today. The company is launching this new service in partnership with two major automakers — General Motors and Volvo — and will be rolling out in 37 cities in the US starting today. Verge

George H W Bush In Intensive Care After Wife's Funeral
Former US President George H W Bush is in a hospital intensive care unit with an infection, a week after the death of his wife, Barbara. In a statement, a family spokesman said he had contracted an infection that spread to his blood, but was "responding to treatments". After her death, Mr Bush said of her: "We have faith she is in heaven and we know that life will go on, as she would have it. BBC
VOA VIEW: Prayers from all.

US Makes Secret Visit To Israel
Since the massive strike which involved the U.S., U.K., and France launching over 100 cruise missiles, Russia is rumored to be moving forward on delivery of its advanced S-300 missile defense system, which would be a monumental upgrade allowing Syrian defenses to far surpass current capabilities which utilize the Soviet-made S-125 and S-200 air defense systems. On Monday VOA News chief White House correspondent Steve Herman announced that US CENTCOM commander General Joseph Votel is in the midst of “a secret and unprecedented visit to Israel.” Mint Press

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Florida Teen Apologizes For Racist Promposal Sign
A Florida high school student is apologizing for invoking a racial stereotype in his “promposal” to a fellow student. The student, identified as 18-year-old Noah Crowley, held up a sign in a Snapchat photo this weekend to ask another Riverview High School student to be his prom date on May 5. The sign said: “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white so I’m picking u 4 prom?” Huff Post

Scientist In Facebook Data Scandal Says Being Scapegoated
Aleksandr Kogan, who teaches at Cambridge University, told a British parliamentary committee that criticism of his work by Facebook showed the US social media giant was in "PR crisis mode".  "I don't believe they actually think these things because I think they realise that their platform has been mined left and right by thousands of others," said the Russian-American scientist, who is now banned from Facebook. Yahoo News

MSNBC Hosts Mourn NRA’s Record Fundraising Despite Anti-Gun Activism
Despite recent months of intense anti-gun activism, on Tuesday, MSNBC anchors Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi were aghast that the National Rifle Association actually broke a fundraising record in the month of March. The pair implored their left-wing viewers to “pay attention” and that they “shouldn’t kid” themselves about the effectiveness of their protests. News Busters
VOA VIEW: Anti gun nuts.

CNN Highlights Concerns Marijuana Legalization Is Increasing Crime
After noting that the day before was the 4/20 holiday that some Americans use to celebrate marijuana, host Cabrera recalled that several Senate Democrats are pushing to legalize marijuana nationally, and then segued: "Meantime, in Colorado, where marijuana has been legal for several years now, there's a debate over whether marijuana is increasing crime in that state." News Busters

Most Reps & Dems Agree American Teachers Need A Raise
Support for raising teachers’ salaries cuts across party lines. Nearly 90 percent of Democrats, 78 percent of independents, and 66 percent of Republicans think teachers don’t get paid enough. The survey of 1,140 adults, conducted April 11 through 16, gauged public opinion on the wave of teachers strikes sweeping through the nation. Teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky all walked out of class in recent months to pressure state lawmakers to spend more money on schools or teachers (or both). Their success has inspired teachers in Arizona and Colorado to prepare their own work stoppage. Vox

The Trump-Hannity Relationship Takes Conservatives One More Step Toward the Moral Low Ground
Reports that Fox News host Sean Hannity is so close to Trump “that some White House aides have dubbed him the unofficial chief of staff” probably deserve more attention—and (for those of us who want to be consistent) condemnation. Now, I’m aware that Hannity wavers on whether the title “journalist” accurately describes his role. “Entertainer” is probably more accurate, but when you anchor of an hour-long primetime TV show on what is ostensibly a cable “news” network, you have a responsibility to to disclose potential conflicts of interest to your audience. Daily Beast
VOA VIEW:  Fair and balanced is the only reason this trash liberal report is published.

MSNBC Host Says WH Physician 'Like Hitler's Doctor'
Dr Ronny Jackson, an Iraq War veteran, has been nominated by Trump to succeed David Shulkin, but is facing allegations, according to anonymous sources cited by CBS, of creating “a hostile work environment,” as well as “excessive drinking on the job and improperly dispensing meds.” This provided enough ammunition for Joe Scarborough and his motley crew to attempt a character assassination, based mainly on Jackson, who was also Barack Obama’s doctor, issuing Trump a clean bill of health earlier in the year. InfoWars
VOA VIEW: Obama gave Jackson high praise.

Waffle House Suspect's Father Could Face Federal Charges
The father of the man cops believe gunned down four people at a Waffle House restaurant in Tennessee may also face charges for returning guns that were seized from his son last year after an incident at the White House, according to a federal official. In a news conference Monday about the capture of Travis Reinking, 29, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Marcus Watson said Jeffrey Reinking may have broken the law when he returned the weapons to his son. Fox

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YouTube Mistakenly Pulls Video Exposing Alex Jones' Conspiracy Theories
The streaming service reinstated the clip soon after the Guardian asked about the clip. In a statement, YouTube said there was a "massive volume of videos" and that it sometimes makes a "wrong call." The company wouldn't comment specifically about the video, including who flagged it and why. It's evident the video isn't calling for harassment, though -- it mainly draws attention to Jones' theories using clips from his YouTube channel. Engadget
VOA VIEW: YouTube only reports mistakes that they get caught.

Washington State Gov. To Bill Maher: 'We've Got The Best Weed'
Washington state has been a leader in legalizing the use of marijuana, both medicinally and recreationally. But Gov. Jay Inslee would like you to know the Upper Left also is a leader in quality bud. As a guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Inslee proudly boasted about Washington state’s cannabis. “I can honestly say, we’ve got the best weed in the United States of America,” he said on the Friday show. “It’s a growing industry, and well-regulated.” Seattle Times

Here's The $12M Reno Jeff Bezos Is Planning For His $23M D.C. Mansion
In 2016, the Amazon CEO paid $23 million — $1 million over the home's list price — for the most expensive mansion in the D.C.'s prominent Kalorama neighborhood (making Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump his neighbors). The estate is two separate residences combined: one was designed in 1913 by John Russell Pope (the architect of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial) and the other was designed in 1908 by Waddy Wood. CNBC

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Porn Industry Feels The Heat After Stormy Daniels-Trump: ‘This Is Not Helping’
Daniels’ global recognition has shined a spotlight on the porn industry, with the premier XXX tube site Pornhub reporting that, in the immediate wake of the WSJ reveal, daily searches for “Stormy Daniels” ballooned from an average of 2,500 a day to over 2 million. Despite the increased exposure, however, her colleagues say that little has changed when it comes to perceptions of the adult industry—and some even believe the Trump-Stormy scandal has furthered the divide in how porn performers are seen. Daily Beast

Judge Faces Punishment For Having Sex In His Chambers
Massachusetts’ highest court will meet to consider the punishment for a judge who admitted to having a relationship with a courthouse employee that included sexual encounters in his chambers. The Supreme Judicial Court will hold a hearing Tuesday to explore sanctions for Judge Thomas Estes for his affair with social worker Tammy Cagle. NY Post

Clinton Gives 'Fusillade' Against Trump In Debate Prep
Hillary Clinton unleashed a “f--k-laced fusillade” about President Trump as they were preparing to debate in 2016, according to a new book. The former Secretary of State took debate-prep sessions as “cathartic exercises” and her team members understood that she would sometimes go off on them, according to reporter Amy Chozick’s “Chasing Hillary.” “'You want authentic, here it is!' she’d yelled in one 2016 prep session, followed by a f--k-laced fusillade about what a 'disgusting' human being Trump was and how he didn’t deserve to even be in the arena,” the book, out on Tuesday, recounts. NY Daily
VOA VIEW: Liberal bias garbage.

'Real Indian' Running Against Elizabeth Warren
A self-described "real Indian" who is running against Mass. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is suing after city officials demanded he take down his signs calling her a "fake Indian." The upstart independent Senate challenger, Shiva Ayyadurai, on Sunday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the demand from the city of Cambridge violates his constitutional free speech rights, according to The Washington Times. Fox

Sanders To Announce Proposal Promising Jobs To All Americans
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is set to announce a federal jobs proposal that would guarantee a job with at least a $15-per-hour wage and health benefits to every adult American “who wants or needs one,” The Washington Post reports. The senator is still in the early stages of crafting the plan, according to the Post, which would provide a job or required training for any American. The Hill
VOA VIEW: A socialist liberal.

First State Dinner: A Chance For Melania Trump To Put Her Stamp On The White House
When it comes to state dinners, every choice from the china to the shape of the tables and the number of guests makes a statement that reflects the tastes of the first family, and especially the first lady. And a whole lot of people are watching. C-SPAN even provides live special coverage of some dinners. "Laura Bush said she wasn't nervous before her own wedding but she was nervous before the first state dinner with the Mexican president," said Brower. "I think it's a lot of pressure." NPR

Trump Planted A Tree On The White House Lawn And Yes, Of Course It Became A Meme
French President Emmanuel Macron is currently in the US with President Donald Trump as part of a state visit. On Monday, Macron gifted Trump an oak tree, which the pair proceeded to plant on the lawn of the White House. Of course, photos were taken of the pair doing a bit of gardening. And, er, well they were something. Some people thought the tree was Macron trolling Trump over the Paris Agreement. Buzz Feed

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