Trump Proclaims Memorial Day 2017 As A Day Of 'Prayer For Permanent Peace'
President Trump proclaimed Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace. The White House released the proclamation last week, saying that “Memorial Day is our Nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free.” “I, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer,” stated Trump’s proclamation, urging the “press, radio, television, and all other information media” to cooperate. Fox
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Vows To Take Action With US After North Korea Missile Test
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to take action against North Korea after Pyongyang's missile test on Sunday ended in the Sea of Japan. Abe addressed the situation in a brief televised address on Monday: "As we agreed at the recent G7, the issue of North Korea is a top priority for the international community," according to Reuters. "Working with the United States, we will take specific action to deter North Korea." Fox
VOA VIEW: How much North Korea provocation is needed?
Calls Portland Stabbings 'Unacceptable'
President Donald Trump condemned the racially charged Portland, Oregon, train stabbings on Monday, tweeting that they were "unacceptable." "The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them," read the tweet from the official @POTUS account. Trump had not previously commented on the matter. Portland police said two men were killed and another was wounded after a man now being held allegedly starting yelling hate speech toward two women, one of whom was wearing a hijab. The two men were killed after intervening. Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, was 23 years old and a recent graduate of Reed College. Rick Best was a veteran who lived in a Portland suburb with his family. Michah Fletcher, a 21-year-old poet, survived although he sustained serious injuries. CNN
A Single Sentence From Angela Merkel Showed What Trump Means To The World
On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a single sentence that speaks to how fundamentally President Donald Trump has reshaped -- and will continue to reshape -- the world, and America's place in it. "The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over," Merkel said at a beer hall(!) rally to support her campaign. While Merkel made no mention of Trump specifically, she made clear that her realization had come "in the last few days" -- a time period which overlapped with a G7 meeting in which Trump blasted America's traditional European allies over NATO obligations and made clear that he was more than willing to go it alone on climate change and trade. What Trump's words -- and Merkel's reaction -- reveal is something that sharp foreign policy minds have known since the start of Trump's campaign: His true potential for drastic change exists in the foreign policy sphere. CNN
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Declines To Host Ramadan Event At State Department
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an aftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramadan or a reception marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of the month, at the State Department. Tillerson turned down a request from the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host an Eid al-Fitr reception as part of Ramadan celebrations, said two U.S. officials who declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly. Reuters
Airways Vows 'Never Again' After Costly IT Collapse
British Airways (BA) said it would take steps to ensure there was no repeat of a computer system failure that stranded 75,000 passengers over a holiday weekend and turned into a public relations disaster. BA had been forced to cancel all its flights from Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport, and Gatwick on Saturday after a power supply problem disrupted its operations worldwide and also hit its call centers and website. Reuters
Vets Take Aim At A New Target: Public Office
Mikie Sherrill has never run for office. But after piloting Navy rescue missions to places like the Persian Gulf, Italy and Bahrain, where the heat and humidity rattle the helicopter engine and the only thing you can count on is your calculation that you've brought along enough fuel to save lives — she feels up to the challenge. "You're always on the edge of your seat," Sherrill said of her nearly 10 years serving as one of the military's few female pilots. "I think my experience gives voters a certain sense of comfort that I can do the job." Fast-forward about 15 years and Sherrill — whose resumé now includes a law degree and a former job as a federal prosecutor — says she's ready for her next mission: unseating a member of Congress of more than 22 years in her state of New Jersey. MSNBC
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Slams Democrats For Silence On Middle-Class Struggles
Former Vice President Joe Biden questioned the Democratic Party's strategy for targeting middle-class voters, suggesting Sunday that Democrats "haven't spoken enough to the fears and aspirations to the people we come from." "Because of the negative campaign that [President Donald] Trump ran, how much did we hear about that guy making 50,000 bucks on an assembly line, [and] the woman — his wife — making $28,000 as a hostess?" Biden asked a crowd of 1,200 at a campaign rally here. "They have $78,000, two kids, [are] living in a metropolitan area, and they can hardly make it," he said. "When was the last time you heard us talk about those people?" MSNBC
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Declares ‘Total Confidence’ In Son-In-Law Jared Kushner
President Trump came to the defense of son-in-law Jared Kushner and vouched “total confidence” in the top White House aide amid reports he attempted to set up back-channel communications with Russia during the transition. “Jared is doing a great job for the country. I have total confidence in him,” Mr. Trump said in a New York Times report Monday. “He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.” White House officials had previously refused to address news reports about Mr. Kushner. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump defend his son-in-law - expected.
Percent Of Republican Military Veterans Approve Of Trump
President Trump has some unwavering support from a very unique demographic: Republican military veterans. An extensive new Pew Research Center reveals that 98 percent of these GOP vets approve of the job Mr. Trump is doing. He has some fans across the greater population of vets as well. The poll also found that 54 percent of them also approve of the president. Another 47 percent of independent vets and 10 percent of Democratic vets approve of the president. “U.S. veterans, who broadly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election, have remained positive about the job he is doing as president,” wrote Shiva Maniam, and analyst for the pollster. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Military stand by Trump.
Weighs In On Kushner's Reported Request For Russia Back Channel
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is uneasy with a report that Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner attempted to set up a secret communications channel with the Kremlin during the transition, before Mr. Trump was inaugurated. "I don't like it, I just don't," McCain told Australia's ABC News. "I know some administration officials are saying this is standard procedure," he said. "I don't think it's standard procedure prior to the inauguration of the president of the United States by someone who is not in an appointed position." Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday defended Kushner during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press." CBS
VOA VIEW: McCain is a loser that should become a Democrat and liberal.
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Macron, Standing Near Putin, Attacks Russia Outlets
Flexing his diplomatic muscles, French President Emmanuel Macron said he had "extremely frank, direct" talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, pushing for cooperation on Syria and against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, but also launching an extraordinary attack on two Russian media outlets he accused of spreading "lying propaganda." The two leaders emerged from their first meeting - discussions at the sumptuous Palace of Versailles that lasted more than an hour longer than planned - clearly still at odds on multiple issues, but also seemingly keen not to let their differences define their fledgling relationship. CBS
VOA VIEW: Macron is proving to be a liberal novice.
John McCain: Putin The 'Most Important Threat, More So Than ISIS'
While overseas in Australia for security talks, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin is “the premier and most important threat, more so than ISIS.” “I think ISIS can do terrible things, and I worry a lot about what is happening with the Muslim faith, and I worry about a whole lot of things about it,” McCain told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview today. “But it is the Russians who are trying, who tried to destroy the very fundamental of democracy, and that is to change the outcome of an American election,” he said, referring to Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. ABC
Is Trump Attorney Marc Kasowitz?
Last week, President Donald Trump retained attorney Marc Kasowitz to represent him in all matters related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2006 presidential election. Kasowitz has served as a representative for Trump "on a wide range of litigation matters for over 15 years," according to his law firm's website, both in Trump's businesses and during the presidential campaign. Kasowitz co-founded the New York City law firm now known as Kasowitz Benson Torres in 1993, after earning a reputation as a hard-hitting litigator representing big tobacco. He graduated from Yale University and Cornell Law School. His firm, formerly Kasowitz Benson Torres Friedman until partner David Friedman became Trump's pick for U.S. ambassador to Israel, represents corporations and real-estate actions and touts representing the businessman-turned-president across a number of dealings. ABC
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Much Gold Would Buy You A Home In Toronto?
Toronto homes aren’t that expensive, if you pay in gold. Douglas Porter, chief economist at the Bank of Montreal, mined data showing that when expressed in terms of gold, house prices in Canada’s red-hot real estate market are far from record highs. An average home in Toronto today costs just over 540 ounces of gold, well below the record 655 ounces in 2005, Porter found. “The slightly more serious point is that gold is again close to a record high in Canadian dollar terms -- and no one is calling the gold market a bubble,” Porter wrote in a May 26 note. Bloomberg
Tech Giant Warns Trump's 'Radical Shift' To Hurt Industry
The vice chairman at one of India’s largest technology services companies warned that U.S. President Donald Trump’s visa policies will damage the industry as his company reported weak earnings and his stock fell the most in almost two years. Tech Mahindra Ltd. said net income was 5.9 billion rupees ($91 million) in the fourth quarter, compared with the average analyst estimate of 7.8 billion, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Shares fell as much as 17 percent and traded 12 percent lower at 1:18 p.m. local time, the largest intraday decline since May 2015. Bloomberg
Low Unemployment Has Failed To Spur Large Wage Growth
One of the economy’s biggest mysteries is this: The labor market is the strongest it has been in a decade, yet wages are rising barely faster than inflation. For some reason, the booming job market and ultralow unemployment rate, which fell to 4.4 percent in April, haven’t led employers to raise pay in a meaningful way. That flies in the face of a basic assumption of how the economy works: A tight labor market is expected to lead to pay increases that in turn fuel broader inflation. But the mystery of the missing pay raises may have a surprisingly simple solution, and one that sheds light on the larger economic challenges of our age. Las Vegas Sun
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Defends Plan For Russia Back Channel As A ‘Good Thing’
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia.
Speaking on Sunday's news shows, Kelly says he doesn't know whether the reports by The Associated Press and other news outlets are true. But he describes such efforts to communicate as "a good thing." Congressional Democrats are demanding to hear directly from Kushner over allegations of the proposed secret back-channel. They say his security clearance may need to be revoked. The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee is congressman Adam Schiff of California. He says it's "obviously very concerning" if a key Trump campaign figure was possibly seeking secret communications with Russia. Laas Vegas Sun
Storm Takes Aim At Mid-Atlantic, Northeast U.S.
On Sunday, the bad weather affected 40 million people from Texas to Pennsylvania, according to CNN. High winds knocked out power and toppled trees in Memphis, Tenn., WMC-TV reported. The Tom Lee Memorial was knocked down and wind gusts up to 69 mph blew a satellite dish off the roof of the city's emergency management office. Nearly 150,000 residents lost power in the city. "Please begin to prepare for a long term outage situation. Make arrangements for elderly, young children," Memphis Light, Gas and Water posted on Twitter. "Full restoration could take at least a week." UPI
Branches Earn High Favorability Marks
All five branches of the U.S. military have earned high marks from American adults, according to a Gallup poll. More than three in four of American surveyed who know something about the branches have overall favorable views of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, according to Gallup. More than half have a strongly favorable opinion. In Gallup's annual Confidence in Institutions poll released Friday, at least 72 percent of participants expressed "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the military in the past eight years. "This Memorial Day, Americans will once again have the opportunity to honor those who fought and died in service of their country," Gallup's Jim Norman said. "It comes at a time when the percentage of Americans who are military veterans continues to shrink, even as the nation moves through the 15th year of the Afghanistan War -- the longest war in U.S. history." UPI
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HOUSE FACES DEADLINE FOR CLARITY ON ISRAEL EMBASSY MOVE
Twice a year for the past nineteen years, presidents have issued a “suspension of limitations” set forth by specific provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act– a waiver that allows them to delay moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “in order to protect the national security interests of the United States.” These waivers have become routine administrative procedure, as presidents from both parties have long found agreement against the move. Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: It's time to do the right thing - move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
VISIT TO GRAVE OF PLO TERRORIST FROM MUNICH ATTACK STIRS UPROAR
Jewish community leaders in Great Britain expressed shock and outrage Monday after it was revealed over the weekend that UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn attended a ceremony honoring a Palestinian terrorist partly responsible for the 1972 Munich killing of Israeli Olympians. Corbyn, who is currently campaigning to become Britain's next prime minister, reportedly traveled to Tunisia in October 2014 to visit the grave of Atef Bseiso, the former head of intelligence for the Palestinian Liberation Organization and direct accomplice involved in the Munich attack. Jersalem Post
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Asks Pope Francis To Apologise For Schools
The PM met the pontiff at the Vatican on Monday as part of his trip to Italy for the G7 summit. The residential schools were set up from the 1880s to take children from their families and assimilate them into mainstream Canadian society. The last one closed in 1996. Some 150,000 aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families, and sent to live in church-run boarding schools where they were forbidden to speak their language or practise their own culture. BBC
Minister Warns 'No Eexcuses' On Bailout Deal
The Greek finance minister has warned there are "no excuses" for the country not to receive the next instalment of its multi-billion-dollar bailout. Euclid Tsakalotos said the Greek government had "done its part", adding "the ball is very much on the side of our creditors and the IMF". Last week, talks between eurozone finance ministers aimed at unlocking Greece's next set of loans broke down. Mr Tsakalotos said a deal at the next meeting in June was now urgent. "There are no excuses for not getting this overall deal that the Greek economy so desperately needs in its efforts to access the markets," he said. BBC
Friend Of Trump Investigated Over Alleged €170m Tax Evasion
A close friend and major fundraiser for Donald Trump is under investigation in Italy for allegedly evading €170m (£147m, $190m) in taxes after the sale of a luxury resort on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast, the beach playground frequented by Gulf Arabs and Russian oligarchs. Thomas Barrack played a critical role in Trump’s 2016 election campaign and inauguration and has been described as one of the president’s key advisers outside the West Wing. Guardian
Republican 'Threatens To Shoot Democrat' Over Immigration Protest
A group of Democratic state representatives on Monday accused a Republican of threatening to “put a bullet in the head” of a fellow lawmaker on the Texas House floor, as a raucous protest against a new state immigration law unfolded in a public gallery and legislators confronted each other. The protest was against the recently approved bill SB4, an anti-“sanctuary cities” measure that compels local police – under the threat of jail and removal from office – to enforce federal immigration law. Opponents of SB4 have filed lawsuits against the bill, which Governor Greg Abbott signed earlier this month in a ceremony held without notice and broadcast only by Facebook Live. Guardian
Calls For Recognition Of Nut Cake After Pope's Quip To Melania Trump At
But a quip by Pope Francis about Donald Trump's girth catapulted the Slovenian dessert putizza, also known as potica, to international attention. Now Slovenia has decided to capitalise on the dessert’s new-found fame by seeking official European Union recognition for the toothsome treat so that authentic recipes are not messed around with. It's being dubbed “the Melania effect” - it was to the First Lady that the Pope made the joke last Wednesday, when the Trumps visited the Vatican for the first time as part of their nine-day international trip. Telegraph
Risk Reduction Forum In Cancun Closes With Call To Harness Data
We can't change nature, but we can be prepared if we have the right information – that was the message from a major United Nations conference on risk reduction in Cancun, Mexico, which closed with a call for all countries to systematically measure losses from natural disasters. “We can only prove progress on reducing disaster losses if we know accurately what those losses are,” Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in his closing remarks. The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction wrapped up late Friday with a call for facts and figures on economic and human losses in natural disasters. The deadline would be 2020, the same as the date set out in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction for all countries to have in place strategies for disaster loss reduction. UN News
'Blue Helmets' In Harm's Way Every Day, Peacekeeping Reforms And Resources
Needed – UN Chief
Marking International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General António Guterres today said that peacekeeping must have the tools and rules it needs to adapt to the dangerous and challenging environments they face. In an opinion piece in the Boston Globe , the Secretary-General wrote that “too often, United Nations peace operations face a gap between our goals and the means we have to achieve them.” He noted that peacekeepers, known also as 'blue helmets' for their iconic headgear, are deployed to many placed were warring parties show little commitment to peace, and are themselves increasingly targeted by parties to conflict and violent extremism. UN News
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