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McCabe's Fate Rests With Trump Appointed Prosecutor
Fired FBI official Andrew McCabe’s fate rests in the hands of a Trump-appointed prosecutor, now that the Justice Department’s inspector general has sent a criminal referral over an investigative finding that he lied to James Comey and bureau investigators about a media disclosure. Fox
VOA VIEW: McCabe needs jail time.

Thiessen: Pompeo Is Close To Confirmation And 11 Senators Are Close To Making A Colossal Mistake
For the first time in the history of the republic, it appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president's nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo's record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee. Fox
VOA VIEW: If true, Republicans on the committee will lose.

Dems File Law Suit Alleging Russia, Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks Conspired To Interfere In 2016 Campaign
The Democratic National Committee is suing the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and several associates of President Donald Trump alleging a grand racketeering, hacking and fraudulent conspiracy that harmed Democrats through WikiLeaks' publication of internal party emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. Those named in the lawsuit include several top Trump advisers who attended the now-infamous June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and others. CNN
VOA VIEW: The DNC has lost their mind - wrong, lost long ago.

Trump Allies Worry Cohen Will Flip
President Donald Trump and his outside advisers are increasingly worried that his longtime personal attorney might be susceptible to cooperating with federal prosecutors. Two sources close to the president said people in Trump’s inner circle have in recent days been actively discussing the possibility that Michael Cohen — long seen as one of Trump’s most loyal personal allies — might flip if he faces serious charges as a result of his work on behalf of Trump. Politico
VOA VIEW: Liberal thinking.

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Students Mark 19th Anniversary Of Columbine Massacre By Walking Out To Protest Gun Violence
Students across the country walked out of their classrooms Friday to protest gun violence, coinciding with the 19th anniversary of the gun massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. According to organizers, students at about 2,500 schools had planned to hold walkouts at 10 a.m. in their respective time zones, a somewhat smaller number than participated in a similar walkout on March 14. Huff Post
VOA VIEW: All this does is promote more violence.

This Professor Bragged She Can't Be Fired For Bad Mouthing Barbara Bush
When conservative commentators are shouted down or otherwise prevented from speaking, conservatives are the first to rally and preach about the right to free speech. So conservatives should also be the first to rally around Randa Jarrar, a Fresno State professor who responded to the news of former first lady Barbara Bush's passing by tweeting some truly vile things. Business Insider

By Sending Spy To N Korea, America Raises Stakes High
The revelation that CIA director Mike Pompeo met secretly in North Korea with dictator Kim Jong Un raised a lot of eyebrows this week. Why a spy and not a diplomat? Why Pompeo when he is in the midst of a confirmation battle to be the next secretary of State? Why not someone less senior and more expert, therefore less risky? The Hill

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4 Killed In Fresh Protests, Clashes On Gaza Border
Thousands protested along the Gaza Strip's border with Israel in a fourth straight Friday of mass demonstrations and clashes, with four Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces. Gazans also flew dozens of kites near the border fence, in some cases carrying Molotov cocktails and one with a swastika painted on it, in a new tactic that sparked at least two small fires in Israeli territory this week. Yahoo News

Russia: US Did Not Violate Red Lines During Syria Strikes
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has claimed that Moscow dictated where U.S., British and French forces were allowed to attack in the weekend's airstrikes on suspected Syrian chemical weapons facilities, Sky News reported. Coalition forces destroyed three storage and production sites in response to an alleged April 7 chemical attack on civilians that killed at least 40 people in the rebel-held city of Douma, near Damascus. Russia, which supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, denies that a chemical attack took place. Yahoo News

Prince Charles Will Be The Next Head Of The Commonwealth
Leaders of the Commonwealth -- the 53-member group of mostly former British territories -- have agreed that Britain's Prince Charles will be the body's next head. The decision was announced by leaders gathered for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the UK. In a speech formally opening the summit at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II said it was her "sincere wish" that her son Charles, the Prince of Wales, would head the Commonwealth "one day." CNN

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1 Shot, Wounded At Florida School; Suspect In Custody
Panic and fear gripped another Florida school Friday when a gunman who carried a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire, wounding one student before he was taken into custody on a day planned for a national classroom walkout to protest gun violence, authorities said. It happened Friday morning at Forest High School, which was put on lockdown, the Marion County Sheriff's Office reported. US News & World Report

Trump Has Lied About His Wealth For Decades, Reporter Claims
President Donald Trump repeatedly lied for decades about his net worth to attain a higher spot on the famed Forbes 400 list and brand himself as New York's wealthiest real estate developer, according to a reporter he encountered in 1982 for the magazine’s first such list. Journalist Jonathan Greenberg described how Trump originally claimed that year to be worth $900 million when he was contacted for Forbes’s inaugural wealth list, the reporter wrote in a story published Friday by The Washington Post. Yahoo News

Wells Fargo Fined $1B For Mortgage, Auto Lending Abuses
Wells Fargo will pay $1 billion to federal regulators to settle charges tied to misconduct at its mortgage and auto lending business, the latest punishment levied against the banking giant for widespread customer abuses. In a settlement announced Friday, Wells will pay $500 million to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, its main national bank regulator, as well as a net $500 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The fine is the largest ever imposed by the CFPB and its first since the Trump administration took control of the bureau in late November. US News & World Report

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A Moderator Asked Michelle Pfeiffer About Her Weight During A "Scarface" Panel And People Were Upset
As the question was being set up by Kornbluth, you could hear people in the audience beginning to show their disapproval of the ask. "No no no, this is not the question you think it is," Kornbluth said, attempting to quell the groans. At one point someone yelled, "Why do we need to know?" "Well, OK. I don't know," Pfeiffer said. "But I was playing a cocaine addict." In the video, Kornbluth said this was the point he was trying to get across. Buzz Feed

When You're Black, Every Place Is A Starbucks
Last week, two black men were arrested while waiting in a Philadelphia Starbucks. And what's most jarring to me about the reaction is that something so commonplace to black men is still news to whole swathes of this country. Some years back, I met this guy at a coffee shop for lunch. When he’d asked, the night before, which one we were meeting at, I was adamant about a particular location. And the next day, after I’d shown up a little early, for once, I ordered a drink, and found a table while they were making the drink, and out of the ether itself a young (white) guy appeared. He worked for the shop.  Buzz Feed

Eric Holder Howler: 'You Don't Talk About Partisan Things' at the Justice Department
Former Obama attorney general Eric Holder made an incredibly sober and unfunny appearance on Comedy Central on Tuesday night's The Daily Show. Host Trevor Noah turned to the Jim Comey book, noting Comey trashed Trump, that "He's a liar, he mistreats women, he's not fit to be in office." Holder quipped back: "Well, Jim got those three things right." But what about what he got wrong? News Busters

Even As States Legalize Marijuana, Racial Disparities In Weed Arrests Persist
Friday is 4/20— a day of stoner jokes, and, yes, lighting up. And with the recent legalization of marijuana in states like Vermont and California, it’s going to be an even happier holiday for some. But one thing that may get lost amid the smoke is that there is still an ongoing war on drugs that disproportionately targets people of color. Research shows that there’s a clear racial discrepancy in who is arrested for marijuana possession, and that discrepancy even exists in states that have legalized marijuana. Vox

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Trump Wants To Bully Congress Into Accepting A New NAFTA
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is considering an audacious plan to bully Congress into approving a new version of NAFTA — but some experts think the plan could backfire. Lighthizer is currently overseeing US negotiations with Canada and Mexico to revise the 1994 free-trade agreement that eliminated trade barriers between their economies. After the three countries come to an agreement in principle — which they’re hoping to do by May 4 — the legislative branch of each country has to approve the agreement. Vox

Israel Threatens To Renew Targeted Killings Of Hamas Leadership
Israel Katz thus holds Hamas responsible for Islamic Jihad’s threats to kill Israeli soldiers and generals. Israel’s Intelligence minister, Israel Katz, said on Friday that targeted killings of Hamas leadership will be renewed if Islamic Jihad follows through on Thursday’s threats to kill Israeli soldiers and generals. “The threats by the PIJ Terror organization to shoot at IDF officers by snipers from Gaza, constitutes crossing a red line. Hamas must know that any attack on IDF commanders at the border to Gaza will immediately lead to a renewal of targeted killings of the Hamas leadership.” i24

Throw Out Your Romaine Lettuce Because It Could Be Contaminated With E. Coli
The outbreak widened this week, and officials are now warning US consumers to stay away from all types of romaine lettuce — including whole heads and hearts, chopped, and store-bought romaine lettuce purchased either on its own or in a salad mix — unless the source of the product is known. So far 53 people have gotten sick, including 31 people who were hospitalized, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Friday. Several new cases in Alaska prompted the CDC to expand its warning to cover all types of romaine lettuce. Buzz Feed

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Trump's Lawyer Wants To Delay Stormy Daniels' Lawsuit. But A Judge Says There Are "Gaping Holes" In The Request.
The short-term fate of Stormy Daniels' efforts to speak out about her alleged relationship with Donald Trump remained up in the air Friday after a judge opted to wait to decide if the case should be postponed. Daniels — a former adult film actor whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford — is suing to get out of a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2016 barring her from speaking about the alleged relationship. Both Daniels and Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen signed the agreement, but Trump did not. Buzz Feed

Hillary Clinton On Election Night: ‘They Were Never Going To Let Me Be President’
“No one in modern politics, male or female, has had to withstand more indignities, setbacks and cynicism. She developed protective armor that made the real Hillary Clinton an enigma. But if she was guarded about her feelings and opinions, she believed it was in careful pursuit of a dream for generations of Americans: the election of the country’s first woman president.” Daily Beast

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