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Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics into Easter at a vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night, urging the faithful to live not for transient things like wealth and success but for God. Rueters
VOA VIEW: The Pope should end celibacy to bring back faith.
President Donald Trump said Friday he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border— just hours after White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected as fast as it had been... Baltimore Sun
A Confederate rally planned in Houston in November 2015 was the "earliest evidence" that Russians attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Mueller report released Thursday. Houston Chronicle


It’s Holy Week, and on the U.S.-Mexico border that’s an especially busy time for trade, tourism and shopping. April is also the height of Mexican produce season, and just south of the border in Texas, lines of idling tractor trailers stretched for miles waiting to enter the United States. LA Times
They were modest brick buildings, without soaring Gothic spires, elaborate rosette windows or roofs carved of 12th century timber. But the three houses of worship that burned down over the last month in a rural part of south Louisiana were longtime pillars of their African American congregations.... LA Times
VOA VIEW: Blacks don't support their own and are bad tippers as a mater fact.
Sen. Mitt Romney says he's "sickened" by the dishonesty the Russia investigation found in the Trump White House, but the president fires back that Romney should have put the same … Miami Herald
VOA VIEW: Romney is an idiot.
Egypt’s government is poised to revert to the “President-for-Life” model, critics say. Egyptians voted Saturday on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military’s role. The referendum came amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi’s government has arrested thousands of people, most... New York Post
VOA VIEW: So much for democracy.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans to visit Kentucky — despite a local Congressman rescinding her invitation to his state. The New York Democrat is heading to the Bluegrass State anyway, her spokesman said Friday. “Luckily, we still have open borders with Kentucky, we are free to travel there,” Corbin Trent told CNN. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cortez is a fool.
Officials said on Saturday that they had arrested the leader of the United Constitutional Patriots, a right-wing militia that had been detaining migrants and turning them over to Border Patrol. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Only law enforcement agencies make arrests.


President Trump has complained bitterly about the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II, a chief witness in the special counsel’s investigation. New York Times
China will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers at a parade next week marking 70 years since its navy's founding, a senior commander said on Saturday, as Beijing flexes its increasingly well-equipped military muscle. Rueters
The Mueller's report was brimming with details about Donald Trump's White House but it left some of the probe's most perplexing questions unanswered.         USA Today
VOA VIEW: Expected garbage for fake news USA Today
Abolishing Columbus Day is a trend gaining traction in states nationwide as Americans reckon with the colonization and harm intertwined with the explorer's legacy. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Liberal foolishness.

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The religious right closed ranks around the vice president as some students, faculty and alumni expressed concern about his planned appearance at Taylor University in Upland, Ind. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida Republican, has hired a speechwriter who previously worked for President Trump until the White House was questioned about his ties to white nationalists. "Very proud to have the talented Dr. Darren Beattie helping our team as a Special Advisor for Speechwriting," Mr. Gaetz announced Friday on ... Washington Times
North Korea has issued a relatively mild criticism of White House national security adviser John Bolton over a recent interview he gave ABC
VOA VIEW: NK makes another bad accusation.


Presidential candidate Wayne Messam said lawyers were reviewing claims that his staff wasn't paid this week and said that any legitimate claims would be resolved. ABC
Al-Hol is a Syrian camp that has grown to 70,000 people - inside are the women and children of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). BBC
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said Congress will continue to investigate President Trump CBS
One reason for the long flu season is that two types of flu viruses surfaced at different times CBS
US authorities are probing the Chinese tech company for potential sanction violations. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Huawei is a Chinese operation.

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If you're unhappy with your 2018 taxes, now is the time to make changes to head off a similar result next year. Be aware that you'll need more than the IRS tax calculator to get the most accurate results. CNBC
Advertisers haven't been afraid to pull money out of Facebook or YouTube campaigns, following the exposures of controversial content hosted on the platforms, but they always seem to come crawling back. They're caught in a Catch-22. Tech companies may get caught hosting content like terrorist videos or targeted comments from pedophiles, but their massive audiences make their platforms next to impossible for advertisers to quit in the end. But at least one major advertising group, representing close to a trillion dollars worth of buying power a year, has started to formulate plans to get tech companies to clean up their mess. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Facebook and Google must be split.
Professional sports teams are banning Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" after racist lyrics surfaced from the singer's past. CNN
VOA VIEW: It has gone to far.

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A Washington state senator has drawn the ire of nurses after remarks she made suggesting that nurses in smaller hospitals "probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." CNN
Congress should launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump for welcoming Russian interference in the 2016 election and trying to obstruct the Mueller investigation. Trump's high crimes and misdemeanors stare us in the face, and each day he remains in power is a day closer to the collapse of the rule of law. CNN
VOA VIEW: Foolish and dumb thought.
Authorities say a New Mexico man belonging to an armed group that has detained Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border was arrested Saturday on a criminal complaint accusing him of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. FOX News
Former PM claims that ‘failure’ of multiculturalism has led to rise in bigotryMigrant communities must be compelled to do more to integrate to help combat the rise of “far-right bigotry”, Tony Blair has warned.The former prime minister said that successive governments had “failed to find the right balance between diversity and integration”, while the concept of multiculturalism has been misused as a way to justify a “refusal to integrate”. Guardian
Elizabeth Warren and Rashida Tlaib have called for action, but many lawmakers say more information is needed firstLong before a redacted version of the Mueller report was released this week, the winds of impeachment were swirling around Donald Trump’s presidency. Related: Trump tampered with witnesses. These Senate Republicans voted to oust Bill Clinton for doing just that Guardian
VOA VIEW: Dems stand and look like fools.
Mexico said on Saturday it had "deep concern" about armed groups that intimidate and extort migrants on the border, shortly after the ACLU and Democratic senators called for a probe into such citizen efforts to block migrants from crossing. Reuters
Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics into Easter at a vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night, urging the faithful to live not for transient things like wealth and success but for God. Reuters
The U.S. Marine Corps plans to replace its light-armored vehicle, around since the 1980s, with a modern armored reconnaissance vehicle late in the next decade. UPI

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     Wanting something for nothing - an excuse for not looking in the mirror. Life-long black residents in Charlotte say after years of “empty promises” they are distrustful of government leaders who seem unable or unwilling to fix systemic racial inequality. For years, community advocates have described “two Charlottes,” referencing the gap between white and black residents when it comes to wealth, housing, education and more.                                                                                     
      While Charlotte has experienced historic growth in recent years, many community members say that economic prosperity hasn’t benefited all residents equally — even with black officials occupying some of the city’s most prominent elected offices.

     Blacks continue support Dems even after decades of unfilled promises.