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Trump Warns Mueller
US President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election meddling as unfair, insisting the probe is staffed with "hardened" Democrats. "Does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!" Trump tweeted. The salvo was the latest in an intensifying confrontation over Mueller's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian attempts to sway the 2016 election in his favor.  Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.

Trump: Never Saw McCabe Take Notes, 'Can We Call Them Fake Memos?'
President Trump responded Sunday to reports that fired FBI official Andrew McCabe took notes of their conversations, saying he never saw McCabe write down messages and suggesting the purported notes be called “fake memos,” like those purportedly taken by “lying James Comey” -- the FBI director fired by Trump. McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by Trump, was fired Friday evening, two days short of his retirement and receiving a full pension.  Fox

'Stop Pretending You're A Feminist': Conway Calls Out Hillary
Kellyanne Conway called out Hillary Clinton Thursday for claiming Trump voters were looking "backwards" in 2016 and blamed pressure from men for why white women voted for the president. Conway called out the former secretary of state on "Fox and Friends," asking her to "stop pretending you're a feminist, you’re for equality, you’re for fairness to women, and then running around accusing us of checking with our husbands and our significant others before we vote." Fox
VOA VIEW: Hillary has lost her balance and mind.

US And UK Lawmakers Demand Investigations Of Facebook's Data Handling
U.S. Senators and U.K. legislators immediately called for government action following Saturday’s high-profile reports of the mishandling of Facebook user data by the right-wing electioneering firm Cambridge Analytica. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) called for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and said that the “major breach . . . must be investigated.” Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) said on Twitter that “the online political advertising market is essentially the Wild West,” and reiterated the need for a proposed bill called the Honest Ads Act that he cosponsors. Fortune


Putin Retains Grip On Russia
Vladimir Putin is set to extend his power in Russia for another six years after winning Sunday's presidential election with a decisive 73.9% of the vote, a state-run exit poll shows. Putin was widely expected to win his fourth term as President, with no meaningful opposition in the running and his fiercest opponent, Alexei Navalny, barred from the race. The Communist Party's Pavel Grudinin was a distant second with 11.2% of the vote, according to the exit poll conducted by the state-owned Russia Public Opinion Research Center. CNN
VOA VIEW: Only a fool thought the results would be much different.

Spy Row: UK Lab Could Be Poison Source
Russia's EU ambassador has suggested a UK research laboratory could be the source of the nerve agent used in the attack on an ex-spy and his daughter. Vladimir Chizhov told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show Russia had "nothing to do" with the poisoning in Salisbury of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. He said Russia did not stockpile the poison and that the Porton Down lab was only eight miles (12km) from the city.  BBC

McCabe Threatened To ‘Take People Down With Him If Fired’
Fox News reporter Adam Housley reported on Twitter tonight about the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, stating his sources were telling him that in the past few days McCabe threatened to “take people down with him” if he was fired. Housley also reported that the Inspector General-Office of Professional Responsibility report had uncovered “tons of stuff” on McCabe unrelated to the Trump investigation and that McCabe’s firing was a morale boost to FBI agents. Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: McCabe is showing his true colors - coward.

Bill Maher 'Cruelly Mocks' Donald Trump Jr.'s Divorce
The liberal Daily Beast website broke out in protest over a lack of decency on if their decency is if decency was their reputation. The headline was "Bill Maher Cruelly Mocks Donald Trump Jr. Over His Divorce: The Real Time host was the only late-night comedian to tackle the unfortunate news." They even added the word "SAD" over the top for extra scolding. Marlow Stern reported: News Busters

North Korean Diplomat Heads To Finland Ahead Of Possible US Talks
A senior North Korean diplomat left for Finland on Sunday for talks with former U.S. and South Korean officials, Yonhap News Agency reported, amid a series of diplomatic encounters ahead of a possible U.S.-North Korean summit. North Korea is pursuing its nuclear and missile programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.  Reuters


Kushner Cos. Filed False NYC Housing Paperwork
When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit. But that's exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, and with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold all three buildings for $60 million, nearly 50 percent more than it paid. ABC
VOA VIEW: And the real truth is ...

Ryan Zinke Defends 'Konnichiwa' Comment To Hawaii Congresswoman
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke defended his “konnichiwa” response to a House member of Japanese descent when she asked him about funding to preserve World War II internment camps. “How could ever saying ‘Good morning’ be bad?” Zinke said to reporters on Saturday following a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border, according to The Arizona Republic. Zinke made the comment ? which means “good afternoon” or “good day” in Japanese ?. Huff Post

‘CNN’s Been Pretty Bad’ — Ben Shapiro Straight Up Calls Out CNN’s Gun Coverage To Brian Stelter’s Face
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro called out CNN’s coverage of gun rights to host Brian Stelter’s face in an appearance on “Reliable Sources.” Stelter asked Shapiro “Where do you see the most egregious media bias right now?” “Well, over the last three weeks, obviously, the coverage of the gun debate has been absolutely egregious. I mean, I don’t want to single out your network, but CNN’s been pretty bad on this from a conservative perspective,” Shapiro responded. Daily Caller
VOA VIEW": CNN has been and is very liberally biased.

ABC And NBC Spread Misinformation Following The Firing Of McCabe
In the wake of the former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s firing from the FBI for misleading Inspector General investigators, the liberal media were rife with misinformation of their own. During the Sunday morning news programs, NBC’s Chuck Todd misled their viewers on why McCabe was fired and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos lied about the messages sent by pro-Hillary Clinton FBI agents investigating her and President Trump. News Busters
VOA VIEW: Expected fake news.

Hearings For Trump's CIA Pick Should Prompt A Reckoning With Torture
Haspel was a key figure in the Bush administration’s secret detention and torture program — one of the darkest parts of the post-9/11 War on Terror era. From 2003 to 2005, Haspel ran one of the most notorious of the CIA’s “black sites”: prisons in countries around the world that were specifically created for the detention and interrogation of “high value” detainees, including the masterminds of 9/11. Detainees at those sites were subject to “enhanced interrogation techniques,” cruel and abusive treatment that amounted to torture. Vox

Trump Spending Spree May Speed Up Fed
The US central bank has long telegraphed a no-rush attitude about lifting interest rates from historic lows. But the Fed may be forced to pick up the pace over the next two years, in part because of a spending spree by President Trump and Congress — spending aimed at stimulating the already healthy American economy. If the Fed doesn't raise rates more quickly, it risks falling behind. The $1.5 trillion Republican tax cut, as well as a bipartisan $300 billion spending plan, could overheat the robust labor market.  Money CNN

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Republicans Warn Trump
Key Republicans on Sunday warned President Donald Trump not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump began Sunday morning by criticizing the special counsel on Twitter, one day after his lawyer issued a statement saying he prays for the Justice Department to end Mueller's investigation. Republicans strongly cautioned the President and his team to let Mueller do his work. CNN

Sessions Contradicted On His Account Of Pushing Back Against Trump Campaign's Outreach To Russia
Attorney General Jeff Sessions' testimony that he opposed a proposal for President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team to meet with Russians has been contradicted by three people who told Reuters they have spoken about the matter to investigators with Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional committees. Sessions testified before Congress in November 2017 that he "pushed back" against the proposal made by former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos at a March 31, 2016 campaign meeting. Then a senator from Alabama, Sessions chaired the meeting as head of the Trump campaign's foreign policy team. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Don't believe all you hear or read form the liberal media.

Trump's Opioid Plan To Take 3-Pronged Approach
President Donald Trump will roll out new plans to tackle the country's opioid epidemic on Monday in New Hampshire, a senior administration official tells CNN. The plan will likely include stiffer penalties for high intensity drug traffickers, including the possibility of the death penalty. Trump's long-awaited plan, the official said, will focus on three areas: Law enforcement and interdiction, prevention and education through a sizable advertizing campaign, and improving the ability to fund treatment through the federal government and help those impacted by the epidemic find jobs while fighting the addiction. CNN

Marco Rubio Defends McCabe – Trashes Trump Over McCabe Firing
NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Rubio if McCabe was treated fairly during the process that led to his termination just days before he was set to retire with a fat taxpayer-funded pension. “I don’t like the way it happened. He should’ve been allowed to finish through the weekend,” Rubio said. “Obviously he [President Trump] doesn’t like McCabe and he’s made that pretty clear now for over a year,” Rubio said. “We need to be very careful about taking these very important entities and smearing everybody in them with a broad stroke.” Gateway Pundit
VOA VIEW: If the story is true - Rubio is an idiot.

The Mountain West Is Experiencing A Second Gold Rush. This Time They’re Mining Bitcoin.
In recent months, with bitcoin’s value and cultural prominence rising spectacularly, dozens of cryptocurrency mines have popped up in the rural West, following in the geographic footsteps of a previous gold rush. Lured by cheap rent and wide-open space, they’re bent on bringing “mining” back to a region that was largely defined by pulling precious materials from the earth — only this time, the gold is digital. Buzz Feed

Turkey Has Claimed Victory Over The US-Allied Militia In Syria
Turkish-led forces entered the northwest Syrian city of Afrin on Sunday morning, claiming victory in a weeks-long campaign against US-allied Kurds. "Most of the terrorists have already fled with tails between their legs," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a ceremony marking the 103rd anniversary of World War I's Battle of Gallipoli, a Turkish victory laden with symbolic and political weight. "In the center of Afrin, symbols of trust and stability are waving instead of rags of terrorists," Erdogan said. Turkey's army likewise said in a statement that the town is now under the "complete control" of it and its allies. Buzz Feed


Why Trump Slayed His Own Masters Of The Universe
Just over a year into Trump’s presidency, those titans are leaving, driven out by a chief executive who doesn’t want to hear no, doesn’t trust anyone but himself and can’t stand to share the spotlight, even with those he once hailed as “the best people” on earth for these jobs. Trump humiliated Secretary of State Rex Tillerson—the former chief executive of oil industry giant ExxonMobil, whom he once described as “the embodiment of the American dream”—firing him by tweet. He repeatedly rejected the advice of National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, driving the former president of Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs nuts with his stubborn insistence on tariffs and hastening Cohn’s exit. Politico
VOA VIEW: It shows Trump is a man who cleans his own mistakes.

A Shutdown This Week? Because Of Trump, Definitely Possible
One of the less-discussed consequences of Democrat Conor Lamb's victory in last week's special election in Pennsylvania is that a congressionally-caused government shutdown when the current continuing resolution expires this Friday is now far less likely. House and Senate Republicans won't want to add any fuel to what, especially after Pennsylvania, increasingly looks like a GOP midterm election dumpster fire. Congressional Democrats won't want to shift the story away from their Republican colleagues' political agita by taking the blame for the federal government shutting down. Forbes

Senate Judiciary Dem Calls On Zuckerberg To Testify
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) on Saturday called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee following reports that a data firm took Facebook users' private information for President Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. "Facebook breach: This is a major breach that must be investigated. It’s clear these platforms can’t police themselves. I've called for more transparency & accountability for online political ads. . Hill
VOA VIEW: The truth must prevail.

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Lawyers Up
Andrew McCabe, formerly the deputy director of the FBI, has lawyered up. Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group confirmed to The Daily Beast that he is representing McCabe for the purposes of the matter that led to his firing. Last night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he was firing McCabe, citing “lack of candor”—a fireable offense in the FBI. Daily Beast

Trump Calls Out Comey For Lying Under Oath
President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that former FBI Director James Comey “clearly” lied under oath in his testimony before Congress in 2017. “Wow, watch Comey lie under oath to Senator G,” he tweeted Sunday morning, “When asked ‘have you ever been an anonymous source … or known someone else to be an anonymous source…?’ He said strongly ‘never, no.’ He lied.” Daily Caller

Hillary 'Wrong' About Trump Voters, Durbin Says
Hillary Clinton’s remarks earlier this month characterizing voters who cast ballots for President Donald Trump as xenophobic and misogynistic are “not helpful at all,” Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday, insisting that the Democratic Party is moving beyond Clinton as it approaches the midterm elections. Speaking at a conference in India, Clinton said her success in the 2016 election came in parts of the U.S. that are economically strong, “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving-forward” while Trump won more downtrodden regions. Politico

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Dems Hold Double-Digit Lead For 2018 Midterm Elections
Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage over Republicans in congressional preference for the 2018 midterm elections, even as President Donald Trump's job approval rating has ticked up, the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, while 40 percent want a GOP-controlled one. NBC
VOA VIEW: There are fake news and fake polls.

Trump's Quick Agreement To Kim Meeting A Surprise
U.S. President Donald Trump’s immediate willingness to meet Kim Jong Un for nuclear talks likely caught the North Korean leader by surprise, forcing him to consider his position before responding publicly, the South Korean foreign minister said. “We were all quite surprised by the readiness of that decision,” South Korea’s Kang Kyung-wha said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday. “It was an extremely courageous decision on the part of President Trump. Bloomberg

GOP Pushes For Phase 2 Of Tax Cuts
Republicans are increasingly talking about “phase two” of tax cuts — including a permanent extension of the new law’s individual tax cuts — in an effort to highlight their signature legislative accomplishment and force Democrats to take tough votes. While Republicans could struggle to pass another tax bill this year, conservatives said that an effort to cement the new individual rates would be both smart policy and smart politics. Hill
VOA VIEW: Dems may come aboard.

As Putin Is Reelected, His Hometown Of St. Petersburg Remembers Him Only Too Well
The draft beer taps danced in the bartenders’ hands at Manneken Pis, a Belgian café on the Petrogradskaya Side, one of the oldest and most sophisticated neighborhoods of St. Petersburg. On the eve of presidential elections, Vladimir Putin’s hometown peacefully enjoyed its Saturday night—no matter what the Kremlin decided, life in Piter, as locals call it, was languid and peaceful. Petersburgers had no doubts that President Putin would get his fourth term, and indeed as Russians voted on Sunday there was no question about that in anyone’s mind. Early returns showed him with more than 70 percent of the vote.  Daily Beast

Trump Jr. Hits Golf Course In Florida With Kids After Split Announcement
Donald Trump Jr. is enjoying some quality time with his children amid the news that he and his wife Vanessa are divorcing. The 40-year-old son of President Donald Trump flew to his father’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, to relax with his children. Trump Jr. and the former model, both 40, share five children together — sons Donald III, 9, Tristan, 6, and Spencer, 5, and daughters Kai, 10, and Chloe, 3. On Sunday, Trump Jr. shared a video of his 3-year-old daughter practicing her swing at Trump International Golf Club. People

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Republican Senator Expects Trump To Pull Out Of Iran Deal
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expects President Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May. “The Iran deal will be another issue that’s coming up in May, and right now it doesn’t feel like it’s gonna be extended,” Corker told CBS’ “Face the Nation” in an interview broadcast Sunday. “I think the president likely will move away from it unless my, our European counterparts really come together on a framework.  Reuters

Dems Want To Give McCabe A Job
Call me, Andy. Democratic lawmakers reached out to former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe over the weekend on Twitter to offer him a job after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him two days before he was set to retire and his pension would have kicked in. Call me, the Democrats told McCabe. “To Andrew McCabe: If you need a federal job, call me on Monday. I am serious. We have to stand up to bullies like @realDonaldTrump & @jeffsessions @USAGSessions #Resist #twill #AndrewMcCabeFired #standuptobullies #chicago @Comey,” Rep. Luis Guitterez of Illinois wrote on Twitter to McCabe who spent 21 years at the FBI. Rep. Jamie Raskin also encouraged McCabe to reach out. NY Post
VOA VIEW: Losers will follow losers.

Los Alamitos Might Challenge California Over State's Sanctuary Law
Los Alamitos might try to opt out of California’s new sanctuary law. The City Council in Orange County’s second-smallest city is scheduled to vote Monday, March 19 on an ordinance that calls for exempting itself from the California Values Act, SB54, a new law that limits cooperation between law enforcement and immigration authorities. The state law, which took effect Jan. 1, “may be in direct conflict with federal laws and the Constitution of the United States,” reads the proposed local law. OC Register
VOA VIEW: Smart move - other cities may follow.

At State Department, Heather Nauert's Star Is Ascendant
When the ax fell on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his spokeswoman was half a world away, a distance he and his inner circle preferred and enforced. Now, it's Tillerson who's on his way out after his unceremonious firing by President Donald Trump, and Heather Nauert whose star is ascendant. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Nauert are among the few women in the Trump administration with high-profile voices on foreign policy. Only three State Department officials — all men — now outrank Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who declined comment for this story. Yahoo News

North Korea Talks Will Be Held In Helsinki
A North Korean official will hold unofficial talks in Finland with a delegation from the U.S. and former South Korean government officials, Seoul’s foreign ministry said, amid a flurry of recent diplomatic activity before an expected U.S.-North Korean summit by the end of May. WSJ

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