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NEWS   WEDNESDAY, APRIL  25, 2018   NEWS

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

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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.

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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

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

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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