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Clinton Declares 'Crisis In Our Democracy', As Harvard Gives Her A Medal
Clinton, who has frequently given a dour appraisal of America’s current political and social reality, was given the Radcliffe Medal, which honors those who have had a “transformative impact on society.” Organizers said they chose Clinton because the former secretary of state was a human rights champion, as well as a “skilled legislator” and an “advocate of American leadership” on the world stage. Fox
VOA VIEW: Hillary is an idiot and Harard is a liberal nothing.

Trump Makes It Easier To Fire Poor-Performing Federal Workers
“To empower our civil servants to best help others, the government must always operate more efficiently and more securely,” the president said in a statement. The White House said Trump, who famously promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington while running for president, signed the three orders Friday afternoon. Fox

Subtropical Storm Alberto Eyes Gulf Coast For Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and this year, it looks like it might also bring an early start to the 2018 hurricane season. Although hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1, a tropical system off the Yucatan Peninsula has become Subtropical Storm Alberto as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center. For holiday beachgoers flocking to the US Gulf Coast looking for their first taste of summer sun, Alberto is making the forecast look pretty grim. CNN
VOA VIEW: The storm must be watched carefully.

Trump Adds 15,000 Work Visas
President Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security announced Friday it was making available an additional 15,000 visas for a seasonal work program that were badly needed by businesses, particularly in the Trump-voting crab town of Hoopers Island. "The limitations on H-2B visas were originally meant to protect American workers, but when we enter a situation where the program unintentionally harms American businesses it needs to be reformed," said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in granting the additional visas. NBC

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Lava Flows From Volcanic Crack In Hawaii
The Kilauea volcano had a catastrophic eruption three weeks ago in Hawaii, and between the gushing lava, ash and toxic gas, it's a never-ending nightmare for Lower Puna residents. Since May 3, more than 2,000 quakes have struck on or around the Big Island. Volcanic vents, or fissures, have cracked open, shooting lava that's gobbled up dozens of homes and vehicles. And a river of lava has reached the Pacific Ocean, causing the dangerous "laze," or lava-haze. CNN

Trump Signs Orders Targeting Federal Workers, Union Activities
President Donald Trump began fulfilling a promise to facilitate the firing of federal workers Friday, quietly signing a set of executive orders to rewrite the government's employment rules. The three actions, two of which crack down on federal employee unions, are designed to "make it easier for agencies to remove poor-performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used," Andrew Bremberg, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, told reporters. NBC
VOA VIEW: A positive move.

EPA: Pruit Spent $3.5M On Security In 2017 Due To Threats
Scott Pruitt spent nearly $3.5 million on security in his first year as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a government breakdown said Friday. The EPA released the cost breakdown, titled "Administrator's Security Detail Quarterly Payroll," which detailed only the cost per quarter of Pruitt's security. It did not provide information on how the money was spent. UPI

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Harvey Weinstein Charged With Felony Rape, Criminal Sex Act In NYC Court
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with counts of felony rape and committing a criminal sex act, stemming from cases involving two women, prosecutors said. Weinstein, 66, surrendered Friday at the New York City Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan. He appeared in court later and was charged with assaulting Lucia Evans, who told investigators he forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. The NYPD is also looking into an accusation by another woman who said he assaulted her in her apartment eight years ago. UPI
VOA VIEW: Even the powerful have a problem with the feds.

FBI Warns Russians Hacked Hundreds Of Thousands Of Routers
The U.S. law enforcement agency urged the owners of many brands of routers to turn them off and on again and download updates from the manufacturer to protect themselves. The warning followed a court order Wednesday that allowed the FBI to seize a website that the hackers planned to use to give instructions to the routers. Though that cut off malicious communications, it still left the routers infected, and Friday’s warning was aimed at cleaning up those machines. Reuters

Trudeau Raises US Auto Import Probe Concerns With Trump
The two leaders also discussed the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and bringing talks to a timely conclusion, Trudeau’s office said. The Trump administration earlier this week began a national security investigation into auto imports that could lead to new U.S. tariffs similar to those imposed on imported steel and aluminum in March. Reuters

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US Talking To North Korea About Summit
President Donald Trump said the June 12 summit with North Korea may be possible after all on Friday, a day after he canceled the event, saying North Korea’s response was “nice” and that both sides want to meet. North Korea issued a statement Friday saying it was still “willing to give the U.S. time and opportunities” to reconsider talks “at any time, at any format.” Newsday

Trump Administration Has Cut Deal With China's ZTE
The Trump administration has told Congress that it's reached a deal that would allow Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business, a source familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a confidential matter said Friday. A resolution of the ZTE case could clear the way for the United States to make progress in its high-stakes trade talks with China. But news of the agreement drew immediate fire on Capitol Hill. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Good or bad deal - time will tell.

Exit Polls Point To Landslide Vote To Relax Irish Abortion Laws
Ireland has voted by a landslide to lift the ban on abortion that had been enshrined in its constitution for three decades, the first exit polls from a historic referendum suggest. If confirmed at Saturday’s count, the shock result – three years after Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote – would underline the speed and scale of change in a country that is still majority Catholic. Guardian

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NFL Players React To New Anthem Policy
If the NFL hoped its new national anthem policy would settle the debate about players protesting before games, the league may be disappointed. On Wednesday, the league issued a ruling agreed by team owners that “a club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem”. Players, however, will be permitted to stay in the locker rooms during the anthem. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Clubs will pay a lot if they don't make their own policy.

In Russia, France's Macron Tries His Next Charm Offensive On 'Cher Vladimir'
When Emmanuel Macron visited the White House a month ago, commentators nicknamed the French president the "Trump Whisperer" for establishing a close personal rapport with President Trump. Now Macron is in Russia, where he is sidling up to Vladimir Putin on a two-day trip to St. Petersburg, the splendorous czarist-era imperial capital and the Russian president's hometown. NPR

Swedish Law Declares Sex Without Consent Is Rape
The Swedish parliament has passed a bill that the government said, "states the obvious: if sex is not voluntary it is illegal." The new legislation rules that sex without explicit mutual consent is rape. Previously, the law stated rape was committed only in instances where a victim was violently coerced or threatened into a sexual act. NPR

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Congressman's 'Effed Up' Demands Revealed By Staffers
A Virginia congressman has been accused of turning his staff members into personal “gofers” — forcing some to fetch groceries and clothes, while others drove his daughters around and picked up dog poop. Multiple former aides spoke to Politico about Rep. Tom Garrett’s alleged demands, which were also handed out by his wife. NY Post

Pompeo: No Regime Change In Iran, But Regime Must 'Behave Like A Normal Nation'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Voice of America Persian today that a goal of U.S. policy toward Iran after shunning the 2015 nuclear deal will be "to set conditions where Iran will behave like a normal nation." "Look, we've asked them to stop spreading terror around the world, not to build out militias in Iraq, not to put Iranian dollars and Iranian citizens, who are losing their lives in Syria -- it's inappropriate for Middle East security and it's bad for the country," he said. PJ Media
VOA VIEW: Pompeo has been a good SS, so far,

Massive Comcast Security Glitch Allows Almost Anyone to Access Your Wireless Router
Comcast has a serious security issue that was discovered by security researchers Karan Saini and Ryan Stevenson, who reported the issue to ZDnet. The issue allows easy access to customers’ Xfinity wireless routers. Anyone with a subscriber’s account number and street address number (such as the 123 in 123 Main St.) can easily get access to the router by going to the company’s website and entering the two numbers. That will instantly reveal the WiFi name and password. PJ Media

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Trump Shakes Literally Every Naval Academy Graduate’s Hand
President Donald Trump gave a speech to the graduates of the Naval Academy Friday morning. Then, the president went a step further, offering to shake the hands of every single graduate — more than 1,000 midshipmen. “I was given an option. I could make this commencement address, which is a great honor for me, and immediately leave and wave goodbye. Or I could stay and shake hands with just the top 100,” Trump said, “Or I could stay for hours and shake hands with 1,100 and something. What should I do? What should I do?” Daily Caller

McCain Admits Iraq War Was A Mistake
Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona admitted Friday that the Iraq War was a mistake. “The principal reason for invading Iraq, that Saddam had WMD, was wrong,” McCain wrote in his new book. “The war, with its cost in lives and treasure and security, can’t be judged as anything other than a mistake, a very serious one, and I have to accept my share of the blame for it.” Daily Caller
VOA VIEW: McCain once in a while says the truth.

Three FBI Agents Set to Testify: Including Lead Investigator in Clinton
According to The Hill, Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, and Michael Steinbach, the former head of the FBI’s national security division, will testify shortly after the release of the IG report. Bill Priestap was the FBI official who changed the wording in the James Comey July 2016 speech to remove the word “President” and replace it with “another senior government official” to hide this fact from the American public. Gateway Pundit

Assange Reportedly Offered to Meet Adam Schiff, Congressman Refuses ‘Unless He is in US Custody’
Appearing on MSNBC on Friday, Randy Credico, a personal friend of Assange, announced that he had met with Schiff on Wednesday to extend the offer for a meeting. “I had gone there with a mandate from Assange for Mr. Schiff to go over there and interview him,” Credico said. “I got the okay from Assange for him to do that.” Credico asserted that Assange had sent him on a “secret mission” to invite Schiff so that he could clear everything up. Gateway Pundit

The Legal Difference Between Sexual Misconduct, Assault, And Harassment, Explained
Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault against former Hollywood media mogul Harvey Weinstein. At least two of them are now getting their day in court. New York City police detectives arrested Weinstein Friday morning for allegedly raping one woman and forcing another woman to perform oral sex on him, according to the New York Times. Weinstein’s arrest represents a pivotal moment for #MeToo, moving women’s stories of sexual predation out of the court of public opinion and into the criminal justice system.  Vox

Santa Fe School Shooter Used His Father's Guns. Could Father Be Punished?
The teenager who murdered eight students and two teachers at Santa Fe High School in Texas didn’t have to go to great lengths to find the guns that fueled his rampage. The shotgun and the .38 caliber pistol he took to school belong to his father and were available to him right at home. It’s the latest mass shooting at a school where a student used a parent’s gun (or guns) — a trend that’s simmered quietly in the background, even as politicians and school districts grapple with what to do about these violent acts. Vox

It’s the Year of Democratic Women. The GOP Remains a Party of Men.
It has been obvious throughout the early stages of the primary season that Democratic women running for office are having a phenomenal year. It has been less thoroughly discussed, perhaps because it is literally an example of the same-old, same-old, that GOP candidates (and primaries) have been overwhelmingly male. This phenomenon was perhaps best dramatized by the Georgia gubernatorial primaries, where Stacey Abrams (the eventual nominee) and Stacey Evans were the Democratic candidates, and five white men on the GOP side battled it out with testosterone-laden messages about toughness, guns, and hostility to “aliens.” NY Mag

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