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News and headlines. 4/10/2018


Lots of News today on the world and domestic front. Covered today in News and Headlines, In The News, World News, with some great Commentary/Opinion, for you’re consideration and of course news on Facebook.

Trump cancels trip to South America to oversee ‘response to Syria’

President Trump is scrapping plans to travel this week to a summit in South America because of the situation in Syria, the White House said Tuesday.

Trump had been scheduled to depart Friday for Peru before traveling to Colombia.

“President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders said Vice President Mike Pence will travel in Trump’s stead.

China’s Xi promises to cut auto import tariff, warns against ‘Cold War’ mentality

China’s President Xi Jinping appeared to strike a conciliatory tone during a speech Tuesday where he promised to cut China’s auto import tariffs and ease restrictions on foreign ownership in its auto industry as tensions play out with Washington over tariffs.

“We will take the initiative to expand imports,” Xi said during his keynote speech at the opening of the Boao Forum for Asia, China Plus News reported. “China does not seek trade surplus; we have a genuine desire to increase imports and achieve greater balance of international payments under the current account,” he said.

Dow Jones rallies strongly after China promises lower tariffs

Wall Street has staged a sharp recovery after the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, promised economic reforms and lower import tariffs, soothing fears over the country’s simmering trade standoff with the US.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained by more than 500 points in early trading on Tuesday in New York, reaching almost 24,500 points. The biggest gains were for companies such as Boeing and Caterpillar, which were seen to be among the biggest potential losers from a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.

Feds treating Cohen like he’s a mob lawyer, say attorneys | FBI had to clear high bar to search Cohen’s home

Lawyers told the Daily Beast that raiding attorneys’ offices isn’t unheard of. But it’s generally used for lawyers who work with alleged members of organized crime, or for lawyers who are involved themselves in elaborate criminal schemes. “It’s a tactic generally used against organized crime, against very serious, very serious criminals and lawyers who are operating outside of the protections of the law,” said attorney Alan Dershowitz, a frequent critic of special counsel Robert Mueller’s tactics.

President Trump ‘less inclined’ to sit down with special counsel for interview after raid on personal attorney: Sources

For the last several months, the Trump legal team has been having active negotiations with the Mueller team working toward a potential interview which would have included either a face to face interview with parameters, a written questionnaire or some mix of both, sources have told ABC News.

Yet in the wake of Monday’s FBI raid on the home and office of Michael Cohen, the president’s longtime personal counsel, multiple sources tell ABC News things might be changing and that the president per one source is “understandably less trusting” of Mueller and his team.

Dershowitz: Targeting Trump’s lawyer should worry us all

Civil libertarians should be concerned whenever the government interferes with the lawyer-client relationship. Clients should be able to rely on confidentiality when they disclose their most intimate secrets in an effort to secure their legal rights. A highly publicized raid on the president’s lawyer will surely shake the confidence of many clients in promises of confidentiality by their lawyers. They will not necessarily understand the nuances of the confidentiality rules and their exceptions. They will see a lawyer’s office being raided and all his files seized.

Alan Dershowitz on FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office

FBI Raid of Michael Cohen’s Office: BILL’S MESSAGE OF THE DAY

The FBI raid into Michael Cohen’s office yesterday affected every American even if many don’t know it.  First, the stock market immediately tanked on the news, injecting even more fear into the financial world.

Second, and more importantly, President Trump was having a high level meeting on possible military action against Syria when the news broke that his personal lawyer is in trouble.

California billionaire Steyer’s candidate guide pushes impeachment as good politics for midterms

While NextGen and Need to Impeach are separate entities, the timing indicates the California billionaire and political activist hopes ousting President Donald Trump before the end of his term will be a significant campaign issue in the 2018 midterms.

“Tom’s impeachment campaign is run out of Need to Impeach, which is a separate entity,” NextGen America spokeswoman Aleigha Cavalier told Fox News. “The topics of the debate will be on issues that matter to young people — which can definitely include impeachment — but that’s not the focus.”

Former FEC Commissioner: Facebook May Have Violated Federal Campaign Law

“What it boils down to is this — corporations under American campaign finance law are banned from making contributions to a federal candidate,” said von Spakovsky. “And they not only can’t make cash contributions, they can’t make a contribution of ‘in-kind’ services. So, if Facebook provided data and any kind of other services to one campaign but not to another then they might be considered to have made an illegal corporate contribution.”

Facebook’s Zuckerberg braces for two days of grueling Capitol Hill questioning

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, long celebrated as a tech genius for building a platform embraced by 2.2 billion active users, is used to being in charge.

But for the next two days, the 33-year-old is likely to face the nation’s scorn as he endures a grueling Capitol Hill interrogation over why the social media giant allowed a data-mining company to get the personal information of at least 87 million users.

Starting Tuesday afternoon, Zuckerberg appears for nationally-televised questioning before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce, Science and Transportation committees.

MARK ZUCKERBERG WON’T SAY IF FACEBOOK TRACKS YOUR WEB BROWSING AFTER SIGNING OUT

WICKER: “One other thing, there have been reports that Facebook can track a user’s Internet browsing activity even after that user has logged off of the Facebook platform. Can you confirm whether or not this is true?”
ZUCKERBERG: “Senator, I — I want to make sure I get this accurate, so it’d probably be better to have my team follow up afterwards.”
WICKER: “So you don’t know?”

Facebook working with special counsel Robert Mueller, Mark Zuckerberg says

Facebook is working with special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in testimony before a joint Senate panel Tuesday.

Zuckerberg, who is on Capitol Hill this week testifying about the data sharing scandal involving data firm Cambridge Analytica, was uncertain about the existence of subpoenas from Mueller’s office. But he confirmed to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Tuesday that the social media giant he founded is indeed cooperating with Mueller.

With social media, Venezuela exerts influence on Americans

Individuals from all over the world share TeleSUR English’s content, including people and groups on the American left. For example, the “Bernie Sanders Brigade,” with 67,000 followers, shared a TeleSUR report on South Africa’s plan to seize land from white farmers without compensation that claimed “the measure is not going to destabilize the country.” The top comments on the
shared post support the seizure.

TeleSUR English also has a YouTube presence and 83,000 subscribers, but YouTube now includes a disclaimer below every video that “TeleSUR is funded in whole or in part by several Latin American governments.” Facebook does not include such a disclaimer.

Students at Over 200 Schools Organize Pro-Life Walkout to Recognize Babies Killed By Abortion Violence

More than 200 different high school and college or university campuses are preparing to participate in the #ProLifeWalkout — according to information Students for Life provided to LifeNews. Students for Life officials indicate pro-life students are finding less administrative support in general than those students organizing walkouts over gun control.

#ProLifeWalkoutMore April 11th

More than 200 different high school and college or university campuses are preparing to participate in the #ProLifeWalkout

New risk protection order law leads to arrest of man with AR-15 rifle

Coleman-Wright said the arrest is believed to be the first of its kind in the state for violation of an RPO since it became law on March 9.

Smith is being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond.

Smith’s neighbor, Lorenzo Brown, told Local 10 News reporter Ian Margol that he has known the Army veteran for 20 years and was disappointed to hear about his arrest.

“They just raided his house, found all of his weapons, or whatever, (and) they just took it,” Brown said. “He spent a lot of money for his weaponry.”

ABC News Calls Police on Pro-Trump Female College Student Who Posed with Handgun

The woman, 22 years-old Brenna Spencer, a senior at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, is shown in the photo with her pink Women for Trump shirt lifted to reveal a handgun tucked in the waistband of her white jeans. Spencer captioned the photo, “I don’t take normal college graduation photos…”

World News:

UN Security Council to vote on Syria chemical attack

U.S. is calling for an independent probe into the suspected chemical attack in Syria. Eric Shawn has the details.

US summit with North Korea to occur in May or early June

Kim Jong Un breaks his silence and publicly acknowledges plans for talks with the U.S. Greg Palkot reports.

Russia vetoes US resolution on Syria gas attack

Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted resolution at the United Nations Tuesday that would have condemned a suspected poison gas attack by the Syrian regime on a Damascus suburb.

The vote in the 15-member U.N. Security Council was 12 in favor, with Russia and Bolivia opposing and China abstaining. It was the 12th time Russia has vetoed a resolution concerning Syria and sixth veto related to chemical weapons.

Chemical weapons experts to inspect attack site in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday it was sending a fact-finding mission to the Syrian town where a suspected chemical gas attack took place over the weekend, following a request from the Syrian government and its Russian backers that appeared to be aimed at averting punitive Western military action.

It was not immediately clear whether the announcement would delay or prevent a U.S. strike in Syria. President Donald Trump has vowed to respond “forcefully” to Saturday’s attack on civilians in the town of Douma, and warned that Russia — or any other nation found to share responsibility — will “pay a price.”

China’s reported military overture to Vanuatu is sparking fears in Australia and beyond

According to a report by Fairfax Media published yesterday (April 9), the governments of China and Vanuatu have held preliminary discussions about China building a military base in the South Pacific island nation. A spokesman for China’s embassy in Vanuatu said the idea was “ridiculous,” while Vanuatu’s foreign minister, Ralph Regenvanu, rejected the report.

China war ship

Venturing out. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

But the article, citing unnamed sources, has been taken seriously by many and already sparked much discussion, in Australia and beyond, about China’s moves and intentions in the South Pacific,

Knife-Control Debate Heats Up in the UK amid London Murder Spike

The debate over knife control has taken on a new sense of urgency in the United Kingdom after news of London’s murder rate spiking to record levels broke last week.

In the wake of London’s murder rate surpassing that of New York City for the first time, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced new knife-control initiatives in the city. He said London would increase police patrols, grant extra stop and search powers to police on certain patrols, and increase efforts to take people out of gangs by giving them job training. He reiterated the city’s position that there is no need for anyone to carry a knife.

London’s murder rate worse than New York?

Katie Hopkins, Rebel Media columnist, on what’s driving the surge in violence in the U.K.

Michael Fumento jailed in Colombia on trumped up charges

It’s pretty well anyone’s worst travel nightmare: getting picked up by the cops on trumped up charges and then thrown into a third-world prison under horrific Midnight Express conditions.

This just happened to conservative journalist Michael Fumento, a friend, who went to Colombia to settle up on unfinished business regarding the sale of his house in Bucaramanga, Colombia, a place where he lived and wrote for four years. He didn’t like the place and just wanted to pull up all stakes and completely get out.

Fumento is a decorated veteran and former embed reporter for Fox News who worked in combat zones.

Commentary/Opinion:

The Curse Of Cultural Marxism

Progressivism is Marxism attempting to wear a liberal mask, and failing.

Ingraham: Bullies on the left aim to silence conservatives

Liberals have gone from promoting free speech to silencing voices they don’t agree with.

Tucker: How does Syrian regime change help the U.S.?

Tucker asks Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi what national security interests the United States would have in regime change in Syria following a suspected gas attack

Tucker: Would war against Assad make US safer?

Syria is a complicated situation. With Assad gone, who would run it?

Former American hostage weighs in on situation in Syria

Theo Padnos spent two years as the hostage of al-Nusra, a Syrian Islamist rebel group.

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