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Average Price Of US Gas Jumps 10 Cents, To $3 A Gallon
The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $3.00. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the price has spiked 41 cents over the past three months. Lundberg says the increase is largely driven by higher crude oil costs and the phasing-in of summer-grade gasoline, which is used to prevent smog. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: This is not good and makes no sense.

Small Groups Of Venezuelans Protest Around Globe
The latest on Sunday’s presidential election in Venezuela (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Small groups of Venezuelan exiles are holding demonstrations in cities around the globe to protest their homeland’s presidential election, which they say is a farce. Demonstrators in cities including Miami, Bogota, Lima and Paris held up signs that read “Maduro Assassin” and “Fraud” while waving Venezuelan flags. Most of the protests Sunday had no more than a few dozen participants. AP

Trump Demands Probe Of Alleged Spying On His Campaign
US President Donald Trump sharpened Sunday his accusations that his presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or spied on for political purposes, saying he would officially "demand" a Justice Department investigation. The president has repeatedly cast the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion by his campaign as a politically driven "witch hunt," while offering no evidence. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Simple and direct demand.

Confrontational In The Making-Mueller Vs. Trump
Can special counsel Robert Mueller require President Trump to testify before a grand jury? It would be unprecedented, and his effort to do so could lead to a major constitutional confrontation. The president could, of course, resist a grand jury subpoena by asserting his right under the Fifth Amendment not to be a witness against himself. However, for political reasons, he may not wish to do that. And he may not need to. Weekly Standard


Will Mueller Play Hardball With Trump?
Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to interview President Trump — but how far is he willing to go to get the president's testimony? Some legal experts believe Mueller might have gathered sufficient evidence for indictments even without a Trump interview. They say Mueller could be reluctant to get bogged down in the months-long legal battle that would ensue were the president to resist a subpoena. Hill
VOA VIEW: Mueller could be shut down.

Giuliani: Mueller To Finish Trump Obstruction Probe By September 1
President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe into obstruction of justice by the president will wrap up by Sept. 1 because allowing it to continue longer could improperly influence the mid-term elections in November, according to a report on Sunday. Mueller’s office released a timeline of its investigation to him two weeks ago while he was negotiating with prosecutors over whether Trump would testify. NY Post

Probe Expands To Israeli Entrepreneur With UAE Ties-Mueller Investigation
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe is looking more closely into Middle Eastern involvement during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, as it is now exploring the role of an Israeli entrepreneur with ties to a Gulf monarchy, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Mueller has been conducting interviews about the work of Joel Zamel, an Australia-born Israeli businessman with experience in social media and intelligence gathering. WSJ


Investigators Finally Get Look At Materials From Cohen Raid
Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge’s demand that it occur speedily and efficiently. The progress comes just days before U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood will preside over a fourth hearing resulting from Michael Cohen’s efforts to gain influence over what potential evidence seized in the April 9 raids can be deemed subject to the privilege and blocked from the view of criminal prosecutors.  AP
VOA VIEW: The raid may be questionable.

Faster Moving Hawaii Lava Gushes Into Sea, Spews New Danger
A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii’s Big Island has gotten more hazardous in recent days, with rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and flying lava causing the first major injury. Kilauea volcano began erupting more than two weeks ago and has burned dozens of homes, forced thousands of people to flee and shot up plumes of steam from its summit that led officials to distribute face masks to protect against ash particles. AP

Noah's Ark Of Animals Rescued From Hawaii Lava
When hundreds of residents of Hawaii's Big Island fled their homes after the Kilauea volcano erupted, some left behind not only most of their belongings, but also their beloved pets. In the two weeks since fountains of lava and poisonous gas spewed from the volcano, volunteers have made heroic efforts to retrieve a veritable Noah's Ark of dogs and cats, geese and ducks, cows and goats, horses, cattle and exotic birds. Many were reuniting with their owners at evacuation shelters. Yahoo News

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US And China Agree To Abandon Trade War
Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic giants. Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.

Conway Pushes CNN's Stelter To Say Who He Voted For
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway demanded that CNN media reporter Brian Stelter say who he backed in the 2016 presidential election during a tense exchange on his show “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. Stelter was pressing Conway on how President Trump knows there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia, as he has stated in his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, when Conway asked the question. Hill
VOA VIEW: Liberal is as liberal does.

Hillary Clinton To Receive Prestigious Harvard Medal
Hillary Clinton is being honored with a medal during Harvard University's graduation week. The former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for president will be awarded Friday in Cambridge with the Radcliffe Medal, which the university says honors individuals whose life and work have had a "transformative impact on society." Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: A joke of a medal and person.

NYU Abu Dhabi Blocks Journalists From Filming John Kerry
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday warned that “true civil discourse” is under threat around the world while speaking to graduates at NYU Abu Dhabi, an event that the school blocked journalists from filming. While obliquely criticizing President Donald Trump, Kerry did not mention the 2015 Iran nuclear deal he secured with other world powers, an accord of which Trump now has pulled America out. AP


Texas Shooting Suspect Seems 'Weirdly Nonemotional', Lawyer Says
The 17-year-old student who authorities said killed 10 people when he opened fire in an art class in his Houston-area high school appeared to be disoriented on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said Saturday. "He's very emotional and weirdly nonemotional," the attorney said when asked to describe his client's state of mind. "There are aspects of it he understands and there are aspects he doesn't understand." VOA

Incoming NRA President, 'Dr.' Oliver North, Blames School Shootings On Ritalin
“Nearly all of these perpetrators are male, and they’re young teenagers in most cases, and they’ve come through a culture where violence is commonplace,” Mr. North said. “All we need to do is turn on a TV, go to a movie. If you look at what has happened to the young people, many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten. Now, I am certainly not a doctor; I’m a Marine. But I can see those kinds of things happening.” Washington Times

Hotel Pools Linked To Many Disease Outbreaks
Here is something to think about before jumping into the pool on your next vacation.  Hotel pools and hot tubs are breeding grounds for waterborne diseases. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find a third of all recreational waterborne disease outbreaks occurred in hotel pools or hot tubs and water play venues. Between 2000 and 2014 the CDC recorded nearly 500 disease outbreaks related to recreational water use that resulted in more than 27,000 illnesses and eight deaths.  Hotels were the leading setting, associated with 157 of the outbreaks. Fox 5 NY

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Are Federal Prosecutors Targeting People From Central America Who Cross The Border Illegally?
At issue is the claim from 11 people facing charges of illegal entry into the U.S., normally a routine misdemeanor charge that is a staple of the workload in the downtown federal courthouse, that they are being singled out for prosecution by the Justice Department because they are from Central American countries. San Diego Union Tribune

Roger Stone Prepared For Mueller Indictment
Roger Stone, a longtime Republican operative and ally of President Donald Trump, said Sunday he is “prepared” to be indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation if that’s where the probe leads. “I am prepared should that be the case,” Stone said on "Meet The Press" after being asked if he was ready for a possible indictment. “But I think it just demonstrates, again, this was supposed to be about Russian collusion, and it appears to be an effort to silence or punish the president’s supporters and his advocates.” NBC

New Clues Bolster Belief That ISIS Leader Is Still Alive
His self-declared caliphate was in ruins when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi summoned some of his top aides to a meeting in eastern Syria last year. The Islamic State's capital in Iraq had already fallen, and its Syrian headquarters was under siege. Yet the terrorist leader had something else on his mind: schoolchildren. Stars & Stripes

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Americans Give Trump Credit For Good Economy
Nearly 2 in 3 Americans think the nation's economy is in good shape, and most of them believe President's Trump's policies are at least somewhat responsible for that. More Republicans rate the economy positively than do Democrats. As Congressional primaries continue and Americans look ahead six months to their midterm votes, Mr. Trump looks like a positive factor among Republicans, 7 in 10 of whom say they'd prefer a candidate he backs -- but the president's influence is limited to his own party. More Independents say they're less likely to support a candidate backed by Mr. Trump. CBS
VOA VIEW: Who else should get credit - certainly not Obama.

Britain To Tackle 'Wild West' Internet With New Laws
Britain will tackle "the Wild West elements" on the internet from cyberbullying to online child exploitation by introducing new laws for social media companies, digital minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday. Launching a consultation on what measures should be used to ensure the safety of those using the internet, Hancock said the government would publish a white paper - a policy document that sets out proposals for future legislation - later this year and aim to bring in new laws "in the next couple of years". Yahoo News

The War Over Confirming Federal Judges Is Heating Up — Again
Democrats may hold 49 votes in the Senate but for all practical purposes, they have been completely disarmed when it comes to opposing President Trump's judicial nominees. Now Republicans leaders, worried about possibly losing control of the Senate in the November elections, are racing against the clock to push through as many judicial nominations as they can. But even some of their own members are privately worried that abandoning longtime practices and understandings is undermining the Senate's constitutional power to provide its advice and consent on judicial nominations. NPR

A Year Into The Job, 3 Big Lessons About Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Thursday marks one year since the appointment of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller. Has any public figure in the United States ever become such a partisan lightning rod after having said so little? Mueller has achieved the unusual distinction of being both intensely reviled and deeply beloved after appearing on no TV programs and no radio call-in shows; in no newspaper interviews; and in no Snapchat stories, Facebook Live streams or Twitter threads. NPR
VOA VIEW: Mueller is a fraud.

After U.S. Embassy Move, What Actually Changes For Israelis And Palestinians?
It has been a week of dramatic developments in striking juxtaposition for Israel and Gaza. On Monday, several hundred people gathered in Jerusalem for the opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy. Simultaneously, about 60 miles away, Gaza suffered its deadliest day in years as Israeli soldiers opened fire on Palestinian protesters. But have these developments really changed anything in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Demands have stayed the same, impasses between the different sides have been highlighted and the United States' role in future peace talks appears to be shifting. NPR

Meghan Markle's Nephew Now Causing More Embarrasment For Her
Dooley and a group family and friends were being frisked by bouncers at the club Bacchus in southwest London when he admitted to having the 4-inch blade, the paper said. “I have a knife on me,” the US cannabis farmer allegedly said. He then fumbled for an explanation about why he had it. “He was going on about was how he’d brought it from America because Donald Trump had said London wasn’t safe,” according to a witness. NY Post

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