Report: Trump Aides Slip Him Fake News

For President Trump, who rarely browses internet news sites on his own, staffers who choose which printed-out articles land on his desk hold a very real power. According to a new Politico report, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was forced to recently issue a stern warning against slipping news to Trump that hasn’t been approved, because aides had taken to using a new story to change his opinion one way or another. Staffers reportedly understand that such moves can affect his opinion on appointments, staffing, and even policy. In at least one case, a hoax believed slipped to Trump by Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland sent him on a rampage about media hypocrisy. In late February, someone gave Trump an article from Chuck Johnson’s GotNews, which accused Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh—without evidence—of being “the source behind a bunch of leaks” in the West Wing. Johnson, who has said he tracks the IP addresses of visitors to his website, told Politico: “I can tell you unequivocally that the story was shared all around the White House.” Walsh has since left the White House. “They have this system in place to get things on his desk now,” one White House official said. “I’m not sure anyone follows it.”

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1. SECRET INGREDIENT
Report: Trump Aides Slip Him Fake News
For President Trump, who rarely browses internet news sites on his own, staffers who choose which printed-out articles land on his desk hold a very real power. According to a new Politico report, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was forced to recently issue a stern warning against slipping news to Trump that hasn’t been approved, because aides had taken to using a new story to change his opinion one way or another. Staffers reportedly understand that such moves can affect his opinion on appointments, staffing, and even policy. In at least one case, a hoax believed slipped to Trump by Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland sent him on a rampage about media hypocrisy. In late February, someone gave Trump an article from Chuck Johnson’s GotNews, which accused Deputy Chief of Staff Katie Walsh—without evidence—of being “the source behind a bunch of leaks” in the West Wing. Johnson, who has said he tracks the IP addresses of visitors to his website, told Politico: “I can tell you unequivocally that the story was shared all around the White House.” Walsh has since left the White House. “They have this system in place to get things on his desk now,” one White House official said. “I’m not sure anyone follows it.”
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2. SLIPPERY SLOPE
Duterte Survives Impeachment Complaint
A panel of Philippine lawmakers on Monday dismissed an impeachment complaint against the country’s controversial president, Rodrigo Duterte. The congressional committee unanimously agreed that the complaint lacked substance, in what was the expected outcome of the meeting. Gary Alejano, a member of a minority bloc, filed the complaint. He accused Duterte of betraying public trust by supporting summary executions of Filipinos in a “war on drugs,” as well as concealing assets and other charges. “I assure you if we allow the president that kind of power in violation of the constitution… If we allow it further, it will be a dictatorship,” Alejano told reporters. He was furious at the panel’s decision, arguing that there was extensive evidence from witnesses and survivors of extrajudicial killings in Duterte’s campaign. The committee, he said, was guided by the president’s popularity and that the panel will be responsible for Duterte’s dictatorship taking shape. “We are sending the message to the president, ‘Yes, you continue. We will allow you,'” he added.
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3. DISMAYED
Poll: Women Less Optimistic in Trump Era
A new Pew Research poll shows American women’s attitudes regarding the prospects for the nation’s future have taken a dramatic downturn in the wake of the presidential election. According to the April survey’s results, men are much more likely now than women so say they have “quite a lot” of confidence in America’s future. Fifty-three percent of men said it, but only 29 percent of women say they feel such confidence. By contrast, in October 2015, about 43 percent of women and 47 percent of men said they had quite a lot of confidence in the future of the United States. Women also expressed less satisfaction about the state of the nation: Only 23 percent of women told pollsters they are satisfied with how things are going in the United States, compared to 36 percent of men. During Barack Obama’s presidency, national satisfaction had a much more modest gender difference, according to Pew’s measures.
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4. SYRIA
Civilians Killed in Strike on ISIS
Multiple activist groups have reported civilian deaths in an attack on ISIS, likely carried out by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria. The airstrike hit the village of Akayrshi on Sunday night, about 10 miles outside the terror group’s Raqqa de facto capital. Death tolls vary among activist groups, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed as many as 12 women were killed. Another group said the strike hit a convoy of farm workers, killing a total of 22 people. The U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces have recently captured several nearby towns and are advancing toward Raqqa.
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5. UNHINGED
N. Korea: Launch Was for Nuclear Warhead
North Korea says a missile it tested over the weekend was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The medium-long-range strategic missile, which reportedly landed about 60 miles from the coast of eastern Russia, was “capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead,” according to Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency. Japanese officials said the missile flew at an unusually high altitude of about 1,240 miles, indicating it was a different kind of missile than those previously used. The United Nations Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday about the latest test launch, at the request of the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. The White House issued a statement late Sunday saying the test launch should “serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.”
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6. MALICIOUS
Cyberattack Still Felt Across the Globe
As the second wave of a global “ransomware” cyberattack spread to at least 150 countries over the weekend and into Monday, the National Health Service in Britain—the first high-profile target last week—was still struggling to recover. The initial attack’s malware, dubbed “WannaCry,” hit Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain, India, and Japan, paralyzing computers in factories, banks, government agencies, transport systems, and hospitals. FedEx Corp. in the U.S. and Russia’s interior ministry were two of the larger targets. A French plant for carmaker Renault said it wasn’t reopening Monday to prevent further damage while technicians handle the aftermath of its attack. In Japan, Hitachi and Nissan were both reporting problems. In China, at least 29,372 institutions have been infected.
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Hackers Cripple Hospitals With Stolen NSA Malware
BY Nico Hines and Kevin Poulsen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. CAPITAL GAINS
Miss District of Columbia Wins Miss USA
Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Miss USA on Sunday night. This year marked the second time in a row that Miss District of Columbia has taken home the title. She was crowned in Las Vegas and will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest. “I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity,” McCullough said Sunday. “I just want to encourage so many women nationwide to find their passion in any subject possible and understand that nothing is difficult if you really, truly put the work in for it.” During the interview portion of the competition, McCullough declined to call herself a “feminist,” noting she prefers the concept of “equalism.” She expanded on the topic to reporters afterward: “I believe we’ve come a long way and there is more work to be done.” She added, “I think domestically we are making progress and I do believe that we will become equal one day.”
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Miss America Torches Trump
BY Amy Zimmerman
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. HORROR
Man Dies After Burning Alive on Facebook Live
A local Memphis musician died at a hospital after setting himself on fire in an attempted suicide on Facebook Live on Saturday. The man has been identified by reports as 33-year-old Jared McLemore. In the video, the man pours kerosene on himself before bursting into flames and running off. People in a local spot called Murphy’s said the man then ran in around 12:30 in the morning while still in flames.
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9. NOT AGAIN
Second Case of Ebola Confirmed in Congo
A second case of Ebola has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as health officials rush to trace 125 people tied to a new outbreak of the deadly virus. At least three people have died so far in suspected and confirmed cases of the hemorrhagic fever. The outbreak, which occurred in the northeastern province of Bas-Uele near the border with the Central African Republic, comes a year after the world’s worst Ebola epidemic ended in West Africa, claiming more than 11,300 lives. Eugene Kabambi, a spokesman for the World Health Organization in the DRC, said Sunday that the latest two confirmed cases bring the total number of suspected and confirmed cases to 19. Health officials have not determined how the outbreak started, but the virus usually spreads through contact with infected bush meat. An outbreak of the virus prompted worldwide panic in 2014 after cases were recorded in the U.K., Spain, and the U.S., triggering fears of the disease spreading to the West. That outbreak was declared over in January 2016.
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10. UNDEFEATED
‘Guardians’ Reigns Supreme in Theaters
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 claimed No. 1 at U.S. box offices for the second weekend in a row, easily defeating Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in its opening weekend. Marvel’s quirky superhero film pulled in $63 million domestically in its second weekend, bringing its grand total to $246.2 million. The highly anticipated King Arthur fell short of analysts’ expectations, earning $14.7 million in its debut weekend. Snatched, an R-rated comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, managed to beat King Arthur to claim second place, with $17.5 million in North American theaters.
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