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New Jersey man charged with threatening to bomb Trump Tower – Reuters

From Reuters – 
A 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot everybody” at a pro-Israel march and bomb the Trump Tower skyscraper in New York City was arrested on Wednesday on a string of federal charges, prosecutors said.
Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was taken into custody on charges of attempting to provide material support to Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip and which the United States designates as a terrorist organization, making false statements and transmitting threats over interstate commerce, according to federal prosecutors. | go to source

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US Sends Aircraft Carrier to Deter Alleged Planned Iran Attack

ABC News – The United States is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East on short notice in response to “clear indications” Iran and Iranian proxies were planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region, a U.S. official said.

Late Sunday night, the White House made a surprise announcement that the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force were being deployed in response to unspecified “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.” | go to source

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US Gas Prices on the Rise

ABC News – The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.97.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that gas prices have spiked 66 cents since early January. | go to source

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01 PGN Posts

Moose Poop Packing Main Tells Alaska TSA His Package is for Politicians

Miami Herald – According to the TSA, the man’s carry-on was flagged at Juneau International Airport on April 15 because equipment caught “a large organic mass” in the luggage, which could have been a sign of explosive material, the KTOO reports.

That’s when officers looked inside and discovered the bag of feces — and when the man told them “that he collects this and likes to present it, ‘For politicians and their bleep policies,’” Farbstein said, according to KTOO. | go to source

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Mom Clocks Son For Failing to be Good Getaway Driver

Fox News – An Arizona mother was arrested for allegedly assaulting her son for not keeping a “good enough” lookout as his grandmother shoplifted.  Rebecca Gonzales, 27, was taken into custody after police officers in Phoenix claimed to have witnessed her beating her 7-year-old son, according to court documents published by AZFamily.com. | go to source

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The Trumpeachment Dem Dilemma

Democrats are still grasping for an effective response to Robert Mueller’s report after leaving an opening for President Donald Trump to mount a furious and fact-twisting weekend victory lap.  –  CNN | go to source

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Florida man pretended to be a cop, police say. He was arrested after trying to pull over a real detective

One night, a man was driving down the road, minding his own business.  He was in Florida, so he knew, yeah, I better be on the watch out for Florida Man.  
He drove, calmly, certainly, until suddenly there were sirens.  He knew what sirens were because, well, he was a cop.  He was a detective, so he didn’t drive around in a marked vehicle.
The sirens kept going, so our Detective pulls over and is greeted by Officer Matthew Joseph Erris, aka Florida Man.  Officer Erris supplied his ID to our detective, who recognized a Florida man moment when he saw it, and promptly arrested the faux officer on the spot.

At least Florida man, Officer Erris, wasn’t packing real heat.  All the detective found in his car was an airsoft pistol.  This, somehow, seems fitting. | go to source

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Redstate Dems Fear Trumpeachment Will End Them

Vulnerable House Democrats, mindful of President Donald Trump’s continued strength among Republican voters, are using caution in how they respond to the special counsel’s report, which detailed Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation into Russian efforts to help him win the White House.  More than 30 Democratic representatives, many of whom are in their first term, represent districts that supported Trump in 2016. The party’s chances of keeping control of the U.S. House of Representatives likely hinge its ability to defend those seats.  –  Reuters | go to source

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Dems Weigh Trumpeachment At the Highest Levels of the Party

Top congressional Democrats left the door open on Sunday to the impeachment of U.S. President Donald Trump, but said they would first need to complete their own investigations into whether he obstructed justice in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.  Some party leaders have cautioned against impeachment just 18 months before the 2020 presidential election, although prominent liberals have demanded the start of proceedings to remove Trump from office since the release on Thursday of a redacted version of Mueller’s report.  –  Reuters | go to source

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Did Mueller Report Prove Trump Tried to Axe Him?

Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. Trump was largely thwarted by those around him who refused to go along.  – Miami Herald | go to source

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Suspect in Louisiana Church Arson Faces Hate Crime Charges

Three additional charges were lodged against the son of a sheriff’s deputy accused of burning down three predominately black churches in southern Louisiana in the past few weeks.  A Louisiana judge added three federal hate crime charges against Holden Matthews, 21, and denied him bond on Monday, multiple media accounts reported, including CBS News. – Reuters | go to source

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Tiger’s Comeback is Billion-Dollar Plus Boom for Nike

After the bogey putt on 18 that sealed the Masters 2019 victory for Tiger Woods, Nike cashed in with a dramatic jump in stock price worth $2 billion in added value to the company. Tiger has been a Nike spokesperson for decades, and Nike never removed him as a spokesperson, even during the spate of scandals that rocked Woods a couple of years ago. | go to source

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Mueller Report to Drop Thursday

Robert Mueller’s End-of-Investigation report is expected to be released this Thursday morning, according to Attorney General William Barr.  The report is not expected to reveal collusion between the Trump team and Russia. | go to source

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South Struck with Deadly Tornadoes, Storms, with 4 Fatalities

Extreme weather has affected much of the south and southwest thia week, with four fatalities attributed to the storms.
Tornadoes slam South, killing at least 4 people as severe threat expands north – Fox News
At least 4 people were killed — including 2 children — after powerful storms roared through the South on Saturday, spawning multiple tornadoes in several states as the threat for severe weather expands north on Sunday. The Angelina County Sheriff’s Office in Texas said an 8-year-old and a 3-year-old died when strong winds toppled a tree onto the back of their family’s car in Lufkin, located about 115 miles northeast of Houston. | go to source

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Farmers Get $7.7 billion During Trade War….So Far

So far, US farmers have received more than $7 billion from the US Dept of Agriculture as part of a subsidy program designed to offset the effects of tariff war with China..
U.S. farmers receive $7.7 billion in trade aid to date: USDA  – Reuters
U.S. Department of Agriculture has paid out $7.7 billion so far to farmers, William Northey, Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation, said on Friday, in aid designed to offset the negative impact of tariff imposition. | go to source