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#1 Trump’s Syria action sparks mixed reaction from lawmakers

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle reacted Friday night after President Donald Trump announced that U.S. military strikes would be carried out in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

The news came after a suspected chemical attack by pro-regime forces last weekend in the rebel-held town of Douma. At least 40 people died in the attack and more than 500 people, mostly women and children, were hospitalized.

On Friday, Trump said Assad’s actions were not those “of a man” but rather “the crimes of a monster instead.”

Immediately following Trump’s address to the nation, loud explosions and thick smoke were reported in Damascus.

Here's what members of Congress and other officials had to say about the announcement:

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#2 Cohen Denies Report That Mueller Has Evidence Of Secret Prague Trip

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer is doubling down after a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller can prove a big part of the Steele dossier.

McClatchy DC reported Friday that Mueller has evidence that Michael Cohen, a longtime personal attorney for Trump, traveled to Prague months before the 2016 election.

The outlet cited two unnamed sources familiar with the matter. If the report is indeed true, it would mark a significant development in Mueller’s investigation.

“Bad reporting, bad information and bad story,” Cohen wrote Saturday in a tweet denying the McClatchy article.

Proof of the alleged trip would lend support to the Steele dossier ― the report by former British intelligence official Christopher Steele containing allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government to win the election. (The dossier is also how we know about the alleged “golden shower thing.”) It was funded by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

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#3 Comey-Trump feud takes a vicious turn

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Former FBI Director James Comey's public feud with President Trump is growing strikingly personal.

In a tell-all book set for release on Tuesday, Comey writes that Trump wanted him to disprove allegations he had a salacious encounter with prostitutes in Moscow, in an effort to reassure his wife, Melania Trump.

Comey also writes dismissively of Trump's appearance, recalling white bags under his eyes, contrasting with orange skin, that he surmised came from wearing goggles during tanning sessions.

The vindictive tone of Comey's observations stunned Washington, raising concerns even among those who know and respect the former FBI director.

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#4 ‘Mission Accomplished!’ But What Is the Mission in Syria?

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WASHINGTON — On the morning after, President Trump declared success. The surgical strike against chemical weapons facilities in Syria had been executed perfectly, he said on Saturday. “Mission Accomplished!” he wrote on Twitter.

That’s a phrase presidents and politicians have studiously avoided since President George W. Bush’s ill-fated aircraft carrier visit prematurely declaring success in the Iraq war. But aside from the curious choice of words, it raised the essential question regarding Syria going beyond the one-time strike: What exactly is the mission?

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For most of Mr. Trump’s presidency, it has been to defeat the Islamic State and then get out. But what Mr. Trump outlined in his televised speech to the nation on Friday night was something more complicated. He promised a sustained campaign to stop Syria’s government from again using chemical weapons on its own people, while also emphasizing the limits of America’s ability or willingness to do more to stop the broader bloodletting that has devastated that country for seven years.

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#5 Satellite images show craters at alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities

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The Syrians say some targeted sites didn't receive any damage. Satellite images given to CNN appear to show the contrary -- extensive damage.

The US Department of Defense early Saturday released a map that it says shows their three Syrian airstrike targets. CNN provided that map to two satellite imagery companies, Digital Globe and

Satellite images from those companies appear to show extensive airstrike damage to facilities allegedly involved with Syria's chemical weapons program.

France, the United States and United Kingdom launched joint military action on Friday evening, firing 105 missiles at the three sites in Syria. Shortly after the airstrikes began, President Donald Trump said all three sites were "associated" with the Syria's chemical weapon program.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White told reporters on Saturday the strikes "successfully hit every target." Russia, Syria's military backer, disagreed with that report, saying that Syrian air defense systems intercepted 71 out of 103 cruise missiles.

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James Comey said his decision to announce that the FBI was going to look back into the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election was influenced by his belief that she would beat Donald Trump and his desire to make sure that the election results were viewed as legitimate.

“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I’m sure that it was a factor,” Comey told ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview ahead of the April 17 release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”

"I don’t remember spelling it out, but it had to have been, that she’s going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” he added.

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#7 Partisan Divide Defines Congressional Reaction to Syria Strikes

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WASHINGTON—Congressional lawmakers reacted swiftly to President Donald Trump’s decision to launch missiles against Syria in responses that reflected the partisan divide over foreign policy, military intervention and Mr. Trump’s role as commander-in-chief.

Many Democrats complained that the president lacked a larger strategy for how to end the civil war in Syria and charged that the White House had used military force without adequately consulting Congress.

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#8 Pentagon Says Syria Strikes Hit ‘Heart’ of Chemical Weapons ProgramObjective reporting. No matter what the subject. Politics. Business. Science. Driven by facts.

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#9 Comey reportedly wishes he’d found ‘better way’ to describe Clinton’s email use

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Biggest revelations from former FBI Director James Comey's new book "A Higher Loyalty." What's being reported and what President Trump is tweeting about it.

Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly says in his upcoming book that, given another chance, he would try to avoid calling Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information as secretary of state “extremely careless.”

According to Axios, Comey writes in "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" that there are things he wishes he had done differently in announcing that the FBI was not recommending charges in its probe of Clinton’s use of a private email server.

At the July 5, 2016, press conference, with a presidential election just months away, Comey gave a lengthy statement criticizing Clinton but ultimately explaining the FBI’s reasoning for not recommending charges.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” he said at the time. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––

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#10 Pages associated with white nationalist removed from Facebook

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Two pages associated with white nationalist Richard Spencer have disappeared from Facebook. The social media network told BuzzFeed News on Friday that pages had been suspended. 

The two pages belonged to Spencer's National Policy Institute and, both of which are listed in Spencer's Twitter bio. He did not respond to an email request for comment.

The pages' disappearance was first reported by Vice News.

In Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress earlier this week, he said the social media network has no place for hate groups.

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#11 Gun rights advocates rally at state capitols across US

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DOVER, Del. — Gun rights supporters — many carrying rifles and ammunition — gathered at state capitols across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun-control laws that they fear threaten their constitutional right to bear arms.

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From Delaware to Wyoming, hundreds gathered at peaceful protests to listen to speakers who warned that any restrictions on gun ownership or use eventually could lead to a ban on gun ownership, which is guaranteed under the Second Amendment.

"If you have a building and you take a brick out every so often, after a while you're not going to have a building," said Westley Williams, who carried an AR-15 rifle as he joined about 100 people braving blustery weather in Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a pro-gun-rights rally in front of the state supreme court building.

Dave Gulya, one of the organizers of a rally in Augusta, Maine, said about 800 people showed up at the statehouse — a gun-free zone — to make the point that "we are law-abiding."

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#12 Ohio teen crushed to death by minivan seat was ‘funny, smart and positive,’ family says

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Kyle Plush, 16, of Cincinnati, Ohio, called 911 at least twice Tuesday afternoon while he was strapped in the 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan outside Seven Hills School in Madisonville. The teenager was found unresponsive in the minivan hours later by a family member.

Plush’s parents, Ron and Jill, released a statement regarding their son Friday night. The parents called him “unforgettable” and asked for privacy as they said their goodbyes to the teen.

“We would like to share a few words about our remarkable son. Kyle embraced life with a passion far beyond his years,” the family said. “We thank God for sharing him with us for over 16 years but we so desperately wish he was here today.”

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#13 Metal Detectors the Norm at Schools and Ballparks. State Capitols? Not So Much

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SALT LAKE CITY — You can’t cheer on the Utah Jazz in their home arena without going through a metal detector. But visiting the Utah Capitol for a field trip, a protest, a meeting with the governor or a wedding photo shoot? Step right in, no scan required.

There aren’t any metal detectors at the towering Capitol in Nebraska, either. Or in Vermont, or Michigan, or more than a dozen other states.

The entrance to the West Virginia Capitol, on the other hand, can resemble an airport checkpoint. And if you find yourself in the security line behind a group of Girl Scouts lobbying at the Georgia Capitol, you might be waiting for a while.

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#14 New push in UN to end Syria’s chemical weapons following strikes

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The United States, the United Kingdom and France are pushing for an "irreversible" end to Syria's chemical weapons program, amid furious recriminations from Russia over the effectiveness and legality of a wave of US-led missile strikes on Syrian targets.

UN diplomats shared with CNN a new resolution, led by France and backed by the US and the UK, calling for an independent investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack inside Syria that precipitated the cruise missile strikes unleashed by the Western allies Friday.

France's ambassador to the United Nations, Francois Delattre, said Syria's chemical weapons program must be dismantled in a "verifiable and irreversible way."

The renewed push for a UN-backed diplomatic solution follows a volatile emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, called by Moscow Saturday, with Russia's UN ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, condemning the joint US-British-French strikes as a violation of international law.

Nebenzia said Friday's missile strikes, targeted at facilities associated with the Syrian regime's chemical weapons program, had been a "blow to the political settlement" in the divided Middle Eastern nation.

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Life along North Korea's northern borders with China and Russia stands in stark contrast with the southern frontier it shares with South Korea.

While the southern border is marked by the heavily fortified demilitarized zone, long stretches of the border with China only have some surveillance equipment or barbed-wire fences in various stages of disrepair.

Reuters correspondents Damir Sagolj and Sue-Lin Wong traveled along North Korea's northern border in November and March this year. They peered across the frozen rivers that separate the countries, catching glimpses of life in the hermit kingdom.

But they also encountered strict Chinese security and areas where China's military seemed to be up to something - activity that observers said was in preparation for turmoil in North Korea.

"Border regions anywhere in the world are sensitive, but it's particularly sensitive up here because the river is narrower and historically there has been a lot of interaction between the two sides," said Li Zhonglin, a China-North Korea specialist at Yanbian University.

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#16 US pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying in Turkey

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ISTANBUL — An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara.

Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage." The trial begins Monday in western Izmir province.

He was arrested in December 2016 for alleged links to both an outlawed Kurdish insurgent group and the network of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who Turkey blames for a masterminding a failed military coup that year. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the claim.

Brunson has denied all allegations and maintains that he solely worked as a pastor

American officials have repeatedly requested that Brunson be released. In a meeting last year with his Turkish counterpart, President Donald Trump asked that the government "expeditiously" return the pastor to the U.S. But the appeals have not made much headway.

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#17 Warship Ruse, New Stealth Missiles: How They Attacked Syria

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On April 14, 2018, the joint forces of U.S., U.K. and France launched over 100 projectiles from planes and ships on weapons facilities at three sites in Syria, in retaliation to the April 7 chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma that reportedly claimed more than 40 lives and left 500 people injured. There have been no reports of casualties caused by the strikes so far.

According to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, the strikes were "justified, legitimate and proportionate." She also said, "I spoke to the president (Donald Trump) this morning and he said, 'if the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded.'"

Here are the latest updates on the strike.

Nikki Haley (R) and Karen Pierce (L), U.K. Ambassador to the U.N., vote against a Russian resolution condemning 'aggression' against Syria by the U.S. and its allies during an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York City on April 14.

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#18 US, LatAm countries warn Venezuela over presidential election

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The United States and more than a dozen Latin American countries on Saturday warned Venezuela its presidential election next month would be seen as illegitimate by the region unless it restored democratic standards.

The May 20 poll would be "void of legitimacy and credibility" if it went ahead under current conditions, the nations said in a joint declaration released at a Summit of the Americas in Peru.

Venezuela's opposition says President Nicolas Maduro has prepared a rigged snap election to deliver him a new mandate and tighten his hold over his economically devastated country.

US Vice President Mike Pence, representing America at the summit, said the election was a "sham."

"The United States is prepared to continue to bring all pressure to bear, working with our allies," to restore democracy in Venezuela, he told reporters.

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#19 In Peru, Pence defends Syrian strike to Latin America allies

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LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of miles from home, Vice President Mike Pence was thrust into a new, more immediate, role on the world stage Saturday: explaining President Donald Trump's military strike in Syria to a summit of Latin America leaders.

Hours after Trump hailed the missile strike targeting the Syria's suspected chemical weapons — tweeting, "Mission Accomplished!" — Pence defended the president while building support among U.S. allies for the joint strikes with Britain and France.

"The objective of the mission the commander in chief gave our military forces and our allies was completely accomplished — with swift professionalism," Pence told reporters, noting there were "no reported civilian casualties."

Later, speaking in a cavernous hall of world leaders at the Summit of the Americas, Pence expressed gratitude to Canada, Colombia and other nations that had voiced support for the strike and urged "every nation in this hemisphere of freedom" to support the military action.

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#20 Israel destroys ‘longest’ Gaza tunnel

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The tunnel had been under observation for some time, Israel said

The Israeli military has disabled a major tunnel dug by militants which reached into Israel from the Gaza Strip, officials say.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was the longest and deepest tunnel of its kind Israel had discovered.

A military spokesman said it had been dug since the 2014 Gaza war, when Israel destroyed more than 30 tunnels which it said were meant for attacks.

Israel is using sophisticated measures to thwart tunnels dug by militants.

Military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the tunnel had been dug by Hamas and began in the area of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip. He said it penetrated several metres into Israel in the direction of Nahal Oz, but did not yet have an exit.

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