Ivanka ‘Booed’ in Germany After Praising Dad

Ivanka Trump was booed and hissed on stage Tuesday in Germany, according to reporters who were at the W20—a Group of 20 conference focused on international women’s issues. Ivanka Trump called her father, the 45th president of the United States, a “tremendous champion" of families, reportedly leading to the hostile audience reaction. President Trump tweeted around the same time noting that he is “proud" of his daughter for speaking at the conference and “for her leadership on these important issues."

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Reports: Ivanka Booed in Germany
Ivanka Trump was booed and hissed on stage Tuesday in Germany, according to reporters who were at the W20—a Group of 20 conference focused on international women’s issues. Ivanka Trump called her father, the 45th president of the United States, a “tremendous champion" of families, reportedly leading to the hostile audience reaction. President Trump tweeted around the same time noting that he is “proud" of his daughter for speaking at the conference and “for her leadership on these important issues."
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Serena Slams ‘Racist’ Coach Ilie Nastase
Serena Williams responded Monday evening to racist and sexist comments from Romanian team captain and former tennis star Ilie Nastase, 70, that were overheard Friday at a press conference. Nastase said about Williams’s unborn child: “Let’s see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?" Williams’s fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is white. Nastase also called two members of the British women’s team “fucking bitches" during a heated match over the weekend. Williams wrote on Instagram: “It disappoints me to know we live in a society in which people like Ilie Nastase can make such racist comments towards myself and unborn child, and sexist comments against my peers." She added, “I have said it once and I’ll say it again, this world has come so far but yet we have so much further to go. Yes, we have broken down so many barriers–however there are a plethora more to go."
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Serena Williams Is Preggers
BY Hayley Jones
Video: Cops Changed Story on Tamir Rice
Right after two Cleveland police officers fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice, they sat down for video interviews, which have just now—two and a half years later—been released to the public. The stories of the shooting told by Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback on the never-before-seen video vary in some ways from their written statements that were presented to a grand jury, which declined to indict the officers. Tamir Rice was killed on Nov. 22, 2014, outside the Cudell Recreation Center. Garmback and Loehmann willingly agreed to be interviewed on camera by internal-affairs officers and homicide detectives. In doing so, they invoked what are called Garrity rights, meaning they are protected from incriminating themselves in the statements to their employer, cleveland.com reports. Loehmann says in the video that he opened his car door when the cruiser was still about 30 yards away from Rice and that he presented his weapon and yelled “Put your hands in the air! Let me see your weapon! Freeze!" But in his written statement to the grand jury, he said he didn’t begin acting until the car had rolled to a stop. “The threat just became incredible," Loehmann said in the video. “I had to make the decision fast because Frank and I were in immediate danger. If the subject did pull out the gun and point it towards us, I would have been shot and possibly my partner… We were basically sitting ducks."
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Trump Willing to Delay Border-Wall Push
President Donald Trump signaled Monday that he would be fine with delaying a showdown over his planned wall at the U.S.-Mexico border until September, possibly averting a potential government shutdown this week as his presidency reaches the 100-day mark. Politico reported Trump made the remarks while speaking to a group of conservative media outlets during a reception at the White House. Trump, however, did not give up on the plan to get Congress to fund the wall’s construction. Democrats previously said they would not vote for spending legislation to keep the government open if it includes funds for the border wall. Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump declared that Mexico would pay for any such structure’s construction.
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5. ZEN
Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies at 88
Robert M. Pirsig, whose mid-1970s critically acclaimed novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance achieved explosive popularity for nearly a decade, died Monday at the age of 88. His publisher announced his death and explained that Pirsig had long been suffering from declining health. He had lived in Maine for the past three decades. His famous novel touched on the relationship between humans and machines, as well as the roots of culture, and sold millions of copies, staying near the top of many best-seller lists for nearly 10 years. “There is such a thing as a zeitgeist, and I believe the book was popular because there were a lot of people who wanted a reconciliation—even if they didn’t know what they were looking for," said sociologist Todd Gitlin, in a 2013 interview for Pirsig’s New York Times obituary. “Pirsig provided a kind of soft landing from the euphoric stratosphere of the late ’60s into the real world of adult life."
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When Hemingway Drove an Ambulance
BY James McGrath Morris
40+ Teens Swarm Train in Robbery
California officials on Monday were investigating a bizarre weekend robbery at an Oakland train station, in which a mob of between 40 and 60 teens targeted train passengers in a coordinated attack around 9:30 p.m. Seven people were robbed at the Oakland Coliseum BART station, and some of them were punched or otherwise injured, police say. The youths jumped the fare gates Saturday night and many of them boarded the train, demanding purses, phones, and duffel bags. None of the victims or witnesses reported seeing guns or weapons during the attack, which lasted about five minutes before the group bolted, authorities said. All of the suspects are minors, but officials have not released detailed descriptions or an age range.
READ IT AT East Bay Times  
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12 Dead in Venezuela Protests
Two people were killed in anti-government protests in Venezuela on Monday, bringing this month’s death toll to 12. The victims were identified as a 42-year-old man who died from a gunshot wound to the neck at a rally in support of President Nicolas Maduro, and a 54-year-old man shot in the chest during a protest in Barinas. Seven other people were reportedly injured in separate incidents. The latest deaths come as protests enter into their fourth week, with demonstrators promising mass sit-ins in a bid to get the government to hold early elections. The unrest escalated last month after the Supreme Court stripped the opposition-controlled congress of its powers, a move that was later reversed after thousands of protesters took to the streets. Opposition protesters accuse Maduro of leading a dictatorship and are demanding early elections and the release of jailed activists. More than 1,400 people have been arrested in connection with the recent riots, which are thought to be the worst since 2014, when 43 people were killed in protests against Maduro.
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Venezuela Protests Intensify
BY The Daily Beast
Arkansas Executes 2 Prisoners in 1 Night
Arkansas authorities carried out the country’s first back-to-back executions since 2000 on Monday night, executing Marcel Williams after a judge issued but then quickly lifted a temporary stay. Williams, sentenced to death for the 1994 rape and killing of Stacy Errickson, was pronounced dead at 10:33 p.m. Another inmate, Jack Jones, had been executed hours earlier, and despite appeals from Williams’s attorneys arguing that the second execution of the night should be postponed after Jones endured a “torturous death," U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker allowed it to go ahead. Baker had initially issued a stay for Williams around 8 p.m. but she lifted it about an hour later. Williams’s attorneys had argued that Jones, convicted for the 1995 rape and murder of Mary Phillips, suffered needlessly from the lethal-injection drugs used, saying he’d been “gulping for air" after one of the drugs was administered. The attorneys also said it took prison staff 45 minutes to put an IV into his arm, the Associated Press reported. Williams had appealed on the grounds that his obesity could complicate the procedure and that his previous lawyers had left out key information during his trial. Arkansas, which until ethis month had not executed an inmate since 2005, has been embroiled in controversy over its plans to execute eight inmates by the end of April, when its lethal-injection drug expires. Two pharmaceutical companies fought to stop authorities from using their drugs for the lethal injections, arguing that the Arkansas Department of Correction may not have followed proper protocols for distributing the drugs.
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N. Korea Stages Huge Live-Fire Drill
North Korea held what appears to have been the largest live-fire drill in its history on Tuesday to mark the founding of its military, even as a nuclear-powered U.S. submarine arrived in South Korea in a show of force with Seoul. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said North Korean authorities pulled out numerous long-range artillery units for the drill near the eastern port city of Wonsan on Tuesday, the 85th anniversary of the military’s founding. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is thought to have attended the large-scale drill, Yonhap reported, citing a government source. The drill comes after North Korean state media defiantly said it was prepared to bring the “history of U.S. scheming and nuclear blackmail" to a close. It also coincided with the arrival of the nuclear-powered USS Michigan in South Korea on Tuesday, both a show of solidarity with Seoul and a warning to Pyongyang. North Korea’s threats of missile strikes and vows to conduct further nuclear tests have prompted alarm in the White House. In an unusual move, President Trump’s administration has summoned the entire U.S. Senate and top defense officials to a briefing on the matter at the White House on Wednesday. The briefing, confirmed by White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday, will be led by Trump’s top defense officials: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The briefing, originally scheduled to be held in a secure room at the Capitol, was shifted to the White House at Trump’s request, with congressional aides saying the move was intended to show Pyongyang U.S. resolve in imposing a stricter policy, Reuters reported.
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Team Trump’s New ‘Red Line’ on N. Korea?
BY Kimberly Dozier and Benny Avni
Writers Guild Authorizes Strike
Members of the Writers Guild of America have voted in favor of authorizing a strike merely a week before the union’s contract is set to expire on May 1. Late Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported 96.3 percent of the 6,310 Guild writers who cast ballots voted in favor of the strike authorization. Negotiations between the Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers could still lead to an agreement that avoids the strike. The negotiations are set to resume Tuesday. The alliance said in a statement that its members are “committed to reaching a deal at the bargaining table that keeps the industry working." 
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