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Poll: Americans Trust Robert Mueller - 

A new poll finds more Americans say they trust special counsel Robert Mueller [[ MULL-er ]] more than President Trump on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

58-percent of voters surveyed for the USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll say they have at least some or a lot of trust in Mueller's investigation. 57-percent say they have little or no trust in Trump's claims that there was no collusion between Russia and his campaign.

Nearly 70-percent say they believe Russia made a serious effort to interfere in the last presidential election. Three-fourths say they think Russia will try to interfere in this year's mid-term elections and 60-percent say they don't think Trump is doing enough to stop it.

Source: USA Today


WH Communications Director Testifies Before Intelligence Committee - 

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is scheduled to testify today before the House Intelligence Committee.

The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat, California Representative Adam Schiff, says he doesn't know if Hicks will answer all of the questions thrown at her. She was set to testify last month, but the meeting was delayed over over whether she could answer certain questions.

Hicks played a key role during the campaign and transition periods, including the controversial Trump Tower meeting last June. She also helped draft Donald Trump, Jr’s initial and misleading statement about his meeting with a Russian lawyer.

She has already met with Special Counsel 

Robert Mueller.Source: The Hill


*For nearly 20 years, Monica Lewinsky shared the responsibility for her affair with former President Bill Clinton and insisted it was consensual, but now says she's rethinking the issue of consent in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

In a new Vanity Fair article, the former White House intern says she now sees the affair as an "inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege." Lewinsky has always maintained that their relationship was consensual and that the only abuse she endured came in the aftermath of it becoming public, but the #MeToo movement has made her look at it differently. She says, "Now, at 44, I’m beginning to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern. I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot." 

Lewinsky says the fallout from her relationship with Clinton left her with post-traumatic stress disorder. 


*After taking heat from Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and President Trump, a lawyer from Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson released a statement Monday saying his client has been unfairly portrayed as a "coward" for his actions during the recent Florida high school shooting.

Peterson's lawyer, said in a statement that Peterson thought the shooting was happening outside of the school and he followed the protocol for such circumstances that include getting into a "tactical position" outside the building and calling for a Code Red lockdown. 

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*Johnnie Walker Gets A Female Counterpart - 

There's now a female version of Johnnie Walker Black Label.

The new version of the iconic booze brand is called Jane Walker and company head honchos say it's an attempt to target a female audience. There will also be a woman on the logo, which is the first change to the packaging in over a century. Officials say one-dollar for every Jane Walker Edition bottle will go toward supporting women's progress, up to 250-grand.

This run of 250,000 bottles nationwide is the first round and will be a limited edition. 

Source: Bloomberg


Washington Governor To Trump: Less Tweeting, More Listening - 

President Trump hosted a listening session with 40 governors and he did just that.

Washington governor Jay Inslee told the president that he had spoken to teachers and law enforcement and many were uncomfortable with a mandate to arm educators. To Trump he said "I just suggest we need a little less tweeting here and a little more listening and let's just take (arming teachers) off the table and move forward.”

Inslee noted that many of the educators don’t want the burden of “packing heat” and law enforcement doesn’t want to train them. It would be a six month process. Trump soaked in the comments and then moved on to take a question from Texas governor Greg Abbott.

Inslee’s words may have hit home. It’s been about 55 hours since Trump tweeted (excluding retweets). Is that a record for him?  Why yes it is.

Source: CNN


Apple Is Opening Wellness Clinics For Employees And Their Families

One tech giant wants to keep their employees healthy.

Apple is opening a number of health clinics for its employees and their families. Called AC Wellness, the clinics reportedly will provide doctors, exercise coaches and lab testing. The first clinics will open this spring near the company's California headquarters. The idea is to promote healthier behaviors.

The company insists that it's better and cheaper to keep employees healthy rather than losing productivity through illness. It’s on the heels of Amazon teaming up with JPMorgan and Berkshire Hathaway to announce a plan to revamp health care for their employees.

Source: CNBC


Scientists Want To Find Most Of The Viruses We Haven’t Encountered Yet 

The flu and cold are nothing like some of the viruses that are lurking undiscovered.

That’s why scientists are launching an ambitious effort to track down viral threats before they can cause potential pandemics. The Global Virome Project believes there could be as many as 263-thousand unknown wildlife viruses capable of infecting people and the project wants to identify at least 71-percent of them. Not only that, but we only know about 260 of the 1.7 million pathogens out there.

The project is estimated to cost about one-point-two-billion-dollars over the next ten-years and could allow pharmaceutical companies to be pro-active about vaccinations.

Previously, drug makers have expressed frustration with the current system when they need to quickly develop vaccines. Field work is expected to start this summer in China and Thailand. Scientists from Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America will be carrying out related research projects and sharing their results between themselves.

Source: Daily Mail


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*The Twins beat the Cards in an exhibition game

*The Blues take on Minnesota tonight, it's an away game

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