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1. Patriots call out ‘New York Times’ for White House photo tweet: ‘Lacks context’

Super Bowl champion New England Patriots blasted The New York Times for spreading fake news about the number of Patriots’ players who attended their White House ceremony. The Patriots went to the White House Wednesday to meet with President Donald Trump, as all world championship teams do. This time, however, the media focused a lot of attention on the players who refused to attend because of their dislike of President Trump. That media narrative boiled over onto Twitter, when The New York Times tweeted pictures of Wednesday’s ceremony and one from 2015, the last time the team won the Super Bowl and visited President Barack Obama. – READ MORE

2. North Korea Promises More Missile Tests, Threatens ‘All-Out War’ if U.S. Interferes

North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol told the BBC on Monday that his country “will be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly, and yearly basis,” despite diplomatic, economic, and military pressure from the outside world to abandon its quest for nuclear ICBMs. “If the U.S. is reckless enough to use military means it would mean from that very day, an all-out war,” Han added, reiterating his threat to launch a “nuclear pre-emptive strike” if North Korea believes America and its allies are preparing to attack. – READ MORE

3. Berkeley Cancels Ann Coulter Speech Because Of ‘Security Threats’

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s scheduled April 27th appearance at the University of California – Berkeley was cancelled by the school Wednesday due to apparent security concerns. However, Coulter is still planning to speak on campus, regardless of the school’s stance. – READ MORE

4. US Nuke Sniffer Plane Reportedly Makes Emergency Flight Past Korea

The U.S. military reportedly dispatched a nuclear sniffer plane to airspace off the east coast of Korea. “The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, a special-purpose U.S. plane, made an emergency sortie today over the East Sea (Sea of Japan),” a government source told Yonhap News Agency Thursday. – READ MORE

5. FBI Says No Need For Top Official McCabe To Recuse Himself From Trump-Russia Probe

A top FBI official whose wife received political donations from an ally of Hillary Clinton’s last year does not need to recuse himself from the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, the bureau said Wednesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee inquired last month about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s role on the Trump probe, which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government. – READ MORE

6. FBI Relied On Dossier To Obtain Surveillance Warrant On Trump Campaign Adviser

The FBI relied on information contained in an uncorroborated dossier compiled as part of a political opposition research campaign to obtain a federal surveillance warrant to monitor Carter Page, a former Donald Trump campaign adviser. According to CNN, which broke the news, FBI Director James Comey has also cited the dossier in recent meetings with members of Congress. – READ MORE

7. VIDEO: Rob Gronkowski Crashes White House Press Briefing

Rob Gronkowski surprised Sean Spicer when he crashed the White House press briefing Wednesday. The New England Patriots tight end, who is visiting with the rest of the NFL team for a congratulatory visit, interrupted Donald Trump’s press secretary right when he was in the middle of answering a question to ask if he needed any help. – READ MORE

8. Jeff Sessions: MS-13 Could Be Designated a Terrorist Organization (VIDEO)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued his campaign against the vicious MS-13 gang on Fox News’s Tucker Tuesday evening, telling host Tucker Carlson that the group may qualify as a terrorist organization. – READ MORE

9. MSNBC ‘Counter-Terrorism Analyst’ Calls for ISIS Bombing of Trump Property

In another extraordinary outburst, MSNBC “counter-terrorism analyst” Malcolm Nance called on the Islamic State to bomb a building owned by Donald Trump in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Responding to a photo of a Trump property in Istanbul, Nance tweeted: “This is my nominee for the first ISIS suicide bombing of a Trump property.” He later deleted the tweet but has yet to issue an apology or explanation. – READ MORE

10. VIDEO: Ryan Says Congress Is Close To Striking Deal On Health Care

House Speaker Paul Ryan asserted House Republicans are “very close” to coming together on a deal to repeal and replace Obamacare during a question-and-answer session following a Wednesday address to the U.K. think tank Policy Exchange in London. Ryan said GOP lawmakers prevailed in the 2016 election largely in part to their promise to reform the health care system, noting the Affordable Care Act is collapsing under its own weight. – READ MORE

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