Daily News Digest May 23, 2018

Venezuela says it's expelling top U.S. diplomats

WASHINGTON - Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro announced that he is expelling the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy for conspiring against Venezuela. He said they must leave for the "dignity and independence" of Venezuela.

Sanders responds to EPA barring reporters

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders responds to reports the EPA blocked reporters from several news outlets from a national summit where Scott Pruitt was speaking.

Michael Cohen's business associate agrees to cooperate in state or federal probes

Evgeny Freidman, plead guilty to a low level felony tax evasion charge and has agreed to cooperate in state and federal investigations, according to a person with direct knowledge of the proceedings. The plea could increase pressure on Cohen to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. Michael Avenatti, attorney for Stormy Daniels, joins The Beat exclusively to react to the latest.

Interior proposes allowing Alaskan hunters to bait bears, kill wolf pups

(Editor's note: I hope there is room in hell for Ryan Zinke)

The Interior Department moved this week to end an Obama administration ban on hunting bears in Alaska with bait, artificial light and dogs, along with other hunting practices in the state.

‘I Am Not Racist’: Lawyer Issues Apology One Week After Rant

The lawyer who shot to ignominy last week with a racist rant at a Manhattan lunch spot apologized Tuesday on social media, where a video of his threat to call immigration agents on Spanish-speaking workers had first gone viral.

American Suffers Mysterious Brain Injury in China Similar to 'Sonic Attack' in Cuba

The U.S. State Department issued a health warning this morning to U.S. citizens in China after an American government worker was diagnosed with a mild traumatic brain injury. The unnamed worker reported “subtle and vague, but abnormal, sensations of sound and pressure.”


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