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Trump Visits California, Where Protests and Immigration Controversy are Waiting

Art on the back of the US-built border wall in Tijuana. (Image: Jonathan McIntosh, Flickr)

President Trump heads to California today for the first time since he was elected in 2016, with plans to view prototypes of a border wall in San Diego, deliver a speech at a military base and slip into Beverly Hills for a fundraiser. Protesters and controversy will be waiting.

Groups who both oppose and support the “big, beautiful border wall” the president has long promised to build, have rallies planned in the area. Protests are likely in L.A. as well, though Trump’s agenda there has been a tightly-kept secret.

Adding fuel to the fire, a high-profile California U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official resigned yesterday over “false” and “misleading” statements he claims were made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan. And California Gov. Jerry Brown sent the president a letter yesterday that read, in part, “California thrives because we welcome immigrants and innovators from across the globe.”

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GOP: No Collusion Between Trump and Russia

The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee finished their year-long investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and said they found no evidence Vladimir Putin helped Trump win.

CNN reports, “The Republicans also said they found no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia and that they are shutting down their yearlong investigation.”

Their findings align with Trump’s opinion on the election, inflaming Democrats and creating more partisan tension on a committee that has already seen deep political division.

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Is North Korea Now A Social Butterfly? 

Has North Korea has gone from being the most introverted nation in the world to becoming an international social butterfly?

South Korean president, Moon Jae-in will meet with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in April and U.S. President Donald Trump wants a summit in May. According to the Associated Press, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is reaching for direct dialogue with Kim, calling upon North Korea to take steps towards denuclearization.

Assuming that the militant dictator has not suddenly began to seem more approachable, it appears that theses leaders all have sensed an imminent danger that brought them straight to his door in diplomatic urgency.

Today is NOT a Slow News Day, Vol. 1:  

There is a lot happening in the world, people. Here’s some of it:

Last But Not Least: Jay-Z and Beyoncé Announce ‘On the Run II’ Stadium Tour

Yesterday was the day any Beyoncé fan would be “On the Run” to their banks because, after a much anticipation and plenty of rumors, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s joint tour is officially happening.

The powerhouse couple announced Monday that their On the Run II tour will start June 6th in the United Kingdom and July 25th in North America. Get all the details in Erin Whitten’s report for CMN. 


That’s our Tuesday Morning Scoop and it was compiled by Natalia KolenkoAnjalie TandonErin WhittenArianna Lynne and the CMN Staff. We’re all about teamwork. 

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