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A year into Mueller probe we still know nothing, dying for photo-ops in Gaza and other comments.

Conservative: A Year Later, We Still Know Nothing Special counsel Robert Mueller began his Trump-Russia investigation (initiated in 2016 by the FBI) a year ago Thursday. Yet, notes Byron York at the Washington Examiner, “we still don’t know what’s going on.” By which he means whether there’s evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow or...
Time: 15:44     Date: 15.05.2018
Last US News - Opinion: A year into Mueller probe we still know nothing, dying for photo-ops in Gaza and other comments. NY Post 24 - US News

Special counsel Robert Mueller began his Trump-Russia investigation (initiated in 2016 by the FBI) a year ago Thursday. Yet, notes Byron York at the Washington Examiner, “we still don’t know what’s going on.” By which he means whether there’s evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow or even whether the president obstructed justice. Indeed, “Mueller is so secretive that his lawyers hesitate to reveal, even to federal judges, what the investigation is about.” But for all the indictments he’s brought, “no one has been charged or pleaded guilty to any crime that involved collusion or conspiracy.” The only certain thing in Mueller’s investigation “is that the sooner it is over, the better — for both sides.” Foreign desk: Dying for a Photo-Op in Gaza

The failure of two recent wars with Israel is what led Hamas to launch a series of human wave attacks, including terrorists with explosives, aimed at overrunning the Gaza-Israel border, notes Tablet’s Liel Leibovitz. Yet “the outcome of these attacks was clear: Hamas would lose.” On Monday, though, “Hamas won anyway,” thanks to Western news media — which, in exchange for “precious images” of dead Palestinians juxtaposed with those of Donald Trump and his family, were “more than happy to erase the facts” that these attacks have been going on for weeks and that Hamas “is an evil, anti-Semitic, misogynist, homophobic, theocratic cult.” Fact is, “news organizations are knowingly partnering with Hamas, and gladly whitewashing the crimes of a ghoulish leadership, in return for pictures that they want as much as Hamas does.” Culture critic: Comedians Just Aren’t Funny Anymore

Back when Alec Baldwin began impersonating Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, “everyone oohed and aahed over him,” recalls Jim Treacher at PJ Media. But now that the novelty has worn off, “even some of our friends on the left are starting to notice” that it doesn’t work anymore. Then again, he says, “it doesn’t have to work. It just has to make Trump and his supporters angry.” And that’s the problem with comedy nowadays: It “used to be about making people laugh. Now it’s about trolling people you don’t like, and reminding the people you do like that you still belong to the tribe.” Trump hasn’t killed comedy, but “he’s driving all the humorists to mass suicide.” And the audience applauds, “because they’re hearing what they want to hear.”

Security writer: Trump Needs NoKo Human-Rights Deal

The Trump administration says Kim Jong-un “actually wants to modernize” North Korean society and Washington is prepared to offer US “know-how, knowledge and entrepreneurs” to help “create a robust economy,” reports Bloomberg’s Eli Lake. That “really is new,” he says, and it’s “worth calling Kim’s bluff and testing that commitment.” But to do so, President Trump needs a human-rights agreement as well as a nuclear one: “Real economic development requires a baseline of political freedom — the two go hand in hand.” There’s ample precedent: the 1975 Helsinki Accords with the then-Soviet Union. And though Kim’s family has a history of breaking promises, “so did the Soviet Union.” If “a Helsinki process worked for the dissidents behind the Iron Curtain, it can work for the dissidents in the Hermit Kingdom.” Education activist: Teachers Aren’t Victims Larry Sand at City Journal takes issue with a recent op-ed in which American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten defends teacher walkouts “by sketching a familiar hero-villain scenario.” Because “while teachers in some cases are underpaid,” Sand observes, the actual data suggest they’re paid “much better than commonly acknowledged” — a nationwide average for public-school teachers of $58,950, or $87,854 including benefits. Yet despite the fact that there are more teachers than ever before, “students’ academic achievement has stagnated or fallen.” One reason why: “Lavish teacher pensions are eating up money that should be spent on students.” Meaning “ teachers including bad teachers — have a powerful incentive to stay on in their jobs, since they automatically earn more just by showing up each fall, regardless of how effective they are.” — Compiled by Eric Fettmann

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Finding ‘clean power’ is the least of New York’s energy worries. NY Post 24 - US News
Finding ‘clean power’ is the least of New York’s energy worries.
A key Team de Blasio aide is fretting that the closure of the Indian Point nuclear-power plant will lead to more electricity...
Last US News - Opinion: Kudos to Tish James for rejecting the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ con. NY Post 24 - US News
Kudos to Tish James for rejecting the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ con.
Kudos to attorney-general candidate Tish James for not wanting to pin on the “Sheriff of Wall Street” badge: It’s a...
Last US News - Opinion: Cynthia Nixon sounds confused by her own ‘universal rent control’ plan. NY Post 24 - US News
Cynthia Nixon sounds confused by her own ‘universal rent control’ plan.
Cynthia Nixon may be an accomplished actress, but she apparently has a big problem handling material that’s not included...
Last US News - Opinion: Why the Indianapolis tragedy captivates America seven decades later. NY Post 24 - US News
Why the Indianapolis tragedy captivates America seven decades later.
The worst disaster in the history of the United States Navy only began with the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Three hundred...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: Finding ‘clean power’ is the least of New York’s energy worries. NY Post 24 - US News
Finding ‘clean power’ is the least of New York’s energy worries.
A key Team de Blasio aide is fretting that the closure of the Indian Point nuclear-power plant will lead to more electricity...
Last US News - Opinion: Kudos to Tish James for rejecting the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ con. NY Post 24 - US News
Kudos to Tish James for rejecting the ‘Sheriff of Wall Street’ con.
Kudos to attorney-general candidate Tish James for not wanting to pin on the “Sheriff of Wall Street” badge: It’s a...
Last US News - Opinion: Cynthia Nixon sounds confused by her own ‘universal rent control’ plan. NY Post 24 - US News
Cynthia Nixon sounds confused by her own ‘universal rent control’ plan.
Cynthia Nixon may be an accomplished actress, but she apparently has a big problem handling material that’s not included...
Last US News - Opinion: Why the Indianapolis tragedy captivates America seven decades later. NY Post 24 - US News
Why the Indianapolis tragedy captivates America seven decades later.
The worst disaster in the history of the United States Navy only began with the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Three hundred...
Last US News - Opinion: It looks like Trump is creating the kind of economy he promised. NY Post 24 - US News
It looks like Trump is creating the kind of economy he promised.
Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump’s promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and...

Living

US Living News: Inside NYC’s first vodka distillery since Prohibition. NY Post 24 - US News
Inside NYC’s first vodka distillery since Prohibition.
Small-batch vodka maker Our/New York, the first spirits distillery to open in Manhattan since Prohibition, insists it isn’t...
US Living News: Writer named book ‘Ten-Year Nap’ after really good massage. NY Post 24 - US News
Writer named book ‘Ten-Year Nap’ after really good massage.
“It’s a wonderful thing to see your books come to life,” says Meg Wolitzer, who saw one of her early novels turn into...
US Living News: Porn stars using Fortnite in quest for online fame and fortune. NY Post 24 - US News
Porn stars using Fortnite in quest for online fame and fortune.
Porn stars have turned to video games as a new way to build their brands online – streaming their play sessions to the...
US Living News: Fat cat who walks on hind legs is the internet’s new favorite kitty. NY Post 24 - US News
Fat cat who walks on hind legs is the internet’s new favorite kitty.
Talk about a purr-fect adoption. Bruno is a seven-year-old, 25-pound cat who’s looking looking for a home. On Friday,...
US Living News: 100-million-year-old beetle found perfectly preserved in tree sap. NY Post 24 - US News
100-million-year-old beetle found perfectly preserved in tree sap.
Fossilized tree sap, called amber, is an absolutely amazing substance. It lasts for an incredibly long time and it has yielded...
US Living News: Here’s scientific proof that online dating sucks for women. NY Post 24 - US News
Here’s scientific proof that online dating sucks for women.
These are research findings to swipe left on. The “desirability” of women online daters peaks at age 18, according to...
US Living News: Your taste in music says a lot about your bank account. NY Post 24 - US News
Your taste in music says a lot about your bank account.
Rich people march to a different tune. The richest Americans may be way more likely to listen to classical music — which...
US Living News: Southwest Airlines now allowing mini horses as service animals. NY Post 24 - US News
Southwest Airlines now allowing mini horses as service animals.
An airline rule change will allow miniature horses on board if they are classed as service animals. Southwest Airlines announced...

Business

Last US Business News: Mom-and-pop ice cream maker wins suit over ‘icky’ ingredients. NY Post 24 - US News
Mom-and-pop ice cream maker wins suit over ‘icky’ ingredients.
A mom-and-pop shop outside of Boston won a $725,000 award Friday after a federal jury determined a supplier for its frozen...
Last US Business News: Why Victoria’s Secret’s idea of sexy may be killing its brand. NY Post 24 - US News
Why Victoria’s Secret’s idea of sexy may be killing its brand.
Supermodel Lais Ribeiro strutted her lithesome 6-foot frame across the stage last November at the annual Victoria’s Secret...
Last US Business News: Relativity Media receives approval to sell to investor group. NY Post 24 - US News
Relativity Media receives approval to sell to investor group.
Relativity Media has received Bankruptcy Court approval to sell itself to an investor group seeking to re-boot the twice-bankrupt...
Last US Business News: Tesla shares down 8 percent after Musk’s bizarre interview. NY Post 24 - US News
Tesla shares down 8 percent after Musk’s bizarre interview.
Tesla investors tapped the breaks on Friday morning, pushing shares of the electric car maker down 8 percent after unsettling...
Last US Business News: Trump asks SEC to study six-month reporting system for public firms. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump asks SEC to study six-month reporting system for public firms.
President Trump wants regulators to study a move that would loosen the reins on public companies. The president on Friday...
Last US Business News: Elon Musk says he’s working 120 hours a week, sometimes takes Ambien to sleep. NY Post 24 - US News
Elon Musk says he’s working 120 hours a week, sometimes takes Ambien to sleep.
Electric car maker Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has admitted in a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times that stress...
Last US Business News: Stocks soar nearly 400 points as Dow sees best day in months. NY Post 24 - US News
Stocks soar nearly 400 points as Dow sees best day in months.
Stocks shook off global fears Thursday, paving the way for the Dow Jones industrial average to clock its best day in four...
Last US Business News: SEC reportedly began Tesla probe last year. NY Post 24 - US News
SEC reportedly began Tesla probe last year.
Federal regulators began a probe into Tesla last year, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The Securities and...

Metro

Metro News: Man strips naked before robbing Manhattan restaurant: cops. NY Post 24 - US News
Man strips naked before robbing Manhattan restaurant: cops.
Cops are on the lookout for a thief who sneaked into a Gramercy Park restaurant and stripped naked before robbing the place...
Metro News: Trump: Paul Manafort is a ‘good person’ and his trial is ‘very sad’. NY Post 24 - US News
Trump: Paul Manafort is a ‘good person’ and his trial is ‘very sad’.
President Trump showed some love for his onetime campaign chair Paul Manafort on Friday, as jurors in his tax- and bank-fraud...
Metro News: NYPD fires cop accused of shooting romantic rival in face. NY Post 24 - US News
NYPD fires cop accused of shooting romantic rival in face.
An NYPD sergeant was fired in connection to his off-duty shooting of a romantic rival in Brooklyn earlier this month, law...
Metro News: HUD official compares fixing NYCHA to taking down Omarosa. NY Post 24 - US News
HUD official compares fixing NYCHA to taking down Omarosa.
As if NYCHA doesn’t have enough drama… Housing and Urban Development official Lynne Patton compared fixing the...
Metro News: Martin Shkreli’s ex-lawyer sentenced to 18 months in prison. NY Post 24 - US News
Martin Shkreli’s ex-lawyer sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The former lawyer who helped “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli defraud investors landed just one and a half years in...
Metro News: Man found guilty of training dogs to compete in deadly fights. NY Post 24 - US News
Man found guilty of training dogs to compete in deadly fights.
A Bronx man was found guilty Friday of buying and training dogs to compete in fight-to-the-death matches against other canines....
Metro News: Mistress hits man in face with bat after he ends affair: cops. NY Post 24 - US News
Mistress hits man in face with bat after he ends affair: cops.
She’s got one hell of a swing. A woman having an affair with a married man hit his jaw with a mini baseball bat, robbed...
Metro News: Ocasio-Cortez bans media from community meetings. NY Post 24 - US News
Ocasio-Cortez bans media from community meetings.
Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned the press from two community meetings in The Bronx and Queens that...

Sport

Last US Sport News: Davis Webb delivers bounce-back the Giants were hoping for. NY Post 24 - US News
Davis Webb delivers bounce-back the Giants were hoping for.
DETROIT — He needed this. Davis Webb needed a bounce-back performance after a jittery preseason debut last week. Giants...
Last US Sport News: Noah Syndergaard has another rough outing in Mets’ loss. NY Post 24 - US News
Noah Syndergaard has another rough outing in Mets’ loss.
PHILADELPHIA — Noah Syndergaard could use an antibiotic for mediocre pitching. In his season that has been shortened by...
Last US Sport News: What Aaron Boone is looking for in Greg Bird’s swing. NY Post 24 - US News
What Aaron Boone is looking for in Greg Bird’s swing.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone saw Greg Bird handle pitches with force. Now he wants a second glance. “I feel like last couple...
Last US Sport News: Gary Sanchez passes key test in recovery from groin injury. NY Post 24 - US News
Gary Sanchez passes key test in recovery from groin injury.
Yankee Stadium’s playing field was a busy place Friday afternoon with injured players and infielders working out. Gary...
Last US Sport News: Brandon Nimmo dodges bullet. NY Post 24 - US News
Brandon Nimmo dodges bullet.
PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Nimmo’s left hand remains intact, but his return to the Mets lineup might not come for another...