Keith Rush - Biography
 Keith began his broadcasting career on Febuary 16, 1952 at the age of 20 left New Orleans for full time position, KLOU in Lake Charles, Louisiana... Keith is considered by many as the "Father of Talk Radio" in New Orleans, Louisiana. 1st "Honorary" member of LSU statewide Alumni Association in history of LSU. Received many awards, but most proud of Freedom's Foundation Award 1972 for fight against "Filth" in radio and television. Representatives came to New Orleans Louisiana to make the presentation. During period 1953 - 1956 (still broadcasting) booked acts on the Louisiana Hayride, such as George Jones, Johnny Cash, The Browns and brought Elvis Presley to New Orleans (1954) for 1st apperance ever. (Lost Money)   1957 - 1959 United States Army 4th Infantry Division Fort Lewis Washington, 2 years active duty.
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North Korean Crisis 'Worst I’ve Seen,' Top Navy Officer Warns
The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific region told lawmakers Thursday that the North Korean crisis is the worst he’s seen -- testifying that it's only a matter of time before Kim Jong Un has the capability of launching a nuclear warhead toward the United States. “The crisis on the Korean peninsula is real—the worst I’ve seen,” said Commander of U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. “There is some doubt within the intelligence community whether Kim Jong Un has that capability today or whether he will soon, but I have to assume he has it, the capability is real, and that he’s moving towards it.” Fox
VOA VIEW: Un is a problem that has to be dealt with now.

United Passenger Dragged Off Flight Settles With Airline For Undisclosed Amount
Fox News has learned that Dr. David Dao, the man who was forcibly removed from his seat and dragged off a United Airlines flight, has settled with the carrier for an undisclosed amount. United spokesman Jonathan Guerin sent the following statement to Fox News Thursday afternoon: "We are pleased to report that United and Dr. Dao have reached an amicable resolution of the unfortunate incident that occurred aboard flight 3411. We look forward to implementing the improvements we have announced, which will put our customers at the center of everything we do." Fox News
VOA VIEW: The amount is $$$$$.

Pentagon Warned Flynn In 2014 Against Taking Foreign Payments
Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 against accepting foreign payments as he entered retirement, according to new documents obtained by the House oversight committee. The inspector general of the Department of Defense also opened an investigation of Flynn earlier this month, according to an April 11 letter released by the oversight committee Thursday. "These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee, in a statement. "Our next step is to get the documents we are seeking from the White House so we can complete our investigation. I thank the Department of Defense for providing us with unclassified versions of these documents." CNN
VOA VIEW: Guilty or not - time will tell.

Dems Threaten To Oppose Bill To Prevent Shutdown If Health Care Vote Happens Before Saturday
Congressional Democrats are saying they'll oppose a measure to keep the government running another week if Republicans plan a health care vote between now and Saturday, Democratic aides told CNN. "If Republicans announce their intention to bring their harmful TrumpCare bill to the House Floor tomorrow or Saturday, I will oppose a one-week Continuing Resolution and will advise House Democrats to oppose it as well," the No. 2 Democratic leader in the House, Steny Hoyer, said in a statement. CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is egging on Democrats.


Ted Cruz: Border Wall Is 'Common Sense Issue'…'We Need To Honor That Promise'
“Let’s deliver on our promises -- let’s do what we said,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Fox News Wednesday night. “When it comes to the border wall, this is a common sense issue. I represent Texas. We’ve got 1,200 miles of border with Mexico, and we have got to secure the border. We have promised the American people, if you elect us we will do that. I think we need to honor that promise.” Cruz noted that Democrats “are threatening to shut down the government” to block $1.4 billion for wall construction in the spending bill that is now being negotiated. “I think that shows how radical they are. I hope and believe this new administration will follow the promise and build the border wall. What I tried to do with this legislation I introduced yesterday was provide a funding stream." Cruz has introduced a bill that would reserve any money forfeited to the United States Government as a result of the criminal prosecution of drug lord El Chapo “for security measures along the Southern border, including the completion of a border wall.” CNS News
VOA VIEW: The majority of the Amercan people want the wall.

U.S. Military Identifies ‘Mustard Agent’ As Chemical Used By ISIS Against Iraqi Troops
Last week, a U.S. military spokesman said ISIS “used chemicals in the vicinity of Mosul” in an attack on Iraqi Security Forces. U.S. and Australian advisers were nearby and uninjured. At a news conference on Wednesday, U.S. Air Force Col. John Dorrian, the coalition spokesman, identified the chemical used in the attack: “Well, coalition forces became aware of a chemical attack. They left the area. They donned their equipment. Where they were tested, none of them showed any negative effects from being in that area,” Dorrian said. CNS News
VOA VIEW: ISIS must be punished.

Number Of U.S. Visas To Citizens Of Trump Travel Ban Nations Drops
The United States issued about 40 percent fewer temporary visas in March to citizens of seven countries covered by President Donald Trump's temporary travel bans than it did in an average month last year, according to a Reuters analysis of preliminary government data released on Thursday. At the same time, the data showed that the total of U.S. non-immigrant visas issued to people from all countries was up by nearly 5 percent in March compared to the 2016 monthly average. Citizens of the seven Muslim-majority nations under the bans - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - received about 3,200 non-immigrant visas in March 2017, compared to about 5,700 on average per month during the 2016 fiscal year and more than 6,000 on average per month in 2015 and 2014. Trump's travel bans were later blocked by the courts. Reuters

Berkeley Braces For Unrest Despite Ann Coulter Cancellation
Police at the University of California at Berkeley braced on Thursday for potential civil unrest stemming from a now-canceled speaking engagement by conservative commentator Ann Coulter following a recent spate of politically charged violence on or near the campus. Coulter, one of America's best-known and most provocative pundits on the political right, said on Wednesday that she no longer intended to defy university officials by addressing UC Berkeley students on campus this week. But she left open the possibility of paying a visit to her supporters at the school, long a bastion of liberal student activism and a center of the Free Speech Movement protests of the 1960s. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Berkeley should not receive any fed aide - they are socialists.

Joe Biden Speaks Bluntly About Rape On College Campus
Former Vice President Joe Biden gave blunt admonishment to male college students Wednesday on how they can end sexual assault by respecting consent, and challenged them to fight the culture of silence and victim blaming. "Guys, a woman who is dead drunk cannot consent — You are raping her!" he said. "We've got to talk about this. Consent requires affirmative consent!" Biden spoke frankly to a hushed arena of students at George Mason University on behalf of his "It's On Us" initiative.
He encouraged both men and women to speak up to stop an assault from happening, but placed particular onus on men to challenge the false narrative that being a man means mistreating a woman. MSNBC


Arkansas Executions: State Prepares To Put Final Inmate To Death
Arkansas plans to put Kenneth Williams to death Thursday night — the final execution of a controversial spate that has garnered international attention. Williams, 38, is scheduled to die at 7 p.m. CT via lethal injection at the Cummins Unit, where the state's death chamber is housed, about 75 miles south of Little Rock. A jury sentenced him to death for the 1999 murder of 57-year-old Cecil Boren, a former warden of the prison where Williams is slated to die. MSNBC

Climate Change Is Torturing Allergy Sufferers
For local nasal allergy sufferers, the damp, rainy weather over the past couple of days has been a respite from high levels of tree and flower pollen. But with temperatures continuing to rise year to year, longer spells of warm weather mean increased pollen counts and a prolonged allergy season for the future. “Washington, D.C., is one of many, many cities in the central and southern and eastern U.S. that have one of their warmest years, starts to the year on record,” said Jonathan Erdman, a senior meteorologist for and The Weather Channel. Mr. Erdman said the general consensus is that with a warming climate over the next several decades, pollen season will lengthen across much of the country. “We get more carbon dioxide in the air that makes plants more efficient at producing pollen and growing faster,” he said. “This is just one of the things we’re going to have to deal with going forward.” Washington Times

How Team Trump plans to kill Obama’s Paris climate deal by declaring it a treaty
As President Trump’s top advisers prepare to hash out a final policy on the Paris climate agreement dumped onto their laps by President Obama, another option has hit the table: Declare the deal a treaty and send it to the Senate to be killed. The treaty option could emerge as the middle ground in the increasingly tense battle between “remainers” on the one hand, who say the president should abide by Mr. Obama’s global warming deal, and the Paris agreement’s detractors, who say Mr. Trump would be breaking a key campaign promise if he doesn’t withdraw from the pact. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The Paris deal was very bad for the US.

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McCain: Military Action Against North Korea Can’t Be Taken Off Table
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, says that while military action against North Korea doesn't appear to be imminent, it cannot be taken off the table. Speaking to "CBS This Morning" on Thursday, McCain said a military response to North Korean provocations has to "absolutely be the last option." "That is when we are convinced that North Korea has that capability to launch a missile that could strike with a nuclear weapon the West Coast of the United States," said McCain. CBS
VOA VIEW: North Korea should wake up and realize what may be coming.

Is Trump's Tax Cut The Biggest Ever? Probably Not
In rolling out the Trump administration's plan to lower taxes and stimulate the economy, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called it "the biggest tax cut and largest tax reform in the history of our country," echoing his boss. It would be big all right, but likely not the biggest. Ronald Reagan's appears to be the winner here. The best way of measuring the cuts, according to the independent Tax Foundation research group, is by charting the dollar amount of tax reduction as a percent of gross domestic product. CBS
VOA VIEW: Trump tax cut needs to be clear, first.

Nearly Half Of Americans Think There’s A ‘Deep State’
Nearly half of Americans think there’s a “deep state” in this country, just more than half think the mainstream media regularly report false stories and six in 10 say the Trump administration regularly makes false claims. Just another day in the world of alleged sneaky stuff. Each of these claims has gained attention since the 2016 campaign and the start of the Trump presidency, and this ABC News/Washington Post poll finds that each has lots of takers. Start with the “deep state,” described here as “military, intelligence and government officials who try to secretly manipulate government policy.” A plurality, 48 percent, think there is such a thing. Fewer, 35 percent, call it a conspiracy theory, with the rest unsure. ABC


Trump Finds That CEO-As-President Isn't Always A Natural Fit
Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself. If Abraham Lincoln relied on a team of rivals, Trump would command a team of "killer" CEOs. He cast himself as a gifted manager who could rewrite flawed trade deals, bridge gaps between Democrats and Republicans, work financial magic on the tax code and restore prosperity to devastated factory towns. Yet 100 days into Trump's presidency, the businessman-as-president has struggled to apply his experience as a real estate and entertainment mogul to the Herculean task of governing the world's most powerful nation. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberal nonsense.

Wells Fargo Shakes Up Washington Lobbying After Accounts Scandal
Wells Fargo & Co. is making big changes in how it deals with lawmakers and regulators in Washington after top executives were savaged during congressional inquiries into the bank’s fraudulent-accounts scandal. David Moskowitz, an executive vice president, will run an expanded government-relations and public-policy group, the San Francisco-based bank said in a statement Thursday. Wells Fargo will add staff in Washington and move more public-policy functions into the new office, the company said. Jon Campbell, who previously headed government relations, will continue to lead some of Wells Fargo’s philanthropic efforts, the bank said. Anita Eoloff, a longtime Washington lobbyist for the lender, is retiring. Bloomberg

Here's What Wall Street Is Saying About Trump's Tax Plan
President Donald Trump released his tax plan Wednesday, and Wall Street has a few questions. The one-page proposal includes cuts that would benefit businesses, the middle class and some high-earning individuals. However, it lacks details on how these changes would impact the government’s budget deficit. “The release is an opening statement of ideals,” Michael Zezas, a strategist at Morgan Stanley, wrote in a note to clients. “Yet our odds of a meaningful reform remain unchanged given it does not reduce risk of delay; provide key content details; outline a credible bipartisan path.” Bloomberg

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US Presses For Americans’ Release In Direct Talks With Iran
The Trump administration says American diplomats used a meeting with Iranian counterparts to press for the release of Americans detained in Iran. It's the first public acknowledgment of direct U.S.-Iranian discussions since President Donald Trump took office. State Department spokesman Mark Toner says the talks occurred on the sidelines of a meeting in Vienna this week focusing on implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Toner says the U.S. officials expressed their "serious concerns" and called on Iran to allow the Americans to be reunited with their families. Las Vegas Sun

Up Against NRA, Gun Control Advocates Still Voice Optimism
The National Rifle Association went all-out to put Donald Trump in the White House and the Republicans who control Congress already are taking steps to ease gun regulations. But groups that want to restrict gun sales say they are undeterred in the face of daunting election results. As the NRA's annual convention unfolds in Atlanta this weekend, gun-control groups are sending a clear message that the NRA's agenda will not go unchallenged. Both sides are gearing up for a fight over proposed national legislation that would make any state's concealed-carry permits valid everywhere else. Opponents say that would effectively turn the weakest gun standards in the nation into the law of the land. Las Vegas Sun

80 Years Into Social Security, Trump Faces Overburdened System
More than eight decades after President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced Social Security to the United States, the country's principal retirement and disability assistance program is again facing an uncertain future. Roosevelt's ambitious insurance initiative was never universally accepted. Driven by skyrocketing poverty rates among seniors on the contrails of the Great Depression, the law was lambasted by many -- including some in the president's own Democratic Party -- as a gateway to socialism. Passed by Congress and ratified by FDR in August 1935, the Social Security Act not only withstood constant political turbulence, but it quickly took hold as one of the U.S. government's most critically serviceable programs of any kind. Now, on Thursday's 80th anniversary of the first Social Security payment, the federal lifeline is reaching critical mass under President Donald Trump. UPI News

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Greatly Affects Nursing Home Residents
Researchers at Columbia University School of Nursing found that a significant portion of nursing home residents are colonized with drug-resistant bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, the percentage of multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria, or MDR-GNB, is increasing and these infections can cause serious infections in healthcare settings. The analysis of 12 studies found the prevalence of MDR-GNB colonization, such as E. coli, among sampled nursing home residents ranged from 11.2 percent to 59.1 percent, for a pooled average of 27 percent. UPI News

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Syria War: 'Israeli Strike' Hits Military Site Near Damascus Airport
An Israeli missile strike has caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport, Syrian state media report. A fuel tank and warehouses were damaged, the Sana news agency said. But Syrian rebel sources said an arms depot run by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, which is fighting in Syria as an ally of the government, was hit. Israel said the explosion was "consistent" with its policy to prevent Iran smuggling weapons to Hezbollah. But it stopped short of confirming it was responsible. BBC

Fox Host Watters Takes Sudden Leave After Ivanka Remark Backlash
Fox News presenter Jesse Watters has announced he is taking a holiday, after appearing to make a sexually suggestive remark about Ivanka Trump. He said, with a grin, that he "really liked how she was speaking into the microphone" in her Berlin appearance. The next day he denied it was sexual, saying he was instead complimenting her voice which is "like a jazz radio DJ". He is regarded as a protege of presenter Bill O'Reilly, recently fired by Fox over sexual harassment claims. BBC

Bernie Sanders Takes Aim At Trump On Climate Ahead Of March In DC
As protesters prepare for nationwide demonstrations against Donald Trump’s environmental agenda, Bernie Sanders on Thursday backed legislation that would phase out the use of fossil fuels in the US by 2050. “Mr President, start listening to the people and the scientists, not the greed of the fossil fuel industry,” Sanders said at a rally on Capitol Hill, where he was flanked by environmental advocates and two of his Democratic colleagues, Senators Jeff Merkley of Oregon, who authored the bill, and Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Guardian
VOA VIEW: Sanders is an overrated big mouth socialist.

Facebook Admits: Governments Exploited Us To Spread Propaganda
Facebook has publicly acknowledged that its platform has been exploited by governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries – including during the presidential elections in the US and France – and pledged to clamp down on such “information operations”. In a white paper authored by the company’s security team and published on Thursday, the company detailed well-funded and subtle techniques used by nations and other organizations to spread misleading information and falsehoods for geopolitical goals. These efforts go well beyond “fake news”, the company said, and include content seeding, targeted data collection and fake accounts that are used to amplify one particular view, sow distrust in political institutions and spread confusion. Guardian

United Tries To End PR Disaster With $10,000 Compensation Offer That Could End Up Costing It Millions - In Vouchers
Troubled United Airlines has announced it will pay up to $10,000 to persuade passengers to get off overbooked planes - a move that could cost it more than $100m a year. In an attempt to end the public relations nightmare that began last month when security staff dragged doctor David Dao off a United flight last month, the airline said it will increase the incentives on offer to fliers so they take later flights when plans are overbooked. Previously, the maximum staff would offer to voluntarily bump people off flights was $1,000, but this was raised as part of 10-point plan publicly issued on Thursday by United as it tried to end its image troubles. Telegraph

Donald Trump's Twitter Habits Tell Us A Lot About His First 100 Days As President
Donald Trump's Twitter habits have long been a source of fascination for millions, and they're now providing an insight into how the Commander in Chief's life has changed since he took office. Trump's Twitter feed is characterised by its unusual frankness, with many a headline being written based on his 140-character outbursts.
On April 29 it will have been 100 days since Trump's inauguration in Washington and the President's changing use of Twitter can give us a surprising amount of information into how his Presidency is going. Telegraph

‘Glimmers Of Humanity’ Overshadowed By Brutality Of Attacks On Civilians, Says UN Aid Chief
With fighting intensifying on numerous fronts in Syria over the past months, the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged consolidation of the nationwide ceasefire, most importantly a pause in fighting on the outskirts of Damascus, to enable the delivery of aid. “The Secretary-General has said time and again that there will be no military end to this conflict. Yet, military might continues to be used against civilians in a way that defies all reason, let alone morality or the law,” Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council. UN News

Chernobyl 31 Years On: International Cooperation Still Needed To Address Consequences, Says UN
The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Underscoring the need to strengthen international cooperation to study, mitigate and minimize the consequences of the disaster, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in December last year in which it designated 26 April as the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day. UN News

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