FRIDAY 5-11-18

1.      The date and site have been set for the highly anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un which will be June 12th in Singapore.  Would you like to be a fly on the wall when they meet privately?  Do you think Trump will call him Rocket Man?


2.      The Cavaliers are favored to win the Eastern Conference finals over the Celtics despite the fact Boston has the home court advantage.  The line for game one in Sunday is a pick-em game.  Who are you picking on Sunday?


3.      Monica Lewinsky is hitting back at Town & Country Magazine after they allegedly uninvited her from an event that Bill Clinton decided to attend.  Lewinsky tweeted, "dear world: please don't invite me to an event (especially one about social change) and --then after i've accepted-- uninvite me because bill clinton then decided to attend/was invited.”  Why is it taboo for Lewinsky and Clinton to appear at the same event?  Could you imagine Clinton and Lewinksy in the same room together?


4.      Hawaii Governor David Ige is declaring two emergency proclamations for the ongoing Kilauea volcano eruption on the Big Island. The first would give him the power to take any action necessary to protect the community from the Puna Geothermal Venture plant, which is threatened by unpredictable risks of the volcanic activity.  The second is a Presidential Disaster Declaration request, so federal funds can be made available for the ongoing emergency.  Should President Trump declare the Big Island a disaster area so federals funds can be used?


5.      New applications for unemployment benefits are at the lowest level since December 1969, a 48-year low. The four-week moving average of initial claims fell 5,500 to 216,000 and the labor market is considered to be near or at full employment which is leading to a slowdown in job growth as employers struggle to find skilled workers.  What can be done to improve the skills in the U.S. workforce?


6.      A baby girl in Sioux Falls, South Dakota was born with a very unusual birthmark. Doctors say Natalie Jackson's birthmark, which some have likened to a half of a Batman mask, is expected to grow as she does. But her parents refuse to let them remove it. While Natalie's parents worry the blemish may attract cruel comments, they believe that it is part of what makes Natalie "special".  Natalie's mother, Lacey, says, "We'll always tell her it's a part of who she is and who she is supposed to be".  Have you seen the photo of the little girl?  Are the parents making the right decision?


7.      Facebook's David Marcus will shift into a new role and head up a group focused on blockchain technology.  The former head of Messenger said, "I'm setting up a small group to explore how to best leverage Blockchain across Facebook, starting from scratch." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said in January that the company would begin looking into cryptocurrencies and "how to best use them in our services."  Have you heard about blockchain technology?


8.      Multiple reports suggest that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and retired NFL player Herschel Walker will soon join President Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. The Council encourages Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Can you think Belichick would be a good spokesman?


9.      Warren Buffett seems to have a lot of faith in Apple and it shows in the 75 million shares he purchased in the first quarter. That's in addition to the 165.3 million shares Berkshire Hathaway already owned at the end of 2017. Buffett calls Apple an unbelievable company and said: "If you look at Apple, I think it earns almost twice as much as the second most profitable company in the United States." Do you share the same confidence in Apple as Warren Buffett? 


10.   President Trump has asked the Pentagon to look into reducing American troops in South Korea.  Should we pull all troops out of South Korea after the Kim Jong-un meeting?

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