Trump: US ‘Will Not Be a Migrant Camp’

Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump on Monday said the separation of children from their parents trying to enter the United States illegally is "so sad," but showed no signs of changing the policy. "A country without borders is not a country at all," Trump said. "We want safety and security for our country ... and it starts with the border." The American leader said the would not be a "migrant camp" or "refugee holding facility." "Not on my watch," Trump declared. Trump blamed opposition Democratic lawmakers for the impasse over immigration policies, even though Trump's Republican party controls…
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Trump Lawyer’s Advice to President: Don’t Pardon Russia Probe Figures

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — One of President Donald Trump's lawyers said Sunday he is advising him to not pardon anyone linked to the year-long investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election because it would "just cloud" the perception that there was wrong-doing. Rudy Giuliani, a former New York mayor and part of Trump's legal team, told CNN, "You're not going to get a pardon because you're involved" in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller. But he said that in the months to come pardons were "certainly not excluded" if Trump concluded "you've been treated unfairly." “The president has…
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Happy (Founding) Father’s Day

VOA News/Anna Matteo In the United States on the third Sunday of June we celebrate Father’s Day! So, today we celebrate fathers with some expressions that use the word “father” and “dad.” Let’s begin with a great father idiom! Success has many fathers but failure is an orphan. An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Without parents, orphans can often feel alone in the world. There is no adult to claim them, so to speak. We can say the same about failures. Often people, do not want to claim them as their own. People may not want to…
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Native American Two-Spirits Look to Reclaim Lost Heritage

VOA News Growing up, Timothy “Twix” Ward, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe in Arizona, thought he was “normal.” But his family recognized there was something “special” about him. “It wasn’t until I got older that I knew who I was, that I was different from everyone else,” he said. Ward identifies not as a man or a woman, but both — and neither: Twix Ward is a Two-Spirit. The term was first devised in Winnipeg, Canada, during a 1990 inter-tribal conference of Native American/First Nations gays and lesbians. Derived from the Ojibwe language, the term was deliberately…
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Trump Mounts Fresh Attack on Mueller Probe

VOA News/Jim Malone WASHINGTON — Outside the White House Friday, a media frenzy. And at the center of it all, President Donald Trump. “Can we do one question at a time? Wait! One question at a time," the president scolded reporters. Trump launched a new attack on the Russia probe in the wake of a critical report on the Hillary Clinton email investigation by the inspector general of the Department of Justice. “I did nothing wrong. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction," he said. "The IG (inspector general) report yesterday went a long way to show that, and I…
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Record-Setting US Astronaut Whitson Retires

VOA News astronaut Peggy Whitson, who has spent more time in space than any other American, retired Friday. During her career, Whitson logged 665 days in space over three missions, the equivalent of about one year and 10 months outside the Earth's atmosphere. Whitson was also the first woman to command the International Space Station, holding the position twice, and the oldest woman ever to fly in space. "It's been the greatest honor to live out my lifelong dream of being a @NASA Astronaut,'' Whitson wrote on Twitter. She thanked "all who have supported me along the way'' and said…
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Judge Jails Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Manafort

VOA News WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sent to jail on Friday after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of tampering with potential witnesses while free on bail. Manafort, 69, the first former Trump associate to go to prison, was indicted last week on two new counts of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice in connection with attempting in recent months to influence the testimony of two unidentified cooperating witnesses. Manafort pleaded not guilty to the new charges Friday morning. But federal district judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing the witness…
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Politics

Trump Blames Democrats for Family Separations — Again

VOA News President Donald Trump continues to try to blame Democrats, his political rivals, for actions that separate children from parents when families are caught illegally crossing the border with Mexico. Taking to Twitter Friday, he blamed family breakups on the Democrats' "cruel legislative agenda." Republicans hold the majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate, and there is no law that requires the separation of parents and children. Rather, it is a policy established by the Trump administration. In April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings into the United States. The president's…
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Politics

US Attorney General Moves to Limit Eligibility for Asylum

VOA News FALLS CHURCH, VA. — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved to deny asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, narrowing the definition of asylum and potentially barring tens of thousands of people from getting Monday ruled in the case of one Salvadoran woman, known only by the initials on her immigration papers, Living in the southern , requested asylum four years ago after being raped and beaten by her ex-husband over more than a decade. Sessions personally intervened in her case, something he is permitted to do because immigration courts fall under the jurisdiction of the Justice…
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Trump Denies He Fired Comey Over Russia Probe

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not fire Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey because of the Russia investigation, contradicting previous statements that the probe was the reason for his dismissal. "Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia!," Trump said in a posting on Twitter. He blamed the "Corrupt Mainstream Media" for promoting what he considers a false narrative about Comey's dismissal. In an interview last year with NBC TV news anchor Lester Holt, Trump said the Russia probe was foremost on his mind when he decided…
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