Republicans Still Searching for Obamacare Repeal Formula

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — After a weeklong recess, Senate Republicans returned to Washington on Monday still searching for a legislative formula to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law, known as Obamacare. Conservative Republicans want to dramatically pare back the federal government's role in health care, but moderates worry that their poor and vulnerable constituents would lose coverage. However, as discussions play out among Republican senators, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, the status quo is not working. "Obamacare has been hurtling toward collapse for years. Today it sits on the edge of total meltdown," McConnell…
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US Military Plane Crash in Mississippi Kills 16

VOA News A Marine Corps plane crashed Monday in the southern state of Mississippi, killing 16 military personnel. Officials said the KC-130 plane, a refueling tanker, went down in a soybean field about 135 kilometers north of Mississippi's capital city, Jackson. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. Marine Corps spokeswoman Captain Sarah Burns said only that a KC-130 aircraft "experienced a mishap." Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said the aircraft was based at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina. President Donald Trump, in a Twitter comment on Tuesday, called the crash "heartbreaking"…
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Trump’s Son Releases Emails Setting Up Talks with Russian Lawyer

VOA News Peter Heinlein, Ken Bredemeier THE WHITE HOUSE —Donald Trump Jr. has released an email chain setting up a meeting between him and a Russian attorney who promised to provide information that might hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. The release follows a New York Times report on the matter. The Times said its story was based on information from three people with knowledge of the email, and that the message from publicist Rob Goldstone told Trump that the material was part of a Russian government effort to help his father, Donald Trump, defeat Clinton The meeting with Russian lawyer…
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Schumer Statement on the Administration’s Travel Ban Taking Effect Tonight

Washington, - Senator Charles E. Schumer today released the statement below regarding the administration's travel ban taking effect tonight: "Nearly six months after the President first proposed a Muslim travel ban under the guise of needing time to evaluate our nation's security, it's crystal clear this Administration is more interested in appearing to fulfill a dangerous campaign promise than actually taking action to keep America safe. The justification the Administration had in January that they needed a 90 day pause to review and implement new security policies is moot. "The Supreme Court's order this week was narrow and explicitly protects…
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Havana: Trump’s Cuba Policy Speech ‘Grotesque Spectacle’

VOA NEWS HAVANA — Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez called President Donald Trump’s recent speech on Cuba a “grotesque spectacle” that will only serve to strengthen the revolution, and criticized the Trump administration’s decision to roll back some Obama-era policies toward the island nation. “Cuba will make no concessions on its sovereignty and its independence,” Rodriguez told reporters in Vienna on Monday. “ will not negotiate over its principles and will never accept conditions.” The comments were in response to Trump’s speech last Friday in Miami, which is home to a large Cuban exile community. Standing next to Senator Marco Rubio,…
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Parents: Otto Warmbier ‘At Peace’ Before Passing Away

VOA News The parents of Otto Warmbier, the American college student who died Monday after being detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a-half, said in a statement he had "completed his journey home" and was "at peace" shortly before passing away. President Donald Trump on Monday offered his condolences to the family, saying in a written statement, "There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life." Trump called the North Korean government "a brutal regime" and said the death deepens his determination to prevent future tragedies "at the…
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Trump recibe al presidente panameño en la Casa Blanca

VOA - El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Turmp, recibió este lunes en la Casa Blanca a su homólogo de Panamá, Juan Carlos Varela. Los líderes de gobierno reafirmaron la “fuerte alianza” entre y Panamá, al igual que el compromiso de los dos países para enfrentarse a temas claves de seguridad, como el crimen organizado transnacional y el tráfico de drogas, de acuerdo con un comunicado de prensa de la Casa Blanca. En su cuenta de Twitter, el presidente Varela agradeció al presidente Trump por “un dialogo productivo” enfocado en fortalecer los lazos bilaterales de ambas naciones de cara a…
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Operativo Matador produce 39 arrestos de pandilleros de MS-13 en los últimos 30 días

NUEVA YORK – La Oficina de Investigaciones de Seguridad Nacional (HSI, por sus siglas en inglés) del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos (ICE, por sus siglas en inglés), junto a la Oficina de Detención y Deportación (ERO, por sus siglas en inglés) de ICE, anunciaron su reciente lanzamiento del Operativo Matador y la Iniciativa contra el Crimen Organizado Transnacional de DHS (DHS TOCI, por sus siglas en inglés), lo cual representa un esfuerzo unificado dedicado a la lucha contra la expansión de MS-13 y otras actividades de pandillas criminales transnacionales en el área metropolitana de…
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Trump to Host South Korean Counterpart

VOA News President Donald Trump will host his newly-elected South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in in Washington later this month, the White House announced Tuesday. The two leaders are expected to discuss strengthening their alliance and advancing cooperation on global and economic issues, as well as coordinating to counter North Korean nuclear and missile threats. North Korea has tested as many as four missiles just in the last month. FILE - South Korean protesters hold placards during a rally against the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system near the US Embassy in Seoul, April 28, 2017.…
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Trump Supporters Turn on Special Counsel Mueller

VOA News WASHINGTON — High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump's allies have begun raising questions about the former FBI director's impartiality, suggesting he cannot be trusted to lead the probe. The comments come amid increasing frustration at the White House and among Trump supporters that the investigation will overshadow the president's agenda for months to come - a prospect that has Democrats salivating. Trump friend Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, went…
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