TOP SENATORS TELL TRUMP: DO NOT MEET PUTIN ALONE

Senators urge President to cancel meeting if he’s not prepared to press Putin to hand over indicted intelligence officials WASHINGTON – Today, a group of top Senate Democrats wrote to President Trump, urging him in the strongest possible terms to avoid meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a letter to the White House, Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senate Armed Services Ranking Member…
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Acting US Environmental Chief to Continue Deregulation

VOA News The acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency plans to keep cutting anti-pollution rules and regulations on industry. Andrew Wheeler held his first meeting with EPA employees Wednesday after taking over the job for Scott Pruitt, who resigned last week amid allegations of ethics violations. Wheeler, like Pruitt and President Donald Trump, believes the nation's air and water can still be protected without what they say are job-killing regulations and pollution standards on industry. Wheeler said the EPA would make cleaning up Superfund industrial waste sites and investing in water infrastructure priorities. He promised to listen to all…
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Partisan Divide Deepens Over Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL —A partisan divide over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh deepened Wednesday, with Republican senators extolling his judicial record while Democrats demanded time to thoroughly vet his writings and opinions on matters ranging from environmental regulation to executive authority. "Judge Kavanaugh is the real deal," Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said one day after a closed-door meeting with the nominee. "He has the all-star legal resume, top-flight academic credentials. His extensive judicial record is defined by fairness, thoughtfulness, thoroughness and analytical precision." President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, 53, on Monday, making his second high court…
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Senate Passes Reed Motion to Strongly Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to NATO Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of the upcoming NATO Summit in Brussels and the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki, the Senate today voted 97-2 to pass a motion to instruct authored by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to reaffirm the ironclad commitment under Article 5 to the collective defense of the NATO Alliance. Members of both parties overwhelmingly approved Senator Reed’s motion to instruct Senate conferees of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 conference committee to ensure that the final conference report on the NDAA reaffirms the commitment to NATO…
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Proposed Rule May Affect US Legal Immigration

VOA News/Victoria Macchi, Aline Barros By the end of July, the Trump administration is expected to take a step closer to another sweeping policy shift that could block millions of foreigners from coming to the United States or from staying in the country if they have had access to certain public benefits, like children's health care. One team of analysts says the revamped “public charge” policy could lead to citizens in mixed-status families not getting crucial services they need and are entitled to out of fear that it could jeopardize a relative’s immigration status. It all comes down to how the…
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Trump Arrives in Brussels Amid Tension with NATO, EU

VOA News/Steve Herman BRUSSELS —  President Donald Trump has arrived in Brussels — home to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union — two steadfast allies with whom the American leader has increasingly put himself at odds. Trump on Tuesday tossed barbs at both organizations. On Twitter, he again bluntly demanded NATO members contribute more money to the defense alliance that has been the linchpin of the West's post-World War II military cooperation. European leaders, since Trump's election 17 months ago, have fretted and fumed about the president's bashing but have hesitated to lash back publicly. That changed…
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Abortion Issue Likely to Dominate Top Court Pick Hearings

VOA News/Masood Farivar WASHINGTON — If recent history is any indication, the confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's latest Supreme Court pick, is likely to be dominated by questions about his views of Roe v. Wade. The landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling, which held that the Constitution protects a woman's right to a have an abortion, stands as one of the high court's most controversial and divisive decisions of the past century. While polls show a majority of Americans support legal abortion, Roe v. Wade continues to divide broad swaths of society, pitting advocates, who see the decision as…
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Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices

VOA News The privilege of naming justices to the Supreme Court — judges whose decisions could affect the lives of Americans for decades — is one of the most consequential choices a president can make. President Donald Trump has already placed one justice on the court, Neil Gorsuch, and says he wants to choose a “great one” to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump says the new justice should have a great intellect and the right temperament. Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing…
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Raimondo Receives Planned Parenthood Endorsement and Moms Demand ‘Gun Sense Candidate’ Distinction

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Governor Gina Raimondo has the support of two major progressive advocacy groups: Planned Parenthood and Moms Demand Action. “Preventing gun violence and expanding health care access in Rhode Island are core tenets of my administration and my re-election campaign,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “In partnership with Moms Demand, we passed a ban on bump stocks, red flag legislation and took guns out of the hands of domestic abusers in Rhode Island. Next, we’ll push for a ban on assault weapons.” Raimondo continued: “Alongside Planned Parenthood, we’ve stood up to the Trump administration’s threats to take away our…
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Reed Statement on Scott Pruitt’s Resignation as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, after Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt offered his resignation to President Trump, Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement: “Scott Pruitt should have been fired long ago.  He was a toxic presence at the EPA and investigations into his alleged abuses and misdeeds should continue and he must be held accountable. “The fact that the President accepted his resignation with a flattering tweet shows that this Administration is not seriously committed to upholding high ethical or environmental standards.”
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