White House Doctor Withdraws Name to be Next Veterans Chief

The White House physician, Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson, dropped his bid Thursday to head the country's Veterans Affairs agency as lawmakers probed allegations of professional misconduct and excessive drinking. As he withdrew, Jackson described the attacks on him as "false allegations," but said they had "become a distraction" to President Donald Trump's effort to improve health care for veterans. Trump, in an interview on his favorite news talk show, "Fox & Friends," continued to defend Jackson, his personal physician, saying, "He runs a fantastic operation." Trump blamed Senator Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, for the demise of Jackson's nomination to…
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Trump’s Body Language with Macron, Merkel Tell Different Stories

VOA News/Cindy Saine STATE DEPARTMENT — When French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife arrived in Washington Monday for a lavish, three-day state visit, political observers across the world were watching to see signs of the much acclaimed “bromance” between him and President Donald Trump. The two men did not disappoint. Their long handshakes and embraces that were seen during Trump's Paris trip last July were repeated at the White House Tuesday. At one point, the president brushed a speck off Macron’s suit jacket before the two sat down in front of reporters in the Oval Office. Macron reacted with a…
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Merkel Expected to Press Trump on Trade, Iran Deal

VOA News/Peggy Chang WHITE HOUSE — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pay a one-day working visit to the White House on Friday following a three-day state visit by French President Emmanuel Macon. The back-to-back visits are seen a tag-team effort to persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and to grant permanent exemption of the steel and aluminum tariffs to EU member countries. While Trump and Macron's 'bromance' was on full display during the French president's visit, Trump's relationship with Merkel is unquestionably cooler. It is widely reported that during their inaugural meeting in March 2017, Trump…
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Rep. Nardolillo Extremely Disappointed About Animal Cruelty Case

Rep. Robert Nardolillo III (R-Dist. 28 Coventry) is upset over the recent court case involving an Exeter man convicted on two counts of animal cruelty. Police raided the home of an Exeter man in December and found nearly 100 animals living in unsanitary conditions including dogs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and goats. Last week the man in question was convicted of two charges including overwork, mistreatment or failure to feed animals and unnecessary cruelty to animals. He was only fined $200 for his actions leaving many animal advocacy groups upset over the court’s decision. The Rhode Island Society for the Prevention…
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Minority Leader Patricia Morgan Continues to Demand AG Release Google Funds for School Safety

STATE HOUSE -- House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26 Coventry, Warwick, W. Warwick) continues to call on the Rhode Island Office of Attorney General to release nearly $23 million in Google settlement funds to upgrade security in Rhode Island schools. “The Office of Attorney General was given $60 million in 2012 as part of the $230 million Google settlement for law enforcement purposes,” said Leader Morgan. “Since then, the office has spent nearly two thirds of the money on purchases that are much less important than our children and teachers’ safety, including high-end tablets and accessories, lapel pins, generator…
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Rep. Lancia Raises Concerns about Relocating Psychiatric Patients to the Training School

STATE HOUSE -- Rep. Robert Lancia (R-Dist. 16, Cranston) is alarmed about plans to move some of the most dangerous psychiatric patients in Rhode Island to the Training School in Cranston. The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) has been renovating the Roosevelt Benton Center at the Training School with plans to move patients from Eleanor Slater Hospital to the facility after construction is completed in June. These would include the state’s forensic population comprised of some of Rhode Island’s most dangerous psychiatric patients including individuals convicted of violent crimes. “I am worried about the safety of…
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Red Carpet and Tough Issues Await Macron in Washington

VOA News/Lisa Bryant PARIS — After laying out a dazzling Bastille Day parade and an Eiffel Tower dinner complete with stunning Paris vistas, French President Emmanuel Macron can expect return treatment when he heads to Washington Monday, for the first official state visit of Donald Trump's presidency. But along with dining at the historic landmark of Mount Vernon and a chance to address Congress, lie talks on serious transatlantic differences. Macron's three-day visit to the will test whether he can translate his reputation as Trump's "go-to" European leader into deliverables for France and for Europe. "If he gives the impression that…
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Informe de DDHH de EEUU destaca aumento de autoritarismo en Venezuela

Voz de América WASHINGTON — El Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos dio a conocer el viernes su informe anual sobre Derechos Humanos en el cual destaca que Venezuela se está transformando cada vez más en una nación más autoritaria. El secretario de estado interino John Sullivan, presentó el documento, destacando los países del mundo que han cometido los abusos de derechos humanos más atroces, entre los cuales mencionó a Venezuela en el Hemisferio Occidental. El Informe de Seguridad Nacional Estratégica 2017, dijo Sullivan, reconoce que la gobernanza corrupta y débil amenaza la estabilidad global y los intereses de Estados Unidos.…
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Reportes: Corea del Norte suspende pruebas nucleares y de misiles

VOA News Corea del Norte suspenderá las pruebas nucleares y de misiles de inmediato y abolirá un sitio de pruebas en la parte norte del país, en un intento por buscar el crecimiento económico y la paz en la Península Coreana, anunciaron medios estatales en Pyongyang, el sábado. El líder de Corea del Norte, Kim Jong Un, dijo en un comunicado que su país ya no necesita realizar ensayos nucleares o pruebas de misiles balísticos intercontinentales porque ha completado su programa de armas nucleares armas, reportó la agencia de noticias estatal Korean Central (KCNA). El presidente de Donald Trump, cuyo…
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Pompeo-Kim Meeting ‘Very Positive Sign’ for US-North Korea Talks

Christy Lee/VOA News WASHINGTON — CIA Director Mike Pompeo's secret visit to Pyongyang to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "is a very positive sign" that the United States is taking "sensible and necessary steps to prepare for an eventual summit" and increasing the likelihood that a summit will take place, analysts said. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Pompeo, his nominee for secretary of state, met with Kim over Easter weekend. The meeting was part of the preparation for Trump's summit with Kim slated for late May or early June and was the first high-level meeting between a official and a…
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