U.S. Senate Confirms Aaron L. Weisman to be U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island

WASHINGTON, DC - Tonight, the full Senate voted to confirm Rhode Island's Assistant Attorney General Aaron L. Weisman to lead the Attorney's office for Rhode Island. The Trump Administration tapped Mr. Weisman for the position in October, and he received backing from Rhode Island's Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. "Mr. Weisman has the experience to effectively lead the Attorney's office for Rhode Island. I am confident that he will provide strong, steady leadership in this role," said Senator Reed. "I'm pleased that the Senate has confirmed Aaron Weisman as our state's lead federal prosecutor. Mr. Weisman's record at the…
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Pompeo: US ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Colombia Coca Cultivation

VOA News/Reuters CARTAGENA — The United States is deeply concerned about an increase in coca cultivation in Colombia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, but will work with the Andean country to cut production of the raw material for cocaine in half by the end of 2023. Pompeo met with Colombian President Ivan Duque on a brief visit to the coastal city of Cartagena. "The United States remains deeply concerned about the surge in coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia since 2013," Pompeo told journalists following the meeting. Colombia has long been ranked as the world's top producer…
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US Ambassador Meets With American Held in Russia

VOA News Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman on Wednesday visited the retired Marine who has been detained on espionage charges in Russia. He also spoke on the phone with the family of Paul Whelan, 48, according to a State Department statement that did not release any details of the call "due to privacy considerations for Mr. Whelan and his family.'' It did say, "Ambassador Huntsman expressed his support for Mr. Whelan and offered the embassy's assistance.'' Access was granted just hours after Secretary Mike Pompeo said he expected an explanation of why the American was arrested and demanded his release…
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Trump Pushes Anew for Wall Funding in Shutdown Dispute

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier & Chris Hannas WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump pushed again Wednesday for taxpayer funding of a wall along the border, even as he claimed without evidence that Mexico is already paying for it through a new trade deal and that much of the barrier has been built. Trump is meeting with congressional leaders about his demand for wall funding in a dispute that has closed a quarter of government operations for 12 days. The leader invited top Republicans and Democrats to the White House for what it called a "border security briefing," talks occurring the day before…
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Trump Invites Congressional Leaders to Briefing as Shutdown Continues

VOA News WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump has invited Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress to what the White House is calling a "border security briefing" Wednesday, while a partial government shutdown hits its 12th day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to attend the session. It is not clear if Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer or fellow Democrat and House speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi will be there, or whether the two sides will use the meeting to negotiate plans to reopen the government. Democrats will have a majority in the House of Representatives when the new Congress opens Thursday,…
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Trump: US-Mexican Border Wall Would Not Be Solid Concrete

  VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier, Michael Bowman President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that not all of the barrier he wants to build along the Mexican border would be a concrete wall he has long called for. "An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media," Trump contended in a Twitter remark. He was disputing John Kelly, his outgoing White House chief of staff, who said in an interview over the weekend that the Trump administration discarded the idea of a "solid concrete wall" early in Trump's two-year tenure as president. But Trump conceded, "Some areas will be…
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Elizabeth Warren da un gran paso hacia la candidatura presidencial del 2020

Voz de América WASHINGTON — La senadora Elizabeth Warren tomó el lunes un primer paso en el inicio de una campaña altamente anticipada para la presidencia, a la espera de que su reputación como una luchadora populista la ayude a navegar unas primarias demócratas que podría tener dos docenas de candidatos. "Sin importar nuestras diferencias, la mayoría de nosotros queremos lo mismo", dijo la demócrata de 69 años en un video que subraya la historia de su familia en Oklahoma. "Poder trabajar duro , jugar bajo las mismas reglas y cuidar de las personas que amamos. Lucho por eso y es…
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A 9 días de cierre parcial del gobierno, ni republicanos ni demócratas ceden

El presidente Donald Trump Trump insistió el lunes en que "nunca" abandonó la idea de construir un muro fronterizo de hormigón, avivando la incertidumbre generada en medio del cierre parcial del gobierno que ya alcanza su noveno día y que fue provocado por su desacuerdo con los demócratas sobre los fondos que necesita para cumplir su promesa de campaña. Su comentario en Twitter el lunes llega después de que allegados a su administración aseguraron que la promesa emblemática de construir un muro en la frontera con México podría no ser cumplida en la forma en que se promovió. "Un Muro…
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Rusia detiene a estadounidense en Moscú por supuesto espionaje

VOA News/Agencias El servicio ruso de seguridad nacional (FSB) dijo el lunes que había detenido a un ciudadano estadounidense sospechoso de espionaje en Moscú. El FSB, que dijo que el estadounidense fue detenido el 28 de diciembre, indicó en un comunicado que se abrió un caso criminal en su contra. No aportó detalles sobre la naturaleza del supuesto espionaje. La Embajada de Estados Unidos en Moscú no pudo ser contactada de inmediato para comentar la situación. La agencia estatal de noticias Tass identificó al hombre como Paul Whelan. En Rusia, los cargos por espionaje acarrean una pena de cárcel de hasta 20 años.…
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El senador Lindsey Graham está optimista con plan de Trump para salir de Siria

Voz de América El presidente Donald Trump está comprometido con la derrota del Estado Islámico y ordenó ralentizar la salida de las tropas de Siria, dijo el senador republicano Lindsey Graham tras reunirse el domingo con el presidente estadounidense. Graham, quien es miembro del Comité de Servicios Armados del Senado, había pedido hace poco más de una semana una audiencia inmediata sobre el tema y advirtió que retirar a los soldados de Siria dañaría la seguridad nacional y permitiría al Estado Islámico reconstruirse.   "Hablamos sobre Siria. Me dijo algunas cosas que no sabía que me hicieron sentir mucho mejor…
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