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Experts: ‘Experience Matters’ in Negotiating With North Korea

VOA News/Christy Lee WASHINGTON — The American team’s lack of experience in negotiating with North Koreans, as well as a lack of preparation, may have contributed to the collapse of this week’s Hanoi summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, who favors top-down diplomacy, according to experts. The two-day summit that began Wednesday ended when Trump walked out on Thursday without a denuclearization deal or a declaration of peace to end the Korean War, a move met with approval in Washington, even though the summit began with hope of concrete agreements on denuclearization. “Sometimes, you have to walk, and this was…
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Otto Warmbier’s Parents: North Korea Responsible for Son’s Death

VOA News The parents of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was released from North Korean custody in a vegetative state, accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of "unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity" Friday after President Donald Trump refused to blame Kim for the death of their son. "Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto," they said in a statement. "No excuses or lavish praise can change that." Warmbier died just days after he was returned to his family in June 2017. Trump said Thursday he does not believe Kim knew…
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Trump to Address Conservative Conference

VOA News President Donald Trump will address a friendly audience Saturday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, capping a tumultuous week highlighted by failed talks at a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and damning testimony before Congress by former personal attorney Michael Cohen. The conference promises to be a welcome diversion for Trump, as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia appears to be coming to a conclusion. It will be the Republican president’s third consecutive appearance since he has been in office at the three-day conference at National Harbor…
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How Trump May Have Covered Up Hush Payment Scheme

VOA News/Masood Farivar CAPITOL HILL — It barely registered with lawmakers during disgraced lawyer Michael Cohen's dramatic congressional testimony Wednesday about President Donald Trump's alleged misdeeds throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and his first year in office. But in what could spell a major legal headache for Trump, House Democrats are investigating whether the president hid from government ethics officials hundreds of thousands of dollars he paid Cohen as part of a scheme to silence porn star Stormy Daniels about her allegations that she and Trump had an affair years before. The investigation by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform…
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The Coastal Resources Management Council approved Vineyard Wind’s application for an 84 turbine project

Vineyard Wind’s project to create a wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard was approved unanimously by the Coastal Resources Management Council at Tuesday night’s meeting. Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Pederson said in a statement, "We thank the members of the CRMC, the Fisheries Advisory Board, and other fishermen for working with us to develop a package that will allow the offshore wind and fisheries industries to share the ocean resources and grow together." The $2 billion wind farm will be put up in the water 14 miles from Martha’s Vineyard. The Fishermen’s Advisory Board accepted the proposed roughly…
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Lt. Gov. McKee Unveils Updated State Plan to Address Alzheimer’s, Rallies General Assembly Support

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Lt. Governor Daniel McKee today unveiled an update to Rhode Island’s State Plan on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders featuring a new, bold set of recommendations for improving supports and services for Rhode Islanders affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Lt. Governor was joined by Representative Mia Ackerman (D-Cumberland, Lincoln) and Senator Cynthia Coyne (D-Barrington, Bristol, East Providence) who announced resolutions to endorse the Plan update as Rhode Island’s blueprint for addressing the growing Alzheimer’s crisis. Lt. Governor McKee, who serves as Chair of Rhode Island’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council, embarked on the effort to update…
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Federal Government Investing Additional $54.5 Million in Rhode Island Bridges Under New Law Authored by Senator Reed

Additional funding aiding states with high percentage of poor bridge decks The federal government will be investing an additional $ million in Rhode Island bridge improvement and repair projects this year thanks to provisions in a new spending law authored by Senator Jack Reed. Reed joined with Governor Gina Raimondo, the Congressional delegation, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and Mayors Elorza and DaSilva today at the Henderson Bridge today to lay out plans for the funds. Senator Reed, the ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), successfully included a $475 million…
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Reed Seeks to Update and Advance the Voting Rights Act

Senators introduce Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 to prevent voter discrimination nationwide WASHINGTON, DC – On the 54th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery voting rights march, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Doug Jones (D-AL) and a host of colleagues in introducing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) of 2019, which seeks to update and advance voting protections for all Americans. The bill is being led by Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) in the House of Representatives. The landmark Voting Rights Act, which was originally passed in 1965…
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Raimondo Inaugural Committee Makes $50,000 Donation to RI Community Food Bank

PROVIDENCE, RI- Governor Gina M. Raimondo announced today that her 2019 Inaugural Committee raised a total of $50,000 to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. This donation will help provide food assistance to more than 53,000 Rhode Islanders who rely on the Food Bank each month. "No one should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table," said Governor Raimondo. "For almost forty years, the Food Bank has been a critical source of healthy food for thousands of Rhode Islanders. Food insecurity is a serious issue in our state, and one third of those served…
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Reed, Senators Seek Declassified U.S. Intelligence Report on Slaying of Jamal Khashoggi

Democratic Senators reintroduce bill requiring public, unclassified report on Khashoggi murder by Saudi Arabia WASHINGTON, DC – While the Trump Administration refuses to make public information about the slaying of resident and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in October of 2018, a group of Senators is seeking to shed light on the heinous killing. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), introduced legislation today requiring a public report on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The bill comes in response to the Trump Administration’s…
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