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America’s Never-Ending War to Keep Itself Safe

VOA News By Jeff Seldin WASHINGTON - For the past 18 years, there is one question that has rarely strayed for long from the minds of a majority of people living in the United States: Are we safe? It is a question that was etched into the American psyche following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists flew two planes into New York’s World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon, while a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. “I looked out the window and I could see a mountain of concrete and steel just falling past the…
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Texas Lawmakers Struggle With Gun Control in Wake of Mass Shootings

VOA News By Katherine Gypson CAPITOL HILL - Lawmakers return to work on Capitol Hill this week facing new calls for gun legislation in the wake of three high-profile mass shootings over the summer. President Donald Trump was set to meet with Senate Republicans late Tuesday to discuss possible legislative solutions that could include so-called "red flag" bills that would allow family members and law enforcement to go to court to keep guns out of the hands of high-risk individuals. Earlier Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee began drafting legislation that would ban high-capacity ammunition magazines. The renewed calls for Congress to…
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Republican Wins Closely Watched US House Special Election

By VOA News Republican Dan Bishop has won a seat in the House of Representatives after a narrow victory in a special election that was watched closely by the country’s major parties for potential signals ahead of next year’s national elections. Bishop defeated Democratic candidate Dan McCready by a margin of 51 percent to 49 percent. In a sign of the importance of the election, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both visited North Carolina on the eve of the election to rally support for Bishop. Trump celebrated the victory Tuesday, along with a Republican win in another special…
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‘Big Papi’ lanza la primera bola en el partido Yankees-Medias Rojas

RFI - Boston (Estados Unidos) (AFP) La leyenda del bateo el dominicano David 'Big Papi' Ortiz tiró el primer lanzamiento ceremonial antes del partido este lunes entre los Medias Rojas y los Yankees de Nueva York en el Fenway Park de Boston Red, ganado por los 'Mulos' 5x0. Esta fue la primera aparición pública de Ortiz desde que le dispararon hace tres meses en su natal República Dominicana. Ortiz salió de la caseta ante una gran ovación de pie de los espectadores, luego tiro la primera bola que recibió su ex compañero de equipo el receptor Jason Varitek. "En primer…
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US, Mexico Officials to Meet About Reduction in Migrant Border Crossings

By VOA News Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard is set to meet Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence and other officials to discuss Mexico's efforts to reduce the number of migrants arriving at the southern border. The talks come a day after Customs and Border Protection announced the number of migrants intercepted at the border fell 22% in August, and said the drop was due to greater cooperation from Mexico. CBP acting Commissioner Mark Morgan said the number of migrants taken into custody or turned back at the border numbered 64,000 in August. He said that was a 22% drop…
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US Parties Closely Watching North Carolina Special House Election

By VOA News Voters in the eastern state of North Carolina are participating Tuesday in a special election for a Congress seat that is being closely watched by Democrats and Republicans for potential signs of the parties' prospects in next year's national elections. Public opinion polls ahead of the voting indicated Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready running virtually even. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made last-second appeals in support of Bishop during visits to the state Monday. The seat has been held by a Republican since the ; The race has drawn so much attention and…
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Peace Talks with Taliban Are ‘Dead’

VOA News By Steve Herman VOA's Afghanistan Service and White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara contributed to this report. WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump is denying he overruled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about hosting the Taliban at Camp David for peace talks. "I took my own advice," Trump told reporters Monday. "We had a meeting scheduled. It was my idea, and it was my idea to terminate it. I didn't discuss it with anybody else." The Taliban, according to Trump, "are telling people they made a big mistake" by carrying out an attack last Thursday in Kabul…
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US Credits Mexico, Central America for Sharp Drop in Border Arrests

VOA News By Reuters WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday credited Mexico and Central American countries with helping to cut border arrests by nearly 60% from a record high earlier this year but then lashed out at a federal judge for ruling against a strict anti-asylum policy. With President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policy shaping up as an issue in his 2020 re-election campaign, Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said that 64,000 people were detained or turned back at the southwest border in August. That was down 22% from July and 56% from a high mark…
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White House to Propose Expedited Death Penalty for Perpetrators of Mass Shootings

VOA News - By Reuters SHANNON, IRELAND - Attorney General William Barr has drafted legislation that would speed the death penalty for people who have committed mass murder, a White House official said Monday. Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, told reporters on Air Force 2 that the measure would be part of a package of gun legislation that the White House intends to propose to Congress. Pence, who is traveling in Europe, had been in contact with Barr about the issue, Short said. The White House has been working on measures to address gun violence…
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Why American Labor Day is in September

By VOA News Why do Americans celebrate Labor Day? Labor Day is a national holiday, created to honor workers and their contribution to the economy. Many Americans use the day to celebrate the end of summer and would be surprised to know the day has its roots in the labor movement of the late 1800s. How did the holiday begin? During the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution was at its peak, and many Americans worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in harsh conditions for low pay. Even young children worked in factories. Virtually no employers provided their workers with sick…
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