Politics

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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Founder of Papa John’s Pizza Franchise Resigns Over Racial Slur

VOA News The founder of the popular pizza delivery franchise Papa John's has resigned as chairman of the company's board after a published report he used a racial slur during a conference call. Forbes magazine published a report Wednesday that John Schnatter was participating in a media training session with a marketing agency on how to respond to race-related questions. When asked how he would separate himself from racist groups, Schnatter reportedly used the N-word when he said Colonel Sanders, the founder of the popular Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise, never faced any backlash for using the slur. Schnatter admitted to…
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All 12 Boys and Coach Rescued from Thai Cave

VOA News All 12 boys and their coach have been pulled out of a flooded Thai cave where they and they had been trapped for more than two weeks, according to the Thai Navy SEALs. "All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave," a post on their Facebook page said, referring to the boys' soccer team, the Wild Boars. The post added that all were safe and signing off with a "hooyah." A later post on Facebook said the last four Thai Navy SEALs had exited the cave safely, including a photo of the four —…
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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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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Woos Senators Amid Partisan Storm

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — One day after President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence. "The president really could not have done a better job of picking an extraordinarily well-qualified nominee," McConnell, who represents Kentucky, said after the encounter. "We believe it's possible to handle this nomination fully by the fall." Kavanaugh, 53, took part in investigations of former President Bill Clinton, helped former President George W. Bush prevail in the 2000 Florida vote recount…
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Cave rescue: Four more boys rescued by Thai Navy divers

Divers have rescued four more boys from a vast flooded cave system in northern Thailand on the second day of a complex operation. The Thai Navy Seals leading the rescue operation have confirmed that eight boys in total have been extracted. Four boys and their football coach remain inside the caves. The group was trapped in the cave on 23 June after heavy rains caused flooding, and was found alive last week by divers. Four boys were brought out safely on Sunday, but the mission was paused overnight for air tanks to be replaced. Before the confirmation that four more…
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More Boys Rescued from Flooded Thai Cave

VOA News At least five boys out of a group of 12 and their soccer coach have been rescued after being trapped in a flooded Thai cave for more than two weeks. The first four boys, rescued by divers Sunday, were airlifted to a hospital in Chiang Rai, and the fifth, brought out of the cave Monday, is expected to join them after initial treatment in a field hospital near the Tham Luang caves. Unconfirmed reports say three more boys were rescued Monday. The children's families have not been told which boys have been rescued Interior Minister Anupong Paojina said…
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