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House Leaders Threaten to Subpoena Pompeo Over Trump-Ukraine Call

By VOA News Three House leaders are demanding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo start turning over all documents related to the Trump-Ukraine telephone call by Thursday or face subpoenas. The Democratic chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees — Elliot Engel, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings — say they first made their demand in a letter to the State Department two weeks ago. FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to newly elected Ukrainian parliament deputies during parliament session in Kyiv, Aug. 29, 2019. The chairmen say the State Department has admitted that a senior Pompeo staffer directly…
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Puerto Rico Braces for Tropical Depression Karen

By VOA News The territory of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are expected to feel the effects of Tropical Depression Karen to the islands Tuesday. The National Weather Service warned Monday that Karen was expected to bring flash floods and mudslides to the islands starting Tuesday into Wednesday. Monday evening, Karen was 215 kilometers south of St. Croix and moving north-northwest at 20 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph. Meteorologist Roberto Garcia predicted that eastern Puerto Rico would be "greatly affected" by moderate to serious flooding. The territory is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria…
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Trump Dismisses Impeachment Talk

By VOA News President Donald Trump has dismissed any talk about impeachment by some Democrats over reports that he tried to pressure Ukraine's president to investigate leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump told reporters as he arrived at the United Nations that he is not taking such threats "at all seriously."  He also again said he discussed what he called  "corruption" concerning Biden and his son with Ukrainian President President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. "We had a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine. Everybody knows it. It's just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again. They failed with Russia,…
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Trump Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

By VOA News WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran's national bank Friday, further escalating economic pressure on the Islamic Republic. "I think the sanctions work," Trump said during a joint White House news conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Trump also said "the military would work, but that is a very severe form of winning." The sanctions came after last weekend's attacks on Saudi Arabian oil installations that officials said were carried out by Iran, an allegation that Tehran denies. But Trump said he was not planning a military response to the attacks, telling reporters in…
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Warren Surges in Democratic Presidential Race

VOA NEWS By Jim Malone WASHINGTON - A new poll shows Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren surging into second place in the Democratic presidential race behind former Vice President Joe Biden. The latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found Biden leading the Democratic field with 31% percent support, followed by Warren at 25% and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in third place with 14%. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in fourth place with 7% support, followed by California Senator Kamala Harris at 5% and entrepreneur Andrew Yang with 4%. Harris has been losing steam in recent polls after she had a brief bump following…
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Washington Monument Reopens

VOA NEWS By Patsy Widakuswara The Washington Monument reopened to the public Thursday after years of closure to replace its aging elevator and security system. First lady Melania Trump helped with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and took a ceremonial first ride to the top of the monument with fourth-graders from nearby Amidon-Bowen Elementary School. The iconic landmark in the nation's capital has been closed for most of the past eight years, after a magnitude earthquake left 150 cracks in its stones in 2011. The monument briefly opened in 2016 but closed again after a series of elevator malfunctions. Fourth-graders from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in…
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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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