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Trump Looking at Several Candidates for Chief of Staff

VOA News/Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is weighing at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through. The high-profile hiring search comes at a pivotal time as the president looks to prepare his White House for the twin challenges of securing his re-election and fending off inquiries once Democrats gain control of the House next year. Trump's top pick for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the running and Trump is now soliciting input on at least four individuals, including Office of Management…
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Editorial Cartoons Pack Powerful Message

ARLINGTON, VA — Editorial cartoons -- also known as political cartoons -- have been around as long as there’s been political discourse and dissent. In the , they’re a vibrant part of American culture and history, and no matter how controversial, are protected as free speech under the First Amendment to the Constitution. In fact, the late Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist Doug Marlette described them as “the acid test of the First Amendment.” An unusual calling Matt Wuerker is a staff cartoonist for Politico, an American political journalism company based just outside the nation's capital. Matt Wuerker, a Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist at Politico, creates…
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Politics

Trump Downplays Payments to Women Who Alleged Affairs With Him

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump sought Monday to diminish allegations he directed his lawyer to criminally violate campaign finance laws by making $280,000 in payments to two women to remain silent before the 2016 election about alleged affairs with said on Twitter the payments made by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, were "a simple private transaction," and that opposition Democrats and federal prosecutors "wrongly call it a campaign contribution, which it was not." The leader said that “...even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE," comparing it to campaign finance violations committed in 2008 by…
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Top House Democrats Raise Prospect of Impeachment, Jail for Trump

VOA News/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Top House Democrats have raised the prospect of impeachment or the real possibility of prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. “There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House intelligence…
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‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Gets New Permanent Home

VOA/Associated Press NEW YORK — The "Fearless Girl" statue that inspired millions with a message of female empowerment has a new permanent home in front of the New York Stock Exchange. The statue was removed on November 27 from its spot opposite Wall Street's "Charging Bull" and unveiled at its new location Monday. The hands-on-hips bronze statue was intended as a temporary display when the Boston-based State Street Global Advisors installed it in March 2017 to encourage corporations to put more women on their boards. Tourists flocked to a traffic island for selfies with the 4-foot (130-centimeter) bronze celebrity. City officials…
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Entertainment

Facebook Unable to Identify Who Was Behind Network of Fake Accounts

VOA News Facebook said Tuesday it had been unable to determine who was behind dozens of fake accounts it took down shortly before the 2018 midterm elections. “Combined with our takedown last Monday, in total we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, 6 Pages, and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior,” Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy, wrote on the company’s blog. At least one of the Instagram accounts had well over a million followers, according to Facebook. A website that said it represented the Russian state-sponsored Internet Research Agency claimed responsibility for the accounts last week, but Facebook said…
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Education

Former West Virginia Coal Mines Turned into Carbon-sucking Forests

VOA News/Steve Baragona ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — Mist rises from the ripped-up and muddy earth as moist soil meets chilly morning air. This field deep within in West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest looks more like a Game of Thrones battleground than a woodlands restoration project. This is how Chris Barton is bringing forests back to Appalachia's old strip mines: with a bulldozer tearing up the soil with meter-long metal teeth. "We've had a lot of people kind of look at us twice," he laughed. Barton is a forest scientist at the University of Kentucky. On these former mines, he's found that before he…
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Mattis to Visit US Southern Border Wednesday

VOA News/Carla Babb PENTAGON — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is due to visit the southern border Wednesday, where thousands of American troops have been deployed to support border patrol agents. Speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Pentagon, Mattis said there has been “no change” to the military mission “at this time.” "We’re doing the obstacle emplacement, we do have helicopters down there,” he said. “We will have to see what the future holds, but right now that is the only mission I have.” President Donald Trump called for increased border security to prevent a caravan of asylum-seeking migrants from Central…
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Most Dangerous US States Might Surprise You

VOA News Alaska is by far the most dangerous state in the nation, according to the business website 24/7 Wall Street. The most sparsely populated of all states, Alaska has the highest rates of rape and aggravated assault in the nation. In 2017, there were 117 rapes and 575 aggravated assaults for every 100,000 residents. Both of those statistics are more than double the corresponding national rates. Last year's murder rate in Alaska was up 20 percent over the previous year. Sheriff's deputy at the entrance to Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, following a deadly shooting on campus, Dec.…
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California’s Deadliest Fire Leaves 48 Dead, Hundreds Missing

VOA News Search teams in the state of California found more bodies Tuesday in areas ravaged by the most destructive wildfire in the state's history, bringing the overall death toll to 48. Crews are working with cadaver dogs and a rapid DNA analysis system in and around Paradise, a town of 27,000 people where in the span of a few days a rapidly moving fire destroyed more than 7,000 homes. Authorities said more than 200 people were still unaccounted for as the searches continued and the fire advanced to the north and east of Paradise. A volunteer search and rescue…
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