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US Senate Leader: Time to Move on From Mueller Report

VOA News - Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it is time for lawmakers to move on from the lengthy investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, despite House Democrats' expansive efforts to investigate President Donald Trump and his administration. "Case closed," McConnell said on the Senate floor. He derided what he said was the "outrage industrial complex" of Democrats and television news show pundits over special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that Trump did not collude with Russians to help him win. "The investigation went on for two years," he said. "It's finally over."…
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FBI Chief Breaks with Boss on Use of Term ‘Spying’

VOA News Photo: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during a hearing, on Capitol Hill, May 7, 2019, in Washington. WASHINGTON — The head of the top law enforcement agency in the United States told lawmakers Tuesday he would not use the term "spying" to describe the agency's court-approved surveillance work. "Well, it's not the term I would use, "FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Appropriations Committee "Lots of people have different colloquial phrases." Wray's comments are a departure from remarks made by his boss, Attorney General William Barr. Barr told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee in April, "I think spying…
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US Democrats Move to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt

FILE - Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019. VOA News - Ken Bredemeier The House Judiciary Committee moved Monday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the panel's chairman, said the committee would vote Wednesday on the contempt citation, a new escalation of the rancor between the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and President Donald Trump, a Republican,…
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One-time Trump Fixer Michael Cohen Heads to Prison

VOA News - Ken Bredemeier Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's one-time personal attorney and political fixer, headed to prison Monday to begin a three-year sentence, in part for helping pay off two women to keep quiet before the 2016 election about affairs they allegedly had with Trump a decade before he ran for the White House. The 52-year-old Cohen, now disbarred as a lawyer, is reporting to a minimum-security Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, 120 kilometers northwest of New York City, where he worked for Trump for more than a decade. As he left New York City, Cohen…
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It’s a Boy for Meghan and Prince Harry!

"It's a Boy!" Britain's Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan announced on their official Instagram account VOA News " We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.," the message said. Officials said Prince Harry was at his wife's side during the birth but the location has not yet been disclosed. According to the statement, baby and mother are doing well. "The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well. The couple thank members of…
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Biden Surges into Lead in Democratic Primary Race

VOA News - Jim Malone Former Vice President Joe Biden is enjoying a strong start to his 2020 presidential campaign. Several new polls show him surging to a big lead in the 20-person Democratic presidential field following his official announcement via video last week. The latest CNN poll shows Biden leading the Democratic race with 39% support, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 15%. Biden’s lead grew by 11 points since the last CNN survey in March. In a new Quinnipiac University poll, Biden has jumped to 38%, up from 29% in March. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren places second…
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Venezuela: ‘Attempted Coup’ Underway, as Guaido Calls for Military to Help Oust Maduro

VOA News-Ken Bredemeier Venezuela's socialist government said Tuesday that an "attempted coup" was underway in Caracas, with opposition leader and recognized interim president Juan Guaido saying there was "no turning back" in his efforts to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, with gunfire erupting and troops loyal to Maduro firing water cannons at protesters. Television footage showed one Venezuela National Guard vehicle running over demonstrators who were throwing rocks at the military. In Washington, President Donald Trump said on Twitter he was "very closely" monitoring the situation, adding, "The United States stands…
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IMF: US Sanctions Cutting Iranian Growth, Boosting Inflation

VOA News The International Monetary Fund is forecasting Iran's economy to shrink by 6% this year as it faces pressure from sanctions. In a report released Monday, the IMF said its estimates for Iran, which include the potential for inflation to top 40%, predate a decision to end waivers that have allowed some Iranian oil buyers to continue making their purchases despite new sanctions that went into effect last year. The Trump administration is due to formally end the waivers on Thursday for some of Iran's top crude purchasers, including China, India, Japan, Turkey and South Korea. The United States…
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Follies on Immigration, Health Care

VOA NEWS/ Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump stretched the truth on various fronts at his Wisconsin rally and in weekend remarks, asserting that an immigration plan to send migrants illegally in the country to sanctuary cities had begun when it hadn’t. He also claimed credit for jobs he didn’t create, exaggerated his record on health care and spread untruths about the Russia investigation. A look at the rhetoric and the reality: IMMIGRATION TRUMP: “Last month alone, 100,000 illegal immigrants arrived in our borders, placing a massive strain on communities and schools and hospitals and public resources, like nobody’s ever seen…
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Pope Francis Donates $500,000 to Help Migrants in Mexico

Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to help migrants in Mexico, offering assistance to local projects that provide food, lodging and basic necessities. The funds, from the Peter's Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by 16 Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, Peter's Pence said in a recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, traveling on foot or with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. But they have been blocked at the border with the United particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018,…
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