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Reed Statement on 9/11 Remembrance

WASHINGTON, DC - Today marks 18 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Senator Jack Reed issued the following statement in remembrance of the victims of 9/11 and their families: "9/11 touched us all. Eighteen years later, we still mourn those we lost in the horrific attack and remember the courage and compassion of those who risked everything trying to help. "We will never forget the rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. It's important to reflect on the lessons of 9/11, learn from the past and try to summon the spirit of unity to build a brighter future." Later today in Washington,…
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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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As 9/11 Dawns, Trump Blasts Fed Members as ‘Boneheads’

VOA News By Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says the is missing out economically because "Boneheads" at the Federal Reserve won't lower interest rates at his insistence. The Fed is meeting next week and is expected to trim its benchmark rate by another quarter point after cutting the rate for the first time in a decade in July. FILE - Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell walks to the podium during a news conference in Washington, July 31, 2019. Trump has been pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to drop rates to zero. The rate currently is in a range of…
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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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‘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 Officials Fear Disjointed Battle Against the ‘Global Cyber Pandemic’

VOA News By Jeff Seldin WASHINGTON - Security officials these days are anything but shy when they describe the dangers facing the United States in cyberspace. “We’re in the midst, I think we all know, of a global cyber pandemic,” the National Security Agency’s top lawyer warned at a conference last week. And NSA General Counsel Glenn Gerstell did not stop there. FILE - The National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Maryland. “I think it’s probably fair to say it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” he ; “The opportunities for cyber mischief are increasing at a…
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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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