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Accused Russian Spy in US Reaches Deal to Plead Guilty

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — An accused Russian spy held by the United States on charges of infiltrating Republican Party circles to provide information to Moscow has reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty, court records showed Monday. Maria Butina, who was arrested in July and detained since then, is set to appear in a Washington court as soon as Tuesday, although the criminal offenses to which she is expected to plead guilty were not disclosed. The 30-year-old Butina had pleaded not guilty to allegations that she acted illegally as an unregistered agent of the Russian government, using a Russian…
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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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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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IRS sees surge in email phishing scams; Summit Partners urge taxpayers: ‘Don’t Take the Bait’

WASHINGTON ― With the approach of the holidays and the 2019 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the nation’s tax industry warned people to be on the lookout following a surge of new, sophisticated email phishing scams.    Taxpayers saw many more phishing scams in 2018 as the IRS recorded a 60 percent increase in bogus email schemes that seek to steal money or tax data. These schemes can endanger a taxpayer’s financial and tax data, allowing identity thieves a chance to try stealing a tax refund.   The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax community, partners in…
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Democratic Governors Elect Governor Gina Raimondo as Next DGA Chair

Governor Phil Murphy to Serve as Chair-Elect for 2020 NEW ORLEANS - America’s Democratic Governors voted today to elect Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as the new Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2019. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will serve as Vice Chair and Chair-Elect for 2020. The vote came at the DGA’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Raimondo has served as DGA Vice Chair since December 2017, alongside outgoing Chair Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington. “I am proud to step up and lead the Democratic Governors Association, and I join my fellow governors in…
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Truce in Trade War After Trump-Xi Dinner in Argentina

VOA News/Steve Herman BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — The world’s two largest economies, the and China, have agreed to a small truce in their escalating trade war after a meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping following the G-20 summit. Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One after the plane departed Argentina, said his agreement made over dinner with Xi, will go down “as one of the largest deals ever made. … And it’ll have an incredibly positive impact on farming, meaning agriculture, industrial products, computers — every type of product." Trump agreed that he will leave the tariffs…
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Trump May Agree to 2-Week Extension of Government Funding

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump says he is willing to agree to a two-week extension of government funding to avoid conflicts with the ceremonies honoring the late President George Bush. Speaking on board Air force One on his way home from the G-20 summit in Argentina, Trump said congressional leaders have asked for the extension because of Bush's funeral on Wednesday and other events this week honoring the country's 41st president. Trump said he "would absolutely consider it and probably give it." Funding for some government operations is currently set to run out on Friday, although much…
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Former President George H.W. Bush to Lie in State at Capitol

VOA News Former President George Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda starting Monday evening as Americans honor the life of the country's 41st president. The Capitol will be open for dignitaries and the public to pay their respects through early Wednesday, with visitors allowed to walk past Bush's casket. He died in Texas, his home state, late Friday at the age of 94 after several years of failing health. Bush, who served a single term in the White House 1989 to 1993, will receive a state funeral Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington, followed by burial…
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