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Warren Wows in Iowa As Candidates’ Sprint To Caucuses Begins

VOA News/By Associated Press DES MOINES, IOWA - The chant “2 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents”started in the back of a crowd that packed sidewalks at the Iowa State Fair. Elizabeth Warren, basking in the spontaneous adulation of her proposed wealth tax, prompted roars with her call for the ultra-wealthy to “pitch in 2 cents so everybody gets a chance to make it.” A night before, the Massachusetts senator enjoyed similar treatment when Democrats at a party dinner jumped to their feet _ some beginning to dance at the opening bars of Dolly Parton's “9 to 5,” the song that would…
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Democratic Frontrunner Biden’s Verbal Gaffes Mounting

VOA News/By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden is the leading Democratic presidential contender among two dozen candidates looking to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but Biden is proving to be unchallenged at committing verbal gaffes on the campaign trail. Biden, with four decades on the American political scene, has long been afflicted with jumbling his public pronouncements into word salads that leave listeners guessing as to their meaning and political opponents quick to attack the 76-year-old politician. The latest instances have come in the Midwest farm state of Iowa, where many of…
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New Puerto Rico Gov Suspends Contract to Rebuild Power Grid

Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez is accompanied by her husband Judge Jorge Diaz during her swearing in ceremony as Puerto Rico's new governor, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. VOA News/AP Associated Press SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - In one of her first moves as Puerto Rico's new governor, Wanda Vazquez announced late Sunday that she is suspending a pending $450,000 contract that is part of the program to rebuild and strengthen the island's power grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority, which is more than $9 billion in debt, had been expected…
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Shooting Attacks Renew Debate Over Domestic Terrorism in US

VOA News By Sirwan Kajjo VOA's Jeff Seldin contributed to this ; WASHINGTON — One of the two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, is being treated as a case of domestic terrorism by federal ; The El Paso attack, which has left 22 people dead, has renewed debate over how to combat domestic terrorism in the United ; The FBI has expressed concerns that such attacks could inspire more homegrown extremists to carry out further violent attacks in the ; "The FBI remains concerned that domestic violent extremists could become inspired by this weekend's attacks and…
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Panic in Times Square After Motorcycle Is Mistaken for Gunshots

By Alex Marshall Just before 10 Tuesday, Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Scout Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theater, was giving her final speech of the night when a nearby motorcycle backfired several times. But just days after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead, many people outside the theater feared another attack. The Daniels Group, a construction firm, posted footage on Twitter of people fleeing Times Square. Soon, frightened passers-by were screaming and banging on the doors of the theater, on West 44th Street, trying to get in, Ms. Keenan-Bolger wrote on Twitter. “It was terrifying for us…
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US Mass Shootings Stoke Issues of White Supremacism and Gun Control

VOA News/ By Rob Garver WASHINGTON - A pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the Saturday and Sunday have dragged two of the most divisive issues in American politics -- the rise of violent white supremacism and gun control -- to the forefront of public conversation as politicians across the ideological spectrum are preparing for what is expected to be an extremely contentious 2020 election campaign. The two shootings, which left 29 people dead and at least 53 more wounded, combine to create a clear political crisis for the Trump administration and its allies in Congress. The first…
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Trump Remained Out of Sight for Hours After Mass Shootings

VOA News/By Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, NEW JERSEY — As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first hours after the tragedies out of sight at his New Jersey golf course, sending out tweets of support awkwardly mixed in with those promoting a celebrity fight and attacking his political foes. Americans did not get a glimpse of the president in the immediate aftermath of a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed at least 20 people and, hours later, one in Dayton, Ohio, that claimed at least nine lives. Not until…
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Trump Signs Bill to Replenish September 11 Victims Fund

By VOA News President Donald Trump Monday signed a bipartisan bill to ensure that a Victim Compensation Fund related to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 never runs out of money. "Our nation owes each of you a profound debt that no words or deeds will ever repay. But we can and we will keep our nation's promise to you," the president said in the White House Rose Garden, flanked by first responders. The president called the first responders "true American warriors." The $ billion fund had been running low, with benefits slashed severely. The legislation signed Monday extends the…
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Explorer to Search for Amelia Earhart’s Plane

By Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON — Robert Ballard, the underwater explorer who found the Titanic, has a new quest:  searching for the plane of famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who disappeared over the Pacific in ; National Geographic said Ballard plans to leave from Samoa on Aug. 7 to carry out the hunt with his state-of-the-art research vessel, E/V ; National Geographic said it plans to film the expedition and air a documentary about it on its television channel on Oct. ; Earhart went missing while on a pioneering around-the-world flight with navigator Fred ; Her disappearance is one of the most tantalizing mysteries in aviation lore, fascinating historians…
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Spokesman Denies Reports of Puerto Rico Governor’s Resignation

By VOA News A spokesman for Puerto Rico's embattled governor tamped down rampant media reports that Ricardo Rossello was about to step down after two weeks of massive protests calling for his ;"Gov. Ricardo Rossello Nevares has not resigned," Anthony Maceira said Wednesday. "As he said yesterday, he is in a process of reflection and listening to the people." Maceira said that some media outlets had published "incorrect rumors'' and that "whatever decision is taken will be officially communicated, as always.'' Also Wednesday, Puerto Rican House Speaker Johnny Méndez told Rosello that the island's lawmakers had begun impeachment proceedings against ;Several officials in the Rosello administration…
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