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AG Barr Draws Democratic Fire for Handling of Trump Whistleblower Complaint

VOA News By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - In March, special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his final report to Attorney General William Barr without answering the most tantalizing question: Did President Donald Trump attempt to obstruct the investigation into whether Russians meddled with the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. Barr, the savvy veteran Republican lawyer, wasted no time in answering that question for the public: He and his deputy concluded there was no evidence of obstruction. Barr’s tactics triggered widespread criticism from the Democrats. But that maneuver enabled Trump to claim he had been totally exonerated in the investigation. Now, Barr…
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Giuliani, Once ‘America’s Mayor,’ Now a Central Figure in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

VOA News By Rob Garver WASHINGTON - It’s been a long, strange road for Rudy Giuliani, the hard-nosed prosecutor who gained fame as “America’s Mayor” for his leadership in New York City after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Once seen as a promising Republican presidential candidate himself, Giuliani is now trying to beat back accusations that he was a key player in an international scandal that has President Donald Trump facing an impeachment inquiry. Over the course of the past two years, Giuliani, 75, has held multiple meetings with officials from Ukraine as part of an effort to persuade…
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Trump Touts Border Security Ahead of 2020 Campaign

VOA News By Michael Bowman VOA White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara contributed to this report. WASHINGTON — After more than two years of political and legal strife, President Donald Trump appears to be prevailing in revamping immigration policy and building portions of a wall to limit migration across the southern border. Trump views boosting border security as a “promise kept” to the American people, one he will tout to voters in his re-election bid next year. “e’re doing it. We get it done,” the president said this past week. “The wall is being built.” Migrant apprehensions down The administration reports nearly…
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3 US Troops Wounded in Afghanistan Insider Attack

VOA News - By Carla Babb PENTAGON - Three service members were wounded in an insider attack Monday in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. A military spokesman in Afghanistan, Army Col. Sonny Leggett, said a member of the Afghan Civil Order Police fired on a military convoy, and that the service members sustained "non-life-threatening injuries." "The attacker was killed by return fire from Resolute Support forces," he added. Another official confirmed to VOA the three wounded in the attack were all Americans. The attack is under investigation. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the green-on-blue attack and wrongly stated that service members were killed.…
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House Leaders Threaten to Subpoena Pompeo Over Trump-Ukraine Call

By VOA News Three House leaders are demanding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo start turning over all documents related to the Trump-Ukraine telephone call by Thursday or face subpoenas. The Democratic chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees — Elliot Engel, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings — say they first made their demand in a letter to the State Department two weeks ago. FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to newly elected Ukrainian parliament deputies during parliament session in Kyiv, Aug. 29, 2019. The chairmen say the State Department has admitted that a senior Pompeo staffer directly…
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Puerto Rico Braces for Tropical Depression Karen

By VOA News The territory of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are expected to feel the effects of Tropical Depression Karen to the islands Tuesday. The National Weather Service warned Monday that Karen was expected to bring flash floods and mudslides to the islands starting Tuesday into Wednesday. Monday evening, Karen was 215 kilometers south of St. Croix and moving north-northwest at 20 kph, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph. Meteorologist Roberto Garcia predicted that eastern Puerto Rico would be "greatly affected" by moderate to serious flooding. The territory is still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria…
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Trump Dismisses Impeachment Talk

By VOA News President Donald Trump has dismissed any talk about impeachment by some Democrats over reports that he tried to pressure Ukraine's president to investigate leading Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump told reporters as he arrived at the United Nations that he is not taking such threats "at all seriously."  He also again said he discussed what he called  "corruption" concerning Biden and his son with Ukrainian President President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. "We had a perfect phone call with the president of Ukraine. Everybody knows it. It's just a Democrat witch hunt. Here we go again. They failed with Russia,…
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Trump Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

By VOA News WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran's national bank Friday, further escalating economic pressure on the Islamic Republic. "I think the sanctions work," Trump said during a joint White House news conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Trump also said "the military would work, but that is a very severe form of winning." The sanctions came after last weekend's attacks on Saudi Arabian oil installations that officials said were carried out by Iran, an allegation that Tehran denies. But Trump said he was not planning a military response to the attacks, telling reporters in…
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Warren Surges in Democratic Presidential Race

VOA NEWS By Jim Malone WASHINGTON - A new poll shows Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren surging into second place in the Democratic presidential race behind former Vice President Joe Biden. The latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found Biden leading the Democratic field with 31% percent support, followed by Warren at 25% and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in third place with 14%. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in fourth place with 7% support, followed by California Senator Kamala Harris at 5% and entrepreneur Andrew Yang with 4%. Harris has been losing steam in recent polls after she had a brief bump following…
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Washington Monument Reopens

VOA NEWS By Patsy Widakuswara The Washington Monument reopened to the public Thursday after years of closure to replace its aging elevator and security system. First lady Melania Trump helped with the ribbon-cutting ceremony and took a ceremonial first ride to the top of the monument with fourth-graders from nearby Amidon-Bowen Elementary School. The iconic landmark in the nation's capital has been closed for most of the past eight years, after a magnitude earthquake left 150 cracks in its stones in 2011. The monument briefly opened in 2016 but closed again after a series of elevator malfunctions. Fourth-graders from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in…
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