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Mueller Report Lays Bare Deep US Partisan Divide

A photo illustration dated April 18, 2019 in Washington, shows an editor looking at a photograph of Attorney General William Barr (L) speaking about the release of the redacted version of the Mueller report, juxtaposed with President Donald Trump's Twitter feed. VOA News - Michael Bowman WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican lawmakers had sharply differing reactions to Thursday's release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted Russia report and what steps, if any, Congress should take next. Investigators determined no one on Trump's campaign knowingly conspired with Russians in Moscow's 2016 election interference, however they declined to exonerate the president on…
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Trump Declares Himself Fully Exonerated

VOA News - Steve Herman Although the special counsel's 448-page report into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign does not fully exonerate President Donald Trump he is certainly taking it that way. "I'm having a good day, too," Trump declared in the White House East Room as the report was released. "It's called no collusion, no obstruction." Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation, while not concluding Trump committed any crime, also states specifically that it does not exonerate him. During the Thursday morning event with wounded military veterans, as bulletins flashed across television screens detailing the findings contained in a redacted version…
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Ivanka Trump Ends Africa Tour at Women Entrepreneur Summit

Photo: Ivanka Trump’s final stop in Africa was in Abidjan, where she spoke at a summit of female entrepreneurs. (E. Sarai/VOA) VOA News - Esha Sarai ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST —Ivanka Trump, President Donald’s Trump’s daughter and senior White House adviser, spoke Wednesday to a summit of women entrepreneurs in the Ivory Coast. “Societies that empower women to succeed are more peaceful and more prosperous. And this is evident in all the research that we see," Trump told an auditorium full of female business owners, community organizers, politicians and students. Her appearance at the Women Entrepreneurs Financial Initiative (WeFi) summit in…
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Slight US Boost Seen From New North American Trade Pact

FILE - President Donald Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Mexico's then-President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, participate in the USMCA signing ceremony, Nov. 30, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. VOA News - Reuters WASHINGTON — The new North American free trade pact would modestly boost the economy, especially auto parts production, but may curb vehicle assembly and limit consumer choice in cars, a hotly anticipated analysis from the  International Trade Commission showed on Thursday. The ITC report is a crucial step in the push for Congress to consider ratification of the Agreement, which was signed by President Donald Trump…
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Mueller Found Trump Sought to Remove Him as Special Counsel

Special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is photographed, April 18, 2019, in Washington. VOA News Special counsel Robert Mueller investigated 11 instances in which he suspected that President Donald Trump had obstructed justice by trying to thwart his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election that Trump won, but ultimately he could not prove the president's intent to break the law. The 448-page report released Thursday concludes there is no evidence that Trump or his campaign aides coordinated with Russians to interfere on behalf of Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign against Democrat…
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Trump Slams Democrats, ‘Dirty Cops’ Ahead of Mueller Report Release

VOA News - Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will release on Thursday a redacted version of the nearly 400-page report of special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian meddling in the 2016 election aimed at helping Donald Trump win the presidency. In a steady drumbeat against the Mueller investigation, Trump claimed again Tuesday that he has already been exonerated of wrongdoing linked to the election, even as he and the American public await details of the prosecutor's 22-month investigation. "No Collusion - No Obstruction!" Trump said on Twitter. On Monday, the leader contended that "these crimes were committed" by his…
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The Right Tone May Give Presidential Candidates Final Sway with Voters

Photo: President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, April 10, 2019. VOA News - Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — “When they go low, we go high,” former first lady Michelle Obama recited as her motto. When it comes to electability, however, that could be bad advice — but not in the way that might be imagined. Research into the voices of political candidates concludes how a contender speaks is critical — and lower pitch is better. “Individuals with lower voices are more likely…
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Trump: ‘I Know Nothing About WikiLeaks’; US Seeks Assange Extradition

VOA NEWS - Henry Ridgwell LONDON — President Donald Trump said Thursday he has no knowledge of the website WikiLeaks, after the whistleblowing site’s founder, Julian Assange, was arrested in Britain. The 47-year-old Australian national had been living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, but was ejected Thursday and taken into custody by British police. Ecuador said Assange had broken asylum conventions by continuing to interfere in other countries’ affairs through the publishing of confidential information. Trump was questioned by reporters on the arrest Thursday. “I know nothing about WikiLeaks. It’s not my thing,” Trump said. “I know…
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On Ellis Island, a Wall Honors Immigrants Old and New

VOA NEWS - Ramon Taylor ELLIS ISLAND, NEW YORK — It may surprise no one to see names like "The Russo Family" from Sicily, Italy, or Anton Ivanovich Malygin from St. Petersburg, Russia, inscribed on Ellis Island's American Immigrant Wall of Honor — a manifestation of common migration patterns to the United States from Europe more than a century ;But on a nearby panel, reflecting the Upper New York Bay and the shapes of visitors in its stainless steel, are the names "Topiltzin and Angela Martínez Family" from Honduras; "Teresa and Rosa E. López" from Puerto Barrios, Guatemala; and "Jaime F. Hernández" from…
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Infighting Stalls Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico, Southeast

VOA NEW - Associated Press Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, infighting among Washington's tribes has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that's desperately being sought by President Donald Trump's allies in Florida and Georgia. Trump's opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 — has sparked a standoff with Democrats demanding more aid for the island territory. Trump is feuding with the island's Democratic officials and railed against aid to Puerto Rico at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans last month. Senate Republicans have stuck with the president so far, refusing to…
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