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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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Trump Downplays Payments to Women Who Alleged Affairs With Him

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump sought Monday to diminish allegations he directed his lawyer to criminally violate campaign finance laws by making $280,000 in payments to two women to remain silent before the 2016 election about alleged affairs with said on Twitter the payments made by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, were "a simple private transaction," and that opposition Democrats and federal prosecutors "wrongly call it a campaign contribution, which it was not." The leader said that “...even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE," comparing it to campaign finance violations committed in 2008 by…
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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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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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Former President George H.W. Bush Dies: A Life of Commitment to US

WASHINGTON — George Bush, the 41st president of the United States, a man born of patrician pedigree, but with a sense of honor, duty and service to his country that played out over the last 60 years of the 20th century, has died at his home in Houston, Texas. A family spokesman made the announcement late Friday. The former president was 94 and had been in poor health for several years, suffering from a form of Parkinson’s disease and other ailments. In a life on the world stage and at the highest levels of the American political scene, Bush lost and…
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Trump Threatens to Cut GM Subsidies in Retaliation for US Job Cuts

VOA/Reuters WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump threatened on Tuesday to cut subsidies for General Motors after the largest automaker said it would halt production at five plants in North America and cut nearly 15,000 jobs. "The saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get! We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies, including ... for electric cars," Trump said on Twitter. Trump has made boosting auto jobs a key priority during his almost two years in office and has often attacked automakers on Twitter for not doing enough to boost employment. FILE - President Donald Trump speaks…
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