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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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Trump Continues Attacks on Baltimore and One of its Lawmakers

VOA News/ By Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump remained focused Monday on his criticism of the eastern city of Baltimore, Maryland, and one of its top officials, Congressman Elijah Cummings, who has been critical of the Trump administration. "Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action!" Trump wrote on ; "So tired of listening to the same old , Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!" The Rev. Al Sharpton is holding an event…
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Three Dead in California Garlic Festival Shooting

Among the victims is a 6-year-old boy, who was identified as Steven Romero by family members. By VOA News Authorities in the western state of California say a shooter killed at least three people Sunday afternoon at a garlic festival. The attack happened in the city of Gilroy, where police say the shooter was armed with a ; Another 15 people were injured, but it was not clear whether they were shot. There were officers present at the festival, and Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said they quickly engaged the suspect and shot him dead. Smithee told reporters at a late…
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Mueller Testimony Frustrates Both Parties by Rarely Straying From His Report

VOA News - By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - “I’ll refer you to the report on that.” “That’s accurate based on what’s in the report.” “I don’t want to wade in those waters.” So it went for more than five hours as former special counsel Robert Mueller appeared before two congressional committees Wednesday to testify about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and alleged presidential obstruction of justice, closely hewing to a final report he submitted to Attorney General William Barr in March. Ahead of his appearance before the House judiciary and intelligence committees, Mueller, a former FBI…
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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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Mueller: Investigation Did Not Exonerate Trump of Alleged Obstruction

VOA NEWS - By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - Former special counsel Robert Mueller told Congress Wednesday that his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election did not exonerate President Donald Trump of allegedly obstructing justice by trying to thwart the probe, even though the leader has frequently claimed it did. As hours of testimony started, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler asked the prosecutor, "Did you totally exonerate the president?" "No," Mueller responded, later adding, "The president was not exculpated for the acts he allegedly committed." Mueller explained, however, that Trump could not be criminally charged because of a…
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Trump, Condemned for ‘Racist’ Comments, Continues Attacks on Four House Democrats

VOA News WHITE HOUSE —  Congresswoman Ilhan Omar posted a tweet late Wednesday featuring a picture of herself in the House of Representatives chamber along with a message for President Donald Trump and his supporters, who have in recent days repeatedly suggested the citizen “go back” to her native Somalia. Her response came after Trump, for the fourth consecutive day, attacked Omar and three other women of color in Congress, continuing to question their loyalty to the country and suggesting they should leave. “I think in some cases they hate America,” Trump said of Congresswomen Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayana Pressley and Rashida…
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Reed’s Bipartisan Flood Insurance Reform Would Help Prevent Premiums from Swamping Homeowners & Businesses

Legislation extends National Flood Insurance Program for 5 yrs., institutes reforms to make it more affordable, efficient & sustainable WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others in introducing the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of ; The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance program for five years, implement new reforms -- including Senator Reed’s provisions to invest more in flood mitigation -- and cap premium increases each year. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was originally established in 1968 and is the…
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Thriving Economy Comes at a Price to American Workers

VOA News By Brian Padden YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - The growing  economy is creating new manufacturing jobs in northeastern Ohio, part of the country’s once vibrant industrial heartland, but these new jobs pay about half of what union workers made in the past. This region, sometimes called the Rust Belt, has struggled economically as automobile and steel plants shifted operations over decades to low-wage countries or increased automation to cut the high cost of labor. The region continues to deal with higher unemployment, more than 6% in the Youngstown area, compared with the national average of The mixed regional economic outcomes of increased…
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