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Secret Service Agent Dies on Overseas Trip

VOA News WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are mourning a Secret Service agent, who died in Scotland this past week during their recent trip to Europe. The president and first lady Wednesday headed to Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday to pay their respects to 42-year-old Nole Remagen. The agent's body was due to arrive there later in the afternoon. A statement from the president says Remagen suffered a stroke and died Tuesday, surrounded by family and Secret Service colleagues. “Our hearts are filled with sadness over the loss of a beloved and devoted Special Agent,…
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Trump and Europe: Friend or Foe?

VOA News/Jamie Dettmer LONDON — Europeans have reacted with a mixture of alarm and relief to Monday’s summit between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. They are relieved the leader did not give away any aces but they remain queasy about Trump’s apparent eagerness to get on with the Russian leader while displaying to them a combativeness normally reserved for opponents rather than allies. Their mood was downcast even before the summit kicked-off, disheartened by President Trump denouncing the European Union as a greater “foe” than Russia and China in a media interview just hours before the summit in…
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US Charges Russian Woman With Conspiracy to Infiltrate American Organizations

VOA News/Masood Farivar WASHINGTON — A self-styled Russian gun rights advocate who cultivated close ties with the National Rifle Association on behalf of Russia was charged on Monday with conspiracy to infiltrate political organizations as part of Moscow's influence operations in the United States. Maria Butina, 29, whose Twitter account describes her as the founder and board member of the "Right to Bear Arms" group and who worked as a special aide to a top Russian government official, was arrested on Sunday by the FBI in Washington. Butina appeared in federal court on Monday afternoon to face charges of conspiracy to…
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Trump Lowers Expectations for Putin Summit, Slams EU

VOA News/William Gallo HELSINKI — Just hours ahead of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump has both lowered expectations for the talks and issued a stunning rebuke of what has traditionally been one of Washington’s closest allies. “Well I think we have a lot of foes,” Trump told CBS News when asked who he thinks is the ’ biggest enemy. “I think the European Union is a foe. Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe.” Trump also said Russia is a foe “in certain respects.” European Council President Donald Tusk quickly responded…
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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Woos Senators Amid Partisan Storm

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — One day after President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence. "The president really could not have done a better job of picking an extraordinarily well-qualified nominee," McConnell, who represents Kentucky, said after the encounter. "We believe it's possible to handle this nomination fully by the fall." Kavanaugh, 53, took part in investigations of former President Bill Clinton, helped former President George W. Bush prevail in the 2000 Florida vote recount…
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ACLU: Children, Parents Unlikely to be Reunited by Deadline

VOA News It is unlikely that the government will be able to reunite all the immigrant children younger than 5 who were forcibly separated from their families at the border by Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline, according to a statement issued by the American Civil Liberties Union late Sunday. “It’s extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under five with their parents,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy and every extra day apart just adds to…
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Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices

VOA News The privilege of naming justices to the Supreme Court — judges whose decisions could affect the lives of Americans for decades — is one of the most consequential choices a president can make. President Donald Trump has already placed one justice on the court, Neil Gorsuch, and says he wants to choose a “great one” to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump says the new justice should have a great intellect and the right temperament. Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing…
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Pompeo: N. Korea Could Have Ties With US Like Vietnam

VOA News Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged North Korea on Sunday to replicate Vietnam in forging a new relationship with the United States, much like Hanoi has done more than four decades after the Vietnam War against the ended. The top diplomat, visiting the Vietnamese capital after two days of talks in Pyongyang aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear weapons program, said 23 years of normalized relations with Vietnam should be proof to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the can create new ties with former foes. "We know it is a real possibility because we see how…
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Trump Lawyers Nearing Decision He Won’t Sit for Russia Probe Interview

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump's attorney said Sunday the president's legal team is "close to determining" that he won't sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign aimed at helping Trump win. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and Trump's lead attorney, told ABC News and CNN that Trump's lawyers want evidence from Mueller's investigators that Trump engaged in wrongdoing before agreeing to let him be questioned. Trump has often said he is ready for an interview in Mueller's 14-month probe, but Giuliani told…
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Judicial Watch Sues CIA for Documents on Dossier Leak to Senator Harry Reid

Reid Publicized Clinton-DNC Dossier Allegations Following Brennan Briefing (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for records of communications with former Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and his staff regarding the anti-Trump dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (Judicial Watch v. Central Intelligence Agency (No. 1:18-cv-01502)). Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid reportedly believed then-Obama CIA Director Brennan was feeding him information about alleged links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government in order to make public accusations. According to “Russian Roulette,” by Yahoo! News chief…
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