Politics

North Carolina to Hold Special Election Tuesday

FILE - An election worker enters a polling station in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 24, 2019, as the station prepares for early voting. Voters in North Carolina's 9th district will head to the polls Tuesday for a special election primary that will decide which Republican will face off against Democrat Dan McCready for a seat in the House of Representatives. McCready lost to Republican Mark Harris by just 905 votes in the general election held in September 2018. But the results were never certified because of allegations of absentee ballot fraud. North Carolina's elections board ordered new elections after allegations…
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House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers

FILE - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (L), Representative-elect Karen Handel, R-Ga.(R), and her husband Steve Handel participate in a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 26, 2017. VOA News-Associated Press Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience…
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Jury Awards $2 Billion to Couple Claiming Roundup Weed Killer Caused Cancer

FILE - Containers of Roundup are displayed on a store shelf in San Francisco, Feb. 24, 2019. VOA News For the third time in less than a year, a jury has ruled the main ingredient in a popular weed killer caused cancer in its users. A San Francisco jury Monday awarded more than $2 billion to a couple in their 70s who say glyphosate in Roundup weed killer gave them non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The couple say they used Roundup for 35 years. Attorneys for the couple say numerous scientific studies show glyphosate led to cancer in both animal and human populations.…
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Trump: US ‘Can Make a Deal’ with China

FILE - President Donald Trump, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China. VOA News-Ken Bredemeier Capitol Hill correspondent Michael Bowman and reporter Ira Mellman contributed to this report President Donald Trump said the United States "can make a deal with China tomorrow" to resolve the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies, adding the accusation that China prevented the two sides from completing an agreement. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump portrayed the United States as being "in a much better position now than any deal we could have made," and restated his frequent refrain that…
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China Mobile’s Bid to Offer US Phone Service Rejected

VOA News NEW YORK — communications regulators are rejecting a Chinese telecom company's application to provide service in the due to national-security risks amid an escalation in tensions between the two Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously, 5-0 across party lines, to reject China Mobile International USA Inc.'s long-ago filed application. The Commerce Department had recommended that denial last company, which the FCC says is ultimately owned by the Chinese government, applied in 2011 to provide international phone service in the Trump administration has been pushing against China in several ways. It has been pressuring allies to reject Chinese…
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Official: US Risks Losing Control of Southern Border

VOA News - Michael Bowman WASHINGTON — A official on Wednesday said the nation would "lose control" of its border with Mexico unless a massive and protracted surge of undocumented immigrants and asylum-seekers, primarily from Central America, is contained and reversed. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost issued the warning to a Senate panel while announcing an eye-popping number of migrant apprehensions: 460,294 so far in the current fiscal year, which began in October. That figure exceeds the yearly total recorded by Border Patrol in more than a decade. Provost noted that, unlike in previous major migration periods, children, unaccompanied minors…
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House Committee Votes to Hold Attorney General in Contempt

FILE - Attorney General William Barr is sworn in to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019, on the Mueller Report. VOA News VOA's Patsy Widakuswara and Masood Farivar contributed to this report. CAPITOL HILL — The House Judiciary Committee has voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress over the Justice Department’s refusal to provide an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of Russian election interference. The committee voted 24-16, along party lines, to hold Barr in contempt. When asked earlier in the…
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Students Kill Classmate, Injure 8 at School Near Columbine

Police and others are seen outside a recreation center where students are reunited with their parents, in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo., after a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch, May 8, 2019. VOA News - Associated Press HIGHLANDS RANCH, COLO — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation's worst school shootings just weeks County sheriff's officials said Devon Erickson, 18, and a younger student walked into the STEM School Highlands Ranch Tuesday afternoon and…
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New York Times: Trump Lost More Than $1 Billion in 1980s and ’90s

FILE - Developer Donald Trump poses for photos outside the New York Stock Exchange after the listing of his stock in New York, June 7, 1995. VOA News Between 1985 and 1994, Donald Trump's businesses lost more than $1 billion, allowing the future president to avoid paying federal taxes for eight of those 10 years, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Trump portrays himself as a successful self-made entrepreneur and master dealmaker. However, he lost more money year after year than any other taxpayer, according to the Times, which did not use the actual returns but instead used information provided by someone who…
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Refusal to Hand Over Trump’s Tax Returns Sets Up Legal Fight

VOA News - Associated Press WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won't be turning President Donald Trump's tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House. Mnuchin told Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, Democrat-Massachusetts, in a Monday letter that the panel's request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” as Supreme Court precedent requires. In making that determination, Mnuchin said he relied on the advice of the Justice Department. He concluded that the Treasury Department is “not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information.” He said the Justice Department will provide a more detailed…
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