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Ex-White House Counsel Defies House Subpoena to Testify on Russia Probe

VOA News- Ken Bredemeier File: Former White House counsel Don McGahn arrives for a ceremony in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington, May 9, 2019. WASHINGTON — Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn defied a subpoena Tuesday from the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his conversations with President Donald Trump ordering him to oust special counsel Robert Mueller in the midst of Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Democratic-controlled House panel left an empty chair and a nameplate at the witness table for McGahn. But the 50-year-old Washington attorney, now in…
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Trump, to a Degree, at Odds with Restrictive New State Abortion Laws

President Donald Trump says abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a mother is endangered. VOA NEWS - Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump says he is less restrictive in his anti-abortion views than provisions in a string of pro-life laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures in recent days. Trump, in late Saturday Twitter remarks, described himself as "strongly pro-life," but said abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a…
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Proyecto de ley sobre derechos de aborto rechazado por R.I. Judicial del Comité Judicial del Senado

La campaña de alto perfil para proteger la legalidad del aborto en Rhode Island se encontró con una derrota el martes cuando el Comité Judicial del Senado rechazó la legislación para consagrar los principios de la decisión histórica de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos de 1973 Roe v. Wade en la ley estatal. El voto del comité fue de 5 a 4 en contra de la versión del Senado de la legislación, luego de que el Obispo Thomas J. Tobin, de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Providence, tuiteó: "Sigue contando con que el Comité Judicial del Senado rechace el…
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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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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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Congressman Langevin to unveil hotline to report cybercrimes

Federally-funded program will use the Rhode Island 2-1-1 infrastructure to help victims of cybercrime and online fraud PROVIDENCE, —  Congressman Jim Langevin will be joined by local and national officials Monday to celebrate the launch of a statewide cybercrime support and recovery system. The new system allows Rhode Islanders to dial “2-1-1” in order to report and find resources to recover from cybercrimes like identity theft, financial fraud, and cyberstalking. Upon calling, victims will be connected with trained operators who can assess the situation and put them in touch with law enforcement or local, non-profit organizations that provide support services.…
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Trump Finds Himself on Slippery Footing

VOA News - Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump acknowledged he literally found himself on slippery footing Wednesday, a timely simile to what his administration suddenly was confronting. At the start of a political rally in the Florida Panhandle, Trump complained about the condition of the stage. “That runway is like an ice-skating rink and the first step was slippery," he said, jokingly adding: “I think it was put in by the Democrats.” “That's a trap,” the longtime real estate developer continued, adding when that happens you “don't pay the bill.” Later, he compared his sunny Florida podium…
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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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US Senate Leader: Time to Move on From Mueller Report

VOA News - Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it is time for lawmakers to move on from the lengthy investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, despite House Democrats' expansive efforts to investigate President Donald Trump and his administration. "Case closed," McConnell said on the Senate floor. He derided what he said was the "outrage industrial complex" of Democrats and television news show pundits over special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that Trump did not collude with Russians to help him win. "The investigation went on for two years," he said. "It's finally over."…
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