Featured

Republican Wins Closely Watched US House Special Election

By VOA News Republican Dan Bishop has won a seat in the House of Representatives after a narrow victory in a special election that was watched closely by the country’s major parties for potential signals ahead of next year’s national elections. Bishop defeated Democratic candidate Dan McCready by a margin of 51 percent to 49 percent. In a sign of the importance of the election, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both visited North Carolina on the eve of the election to rally support for Bishop. Trump celebrated the victory Tuesday, along with a Republican win in another special…
Read More »

US Parties Closely Watching North Carolina Special House Election

By VOA News Voters in the eastern state of North Carolina are participating Tuesday in a special election for a Congress seat that is being closely watched by Democrats and Republicans for potential signs of the parties' prospects in next year's national elections. Public opinion polls ahead of the voting indicated Republican Dan Bishop and Democrat Dan McCready running virtually even. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence made last-second appeals in support of Bishop during visits to the state Monday. The seat has been held by a Republican since the ; The race has drawn so much attention and…
Read More »
Featured

US Credits Mexico, Central America for Sharp Drop in Border Arrests

VOA News By Reuters WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Monday credited Mexico and Central American countries with helping to cut border arrests by nearly 60% from a record high earlier this year but then lashed out at a federal judge for ruling against a strict anti-asylum policy. With President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policy shaping up as an issue in his 2020 re-election campaign, Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, said that 64,000 people were detained or turned back at the southwest border in August. That was down 22% from July and 56% from a high mark…
Read More »
Featured

Pompeo: Trump Correctly Called Off Taliban Talks Because of Its Terrorist Attacks

By Ken Bredemeier Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Donald Trump "made the right decision" to call off peace talks with Taliban leaders at his presidential retreat because of the terrorist group's on-going attacks in Afghanistan. "We need to see them capable of delivering on their promises" to end violence in the war-torn country before they are "rewarded" with a meeting with Trump, Pompeo told CNN. He made no commitment on whether or when peace talks would resume. The top American diplomat said Trump's planned Sunday meetings at his Camp David retreat outside Washington with the Taliban and…
Read More »
Featured

White House to Propose Expedited Death Penalty for Perpetrators of Mass Shootings

VOA News - By Reuters SHANNON, IRELAND - Attorney General William Barr has drafted legislation that would speed the death penalty for people who have committed mass murder, a White House official said Monday. Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, told reporters on Air Force 2 that the measure would be part of a package of gun legislation that the White House intends to propose to Congress. Pence, who is traveling in Europe, had been in contact with Barr about the issue, Short said. The White House has been working on measures to address gun violence…
Read More »
Featured

Hijo de Bolsonaro viaja para agradecer a Trump apoyo en crisis por fuegos en Amazonas

VOA News El diputado Eduardo Bolsonaro, hijo del presidente Jair Bolsonaro, y el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, se encuentran este viernes en Estados Unidos para "agradecer" al presidente estadounidense Donald Trump su respaldo en la crisis generada por los incendios en la Amazonía. El presidente brasileño hizo el anuncio en Twitter: "Nuestro canciller Ernesto Araújo y el diputado Eduardo Bolsonaro serán recibidos este viernes por el presidente Donald Trump en la Casa Blanca en Washington", tuiteó Bolsonaro el jueves por la noche. Bolsonaro dijo que le había pedido ayuda al presidente estadounidense Donald Trump y que éste le había dicho…
Read More »
Featured

How Democratic Insider Greg Craig Got Caught Up in the Russia Probe

VOA News By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - Greg Craig is an improbable figure in the national saga formerly known as the "Russia Investigation." While almost everyone caught in former special counsel Robert Mueller's cross-hairs — from Paul Manafort to Roger Stone — had close ties to President Donald Trump’s orbit, Craig was a conspicuous outsider. The 74-year-old veteran Washington lawyer and Democratic insider served in prominent positions in the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama before joining a white-shoe New York law firm in recent years. Declining fortunes Since then, Craig’s fortunes have taken a hit. Now, the retired trial…
Read More »
Featured

Field of US Democratic Presidential Candidates Narrows as Next Debate Approaches

By VOA News The race to pick which Democratic candidate will face President Donald Trump in next year's election is getting a little more clear. What once was a contest that seemingly added entrants every day is starting to narrow from a field that at one point featured about 20 candidates. FILE - Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, , speaks at a news conference on the 9/11 victims fund on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday she was dropping out of the race amid low poll numbers. She was one…
Read More »
LPR News

South Korea Scrapping Intel Pact Strains US Alliance

VOA News/By William Gallo South Korea’s decision to end a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan won't necessarily have an immediate impact on regional security, but the move could challenge the Korea alliance at a particularly tense moment, analysts ; South Korea announced Thursday it does not plan to renew the intelligence sharing agreement, escalating Seoul’s bitter trade dispute that is rooted in historical tensions with its colonial occupier Japan. The move was a blow for the United States, which helped negotiate the deal in hopes it would allow South Korea and Japan to work more closely on challenges including…
Read More »
Featured

White House Abandons Fight Over Foreign Aid

VOA News/By Ken Bredemeier, Steve Herman The White House on Thursday abandoned its fight with Congress over whether to fund $4 billion in foreign aid and will allow the money to be spent.  President Donald Trump had considered cutting the spending on the ground that it was wasteful and unnecessary, but he retreated when it became apparent that some key lawmakers were opposed. "The president has been clear that there is waste and abuse in our foreign assistance, and we need to be wise about where money is going," a senior White House official told VOA, "which is why he asked his…
Read More »