Politics

Trump Rips Attorney General Over Russia Probe, Other Issues

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump launched an array of attacks Wednesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, disparaging Sessions' performance as the country's top law enforcement official. "I'm disappointed in the attorney general for many reasons," Trump told reporters at the White House. His remark came hours after a television interview with HillTV aired in which Trump declared, "I don't have an attorney general. It's very sad." Trump for more than a year has railed against Sessions, the first senator to declare his support for then-candidate Trump in 2016. Trump continues to vent his anger at Sessions for…
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LPR News

Trump Accuses China of Trying to ‘Change’ US Election

VOA News President Donald Trump accused China Tuesday of "actively trying to impact and change" the election and threatened "great and fast economic retaliation" if it retaliates with measures that would hurt American workers. Trump did not offer evidence to support his accusation nor did he specify whether it was the upcoming midterm elections China was allegedly targeting. The accusation comes one day after China promised to take "countermeasures" against Trump's plan to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth Chinese imports. The new duties, which take effect on September 24, will begin at 10 percent, then rise to…
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Politics

GOP, Dems Unite Behind Senate Bill Fighting Addictive Drugs

VOA/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats joined forces to speed legislation combating the misuse of opioids and other addictive drugs toward Senate passage Monday, a rare campaign-season show of unity against a growing and deadly health care crisis. The measure takes wide aim at the problem, including increasing scrutiny of arriving international mail that may include illegal drugs and making it easier for the National Institutes of Health to approve research on finding nonaddictive painkillers and for pharmaceutical companies to conduct that research. The Food and Drug Administration would be allowed to require drug makers to package smaller quantities of…
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LPR News

Senate Committee Plans Hearings for Kavanaugh, Accuser

VOA/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold public hearings next week to hear from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who accused him of assaulting her three decades ago while the two were in high school. "To provide ample transparency, we will hold a public hearing Monday to give these recent allegations a full airing," Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said in a written statement. Republicans on the committee had hoped to hold a vote to move Kavanaugh's nomination forward as early as Thursday of this week. Republican leaders suggested the investigation into the allegations could…
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Judge Flanders’ Statement on Kavanaugh Allegations

WARWICK, RI — Judge Bob Flanders, Republican candidate for Senate and former Supreme Court Justice, issued the following statement regarding Sen. Whitehouse's reaction to the late-breaking allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "The Deputy Chair of the DNC, Rep. Keith Ellison, has two documented claims of physical abuse of women against him, and yet Sen. Whitehouse remains silent. When allegations of sexual abuse were levied against Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Whitehouse ducked for cover. But on this, two months before he is up for re-election, Senator Whitehouse is surprisingly vocal. The last minute nature of these decade-old allegations raise real questions about what…
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Local News

Democratic Party Platform short on specific steps that can be taken in the state of Rhode Island to reduce gun violence

As Rhode Island’s grassroots gun violence prevention organization the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) is gratified to see that the the Democratic Party of Rhode Island has at last recognized that there is “a serious issue with gun violence in our country,” and has for the first time acknowledged that gun violence is a public health issue. Since its inception the RICAGV has advocated treating gun violence as a public health issue, and has worked closely with experts in the field of public health to recommend legislation that will save lives in Rhode Island.   Unfortunately, the party…
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Featured

Complexities of the Upcoming Election in One PA City

VOA/Aline Barros HAZLETON, PA — Residents of the small city of Hazleton, PA, face deeply personal choices in this November’s election which features a homegrown candidate with hardline-immigrant views in a city that has been changed in deep-rooted ways by… an influx of ’s “transformative decade,” is how former police chief Frank DeAndrea puts it. And transformative it has been. About 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Philadelphia, at the intersection of two major highways, Hazleton has some 25,000 residents. In 2000, 5 percent of them were Hispanic. Today, 50 percent of them are. Hazleton's Hispanic community has grown from 5%…
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Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward

VOA News The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has come forward with her allegation. Christine Blasey Ford, professor at Palo Alto University in California, told the Washington Post that she feared for her life during the attack. "I thought he might inadvertently kill me," Ford the newspaper in an interview published Sunday. Ford said the incident took place at a party in Maryland in the 1980s when both she and Kavanaugh were in high school. She said a Kavanaugh and a friend cornered her in a bedroom where Kavanaugh threw her down on…
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Statement from Robert A. DeRobbio in Response to Shooting Outside PCTA

PROVIDENCE, RI — Following the tragedy that occurred yesterday outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy, words feel entirely inadequate. As a father, as a teacher, as a resident of this wonderful city, I struggle to identify any possible phrase to match the level of loss, fear, and anger, which I am sure so many members of our community are feeling. What words of comfort can we offer the family, friends, classmates, and teachers of the 15-year boy old who was killed? What statements of promise can we provide to parents and neighbors who are feeling fearful and looking for answers? Where words fail,…
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Rep. Ranglin-Vassell releases statement on shooting death of Providence boy, 15

STATE HOUSE — Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D-Dist. 5, Providence) has released a statement on the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy outside the Providence Career and Technical Academy Wednesday afternoon. “It is with deep sadness that I write about yet another senseless killing of a bright 15-year-old boy,” said Representative Ranglin-Vassell. “Schools are sacred places of teaching and learning so this public health tragedy is hard on our community. Families must send their children to school and know that they will return home. We must invest in the core urban areas. Poverty and structural racism is the root cause of…
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