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Giuliani, Once ‘America’s Mayor,’ Now a Central Figure in Trump Impeachment Inquiry

VOA News By Rob Garver WASHINGTON - It’s been a long, strange road for Rudy Giuliani, the hard-nosed prosecutor who gained fame as “America’s Mayor” for his leadership in New York City after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Once seen as a promising Republican presidential candidate himself, Giuliani is now trying to beat back accusations that he was a key player in an international scandal that has President Donald Trump facing an impeachment inquiry. Over the course of the past two years, Giuliani, 75, has held multiple meetings with officials from Ukraine as part of an effort to persuade…
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Trump Touts Border Security Ahead of 2020 Campaign

VOA News By Michael Bowman VOA White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara contributed to this report. WASHINGTON — After more than two years of political and legal strife, President Donald Trump appears to be prevailing in revamping immigration policy and building portions of a wall to limit migration across the southern border. Trump views boosting border security as a “promise kept” to the American people, one he will tout to voters in his re-election bid next year. “e’re doing it. We get it done,” the president said this past week. “The wall is being built.” Migrant apprehensions down The administration reports nearly…
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House Leaders Threaten to Subpoena Pompeo Over Trump-Ukraine Call

By VOA News Three House leaders are demanding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo start turning over all documents related to the Trump-Ukraine telephone call by Thursday or face subpoenas. The Democratic chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight committees — Elliot Engel, Adam Schiff, and Elijah Cummings — say they first made their demand in a letter to the State Department two weeks ago. FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks to newly elected Ukrainian parliament deputies during parliament session in Kyiv, Aug. 29, 2019. The chairmen say the State Department has admitted that a senior Pompeo staffer directly…
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Warren Surges in Democratic Presidential Race

VOA NEWS By Jim Malone WASHINGTON - A new poll shows Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren surging into second place in the Democratic presidential race behind former Vice President Joe Biden. The latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll found Biden leading the Democratic field with 31% percent support, followed by Warren at 25% and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in third place with 14%. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in fourth place with 7% support, followed by California Senator Kamala Harris at 5% and entrepreneur Andrew Yang with 4%. Harris has been losing steam in recent polls after she had a brief bump following…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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