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Llega una nueva generación de políticos al Capitolio: el Congreso de EE.UU. nunca antes se había visto así

Clare Foran, Phil Mattingly, CNN Washington (CNN) - La 116ª generación del Congreso rompió las barreras antes de que sus miembros pusieran un pie en Washington. Hay un número récord de mujeres que prestaron juramento el jueves. Mujeres musulmanas llegarán al Congreso por primera vez, al igual que las nativas americanas. El estado de Texas envió al Congreso a las dos primeras latinas del estado y dos congresistas negras electas de Nueva Inglaterra también harán historia al venir a Washington. Los primeros históricos vienen de ambos partidos y al menos un miembro será menor de 30. Los demócratas toman el control de la…
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New US Senators Bring Diverse Backgrounds, Voices to Washington

VOA News/Michael Bowman CAPITOL HILL — At the start of a new Congress, Republicans expand their Senate majority to 53 members, while Democrats number 47, including two independents who caucus with them. The 2018 midterm elections featured 33 Senate contests for six-year terms in the 100-member chamber. Up for grabs were 23 seats held by Democrats, eight by Republicans and both independents. Democrats won two Republican-held seats, while Republicans captured four Democratic seats for a net gain of two. Both independents won re-election. VOA takes a look at the senators who are new to the chamber, many of whom are already…
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Trump: US-Mexican Border Wall Would Not Be Solid Concrete

  VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier, Michael Bowman President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that not all of the barrier he wants to build along the Mexican border would be a concrete wall he has long called for. "An all concrete Wall was NEVER ABANDONED, as has been reported by the media," Trump contended in a Twitter remark. He was disputing John Kelly, his outgoing White House chief of staff, who said in an interview over the weekend that the Trump administration discarded the idea of a "solid concrete wall" early in Trump's two-year tenure as president. But Trump conceded, "Some areas will be…
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Accused Russian Spy in US Reaches Deal to Plead Guilty

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — An accused Russian spy held by the United States on charges of infiltrating Republican Party circles to provide information to Moscow has reached a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty, court records showed Monday. Maria Butina, who was arrested in July and detained since then, is set to appear in a Washington court as soon as Tuesday, although the criminal offenses to which she is expected to plead guilty were not disclosed. The 30-year-old Butina had pleaded not guilty to allegations that she acted illegally as an unregistered agent of the Russian government, using a Russian…
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Editorial Cartoons Pack Powerful Message

ARLINGTON, VA — Editorial cartoons -- also known as political cartoons -- have been around as long as there’s been political discourse and dissent. In the , they’re a vibrant part of American culture and history, and no matter how controversial, are protected as free speech under the First Amendment to the Constitution. In fact, the late Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist Doug Marlette described them as “the acid test of the First Amendment.” An unusual calling Matt Wuerker is a staff cartoonist for Politico, an American political journalism company based just outside the nation's capital. Matt Wuerker, a Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist at Politico, creates…
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Trump Downplays Payments to Women Who Alleged Affairs With Him

VOA News/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON —  President Donald Trump sought Monday to diminish allegations he directed his lawyer to criminally violate campaign finance laws by making $280,000 in payments to two women to remain silent before the 2016 election about alleged affairs with said on Twitter the payments made by his former attorney, Michael Cohen, were "a simple private transaction," and that opposition Democrats and federal prosecutors "wrongly call it a campaign contribution, which it was not." The leader said that “...even if it was, it is only a CIVIL CASE," comparing it to campaign finance violations committed in 2008 by…
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Top House Democrats Raise Prospect of Impeachment, Jail for Trump

VOA News/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Top House Democrats have raised the prospect of impeachment or the real possibility of prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. “There's a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time,” said Rep. Adam Schiff, the incoming chairman of the House intelligence…
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Democratic Governors Elect Governor Gina Raimondo as Next DGA Chair

Governor Phil Murphy to Serve as Chair-Elect for 2020 NEW ORLEANS - America’s Democratic Governors voted today to elect Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as the new Chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2019. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy will serve as Vice Chair and Chair-Elect for 2020. The vote came at the DGA’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Raimondo has served as DGA Vice Chair since December 2017, alongside outgoing Chair Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington. “I am proud to step up and lead the Democratic Governors Association, and I join my fellow governors in…
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Raimondo Directs Rhode Island Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Former President George H.W. Bush

PROVIDENCE,  - In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has ordered that the and Rhode Island flags at all state facilities be flown at half-staff for 30 days in honor of former President George Bush. "George Herbert Walker Bush spent his life in service to the American people, and his passing is an enormous loss for our country," said Governor Gina Raimondo. "A patriot, a diplomat, a hero of war, and a devoted husband and father, Mr. Bush was a president driven by a moral compass - a man who saw the good in people and fought relentlessly…
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Truce in Trade War After Trump-Xi Dinner in Argentina

VOA News/Steve Herman BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — The world’s two largest economies, the and China, have agreed to a small truce in their escalating trade war after a meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping following the G-20 summit. Trump, speaking to reporters on Air Force One after the plane departed Argentina, said his agreement made over dinner with Xi, will go down “as one of the largest deals ever made. … And it’ll have an incredibly positive impact on farming, meaning agriculture, industrial products, computers — every type of product." Trump agreed that he will leave the tariffs…
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