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Mueller Report Lays Bare Deep US Partisan Divide

A photo illustration dated April 18, 2019 in Washington, shows an editor looking at a photograph of Attorney General William Barr (L) speaking about the release of the redacted version of the Mueller report, juxtaposed with President Donald Trump's Twitter feed. VOA News - Michael Bowman WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican lawmakers had sharply differing reactions to Thursday's release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted Russia report and what steps, if any, Congress should take next. Investigators determined no one on Trump's campaign knowingly conspired with Russians in Moscow's 2016 election interference, however they declined to exonerate the president on…
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Trump Declares Himself Fully Exonerated

VOA News - Steve Herman Although the special counsel's 448-page report into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign does not fully exonerate President Donald Trump he is certainly taking it that way. "I'm having a good day, too," Trump declared in the White House East Room as the report was released. "It's called no collusion, no obstruction." Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 22-month investigation, while not concluding Trump committed any crime, also states specifically that it does not exonerate him. During the Thursday morning event with wounded military veterans, as bulletins flashed across television screens detailing the findings contained in a redacted version…
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Ivanka Trump Ends Africa Tour at Women Entrepreneur Summit

Photo: Ivanka Trump’s final stop in Africa was in Abidjan, where she spoke at a summit of female entrepreneurs. (E. Sarai/VOA) VOA News - Esha Sarai ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST —Ivanka Trump, President Donald’s Trump’s daughter and senior White House adviser, spoke Wednesday to a summit of women entrepreneurs in the Ivory Coast. “Societies that empower women to succeed are more peaceful and more prosperous. And this is evident in all the research that we see," Trump told an auditorium full of female business owners, community organizers, politicians and students. Her appearance at the Women Entrepreneurs Financial Initiative (WeFi) summit in…
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Official Portrait of Former Mayor David Cicilline Unveiled

First mayoral portrait commissioned by a Latino artist PROVIDENCE – Governor Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, elected officials, business, nonprofit and community leaders and Providence residents joined Congressman David Cicilline to unveil his official mayoral portrait on Sunday, April 14. Cicilline, the 36th Mayor of Providence, ushered in a new era of city government, one that worked for the people, not just connected insiders. The mayoral portrait, completed by Agustín Patiño, is the first commissioned by a Latino artist and the first to depict the mayor outside of city hall.  “It was the honor of my life to serve the residents…
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Infighting Stalls Disaster Aid for Puerto Rico, Southeast

VOA NEW - Associated Press Six months after hurricanes devastated the Southeast, infighting among Washington's tribes has shelved a widely backed disaster aid package that's desperately being sought by President Donald Trump's allies in Florida and Georgia. Trump's opposition to aid to Puerto Rico — slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 — has sparked a standoff with Democrats demanding more aid for the island territory. Trump is feuding with the island's Democratic officials and railed against aid to Puerto Rico at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans last month. Senate Republicans have stuck with the president so far, refusing to…
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Lt. Governor McKee Joins Delegation on Economic Mission to Taiwan

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor Dan McKee will join a delegation of elected leaders and local business owners from the Blackstone Valley on an economic mission to Taiwan.  The delegation includes Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Representative Carlos Tobon (D-Pawtucket), Senator Sandra Cano (D-Pawtucket), Robert Billington, President of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and local business leaders.  The delegation departs for Asia on Friday, April 12 and returns Tuesday, April 23. The delegation will visit Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare and Education Department. The group will attend a ceremony to accept the donation…
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Event to highlight legislation to reform licensing

STATE HOUSE – Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence) and Rep. Scott A. Slater (D-Dist. 10, Providence) will be joined by advocates from the Coalition for Fair Chance Licensing today for an event highlighting their licensing reform legislation. Thursday, April 11, at 3 , Senator Metts, Representative Slater and the Coalition for Fair Chance Licensing will have their Fair Chance Licensing Campaign Kick-Off at the Senate Lounge, State House It is well established that the path to stability for people caught up in the criminal justice system is through employment, yet after meeting all of the demands of a…
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Community

Reed Announces $24.8 Million in HUD Community Grants for RI

New federal funds will help Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, Woonsocket and other communities address pressing challenges - from housing and homelessness to increasing opportunities for economic development WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to help revitalize local neighborhoods and support economic development and affordable housing programs throughout the state, Senator Jack Reed today announced that Rhode Island will receive a total of $24,811,829 in federal aid from several programs.  Reed, the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (THUD), said the allocations for Rhode Island include $16,296,176 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; $5,936,584 from the Home…
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Trump Calls Initial Probe of 2016 Campaign ‘Attempted Coup’

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, April 10, 2019. VOA NEWS - Michael Bowman & Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump contended Wednesday that investigators who started an initial probe into his 2016 campaign were attempting a "coup" and committing "treason" to keep him from winning. "Everything about it was crooked," Trump declared, claiming "there is a hunger in this country" for Attorney General William Barr to carry out the investigation he has announced into the origins three years ago of the…
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US Vice President Urges UN to Recognize Venezuela’s Guaido

Vice President Mike Pence, center, addresses a meeting on Venezuela in the United Nations Security Council at headquarters, April 10, 2019. VOA NEWS - Margaret Besheer UNITED NATIONS —  Vice President Mike Pence called on the United Nations on Wednesday to "stand up for democracy" and recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as that country's legitimate leader. "While other international bodies have acted, the United Nations and this Security Council have refused to act," Pence told a meeting of the Security Council called by the United States. "But now that nations across this hemisphere have spoken, the time has come…
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