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Trump Arrives in Hanoi for Second Summit With Kim

VOA NEWS/Steve Herman ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE —  President Donald Trump is in Hanoi for his second summit with Kim Jong Un amid hopes for a deal that would lead to the North Korean leader giving up his nuclear weapons. "I think we'll have a very tremendous summit. We want denuclearization, and I think he'll have a country that will set a lot of records for speed in terms of an economy," Trump said in remarks at the White House before departing National Security Advisor John Bolton, two months ago, said a second summit was needed because North Korea had…
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Attorney General Neronha proposes new bill that will recognize addiction as a public health crisis, prioritizing treatment over felony prosecution

New bill would reclassify Simple Drug Possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, recognizing Simple Drug Possession as non-felony conduct, reducing collateral consequences of drug addiction, and re-focusing resources on public safety priorities Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha today announced a proposed bill that would reclassify simple drug possession for personal use as a misdemeanor, bringing Rhode Island’s statute in line with at least 20 other states. Currently, simple possession for personal use—of 1 ounce or less of a controlled substance other than marijuana—is a felony under Rhode Island law, punishable by up to 3 years in prison…
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Father Sues to Allow Daughter Who Joined IS to Return to US

VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — The father of an American-born woman who defected to the Islamic State terrorist group filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Trump administration because he wants his daughter to be allowed to return to the United States. The Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America (CLCMA) filed the complaint on behalf of Ahmed Ali Muthana, the father of Hoda Muthana and grandfather of her young son. CLCMA said in a statement that the suit is “seeking declaratory relief recognizing (Hoda Muthana’s) citizenship, and injunctive relief requiring the United States to make good faith efforts to return her…
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Once a Dirty Word in US Politics, Socialism is Making a Comeback Among Democrats

VOA News/Esha Sarai & William Gallo WASHINGTON — For much of history, socialism was a dirty word — more of a political smear than a description of someone's political ideology. Socialism typically was confused with state ownership of the means of production, communism or even totalitarian governments. Socialist Party candidates struggled to attract popular support. At the height of the socialists' popularity in 1920, Eugene V. Debs received roughly 915,000 votes in the presidential election. But socialist ideas are increasingly popular in the United States, according to recent polls, to the point where Democratic candidates seeking their party's nomination in 2020 are embracing economic,…
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Trump to Nominate Jeffrey Rosen as Deputy Attorney General

VOA News/Reuters WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump plans to nominate Jeffrey Rosen as the next deputy attorney general, the White House said on Tuesday night, the latest shuffle in the Justice Department at a time when it faces close scrutiny over its Russia investigation. Rosen, currently deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation, would succeed Rod Rosenstein, who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. Rosenstein is expected to step down by mid-March, a Justice Department official said on Monday. Attorney General William Barr welcomed the choice of Rosen, saying in a statement…
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North Carolina to Hold Hearing on Undecided US House Race

VOA News/Associated Press RALEIGH, — North Carolina's elections board is holding a hearing Monday on ballot fraud allegations in the nation's last undecided congressional election. The hearing, slated to last at least two days, will include the results of a monthslong investigation into allegations that a political operative tampered with mail-in ballots in a rural county. Republican Mark Harris holds a slim lead over Democrat Dan McCready in unofficial results, but the state has refused to certify the election. At the end of the process, the State Board of Elections is expected to either certify a winner in the race or…
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Religious & Secular Leaders Applaud AG Neronha’s Withdrawal from Controversial SCOTUS Brief

Leaders from ten religious and secular organizations today applauded Attorney General Peter Neronha’s decision to withdraw the State of Rhode Island’s name from a Supreme Court brief in a controversial church-state case. The brief supported a Maryland agency’s position that its sponsorship and funding of a 40-foot-tall Latin cross to memorialize WWI veterans did not violate the First Amendment. The decision in the case, scheduled to be argued before the Supreme Court later this month, could have profound implications for the First Amendment’s principle of separation of church and state, the legacy of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams. On behalf of the state, former Attorney General…
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Cicilline Introduces Assault Weapons Ban with Record Support

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01) introduced legislation today to ban the sale, manufacture, or possession of new military-style assault weapons. “Semi-automatic weapons with military-style features are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as quickly as possible,” said Cicilline, who is a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “These are weapons of war. They do not belong in our communities. This bill will cut off the supply of new assault weapons that have been used to terrorize innocent men, women, and children across America.” The…
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Trump: Trade Negotiations with China ‘Going Extremely Well’

President Donald Trump is hailing progress in ongoing trade talks with China, with negotiators set to meet next week in Washington as the March 1 deadline approaches. "It’s going extremely well, who knows what (that) means because it only matters if we get it done. But we’re very much working very closely with China and President Xi, who I respect a lot, very good relationship that we have, and we’re a lot closer than we ever were in this country with having a real trade deal," Trump told reporters at the White House Friday. Earlier in the day, China's President…
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Trump Declares National Emergency

VOA News/William Gallo WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, bypassing Congress to build a wall along the southern border, and setting up a legal challenge that could help determine the limits of presidential power. Warning against what he called “gang monsters” and an “invasion” of drugs and crime, Trump said the emergency declaration was a “great thing to do.” At one point, Trump mentioned “monstrous caravans,” an apparent reference to the repeated groups of Central American migrants that have attempted to reach the during his presidency. “We are talking about an invasion of our country,” Trump…
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