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How Democratic Insider Greg Craig Got Caught Up in the Russia Probe

VOA News By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - Greg Craig is an improbable figure in the national saga formerly known as the "Russia Investigation." While almost everyone caught in former special counsel Robert Mueller's cross-hairs — from Paul Manafort to Roger Stone — had close ties to President Donald Trump’s orbit, Craig was a conspicuous outsider. The 74-year-old veteran Washington lawyer and Democratic insider served in prominent positions in the administrations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama before joining a white-shoe New York law firm in recent years. Declining fortunes Since then, Craig’s fortunes have taken a hit. Now, the retired trial…
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Field of US Democratic Presidential Candidates Narrows as Next Debate Approaches

By VOA News The race to pick which Democratic candidate will face President Donald Trump in next year's election is getting a little more clear. What once was a contest that seemingly added entrants every day is starting to narrow from a field that at one point featured about 20 candidates. FILE - Then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, , speaks at a news conference on the 9/11 victims fund on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday she was dropping out of the race amid low poll numbers. She was one…
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South Korea Scrapping Intel Pact Strains US Alliance

VOA News/By William Gallo South Korea’s decision to end a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan won't necessarily have an immediate impact on regional security, but the move could challenge the Korea alliance at a particularly tense moment, analysts ; South Korea announced Thursday it does not plan to renew the intelligence sharing agreement, escalating Seoul’s bitter trade dispute that is rooted in historical tensions with its colonial occupier Japan. The move was a blow for the United States, which helped negotiate the deal in hopes it would allow South Korea and Japan to work more closely on challenges including…
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White House Abandons Fight Over Foreign Aid

VOA News/By Ken Bredemeier, Steve Herman The White House on Thursday abandoned its fight with Congress over whether to fund $4 billion in foreign aid and will allow the money to be spent.  President Donald Trump had considered cutting the spending on the ground that it was wasteful and unnecessary, but he retreated when it became apparent that some key lawmakers were opposed. "The president has been clear that there is waste and abuse in our foreign assistance, and we need to be wise about where money is going," a senior White House official told VOA, "which is why he asked his…
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Warren Wows in Iowa As Candidates’ Sprint To Caucuses Begins

VOA News/By Associated Press DES MOINES, IOWA - The chant “2 cents, 2 cents, 2 cents”started in the back of a crowd that packed sidewalks at the Iowa State Fair. Elizabeth Warren, basking in the spontaneous adulation of her proposed wealth tax, prompted roars with her call for the ultra-wealthy to “pitch in 2 cents so everybody gets a chance to make it.” A night before, the Massachusetts senator enjoyed similar treatment when Democrats at a party dinner jumped to their feet _ some beginning to dance at the opening bars of Dolly Parton's “9 to 5,” the song that would…
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Democratic Frontrunner Biden’s Verbal Gaffes Mounting

VOA News/By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Joe Biden is the leading Democratic presidential contender among two dozen candidates looking to take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, but Biden is proving to be unchallenged at committing verbal gaffes on the campaign trail. Biden, with four decades on the American political scene, has long been afflicted with jumbling his public pronouncements into word salads that leave listeners guessing as to their meaning and political opponents quick to attack the 76-year-old politician. The latest instances have come in the Midwest farm state of Iowa, where many of…
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US Mass Shootings Stoke Issues of White Supremacism and Gun Control

VOA News/ By Rob Garver WASHINGTON - A pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the Saturday and Sunday have dragged two of the most divisive issues in American politics -- the rise of violent white supremacism and gun control -- to the forefront of public conversation as politicians across the ideological spectrum are preparing for what is expected to be an extremely contentious 2020 election campaign. The two shootings, which left 29 people dead and at least 53 more wounded, combine to create a clear political crisis for the Trump administration and its allies in Congress. The first…
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Trump Continues Attacks on Baltimore and One of its Lawmakers

VOA News/ By Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump remained focused Monday on his criticism of the eastern city of Baltimore, Maryland, and one of its top officials, Congressman Elijah Cummings, who has been critical of the Trump administration. "Baltimore, under the leadership of Elijah Cummings, has the worst Crime Statistics in the Nation. 25 years of all talk, no action!" Trump wrote on ; "So tired of listening to the same old , Reverend Al will show up to complain & protest. Nothing will get done for the people in need. Sad!" The Rev. Al Sharpton is holding an event…
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Mueller Testimony Frustrates Both Parties by Rarely Straying From His Report

VOA News - By Masood Farivar WASHINGTON - “I’ll refer you to the report on that.” “That’s accurate based on what’s in the report.” “I don’t want to wade in those waters.” So it went for more than five hours as former special counsel Robert Mueller appeared before two congressional committees Wednesday to testify about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and alleged presidential obstruction of justice, closely hewing to a final report he submitted to Attorney General William Barr in March. Ahead of his appearance before the House judiciary and intelligence committees, Mueller, a former FBI…
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Democrats: Trump, Republican Inaction on Election Security Puts US at Risk

VOA News - By Jeff Seldin Democratic lawmakers accused President Donald Trump and the Senate's leading Republican of working to kill legislation designed to protect the upcoming presidential election from interference by Russia and others. They also warned that because of Trump and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's efforts, time is running out to get improved security measures in place for the 2020 vote. "It appears that the majority leader, at the behest of the White House, has made it his goal to kill any meaningful legislation," Mark Warner, the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters during…
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