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Spokesman Denies Reports of Puerto Rico Governor’s Resignation

By VOA News A spokesman for Puerto Rico's embattled governor tamped down rampant media reports that Ricardo Rossello was about to step down after two weeks of massive protests calling for his ;"Gov. Ricardo Rossello Nevares has not resigned," Anthony Maceira said Wednesday. "As he said yesterday, he is in a process of reflection and listening to the people." Maceira said that some media outlets had published "incorrect rumors'' and that "whatever decision is taken will be officially communicated, as always.'' Also Wednesday, Puerto Rican House Speaker Johnny Méndez told Rosello that the island's lawmakers had begun impeachment proceedings against ;Several officials in the Rosello administration…
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Mueller: Investigation Did Not Exonerate Trump of Alleged Obstruction

VOA NEWS - By Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON - Former special counsel Robert Mueller told Congress Wednesday that his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election did not exonerate President Donald Trump of allegedly obstructing justice by trying to thwart the probe, even though the leader has frequently claimed it did. As hours of testimony started, House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler asked the prosecutor, "Did you totally exonerate the president?" "No," Mueller responded, later adding, "The president was not exculpated for the acts he allegedly committed." Mueller explained, however, that Trump could not be criminally charged because of a…
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Reed’s Bipartisan Flood Insurance Reform Would Help Prevent Premiums from Swamping Homeowners & Businesses

Legislation extends National Flood Insurance Program for 5 yrs., institutes reforms to make it more affordable, efficient & sustainable WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and others in introducing the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization and Reform Act of ; The bipartisan bill would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance program for five years, implement new reforms -- including Senator Reed’s provisions to invest more in flood mitigation -- and cap premium increases each year. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was originally established in 1968 and is the…
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Campaign 2020: Who’s Holding On, Surging, Fuming?

VOA News/Jim Malone WASHINGTON - Joe Biden is holding on, Elizabeth Warren is surging, and President Donald Trump is fuming about recent polls and a Democratic presidential field he says is to the extreme left. It is all part of the latest ups and downs of the 2020 presidential campaign. Former Vice President Biden remains atop the field of nearly two dozen Democratic contenders. A Quinnipiac University poll this week had Biden at 30% among Democratic voters followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 19% and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 15%. Trailing behind were South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete…
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Sanders Departing as White House Press Secretary

VOA News/Steve Herman White House press secretary Sarah Sanders will be departing her post within weeks, President Donald Trump announced ;  "Our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Arkansas," Trump said on his personal Twitter ; Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump · 17h After 3 1/2 years, our wonderful Sarah Huckabee Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month and going home to the Great State of Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump ....She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an…
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Trump, Biden Assailing Each Other Way Ahead of 2020 Election

This combination of file photos shows President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden VOA NEWS/Ken Bredemeier The next presidential election is not until November 2020, but Republican President Donald Trump and the leading Democrat trying to oust him, former Vice President Joe Biden, are launching rhetorical slingshots at each other with gusto. Trump, in Japan for a four-day state visit, played golf with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, watched a sumo wrestling match and met Emperor Naruhito, but his mind strayed little from his re-election effort in throwing jabs at Biden, leading in political surveys over two dozen…
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Ex-White House Counsel Defies House Subpoena to Testify on Russia Probe

VOA News- Ken Bredemeier File: Former White House counsel Don McGahn arrives for a ceremony in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington, May 9, 2019. WASHINGTON — Former White House Counsel Donald McGahn defied a subpoena Tuesday from the House Judiciary Committee to testify about his conversations with President Donald Trump ordering him to oust special counsel Robert Mueller in the midst of Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Democratic-controlled House panel left an empty chair and a nameplate at the witness table for McGahn. But the 50-year-old Washington attorney, now in…
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Trump, to a Degree, at Odds with Restrictive New State Abortion Laws

President Donald Trump says abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a mother is endangered. VOA NEWS - Ken Bredemeier President Donald Trump says he is less restrictive in his anti-abortion views than provisions in a string of pro-life laws being adopted by conservative state legislatures in recent days. Trump, in late Saturday Twitter remarks, described himself as "strongly pro-life," but said abortions were acceptable to him in three instances, when a woman becomes pregnant by rape or incest and when the life of a…
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Proyecto de ley sobre derechos de aborto rechazado por R.I. Judicial del Comité Judicial del Senado

La campaña de alto perfil para proteger la legalidad del aborto en Rhode Island se encontró con una derrota el martes cuando el Comité Judicial del Senado rechazó la legislación para consagrar los principios de la decisión histórica de la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos de 1973 Roe v. Wade en la ley estatal. El voto del comité fue de 5 a 4 en contra de la versión del Senado de la legislación, luego de que el Obispo Thomas J. Tobin, de la Diócesis Católica Romana de Providence, tuiteó: "Sigue contando con que el Comité Judicial del Senado rechace el…
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North Carolina to Hold Special Election Tuesday

FILE - An election worker enters a polling station in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 24, 2019, as the station prepares for early voting. Voters in North Carolina's 9th district will head to the polls Tuesday for a special election primary that will decide which Republican will face off against Democrat Dan McCready for a seat in the House of Representatives. McCready lost to Republican Mark Harris by just 905 votes in the general election held in September 2018. But the results were never certified because of allegations of absentee ballot fraud. North Carolina's elections board ordered new elections after allegations…
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