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House GOP Focusing on Women, Minorities for 2020 Challengers

FILE - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (L), Representative-elect Karen Handel, R-Ga.(R), and her husband Steve Handel participate in a ceremonial swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 26, 2017. VOA News-Associated Press Top Republicans are hunting district-by-district for just the right candidates — women and minorities in many cases — to help them recapture the House six months after a political tidal wave swept Democrats into control of the most diverse majority in history. Among the recruits are a Republican woman in the Oklahoma state Senate and a black political novice from Houston with Iraq combat experience…
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Trump: US ‘Can Make a Deal’ with China

FILE - President Donald Trump, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China. VOA News-Ken Bredemeier Capitol Hill correspondent Michael Bowman and reporter Ira Mellman contributed to this report President Donald Trump said the United States "can make a deal with China tomorrow" to resolve the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies, adding the accusation that China prevented the two sides from completing an agreement. In a series of tweets Tuesday, Trump portrayed the United States as being "in a much better position now than any deal we could have made," and restated his frequent refrain that…
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Congressman Langevin to unveil hotline to report cybercrimes

Federally-funded program will use the Rhode Island 2-1-1 infrastructure to help victims of cybercrime and online fraud PROVIDENCE, —  Congressman Jim Langevin will be joined by local and national officials Monday to celebrate the launch of a statewide cybercrime support and recovery system. The new system allows Rhode Islanders to dial “2-1-1” in order to report and find resources to recover from cybercrimes like identity theft, financial fraud, and cyberstalking. Upon calling, victims will be connected with trained operators who can assess the situation and put them in touch with law enforcement or local, non-profit organizations that provide support services.…
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Trump Finds Himself on Slippery Footing

VOA News - Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — President Donald Trump acknowledged he literally found himself on slippery footing Wednesday, a timely simile to what his administration suddenly was confronting. At the start of a political rally in the Florida Panhandle, Trump complained about the condition of the stage. “That runway is like an ice-skating rink and the first step was slippery," he said, jokingly adding: “I think it was put in by the Democrats.” “That's a trap,” the longtime real estate developer continued, adding when that happens you “don't pay the bill.” Later, he compared his sunny Florida podium…
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Refusal to Hand Over Trump’s Tax Returns Sets Up Legal Fight

VOA News - Associated Press WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has made it official: The administration won't be turning President Donald Trump's tax returns over to the Democratic-controlled House. Mnuchin told Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, Democrat-Massachusetts, in a Monday letter that the panel's request “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose” as Supreme Court precedent requires. In making that determination, Mnuchin said he relied on the advice of the Justice Department. He concluded that the Treasury Department is “not authorized to disclose the requested returns and return information.” He said the Justice Department will provide a more detailed…
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US Senate Leader: Time to Move on From Mueller Report

VOA News - Ken Bredemeier WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it is time for lawmakers to move on from the lengthy investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, despite House Democrats' expansive efforts to investigate President Donald Trump and his administration. "Case closed," McConnell said on the Senate floor. He derided what he said was the "outrage industrial complex" of Democrats and television news show pundits over special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusion that Trump did not collude with Russians to help him win. "The investigation went on for two years," he said. "It's finally over."…
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US Democrats Move to Hold Attorney General Barr in Contempt

FILE - Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 1, 2019. VOA News - Ken Bredemeier The House Judiciary Committee moved Monday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the panel's chairman, said the committee would vote Wednesday on the contempt citation, a new escalation of the rancor between the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and President Donald Trump, a Republican,…
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White House, Democrats Agree on Price Tag for Infrastructure

VOA News - Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE — There has been a rare instance of agreement between opposition Democrat leaders in Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump. The two sides are pledging to work together on creating a huge infrastructure package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, standing alongside Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer outside the White House, told reporters they and the president on Tuesday agreed on a number — two trillion dollars in funding for infrastructure projects that will include fixing roads, bridges and waterways, as well as improving the power grid and broadband access. “Building infrastructure of…
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Biden Surges into Lead in Democratic Primary Race

VOA News - Jim Malone Former Vice President Joe Biden is enjoying a strong start to his 2020 presidential campaign. Several new polls show him surging to a big lead in the 20-person Democratic presidential field following his official announcement via video last week. The latest CNN poll shows Biden leading the Democratic race with 39% support, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 15%. Biden’s lead grew by 11 points since the last CNN survey in March. In a new Quinnipiac University poll, Biden has jumped to 38%, up from 29% in March. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren places second…
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Venezuela: ‘Attempted Coup’ Underway, as Guaido Calls for Military to Help Oust Maduro

VOA News-Ken Bredemeier Venezuela's socialist government said Tuesday that an "attempted coup" was underway in Caracas, with opposition leader and recognized interim president Juan Guaido saying there was "no turning back" in his efforts to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, with gunfire erupting and troops loyal to Maduro firing water cannons at protesters. Television footage showed one Venezuela National Guard vehicle running over demonstrators who were throwing rocks at the military. In Washington, President Donald Trump said on Twitter he was "very closely" monitoring the situation, adding, "The United States stands…
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