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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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2020 Candidate Warren Proposes New Tax on Corporate Profits

FILE - 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks to local residents during an organizing event, March 1, 2019, in Dubuque, Iowa. VOA NEWS- Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is proposing a new tax on corporate profits that's designed to prevent business giants from taking advantage of the existing tax code to effectively pay a zero rate. The 7 percent tax on corporate profits above $100 million is the latest in a series of ambitious policy proposals from the Massachusetts senator. It's in line with her broader push to rein in such industries as the financial…
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Sanders Unveils ‘Medicare For All’ Bill Backed by 2020 Rivals

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a news conference to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 10, 2019. Agence France-Presse Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his updated "Medicare for all" plan Wednesday with several rival Democratic presidential hopefuls jumping onboard, spotlighting his 2020 campaign call for a national health insurance program. The idealistic legislation has little to no chance of passage in a divided Congress and in the run-up to next year's election. But Sanders, a front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is laying down a prominent policy marker at…
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A 37-Year-Old Indiana Mayor is Surging in the Democratic Presidential Sweepstakes

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg greets voters during a campaign stop at Portsmouth Gas Light, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 8, 2019. VOA NEWS - Kathleen Struck WASHINGTON — Seems like just about no one can pronounce his name. But more and more people want to know about him. Four months ago, Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was a flat line on the political landscape outside of, well, Indiana. But after announcing a presidential exploratory committee in mid-January, he’s everywhere: CNN. Vox. Stephen Colbert. Bill Maher. New York Times. Washington Post. Fox. And CNN again. While…
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Cicilline Statement on Nielsen Resignation

WASHINGTON – Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-01 issued the following statement today after the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: “It’s about time. Secretary Nielsen implemented the President’s horrific family separation policy. She was an enabler for this administration’s worst impulses. She won’t be missed.” “It’s profoundly disturbing that Secretary Nielsen, who literally put kids in cages, wasn’t extreme enough for this President. The American people rejected President Trump’s hateful rhetoric about immigrants at the ballot box. They deserve a Homeland Security Secretary who will serve our country and promote responsible immigration…
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Langevin Votes to Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Bill adds stronger protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) issued the following statement today after voting to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), legislation that improves services available to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking . It passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 263-158. “Domestic violence and sexual assault are problems in every community, in every state. Despite the progress made since VAWA was first enacted, instances of abuse remain far too commonplace. “This reauthorization strengthens support for survivors and increases accountability for abusers. It…
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Pompeo: La OTAN discutió presencia de tropas rusas en Venezuela

Voz de América  A finales de marzo, miembros de las fuerzas armadas rusas, específicamente dos aviones de la fuerza aérea rusa, aterrizaron en Caracas con cerca de 100 soldados rusos El secretario de Estado de Estados Unidos, Mike Pompeo, afirmó este jueves que durante la reunión para festejar el 70 aniversario de la OTAN, los ministros discutieron temas tan diversos como presupuestos, lucha contra el terrorismo e incluso la presencia de Rusia en Venezuela, Durante la rueda de prensa después de la reunión, Pompeo calificó la OTAN, la alianza que fundaron 12 naciones y ahora cuenta con 29, como la…
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Support Grows for 911 Fee Reform

STATE HOUSE -- Representative John W. Lyle Jr. (District – 46 Lincoln, Pawtucket) and Representative Nardone (District – 28 Coventry) are pleased to put forward legislation to reform the 911 fees. The proposed bill (5433) would create a restricted receipt account for all 911 funds collected by telephone service providers on land lines and cell phones, both contract and prepaid. The bill would also require all 911 funds to be used solely for the operation of the 911 system and would authorize the PUC to reduce 911 surcharges if they exceed the sums needed to operate the system. Annually, Rhode…
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Newly Elected Chicago Mayor: Victory Means ‘a City Reborn’

VOA NEWS - Associated Press Lori Lightfoot waves to supporters as she walks to the stage at her election night party Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Chicago. Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, making her the first African-American woman to lead the city. CHICAGO —Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s resounding victory was a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation’s third-largest city. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who’d never been elected to public office, defeated Cook County Board President and longtime City Council member Toni Preckwinkle on…
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