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White House Tells Americans to Limit Social Gatherings to 10 People

VOA News By Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE - The White House is recommending people in the United States avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people for at least the next 15 days. Commenting on the new guidance from his administration's coronavirus task force, President Donald Trump said Americans should school at home, avoid traveling, and not patronize bars and restaurants. "As we combat the virus, each and every one of us has a critical role to play in stopping the spread and transmission of the virus," said the president, leading a nearly one-hour long briefing for reporters. He denied a…
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Trump Announces New Economic Measures, Europe Travel Suspension

VOA News By Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE - After the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic and stocks plunged into a bear market, President Donald Trump announced new economic measures and a European travel ban intended to calm an increasingly nervous nation. In a nationally broadcast evening address, only the second of his 38-month-old administration, Trump said “we are marshaling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people. This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.” The president stopped short of declaring a…
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White House Being Warned to Expect Subpoena for Documents on Trump’s Dealings With Ukraine

VOA News By Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE - The White House is being warned by leaders of the opposition Democratic Party, who control the House of Representatives, to expect a subpoena for documents about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Asked by a reporter at a news conference on Wednesday if he would cooperate with such requests from the legislative body, which has launched an impeachment inquiry, Trump replied, “I always cooperate.” At the same time, Trump described the Democrats’ investigation as “a hoax," but added "we’ll work together with shifty Schiff,” referring to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat.…
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Trump’s Plan to Siphon Money from Military for Wall Meets Resistance

VOA NEWS/Rob Garver WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision last week to declare a national emergency related to the security of the Southwest border has created confusion and concern on military bases across the country, which could be facing unexpected cuts in funding for major construction projects and drug interdiction programs. In all, the White House is planning to use authority given to the president in times of national emergencies to redirect $ billion from the Pentagon’s budget to help fund more than 320 kilometers (200 miles) of the wall the president has promised to build on the southern border to…
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El Paso Hosts Dueling Rallies Amid Border Security Debate

VOA News/Steve Herman WASHINGTON — Rival political rallies in Texas – just 200 meters apart – pitted the president of the United States against a possible election rival as they took opposite sides on the merits of a border wall with Mexico. “Today we started a big, beautiful wall right on the Rio Grande,” declared President Donald Trump, apparently a reference to fencing being erected along the river that divides Mexico from the United States. This comes just days before a deadline for Congress to agree on a border security plan to avert another partial shutdown of the federal government. Large…
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Politics

Trump Demands NYT Turn Over Anonymous White House Critic

VOA/Steve Herman WHITE HOUSE —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he is not the source of an anonymous New York Times opinion piece that said any of the Trump administration's accomplishments have come despite President Donald Trump's "petty and ineffective" leadership style. Speaking during a visit to India, Pompeo called the article "sad" and said he finds "the media's efforts in this regard to undermine this administration incredibly disturbing." Vice President Mike Pence also denied writing the opinion piece, via his deputy chief of staff saying Pence's office is "above such amateur acts." The Times said the author is a senior administration…
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Politics

Clinton Supporters Hope for Big Lift From Obama Speech

Mary Alice Salinas VOA News WHITE HOUSE—Democrats are hoping that President Barack Obama will help presidential candidate Hillary Clinton energize the party to win the White House when he delivers a highly anticipated speech Thursday at the Democratic National House officials say the president continues to work on the speech, which he began to craft weeks ago. Obama, who remains wildly popular within the Democratic Party, will reflect on the country’s progress during his time in office and why he believes Clinton should be elected the 45th president of the United States. For her part, Clinton has vowed to build…
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US: ‘Revolution’ of Cyber Attacks Prompts New Protection Efforts

VOA News The warned Tuesday of a "revolution" of computer hacking threats against the country from foreign governments and non-state actors like the so-called Islamic State, and it issued new guidelines to protect American interests. A White House directive outlined a five-point scale to assess the severity of new attacks, the degree to which a cyber security breach might affect national government operations, municipal utilities, private corporations or other interests. The new effort, years in the making, would assign six levels of severity to any breach, such as a level three or above incident that would be considered "significant" and…
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White House Joins Snapchat

The White House has joined popular video sharing app Snapchat. According to a news release, the move is an attempt to connect with younger Americans. The White House said the app boasts more than 100 million daily users and that 60 percent of those aged 13-34 use it. “In light of the number of Americans who use the service to consume news and share with their friends, the White House is joining Snapchat to engage this broad cross-section of the population in new and creative ways,” according to the release. One of the first offerings the “WhiteHouse” Snapchat account will…
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Obama Vetoes Bill to Repeal Key Healthcare Law

Amanda Scott US President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation that would repeal major portions of his signature domestic achievement: the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The bill would also defund the reproductive health organization Planned Parenthood. "Because of the harm this bill would cause to the health and financial security of millions of Americans, it has earned my veto," Obama said in a veto statement. The statement continued: "The Affordable Care Act includes a set of fairer rules and strong consumer protections that have made healthcare more affordable." The legislation would have dismantled the health law's key pillars,…
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