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McCain: War Hero Who Became a Political Power Broker

July 21, 2017 by · Comments Off on McCain: War Hero Who Became a Political Power Broker 

 
VOA – There has been an outpouring of bipartisan support from current and former lawmakers for Republican Senator John McCain, a singular figure in American politics, after it was revealed he has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. The Arizona Republican is widely regarded as an American hero for his service as a U.S. Navy pilot in the Vietnam War, where he narrowly escaped death twice. His plane was shot down over a Hanoi lake, and he was captured. He spent the next five years as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, including two years in solitary confinement. His injuries were neglected and he was beaten and tortured. He was offered early release, because his father was a four-star admiral, but he rejected it, choosing to stay until his fellow POWs were also released.
 
 

Trump Draws ‘Red Line’ for Mueller at Family Finances Unrelated to Russia

July 20, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump Draws ‘Red Line’ for Mueller at Family Finances Unrelated to Russia 

terroewebVOA – U.S. President Donald Trump told the New York Times that if a special prosecutor investigating Russia’s influence on last year’s presidential election and possible collusion with his campaign expands the probe to look at Trump’s family finances unrelated to Russia, that would cross the line of what is acceptable. “I would say yes,” Trump said when asked if that would represent a “red line,” according to a transcript released late Wednesday. “I have no income from Russia. I don’t do business with Russia.” In a wide-ranging interview, Trump also expressed dismay with the decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, saying if Sessions had indicated that intention before being nominated then Trump would have “picked someone else.”
 
 
 

Rouhani: Iran to ‘Stand Up’ to US for New Sanctions

July 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on Rouhani: Iran to ‘Stand Up’ to US for New Sanctions 

RohaniwebVOA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will stand firm against the United States and respond to any new sanctions the U.S. imposes on the Islamic republic. “We will stand up to the United States,” Rouhani said and, without elaborating, said, “The great nation of Iran will have an appropriate answer.” Rouhani’s remarks, made during a televised Cabinet meeting, came one day after the U.S. imposed new sanctions on 18 individual Iranians and groups it accuses of backing Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Rouhani is a political moderate who has been increasingly outspoken about the U.S., describing ties with Washington as “a curvy road.” The State Department announced its sanctions against two groups linked to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, saying they were involved in ballistic missile research and development.

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Trump Blames Democrats and ‘Few Republicans’ for Collapse of Health Care Overhaul

July 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on Trump Blames Democrats and ‘Few Republicans’ for Collapse of Health Care Overhaul 

healthcarewebVOA – U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday blamed Democrats and a ‘few Republicans’ after the latest Republican effort to overhaul the U.S. health care system fell apart Monday. In Twitter posts Tuesday, Trump praised the effort of most Republicans and wished for the failure of the current health care law, commonly known as Obamacare. Late Monday, two more Republican senators refused to support a heath care bill unveiled last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Republican Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah issued separate statements describing the legislation as failing to go far enough in repealing the existing law championed by former president Barack Obama and also not doing enough to control rising costs.

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Analysts: Tehran Sees Liberation of Mosul as Victory for Iraq and Iran

July 17, 2017 by · Comments Off on Analysts: Tehran Sees Liberation of Mosul as Victory for Iraq and Iran 

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Buzz Aldrin Sets Nation’s Sights on Mars by 2040

July 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on Buzz Aldrin Sets Nation’s Sights on Mars by 2040 

VOA – Forty-eight years after he landed on the moon, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on Saturday rolled out a red carpet for the red planet at a star-studded gala at the Kennedy Space Center. Aldrin, 87, commemorated the upcoming anniversary of the 1969 mission to the moon under a historic Saturn V rocket and raised more than $190,000 for his nonprofit space education foundation, ShareSpace Foundation. Aldrin believes people will be able to land on Mars by 2040, a goal that NASA shares. The space agency is developing the Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft to send Americans to deep space.
 
 
 

Tensions Rise in Silicon Valley Over Trump Decision

July 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Tensions Rise in Silicon Valley Over Trump Decision 

Silicon Valley is reeling over a decision this week by the Trump administration to delay and most likely kill a new avenue for entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. The International Entrepreneurship Rule, which the Obama administration set in motion, was supposed to go into effect this month. It would have allowed entry into the U.S. of as many as 3,000 foreign entrepreneurs annually for 30-month stays. To qualify, applicants would have to show they would create U.S. jobs and had reputable sources ready to invest $250,000 in their businesses. This week, the Trump administration said it was delaying the implementation of the rule until March 2018 with the expectation that it would be rescinded.
 
 
 

Pushing America First, Trump Seeks Common Ground in France

July 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on Pushing America First, Trump Seeks Common Ground in France 

U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in France Thursday for Bastille Day celebrations that will see American and French troops marching together Friday on Paris’ famed Champs Élysées.

The two-day trip could be somewhat of a respite from media scrutiny on alleged links between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia, but he was expected to face further questions during a news conference in Paris late Thursday relating to a meeting last year between his son, Donald Trump, Jr., and a Russian lawyer. The younger Trump released emails showing he believed the meeting was to discuss possible damaging material against the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Three days in July that shook America

July 11, 2017 by · Comments Off on Three days in July that shook America 

threeaccidentwebIn a single week last summer, the deaths of two black men and then five police officers in a series of shootings across three US states left some wondering where the country was heading. One year on, what’s changed? Last week, on 5 July, Sandra Sterling lay awake in her bed nearly the entire night. “At 1:30 this morning, you’ll never know what I went through,” she said later. Before the sun rose on 6 July, Diamond Reynolds also could not sleep. “The first thing I did was think, ‘Phil’s not here,'” she said. “Last year we was waking up together around this time.” And in the wee hours of 7 July, Abigail Irizarry, a dispatcher for the Dallas Police Department, was also struggling. “I woke up early and it was kind of hard seeing everything on the news all over again,” she said. “The footage of what happened.”

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Slavery Thriving at London’s Building Sites and in Restaurants, Says Police Chief

July 8, 2017 by · Comments Off on Slavery Thriving at London’s Building Sites and in Restaurants, Says Police Chief 

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