Democrats Target Trump and Each Other in First Debate

Posted: June 27, 2019, 4:24 am

Ten Democratic presidential contenders who want to defeat U.S. President Donald Trump next year faced their first major test of the 2020 campaign cycle Wednesday — a nationally televised debate held in Miami. The candidates often targeted Trump and occasionally each other in the first night of debate. Another 10 Democratic White House hopefuls will get their chance Thursday. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone reports from Washington.

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Key Quotes From the First Democratic Presidential Debate

Posted: June 27, 2019, 2:43 am

Ten of the Democrats competing for the party’s nomination for the 2020 U.S. presidential election took part in a two-hour debate Wednesday night that included discussion of several topics such as health care, immigration, climate change and how the country should engage with the rest of the world. Here is a key quote from each of the participants as they tried to convince voters they are the person who should compete against President Donald Trump next November:
Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio participates in the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, June 26, 2019.Bill de Blasio
“The way that American citizens have been told that immigrants somehow created their misery and their pain and their challenges, for all the American citizens out there who feel you’re falling behind or feel the American dream is not working for you, the immigrants didn’t do that to y..

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US Democratic Presidential Contenders Debate How to Beat Trump

Posted: June 27, 2019, 12:19 am

Steve Herman contributed to the report.
WASHINGTON — Ten U.S. Democratic presidential contenders held a spirited debate Wednesday night in the first major event of the 2020 election campaign, all looking to oust Republican President Donald Trump after a single term in the White House.
The immediate focus was on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a progressive lawmaker from the northeastern state of Massachusetts who national surveys show has edged closer to former Vice President Joe Biden as a Democratic favorite to oppose Trump in the election set for Nov. 3, 2020.
She told a live audience in Miami, Florida, and millions more watching on national television, “I want to return government to the people.” She added, referring to major corporations, “What’s been missing is courage, courage in Washington to take on the giants. I have the courage to go after them.”
Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren participates in the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 pres..

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US Democratic Presidential Contenders’ Debate Unfolds

Posted: June 26, 2019, 10:04 pm

Ten U.S. Democratic presidential contenders debated Wednesday night in the first major event of the 2020 election campaign, all looking to oust Republican President Donald Trump after a single term in the White House.
The immediate focus was on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a progressive lawmaker from the northeastern state of Massachusetts whom national surveys show has edged closer to former Vice President Joe Biden as a Democratic favorite to oppose Trump in the election to be held Nov. 3, 2020.
Democratic presidential hopeful Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren participates in the first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, June 26, 2019.She told a live audience in Miami, Fla., and millions more watching on national television, “I want to return government to the people.” She added that courage “has been missing in Washington” to confront powerful U.S. corporations.
Democratic candidates taking part in..

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US Senate Approves Funds to Address Border Crisis

Posted: June 26, 2019, 4:51 pm

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved bipartisan legislation to address the humanitarian crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border with more than $4 billion in supplemental funds and new requirements for the care of detained migrants, especially children.
The 84-8 vote came amid renewed scrutiny of the Trump administration's treatment of minors in its custody and amid widespread revulsion over the deaths of a father and daughter from El Salvador who perished trying to cross the Rio Grande River into the United States.
“There is no longer any question that the situation along our southern border is a full-blown humanitarian and security crisis,” Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said, adding that there was “no excuse” for delay in addressing the situation.
“Inaction is simply not an option for those who care about alleviating the suffering of desperate children and families seeking refuge in the United States,” Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy said.
The Republican-led Senate..

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Trump, Without Offering Evidence, Accuses Mueller of Crime

Posted: June 26, 2019, 4:05 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump, without offering evidence, on Wednesday directly accused former special counsel Robert Mueller of committing a crime, saying Mueller had illegally “terminated” FBI communications as part of his Russia investigation.
The Justice Department declined to comment.
“Mueller terminated them illegally. He terminated all of the emails. … Robert Mueller terminated their text messages together. He terminated them. They're gone. And that's illegal. That's a crime,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network, referring to two former Federal Bureau of Investigation employees who exchanged disparaging messages about the president.
Trump made the remarks ahead of Mueller's scheduled testimony before lawmakers next month about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
The Republican president, who formally launched his re-election bid last week, repeatedly ra..

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Trump Heads to Japan for G-20 Summit

Posted: June 26, 2019, 2:36 pm

Just a month after a state visit to Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump is heading to the East Asian country again.
In Osaka, Trump will attend the Group of 20 leaders' summit, during which he is scheduled to meet one-on-one on the sidelines with such fellow world leaders as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Before leaving Wednesday, Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn that he'll be meeting with leaders of a lot of different countries “many of whom have been taking advantage of the United States — but not anymore.”
A senior administration official told reporters Monday that Trump is “quite comfortable [with] his position going into the meeting” with China's President Xi following the breakdown of U.S.-China trade talks and increased tariffs on Beijing by Washington.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at the State Council's meeting in Moscow, Russia, June 26, 2019.U.S. officials say there is no fixed agenda for T..

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Ex-Trump Aide Manafort to Be Arraigned Thursday in New York

Posted: June 26, 2019, 1:53 pm

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for U.S. President Donald Trump, will be arraigned Thursday in a New York court in Manhattan on state criminal charges, after having been convicted last year on federal fraud charges.
Manafort, 70, is scheduled to appear before Justice Maxwell Wiley of the state Supreme Court at 2:15 p.m. EDT (1815 GMT) Thursday, court spokesman Lucian Chalfen told Reuters.
Manafort faces 16 felony charges brought by the Manhattan district attorney. The state charges include mortgage fraud, conspiracy and falsifying business records, and relate to alleged efforts by Manafort and others to obtain millions of dollars in loans on New York properties.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance made the indictment public in March, on the same day Manafort was sentenced on federal crimes.
Manafort is serving a 7 1/2-year federal sentence for tax fraud, bank fraud and other charges.
Federal prosecutors accused him of hiding $16 million from U.S. tax authorities that he..

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Voters Get First Up Close Look at 2020 Democratic Contenders

Posted: June 26, 2019, 1:49 am

It is more than 16 months until the next U.S. presidential election in late 2020, but 20 Democratic presidential contenders are set to debate each other the next two nights to give Democratic voters a first look at whom they might want to pick as the party’s nominee to try to oust Republican President Donald Trump.
Ten of the Democratic candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, one of the current front-runners for the party nomination; senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, are set to spar Wednesday night for two hours. They will appear before a live audience in Miami, Florida, with millions more watching on national television.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leader for the nomination in national surveys, is joining other top-tier possible choices on the debate stage Thursday night, including senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kamala Harris of California; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of the Midwes..

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20 US Democratic Presidential Contenders Set to Debate

Posted: June 26, 2019, 1:49 am

It is more than 16 months until the next U.S. presidential election in late 2020, but 20 Democratic presidential contenders are set to debate each other the next two nights to give Democratic voters a first look at whom they might want to pick as the party’s nominee to try to oust Republican President Donald Trump.
Ten of the Democratic candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, one of the current front-runners for the party nomination; senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, are set to spar Wednesday night for two hours. They will appear before a live audience in Miami, Florida, with millions more watching on national television.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leader for the nomination in national surveys, is joining other top-tier possible choices on the debate stage Thursday night, including senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Kamala Harris of California; Mayor Pete Buttigieg of the Midwes..

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