Early Surge of Democratic Contenders for 2020

Posted: January 18, 2019, 6:20 am

Early Surge of Democratic Contenders for 2020 WASHINGTON — Several Democrats have taken steps in recent days to get an early jump on the 2020 presidential race. Democrats expect a large field of candidates will compete to take on President Donald Trump when he runs for re-election next year. But many analysts believe that as of now there is no clear front-runner in the Democratic field.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren was among the first out of the starting gate with trips to the early contest states of New Hampshire and Iowa, focusing on finding ways to help middle- and lower-class Americans.
“Today a minimum wage job in America will not keep a mama and a baby out of poverty. Think about that difference, because for me that is what this is all about,” Warren said during a recent campaign tour.
Joining Warren on the campaign trail this month was former Housing secretary Julian Castro, who announced his candidacy in his home state of Texas.
“Together we will show that hope can be bigger t..

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Early Surge of Democratic Contenders for 2020

Posted: January 18, 2019, 6:13 am

Several Democrats have taken steps in recent days to get an early jump on the 2020 presidential race. Democrats expect a large field of candidates will compete to take on President Donald Trump when he runs for re-election next year. But as of now there does not appear to be a clear front-runner in the Democratic field, as we hear from VOA national correspondent Jim Malone.

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Report: Trump Told Attorney Cohen to Lie to Congress

Posted: January 18, 2019, 4:26 am

Report: Trump Told Attorney Cohen to Lie to Congress President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention, Jan. 14, 2019, in New Orleans. U.S. President Donald Trump is reported to have directed his attorney to lie to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
The late Thursday account on BuzzFeed News said two anonymous federal law enforcement officials were the sources for the report about the president and his former lawyer Michael Cohen.
The sources say Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller that the president told him to lie to Congress about Trump’s dealings with Russia.
BuzzFeed says the anonymous officials are also “involved in an investigation of the matter.”
According to the BuzzFeed account, Trump and two of his children, Ivanka and Donald Jr., “received regular, detailed updates about the real estate development from Cohen, whom they put in charge of the project.”
FILE – Michael Cohen, former lawyer to Pre..

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Trump Unveils Latest Missile Defense Review

Posted: January 18, 2019, 3:05 am

President Donald Trump unveiled the military's long-delayed Missile Defense Review Thursday, the first overhaul of U.S. missile defense policy since 2010. VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb has the missile defense details, including how space could be the next frontier in stopping attacks.

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AP Explains: Can Trump Ground Pelosi’s Plane?

Posted: January 17, 2019, 9:47 pm

AP Explains: Can Trump Ground Pelosi's Plane? FILE – An Air Force bus waits on the plaza of the Capitol to pick up and transport a congressional delegation. President Donald Trump made such a pickup unnecessary Jan. 17, 2019, when he denied House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a delegation use of military aircraft for a trip. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump canceled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to Belgium and Afghanistan just hours before the congressional delegation, known as a CODEL, was set to depart.
Can he do that?
Yes, and not just because he's the commander in chief. The military maintains a fleet of converted passenger jets used by the president, vice president, Cabinet officials and other officials, from the iconic modified Boeing 747s known as Air Force One when the president is on board to smaller, modified Gulfstream jets. They're based at Joint Base Andrews just outside Washington. The assignment of the jets is at the discretion of the Whit..

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Gloomy Davos: Plenty of Crises, Few World Leaders

Posted: January 17, 2019, 9:38 pm

Gloomy Davos: Plenty of Crises, Few World Leaders Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, addresses a news conference ahead of the Davos annual meeting in Cologny near Geneva, Switzerland, Jan. 15, 2019. MILAN — An array of crises will keep several world leaders away from the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos next week, which takes place against a backdrop of deepening gloom over the global economic and political outlook.
Anxieties over trade disputes, fractious international relations, Brexit and a growth slowdown that some fear could tip the world economy into recession are set to dominate the Jan. 22-25 Alpine meeting.
The WEF’s own Global Risks Report set the tone this week with a stark warning of looming economic headwinds, in part because of geopolitical tensions among major powers.
FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2018. Neither..

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Adviser: Former Trump Lawyer Reconsidering Plan to Testify to Congress

Posted: January 17, 2019, 8:56 pm

Adviser: Former Trump Lawyer Reconsidering Plan to Testify to Congress FILE – Michael Cohen, former lawyer to President Donald Trump, leaves his apartment building in New York, Dec. 7, 2018. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen is reconsidering his plan to testify publicly to the U.S. Congress next month because of intimidation by the president, an adviser to Cohen said Thursday.
Lanny Davis, an attorney who has been advising Cohen on his media strategy, said in an interview with MSNBC that some remarks made by the Republican president about Cohen amounted to witness tampering and deserved to be criminally investigated.
“There is genuine fear and it has caused Michael Cohen to consider whether he should go forward or not, and he has not made a final decision,” Davis said.
SEE ALSO: Trump's Ex-Lawyer to Testify Publicly Before Congress Last week Cohen agreed to appear before a congressional panel on Feb. 7, as U.S. House of Representatives Democra..

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State Department May Ask to Scrap Another Obama Climate Order

Posted: January 17, 2019, 8:36 pm

State Department May Ask to Scrap Another Obama Climate Order FILE – A man takes pictures of a burning oil well in Pasir Putih village in eastern Aceh, Indonesia, April 25, 2018. The newly drilled, unregulated oil well in western Indonesia exploded, burning to death a number of people and injuring dozens more. WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department said in a report released Thursday by the investigative arm of Congress that it may recommend President Donald Trump revoke an Obama-era order directing federal agencies to consider climate change in international development programs.
Such a move would deepen the Trump administration’s already broad rejection of former President Barack Obama’s policies on global warming, which Trump has repeatedly suggested is not as serious as scientists claim.
In the 2014 executive order, Obama directed the State Department and other agencies to factor climate resilience into development programs to help vulnerable populations around the world protect t..

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N. Korea Envoy in US for Talks with Pompeo, Possibly Trump

Posted: January 17, 2019, 8:26 pm

N. Korea Envoy in US for Talks with Pompeo, Possibly Trump FILE – North Korean official Kim Yong Chol, right, prepares to leave the Beijing International Airport in Beijing, Jan. 17, 2019. A North Korean envoy arrived in Washington on Thursday for expected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a possible encounter with President Donald Trump aimed a laying the groundwork for a second U.S.-North Korea summit.
The envoy arrived on the same day Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy that singled out North Korea as an ongoing and “extraordinary threat,” seven months after he declared after his first summit with leader Kim Jong Un that the North Korean threat had been eliminated.
SEE ALSO: Trump Unveils Space-Based Missile Defense Strategy Kim Yong Chol, Pyongyang's lead negotiator in denuclearization talks with the United States, was due to meet Pompeo and could also go to the White House on Friday, a person familiar with the plan said, a sign of potential m..

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Trump Cancels Pelosi-led Trip to Afghanistan, Brussels

Posted: January 17, 2019, 7:09 pm

Trump Cancels Pelosi-led Trip to Afghanistan, Brussels An Air Force bus waits on the Capitol plaza after President Donald Trump used his executive power to deny military aircraft to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just before she was depart to visit troops abroad, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 17, 2019. CAPITOL HILL / WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump forced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to cancel a planned trip to Afghanistan and Brussels on Thursday, the latest maneuver in a bitter political battle over the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
In a letter to the speaker of the House, Trump denied Pelosi and members of Congress the use of a military plane to meet with NATO allies in Brussels and U.S. troops in Afghanistan, writing “in light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”
FILE – House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Vice President Mike Pen..

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