Northern California’s First Black Congressman Dies at 82

Posted: July 30, 2018, 4:41 pm

Northern California's First Black Congressman Dies at 82 Oakland Mayor Ronald Dellums holds a news conference at Oakland City Hall in Oakland, California, Dec. 10, 2009. SACRAMENTO — Ron Dellums, a fiery anti-war activist who championed social justice as Northern California’s first black congressman, has died at age 82.
Longtime adviser Dan Lindheim says Dellums died early Monday at his home in Washington, D.C., of cancer. Confirmation of Dellums’ death came from his wife, Cynthia Dellums.
Ron Dellums served in Congress from 1971 to 1998 and later became mayor of Oakland, California.
FILE – In this Sept. 26, 1979 file photo, Jane Fonda stands beside, Rep. Ronald Dellums, D-Calif., right, in Washington. Dellums, a fiery anti-war activist who championed social justice as Northern California's first black congressman. Dellums was at the center of liberal movements in the 1970s and 1980s. He led the drive to sanction South Africa during apartheid, challenged U.S. entry into w..

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Trump Presses Demand for Wall Along US-Mexico Border

Posted: July 30, 2018, 4:35 pm

Trump Presses Demand for Wall Along US-Mexico Border President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in the East Room of the White House, July 30, 2018, in Washington. U.S. President Donald Trump pressed Congress again Monday to approve the controversial construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to thwart illegal immigration.
“Border security is national security,” the U.S. leader told a White House news conference after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, another Western leader who has adopted a hard-line immigration posture. “Strong nations must have strong borders.”
Trump called the U.S. “the laughingstock of the world, with the worst immigration laws anywhere in the world.”
Boys look through an older section of the border structure from Mexicali, Mexico, alongside a newly constructed, taller section, left, in Calexico, Califorinia, March 5, 2018. Trump, expanding on the immigration comments he posted on ..

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Sen. Rand Paul Backs Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Posted: July 30, 2018, 1:26 pm

Sen. Rand Paul Backs Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh FILE – Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh smiles during a meeting with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 18, 2018. Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who had publicly wavered as to whether he would support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, endorsed him Monday.
Paul of Kentucky says he will back Kavanaugh despite misgivings about the judge's views on surveillance and privacy issues. Few had expected Paul would oppose President Donald Trump's choice in the end.
The endorsement gives Kavanaugh a boost as he prepares to sit down Monday afternoon with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of a handful of Democratic senators seen as potential swing votes in the confirmation fight.
Manchin has said he's interested in Kavanaugh's views on the Affordable Care Act and its protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The senator has also asked West Virginia residents to send him que..

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Trump Lawyer: Odds Against President Testifying in Russia Probe

Posted: July 30, 2018, 10:59 am

Trump Lawyer: Odds Against President Testifying in Russia Probe FILE – President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 30, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney said Monday it remains unlikely Trump will agree to answer questions from special counsel Robert Mueller about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether the president obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.
“The odds are against it, but I wouldn't be shocked, because he wants to do it,” Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said of the president in a CNN interview.
Giuliani said, however, that if Trump does sit for an interview, he would only agree to answer questions about whether his campaign colluded with Russia to help him win, not questions, except in a very limited way, about obstruction.
Trump has for months said there was “no collusion” between his campaign aides and Russia and that as pr..

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Manafort Trial to Focus on Lavish Lifestyle, Not Collusion

Posted: July 29, 2018, 9:22 pm

Manafort Trial to Focus on Lavish Lifestyle, Not Collusion FILE – Paul Manafort, center, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, walks with this wife Kathleen Manafort, right, and Jason Maloni, Manafort's spokesman, left, as they arrive for an arraignment hearing in Alexandria, Va., March 8, 2018. The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into the political consultant's pocket.
What's likely to be missing: answers about whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election, or really any mention of Russia at all.
Paul Manafort's financial crimes trial, the first arising from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, will center on his Ukrainian consulting work and only briefly touch on his involvement with the pres..

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New Intrigue in Russia Probe

Posted: July 29, 2018, 2:52 pm

Intrigue surrounding the U.S. Justice Department’s Russia probe has risen once again amid reports President Donald Trump’s former attorney is claiming Trump knew in advance of a 2016 meeting his top campaign staff and close family members held with Russians promising compromising material on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. VOA’s Michael Bowman has this report.

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Trump, New York Times Publisher Spar over President’s Attacks on US Media

Posted: July 29, 2018, 1:25 pm

Trump, New York Times Publisher Spar over President's Attacks on US Media FILE – Then-New York Times Company Chairman Arthur Sulzberger attends the eG8 forum in Paris, May 25, 2011. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he recently told the publisher of The New York Times how he came to describe the mainstream news media as the “Enemy of the People,” but the news executive said he in turn told Trump his language was “inflammatory” and “increasingly dangerous” for journalists around the world.
In a Twitter comment, Trump described his July 20 meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger as “very good and interesting.” The U.S. leader said he “spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!”
Sulzberger, perhaps the most prominent publisher in the U.S., said that in keeping with the “long tradition” of Times publishers meeting with past U.S. presidents,..

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Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding

Posted: July 29, 2018, 10:32 am

Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after signing a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, May 8, 2018. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to shut down the government if Congress does not fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to thwart illegal immigration.
The U.S. leader claimed opposition Democrats need to give him “the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall!” and other tougher national immigration policy changes. But it was a splintered Republican majority bloc of lawmakers, along with unified Democratic opposition, that twice in recent weeks rejected immigration changes Trump supported.
Trump, in a Twitter comment, called for the U.S. to “finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!

Trump&#..

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With 100 Days Until the Midterms, Trump is the Top Issue

Posted: July 29, 2018, 5:08 am

With 100 Days Until the Midterms, Trump is the Top Issue President Donald Trump speaks at the United States Steel Granite City Works plant, July 26, 2018, in Granite City, Ill. WASHINGTON — One hundred days from now, we should be better able to answer the following question: What does the country really think about the presidency of Donald J. Trump?
Midterm congressional elections are on November 6th and party control of both the Senate and House of Representatives is at stake, not to mention the fate of the Trump presidency for the next two years.
Opposition Democrats enjoy some key advantages three months out. When voters are asked which party they will support in the November elections, Democrats hold a seven point edge over Republicans in the latest polling average calculated by the non-partisan website Real Clear Politics. In a recent Quinnipiac poll, Democrats held a 51 to 39 percent generic ballot lead over Republicans, and other surveys have shown the Democratic advantage wid..

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Black Man Accuses Sean Spicer of Hurling Racial Slur at Him

Posted: July 29, 2018, 4:39 am

Black Man Accuses Sean Spicer of Hurling Racial Slur at Him White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a reporter's question during a briefing at the White House, June 20, 2017 in Washington. MIDDLETOWN, R.I. — A black man yelled at former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a prep school decades ago.
Spicer was “taken aback'' by the man's “outrageous claim'' and had no recollection of him or of being in school with him, his publicist said on Saturday.
Spicer was at a book signing in Middletown on Friday to promote his new book reflecting on his time at the press podium for President Donald Trump.
Alex Lombard, who was standing behind a small group of people waiting in line to meet Spicer and get him to sign the book, called out Spicer's name and said they went to Portsmouth Abbey School together. Spicer waved to him and said, “Hey. Yeah. How are y..

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