In Texas, Trump Meets School Shooting Families

Posted: June 1, 2018, 3:07 am

In Texas, Trump Meets School Shooting Families President Donald Trump talks with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, after arriving at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, May 31, 2018, in Houston. HOUSTON — Seeking to comfort grieving families and shaken survivors, President Donald Trump spent more than an hour privately Thursday with some of those touched by a Texas mass school shooting that killed 10 and wounded more than a dozen on May 18.
The latest spasm of violence in a year marred by assaults on the nation’s schools, the shooting at Santa Fe High School was the latest to test the president’s role as national comforter-in-chief. Trump met with more than two dozen people affected by the shooting and did not publicly share his message for the grieving families and local leaders during a meeting at a Coast Guard base outside Houston.
FILE – A graduating senior from Santa Fe High School reacts to Friday's school shooting during prayer services at the A..

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UN Extends Sanctions on South Sudan Until Mid-July

Posted: June 1, 2018, 1:40 am

UN Extends Sanctions on South Sudan Until Mid-July Gatdin Bol, 65, who fled fighting and now survives by eating fruit from the trees, sits under a tree in the town of Kandak, South Sudan. Five years into South Sudan's civil war more than 7 million people are facing severe hunger without food aid, according to the latest analysis by the U.N. and the government. A U.N. Security Council resolution to extend sanctions on South Sudan has been renewed for 45 more days after the U.S.-led effort passed at the U.N. Thursday.
The resolution passed with the required nine “yes” votes and six abstentions from the 15 member Security Council.
“The United States has lost its patience. And status quo is unacceptable. It is long past time for all of us to demand better for the South Sudanese people,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said.
The Security Council delayed a decision for 30 days on imposing travel bans and asset freezes on six South Sudanese leaders accused of impedin..

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US Job Growth Forecast: Solid Pace in May

Posted: June 1, 2018, 1:03 am

US Job Growth Forecast: Solid Pace in May FILE – A steel worker returns to work after a being idle for two years at U.S. Steel Granite City Works in Granite City, Ill., May 24, 2018. WASHINGTON — U.S. employers are thought to have hired at a solid pace in May and helped extend the economy’s nearly nine-year expansion, the second-longest on record, despite uncertainty caused by trade disputes.
Economists have forecast that employers added 190,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 3.9 percent, according to data provider FactSet.
The Labor Department’s May jobs report will be released at 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday.
Economy firm footing
Solid hiring data would coincide with other evidence that the economy is on firm footing after a brief slowdown in the first three months of the year. The economy grew at a modest 2.2 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter, after three quarters that had averaged roughly 3 percent annually.
Some economists r..

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Comic Samantha Bee, TBS Apologize for Explicit Remark About Ivanka Trump

Posted: May 31, 2018, 9:03 pm

Comic Samantha Bee, TBS Apologize for Explicit Remark About Ivanka Trump Samantha Bee, host of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” poses at an Emmy For Your Consideration screening of the television talk show at the Writers Guild Theatre, May 24, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. U.S. comedian Samantha Bee has apologized for comments directed at White House adviser Ivanka Trump that Bee now says were “inappropriate and inexcusable.”
Bee hosts a late-night talk show on the U.S. network TBS where she often comments at length on U.S. politics. On Wednesday, Bee took to task a U.S. immigration policy that separates children from their parents.
The language
On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Wednesday night, Bee noted that Ivanka Trump — the daughter of the president who also acts as presidential adviser — had published on social media a picture of herself with her infant son, in a week when the public conversation had centered on separations between children and parents.
In exhorting the pre..

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Navajo Presidential Race Draws Crowded Field of Candidates

Posted: May 31, 2018, 8:51 pm

Navajo Presidential Race Draws Crowded Field of Candidates The sun rises over the Monument Valley on April 19, 2018. The region is part of the Colorado Plateau and lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation. FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA — The race to become president on the country's largest American Indian reservation has drawn a record number of candidates with 19 filing for the office.
The field includes tribal President Russell Begaye, Vice President Jonathan Nez, three women, and others who have previously held or sought the tribe's top two elected positions.
The number is up from 17 four years ago, when a tumultuous election season was extended by nearly five months because of a heated court fight over a candidate's ability to speak fluent Navajo. That qualification loosely remains because it will be up to voters to decide whether that matters to them.
Candidates regularly promise to improve the tribe's economy, increase government transparency, sec..

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Trump Pardons Conservative Pundit in Campaign Finance Case

Posted: May 31, 2018, 3:18 pm

Trump Pardons Conservative Pundit in Campaign Finance Case Dinesh D'Souza exits the Manhattan Federal Courthouse after pleading guilty in New York, May 20, 2014. D'Souza pleaded guilty to one criminal count of making illegal contributions in the names of others. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday pardoned conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who admitted he funded illegal campaign contributions in 2012 to help a Republican Senate candidate in New York.
“He was treated very unfairly by our government!” Trump said in announcing the pardon, although D’Souza four years ago thanked a judge for “imposing a fair sentence” in the case, eight months in a community confinement center he could leave during the day to work and a $30,000 fine.
Later, the White House said Trump felt that D’Souza had been “a victim of selective prosecution.” It said D'Souza was “fully worthy” of a pardon because he had “accepted responsibility for his actions, and ..

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Trump Denies He Fired Comey Over Russia Probe

Posted: May 31, 2018, 11:36 am

Trump Denies He Fired Comey Over Russia Probe This combination photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a roundtable discussion in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, April 5, 2018, left, and former FBI director James Comey speaking during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 8, 2017. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he did not fire Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey because of the Russia investigation, contradicting previous statements that the probe was the reason for his dismissal.
“Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia!,” Trump said in a posting on Twitter. He blamed the “Corrupt Mainstream Media” for promoting what he considers a false narrative about Comey's dismissal.
In an interview last year with NBC TV news anchor Lester Holt, Trump said the Russia probe was foremost on his mind when he decided to fire Comey.
“And in fact when I decided to just do..

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Trump Renews Call for ABC Apology

Posted: May 31, 2018, 10:05 am

Trump Renews Call for ABC Apology President Donald Trump again asks ABC TV network, May 31, 2108, for an apology a day after the network canceled Roseanne Barr's television show following racist remarks she posted about Valerie Jarrett, a former White House adviser to President Barack Obama. U.S. President Donald Trump again asked the ABC TV network Thursday for an apology for reasons that were not entirely clear. The request came a day after the network canceled Roseanne Barr's television show following racist remarks she posted about Valerie Jarrett, an African American who served as a White House adviser to President Barack Obama.
Trump’s request comes after he suggested Wednesday he should get an apology from Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC.
On Thursday, though, Trump was more direct when he tweeted: “Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? ..

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Trump Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Special Counsel Probe

Posted: May 31, 2018, 1:14 am

U.S. President Donald Trump has ramped up his campaign to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe in the eyes of the American people. Mueller has not responded to Trump's attacks as he works to compile what is expected to be an exhaustive report on Russian election meddling, the actions of Trump's inner circle, and whether the president obstructed justice. VOA's Michael Bowman reports.

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Source: Ex-FBI Official Wrote Memo on Comey Firing

Posted: May 31, 2018, 12:22 am

Source: Ex-FBI Official Wrote Memo on Comey Firing FILE – Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe appears before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 7, 2017. McCabe has been buffeted by attacks from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies over alleged anti-Trump bias in the agency. WASHINGTON — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe drafted a memo on the circumstances leading up to the firing of his onetime boss, James Comey, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press to discuss a secret document that has been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller. His team is investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 presidential election and whether the president sought to obstruct that inquiry through actions including the firing of Comey last May.
FILE – U.S. Deputy Attorney G..

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