Critics: US Abortion Rule Endangers Mothers, Unborn Children

Posted: July 18, 2019, 3:52 am

Medical providers say some pregnant women in developing countries have lost access to prenatal health care because of the Trump administration’s expanded “global gag rule” that cut aid to international organizations involved in abortion-related activities.
A recent study in the Lancet Global Health journal also reports that abortions actually increased in Africa when these aid restrictions were enacted in the past.
U.S. President Donald Trump in 2017 reinstated the partisan “global gag rule,” which blocks around $8.8 billion of U.S. international health assistance to organizations that provide abortion services, offer pro-abortion counseling or advocate for the liberalization of abortion laws.
Also called the “Mexico City Policy,” named after the city that hosted a 1984 United Nations population conference where it was first announced, the abortion-related restrictions have been enacted by Republican U.S. presidents since Ronald Reagan and repealed whenever Democrats occupied the White..

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Corporate America Fuels Demand for Renewable Energy

Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:52 am

As the federal government retreats from dealing with climate change, major parts of corporate America are moving forward anyway. Some of the largest companies in the United States are pushing for renewable energy, when even local authorities are not. VOA's Steve Baragona has more.

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Pompeo Heads to Latin America, Focus on Immigration, Counterterrorism, Venezuela

Posted: July 18, 2019, 2:09 am

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading to Latin America Thursday with a full agenda. The trip is to focus on counterterrorism cooperation, the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and efforts to reduce the flow of migrants from Central America to the U.S. southern border. VOA's Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from Washington.

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Critics Say US Abortion Rule Endangers Mothers and Unborn Children

Posted: July 18, 2019, 1:55 am

Health providers say some pregnant women in developing countries have lost access to prenatal health care because of the Trump administration's expanded “global gag rule” that cut aid to international organizations involved in abortion-related activities. Also a recent academic study links past aid restrictions to an increase in abortions in Africa. VOA's Brian Padden reports on the impact of the “global gag rule.”

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Trump Meets Victims of Religious Persecution at White House

Posted: July 17, 2019, 11:48 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made religious freedom a centerpiece of his foreign policy, met Wednesday with victims of religious persecution from countries like China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar.
Trump counts evangelical Christians among his core supporters and the State Department is hosting a conference on the topic this week that will be attended by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Four of the 27 participants in the Oval Office meeting were from China, the White House said: Jewher Ilham, an Uighur Muslim; Yuhua Zhang, a Falun Gong practitioner; Nyima Lhamo, a Tibetan Buddhist; and Manping Ouyang, a Christian.
Ilham told Trump her father was one of many Uighurs “locked up in concentration camps” in the Xinjiang region and that she had not spoken with him since 2017.
China sanctions possible
The Trump administration has been weighing sanctions against Chinese officials over the treatment of the Uighurs, including the Communist Party chie..

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The 4 Republicans Who Called Trump’s Remarks ‘Racist’

Posted: July 17, 2019, 11:00 pm

Just four of 197 Republican U.S. House members voted to deem “racist” a series of remarks by President Donald Trump aimed at several nonwhite congresswomen. Will Hurd of Texas, Susan Brooks of Indiana, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Fred Upton of Michigan all split with congressional Republicans and the president to pass the legislative condemnation Tuesday.
Trump denounced four outspoken, liberal Democratic congresswomen for their criticism of U.S. policy, tweeting Sunday, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019All of the women — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota,..

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Who Are the 4 Republicans Who Voted to Call Trump’s Remarks ‘Racist?’

Posted: July 17, 2019, 11:00 pm

Just four of 197 Republican U.S. House members voted to deem “racist” a series of remarks by President Donald Trump aimed at several nonwhite congresswomen. Will Hurd of Texas, Susan Brooks of Indiana, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Fred Upton of Michigan all split with congressional Republicans and the president to pass the legislative condemnation Tuesday.
Trump denounced four outspoken, liberal Democratic congresswomen for their criticism of U.S. policy, tweeting Sunday, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019All of the women — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota,..

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House Holds 2 Trump Officials in Contempt in Census Dispute

Posted: July 17, 2019, 8:50 pm

The Democratic-controlled House voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The House voted 230-198 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt. The vote, a political blow to the Trump administration, is largely symbolic because the Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute the two men.
The action marks an escalation of Democratic efforts to use their House majority to aggressively investigate the inner workings of the Trump administration.
President Donald Trump abandoned the citizenship question last week after the Supreme Court said the administration's justification for the question “seems to have been contrived.” Trump directed agencies to try to compile the information using existing databases.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, listens as President Donald Trump ..

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House Votes to Block Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

Posted: July 17, 2019, 8:21 pm

Congress is heading for a showdown with President Donald Trump after the House voted Wednesday to block his administration from selling billions of dollars in weapons and maintenance support to Saudi Arabia.
Trump, who has sought to forge closer ties with Riyadh, has pledged to veto the resolutions of disapproval that passed the Democratic-led House largely along party lines. Two of the resolutions passed with 238 votes, while a third was approved with 237. Each of the measures garnered just four Republican backers.
The Senate cleared the resolutions last month, but like the House, fell well short of a veto-proof majority. Overturning a president’s veto requires a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.
Heightened Middle East tensions
Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, accused the Trump administration of circumventing Congress and the law to move ahead with the arms sale. He called the resolutions “extraordinary but necessary” to stop “..

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Trump, Condemned for ‘Racist’ Comments, Continues Attacks on Four House Democrats

Posted: July 17, 2019, 2:26 pm

Updated July 17, 2019, at 9:46 p.m.
WHITE HOUSE — For the fourth straight day, U.S. President Donald Trump attacked four women of color in Congress, continuing to question their loyalty to the country and suggesting they should leave America.
“I think in some cases they hate America,” Trump said of Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayana Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
When Trump accused Omar, a war refugee from Somalia, of “anti-Semitic screeds,” the crowd in Greenville, North Carolina, responded with chants of “send her back.”
“These congresswomen, their comments are helping to fuel the rise of a militant hard left,” declared Trump at the political rally. “But that’s OK because we’re going to win this election like nobody’s ever seen.”
Several national polls show Trump trailing in a hypothetical matchup against several leading Democratic Party contenders vying for their party’s nomination to face the president in next year’s election.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,..

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