Leading House Democrat to Run for State Attorney General

Posted: June 5, 2018, 4:54 pm

Leading House Democrat to Run for State Attorney General FILE – U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat, speaks in Burlington, Vt., at a Democratic Party fundraiser. U.S. Representative Keith Ellison, deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee and the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress, has announced his run for Minnesota attorney general.
He officially filed the paperwork for his candidacy Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the deadline.
The six-term lawmaker, regarded as one of the most liberal members of Congress, was lured to the race after incumbent Lori Swanson jumped into the governor's race on Monday.
“It was attorney generals who led the fight against the Muslim ban,'' Ellison said after filing to run for the office, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the United States by visitors from several Muslim-majority countries. “I want to be a part of that fight.''
Ellison, who represents a sol..

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8 US States Holding Primary Elections Tuesday

Posted: June 5, 2018, 3:28 pm

8 US States Holding Primary Elections Tuesday Voters arrive to cast their ballots during the Alabama Primary election at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, June 5, 2018. Eight U.S. states are holding political party primary elections Tuesday, with the key contests in California, the western state that is the country's most populous.
The elections are occurring five months ahead of nationwide congressional elections in November when political control of Congress is at stake. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election, and a third of the 100 seats in the Senate.
Republicans now control both chambers, but Democrats think they could wrest control of one or both houses.
Throughout the U.S., both the Republican and Democratic parties have already held or are holding primary elections in the coming weeks to pick candidates who then will square off against each other in general elections on November 6.
A voter looks over a ballot during New Mexico's..

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Trump Blames Attorney General for Russia Probe

Posted: June 5, 2018, 2:00 pm

Trump Blames Attorney General for Russia Probe FILE – President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Virginia, Dec. 15, 2017. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed a new broadside against Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, blaming him for the year-long investigation into Trump's 2016 campaign links to Russia because he removed himself from oversight of the probe.
“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself…I would have quickly picked someone else,” Trump said on Twitter. “So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined…and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!”
More than a year ago, Sessions recused himself from oversight of what eventually became special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the election and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FB..

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Will Immigration Get Trump Voters to Midterm Polls?

Posted: June 5, 2018, 11:11 am

Will Immigration Get Trump Voters to Midterm Polls? FILE – A man who called himself a citizen taxpayer, left, argues with protesters at a a rally to oppose a new Texas “sanctuary cities” bill that aligns with the president's tougher stance on illegal immigration, June 26, 2017, in San Antonio, outside of t Republican House and Senate candidates are adopting one of President Donald Trump’s key issues – and his style – to get themselves elected in November.
Immigration has long been red meat to Trump’s base. At Nashville, Tennessee’s Municipal Auditorium last Tuesday, 5,500 supporters eagerly chanted “build the wall” and Trump’s use of a controversial term to describe MS-13 gang members — “animals!”
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AP Fact Check: Trump Blames Democrats for Border Separations

Posted: June 5, 2018, 9:53 am

AP Fact Check: Trump Blames Democrats for Border Separations FILE – Central American children who are traveling with a caravan of migrants, look at the border wall from a bus carrying the group to a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 29, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump is falsely claiming that “bad legislation passed by the Democrats” has forced his administration to separate children from their families at the border, even though no such law exists.
Trump's tweet
Trump tweeted Tuesday: “Separating families at the Border is the fault of bad legislation passed by the Democrats. Border Security laws should be changed but the Dems can't get their act together! Started the Wall.”
The facts
No law mandates that parents must be separated from their children at the border, and it's not a policy Democrats have pushed or can change alone as the minority in Congress.
Children are being separated from the parents at the border at..

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US Justice Dept. Appeals Ruling that Trump Can’t Block Twitter Followers

Posted: June 5, 2018, 1:00 am

US Justice Dept. Appeals Ruling that Trump Can't Block Twitter Followers A late night Tweet is seen from the personal Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump, May 31, 2017. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department late on Monday said it would appeal a federal judge's ruling that President Donald Trump may not legally block Twitter users from his account on the social media platform based on their political views, according to a court filing.
A lawyer for seven plaintiffs who sued, Jameel Jaffer, said that the @realdonaldtrump account on Monday had unblocked the seven plaintiffs who filed suit.
The White House and the Justice Department did not immediately comment.
“We're pleased that the White House unblocked our clients from the President's Twitter account but disappointed that the government intends to appeal the district court's thoughtful and well-supported ruling,” Jaffer said in an email.

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Trump Disinvites Super Bowl Champs to White House

Posted: June 4, 2018, 10:35 pm

Trump Disinvites Super Bowl Champs to White House FILE – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles speaks to fans attending Super Bowl LII celebration at Philadelphia Art Museum, Feb 8, 2018. ( Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports) U.S. President Donald Trump has withdrawn an invitation for this year's Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, to visit the White House.
Trump called off the June 5 visit late Monday.
“The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to celebrate tomorrow,” Trump said in a statement. “They disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.''
All Eagles players stood for the anthem last season.
Trump said the team wanted to send a smaller delegation, but “the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.''
Instead, Trump said the fans were sti..

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US President Declares His ‘Absolute Right’ to Pardon Himself

Posted: June 4, 2018, 10:13 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday declared he has an “absolute right” to pardon himself and then also tweeted his assertion that the federal government’s investigation into ties between his 2016 election campaign and Russia is “totally unconstitutional.” Details from VOA’s White House bureau chief, Steve Herman.

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Trump’s Ex-Campaign Manager Accused of Witness Tampering

Posted: June 4, 2018, 9:34 pm

Trump's Ex-Campaign Manager Accused of Witness Tampering FILE – Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, leaves U.S. District Court after a hearing, May 23, 2018, in Washington. One of U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign managers, Paul Manafort, has been given until Friday to respond to allegations by prosecutors that he made several attempts to tamper with witnesses in connection with his ongoing criminal cases.
In a court filing on Monday, prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said Manafort and one of his associates “repeatedly” contacted two witnesses in an effort to influence their testimony. The contacts occurred in February, shortly after a grand jury returned a new indictment against Manafort and while he was confined to his home.
The two witnesses are not named in court filings, but prosecutors say they worked with Manafort in organizing a group of former European officials, known as the Hapsburg Group, who promo..

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Supreme Court Ruling Supports Religious Freedom

Posted: June 4, 2018, 9:16 pm

The U.S. gay community suffered a setback Monday with the Supreme Court ruling that a Colorado baker had the right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs. The limited decision raises a question of whether any other business can invoke religious objections to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. VOA’S Zlatica Hoke reports.

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