12 Russians Accused of Hacking Democrats in 2016 Election

Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:26 pm

12 Russians Accused of Hacking Democrats in 2016 Election FILE – People stand outside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington. The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.
The indictments were announced Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as part of the ongoing special counsel probe into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The Russians are accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and then releasing stolen emails on the internet in the months before the election.
“The internet allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways,” Rosenstein said. “Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacer..

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US Farmers Brace for Long-Term Impact of Escalating Trade War

Posted: July 13, 2018, 8:19 am

US Farmers Brace for Long-Term Impact of Escalating Trade War POLO, ILLINOIS — As farmer Brian Duncan gently brushes his hands over the rolling amber waves of grain in the fields behind his rural Illinois home, this picturesque and idyllic American scene belies the dramatic hardship he currently faces.
“We’re in trouble,” he told VOA.
Wheat is just one product that grows on Duncan’s diverse farm, also home to about 70,000 hogs annually, which Duncan said “were projected to be profitable this year.”
Were, but not anymore.
Pork is now subject to a 62 percent Chinese tariff, and demand is drying up in one of the world’s largest pork markets.
“Once that tariff went on, the pork stopped going into China. Not going to Taiwan, either. Not finding other routes. That market just disappeared,” said Duncan, who expected to see a $4 to $5 profit on each pig, then watched it become a $7 to $8 loss per head.
“The difference between making and losing money in the hog industry is exports,” said ..

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Guatemalan Mother Deported Without Son

Posted: July 13, 2018, 8:10 am

Lourdes de León is among the mothers who have been deported by the U.S. government without their children after being separated on the southern border of the United States. Since her return to Guatemala, de León's only objective is to be reunited with her 6-year-old boy, who is still in New York. VOA's Celia Mendoza spoke Lourdes de León at her home in San Pablo, San Marcos.

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US Lawmakers Blast Trump on Tariffs

Posted: July 13, 2018, 1:29 am

U.S. senators Thursday continued a bipartisan rebuke of President Donald Trump's punitive trade strategy, one day after an overwhelming vote asserting a congressional role in the imposition of tariffs for national security reasons. VOA's Michael Bowman reports from Capitol Hill, where anti-tariff sentiment is strong but not universal.

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FBI Official Denies Any Political Bias in His Official Work

Posted: July 13, 2018, 1:19 am

An FBI official denies any bias in his work in the bureau's 2016 investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and a probe into Russia's interference in the U.S. 2016 election. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports Democrats in Congress accuse Republicans of attacking former deputy assistant FBI director Peter Strzok in an effort to undermine an independent investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Detaining Immigrant Kids Now $1 Billion-a-Year Industry

Posted: July 13, 2018, 12:52 am

Detaining Immigrant Kids Now $1 Billion-a-Year Industry FILE – Immigrant children housed in a tent encampment under the zero tolerance policy by the Trump administration are shown walking in single file at the facility near the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, June 19, 2018. SAN ANTONIO — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds.
Health and Human Services grants for shelters, foster care and other child welfare services for detained unaccompanied and separated children soared from $74.5 million in 2007 to $958 million in 2017. The agency is also reviewing a new round of proposals amid a growing effort by the White House to keep immigrant children in government custody.
A child from Honduras is brought to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Grand Rapids, Mich., July 10, 2018. Currently, more than 11,800 child..

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US Lawmakers Blast Trump on Tariffs

Posted: July 12, 2018, 4:56 pm

US Lawmakers Blast Trump on Tariffs FILE – A Chinese employee sorts hot red steel at a steel plant in Zouping in China's eastern Shandong province, March 5, 2018. CAPITOL HILL — U.S. senators on Thursday continued a bipartisan rebuke of President Donald Trump's punitive trade strategy on the heels of an overwhelming vote asserting a role for Congress when tariffs are imposed for national security reasons.
“I believe the president is abusing his authorities,” said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican. “It seems to be a wake up, ready, fire, [then] aim strategy.”
Another committee member, Delaware Democrat Chris Coons, blasted the administration's trade actions as “a wildly swung bat that is hitting our closest allies in a way that harms our national security, harms our chances at better trade deals, and harms folks in my home state.”
FILE – Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, May 18, 2017..

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Stormy Daniels Arrested at Ohio Strip Club

Posted: July 12, 2018, 2:20 am

Stormy Daniels Arrested at Ohio Strip Club Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her in West Hollywood, Calif., May 23, 2018. Daniels was performing in a strip club in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, when she was arrested. Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday.
While Daniels was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, some patrons touched her in a “nonsexual” way, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told The Associated Press.
An Ohio law known as the Community Defense Act prohibits anyone who isn’t a family member to touch a nude or semi-nude dancer.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was in police custody early Thursday morning and was expected to face a misdemeanor charge, Avenatti said.
“This was a complete set up,” he said. “It’s absurd that law enforcement resources are being spent to conduct a sting operation related to customer..

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House Republicans to Question FBI Agent About Anti-Trump Texts

Posted: July 12, 2018, 2:03 am

House Republicans to Question FBI Agent About Anti-Trump Texts Peter Strzok, center, the FBI agent facing criticism following a series of anti-Trump text messages, walks to give a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 27, 2018. An FBI official will testify Thursday before two House committees investigating allegations of bias in the agency against President Donald Trump.
Counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok worked on Special Council Robert Mueller’s investigation of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and allegations of collusion with Russia until last year, when he was removed after text messages he exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page were revealed, showing their mutual contempt for Trump.
Strzok and Page were involved in a romantic relationship in 2016, when they were both involved in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server. President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page’s texts to denoun..

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Some See Shift In Republican Party’s Views of Russia Ahead of Trump-Putin Summit

Posted: July 12, 2018, 1:01 am

As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party offer differing accounts of their visit to Moscow. While one U.S. senator called for the U.S. to lift sanctions against Russia, another compared dealing with Moscow to dealing with the mafia. VOA Diplomatic Correspondent Cindy Saine looks at what appears to be a shift among many in the Republican Party, which traditionally has taken a hard line on Russia.

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