Trump, Biden Hold Dueling Rallies in Iowa

Posted: June 11, 2019, 10:54 am

It's 17 months until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, but Tuesday in Iowa might feel like voting is near, with Republican President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democrat seeking to oust him, holding rallies in the midwestern farm state.
Trump and Biden, both in their 70s, have spent weeks firing verbal taunts at each other from a distance, jabbing at each other's character, policies and demeanor. The twin visits appear to be coincidental and the candidates will not come within 160 kilometers of each other, but the rhetoric will fly across the vast fields in the state.
Trump, who declared he was running for a second four-year term in the White House just as he was inaugurated in 2017 for his first, is visiting the western side of the state to talk about renewable energy. Then he flies to central Des Moines, the state's biggest city with more than 200,000 residents, for a dinner and fundraiser with state Republicans. Biden is visiting t..

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US House to Vote on Mueller Probe Lawsuits After Deal For Documents

Posted: June 11, 2019, 1:19 am

The U.S. House of Representatives is due to vote Tuesday on a measure authorizing lawsuits against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn over their refusal to cooperate with congressional subpoenas in connection with the investigation of Russian election interference.
Lawmakers want access to documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation, and for McGahn to testify about what took place inside the White House.
Authorizing the lawsuits would allow leaders in the Democratic-led House to go forward with those steps if they choose to do so at a later date.
McGahn was a key witness for Mueller, but has declined to testify before congressional committees, complying with the wishes of the White House. Mueller's team interviewed McGahn for 30 hours, with the lawyer telling prosecutors that Trump pressured him to try to get Mueller ousted ..

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Justice Department to Turn Over Mueller Probe Documents

Posted: June 10, 2019, 3:21 pm

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives reached a deal Monday for the Justice Department to turn over crucial documents collected by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart his probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the Justice Department would be opening Mueller's “most important files to us, providing us with key evidence that the special counsel used to assess whether” Trump and others “obstructed justice or were engaged in other misconduct.”
Nadler said that all members of the Judiciary panel — Democrats and Republicans alike — would be able to see the documents, which he said “will allow us to perform our constitutional duties and decide how to respond to the allegations laid out against the president” by Mueller.
With the agreement, Nadler said he would withdraw a vote set for T..

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Trump Announces Mystery Mexico Deal

Posted: June 10, 2019, 3:17 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump faced questions Monday afternoon about his recent deal with Mexico to control immigration, but provided little clarity on what he said were undisclosed portions of the agreement when he spoke with journalists.
“It’s just another aspect of what we’ve done,” replied Trump during a brief event on the White House South Lawn honoring the race car team that won this year’s Indianapolis 500 race.
Asked by VOA why — if there was such an agreement — Mexico is denying it, Trump replied: “I don’t think they’ll be denying it very long. It’s all done.”
There has been confusion and consternation on both sides of the border after Trump earlier Monday claimed the United States signed what he calls “another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico.”
Mexican officials on Monday denied any such side agreement on controlling migrants.
It could be related to plans for a regionwide asylum agreement if enforcement measures agreed to last week between..

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Confusion Follows Trump Claim of Additional Mexico Deal

Posted: June 10, 2019, 3:17 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump faced questions Monday afternoon about his recent deal with Mexico to control immigration, but provided little clarity on what he said were undisclosed portions of the agreement when he spoke with journalists.
“It’s just another aspect of what we’ve done,” replied Trump during a brief event on the White House South Lawn honoring the race car team that won this year’s Indianapolis 500 race.
Asked by VOA why — if there was such an agreement — Mexico is denying it, Trump replied: “I don’t think they’ll be denying it very long. It’s all done.”
There has been confusion and consternation on both sides of the border after Trump earlier Monday claimed the United States signed what he calls “another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico.”
Mexican officials on Monday denied any such side agreement on controlling migrants.
It could be related to plans for a regionwide asylum agreement if enforcement measures agreed to last week between..

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Trump Announces Additional Unspecified Mexico Deal

Posted: June 10, 2019, 3:17 pm

U.S. President Donald Trump faced questions Monday afternoon about his recent deal with Mexico to control immigration, but provided little clarity on what he said were undisclosed portions of the agreement when he spoke with journalists.
“It’s just another aspect of what we’ve done,” replied Trump during a brief event on the White House South Lawn honoring the race car team that won this year’s Indianapolis 500 race.
Asked by VOA why — if there was such an agreement — Mexico is denying it, Trump replied: “I don’t think they’ll be denying it very long. It’s all done.”
There has been confusion and consternation on both sides of the border after Trump earlier Monday claimed the United States signed what he calls “another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico.”
Mexican officials on Monday denied any such side agreement on controlling migrants.
It could be related to plans for a regionwide asylum agreement if enforcement measures agreed to last week between..

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Confusion Follows Vague Trump Claim of Additional Mexico Deal

Posted: June 10, 2019, 3:17 pm

There is confusion and consternation on both sides of the border after President Donald Trump on Monday claimed that the United States has signed what he calls “another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico.”
Trump did not reveal any details about its contents, and Mexican officials deny any such side agreement on controlling migrants.
It appears to be a reference to plans for a regionwide asylum agreement if enforcement measures agreed to last week between Washington and Mexico City do not halt a surge of migrants from Central America to the United States.
“We trust that the measures we have proposed will be successful,” Mexico's foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, told reporters Monday. “But if they're not, we're going to have to participate in this kind of discussion.”
When asked in Mexico City about a clause committing Mexico to purchase more products from American farms, as Trump has also suggested in recent tweets, Ebrard only said, ..

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Trump Threatens New China Tariffs if Xi Doesn’t Talk Trade with Him

Posted: June 10, 2019, 12:22 pm

Trump Threatens New China Tariffs if Xi Doesn't Talk Trade with Him FILE – President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One after arriving, June 7, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Monday to impose tariffs on another $325 billion worth of imported goods from China if Chinese President Xi Jinping does not engage in new trade talks with him later this month.
Trump told CNBC he expects to meet with Xi in Osaka, Japan at the G-20 meeting of the leaders of the world's largest economies on June 28-29, but Beijing has not publicly confirmed the meeting. Trump said he would impose the new tariffs, on top of tariffs he already has levied on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports, if Xi skips the meeting.
“I think he'll go,” Trump said. “We're expected to meet.”
The U.S. leader said, “China very much wants to make a deal, more than I do.”
But months of trade talks between the world's two largest economi..

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Warren Challenges Sanders’ For Progressives’ Support

Posted: June 10, 2019, 7:09 am

Warren Challenges Sanders' For Progressives' Support Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. LANSING, MICH. — As a Michigan field organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, Mike McDermott trained volunteers to knock on doors and call voters, helping the Vermont senator upset Hillary Clinton in a crucial Midwestern state.
But as the 2020 campaign heats up, McDermott is all-in for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, creating a Michigan for Warren PAC to raise early money for her efforts and promoting her campaign through a website and Facebook page. While he's still a Sanders fan, McDermott sees Warren as a fresher face who's more electable and doesn't have the baggage of a 2016 loss.
“It's really 1a and 1b for me,” McDermott said. “With Warren, I think there's more crossover appeal. She doesn't have 2016 bra..

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Trump Confident New Migrant Pact with Mexico Will Succeed

Posted: June 9, 2019, 12:09 pm

Trump Confident New Migrant Pact with Mexico Will Succeed FILE – President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One after arriving, June 7, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed Sunday that Mexico “for many years” has not been cooperative to curb the surge of migrants traveling through it to reach the United States, but believes a new agreement will alleviate the problem.
The U.S. leader warned, however, that “if for some unknown reason” Mexico does not stanch the flow of Central American migrants heading north to the U.S., “we can always go back to our previous, very profitable” imposition of tariffs on Mexican exports sent to the United States. “But I don’t believe that will be necessary,” he added.
A deal announced Friday calls for Mexico to dispatch 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to halt the flow of migrants, while the U.S. gained new authority to force asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their legal ..

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