Trump Announces Deal With Mexico Averting Tariffs

Posted: June 7, 2019, 9:26 pm

Trump Announces Deal With Mexico Averting Tariffs President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump hold hands and wave at supporters as they walk across the South Lawn on their return to the White House, June 7, 2019, in Washington. Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report.
U.S. President Donald Trump said late Friday that the United States and Mexico had reached a deal on migration to avert tariffs.
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” he tweeted.
“Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States,” Trump said.
Earlier Friday, Trump had tweeted that there was a “good chance” the two si..

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Trump Criticizes NASA Moon Mission After Promoting It Earlier 

Posted: June 7, 2019, 8:23 pm

Trump Criticizes NASA Moon Mission After Promoting It Earlier FILE – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine talks to employees about the agency's progress toward sending astronauts to the moon and on to Mars, March 11, 2019, at the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized NASA for aiming to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024 and urged the space agency to focus instead on “much bigger” initiatives like going to Mars, undercutting his previous support for the lunar initiative.
“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon – We did that 50 years ago,” the president wrote on Twitter. “They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”
Trump's statement, tweeted from Air Force One as he returned from Europe, appeared at odds with his administration&#03..

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O’Rourke Campaigns With His Wife as He Struggles With Women

Posted: June 7, 2019, 11:37 am

O'Rourke Campaigns With His Wife as He Struggles With Women Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta, GA. DES MOINES, IOWA — Beto O'Rourke stumbled with women from the start, featuring his wife sitting silently in his presidential campaign launch video and joking repeatedly about being a part-time parent.
But with his campaign at risk of stalling, O'Rourke is attempting to improve his standing with female voters. His wife, Amy, will begin a rare string of campaign appearances on Friday in Iowa, speaking at joint events and making herself available to chat and take pictures with would-be supporters.
Her presence will be an important test of whether Beto O'Rourke can reverse his less-than-favorable first impressions with women. It's an unusual position for a candidate whose appeal with women helped make him a national political phenomenon while nearly upsetting Texas Sen. Ted C..

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In Reversal, Biden Opposes Ban on Federal Money for Abortion

Posted: June 7, 2019, 12:15 am

In Reversal, Biden Opposes Ban on Federal Money for Abortion Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta. ATLANTA — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions.
“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment” that makes it harder for some women to access care, Biden said at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta.
The former vice president’s reversal on the Hyde Amendment came after rivals and women’s rights groups blasted him for affirming through campaign aides that he still supported the decades-old budget provision. The dynamics had been certain to flare again at Democrats’ first primary debate in three weeks.
Centrist risks
Biden didn’t mention this week’s a..

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US Authorities to Finally Check 2016 NC Poll Books for Hacking

Posted: June 6, 2019, 2:27 pm

US Authorities to Finally Check 2016 NC Poll Books for Hacking FILE – Kate Irish votes at the Durham County North Regional Library in Durham, N.C., May 8, 2018. Federal authorities will analyze laptops that malfunctioned in the county during the 2016 election. RALEIGH, N.C. — More than two years after voter check-in software failed on Election Day in a North Carolina county, federal authorities will conduct a forensic analysis of electronic poll books for evidence of tampering by Russian military hackers.
The Department of Homeland Security analysis of laptops used in Durham County is the first known federal probe of voting technology that malfunctioned during the 2016 election.
State election officials had renewed their long-dormant request for the forensic exam based on the report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian election interference.
Poll book provider VR Systems says that contrary to Mueller's findings, it does not believe its network was infiltrated.
The malf..

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D-Day Aside, Trump Assails Targets Back Home

Posted: June 6, 2019, 2:12 pm

D-Day Aside, Trump Assails Targets Back Home FILE – President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Caen, France, June 6, 2019. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump, in Europe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, took time Thursday to unleash new broadsides at political targets back home for their roles in investigating him, special counsel Robert Mueller and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump contended in a Fox News interview that Mueller made “such a fool” of himself last week when he delivered his first and only public statement on his 22-month investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart it.
FILE – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, May 29, 2019. Mueller said that with the long-time Jus..

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Front-Runner Biden Campaigning for President on His Terms

Posted: June 6, 2019, 8:50 am

Front-Runner Biden Campaigning for President on His Terms FILE – An attendee records former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden during a campaign event, June 4, 2019, in Berlin, New Hampshire. Just six weeks into his presidential campaign, Joe Biden is running as the Democrat to beat, charting a distinct path through the primary states, taking positions that may rile the party base and working with a single goal in mind: not being lumped in with the rest of the field.
While most Democrats crowd an Iowa dinner this weekend, he won't be on the campaign trail. While most Democrats tout their support of abortion rights, Biden is offering a more nuanced, middle-ground position. And while most Democrats are preparing to battle one another, Biden is focused on President Donald Trump.
Biden's moves suggest a candidate looking beyond the Democratic primary to the general election, laser-focused on issues that could shore him up with swing voters in key bat..

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Trump’s Cruise Ban Hits Cuba’s Private-Sector Workers

Posted: June 5, 2019, 11:48 pm

Trump’s Cruise Ban Hits Cuba’s Private-Sector Workers Cruise ship MS Empress of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, leaves the bay of Havana, Cuba, June 5, 2019. HAVANA — Lazaro Hernandez, who has made a good living showing U.S. cruise ship passengers around Havana in his pink 1950s Chevrolet, says the new U.S. ban on cruises to Cuba will wipe out 90% of his business overnight.
Hernandez is one of thousands of Cubans who benefited from the boom in American visitors to the Caribbean’s largest island following the loosening of travel restrictions under former U.S. President Barack Obama during the short-lived 2014-2016 detente between the Cold War foes.
Obama’s successor, President Donald Trump, aims to punish Cuba’s Communist government, especially for its alliance with Venezuela, by tightening the rules once more. Yet Cubans say those who will really suffer are the people, including the private-sector workers the United States purports to support.
“This is a fatal b..

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Warren Criticizes Trump’s ‘Dart Throwing’ Mexico Tariff Decision

Posted: June 5, 2019, 11:35 pm

Warren Criticizes Trump's 'Dart Throwing' Mexico Tariff Decision Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, June 5, 2019, in Elkhart, Indiana. ELKHART, INDIANA — Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to impose tariffs on Mexico as “random dart throwing” that lacks a coherent strategy.
Trump unexpectedly told Mexico last week to take a harder line on curbing illegal immigration or face 5% tariffs on all its exports to the United States, rising to as much as 25% later in the year. On Tuesday, Trump said he expected to impose the tariffs as of Monday.
“Trump's random dart throwing ain't helping anybody,” Warren, a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, told reporters after a campaign event in Elkhart, Indiana.
Moments earlier, before a crowd of about 600 in the town with a large manufacturing sector, Warren assailed compan..

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Bernie Sanders Urges Walmart to Boost Starvation Wages’

Posted: June 5, 2019, 9:30 pm

Bernie Sanders Urges Walmart to Boost Starvation Wages' FILE – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco, June 2, 2019. ROGERS, ARKANSAS — Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Wednesday told Walmart shareholders and top executives that the world's largest retailer should boost the “starvation”-level wages it pays its workers and stop fueling income inequality.
Speaking at Walmart's shareholder meeting, the U.S. senator said: “Despite the incredible wealth of Walmart's owners” the company pays “starvation wages.”
He presented a shareholder proposal asking the company to give hourly employees a seat on its board and raise base wages to $15 an hour.
Walmart's “wages are so low, many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food stamps, Medicaid and public housing in order to survive,” Sanders said.
“The ..

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