Sanders Unveils plan to Overhaul Public Education

Posted: May 18, 2019, 3:56 pm

Sanders Unveils plan to Overhaul Public Education FILE – Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during the National Action Network Convention in New York, April 5, 2019. COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders on Saturday released his plan for reforming public education, including halting federal funding of new charter schools and banning those that are operated for profit.
Saying charter schools are “exacerbating educational segregation,'' Sanders proposes more transparency and accountability for them, as well as limits on the pay of their chief executives. According to the campaign, the 10-point plan focuses on “reversing racial and economic segregation that is plaguing elementary and secondary schools.''
DeVos' position
The current education secretary, Betsy DeVos, is an advocate for charter schools, which receive public funding but operate independently.
Sanders unveiled the plan Saturday ahead of a speech in South Carolina. The ca..

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Biden Rejects Democrats’ Anger in Call for National Unity

Posted: May 18, 2019, 3:42 pm

Biden Rejects Democrats' Anger in Call for National Unity Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrives for a campaign rally at Eakins Oval in Philadelphia, May 18, 2019. PHILADELPHIA — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump’s presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats would not defeat the Republican president in 2020 if they pick an angry nominee.
Facing thousands of voters in his native Pennsylvania for the second time as a 2020 contender, the former vice president offered a call for bipartisan unity that seemed far more aimed at a general election audience than the fiery Democratic activists most active during presidential primaries.
Some believe that the angrier a candidate is, the better chance he or she has to beat Trump, Biden told thousands of Democrats in downtown Philadelphia.
“That’s what they are saying you have to do to win the Democratic nomination. Well, I don’t believe it,” he declared. “I believe Demo..

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‘Constitutional Crisis’ or Confrontation? Democrats and Republicans Disagree

Posted: May 18, 2019, 12:28 am

Democratic lawmakers say the Trump administration's refusal to provide additional information and testimony relating to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report has plunged the U.S. into a constitutional crisis. The fight over just how much oversight the U.S. Congress should have over the White House has triggered a debate about the balance of power in the U.S. government. VOA's congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson reports from Capitol Hill.

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Government Audit: Carson’s $40K Office Purchases Broke Law

Posted: May 17, 2019, 7:44 pm

Government Audit: Carson's $40K Office Purchases Broke Law Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, left, addresses the media along with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, while visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 19, 2017. WASHINGTON — Government auditors say Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office's executive dining room
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson violated the law when his department spent more than $40,000 to purchase a dining set and a dishwasher for his office's executive dining room, government auditors concluded.
In a report released Thursday, the Government Accountability Office said HUD failed to notify Congress before exceeding a $5,000 limit set by Congress to furnish or make improvements to the office of a presidential appointee. The dining set cost more than $31,000 and the dishwashe..

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House Approves Bill to Expand Gay Rights

Posted: May 17, 2019, 5:53 pm

House Approves Bill to Expand Gay Rights Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., speaks before a House vote on the Equality Act of 2019, an LGBT rights measure, at the Capitol in Washington, May 17, 2019. The bill later passed the House 236-173. WASHINGTON — Democrats in the House approved sweeping anti-discrimination legislation Friday that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The protections would extend to employment, housing, loan applications, education, public accommodations and other areas.
Called the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it would bring the nation “closer to equal liberty and justice for all.''
Sexual orientation and gender identity “deserve full civil rights protections — in the workplace and in every place, education, housing, credit, jury service, public accommodations,'' Pelosi said.
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Missouri Assembly Passes Restrictive Abortion Bill

Posted: May 17, 2019, 4:06 pm

Missouri Assembly Passes Restrictive Abortion Bill FILE – Lights shine on the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. The lower house of the Missouri General Assembly passed a bill on Friday to prohibit women from seeking an abortion after the eighth week of pregnancy, days after Alabama enacted the most restrictive abortion law in the United
States.
The House of Representatives gave its final legislative approval in a 110-44 vote after protesters were removed from the public gallery. Missouri senators overwhelmingly approved the legislation Thursday.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill into law. He has said he would make Missouri “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country.”
FILE – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson arrives for a news conference in his Capitol office in Jefferson City, May 14, 2019. The bill allows for an abortion after the eighth week only in the case of medical emergencies. On Wednesday, Alabama banned abortions at any time, with the same..

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Trump Lifts Tariffs on Mexico, Canada, Delays Auto Tariffs 

Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:36 pm

Trump Lifts Tariffs on Mexico, Canada, Delays Auto Tariffs FILE – A worker is pictured at a steel plant in Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 27, 2018. WASHINGTON — Bogged down in a sprawling trade dispute with U.S. rival China, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to ease tensions with America's allies: lifting import taxes on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum and delaying auto tariffs that would have hurt Japan and Europe.
By removing the metals tariffs on Canada and Mexico, Trump cleared a key roadblock to a North American trade pact his team negotiated last year. As part of Friday's arrangement, the Canadians and Mexicans agreed to scrap retaliatory tariffs they had imposed on U.S. goods, according to four sources in the U.S. and Canada who spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of an announcement.
In a joint statement, the U.S. and Canada said they would work to prevent cheap imports of steel and aluminum from entering North America. China has long been accused of floodi..

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Warren Unveils Abortion Rights Platform Following New Laws

Posted: May 17, 2019, 11:27 am

Warren Unveils Abortion Rights Platform Following New Laws Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses a campaign rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., May 16, 2019. WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies, moves Democrats have decried as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
Warren's abortion rights platform, released Friday by her Democratic presidential campaign, centers on the establishment of “affirmative, statutory rights'' that would “block states from interfering in the ability of a health care provider to provide medical care, including abortion services,'' and sets similar restrictions on states' power to block patients from getting medical care, including abortions.
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Trump’s Washington Hotel Took In Nearly $41M in 2018 

Posted: May 16, 2019, 9:58 pm

Trump’s Washington Hotel Took In Nearly $41M in 2018 FILE – Law enforcement officers stand guard in front of the Trump Hotel in Washington, June 30, 2018. WASHINGTON — One of the crown jewels of U.S. President Donald Trump’s real estate empire generated millions of dollars in revenue last year, reinforcing questions about the president’s businesses profiting from foreign and state government officials.
The luxury Trump International Hotel Washington, housed in the historic Old Post Office Pavilion building, brought in nearly $41 in million last year, a tad higher than the previous year, according to Trump’s latest financial disclosure form filed with the Office of Government Ethics and released Thursday.
The disclosure, required of all senior government officials, offers a snapshot of Trump’s debts, assets and income in broad ranges across hundreds of businesses he owns. In all, Trump reported income of at least $434 million for 2018, a decline from at least $450 million reported for..

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Schiff Plans ‘Enforcement Action’ Against DOJ Over Mueller Report

Posted: May 16, 2019, 9:38 pm

Schiff Plans 'Enforcement Action' Against DOJ Over Mueller Report FILE – House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 6, 2019. WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel would vote on “enforcement action'' against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump's administration over documents and testimony.
Schiff is scheduling the vote after the Justice Department missed a Wednesday deadline to hand over an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The department also declined to hand over what Schiff described as “a dozen narrow sets of documents'' that were referred to in the report.
He said he requested those documents in order to gauge whether t..

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