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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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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Official: All Young Children, Parents to Be Together Soon

Posted: July 11, 2018, 10:18 pm

Official: All Young Children, Parents to Be Together Soon Vicky Chavez comforts her daughter Issabella in the First Unitarian Church, in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 31, 2018. Chavez says seeing fellow Central Americans separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border makes her intent on trying to fight to stay in the United States. WASHINGTON — All migrant children younger than 5 and who are eligible will be reunited with their parents by early Thursday morning, a Trump administration official said Wednesday.
A federal judge had ordered the government to reunite by Tuesday children younger than 5 who had been separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Senate Confirms Pick for Justice Department Criminal Division Chief

Posted: July 11, 2018, 9:03 pm

Senate Confirms Pick for Justice Department Criminal Division Chief FILE – Brian Benczkowski, then the Republican staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sits behind the committee's ranking Republican, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill, June 18, 2009. WASHINGTON — The Senate voted along party lines Wednesday to confirm a lawyer who briefly represented a Russian bank with ties to the Kremlin to head the Justice Department’s criminal division.
The confirmation of Brian Benczkowski came two days after Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee urged President Donald Trump to pull his nomination, saying Benczkowski’s lack of prosecutorial experience and representation of Alfa Bank disqualified him for the job.
As a partner in the Washington office of the Kirkland & Ellis law firm, Benczkowski, 48, represented Alfa Bank early last year when it was being investigated by the FBI over a series of data transmissions between computer se..

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McMaster to Release Book in 2020

Posted: July 11, 2018, 8:50 pm

McMaster to Release Book in 2020 FILE – In this March 16, 2018, file photo, national security adviser H.R. McMaster waves as he walks into the West Wing of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser H.R. McMaster has signed a book deal.
Battlegrounds will cover the retired lieutenant general’s 34-year military career and his time in the Trump administration.
The book is expected to be released in 2020, when Trump is expected to run for a second term in office.
McMaster had a tumultuous one year on Trump’s staff. He was picked to replace Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after it was revealed that he'd lied about his dealings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
McMaster resigned in March and was replaced by John Bolton.
The book is expected to take a harsher view of the administration than books by former Trump staffers Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci.
Publisher Harper Collins released a statement by McMaster in whi..

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