Trump’s Attorney Says Special Counsel Has Narrowed Questions

Posted: May 18, 2018, 11:30 am

Trump's Attorney Says Special Counsel Has Narrowed Questions FILE – Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks at an event in Washington, May 5, 2018. President Donald Trump's attorney said Friday the special counsel in the Russia probe has narrowed the scope of potential questions for the president, even as Trump advanced an unverified theory that the Justice Department planted a spy in his 2016 campaign and is now “out to frame him.”
Rudy Giuliani said Friday on CNN that special counsel Robert Mueller has narrowed his question subject areas from five to two, as negotiations continue over whether the president will sit down for an interview.
Giuliani said they don't expect to be asked about the president's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who faces a separate criminal investigation in New York. But Giuliani did not provide many additional details, saying that some of it is “subject to negotiation.”
His comments came after Trump sent out an ea..

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Trump: Libya Is Not US Model for North Korea

Posted: May 18, 2018, 1:54 am

U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States and North Korea are still making arrangements for a summit next month, despite tough rhetoric by officials on both sides. Trump denied his national security adviser's claim that the U.S. would model a nuclear deal with North Korea after one reached in 2003 with Libya. John Bolton angered North Korean leaders with his tough talk regarding a possible denuclearization deal, and they threatened to cancel the summit. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.

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Democrats Begin Their Search for the Anti-Trump

Posted: May 18, 2018, 1:46 am

The next U.S. presidential election is more than two years away, but that has not stopped President Donald Trump nor a large group of potential Democratic candidates from contemplating the 2020 race. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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US Ends Practice That Gave Some Immigrants Reprieves from Deportation

Posted: May 17, 2018, 11:00 pm

US Ends Practice That Gave Some Immigrants Reprieves from Deportation FILE – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaks to a gathering of law enforcement officials at the United States Attorney's offices, March 15, 2018, in Lexington, Kentucky NEW YORK — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday barred immigration judges from a once-common practice of shelving deportation cases involving some immigrants with deep ties to the United States.
The practice known as administrative closure allowed judges to clear low-priority cases off their dockets, effectively letting some immigrants remain indefinitely in the United States despite their lack of legal status.
Under President Barack Obama there had been an effort to administratively close certain cases as a way of allowing judges to focus on higher-priority matters and reduce the immigration court backlog. More than 200,000 cases were closed during the last six years of his presidency.
The closures were routinely used for people w..

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Key Differences Over Denuclearization Put Trump-Kim Summit in Peril

Posted: May 17, 2018, 10:30 pm

Key Differences Over Denuclearization Put Trump-Kim Summit in Peril FILE – A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump, left, in Washignton, May 17, 2018, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Panmunjom, South Korea, April 27, 2018. Although the U.S. stated Thursday that summit preparations are moving forward, North Korea's threat to cancel the planned talks with the U.S. signals its frustration over Washington's position on how to denuclearize Pyongyang, said former U.S. officials who dealt with North Korea extensively.
The experts said North Korea's threat could increase the chance for delaying or even canceling the summit. Christopher Hill, a chief U.S. delegate who negotiated with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said, “I would read the chances of a summit right now as well under the 50 percent.”
North Korea expressed its discontent over what it considers to be a “unilateral” nuclear demand by the U.S. through its state news agency K..

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Lack of Paper Trail a Concern Amid Fears of US Election Hacking

Posted: May 17, 2018, 10:08 pm

Lack of Paper Trail a Concern Amid Fears of US Election Hacking Pamela Hampton votes in Sandy Springs, Ga., May 9, 2018. Voting and cybersecurity experts say that if voting machines do not produce paper records of votes cast, double-checking the results for signs of manipulation is much more difficult. ATLANTA — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will be casting ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of votes.
That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check results for signs of manipulation.
“In the current system, after the election, if people worry it has been hacked, the best officials can do is say, 'Trust us,' ” said Alex Halderman, a voting machine expert who is director of the University of Michigan's Center for Computer Security and Society.
Georgia, which holds its primary on Tuesday, and four other states — Delawar..

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In Film, McCain says Americans Deserve More From Washington

Posted: May 17, 2018, 9:45 pm

In Film, McCain says Americans Deserve More From Washington FILE – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks to reporters, Oct. 19, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain ends a documentary about his life by sending the message that Washington is not giving the American people the government they deserve.
The Arizona Republican also makes clear he is doing everything he can to fight the brain cancer that has stricken him. He says he loves life and wants to stick around forever but also believes “there is a great honor that you can die with.”
McCain's comments come in the HBO documentary “John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls.” The title stems from McCain's favorite book and his current condition. The 81-year-old was diagnosed in July with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. He left Washington in December and has yet to return, though he continues to weigh in on an array of issues.
Earlier this month, he urged his fellow senators to reject President Do..

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Six Takeaways from Trump’s Financial Disclosure

Posted: May 17, 2018, 9:40 pm

Six Takeaways from Trump's Financial Disclosure FILE – Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves by his helicopter from the Turnberry golf course in Turnberry, Scotland, Aug. 1, 2015. U.S. President Donald Trump filed his annual financial disclosure form this week with the Office of Government Ethics, the U.S. government's ethics watchdog.
Under U.S. law, all top government officials are required to file annual financial disclosure documents with the agency.
In Tuesday's 92-page filing, Trump acknowledged that he'd reimbursed his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, last year for more than $100,000 for unspecified expenses incurred in 2016.
Trump’s lawyers have previously said the president reimbursed Cohen for $130,000 that Cohen paid to an adult film star to keep her quiet about a sexual tryst she said she had with Trump 10 years earlier. Trump has denied having the tryst but recently confirmed reimbursing Cohen to stop “false and extortionist accusations” abo..

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Immigration Effort in Congress Survives Leadership Block

Posted: May 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

Immigration Effort in Congress Survives Leadership Block Supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) and others demonstrate outside the U.S. District Court 9th Circuit in Pasadena, California, May 15, 2018. CAPITOL HILL — Renegade Republicans who are trying to force a vote on immigration reform in the House of Representatives survived an attempt by leaders of their party to block their efforts.
The renegades, a group of moderate Republicans, are five signatures short of the 25 needed to bypass leadership and force floor votes on several immigration proposals through a rare procedural tactic known as a discharge petition.
Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, has described the discharge petition as “futile” because it lacks any guarantee that a bill would become law in the face of a threatened presidential veto.
But it was House conservatives who defeated the $867 million farm bill Friday when their own move to get an immigration bill to the House floor f..

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Trump Says ‘Animals’ Comment Refers to Criminals, Mexico Protests

Posted: May 17, 2018, 7:30 pm

Trump Says 'Animals' Comment Refers to Criminals, Mexico Protests President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on immigration policy in California, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 16, 2018, in Washington. WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY — U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he was referring to criminal gangs when he called some illegal immigrants “animals,” a term the Mexican government labeled as unacceptable and which drew rebukes on social media.
Trump made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting with California municipal leaders who support his goal of making the U.S. border impervious to illegal immigration.
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, and we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. These aren't people. These are animals,” Trump said.
Mexico's government said it would file a formal complaint with the U.S. State Dep..

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