Trump: China Maybe Regrets Backtracking on Trade Provisions

Posted: May 30, 2019, 11:41 am

Trump: China Maybe Regrets Backtracking on Trade Provisions President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing on Marine One, May 30, 2019, in Washington. President Donald Trump said Thursday he still believes China “would love to make” a new trade deal with the United States and might now regret backtracking on some agreements negotiators for the two countries had reached.
“We had a deal and they broke the deal,” Trump said at the White House. “I think if they had to do it again they wouldn't have done what they did.”
Trump contended that tariffs he has imposed on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of Chinese imports has prompted some manufacturers in China to move their production to other countries.
“I think we're doing very well with China,” he said, adding that tariffs have had little effect on inflation in the U.S.
Trade talks between officials of the world's two biggest economies broke off recently, but U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has s..

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Prosecutors Push Back on Enforcing New State Abortion Laws

Posted: May 30, 2019, 11:26 am

Prosecutors Push Back on Enforcing New State Abortion Laws FILE – Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill speaks to the members of the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at the Utah state Capitol in Salt Lake City, Feb. 21, 2019. ATLANTA — New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them.
The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen district attorneys across seven states, and several said they would not file criminal charges against doctors who violate the laws. Even a few who left open potentially charging doctors said they would not prosecute women for having an abortion, which some legal observers say could be a possibility under Georgia's law.
“I am never going to enforce a law that's unconstitutional, and furthermore, especially not one that targets women and girls,” said David Cooke, chief prosecutor in Macon, Georgia, abou..

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Immigration Largely Absent From Democrats’ 2020 Policy Blitz

Posted: May 30, 2019, 11:07 am

Immigration Largely Absent From Democrats' 2020 Policy Blitz FILE – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (L) speaks with Alexa Arredondo, 9, while meeting with community activists on immigration issues at a restaurant, May 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. Top Democratic presidential candidates are one-upping each other with ever-more-ambitious plans on global warming, gun violence, health care and abortion.
Democratic presidential contenders are in a feverish battle to one-up each other with ever-more-ambitious plans to beat back global warming , curb gun violence , offer universal health care coverage , slash student debt and preserve abortion rights. Largely left out of the policy parade: immigration.
The field of 24 candidates is united in condemning President Donald Trump's support for hard-line immigration tactics, particularly his push to wall off as much of the U.S. border with Mexico as possible, roll back asylum rights for refugees and since-suspended ef..

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Gillibrand Lands Her 1st New Hampshire Endorsement for 2020

Posted: May 30, 2019, 10:59 am

Gillibrand Lands Her 1st New Hampshire Endorsement for 2020 FILE – Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) stands and waits to take the stage during her campaign kick off event in New York, New York, March 24, 2019. WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand has picked up her first New Hampshire endorsement, announcing that state Rep. Sue Ford says she's “the best person” for the White House.
In a statement released by Gillibrand's campaign, Ford says the New York senator “cares for New Hampshire families and her own.”
Ford is a four-term member of the Legislature from Grafton. She says Gillibrand “will always fight for the silenced, marginalized, or ignored.”
New Hampshire holds the nation's first presidential primary and is set to vote on Feb. 11, eight days after the leadoff Iowa caucuses.
Gillibrand has continued to lag former Vice President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and other top 2020..

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Should Facebook Delete Fake Pelosi Video?

Posted: May 30, 2019, 10:31 am

Should Facebook Delete Fake Pelosi Video? A smartphone display shows a Facebook notice that additional reporting is available on a doctored video posted last week showing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appearing to slur her words, in San Francisco, May 28, 2019. SAN FRANCISCO — When a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — one altered to show the Democratic leader slurring her words — began making the rounds on Facebook last week, the social network didn't take it down. Instead, it “downranked” the video, a behind-the-scenes move intended to limit its spread.
That outraged some people who believe Facebook should do more to clamp down on misinformation. Pelosi derided Facebook Wednesday for not taking down the video even though it knows it is false.
But the company and some civil libertarians warn that Facebook could evolve into an unaccountable censor if it's forced to make judgment calls on the veracity of text, photos or videos.
Facebook has long resisted making decl..

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Shanahan Unaware of Effort to Move USS John McCain Out of Sight

Posted: May 30, 2019, 3:22 am

Shanahan Unaware of Effort to Move USS John McCain Out of Sight The USS John S. McCain under repair at a dry dock is seen before the rededication ceremony at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, July 12, 2018. JAKARTA, INDONESIA — Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Thursday he was not aware of a White House directive to have the U.S. Navy warship USS John S. McCain “out of sight” when President Donald Trump visited Japan.
“What I read this morning was the first I heard about it,” Shanahan told reporters during a visit to Indonesia.
An email seen by VOA shows discussions about the USS John S. McCain between the White House Military Office and an officer with the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet ahead of Trump’s trip.
“USS John McCain needs to be out of sight,” reads the email’s third bullet-pointed request.
“Please confirm #3 will be satisfied,” the email emphasized.
FILE – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., then a Republican presidential candidate, speaks at a rally in D..

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Mueller Makes First Public Comments on Russia Probe

Posted: May 30, 2019, 1:45 am

Special counsel Robert Mueller Wednesday declined to clear President Donald Trump of obstructing justice, though the president responded by declaring himself innocent and the “case is closed.” In his first public comments on the Russia probe, Mueller said because of a long-standing Department of Justice policy, the president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office, and he indicated it is up to Congress to take further action. White House correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more.

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Democrats Heighten Calls for Trump’s Impeachment  

Posted: May 29, 2019, 7:47 pm

Democrats Heighten Calls for Trump's Impeachment U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, speaks during a news conference in New York, May 29, 2019. WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller's refusal Wednesday to clear President Donald Trump of allegations that he obstructed justice by trying to thwart the Russia investigation appeared to embolden opposition Democrats in calls for more investigations of the U.S. leader and possibly his impeachment.
“We will take action to hold the president accountable,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the panel where impeachment hearings would originate. “With respect to impeachment, all options are on the table.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., gestures while addressing the Commonwealth Club, May 29, 2019, in San Francisco. Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, leader of the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives,..

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Mueller Statement: Full Transcript

Posted: May 29, 2019, 11:45 am

Mueller Statement: Full Transcript 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. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's first public statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Two years ago, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel, and he created the Special Counsel’s Office.
The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.
I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking today because our investigation is complete. The Attorney General has made the report on our investigation largely public. And we are formally closing the Special Counsel’s Office. As well, ..

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Trump Urges Roy Moore Not to Run for Alabama Senate Seat

Posted: May 29, 2019, 10:20 am

Trump Urges Roy Moore Not to Run for Alabama Senate Seat FILE – U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Midland City, Ala., Dec. 11, 2017. President Donald Trump warned Wednesday the “consequences will be devastating” if Alabama Republican Roy Moore, whose 2017 U.S. Senate campaign was battered by allegations of long-ago sexual harassment of teenagers, seeks the seat again in 2020.
Moore lost in the once-reliably red state in a 2017 special election amid the sexual misconduct allegations, which he denied. He told The Associated Press earlier this month he is considering another campaign next year.
Trump, who backed Moore in 2017 despite the allegations, tweeted “I have NOTHING against Roy Moore,” but warned that “Roy Moore cannot win.” He adds that if Democrat Doug Jones retains the seat in 2020 “many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost.”
Trump's comments come as national Republicans have tried to keep Moore out of th..

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