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Puerto Rico Moves to Privatize Troubled Power Company

(VOA): Puerto Rico's governor announced Monday that he is moving to privatize the U.S. territory's public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption. Nearly 30 percent of customers..

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Feds Move to Replace US Border Barriers in New Mexico

(VOA): The Trump administration announced Monday it was preparing to replace existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico that officials call "an area of high illegal entry." The notice published in the Federal Register said the area extends around..

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Schumer's Moment: Shutdown Puts Spotlight on Dem Leader

(VOA): For Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is the face of the government shutdown. For immigration advocates, he’s their best hope. Perhaps the most powerful Democrat in Washington, Schumer has so far succeeded in keeping his party unified in a bid to use the government..

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US Congress Votes to Reopen the Government

(VOA): U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a bill reopening the government, ending a 3-day partial shutdown that was triggered in part by a partisan brawl over immigration. Late Monday, members of the House of Representatives voted to approve the bill the U.S. Senate passed earlier in the..

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Mattis in Southeast Asia, Amid Fresh US Focus on China

(VOA): Just days after unveiling a new Pentagon strategy that prioritizes the U.S. geopolitical rivalry with China, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting a chance to start implementing it. Mattis is in Jakarta, Indonesia, the first stop on a week-long trip that will also take him to..

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Schumer: Democrats Will Vote to Reopen Government

(VOA): Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats in the chamber will vote to reopen the government, which has been partially shutdown for three days. The vote is on funding the government through February 8.  It comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured opposition..

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Trump to Face Mixed Welcome at Elite Davos Gathering

(VOA): In Davos this week, participants can experience ``a day in the life of a refugee.'' Or hear about ways to uphold the Paris climate accord and promote free trade. Or rub elbows with any number of leaders of African countries.   Enter Donald Trump.   The World Economic..

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US Aid Chief Visits Raqqa Amid Stabilization Push

(VOA): The U.S. government’s aid chief, Mark Green, made an unannounced visit to Raqqa in Syria on Monday, the most senior U.S. civilian official from the Trump administration to visit the war-struck northern city months after it was retaken from Islamic State. Green was accompanied by the..

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Pence: US Embassy Will Move to Jerusalem in 2019

(VOA): U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Monday that the United States would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of 2019. "In the weeks ahead, our administration will advance its plan to open the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and that United States Embassy will open before the..

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US Asks Turkey to Show Restraint in Syria

(VOA): The United States is expressing concern about Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria and top officials are appealing for restraint and fears that the conflict could spread.  At Monday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. understands..

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Vermont Becomes 9th US State to Legalize Marijuana

(VOA): Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month. The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and..

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US Senate Votes on Funding Bill

(VOA): The U.S. Senate votes shortly [noon Washington time] on a three-week funding bill that would reopen the federal government. A key underlying issue, the timing and substance of immigration reform, remains a sticking point. Democrats want a guarantee that Congress will vote on a..

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US Special Envoy for Ukraine Confirms Russia Talks

(VOA): U.S. Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker says he is scheduled to hold a new round of talks with Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov in Dubai on Jan. 26. Volker told VOA's Ukrainian Service that he will arrive in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday and stop in Kyiv on Thursday,..

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How Trump Is Destroying The GOP – OpEd Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

America has never had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn’t good news for the..