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2020 Hopeful Buttigieg Pitches Plan to Fight Systemic Racism

Looking to improve his standing with black voters, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg pitched a plan Tuesday to tackle "systemic racism" he said exists in housing, health care, education, policing and other aspects of American life.  The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told a predominantly black audience at a Chicago meeting of Rainbow PUSH, the

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Trump Administration Ends Bid to Add Census Citizenship Question

In a stinging defeat for President Donald Trump, his administration has ended its effort to add a citizenship  question to the 2020 U.S. census, saying that it will begin printing forms that do not include the contentious query. White House and Justice Department officials confirmed the decision, which came in the aftermath of a Supreme Court

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Presidential Hopeful Booker Vows to End ‘Moral Vandalism’ of Trump Immigration Policy

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker would “virtually eliminate immigration detention” if elected, his campaign said on Tuesday, including ending the use of for-profit detention facilities and minimizing the time unaccompanied children spend in custody. Booker, 50, is among some two dozen Democrats seeking to take on Republican U.S. President Donald Trump in next year’s election. Trump has

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Unpacking Trump’s Foreign Policy Victory Claims

Upon returning from the G-20 summit, U.S. President Trump claimed foreign policy victory, saying that "much was accomplished." But what exactly was achieved during the three-day trip? White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara unpacks the president's whirlwind trip to Osaka and Seoul. ...

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US Officials Look into Report of Sexist, Racist Facebook Site by Border Agents

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating a report that current and former U.S. Border Patrol agents are part of a Facebook group posting racist, sexist, and violent posts about migrants and Hispanic lawmakers. The ProPublica investigative site says the posts include sexually explicit images and remarks mocking migrant deaths, including the highly publicized death of

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AP Fact Check: Trump on N. Korea, Wages, Climate; Democrat Misfires

Straining for deals on trade and nukes in Asia, President Donald Trump hailed a meeting with North Korea's leader that he falsely claimed President Barack Obama coveted, asserted a U.S. auto renaissance that isn't and wrongly stated air in the U.S. is the cleanest ever as he dismissed climate change.  He also ignored the reality in

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Trump Allowing Select US Firms to Supply Huawei Has Some in Congress Fuming

National security hawks who normally side with U.S. President Donald Trump on foreign policy issues are up in arms over his announcement on Saturday that he would indefinitely delay the imposition of tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods and relax restrictions on U.S. firms doing business with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. In a news conference

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Trump Appeals US Judge’s Border Wall Funding Ruling

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday appealed a U.S. judge's ruling that blocked his administration from using $2.5 billion in funds intended for anti-drug activities to construct a wall along the southern border with Mexico.  U.S. Department of Justice lawyers said in a court filing that they were formally appealing Friday's ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  "We're immediately

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Female Candidates Challenge Electability Question in Debates

For months, the names of white men have sat at the top of early Democratic presidential primary polls. On the debate stage this week, the half-dozen women in the field offered up an alternative: themselves. They did so with different tactics and styles but a shared goal: shaking up assumptions about who is electable in a

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Senate Fails to Limit Trump War Powers 

Political unease over the White House’s tough talk against Iran is reviving questions about President Donald Trump’s ability to order military strikes without approval from Congress. The Senate fell short Friday, in a 50-40 vote, on an amendment to a sweeping Defense bill that would require congressional support before Trump acts. It didn’t reach the 60-vote

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Women of Color Ready to Claim 2020 As Their Election Year

The campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination kicked off this week in Miami with two nights of debates in a city known for its diversity and its close connection with immigrants from Haiti, Cuba and around the world. Democrats hope this early outreach will resonate with one of their strongest bases of voters: women of

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Jimmy Carter Claims Russia Won Trump the White House

Former President Jimmy Carter says he believes President Donald Trump actually lost the 2016 election and is only president because of Russian interference. Carter made the comments Friday, without offering evidence, during a discussion on human rights at a resort in Leesburg, Virginia. The Democrat said he believed Trump lost the election and was put into office

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Tillerson Says Kushner Conducted Foreign Policy Without him

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cited an awkward encounter with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law in a restaurant as an example of diplomacy being conducted behind his back when he was in the administration, according to a newly released transcript of a congressional hearing. Tillerson, who was fired by Trump in March 2018 , mentioned the

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Former US VP Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris Clash Over Racial Issues

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was at center stage Thursday on the second night of Democratic presidential debates, but one of his main challengers, Sen. Kamala Harris, sharply questioned his relations with segregationist lawmakers four decades ago and his opposition to forced school busing to integrate schools. Harris, a California lawmaker and former prosecutor, turned

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Democrats Turn on Trump and Each Other in Debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden was among 10 Democratic presidential contenders on stage Thursday for part two of the Democratic Party's first presidential debates. The Democratic candidates were often critical of President Donald Trump but did not hesitate to turn on each other, as we hear from VOA National correspondent Jim Malone in Washington.  ...

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