Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle is leaving the network to join her boyfriend, Donald Trump Jr., on the campaign trail ahead of the midterm elections.
Mr. Trump Jr.'s spokesperson, Andrew Surabian, confirmed the news in a tweet Friday morning, calling it a big win "for the entire GOP."
The atmosphere in the Commons reminds Lord Heseltine of an incident in 1976.
NEW YORK (AP) - President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen and the Rev. Al Sharpton have met to renew a long acquaintance - and they've made a point of letting the public know.
Both tweeted about their get-together Friday.
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A flyer for Rep. Walt Rogers' campaign features association lobbyist Emily Piper praising him as a champion for education who helped ...
Three senior FBI officials specializing in cybersecurity are retiring from the agency, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to hit the campaign trail Friday with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat running in a U.S. Senate race in Arizona that is viewed as one of Democrats best chances to flip a GOP seat.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A rural school district in southwest Virginia wants to become the first in the state to arm teachers.
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Board member Rob ...
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast on Friday after he invited the Russian leader for a second meeting in the midst of an uproar over their first.
Trump's administration has sought to control the damage from Monday's summit in Helsinki, where the president shocked the world by siding with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies on Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
As the White House tried to put some distance between the two leaders, Trump made a jarring move in the opposite direction on Thursday, offering to host Putin in Washington in the fall.
In a television interview taped on Thursday, Trump said that he and Putin, who U.S. intelligence agencies say directed interference to sway the 2016 vote toward Trump, had a rapport during their meeting in Helsinki.
"Look, the fact is we got along well," he told CNBC, adding that the two did not agree on everything.
"So I had a meeting that lasted for more than two hours. It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting," Trump said, without elaborating. "We discussed lots of great things for both countries, frankly."
Only interpreters were present for the two leaders' private meeting and details of what was discussed remain unknown.
Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.
Antonov said Putin had made concrete proposals to Trump about resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Interfax said, though he did not spell out what these were.
The Russian ambassador suggested a meeting between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his U.S. counterpart, James Mattis, adding that a group of U.S. lawmakers are also planning to visit Russia, according to Interfax.
American intelligence agencies concluded last year that Russia carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 U.S. election, seeking to sow discord, disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump's candidacy.
Putin has denied any such meddling. Angered by a federal probe into Russian interference that is also examining possible collusion by his campaign, Trump has long denied any collusion and has denounced the investigation as a witch hunt.
Top U.S. intelligence officials have said Moscow is targeting congressional elections in November as well. The Justice Department said on Thursday it would alert the public about foreign cyber operations like Russia's disinformation campaign.
Warning the American public about disinformation could allow people to make better-informed decisions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado.
Illustrating the gulf between Trump and some of his own advisers, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Thursday that he did not know what Trump and Putin discussed in their private meeting.
Coats, the head of the U.S. intelligence community and a chief adviser to the president on national security, learned of the proposed second meeting with Putin when the White House announced it on Twitter, while he was being interviewed at the Aspen conference.
In his CNBC interview, Trump also blamed the news media for reporting that he did not publicly confront Putin over the election meddling in Helsinki.
"I mean I had these — some of these fools from the media saying, 'Why didn't you stand there, look him in the face, walk over to him, and start shouting at him?' I said, 'Are these people crazy? I want to make a deal.' I want to make a deal."
Critics of Trump's performance in Helsinki included many fellow Republicans. A Republican congressman and former CIA officer, William Hurd, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times late on Thursday entitled, "Trump is Being Manipulated by Putin. What should we do?"
Fifty-seven airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard’s 173rd Fighter Wing based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, spent two weeks learning to assist wildland firefighters.
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EU's negotiator says UK plan for a future trade relationship runs risk of weakening single market.
Members of Ghana’s armed forces are partnered with participants from other African nations, European allies and U.S. Army Africa for exercise United Accord 2018.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Lincoln City Council and the McKenzie Township board recently violated the state's open meetings law.
Stenehjem says the Lincoln City Council improperly took final action while meeting in executive sessions in March and April. Under state law, final ...
It's standing room only in the large ballroom of this northern Michigan resort as people eagerly await the arrival of a young, well-spoken, charismatic Rhodes scholar seeking to reach Michigan’s highest elected office.
“When I graduated college, Bill Clinton asked me why I was going to med school, and he asked me if I ever considered running for office. And at that time, I thought that was off limits to me,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed told VOA.
Muslim American El-Sayed grew up in Michigan, where he often faced prejudice.
“I was the captain of my football team, and I was a junior in high school. And the week after 9/11, the games were canceled that week, but the week after, we were back on the field. And I remember that football game. For the first time, people were calling me names that I would hear for the rest of my life: ‘Raghead.’ ‘Osama.’ " he recalls. "Funny thing is, my brother’s name is Osama. And I used to say, ‘You’ve got the wrong El-Sayed.’”
But he could be the right El-Sayed to make history as Michigan’s — and the nation’s — first elected Muslim American governor. One of his biggest challenges is convincing enough voters to support him in a state that narrowly helped Republican Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016.
About 90 Muslim Americans are seeking elected office throughout the United States during midterm elections this year. Many are running as Democrats hoping to be part of a “blue wave” that shifts control of the U.S. Congress.
El-Sayed is among 13 Muslim candidates running for office in the state of Michigan, where his faith and ethnicity have been important facets of his life that are now also fueling attacks and accusations by political opponents.
A welcome change
For those in Michigan’s large and growing Arab American community, the fact that El-Sayed is a viable candidate at all is a welcome change in politics.
“In the last 10 years, things have changed dramatically for Arab Americans,” said Osama Siblani, publisher of Dearborn, Michigan-based Arab American News. But he explains the path to the governor’s mansion depends on El-Sayed’s overall appeal to a majority of voters.
“When John Kennedy ran, you know, everybody thought, ‘This was the first Catholic, would he make it to White House?’ And he did,” said Siblani. “When Barack Hussein Obama ran, they said, This is the first African-American. Will he make it? Are there enough African-American voters to elect an African- American?’ No. But did he make it? Yes. Twice. So, is there a chance for a Muslim-American to win the governorship? Yes.”
El-Sayed said he isn’t focused on the potential of such a historic moment. He simply wants to give back to the community that shaped him.
“My grandmother was illiterate and never got to go to school. My grandfather had an eighth-grade education. My cousins — just as smart as whatever, as I am — they never got the opportunities that I got. They drive cabs in Egypt, and that’s not my life,” he said. “That’s not my life, because of the opportunities I had here. And I’m watching as we have leaders, whether it be at the city level in Detroit or at the state level, who are making decisions that are taking away access to those basic goods and services from people.”
Water and politics
El-Sayed, who gained recognition as Detroit’s top health official, seeks to lead a state still dealing with a water contamination crisis in the city of Flint that began during current Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s tenure.
“The responsibility is to promote justice, whether it be with my hands. And if not, then with my mouth. And if not, then at least with my heart,” he told VOA. “That promotion of justice, to address racial and ethnic inequalities, social inequalities, regional inequalities, and access to the basic goods and resources that people deserve in their lives. That has been the work that I’ve committed myself to as a doctor, as an epidemiologist, as a public health practitioner and now as a public servant.”
El-Sayed is among several candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor in Michigan’s primary election August 7.
He’s considered a progressive and has the backing of many Michigan voters who supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid to win the Michigan presidential primary in 2016.
If Democratic voters ultimately choose him in August, he will have to garner enough statewide support to defeat a Republican opponent in the November general election.
President Donald Trump has indicated that he's willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs, sending U.S. markets sliding before the opening bell Friday.
In a taped interview with the business channel CNBC, Trump said "I'm willing to go to 500," referring roughly to the $505.5 billion in goods imported last year from China.
The administration to date has slapped tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in a trade dispute over what it calls the nation's predatory practices.
Dow futures which had already been pointing modestly lower slid sharply after the comments were aired by CNBC early Friday, indicating triple-digit losses when the market opens.
The yuan dipped to a 12-month low of 6.8 to the dollar, off by 7.6 percent since mid-February.
There is already pushback in the U.S. from businesses that will take a hit in an escalating trade war.
Trump has ordered Commerce to investigate whether auto imports pose a threat to U.S. national security that would justify tariffs or other trade restrictions. Earlier this year, he used national security as a justification for taxing imported steel and aluminum.
Auto tariffs would escalate global trade tension dramatically: The U.S. last year imported $192 billion in vehicles and $143 billion in auto parts — figures that dwarf last year's $29 billion in steel and $23 billion in aluminum imports.
In the same interview, taped Thursday at the White House, Trump broke with a long-standing tradition at the White House and voiced displeasure about recent actions at the U.S. Federal Reserve. Both political and economic officials believe that the central bank needs to operate free of political pressure from the White House or elsewhere to properly manage interest rate policy.
Last month, the Fed raised its benchmark rate for a second time this year and projected two more increases in 2018. Its rate hikes are meant to prevent the economy from overheating and igniting high inflation. But rate increases also make borrowing costlier for households and companies and can weaken the pace of growth. In particular, the Fed's most recent rate hikes could dilute some of the benefit of the tax cuts Trump signed into law last year.
President Trump claimed in a new interview he’s been “far tougher” on Russia than his predecessors and went so far as to call Barack Obama a “total patsy” for Moscow, as his administration tries to push past this week’s bipartisan criticism over the summit with Vladimir Putin.
About 90 Muslim Americans are seeking elected office throughout the United States during midterm elections this year. Many are running as Democrats, hoping to be part of a "blue wave" that shifts control of the U.S. Congress. As VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports, among the 13 Muslim candidates running for office in the state of Michigan is a young doctor who is hoping to make history.
President Trump criticized China and the European Union over tariffs and trade barriers Friday morning, accusing both of manipulating currencies and interest rates.
Mr. Trump argued that unfair economic policies taken while the dollar gets stronger is "taking away our big competitive edge."
The Federal Reserve was also caught up ...
The anti-Trump resistance has gone from blasting Russia's interference in the White House race to interfering with White Russians.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - James Meredith is a civil rights legend who resists neatly defined narratives.
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A 10-year-old girl has bled to death after undergoing female genital mutilation in Somalia, an activist said, a rare confirmed death in the country with the world's highest rate of the practice.
The girl died in a hospital on Monday, two days after her mother took her ...
Growing up in Gilroy, California, Jacqueline Jauregui had everything a girl could wish for: money, designer clothes and so much more. Shortly after her high school graduation, her father took everything from her and kicked her to the streets.
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials congratulated the Syrian Democratic Forces on their successful clearance of Dashishah, Syria, and the ongoing success of their operations to clear Islamic State of Iraq and Syria remnants from northeast Syria.
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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Two luminaries in the democratic socialist movement — one its national leader, the other its new star — are descending on solidly Republican Kansas on Friday, taking their emboldened liberal message to an unlikely testing ground before next month's congressional primaries.
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NEW DELHI (AP) - Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi accused the government of failing to live up to its promises as the Indian Parliament on Friday debated a no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
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MOSCOW (AP) - The Latest on the meeting earlier this week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump (all times local):
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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani officials say a peace activist who mysteriously went missing in December has returned home in the eastern city of Lahore after his abductors freed him.
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States will not send Americans to Russia for questioning. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to let U.S. investigators question officials in Moscow about Russia's interference in U.S. 2016 elections if Russian investigators are allowed to question American officials. U.S. President Donald Trump called Putin's proposal an "incredible offer." But in an interview with VOA on Thursday, Pompeo rejected the idea. Zlatica Hoke reports.
U.S. President Donald Trump is inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to a second summit meeting. The announcement came as the storm of criticism and confusion that followed the first summit is still making headlines and getting the attention of the U.S. Congress. Here to explain is VOA's Carolyn Presutti at the White House.
Tony Podesta has been offered immunity by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify against Paul Manafort, Fox News' Tucker Carlson reported, citing two unnamed sources.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Cheered on by a handful of activists, liberal House Democrats announced outside the Capitol that they were forming a caucus to push for "Medicare for All" - shorthand for government-financed health care.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump “understands” that the Russians interfered in U.S. elections in 2016 -- and fired back at criticism that the president appeared weak at this week's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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The National Football League put on hold Thursday its policy requiring players on the field to stand for the national anthem.
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The top law enforcement official overseeing the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom.
Speaking Thursday at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein also said the Justice Department will notify the U.S. public when it identifies efforts by foreign government to target U.S. politics. Rosenstein unveiled a report identifying the major cyber threats that the U.S. faces.
“Exposing schemes to the public is an important way to neutralize them,” he said. “The American people have a right to know if foreign governments are targeting them with propaganda.”
He offered a rebuttal to criticism that charging foreign agents involved in cyber-attacks or covert campaigns to sow dissent is futile if they are unlikely to be extradited.
“That is a shortsighted view,” he said.
Indictments as deterrent
The debate has been sparked by the probe of special counsel Robert Mueller, who has indicted more than two dozen Russian nationals on charges related to Russia’s meddling in the election.
Rosenstein said such indictments can act as a deterrent.
“People who thought they were safely under the protection of foreign governments when they committed crimes against America sometimes later find themselves in federal prisons,” he said.
He added that at a minimum, the indictments impede the suspects from traveling to other countries that might extradite them. He said revealing the charges also serves to air the allegations to the U.S. public, bolstering confidence in the justice system.
More active approach
Rosenstein signaled a more active approach by the Justice Department to counter foreign influence and cyber operations. The report outlines how the department will work to expose the foreign efforts without damaging counter-intelligence efforts or wading into U.S. politics.
“The challenge calls for the application of neutral principles,” he said.
More broadly, the report identifies six categories of cyber threats and current efforts to counter them.
The head of public prosecutions is criticised for her handling of issues around disclosing evidence.
Hackers targeted the campaigns of at least three candidates running for Congress in the upcoming 2018 U.S. elections, but the attacks were detected and thwarted, a Microsoft executive said Thursday.
The attempted attacks tried to use a fake Microsoft domain as a landing page for phishing attacks, said Tom Burt, Microsoft vice president for customer security and trust. He refused to name which candidates were targeted, citing privacy concerns.
“They were all people who, because of their positions, might have been interesting targets from an espionage standpoint, as well as an election disruption standpoint,” Burt told an audience at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado.
He also did not identify the source of the phishing attacks, though the tactic was similar to those used by Russian operatives to target the Republican and Democratic parties during their presidential nominating conventions in 2016.
Burt said Microsoft coordinated with the U.S. government and was able to take down the fake domains. He also said none of the campaign staffers targeted by the phishing attacks were infected.
More attacks are coming
Thursday’s revelation came in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s news conference Monday in Helsinki, Finland, after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump sided with Putin, supporting the Russian leader’s assertions that his country did not meddle with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Trump’s comments, which directly contradicted the findings of the U.S. intelligence community, have drawn harsh criticism from politicians, and former diplomatic and intelligence officials.
Current intelligence and security officials have warned repeatedly that not only was Russia responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, but that more attacks — both in the form of hacks and in the form of more subtle information operations — are coming.
Russia taking lead
“What we assessed and reassessed and have carefully gone over still stands,” U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said of Russia’s efforts.
“It’s undeniable that the Russians are taking the lead on this,” Coats added, speaking during an appearance at the same security forum. “They are the ones who are trying to undermine our basic values, divide us with our allies.”
But U.S. and private sector officials say that, at least to this point, Russian efforts to influence the 2018 elections appear to be somewhat subdued.
“We’re not seeing the targeting of the actual state and local election systems that we saw in 2016 right now,” said Jeanette Manfra, the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for cybersecurity.
New tools working
For now, some leading private sector technology and social media companies agree.
Facebook, which Russia used to run ads and false news stories as part of its 2016 influence campaign, thinks some of that could be related to more awareness and crackdowns on the fake accounts Russian-linked operatives had been using.
“The new tools that would identify and remove fake accounts like the IRA [Russia’s Internet Research Agency] was running, combined with the new requirements for transparency in advertising, are such that I think we’re not seeing that same conduct,” Monika Bickert, head of Facebook’s product policy and counterterrorism, said.
“But we are watching for that activity,” Bickert said.
Microsoft’s Burt is also cautious, despite his experts “not seeing the same level of activity by the Russian activity groups” as they did two years ago.
“It doesn’t mean we’re not going to see it,” he said. “There’s a lot of time left.”
“I think we should all be prepared, given that capability and will, that they’ll do it again,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned Thursday. “We would be foolish to think they’re not.”
Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly given a key Democratic operative immunity to testify against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
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Supporters of Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters gathered outside her California office on Thursday, burning and stepping on an American flag after a group of far-right demonstrators they intended to counter-protest failed to show up.
A group of counterprotesters gathered outside the California office of Rep. Maxine Waters Thursday, burning and stepping on an American flag after a group of far-right demonstrators failed to show up.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Trump administration said Thursday that it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with their families after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds to go before a court-imposed deadline a week away.
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PHOENIX (AP) - In a story July 18 about Rep. Paul Gosar being criticized by a Muslim civil rights group, The Associated Press incorrectly attributed a statement in response to the congressman's spokeswoman Melissa Brown. It was Gosar who responded.
A corrected version of the story is below:
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MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza on Thursday amid a political crisis that has seen hundreds killed in a government crackdown on protesters seeking President Daniel Ortega's exit from office.
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The Justice Department announced on Thursday it will now notify the public of foreign hacking operations targeting U.S. elections, a new policy implemented in the wake of Russia's efforts to interfere with the 2016 Presidential campaign.
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The Trump administration wants to scrap automatic federal protection for threatened plants and animals, a move that would anger environmentalists but please industry.
A proposal unveiled Thursday would no longer grant threatened species the same instant protection given to endangered species. It would also limit what can be declared a critical habitat for such plants and animals.
Officials with the Interior Department and Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that they wanted to streamline regulations. They said current rules under the Endangered Species Act were inconsistent and confusing.
Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said the new rules would still be very protective of endangered animals.
"At the same time, we hope that they ameliorate some of the unnecessary burden, conflict and uncertainty that is within our current regulatory structure," he told reporters.
But conservationists called the changes a "wrecking ball" and a gift to big businesses.
"They could decide that building in a species habitat or logging in trees where birds nest doesn't constitute harm," the Center for Biological Diversity's Noah Greenwald said.
Industries such as logging, mining and oil drilling have long complained that the Endangered Special Act has stopped them from gaining access to new sources of energy and has stifled economic development.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Latest on an ethics complaint involving an Alaska legislator (all times local):
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled the first public report of the Department of Justice's Cyber-Digital Task Force at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, outlining a new policy for responding to foreign influence operations ahead of the midterm elections.
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