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  • Oregon State Senators Go Into Hiding to Block Climate Bill
    A group of Oregon state Republican senators have gone into hiding to stop the passage of a landmark climate change legislation. The western state's House bill 2020 would set limits to carbon emissions with permits auctioned off to polluting industries. Republicans say the bill would hurt rural Oregonians. Democrats have a majority in both chambers of the state's congress and
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    Published on 06-24-19
    4 hours ago
  • Acceptance of Same Sex Marriage Accelerated After US Landmark Ruling Four Years Ago
    Four years ago on June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry, a right guaranteed by the Constitution’s equal protection clauses. The landmark ruling accelerated a growing public acceptance of LGBTQ marriage, which includes lesbian, gay and other diverse sexual orientations. But as VOA’s Brian Padden reports, while opposition to same
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    Published on 06-24-19
    5 hours ago
  • Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
    U.S. scientists are predicting an area in the Gulf of Mexico known as "the dead zone"  to grow to a near record size in coming months. The area - where there is low or no oxygen - is expected to increase to nearly 20,300 square kilometers. The dead zone is believed to be caused by nutrient pollution from human activity
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    Published on 06-24-19
    5 hours ago
  • US-China Trade Dispute Triggering Production Exodus
    U.S. tech giant Apple has reportedly asked its major suppliers, mainly China-based manufacturers from Taiwan, to consider moving 15 to 30% of their production outside of China to avoid higher tariffs imposed on U.S.-bound exports.The production migration, which analysts say is already ongoing, will hurt the tech giant’s profit margin, but also lead to massive job losses in China.They add that such shifts
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    Published on 06-24-19
    6 hours ago
  • Expanding Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico is Causing High Anxiety Among Shrimpers
    Tuan Tran has been catching shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico ever since he was a child and cannot imagine doing anything else.  “I always had a passion for shrimping. I always loved the Gulf," Tran told VOA. "Some reason when I do this, I feel like I belong there."For Tran, it is an adventure. For his family, it is a trade
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    Published on 06-24-19
    7 hours ago
  • US Set to Introduce New Iran Sanctions
    VOA's national security correspondent Jeff Seldin contributed to this report.The United States is set to introduce new sanctions against Iran on Monday, seeking to put additional pressure on the country's economy in order to extract changes in behavior from its government.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the new measures "significant," but declined to give specific details to reporters ahead of
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    Published on 06-23-19
    8 hours ago
  • Retired US Admiral Joe Sestak Announces Democratic Run for White House
    Another Democrat has entered the 2020 race for the White House.Retired Navy admiral and former Pennsylvania congressman Joe Sestak announced his candidacy Sunday on his website.He introduced himself to voters by telling them "I wore the cloth of the nation for over 31 years in peace and war, from the Vietnam and Cold War eras to Afghanistan and Iran and
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    Published on 06-23-19
    14 hours ago
  • Trump Administration Signals Resolve on Iran
     Washington remains focused on Iran, as the Trump administration signals firm resolve towards Tehran days after President Donald Trump halted a military strike ordered in response to Iran’s downing of a U.S. military drone over international waters in the Strait of Hormuz. VOA’s Michael Bowman has this report. 
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    Published on 06-23-19
    19 hours ago
  • Trump: ‘Not Looking for War’ With Iran
    U.S. President Donald Trump says he is "not looking for war" with Iran and willing to negotiate with its leaders without preconditions, but that under no circumstances can the Islamic Republic be allowed to mass a nuclear weapons arsenal.Trump told NBC's Meet the Press show that if the U.S. went to war with Iran, "It'll be obliteration like you've never
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    Published on 06-23-19
    21 hours ago
  • Trump: ‘Every Last Chance’ for Democrats to Reach Immigration Deal
    U.S. President Donald Trump said Sunday he wants to give opposition Democratic lawmakers "every last chance" to stiffen the country's asylum laws and immigration policies before launching nationwide raids to deport undocumented migrants.Trump, without identifying the details of what he wants, said the lawmakers who oppose his tough immigration stance could "quickly negotiate simple changes to Asylum and Loopholes. This
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    Published on 06-23-19
    23 hours ago