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Obama Stresses Cooperation in Phone Call with China's Xi

FILE - President Barack Obama, July 10, 2014.

President Barack Obama says he wants U.S.-China relations to be defined by more cooperation and better handling of disagreements. A White House statement says the pledge was made during a phone call Monday between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. The statement said the two leaders also discussed shared regional and global challenges, including Iran's […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Facebook: World Cup Biggest Social Media Event Ever

Germany's Sami Khedira (L) and Philipp Lahm (2nd R) kiss the World Cup trophy as they celebrate at the end of the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, July 13, 2014.

Reuters - SAO PAULO — Brazil's World Cup was the biggest social media event on record involving 350 million Facebook Inc users worldwide, the company claimed on Monday, as it made strides into the so-called “real-time” market dominated by Twitter. People increasingly are using social networking to comment on global events seen on television, like […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Lawmakers Press for Solution to Border Crisis

Women and their children walk on the tarmac after being deported from the U.S., at the Ramon Villeda international airport in San Pedro Sula, July 14, 2014.

Michael Bowman - CAPITOL HILL — Bipartisan support appears to be growing on Capitol Hill to promptly address a growing immigration crisis along the southern U.S. border. Senate lawmakers agree a surge of undocumented underage arrivals must end, but the precise remedy and funding required to achieve it remain a point of contention.Bipartisanship and swift […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US: Return of Honduran Women, Children Sends Message in Border Crisis

Women and their children walk on the tarmac after being deported from the U.S., at the Ramon Villeda international airport in San Pedro Sula, July 14, 2014.

Reuters - WASHINGTON/TEGUCIGALPA —The U.S. government's deportation on Monday of a group of Honduran women and children should be seen by Central America as a message that President Barack Obama is serious when he says illegal migrants will be sent home, the White House said. The charter flight from New Mexico to San Pedro Sula, […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

America’s Shifting Statehouse Press Corps: Fewer Print Reporters Assigned to State Capitals

VOA news

July 10, 2014—Within America’s 50 state capitals, 1,592 journalists are assigned to state capitol buildings to inform the public about the legislative actions and issues of state government, according to a new Pew Research Center study that provides a first-ever detailed accounting of the nation’s statehouse press corps. Roughly half of these reporters (53%) cover […]

July 10th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

38 journalism groups accuse President Obama of politically driven suppression of news

President Barack Obama, July 1, 2014, courtesy VOA news

President Barack Obama The White House Washington, D.C July 8, 2014 Mr. President, You recently expressed concern that frustration in the country is breeding cynicism about democratic government. You need look no further than your own administration for a major source of that frustration – politically driven suppression of news and information about federal agencies. […]

July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

Obama Asks Congress for $3.7 Billion to Tackle Immigration Crisis

Demonstrators block the buses carrying the undocumented, who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California, July 1, 2014.

VOA News - U.S. President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion to address an immigration crisis that has seen tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America cross illegally into the United States. In a letter Tuesday to House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, Obama said the funding would support air surveillance […]

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Lawmakers to Weigh in on Border Enforcement, Immigration

immigrant children crossing America's border

By Michael Bowman - WASHINGTON — U.S. lawmakers will weigh in on border enforcement and immigration reform when they return to work this week after an Independence Day recess. A stream of undocumented minors arriving on America’s southern border, along with President Barack Obama’s pledge to alter immigration enforcement through executive order, have sparked a […]

July 7th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

How Far Will US Supreme Court Go to Protect Digital Privacy?

FILE - A Supreme Court visitor takes pictures with her cell phone outside the Supreme Court in Washington.

By Doug Bernard - In the end, it wasn’t anything David Riley said to police that landed him in prison. It was what his mobile phone said about him. In 2009, Riley was arrested by San Diego police who suspected him of attempted murder. While in custody, police searched the mobile phone Riley was carrying, […]

July 7th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

US Says It Will Help Resolve German Spy Allegation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) chats with her delegates as she attends a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, July 7, 2014.

VOA News - The United States says it will work with Germany to resolve concerns over whether one of its intelligence employees was a double agent spying for Washington, but is declining to say whether the allegation is true. - White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. relationship with Berlin is broad and important, […]

July 7th, 2014 | Posted in Today in our Nation and World | Read More »

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