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USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

USA POLITICS: Trump Remembers His Fervent But Frustrated Supporters, Says Time to Deliver Wins for Them

“Trump knows he has to make good on several of his campaign promises,” said Ford O‘Connell, a Republican strategist. “The clock is ticking, Congress is useless and portions of his base are growing frustrated.”

In September, 47 percent of people in rural areas approved of Trump while 47 percent disapproved, the poll found. That was down from Trump’s first four weeks in office, when 55 percent said they approved of the president while 39 percent disapproved.

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USA POLITICS: $10bn Trump’s Wall Approved By US House Panel

USA POLITICS: $10bn Trump’s Wall Approved By US House Panel

Prior to the voting, committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas praised Trump’s focus on border security and called on the committee members to seize the opportunity.

“We finally have a partner in the White House who has prioritized this issue, and it’s time for Congress to do its job,” he said.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Congress Sets Up Fund to Cover Lack of Campaign Finance

BRAZIL POLITICS: Congress Sets Up Fund to Cover Lack of Campaign Finance

The fund was meant to be part of improvements to Brazil’s discredited political system to reduce a proliferation of parties that has made it hard to govern Latin America’s largest nation without unwieldy coalitions based on self-interest.

“It is shameful that this fund will be used by unethical politicians who should not be sitting here in Congress,” said Julio Delgado, leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB). “Not a single lawmaker under investigation has opposed it.”

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PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Swears in New Cabinet

PERU POLITICS: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski Swears in New Cabinet

Kuczynski was forced to form a new Cabinet after Congress revoked its confidence in the outgoing one on Friday following a dispute over a teachers strike and his government’s education policies that stress gender equality in the school curriculum.

Congress ousted Kuczynski’s former education minister late last year and was preparing to censure his second education minister last week.

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USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

USA POLITICS: Donald Trump Officially Scraps DACA

Obama bypassed Congress and created DACA through an executive order. Trump appeared determined to pressure U.S. lawmakers to act.

“Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!” the president wrote on Twitter on Tuesday morning before the policy announcement was made.

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USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan to Trump: Preserve the ‘Dreamers’ Immigration Policy

USA POLITICS: Paul Ryan to Trump: Preserve the ‘Dreamers’ Immigration Policy

“I actually don’t think he should do that, and I believe that this is something Congress has to fix,” House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with WCLO radio in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin.

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USA POLITICS: Republicans Rebuke Trump Over Government Shutdown Threat

USA POLITICS: Republicans Rebuke Trump Over Government Shutdown Threat

Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, the Republican chairman of a House Appropriations subcommittee, said Trump’s threatened move could backfire on the party.

“When you control the presidency, the Senate and the House, you’re shutting down the government that you’re running. I don’t think it’s smart politically and I don’t think it would succeed practically.”

“Trump saying he would be willing to shut down the government over the wall obviously doesn’t really inspire much confidence in anyone,” said Michael O’Rourke, chief market strategist at JonesTrading in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Maduro-Backed Body Usurps Venezuela Congress’ Authority

Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass legislation to guarantee the peace, sovereignty and economic well-being of Venezuelans in the face of what they consider machinations and sabotage by Maduro’s opponents. Since the constitutional assembly convened two weeks ago, Maduro has moved swiftly to jail opposition mayors and neutralize an outspoken critic from within his leftist ranks: chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega.

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Political Standoff: Congress Defies Push to Take Over its Powers

“They will have to kick us out with bullets,” said Freddy Guevara, Venezuela congress’ vice president, who tore up a copy of the edict while presiding over the special session. “But we will continue to defend this space the Venezuelan people gave us as long as we have the will and the means to do so.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

VENEZUELA POLITICS: NCA Takes Over Legislative Powers from Opposition-Led Congress

One socialist party leader said for Venezuela lawmakers to continue meeting in the congressional building, they would need to seek permission from the NCA.

“We will teach them a historic lesson,” NCA President Delcy Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister, said as delegates broke into loud applause while voting for the measure. We will not permit any more diverting of power” by the opposition, added Rodriguez, who formerly served as Maduro’s foreign minister. “The constituent assembly is here to impose order.”

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VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

VENEZUELA POLITICS: Trump Threatens Military Intervention in Venezuela

“The people are suffering and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary,” U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in an impromptu question and answer session.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Slams Mitch McConnell Over Healthcare Failure

USA POLITICS: Trump Slams Mitch McConnell Over Healthcare Failure

U.S. President Donald Trump says, “Senator Mitch McConnell said I had “excessive expectations,” but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done? Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!”

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USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

USA POLITICS: Russia Reacts to White House Soap Opera With a Shrug

Russian officials trying to interact with the U.S. administration on mundane organizational issues say privately the turbulence in the White House causes them headaches because they don’t know who to talk to, or can wait weeks for answers to their questions. “Nobody pays any attention any more, or expects any improvements,” said a person close to the Russian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss foreign policy issues.

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USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

USA POLITICS: Russia Sanctions Go Against EU Energy Security, Free Trade: US Senator Richard Black Says

US Senator Black said he believes that in pushing for Russia sanctions, Congress is attempting to use a political tool to gain economic advantage.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte to Congress: Extend Martial Law in Southern Island of Mindanao

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Duterte to Congress: Extend Martial Law in Southern Island of Mindanao

Duterte further told the congressmen that the militancy in the south would not be crushed by July 22, when his two-month martial law expires.

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PERU POLITICS: Peruvians Protest Against Possible Pardon of Fujimori

PERU POLITICS: Peruvians Protest Against Possible Pardon of Fujimori

Fujimori has been convicted of leading groups that massacred civilians and kidnapped journalists during his years in office from 1990-2000.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: U.S. ‘Corporate Transparency Act of 2017’ to Expose Illicit Funds From Nigeria

NIGERIA POLITICS: U.S. ‘Corporate Transparency Act of 2017’ to Expose Illicit Funds From Nigeria

Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, stressed the long-term commitment needed to combat cross-border illicit financial transactions.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Michel Temer Charged With Taking Multimillion-Dollar Bribes

BRAZIL POLITICS: Michel Temer Charged With Taking Multimillion-Dollar Bribes

Temer’s office and his attorney, Antonio Mariz, declined to comment on the charges. Temer has repeatedly said he is innocent of any wrongdoing.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Janot to Charge Temer for Bribery

BRAZIL POLITICS: Prosecutor Janot to Charge Temer for Bribery

Lawmakers in Temer’s alliance say they have the one-third of lower-house votes required to block any charges against Temer.

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USA POLITICS: Karen Handel Wins Most Expensive Congressional Race in History

USA POLITICS: Karen Handel Wins Most Expensive Congressional Race in History

“Tonight I stand before you honored at the privilege and high responsibility you have given me,” Handel told a boisterous crowd that chanted Trump’s name.

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