A senior State Department official cast doubt Thursday on the idea that the U.S. can carry out a limited military strike on North Korea, a proposal that has become known as the "bloody nose" strategy. VOA State Department Correspondent Nike Ching reports.
The U.S. Senate rejected four immigration reform proposals Thursday, after lawmakers spent a week weighing competing plans addressing the protection of young undocumented immigrants, increased funding for border security and changing the rules for family-based immigration. VOA's Congressional reporter Katherine Gypson has more on the political fallout from Capitol Hill.
The suspect in the mass school shooting in Florida made his first court appearance Thursday. Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz faces 17 charges of premeditated murder in connection with Wednesday's shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida, which also sent 15 others to the hospital. The Florida shooting has rekindled the long-running debate over gun violence in the United States and what, if anything, can be done to stop it. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.