Robert Kaplan, the EPA's acting regional administrator, told The Flint Journal after meeting Tuesday with environmental regulators, researchers and Flint officials in Chicago that the 'consensus on the system was it was improving overall'
Ten days before he departs the White House and becomes a private citizen, U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address to the nation. The president used the Tuesday night speech to highlight his administration's achievements during the past eight years -- and to warn about the risks to American democracy from divisiveness and political animosity. VOA's Richard Green has more on the final speech of a historic presidency.
Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for vigilance against nationalist trends that threaten to divide the world. He and three of his predecessors praised the history of U.S. diplomacy at an event Tuesday marking the completion of the U.S. Center for Diplomacy at the Department of State in Washington. Zlatica Hoke has more.
The U.S. senator picked to be Donald Trump's attorney general told his colleagues Tuesday that as a Southerner he saw racial discrimination and he knows it's wrong. Senator Jeff Sessions, once denied a federal judgeship over allegations of a racist past, was grilled by senators on his conservative views, some of which conflict with established law or the policies of the outgoing Obama administration. VOA's Michael Bowman reports.
The world will be watching when businessman Donald Trump is officially sworn in January 20th as the 45th president of the United States, and few countries will have greater interest than China. Trump has proposed measures to cut the trade imbalance, but some fear the proposed remedies and the tough talk could hurt relations between Beijing and Washington and weaken the global economy. Mil Arcega has more.
U.S. President-elect Trump’s campaign pledge to wage a war on “radical Islamic terrorism” is about to become U.S. policy. VOA’s Masood Farivar has more on the incoming president’s No. 1 foreign policy priority: defeating terrorism and destroying the Islamic State in this report narrated by Mil Arcega.
In New York City, where half a million residents are undocumented, immigrant-friendly organizations and the mayor are vowing to protect undocumented city residents. In part one of a two-part series, VOA's Ramon Taylor reports the work has taken on new urgency as the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump nears.