Street vendors are a part of life in many American cities. Vendors are not always regulated and many are immigrants – as in Los Angeles, where street vending has been illegal. Some vendors there are undocumented immigrants who could face deportation for even minor violations of U.S. law. With hopes of protecting them, the city council recently decriminalized street vending. Goldy Fogel narrates for VOA Spanish Service video journalist Arturo Martinez.
The Pentagon has sent the White House a preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria. Some Pentagon officials have said it could lead to more U.S. military involvement in Syria and a continuation of the current strategy in Iraq. The U.S. air campaign against militants is expected to remain a key part of the strategy, and VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb brings us a firsthand look aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier that recently returned to the Mediterranean Sea.
The New York Times described efforts to make information easier to find by future investigators looking into Russian influence on last year’s election; the White House says Democrats have tried to create a “false narrative” for why Hillary Clinton lost
As the world awaits President Donald Trump's revised executive order on immigration, the future of the U.S. refugee program remains in limbo. VOA spoke with a Kurdish Syrian-born refugee whose personal and tragic experience has led her to advocate for open-door policies for refugees globally. Elizabeth Cherneff has her story.
From international tourism to federal employment prospects, every new White House administration alters the fabric of life in Washington, D.C. For local restaurateurs, it's no different. Washington's restaurants, from gastropubs to fine-dining spots, are beginning to get a sense of the new clientele. VOA Russian Service correspondent Anush Avetisyan has the story.
The day after President Donald Trump's address to Congress, much of official Washington focused on the president's softer, more optimistic tone. Now supporters, critics and analysts are wondering if this change is fleeting or here to stay, a key question as Congress begins the task of grappling with Trump's ambitious domestic agenda. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more.