The number of homeless in the United States dropped three percent between 2015 and 2016. But 13 states and the District of Columbia saw an increase. California is among those states, with one of the highest homeless populations in the country. Within the state, Los Angeles County has seen a 23% increase in homelessness. While voters have approved a sales tax to fight homelessness, many citizens say more needs to be done. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
The fundamental nature of the relationship between Washington and New Delhi will be up for discussion at the White House Monday when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for his first meeting with President Donald Trump. VOA White House correspondent Peter Heinlein reports the two leaders will be looking to put the bilateral trade relationship on a positive track.
Five months into his presidency, Donald Trump's public approval rating hovers near 40 percent, a low mark for a president this early in his term. But Trump's core supporters mostly are sticking with him, and many turned out for a campaign-style rally this week in Iowa. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more on the political fortunes of the president and his Democratic opponents from Washington.
The Trump administration has stepped up its fight against MS-13, a notorious street gang with roots in El Salvador, raising concerns that it is using gang violence as a pretext to crack down on illegal immigration. Masood Farivar reports on the nexus between the gang and illegal immigration.
Trump says he thinks relationship between special counsel Mueller and fired FBI Director Comey is 'very bothersome,' and signs bill making it easier to fire under-performing VA workers accused of wrongdoing