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Europe hopes to sway, not provoke, Trump on climate

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Angela Merkel’s visit this week will test whether U.S. allies can persuade the president not to blow up their efforts on global warming. Sara Stefanini and Andrew Restuccia Politico WASHINGTON — European diplomats are carefully crafting a strategy for dealing with Donald Trump on climate change, fearful of provoking a backlash from the mercurial president if they push too hard for U.S. cooperation. Germany, France, Italy… Europe hopes to… Read More »

Congressman Steve King stands by racist tweet: ‘I meant exactly what I said’

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Iowa Republican Congressman suggests “Western” Americans contribute more than… Josh Israel ThinkProgress Congressman Steve King is standing by a tweet that was widely condemned as racist. “I meant exactly what I said,” King told CNN. Sunday, King tweeted in support of his fellow anti… Congressman Steve King… Read More »

Warning: living in a city could seriously damage your health

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More people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress must be tackled Florence Williams The Guardian I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the… Warning: living in… Read More »

Does monetary policy still matter?

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Economic data suggests that the transmission mechanism between monetary policy and the real economy is extremely loose, if not completely broken David P. Goldman Asia Times Whether the Federal Reserve raises the overnight rate to 1% from 0.75% tomorrow rather than at its May meeting, as expected earlier, is a matter of compelling interest in the financial world. It shouldn’t be — not the way in which… Does monetary policy… Read More »

In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

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Six times in recent days, Marco Antonio Cabachuela, his wife, Irma, and their 3-year-old, Valerie, walked up to federal immigration officers at the Hidalgo, Texas, port of entry and asked for asylum. John Burnett npr And every night, they returned to an immigrant shelter in Reynosa, Mexico, where men and women sit listlessly in a shady courtyard. “They rejected it… In Their Search… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim… George Williams The Sydney Morning Herald Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a… The idea has also been backed by prominent politicians including government MP George… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan

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BOSTON — Remember Afghanistan? Andrew J. Bacevich The New York Times The longest war in American history? Ever? When it comes… The Never-Ending… Read More »

Trump shouldn’t buy Merkel’s euro excuses

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When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Washington next week, she must be expected to argue that Germany’s large trade surplus is beyond her control and that her country has little influence over the euro’s exchange rate. Desmond Lachman AEI President Trump should not buy that argument. However, he should… Trump shouldn’t buy… Read More »

Australia’s discriminatory constitution would allow a Trump-style travel ban

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Donald Trump has signed a second executive order to close America’s borders to nations with large Muslim populations. George Williams Brisbane Times Many Australians think we should follow suit, with a Newspoll finding that 44 per cent (or 52 per cent of Coalition voters) supporting such a move. The idea has… Australia’s discriminatory constitution… Read More »

Online job sites may block older workers from entering their details

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Older Americans struggling to overcome age discrimination while looking for work face a new enemy: their computers. Bob Sullivan Yahoo Finance Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently opened a probe into allegations that ageism is built right into the online software tools that millions of Americans use to job hunt. Separate research published… Online job sites… Read More »

A New Washington Naval Conference Could Prevent a Deadly South China Sea Showdown

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A blueprint for how Washington can reduce tension in the South China… Thomas G. Mitchell The National Interest Since the turn of the century political scientists and historians have been warning us about a new Thuycidean trap in which a rising power confronts a declining… In this scenario, China would play the role of Wilhelmine Germany during the… A New Washington… Read More »

Man Without an ISIS Plan

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On the campaign trail, no foreign policy issue seized Donald Trump more than the fight against the Islamic State. The New York Times Once president, he signed an executive order giving his generals 30 days to produce a plan to defeat the terrorist group, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis gave him options on Feb. 27. Yet if Mr. Trump… Man Without an… Read More »

Unquiet American

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Putin is unlikely to be brought in from the cold, says former US envoy to Moscow Michael McFaul. Tunku Varadarajan Politico STANFORD, California — “I wish him well,” tweeted Michael McFaul, on the day Jon Huntsman was offered the delicate job of ambassador to Russia from the United States. It’s the job… Unquiet American… Read More »

‘These are dangerous times’: the man who sued George W Bush and the Iraq war

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Inder Comar is a San Francisco lawyer whose usual clients are tech startups: could he bring the only case against the planners of the 2002… Dave Eggers The Guardian In the lobby of the James R Browning courthouse in San Francisco, there was a digital sign listing that day’s cases. At 9.30am on Monday 12… ‘These are dangerous… Read More »

Here’s The Real Reason Donald Trump Can Never Be A Great President

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Our greatest presidents drank—some responsibly, others to hooch-happy excess. Richard Torregrossa The Federalist The effects of alcohol seem to have enhanced their statesmanship. It’s simple, very… Here’s The Real… Read More »

The Power Of Economic Inefficiency

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I’m a business guy. Robert Dickie III The Daily Caller I love free markets. I believe capitalism… The Power Of… Read More »