Russia has refused to answer any ultimatums from the U.S. or any of its allies, saying the West-led world order was no more and Moscow would pursue its own foreign policy path, despite new challenges across the globe and beyond. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a forum promoting investment in his country that many other… (more…)

Russia Says 500 Years of Western Rule Coming to an End

Russia has refused to answer any ultimatums from the U.S. or any of its allies, saying the West-led world order was no more and Moscow would pursue its own foreign policy path, despite new challenges across the globe and beyond. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a forum promoting investment in his country that many other… Read more

How Stephen Hawking supported the Palestinian cause

Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned scientist who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76, was known not only for his groundbreaking work, but for his support for Palestine. Hawking, who had motor neurone disease, made headlines in May 2013 when he decided to boycott a high-profile conference in Israel where he was scheduled to speak.… Read more

Tillerson’s Firing Worries Some Africa Experts

The State Department had billed Secretary Rex Tillerson’s first diplomatic trip to Africa as a mission to reaffirm U.S. collaboration with the continent on counterterrorism, development and good governance. Tillerson’s abrupt dismissal Tuesday, just hours after returning from his weeklong tour of five countries, raises questions about the strength of any commitments he made there, several… Read more

Eminem redirects rage from Donald Trump to NRA: ‘They love their guns more than our children’

Aging rapper Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, has a new target of disdain: the National Rifle Association. The entertainer who served two years probation for carrying a concealed weapon – and who settled a civil lawsuit out of court after he was accused of pistol-whipping a man in June 2000 – says the NRA is responsible for… Read more

Trump notches worst deficit since Great Recession

The federal fiscal picture took a giant step backward in February, notching a one-month deficit of more than $200 billion – the sort of numbers posted during the worst days of the Obama administration. Treasury Department numbers released Monday showed the government spent $370.9 billion last month, but collected just $155.6 billion in revenue, leaving a… Read more

How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

It’s predictable after every new mass-shooting horror: The political right’s reflexive call for “thoughts and prayers,” which is then mocked by people who favor more gun restrictions for lacking any accompanying ideas for preventing future killings. But there’s an equally predictable refrain on the center-left and in the media, too: “Once again, nothing will be done.”… Read more

Students to Boycott Schools Until Congress Acts on Guns

In response to Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida, high school students and teachers across the country are planning walkouts this spring to push Congress to act on guns. On Twitter, students used the hashtags #NationalSchoolWalkout, #April20 and #April20Walkout to plan mass boycotts on the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999, as… Read more

Paul Ryan Deletes Tweet After Backlash

Social media users are blasting Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on Twitter after he boasted about the GOP tax bill by sharing a story of a Pennsylvania teacher seeing a pay increase of a little over a dollar a week. “A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised… Read more

Violent past, digital future: Angela Merkel’s remarks at Davos

By Elizabeth Heineman, Professor of History and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, University of Iowa. Merkel after her address in Davos AP Photo/Markus Schreiber Two world wars and a genocide have a way of focusing the mind. Maybe that’s why references to “lessons of the past” are almost ritualistic in addresses such as German Chancellor Angela… Read more

Murphy reverses Christie’s move to let more people carry guns in N.J.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced his administration is reversing a move made by his predecessor, Chris Christie, that made it easier for New Jerseyans to obtain a permit to carry a gun. “New Jersey cannot and must not become part of the race to the bottom that we’re seeing across the country,” Murphy, a Democrat,… Read more

Justin Trudeau shot down a heckler in a town hall, and Jerry Seinfeld actually responded

What do dashing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and comedian Jerry Seinfeld have in common? Well, for one thing, they both have the same method for responding to hecklers. It all began when a town hall being hosted by Trudeau was interrupted by determined hecklers. So what did Trudeau do? He used what some have called… Read more

Trump Has Sold Millions In Real Estate To Secret Buyers

Even after taking office, President Donald Trump sold more than $35 million worth of real estate last year to secretive buyers. Trump sold 41 luxury condo units in Las Vegas last year to people who used limited liability companies (LLCs), which allow them to hide their identities, a USA Today review found. The president can withdraw… Read more

Michael Wolff, ‘Fire and Fury’ author, admits: Not all in Trump book true

Well, well, well, turns out even Michael Wolff, author of the “Fire and Fury” book that has sparked such national discussion about the Donald Trump White House, admits that not everything he wrote is true. In his prologue, Wolff writes, as Business Insider noted: “Many of the accounts of what has happened in the Trump White… Read more

Brexit trade deal can help UK growth: IMF’s Lagarde

Britain’s tepid growth can improve along with other advanced economies should a positive trade deal over Brexit be agreed with the European Union, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday. “The more the UK economy will be open to trade in general, the EU included, the more likely that productivity will go up and growth will increase,”… Read more

Some Republicans—Still—Think Obama Was Born in Kenya

If you thought birtherism was over, you thought wrong. Survey results released by YouGov Friday show that 51 percent of Republicans said they think former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, compared to just 14 percent of Democrats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, respondents who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election were especially convinced of Obama’s… Read more

U.N. Official Shocked at Poverty In Rural Alabama

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world. “I think it’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I’d have… Read more

Is Donald Trump Ending American Democracy?

Disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on the Trump administration’s tax policy is a given. But President Donald Trump’s attacks on the pillars of U.S. democracy is something every American should fight, says Brian Klass, an academic who studies authoritarian regimes. “I don’t mind that people agree or disagree on tax policy, health care, foreign affairs,” Klass,… Read more

N. Korea fires ballistic missile

North Korea fired a ballistic missile Wednesday, South Korean military officials said, the first such launch in two months and just a week after the US slapped fresh sanctions on the hermit state and declared it a state sponsor of terrorism. The North has stoked international alarm over its banned nuclear missile program but before Tuesday… Read more

U.S. Risks ‘Coup’ Over Mueller, Republicans Warn

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether the Trump campaign assisted Russia in its effort to interfere in the 2016 election amounts to an attempt to overthrow the government, Republicans have argued. “We are at risk of a coup d’etat in this country if we allow an unaccountable person, with no oversight, to undermine the duly-elected… Read more

Jared Kushner linked to man named in ‘Paradise Papers’

One of Russia’s leading tech financiers, an associate of White House aide Jared Kushner, funneled Kremlin investments to Facebook and Twitter, according to the so-called “Paradise Papers” leak of millions of sensitive documents exposing the murky world of offshore tax havens. The revelation adds fresh fuel to congressional probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential… Read more

UK steps up Brexit preparations with thousands of new staff

The British government said Tuesday it expects to have hired up to 8,000 new staff by next year as it steps up preparations for leaving the European Union — with or without an exit agreement. At a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Brexit minister David Davis told colleagues that “preparatory work has seen a significant acceleration in… Read more

New Zealand firms up ban on foreign house buyers

The New Zealand government firmed up plans Tuesday to prevent foreigners from buying houses in the country, saying it wanted the new law in place early next year. New Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she aimed to have the ban take effect before the wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is ratified in February. The… Read more

Trump Panics On Twitter Ahead Of Mueller Indictment

The indictments are coming — and the president seems to be panicking. President Donald Trump on Sunday accused Democrats and federal investigators of conspiring against his agenda as the clock ticked on the first indictment from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which is expected Monday. Trump, in his first tweets about Mueller’s Trump-Russia probe since news broke… Read more

Trump administration to offer 76M acres for offshore drilling, largest lease sale in U.S. history

The Trump administration is putting more than 76 million acres of federal water up for lease in the largest offshore drilling initiative in American history. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the massive lease sale, slated for March 2018, on Tuesday morning, and said the move is a key component of the administration’s effort to tap U.S.… Read more

Trump’s inaction on climate change carries a big price tag, federal report finds

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s reluctance to confront climate change threatens to create a massive burden on taxpayers, as a lack of planning by federal agencies leaves the government ill-equipped to deal with the fallout from rising temperatures, according to independent congressional investigators. The report released Tuesday from the Government Accountability Office presents a bleak picture… Read more

‘My god, 3.5 hours’: Xi gives marathon speech, China listens

As Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered his three-plus-hour speech at the Communist Party congress, delegates ranging from men in suits to military officers and former presidents dutifully turned every page as they read and listened to his words. On the internet, government bureaus peppered social media with their favourite phrases from Xi’s speech, while photos circulated… Read more

Company exodus from Catalonia

The effects of the referendum in Catalonia are beginning to be felt away from the protests on the streets. Some of Spain’s largest companies are now debating whether to move their headquarters away from the region resulting from fears of an unstable business environment. Losing Catalonia is almost unthinkable for the Spanish government. It would deprive… Read more

Las Vegas Casinos Lobbied For Insurance

Federal officials, gaming operators and security experts were repeatedly warned about Las Vegas casinos’ vulnerability to a mass shooting in the years leading up to Sunday’s massacre, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times. A major insurance company mapped out the potential for such a disaster; a terrorist-linked publication cited Las Vegas as a likely… Read more

Who is San Juan’s Mayor?

President Donald Trump kicked off his weekend by attacking the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Twitter as she continued to beg for aid after Hurricane Maria. Without naming her, Trump slammed Carmen Yulín Cruz and accused her pleas for help of being politically motivated. “The mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only… Read more

EU parliament may deny access to Monsanto

The European Parliament has been asked by its political leaders to deny access to executives and lobbyists for US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto, a parliament spokesman said Friday. The leaders of the parliament’s political groups issued the appeal after the firm turned down an invitation to a hearing over claims Monsanto influenced scientific research on the safety… Read more

Trump Says He Won’t Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump has made it clear his administration isn’t planning to allow any additional outside aid to get into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, the president cited business interests as the reason for refusing calls from lawmakers and activists to allow international organizations and governments to… Read more

Hearing Exposes Government Agencies’ Waste-Spending Bonanza

For the men and women who run federal government agencies, nothing is more tragic than finishing the fiscal year with money that has not been spent. That was the clear takeaway from a little-noticed hearing Wednesday at the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee. Three experts testified that there is clear evidence that agencies rush… Read more

Jane Goodall: Trump Is Like an Aggressive Chimp

Primatologist Jane Goodall has made her name studying chimpanzees for over half a century. So, if anyone can deduce a distinct correlation between a brash chimp and the egoistic hubris of, say, the president of the United States, it’s Goodall. Pre-election, last October, Goodall made a comparison between then-Republican candidate Donald Trump and the primates she… Read more

Study: Unfunded Debt 15 Times Higher in Democratic-Run States

The nation’s Democratic-controlled states have unfunded debt that is 15 times greater than the burden on taxpayers in states under total Republican control, according to a study released Tuesday. The nonprofit group Truth in Accounting published “Financial State of the States,” which analyzes the public finances of all 50 states. The group found that state governments… Read more

Norway wealth fund hits ‘milestone’ $1 trillion value

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, on Tuesday reached the value of $1 trillion dollars for the first time, the Norwegian central bank, which manages the fund, said. This amount equals nearly $189,000 (157,000 euros) for each of the 5.3 million people living in Norway. Established in the 1990s to manage the Norwegian… Read more

GOP, Trump Aides Wary of Mueller Probe: Report Robert Mueller is “going for the kill”

Republicans with close links to the White House increasingly believe that special counsel Robert Mueller is “going for the kill” in his investigation into links between President Donald Trump and Russia, according to a report from Axios Tuesday. Members of the GOP are said to have come to that stark conclusion based on Mueller’s hiring of… Read more

Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

A plume of benzene has been detected in the air over Houston after four fossil fuel companies reported leaks of the highly toxic compound that can increase the risk of cancer — even from brief exposure. Documents reviewed by International Business Times show that two of the companies — ExxonMobil and Valero — recently lobbied against… Read more


Bernie Sanders the Most Popular Politician in the U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in America, according to a new Harvard-Harris poll. In fact, the Vermont senator and former presidential candidate is the only politician in the U.S. a majority of voters like. The poll, which drew responses from 2,263 voters across […]

Swing State Voters Grow Impatient for Manufacturing Jobs

Voters in three key swing states that President Donald Trump flipped from blue to red last year are growing impatient for him to deliver on his promise to reverse a long slide in manufacturing jobs. On the campaign trail, Trump often promised that manufacturing jobs would come “pouring back” into the United States. But a Marist… Read more

US business economists fret over Trump policy agenda

US business economists worry about the prospects for President Donald Trump’s policy agenda, and the potential damage to the economy from his trade and immigration policies, according to a survey released on Monday. The survey findings add to Trump’s accelerating alienation with the business community. CEOs fled his advisory councils last week to distance themselves from… Read more

Is Trump Mentally Ill? A Democrat Lawmaker Thinks so

Hurling accusations of mental illness at opponents is nothing new in politics. But on Friday, Representative Zoe Lofgren went a step further, tabling a resolution for President Donald Trump to undergo a medical and psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is fit to hold office. The San Jose Democrat said in Congress that the results of… Read more

Gary Cohn’s NEC Has Been Lobbied By Goldman Sachs-Backed Groups

Corporate lobbying groups linked to Goldman Sachs have directly lobbied the White House’s National Economic Council headed by Goldman’s immediate past president Gary Cohn, according to federal records reviewed by International Business Times. Cohn previously pledged to recuse himself from any Goldman-related matter, but there is no indication he recused himself from the matters that the… Read more

Trump makes false claims about US nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON — Hours after warning North Korea that it will meet “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if its leader, Kim Jong Un, continued to provoke the United States, President Donald Trump said the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “stronger than ever before.” “My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our… Read more

Donald Trump slashing Obama’s regulation binge, saves businesses billions: Study

President Trump’s assault on red tape has saved businesses nearly $4 billion per year compared with President Barack Obama’s pace of imposing regulations, a new study found Tuesday. Final rule costs during Mr. Trump’s first six months in office will cost U.S. businesses about $378 million per year, compared with $4.2 billion for the same period… Read more

Fire Hannity Effort Intensifies

Efforts to get Fox News to fire commentator Sean Hannity have intensified in recent days, amid allegations that the network collaborated with the White House in promulgating a conspiracy theory that sought to cast blame on Democratic operatives for the 2016 murder of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who was killed while walking home from… Read more

Deporting illegal immigrants with no criminal record is an attack on justice, family and common sense

  1. There’s no denying immigration is complicated — politically, economically and, perhaps most of all, emotionally. I favor open immigration on practical and philosophical grounds alike: credible research ties immigrants to a rising economy and falling crime rates — and just like I don’t think it’s the government’s job to tell us how to worship or what… Read more

Trump Hates Leaks, Some Federal Whistleblowers Love Him

Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci’s meltdown Wednesday night over the surreptitious release of his public financial disclosure form was hardly the first time the Trump White House has gone ballistic about “leakers.” President Trump himself has set the tone, repeatedly complaining publicly and privately about White House leaks to the press, threatening to punish them with unspecified… Read more

Trump Son-in-Law Expected on Capitol Hill for Russia Testimony

The probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election crosses into new territory this week as congressional committees seek information from two of Donald Trump’s family members, including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is expected to make the first of two appearances on Capitol Hill Monday. A man often seen but rarely heard, Kushner is… Read more

Kamala Harris: ‘She’s running for president. Take it to the bank’

Democrats are in a tizzy about their latest and brightest prospect for the 2020 White House – Kamala Harris, the senator from California who made a name for herself bullying Jeff Sessions during his attorney general confirmation hearings. Make way for the next social justice warrior beating a drum for the White House. Harris, a la… Read more

Donald Trump just made a smart foreign policy decision, but the media won’t tell you about it honestly because Russia

“Trump ends covert CIA program to arm anti-Assad rebels, a move sought by Moscow,” read the headline late Wednesday at the Washington Post. The Post reported, “President Trump has decided to end the CIA’s covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the government of Bashar al-Assad, a move long sought by Russia, according… Read more

Protesters tee off on LPGA for hosting U.S. Women’s Open at Trump course

BEDMINSTER — Protesters objecting to Trump National Golf Club’s hosting of the U.S. Women’s Open and supporters of President Donald Trump verbally clashed Saturday, less than three miles from where the president is spending the afternoon. After participating in a motorcade near the golf club, anti-Trump protesters gathered at the intersection of Lamington Road and U.S.… Read more

China Reducing Massive Influence of Social Media Celebrities

China is trying to contain the awesome influence of social media celebrities, some of whom have tens of millions of followers that dwarf more Western media icons like Oprah Winfrey. For example, the top 10 Chinese celebrities on Internet have between 67 million and 90 million online followers. Recent weeks have seen the closure of social… Read more

Trump Scandal Is Beautiful For Putin, Says Ex-KGB Agent

As the controversy centering around Donald Trump Jr.’s relations with a Kremlin-linked lawyer descends into farce, a former Soviet sleeper agent has waded into the debate with his claims that Russia could not have planted a less competent administration in the U.S. than President Donald Trump’s. “It is like watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon with Daffy… Read more

Impeachment of Donald Trump clamor by left is a fantasy

Do you remember “Iraqgate”? If so, you’re probably among the few. For the rest of us, Iraqgate was the media term for an investigation into whether U.S. agricultural loans and technology were funneled to Saddam Hussein to purchase weapons (eventually used against U.S. troops) and whether George H.W. Bush and his administration tried to cover it… Read more

There is HOPE… More People Trust CNN Than Trump, Poll Shows

Donald Trump may not be winning hearts and minds in his ongoing war with the media, with a recent poll showing more people trust CNN than the president. Trump openly despises CNN and often refers to the network-and many others-as ‘fake news,’ but the majority of people questioned in a poll by Survey Monkey trust information… Read more

DOJ’s Corporate Crime Watchdog Resigns, Slamming Trump’s Conduct

One of the Justice Department’s top corporate crime watchdogs has resigned, declaring that she cannot enforce ethics laws against companies while, she asserts, her own bosses in the Trump administration have been engaging in conduct that she said she would never tolerate in corporations. Hui Chen — a former Pfizer and Microsoft lawyer who also was… Read more

Texas man buys a billboard to deliver a Texas-sized message about Donald Trump and the media

Billboard seen in Texas! — Cari Kelemen (@KelemenCari) June 22, 2017 A man from Boerne, Texas bought a billboard to announce his “breakup” with ABC News over its Russia coverage and to proudly declare “The Russians didn’t elect Donald Trump. I did.” In full, the billboard reads: ABC News: I grew up with you. We… Read more

Trump Owes Millions To Banks Lobbying The Government

Financial disclosure documents released Friday by the Office of Government Ethics shed new light on President Trump’s finances, even as he refuses to release his tax returns. The documents show that Trump owes hundreds of millions of dollars to major financial institutions — some with business before Trump’s administration. According to section 8 of the disclosure… Read more

House votes along party lines to repeal key Dodd-Frank financial reforms

WASHINGTON — The House voted along party lines Thursday to repeal many of the stricter regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis, taking the first step in a long-held Republican desire to roll back landmark rules they complain are hurting banks, restricting consumer credit and slowing economic growth. The legislation, which faces major hurdles in the… Read more

A photo of a veteran without a coffin has sparked outrage — his son’s explanation makes it look even worse

People on social media are outraged over a photo showing a Ringgold, Ga., veteran’s body on display for visitation without a coffin, which his son says was due to a dispute over money with the funeral home. RELATED: A veteran almost took matters into his own hands after he was denied financial assistance from the VA… Read more

Trump’s America is showing the telltale signs of a failing state

We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide. We have… Read more

Emmanuel Macron: France’s youngest president

Emmanuel Macron graduated from one of the world’s most prestigous public administration universities. He later worked as an investment banker at Rothschild. Aged 29, he married a French high school teacher twenty-four years his senior. Her eldest daughter had been Macron’s classmate. In 2014, Emmanuel Macron was appointed France’s economy minister under François Hollande. Macron promoted… Read more

Buy American — But Hire Abroad

President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order urging the U.S. to “buy American,” in part by encouraging the Departments of Commerce and State to prioritize American firms when they dole out often lucrative contracts. But that directive, a report released last week found, may not fulfill Trump’s second stated goal — “hire American” — because… Read more

Spending bill doubles foreign worker visas

Congress tucked a sweetheart deal for America’s vacation resorts and other seasonal employers into the massive spending bill announced Monday, paving the way for the administration to more than double the number of temporary visas to foreign workers this year and “flooding the labor force” with cheap competition for jobs. Lawmakers also agreed to make the… Read more

Trump’s Logic Could Apply Well Beyond Civil War

President Donald Trump’s “what if” about the idea of President Andrew Jackson preventing the Civil War is an amazingly impressive insight into American history. Imagine what would’ve happened if only there had been efforts to deal with slavery and avoid Civil War between 1776 and 1865. “ I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little later… Read more

Economic growth stumbles to worst rate in 2 years, underscoring Trump’s challenge

WASHINGTON — The economy stumbled at the start of 2017, expanding at its slowest pace in two years in a demonstration of the difficulty President Donald Trump will have in boosting growth to a much stronger sustained level. Total economic output, also known as gross domestic product, increased at just a 0.7 percent annual rate from… Read more

BlackRock CEO: Tax cuts could create ‘explosive deficits,’ do little to boost growth

CHICAGO — The U.S. economy’s growth has been “terrible” and President Donald Trump’s proposed tax reforms are not likely to give the nation the boost that investors are expecting, the head of the world’s largest money manager said Friday in Chicago. Speaking at Morningstar’s annual investment conference, BlackRock Chief Executive Laurence Fink told an audience of… Read more

Jobs, Homes at Stake in US-Canada Trade Squabble

Canadian officials say a new tariff imposed by the Trump administration will raise the cost of new homes in the United States by $1,000 each, and shut 150,000 Americans out of home ownership. Washington’s decision also puts “thousands” of U.S. homebuilding jobs at risk, according to Canada’s ministers of natural resources and foreign affairs. The comments… Read more

Donald Trump’s dollar

President Donald Trump’s assertion this week that the “dollar is getting too strong” led to a sharp decline in the value of the greenback. The market’s reaction to Mr. Trump was a reminder that presidents often get the dollar they want. This has us worried Mr. Trump and his Treasury department will pursue a weaker currency… Read more

France’s overseas territories begin voting in presidential ballot

Early voting has begun in France’s overseas territories for the first round of the country’s most closely-fought presidential race in decades. This as final preparations are made ahead of Sunday’s main casting of ballots across France, where some 47 million people are eligible to take part. A blackout on opinion polls and the candidates or their… Read more

Tax System Is Unfair, Majority of Americans Say
As people across the country scramble to file their taxes before Tuesday’s deadline, a majority will be doing so under the belief that the system they are adhering to is fundamentally unfair. More Americans than not now state that neither corporations nor wealthy individuals pay their fair share of taxes, a Pew Research Center survey released… Read more

Designs for Trump’s border wall are here. They fall into 4 categories.

Imagine the Great Wall of China along the banks of the Rio Grande. Or maybe an animal-friendly barrier that keeps migrants out but lets roadrunners in. These are some of the designs contractors submitted this week in the first round of bids to build President Donald Trump’s promised 2,000-mile wall along the Mexican border. Chicago Tribune… Read more

Meet the Billionaires Who Run Trump’s Government

Mr. Monopoly, that mustachioed fat cat with the Taftian profile, was about as close as most Americans got to a New York City billionaire until candidate Donald Trump started flying his jet to their cities and villages last year. Now they are practically an everyday sight, because President Donald Trump has coaxed a pack of them… Read more

Checking Trump’s ‘Failing Media’ Claims

President Donald Trump is quite vocal about his disdain for many media houses, labeling them “fake news” and “failing” often, with the latter most frequently used for the New York Times (NY Times), and some other print media. But it’s not like Trump hates all media; he clearly likes Fox News, retweeting its positive stories about… Read more

Vladimir Putin visits Arctic to reaffirm Russia’s claim

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited an area in the Arctic archipelago as part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region. On a tour on the Franz Josef Land archipelago, a sprawling collection of islands where the Russian military has recently built a new runway and worked to open a permanent base,… Read more

Is the U.S. Heading for a Government Shutdown?

Arizona Sen. John McCain wants to hold the government hostage if military spending doesn’t increase in the next federal spending bill. McCain said Wednesday he wouldn’t vote on a funding bill that maintains previous spending levels, or a continuing resolution, even if means a government shutdown. “If that’s the only option. I will not vote for… Read more

Denmark Rids Itself of Foreign Debt For First Time in 183 Years

After Denmark pays off the final installment of a $1.5 billion loan to the United States today, it will be the first time the nation will have been without foreign currency debts since 1834. style=”display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8420654331411867″ data-ad-slot=”1313712966″> Though the country still carries domestic debt, the improved national economy and fixed exchange rate policy makes for a… Read more

Trump budget shifts income to upper class: it’s a good thing for all of us

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2017 – Outspoken critics of President Trump’s policies, including liberal public-policy professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, object that Trump’s policies will shift income from the lower class to the upper class. Looking at the numbers, it is easy to make that correct conclusion. But this is actually a good thing,… Read more

Clinton Hints at Comeback to ‘Shine a Light’ on Issues

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hinted Friday that she is ready to re-enter public life. Clinton said, “I am ready to come out of the woods,” at the end of a St. Patrick’s Day speech in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in a reference to her viral photograph while hiking in the woods near her home in Chappaqua, New… Read more

Trump’s tough trade talk scores a win in battle with G20 powers

Baden-Baden, Germany (dpa) – President Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade paid off Saturday when ministers from 20 world powers meeting in Germany agreed to abandon their tradition of championing free trade and rejecting protectionism. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin of the two-day meeting of Group of 20… Read more

Trump’s first budget to offer look at his vision for dismantling ‘administrative state’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, asserted a bold goal recently, sounding as if he were pitching a plot of an action thriller: “deconstruction of the administrative state.” On Thursday, as Trump releases his first budget, Americans will get a wider glimpse of what exactly that means. This earliest version of Trump’s… Read more

Highlights of Premier Li’s press conference

  1. Premier Li Keqiang answers questions of reporters at a news conference during the annual two sessions in Beijing on March 15, 2017. [Photo by Kuang Linhua/] Premier Li Keqiang met reporters from home and abroad at a news conference on Wednesday at the end of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress. Premier Li answered… Read more