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White House Reassesses Tariffs as It Focuses on China Fight

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Customs (Tariff), International Trade and World Market, North American Free Trade Agreement, Politics and Government, Steel and Iron, United States Politics and Government | 0 comments

A potential thaw in trade relations with Canada, Mexico and Europe comes as tension between the United States and China grows.
Source: New York Times

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How to Stop the March to War With Iran

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Bolton, John R, Defense and Military Forces, Embargoes and Sanctions, Iran, Pompeo, Mike, United States Defense and Military Forces, United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government | 0 comments

Congress, Europe and business leaders can stand in John Bolton’s way.
Source: New York Times

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Trump Moves to Ban Foreign Telecom Gear, Targeting Huawei in Battle With China

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in 5G (Wireless Communications), Cellular Telephones, China, computer security, Espionage and Intelligence Services, Executive Orders and Memorandums, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, Infrastructure (Public Works), International Trade and World Market, Telephones and Telecommunications, Trump, Donald J, United States International Relations, United States Politics and Government, Wireless Communications | 0 comments

The ban was expected. American officials have long warned that they would stop sharing intelligence if allies installed Chinese technology on their 5G networks.
Source: New York Times

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The Attorney General Investigates the Investigators

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Attorneys General, Barr, William P, Durham, John H, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Justice Department, Presidential Election of 2016, Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates, Trump, Donald J, United States, United States Politics and Government | 0 comments

William Barr has tapped a United States attorney, John Durham, to look into whether the F.B.I. acted improperly during the Russia investigation.
Source: New York Times

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Trump Immigration Plan Emphasizes Immigrants’ Skills Over Family Ties

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Immigration and Emigration, Kushner, Jared, Trump, Donald J, United States Politics and Government | 0 comments

The plan, to be unveiled Thursday, will significantly scale back family-based immigration and increase the educational and skills requirements to move to the United States.
Source: New York Times

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White House Again Rejects Democrats’ Requests for Documents in Corruption Inquiry

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Cipollone, Pat A, Ethics and Official Misconduct, Executive Privilege, Doctrine of, House Committee on the Judiciary, Nadler, Jerrold, United States Politics and Government | 0 comments

The letter from the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, argues that Congress was not a law enforcement body and doesn’t have the standing to investigate the president.
Source: New York Times

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The Fight Over How Trump Fits in With the Other 44 Presidents

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Levitsky, Steven, Presidential Election of 2016, Presidential Election of 2020, Presidents and Presidency (US), Trump, Donald J, United States Politics and Government, Ziblatt, Daniel | 0 comments

It’s not just an academic question. The intense argument over where he belongs tells us a lot about where we’re headed.
Source: New York Times

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6 Things That Calendars From the Special Counsel’s Office Tell Us

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Andres, Greg D, Calendars, Foreign Agents Registration Act, Goldstein, Andrew D, Justice Department, Mueller, Robert S III, Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates, Special Prosecutors (Independent Counsel), United States Politics and Government, Weissmann, Andrew | 0 comments

The Mueller team got to work quickly, newly disclosed calendars show. But prosecutors made time for cake, too.
Source: New York Times

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Donald Trump Is Not America

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Fireworks, Parades, Trump, Donald J, United States Politics and Government | 0 comments

His designs on Independence Day show his confusion about that.
Source: New York Times

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White House Memo: High Season at Mar-a-Lago Is Over, but Concern Over Security Lingers

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Florida, Li Yang (Cindy Yang), Mar-a-Lago (Palm Beach, Fla), Orchids of Asia (Jupiter, Fla), Parscale, Brad (1976- ), Trump, Donald J, United States Politics and Government | 0 comments

Episodes at the club this winter produced more evidence of what intelligence experts regard as President Trump’s lax attitude toward security.
Source: New York Times

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