UK PM May urges devolved nations to back her Brexit dealTue, 18 Dec 2018 20:37:37 -0500 British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge the devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to "listen to business" at a meeting on Wednesday and back her Brexit deal, which envisages continuing close ties with the EU.
FedEx sees global trade slowdown, says U.S. economy still 'solid'Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:00:33 -0500 FedEx Corp on Tuesday slashed its 2019 forecast after Europe's economy weakened and the U.S. trade row exacerbated a slowdown in China, sending shares in the package delivery company tumbling more than 6 percent after the closing bell.
Judge excoriates Trump ex-adviser Flynn, delays Russia probe sentencingTue, 18 Dec 2018 19:43:45 -0500 A U.S. judge fiercely criticized President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday for lying to FBI agents in a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and delayed sentencing him until Flynn has finished helping prosecutors.
U.S. reverses policy in move to speed release of migrant childrenTue, 18 Dec 2018 19:41:19 -0500 The Trump administration is reversing a controversial policy that required extensive background checks of all adults living with sponsors of migrant children, in a move that could lead to faster release of migrant minors from shelters.
White House cites 'options' for funding U.S. border wallTue, 18 Dec 2018 19:39:15 -0500 The White House said on Tuesday it was searching for ways to unilaterally fund the building of a controversial wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that Congress is balking at, possibly easing chances of a government shutdown this weekend.
Asia braces for Fed as plunge in oil boosts bondsTue, 18 Dec 2018 19:20:38 -0500 Asian share markets played second fiddle to bonds on Wednesday as a spectacular fall in the price of oil fanned speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve might be done with tightening after its policy meeting later in the day.
UK to unveil details of post-Brexit immigration systemTue, 18 Dec 2018 19:05:36 -0500 Britain's interior minister Sajid Javid will on Wednesday publish plans for a post-Brexit immigration system that would bring net migration to the UK down to "sustainable levels", his department said.
Only YOU can fight a Russian troll armyWed, 19 Dec 2018 00:20:52 GMT Twitter and Facebook can barely shut down death threats and targeted harassment, let alone combat the problem of fake news. Two sweeping reports from Monday demonstrated in detail the extent and content of Russia's campaign of disinformation not just on the most politicized social media networks, but also their manipulation of Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit, Gab, Instagram, and even PayPal.
Hurrah: There's no need to conserve oil anymore, which means there's no need to recycle plasticsTue, 18 Dec 2018 22:39:58 GMT We should both note and celebrate when the political process tells us something that is actually true — it’s rare enough after all. So it is with this new report from the Trump administration, that conserving oil is no longer an economic imperative. The point is true. That fracking revolution has indeed meant that we don’t need to worry about the oil running out in 20 or 30 years or whatever it was the Club of Rome tried to tell us.
Is the rise of 'adulting' classes for millennials caused by the rise in working mothers?Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:36:48 GMT “Adulting” classes for millennials — classes that teach basic life skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and time management — are rising nationwide. CBS New York reported about a woman in Maine who launched an online class for burgeoning adults, aptly named, “Adulting School," and she’s not the only one taking advantage of a generation of young people who are seemingly locked into the Peter Pan syndrome. But why don’t young adults know how to adult? Is it really that hard?
For the wrong reasons, Trump wisely targets automaker subsidiesTue, 18 Dec 2018 22:02:40 GMT General Motors’ recent announcement to slash its workforce by 15 percent has drawn bipartisan backlash, including from President Trump, who threatened to do away with a tax credit for electric vehicles that benefits GM. While it shouldn’t require a notice that the auto industry doesn’t need these subsidies, the president is right to question the need for such a credit. Even with last year’s passage of pro-growth, comprehensive tax reform, problems still exist with the tax code. To this day, far too many special interest carve-outs, such as the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit, remain.
Those considering 2020 Democratic presidential run need to strike when the iron's hotTue, 18 Dec 2018 22:02:24 GMT In previous posts on the state of the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination battle, I questioned the fundamentals of Beto O'Rourke and argued that his rise says more about the weakness of the rest of the field at this point in the race. But there's also another factor that could propel him to run: recent history that suggests candidates should strike while the iron's hot.
Noemie Emery: Strangers on a trainTue, 18 Dec 2018 17:10:20 GMT You’ve seen it yourself, sometimes in public, perhaps on a subway car. Somebody starts to act strange. He talks to himself, wanders the aisles and mutters.
A bipartisan coalition could pass a lot more than just the First Step ActWed, 12 Dec 2018 16:54:40 GMT Yesterday's messy display of bickering between President Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., didn't inspire much hope in the public for the next two years. But as Senate Majority Leader pushes forward with the Trump-backed First Step Act, the passage of criminal justice reform could paint a blueprint for how a bipartisan government, even one as divided as the radicalized Democratic Party and our populist president, could progress.
Democracy is messy — we like it that wayWed, 12 Dec 2018 13:28:39 GMT The image of hands wringing themselves had already become the emblem of the Trump era long before this week. But Tuesday's fracas in the Oval Office seems to have set off an especially intense bout of this activity, especially among the press. We discourage this, as in excess it may lead to carpal tunnel or the dreaded tennis elbow.
This White House needs a Bossie chief of staffTue, 11 Dec 2018 15:29:06 GMT Every American – Trump-lovers and -haters alike – should want his next White House chief of staff to be competent, tough, steady and honest. Every Republican should also want the new guy to be politically savvy, in order to advance conservative principles.
Republicans in Michigan, Wisconsin resort to lame-duck sore-loserismMon, 10 Dec 2018 19:05:03 GMT The election of 1800 was a bitter, partisan fight – so much that it is sometimes known as the “Revolution of 1800.” The contest between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams was marked by personal attacks, rumors, and arguments that either the Federalists or the Democratic-Republicans were going to destroy the country. There was a new system of electoral votes and contested results necessitating a vote in the House of Representatives.
Wisconsin Senate passes bill limiting governor’s powersWed, 05 Dec 2018 14:02:30 GMT MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Senate voted early Wednesday to pass a sweeping measure designed to empower the Republican-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat replacing Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
GOP talks Trump off the shutdown ledgeTue, 18 Dec 2018 16:00:33 GMT Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that the government would stay open and that the White House would be ‘flexible’ on its border wall demands.
Troops on standby in case of no-deal BrexitTue, 18 Dec 2018 16:18:04 GMT Britain's defense secretary announced that 3,500 troops will be on standby for a possible no-deal Brexit, as lawmakers said Tuesday that they have ramped up preparations for leaving the European Union without an agreement.
Trump charity agrees to dissolve amid lawsuit about financesWed, 19 Dec 2018 00:32:36 GMT The Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision amid an ongoing lawsuit concerning its finances, according to a document filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court by the New York state Attorney General's office.
Hollywood icon Penny Marshall dies at 75Wed, 19 Dec 2018 01:30:53 GMT Actress Penny Marshall, who found fame in TV's "Laverne & Shirley" before going on to direct such beloved films as "Big" and "A League of Their Own," has died. She was 75.
Trump blinks on government shutdown vowTue, 18 Dec 2018 22:19:25 GMT White House press secretary Sarah Sanders suggested Tuesday that the White House has found an alternative way to get its requested $5 billion in funding for a US-Mexico border wall, marking a reversal from President Donald Trump's previous position.
Mother wins visa fight to see her dying child in USTue, 18 Dec 2018 20:10:15 GMT The US State Department granted a Yemeni mother, whose 2-year-old son is on life support in an Oakland hospital, a waiver Tuesday to travel to the United States, according to officials with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Loneliness peaks at three key ages, study findsTue, 18 Dec 2018 19:52:12 GMT Rising rates of loneliness may not be news, but the three periods when it peaks may come as a surprise: More people reported feeling moderate to severe loneliness during their late 20s, their mid-50s and their late 80s than in other life periods, according to research published Tuesday in the journal International Psychogeriatrics.
Donny Deutsch: Trump Is 'Neutered,' His Base Will ErodeTue, 18 Dec 2018 22:53:25 +0000 Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline,” network contributor Donny Deutsch said in light of the multiple investigations of President Donald Trump including his family foundation and 2017 inaugural committee, the president was “neutered.” Deutsch said, “When do voters start to realize, ‘I may love the guy but he can’t do anything for me now?’ He’s pretty much neutered. His fangs are out. There is basically no legislation on the table. There is nothing even being discussed. Out of the 38%, when does 4%, 5% say ‘He can’t do anything.’ At the end of the day, people still vote for themselves. It’s that simple.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
Chinese Internment Camp Factory Sends Sportswear to USTue, 18 Dec 2018 17:04:12 +0000 HOTAN, China (AP) — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China’s far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside.
Women’s College Objects to ‘Offensive’ Female Gender SymbolTue, 18 Dec 2018 22:44:16 +0000 An official from Mount Holyoke College for women says the school will not be moving forward with a new brand logo that includes the “Venus" gender symbol because of the image’s “long history of exclusion connected to movements” that are offensive to some.