Three Huge, Totally Unexpected Surprises to Look for in 2018

Here are three leading examples of the conventional wisdom among Washington’s political experts about what will happen in 2018: Democrats will ride a “Blue Wave” of congressional campaign victories to retake control of Congress, gaining majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Only the richest Americans will benefit economically from passage of President Donald… Please follow and like us:

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Tax Cut Backers Unhappy That Cap Gains Tax Provision Means Some Must Pay More

Congress is moving steadily toward passage of a Republican tax reform bill that President Donald Trump almost certainly will sign when it reaches his desk, but tensions remain among advocacy groups seeking to drain the Washington swamp, thanks to a provision on the “death tax.” Senate and House conferees are ironing out differences between their chamber’s… Please follow and like us:

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How will US Jerusalem move affect Israel’s far right?

Jerusalem – Trump’s recognition this week of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, overturning seven decades of US policy in the region and effectively ending hopes of a two-state solution, has provoked dire warnings. But the focus by commentators on Palestinian reactions, rather than the effect on the Israeli public and leadership, might have underestimated the longer-term fallout… Please follow and like us:

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Spread the swamp? Trump administration wants to move government offices out of Washington

WASHINGTON — Amid the talk of draining swamps, restoring political might to blue-collar America and turning off the spigot of taxpayer cash that showers Washington, a familiar battle cry is ricocheting through this city: Move the bureaucrats out. It has the ring of a Trumpian fantasy. Dislodge arms of the federal government from Washington and reattach… Please follow and like us:

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Erdogan: US Jerusalem move puts region in ring of fire

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it would throw this region into “a ring of fire”. “Taking such a step throws particularly this region into a ring of fire. What would you like to do [with this step], Mr Trump? What kind of… Please follow and like us:

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Roy Moore fights establishment Republicans calling for him to quit Senate race

Even as he craters in the polls and faces growing calls from Republicans to drop out of the race, Alabama Senate hopeful Roy Moore over the weekend cast his candidacy as a fight against the political establishment and said Republican leaders are trying to silence voters in his state. Mr. Moore is facing accusations of sexual… Please follow and like us:

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Tax Reform Must Level the Playing Field for American Companies

Opinion With Washington pushing full-tilt on tax reform, it’s time to tackle the unfair tax advantage enjoyed by multinational enterprises. Addressing this longstanding problem could provide a unique opportunity to help domestic U.S. corporations compete on a more level playing field with their global counterparts. Currently, taxes are only assessed on multinational enterprises, referred to as… Please follow and like us:

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Pipeline Supplying Gas To DC And NY Shuts Down Amid Flooding From Harvey

A gas pipeline supplying parts of New York and Washington, D.C. with energy is shutting down as refineries in the Gulf of Mexico go offline amid flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. The Colonial Pipeline, which stretches up and down the northeast coast, supplies about 100 million gallons of refined gas a day to New York City… Please follow and like us:

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China warns US they will both lose out in event of trade war

Beijing/Washington (dpa) – China has warned the US that both sides will lose out in a trade war as US President Donald Trump is expected to order an inquiry into Beijing’s trade practices. “There will be no winner, but only both losers” if it comes to a trade war, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said… Please follow and like us:

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Obstacles at Bay, Beijing Steps up Control Over Disputed South China Sea

Beijing has reached a new peak in its bid to control the widely disputed South China Sea after pacifying rivals, keeping Washington away and building out artificial islands that are ready for military hardware. China will be able to keep three fighter-jet regiments on the same number of islets that it has constructed in the sea,… Please follow and like us:

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Russia threatens targeting coalition planes in Syria

Russia has said that it will treat all US-led coalition aircraft in the west of the Euphrates River in Syria as “targets” and halted an incident-prevention hotline with Washington after US forces downed a Syrian warplane. Moscow only once before suspended the hotline, which was established in October 2015 to prevent conflict between the different forces… Please follow and like us:

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Draining the Dodd-Frank swamp

The House just passed the Financial CHOICE Act, which enacts major reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act was passed to fix what supposedly was broken in our financial system that led to the massive financial collapse in 2007. The potential economic impact of the sweeping… Please follow and like us:

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America ‘Created ISIS,’ Says Iran’s Supreme Leader

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday accused the U.S. of creating the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), and called its war on the jihadist group “a lie.” “You [the United States] and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East … who created Islamic State?” Khamenei said, according to his official… Please follow and like us:

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‘Don’t Read the Press’: Russia Laughs Off Trump Reports

Russia’s foreign spokeswoman warned that reading the U.S. press is unhealthy and dangerous after reports that U.S. President Donald Trump shared highly-classified intelligence with Moscow. “Have you guys been reading American newspapers again,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted on Facebook, after receiving “tens” of messages about an article in the Washington Post that quickly… Please follow and like us:

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US to Attend China’s Belt and Road Forum

In a move that is likely to give a boost to China’s Belt and Road Forum, the United States has announced that it will participate in meetings on the initiative beginning this weekend in Beijing. The decision to attend is part of a 100-day plan and new deal between Washington and Beijing that was initially hammered… Please follow and like us:

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