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The US-China trading relationship will be fraught for years to come

China is happy to buy more American goods, including soyabeans and shale gas, in an effort to cut the bilateral trade deficit, a goal which is economically pointless but close to Mr Trump’s heart. It is willing to relax rules that prevent American firms from controlling their operations in China and to crack down on […]

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Is Donald Trump above the law?

For the first time, President Donald Trump faces a formal accusation that he personally broke the law to further his candidacy. His longtime lawyer Mr Cohen told a court under oath that the money was paid “at the direction of a candidate for federal office”. In other words, that Mr Trump told Mr Cohen to […]

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As the U.S. Retreats, Canada Doubles Down on Net Neutrality

As the U.S. Federal Communications Commission prepares to rollback net neutrality protections, the Canadian government has used the controversy to double down on its support for net neutrality safeguards, linking it to democracy, equality, and freedom of expression. As the U.S. heads toward a period of uncertainty – the net neutrality rollback is likely to […]

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Spinning Hillary: a history of America and Russia’s mutual meddling

A Guardian article writes – Donald Trump once again shocked Americans when he appeared to call on Russia to hack and release Hillary Clinton’s emails from the personal server she used while she was secretary of state. His comments came as allegations swirled that Russian authorities had hacked the Democratic National Committee’s emails in an […]

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Statue of Liberty about to be changed?

The Statue of Liberty is famous for the quote upon it, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” The quote may have to be revised after Republican members raised concerns about some refugees entering the United States following the Paris attacks. 0

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U.S. political debate stuck in the past.

Excerpts from an article by Chrystia Freeland in the Globe & Mail. In choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney swapped his Massachusetts pragmatism for a proudly ideological commitment to limited government. The Democrats, by contrast, believe in the essential role government plays, and are willing to raise taxes, at […]

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Republicans screwing ordinary citizens by supporting massive tax breaks for big business

Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Thursday that the Republican-dominated House simply won’t support tax increases and that he won’t be participating in a meeting scheduled for Thursday. Mr. Cantor said that it’s time for President Barack Obama to weigh in directly on the budget because Democrats insist on negotiating some tax increases. Crafty Cantor implies that […]

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Governments, lotteries, hypocrisy.

Politicians must think the voting public is either stupid or gullible. Each election the opposition party promises to give the voters everything under the sun, and blame the current governing party for everything wrong. Let’s look at budgets, whether here in Canada, the United States, or anywhere else. Let’s look at voters as a lottery […]