What are the Prospects for a US War with China?

Was Barack Obama’s “pivot to Asia” the signal for a coming US war on China? Is the current clash between the US and China a confrontation between an empire in decline and an empire on the rise? Does China entertain imperial ambitions? Is China really a “threat to peace”? What would be some of the […]
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The Game Drags Tomi Lahren All Over the Internet With Photo “B4 Plastic Surgery”

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj aren’t the only rappers who have a problem with Tomi Lahren.In response to Lahren tweet mocking 21 Savage’s ICE arrest—”I got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight ICE agents ready to deport ya,” she tweeted—the West Coast rapper took to Instagram, calling her a “cum gargling, microwaved, carrot skinned, 90 year old white man body havin slut” and telling her to “stay out the tanning salon” because she’s “starting to look like a sick tangerine.”Read his full post ...
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Tax bill troubles created by the GOP tax bill

This tax filing season is a troubling and troublesome one for millions of filers. They're dealing with major tax law changes which many are finding have adversely affected their expected tax refund amounts. Things are slowly getting back to normal at the Internal Revenue Service following the recent federal government shutdown. Some quick indicators that more IRS workers are back include my email box getting more messages from the agency, more updates on IRS.gov and reports on how well (o...
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Venezuela says it found weapons on flight; air-cargo firm, client deny shipment

A lawyer for 21 Air, Alberto N. Moris, said the company was never formally notified by Venezuela of any arms seizure and had no knowledge of the cargo that was aboard its plane since it had been chartered by a second company.
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Sack Grayling over the Brexit ferry fiasco, demand MPs

Cross-party calls for transport secretary’s dismissal follow collapse of £13.8m contract to Seaborne FreightTheresa May faced cross-party calls to sack her transport secretary, Chris Grayling, last night, after the calamitous collapse of a no-deal Brexit ferry contract handed to a company with no ships.Senior Tories said the prime minister had turned “a blind eye” to Grayling’s decision to award the £13.8m contract to Seaborne Freight to run ferries between Ramsgate and Ostend, despite widesprea...
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Analysis: Fearing socialism at home, Trump takes a Cold War stance abroad

When Barack Obama traveled to Cuba in 2016, he vowed to reshape relations not just with the Communist-run island but with all of Latin America. The last US President to visit Cuba had been Calvin Coolidge. That was 80 years ago -- and he had arrived accompanied by gunboats.
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Elizabeth Warren launches White House 2020 bid

Mr Trump's campaign team responds by calling her a fraud and saying her ideas are socialist.
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Back May’s deal, then hold people’s vote: plan to end Brexit deadlock

Cross-party move likely to be put forward as amendment to EU withdrawal billTheresa May could win parliament’s approval for her controversial Brexit deal in return for guaranteeing another referendum, under a new plan being drawn up by a cross-party group of MPs. The new vote would give the British people a simple choice: to confirm the decision or stay in the EU.The initiative, aimed at breaking the political impasse, is being advanced by Labour MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson and has won the su...
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Netflix reportedly paid $10M for campaign documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Freshman Congresswomen and meme queen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is headed to Netflix. The streaming service said this week that it has snapped up ‘Knock Down the House,’ a Sundance award-winning documentary profiling the campaigns of four female progressive candidates, including Ocasio-Cortez, in the 2018 midterm election. The documentary raised money via a Kickstarter campaign last year and it grabbed the Festival Favorite Award at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, beating 121 other contenders to...
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Elizabeth Warren formally launches 2020 White House bid

Mr Trump's campaign team responds by calling her a fraud and saying her ideas are socialist.
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Nancy Pelosi shows pragmatic streak in pursuit of border deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans have vilified Nancy Pelosi for years as a San Francisco liberal, and now they’re trying to portray her as a captive of resurgent left-wingers in her Democratic Party. But in her early moves so far as House speaker, Pelosi is displaying her pragmatic streak. She’s set to endorse a split-the-differences deal on government funding that appears on track to give President Donald Trump at least some barriers on the border, after she had said...
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Japan seeking big concessions from Britain in trade talks

Lack of clarity about UK-EU trading relationship after Brexit also holding up progress Japan is seeking tougher concessions from Britain in trade talks than it secured from the EU, while negotiations between London and Tokyo are also being slowed by the looming risk of no-deal Brexit.Japanese trade negotiators are confident they can extract better terms, the Financial Times reported, in a sign of the mounting difficulties facing UK officials as they attempt to line up post-Brexit trade deals aro...
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Fearing socialism at home, Trump takes a Cold War stance abroad

When Barack Obama traveled to Cuba in 2016, he vowed to reshape relations not just with the Communist-run island but with all of Latin America. The last US President to visit Cuba had been Calvin Coolidge. That was 80 years ago -- and he had arrived accompanied by gunboats.
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Physician: President Trump in ‘Very Good Health’ Following Annual Exam

"I am happy to announce the president of the United States is in very good health"
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Elizabeth Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

By ELANA SCHOR | Associated Press LAWRENCE, Mass. — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone.” Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a “middle-class squeeze” that has left Americans crunched with “too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for ...
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Can Labour's customs union plan save Brexit? – cartoon

Jeremy Corbyn watches as the Tories and the DUP hang on for dear life Continue reading...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren announces run for the White House in 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren officially jumped into the 2020 presidential race Saturday, joining a crowded field of Democratic challengers.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Likely Border Security Deal Would Fall Well Below $5.7B Trump Demanded

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers are working toward a border security deal amid indications that the White House is preparing to accept a bipartisan agreement that would give President Donald Trump a fraction of the money he’s demanded for his proposed southern border wall. Participants said they expect money for physical barriers to end up well below the $5.7 billion that Trump has sought to begin construction of the wall, which has attained iconic significance for him and his conse...
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'She was just unhinged': Kellyanne Conway says she was assaulted in front of her daughter

Mary Elizabeth Inabinett has been charged in the alleged assault on the White House counselor. Inabinett's attorney said his client didn't assault Conway and will plead not guilty to the misdemeanor charges.            [Author: Associated Press]
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A hill of beans: Soybeans upstage trade talks

WASHINGTON — Soybeans account for less than 1 percent of all the goods and services the United States sells the rest of the world. But somehow the humble legumes are upstaging weightier, thornier issues as the Trump administration tackles trade disputes with China, the European Union and other trading partners. Critics worry that focusing on […]
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"But look, I was trying to write a seamless narrative, and to keep breaking it up with 'according to' qualifiers would have been extremely clunky. But in retrospect, I wish I’d done that."

Jill Abramson, caught and waffling. Interviewed at Vox.Sean Illing —Would you call any of this plagiarism?Jill Abramson — No, I wouldn’t. This was completely unintentional. I mean, I have 70 pages of footnotes and I tried to credit everyone’s work as best I can. What we’re talking about here are sets of facts that I borrowed; obviously, the language is too close in some cases, but I’m not lifting original ideas. Again, I wish I had got the citation right, but it’s not an intentional theft or tak...
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Chris Grayling’s glassy-eyed confidence doesn’t help with Brexit debacle

Transport secretary’s apparent contingency planning smacks of insouciance and desperationThe decision to cancel the £14m Seaborne Freight contract marks the inevitable ending of another farcical chapter in the government’s pre-Brexit preparations. But it should nonetheless send a further chill down the spines of those nervously awaiting what 29 March may bring – and once again leave many marvelling at the continued survival of Chris Grayling in post.The hapless transport secretary, who avowed as...
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Green emergencies and grownups

“An end to industrial civilization, but like in a totally pro-union way.” My two cents at Ricochet on the politics of this week’s “Green New Deal” boomlet, the land of pure imagination that exists beyond trade-offs, and the likelihood of universal high-speed rail’s getting even through its preliminary litigation stages, let alone built and operating, within ten years. Tags: environment, politics, , WO writings
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White House Manhunt Reportedly Underway For Trump Schedule Leaker

The schedules revealed the president has spent more than half his work time in unstructured "executive time."
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The formal start of the senator's White House campaign comes as the Democratic primary intensifies by the day​

Sen. Elizabeth Warren will officially launch her 2020 presidential campaign Saturday with a rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts, using the backdrop of Everett Mills -- the site of a historic 1912 labor strike led by women and immigrants -- to highlight the ​progressive populist ideals she has made the centerpiece of her candidacy.
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Warren Enters Crowded 2020 Fray Hoping Populist Call Sets Her Apart

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren will enter the 2020 presidential contest Saturday, hoping a populist call to fight economic inequality will help distinguish her in a crowded field and enable her to move past the controversy surrounding her past claims to Native American heritage. She planned a late morning announcement at a mill site in Lawrence where largely immigrant factory workers went on strike about 100 years ago, providing the longtime consumer advocate a forum t...
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Whitaker’s Hearing Was Part Of His Audition For Trump’s Chief Of Staff

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, who drew gasps at his contentious House Judiciary hearing Friday, will need a new job upon the expected confirmation of Trump attorney general nominee Bill Barr next week. According to a Saturday report in The Atlantic, the “aloofness and disdain for tradition” that Whitaker displayed at his testimony Friday was part of his audition to become Trump’s next chief of staff. Whitaker, who signaled that he was prepared to cite executive privilege, dodged key q...
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Just 6% of vulnerable detainees released from UK immigration centres

Freedom from Torture says keeping at-risk abuse survivors ‘locked up’ is ‘unacceptable’Only 6% of detainees classified as “vulnerable and at risk” following abuse including torture, sexual violence or trafficking were subsequently released from UK immigration centres, according to shocking data.Annual government figures reveal that just 364 of 6,300 individuals who were identified by doctors and social workers as at particular risk of harm were subsequently allowed out of detention. Continue rea...
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With a Trump Ally Taking the Gavel, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Goes Quiet

The White House may find an ally in the Senate committee’s new chairman, Jim Risch of Idaho, who has already pledged not to spar publicly with the president.
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President Trump Says Second Kim Jong Un Meeting Will Be Held in Hanoi

The President had previously announced Vietnam as the summit location
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