Celebrity-in-chief: is Trump the only true star left?

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L ast week, the world was an unstable place in need of serious attention from the US president. America’s proposed steel tariffs had become explosively controversial . Russia was under fire for “laundering” illicit North Korean coal exports . China’s National People’s Congress met to introduce a gigantic constitutional change permitting a Mao-style life presidency – and Donald Trump tweeted : “Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars anymore – except your President (just kidding, of course)!” That little faux-modest crack at the end: was that the president being cheerfully magnanimous in his zeitgeist victory? Could he simply be right? Is Donald J Trump, in all his gurning panto villainy and unrepentant, unbecoming enthusiasm for his own prestige, the modern world’s READ MORE

The Memo: Dangers multiply for Trump in Mueller probe

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The waters of Robert Mueller Robert Swan Mueller Sasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE ’s investigation are rising higher by the day, putting President Trump Donald John Trump Accuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VA MORE and his inner circle in increasing legal and political danger. A series of recent revelations “have, at least, indicated that there is fire amid all that smoke,” said Frank Montoya Jr., a retired FBI special agent who was also detailed to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2012 to 2014. New disclosures have come at READ MORE

North Korea Asks for Direct Nuclear Talks, and Trump Agrees

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Mr. Chung, whose talks with Mr. Kim on Monday in Pyongyang resulted in the invitation, noted that the North Korean leader said he understood that joint military exercises with the United States and South Korea would go ahead as scheduled after the end of the Paralympic Games this month. For Mr. Trump, a meeting with Mr. Kim, a leader he has threatened with “fire and fury” and has derided as “Little Rocket Man,” is a breathtaking gamble. No sitting American president has ever met a North Korean leader, and Mr. Trump himself has repeatedly vowed that he would not commit the error of his predecessors by being drawn into a protracted negotiation in which North Korea extracted concessions from the United States but held on READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Dirk Diggler moment, and a new alias for Boss Madigan

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Raffaele Raia, the Italian philosopher — and my barber — says that politics never really changes. Politics is stubborn, like an angry jackass with shampoo on its head. Shampoo? “Oh, you’ve never heard this one?” asked Raffaele, clicking his scissors. I’ve used Raffaele’s pearls of wisdom in the past. And many know I have a weakness for parables involving politicians and gaseous donkeys. Raffaele said his parable comes in a rough Neapolitan dialect that I wouldn’t understand. So tell it to me in English. “OK, here goes: If you shampoo the head of a jackass, you’re wasting water, soap and time,” said Raia. It’s a lesson in futility. And it’s also quite futile to expect jackasses, or humans, to change their nature. With less than READ MORE

North Korea’s Kim and Trump meet: Andrea Mitchell weighs risks, rewards

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South Korea’s national security chief Chung Eui-yong briefs President Donald Trump in the Oval Office about his visit to North Korea on Thursday. Yonhap / Reuters Most importantly, the president seemed to surprise his own staff and possibly Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is traveling in Africa. Earlier in the day, the State Department spokeswoman said that the U.S. was not scheduling talks about talks. Tillerson was also dismissive, saying the U.S. was ” a long ways from negotiations ” with North Korea and that talks would not be scheduled “at this point.” A State Department official insisted later that the country’s top diplomat had not been blind-sided but was just being, “a very careful speaker.” Perhaps Tillerson was being understandably cautious, having been READ MORE

Trump sets steel and aluminum tariffs but exempts Canada, Mexico

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump pressed ahead on Thursday with import tariffs of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent for aluminum but exempted Canada and Mexico and offered the possibility of excluding other allies, backtracking from an earlier “no-exceptions” stance. Describing the dumping of steel and aluminum in the U.S. market as “an assault on our country,” Trump said in a White House announcement that the best outcome would for companies to move their mills and smelters to the United States. He insisted that domestic metals production was vital to national security. “If you don’t want to pay tax, bring your plant to the USA,” added Trump, flanked by steel and aluminum workers. Plans for the tariffs, set to start in 15 READ MORE

Steel Country Democrats Who Backed Trump Weigh Party Loyalty In 2018

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Enlarge this image A supporter of Donald Trump holds a sign during a March 2016 rally in Vienna, Ohio. In the Mahoning Valley of Eastern Ohio, many traditionally Democratic voters switched sides to vote for Trump. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption toggle caption Gene J. Puskar/AP A supporter of Donald Trump holds a sign during a March 2016 rally in Vienna, Ohio. In the Mahoning Valley of Eastern Ohio, many traditionally Democratic voters switched sides to vote for Trump. Gene J. Puskar/AP When the phone rings at the Republican Party headquarters in Mahoning County, Ohio, a 77-year-old retired hairdresser and former lifelong Democrat answers. Connie Kessler is a recent GOP convert with a religious-like zeal to help her hometown elect more local Republicans. Sometimes she READ MORE

Team Biden mulls far-out options to take on Trump in 2020

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Joe Biden knows that winning in 2020 would require a shoot-the-moon set of circumstances and luck. So his team is on the hunt for a moon shot. Between stops on his book tour and in the ramp-up for what will be a heavy midterms campaign schedule, a tight circle of aides has been brainstorming a range of tear-up-the-playbook ideas for a White House run, according to people who’ve been part of the discussions or told about them. Story Continued Below On the list: announcing his candidacy either really early or really late in the primary process so that he’d define the field around him or let it define itself before scrambling the field; skipping Iowa and New Hampshire and going straight to South Carolina, where READ MORE

Fearing Trump’s visa stance, Indian IT firms are spending top dollar on lobbying

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As US president Donald Trump threatens to tighten immigration policies, Indian tech giants are lobbying harder in Washington than before. In 2017, India’s second-largest IT services company, Infosys, spent $200,000 (Rs1.3 crore) on lobbying the US Congress, four times more than it did in the previous year, data from non-profit Center for Responsive Politics showed. Wipro, the third-largest in the sector, spent $130,000—five-and-a-half times more than a year ago. The country’s largest IT company, TCS, also increased its spend on lobbying to $110,000 in 2017, up 37%. Such lobbying (i.e., trying to wield influence on policy-making) has gained unprecedented importance for Indian IT companies since Trump took office in January 2017. His administration has made several moves to make the “Buy American and Hire American READ MORE