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Futures News - WSJ.com: Politics And Policy
From today, July 22, 2018
- Trump Makes Most Pointed Criticism Yet of Attorney Michael Cohen
President Donald Trump said that a recording of him talking about payments to a former Playboy Playmate may have been illegal, making his most pointed criticism yet of attorney Michael Cohen.
- Mnuchin 'Wouldn't Minimize' Chance of Tariffs on All Chinese Goods
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he ?wouldn?t minimize? the possibility that the U.S. will impose tariffs on all $500 billion worth of goods that the U.S. imports from China, amplifying a threat made by President Donald Trump.
- Trump Digs In Against Criticism on Multiple Fronts
President Trump ended a turbulent week by shrugging off criticism of his dealings with Russia, his use of tariffs and his scolding of the Fed. Instead, frustrated by being told what he can?t do, he dug in on all three fronts.
- Congress Ends Bid to Undo President's Deal to Save China's ZTE
Congress abandoned a bipartisan attempt to undo President Trump?s deal with Beijing to save Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp.
- Bad Debts, Fraud Claims Trail Boyfriend of Alleged Russian Agent
Paul Erickson was a smooth-talking U.S. political activist who claimed connections to Republican bigwigs, but exaggerated his political ties and had a history of bad debts and fraud claims. Erickson was romantically involved with a woman charged with acting as a Russian agent.
- Trump's Emerging Economic Policy: Picking Winners and Losers
The president?s unorthodox approach to economic policy could harm some U.S. industries with tariffs, but it also includes concrete plans to maintain America?s technological edge.
- Rohrabacher on the Defensive After Trump's Russia Comments
One of Capitol Hill?s most outspoken backers of Moscow is facing a tough re-election fight, with President Donald Trump?s controversial comments on Russia now taking on a central role in the race.
- Sanctuary Immigration Policies in Limbo
Legal challenges to Attorney General Sessions? crackdown on ?sanctuary? practices have left policies in an uneven state, with both sides claiming victory.
- Three Top FBI Cybersecurity Officials to Retire
Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the FBI are retiring from government service?departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern.
- U.S. to Toughen Foreign-Investment Reviews Amid Trade Fight With China
Congress is poised to strengthen the procedures for vetting both foreign investments in the U.S. and overseas transactions involving cutting-edge American technology.
- In the Kavanaugh Nomination Debate, Kabuki Theater Plays a Role
The frequent references to Japanese performances known for stylization hark back to 2005 remarks on another high-court event.
- Health-Care Coverage Is Increasingly Determined by Where You Live
The Trump administration has been rolling back sections of the Obama-era health law piece by piece, prompting states to fill the void, either to buttress or countermand changes from Washington. The result is that the country is increasingly returning to a pre-ACA landscape, where the coverage plans will differ widely across the country.
- America's Factory Towns, Once Solidly Blue, Are Now a GOP Haven
In one generation, manufacturing districts have flipped from Democratic strongholds to Republican ones. The swing is remaking both parties on issues from trade to social policy?and could shape the midterm elections.
- GOP Senators Ratchet Up Pressure on Trump Over Tariffs
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, one of President Donald Trump?s most steadfast allies, is ratcheting up pressure on the White House to reconsider tariff policies, warning that GOP senators may be ready to risk a legislative confrontation.
- Companies Commit to Job Training in White House Initiative
President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at spurring new investments for training American workers to help them secure jobs.
- Ross: 'Too Early to Say' Whether National-Security Probe Will Bring Auto Tariffs
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said it is ?too early? to say whether the Trump administration will move ahead with proposed tariffs of up to 25% on imported vehicles and auto parts.
- U.S. Says About 1,600 Separated Children Have Reunification Approval
The Trump administration told a federal court Thursday that roughly 1,600 immigrant children separated from their parents at the Mexican border have been approved to be reunited with their parents, while about 900 still haven?t been approved.
- Trump Criticizes Fed Rate Rises in Break With Policy Custom
President Donald Trump delivered a rare presidential critique of the Federal Reserve, saying he hoped the central bank would stop raising interest rates.
- House GOP Push to Extend Tax Cuts Meets Resistance in Senate
House Republicans are busily preparing ?Tax Reform 2.0,? an extension of tax cuts that are set to expire after 2025. So far, their Senate counterparts aren?t interested.
- Justice Department Wants to Speed Appeal of AT&T-Time Warner Deal
The Justice Department on Wednesday sought to fast-track its appeal of the court decision allowing AT&T to buy Time Warner, while offering the first hints of its legal arguments for the next phase of proceedings.
- Intelligence Chief Says Trump Shouldn't Have Met One-on-One With Putin
U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats Thursday urged President Donald Trump not to meet alone again with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their next summit in Washington, proposed on Thursday by Mr. Trump.
- Senior Army General Says He Has 'No New Guidance' About Trump-Putin Summit
A top commander of U.S. military operations in Syria says he wasn?t informed of any agreements President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached at their summit Monday in Helsinki.
- Judge Orders Detention of Russian Gun Activist
A federal judge ordered the detention of a Russian gun-rights activist accused of conspiring to cultivate relationships in the U.S. with influential conservatives and gun-rights groups to advance Moscow?s agenda.
- White House Weighs Allowing Russia to Question Ex-U.S. Ambassador
The acknowledgment that the White House was reviewing a request by Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow Russian investigators to question a number of Americans prompted immediate alarm among former diplomats.
- Deficit Projected to Top $1 Trillion Starting Next Year
The Trump administration expects the annual budget deficits to rise nearly $100 billion more than previously forecast in each of the next three years, pushing the federal deficit above $1 trillion starting next year.
- Democrats Could Become a Free-Trade Counterweight to Trump
Since the 1940s, the Republicans have been the party of free trade, Democrats the party of protection. Those labels need updating.
- Sinclair Changes Divestiture Plans to Address FCC Deal Concerns
Sinclair Broadcast said it will change divestiture plans for three television stations to sweeten its chances of winning approval for its acquisition of Tribune Media and appease criticism from U.S. regulators.
- Amid Immigration Furor, HHS Chief Pushes to Keep Focus on Health Agenda
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, whose department has recently become entangled in the fight over separating undocumented children from their families, is pushing to keep focus on his agenda.
- Trump Investigating Uranium Imports
The Commerce Department has opened an investigation into whether uranium imports threaten national security, a move that could pave the way for tariffs on foreign producers of the radioactive material.
- Martha Roby Wins Republican Primary in Alabama
Rep. Martha Roby won a Republican primary runoff election for her south Alabama congressional seat, dispatching a rival who accused her of being insufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump.
- U.S., Boeing Complete $3.9 Billion Air Force One Deal
Boeing secured a $3.9 billion deal to build the new jets that will fly as Air Force One, with only one wrinkle yet to be resolved: their color.
- Mueller Seeks Immunity for Five Witnesses in Manafort Trial
Special Counsel Robert Mueller?s office asked a federal judge to grant immunity to five witnesses expected to testify against Paul Manafort.
- Acting Head of VA Health, Hospital System Replaced
Dr. Richard Stone will take over as the acting head of the Veterans Health Administration, succeeding Dr. Carolyn Clancy.
- Trump's Tariffs Find Friends in Minnesota's North, Foes in South
President Trump?s tariffs on steel imports marked a victory for the Mesabi Iron Range region of northern Minnesota, boosting the prospects of a Republican congressional candidate. But Mr. Trump?s tariffs are creating concerns for Republican candidates in other districts in the state.
- Anti-Sexual Harassment Legislation Governing Lawmakers Stalled in Congress
The effort to overhaul the anti-sexual harassment rules governing lawmakers has stalled over disagreements about the conduct for which senators and members of the House can be held personally financially responsible, aides said.
- Before House Panel, Powell Affirms Fed's Plan to Raise Interest Rates Gradually
During a second day of testimony on Capitol Hill, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell affirmed the central bank?s plans to gradually raise interest rates ?for now.?
- South Carolina Fights U.S. Plan to Abandon Nuclear Project Costing $1.2 Million a Day
The U.S. Energy Department says it is spending over a million dollars a day on a partially built plutonium-disposal facility that it would like to repurpose to do something else.
- Alleged Russian Foreign Agent Cultivated Ties With U.S. Conservatives, NRA
A Russian woman arrested over the weekend on charges of failing to register as an agent of a foreign power spent years in the U.S. cultivating relationships with influential conservatives and the NRA, according to interviews, court papers and her social-media postings.
- Heritage Action Advocacy Group Shifts to Bolstering GOP Candidates
Heritage Action for America, a political sister organization of the Heritage Foundation, has spent years getting Republicans riled up in policy fights. Now the group is trying something new: getting GOP lawmakers elected.
- Retirement Bills in Congress Could Alter 401(k) Plans
Lawmakers are seeking consensus on proposals that could amount to the biggest legislative changes to U.S. retirement savings in more than a decade.
- Labor Department Removes Rule Forcing Employers to Disclose Anti-Union Talks
The Labor Department is wiping an Obama-era rule off the books that sought to give labor unions and workers more insight into talks employers have with legal counsel about thwarting union organizing campaigns.
- Trump Reverses on Russian Meddling, Backs U.S. Findings
President Donald Trump said he has ?full faith? in U.S. intelligence services and accepts that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections, reversing course from his remarks alongside Vladimir Putin after a barrage of criticism that he failed to stand up to the Russian president.
- Powell Says Fed Should Keep Gradually Raising Interest Rates
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told a Senate panel strong economic growth and stable inflation should keep the central bank on track to gradually raise short-term interest rates.
- House Passes Expansion of JOBS Bill
The House overwhelmingly approved a package of deregulatory measures aimed at making it easier for smaller companies to raise money in public markets.
- Treasury Restricts Donor Disclosure Requirement for Some Nonprofit Groups
The Treasury Department will allow some nonprofit groups to provide less information about donors on their tax forms in a win for conservative organizations engaged in politics.
- Charlotte Narrowly Approves 2020 GOP Convention
The Charlotte, N.C., City Council narrowly approved a deal to host the 2020 Republican convention, over the objections of Democratic council members opposed to hosting President Trump?s expected nomination.
- FCC Head Has Concerns With Sinclair-Tribune Media Deal
A top federal communications regulator said he had ?serious concerns? about Sinclair Broadcast?s $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.
- Gun-Rights Activist Charged With Acting as Russian Agent
A Russian woman accused of trying to set up back-channel relationships with Republican politicians through the National Rifle Association was arrested and charged with not registering as a foreign agent in Washington, the Justice Department said.
- Trump Questions Finding of Russia's 2016 Meddling as He Appears With Putin
President Donald Trump on Monday publicly questioned the U.S. intelligence conclusion that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election as he stood beside Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in a move that lawmakers of both parties said was a stunning alignment with a U.S. adversary.
- Trump Administration Denies Pipeline Company Tariff Exemption
The U.S. Commerce Department has denied what appears to have been the first request by a pipeline company to be exempted from the Trump administration?s 25% tariff on imported steel pipe.
- Baseball Bridges the Political Divide in Washington
With the All-Star Game at Nationals Park, this is a good time to pause and reflect on the role of baseball in the nation?s capital.
- Mueller Indictment Adds Urgency to Securing 2018 Midterm Elections
Special counsel Robert Mueller?s indictment of Russian intelligence officers came as state election officials gathered for the final time with the task of protecting the nation?s election machinery in November.
- Fed's Powell Presents Lawmakers With a Charm Offensive
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who heads to Congress on Tuesday to begin two days of testimony on the economy, is investing considerable time and energy on Capitol Hill.
- Kavanaugh's Collegial Nature Could Change Supreme Court's Tenor
The Supreme Court is likely to extend its turn to the right if Judge Brett Kavanaugh joins the bench this fall. But his reputation as a straight-shooter even among those who disagree with him suggests he would make the ride as smooth as possible.
- Big Banks Reshape Lobbying
Large banks are revamping their lobbying approach as Trump-appointed regulators set out to ease rules put in place after the financial crisis.
- Whirlpool Wanted Washer Tariffs. It Wasn't Ready for a Trade Showdown.
Trade barriers can ricochet through an economy in ways even proponents don?t expect, as shown by washers, among the first consumer products targeted.
- Some GOP Lawmakers Seek to Rein In Trump on Trade
A group of Republicans, most of whom are unshackled from the political consequences of opposing President Donald Trump, is leading efforts to curb his authority on national-security tariffs.
- Economists Think Unemployment Is Headed to a 50-Year Low
Economists expect the low U.S. unemployment rate to go even lower over the next year, reaching levels not seen in a half-century.
- 'War Games' Trump Said Were Too Expensive Cost Less Than a Fighter Jet
The military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea known as Freedom Guardian, which would have begun in August, would have set the U.S. military back $14 million.