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Futures News - WSJ.com: Politics And Policy
From today, February 20, 2019
- Ambitions for an 'Arab NATO' Fade Amid Discord
American efforts to create a new alliance of Middle East nations to counter Iran are faltering amid regional divisions, a departure of key Trump administration officials leading the project, and disagreements over the group?s mission.
- Trump Eases Off Hard Deadline for China Tariffs
President Trump gave his firmest indication yet that the U.S. may not increase tariffs on Chinese goods on March 1, as scheduled, despite statements by his top trade official that the U.S. should stick to a firm deadline.
- Flynn Pushed Saudi Nuclear-Plant Plan Despite Warnings
Former national-security adviser Mike Flynn and others in the White House ignored legal warnings as they pushed a plan to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia, according to a House panel report.
- With Evangelicals Behind Him, Pence Takes Prominent Role in Foreign Policy
In the first two years of the Trump administration, Vice President Mike Pence has put religion at the heart of key diplomatic efforts, steering hundreds of millions in U.S. aid toward Christians and other minorities victimized by Islamic State.
- Sanders Announces 2020 Campaign
Joining the list of candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed to take on ?powerful special interests.?
- Beto O'Rourke Differentiates Himself From Democratic Socialists
Former Democratic Rep. Beto O?Rourke, weighing a presidential bid, distanced himself from the Democratic socialist movement in his party?s left wing and championed free-market forces to achieve progressive policy goals.
- McCabe: Congressional Leaders Didn't Object to Probe of Trump
Congressional leaders briefed on classified matters had no objections to an FBI counterintelligence investigation into President Trump?s potential ties to Russia, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe said.
- White House Picks Jeffrey Rosen for Deputy Attorney General
The White House selected Jeffrey Rosen, the No. 2 official at the Transportation Department, to be deputy attorney general, putting a seasoned bureaucrat in charge of the day-to-day operations of a Justice Department battered by political storms.
- North Carolina Election Officials Hear Testimony on Unseated Congressional Race
In the second day of an election-fraud hearing in North Carolina over a contested congressional seat, a campaign consultant for Republican Mark Harris said he didn?t know a paid contractor was using unlawful methods in a get-out-the-vote effort.
- Space Force to Be Part of Air Force at First
President Trump moved to create a U.S. Space Force within the Air Force at first, scaling back his ambition to establish a sixth major branch of the military.
- Roger Stone Is Ordered Back to Court Over Instagram Post Against Judge
A federal judge is reconsidering Roger Stone?s release from custody as he awaits trial after the informal Trump adviser posted a photo of the judge with crosshairs next to her head.
- Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Clean-Water Case
The Supreme Court agreed to take up a case that explores whether federal clean-water protections apply to pollution that passes through local groundwater, eventually flowing into the ocean.
- Former North Korean Diplomat Warns of Deception at Coming Summit
The highest-ranking North Korean official to defect in recent years said the U.S. should press Pyongyang to rejoin the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as a step toward denuclearization and warned that the North would try to deceive with hollow concessions when the two sides meet next week.
- Republicans Leading New Charge to End the Death Penalty
Republican lawmakers in at least six states are pushing to eliminate the death penalty, signaling a broader reversal by many conservatives on an issue that has long been a bedrock for their party.
- Pentagon Cloud-Computing Contract Sought by Amazon Faces New Hurdle
A federal judge delayed a lawsuit over a massive Pentagon cloud-computing contract Amazon.com was favored to win while the government continues to investigate possible conflicts of interest in the procurement process.
- Armed and Dangerous: How the ATF Retrieves Guns From Banned Buyers
By law, a firearms purchase can proceed after three business days, whether or not the federal background check is complete. Federal agents are sent to seize guns from the people who should have never had them in the first place, including violent criminals.
- Pence Hires Former White House Aide Marc Short as Staff Chief
Vice President Mike Pence has named Marc Short his chief of staff, making the former Trump White House staffer the first senior official to return to the West Wing after having left the administration.
- Candidate Warren Proposes Universal Child-Care Program
Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is proposing a $70 billion-per-year universal child-care program that would provide free care for up to 12 million children, her aides said.
- U.S. Weighs Opening Liaison Office in North Korea
The U.S. is considering opening a liaison office in North Korea, in what would be another potential step toward normalizing relations while the two sides negotiate to curtail Pyongyang?s nuclear and missile forces.
- North Carolina Official Alleges Ballot Fraud in Congressional Race
A North Carolina elections official alleged voter fraud in the unresolved race for the state?s Ninth Congressional District, accusing a contractor for Republican Mark Harris of engaging in a ?substantially resourced absentee-ballot scheme.?
- Spouses Switch Roles for a 2020 House Race
A Nebraska woman plans in 2020 to vie for the House seat her husband once held, following an election cycle that saw a record number of female candidates and Democratic women win.
- As China Trade Talks Resume, Trump Pushes an Ambitious Agenda
The Trump administration is racing to strike a deal that will result in long-term reforms?and prove that tariffs are an effective battering ram to open markets around the world.
- In Miami, Trump Praises Political Exiles From Latin America
President Trump on Monday declared that the ?twilight hour of socialism has arrived? in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, as he praised Latin Americans in exile who have helped lobby for change.
- Worrying About Deficits Falls Out of Style
Washington?s red-ink alarms have gone dead, even though the annual deficit will reach roughly $900 billion this year, then pass the trillion-dollar mark annually starting in 2022. Is this lack of concern wise?
- Voter Initiatives, Including Medicaid Expansion, Could Get Harder to Pass
Republican lawmakers are moving to curtail future state voter initiatives, posing a possible obstacle to supporters of Medicaid expansion, who are already locked in a fight to preserve initiatives passed in November.
- U.S. Ally Against Islamic State Urges Trump to Leave Troops in Syria
The Kurdish commander leading the fight against Islamic State in Syria wants the U.S. to reconsider its decision to withdraw and instead leave a small contingent of forces in the country.
- Amazon's Exit Could Have Repercussions on Long Island
The company?s decision to scrap plans to build a campus in Queens could have ramifications for state Senate Democrats in Suffolk and Nassau counties.
- New York City Classifies Hair Restrictions as Discrimination
New York City is seeking to put an end to policies that restrict or ban natural hair and hairstyles closely connected to racial, ethnic and cultural identities.
- Munich Conference Highlights a Divided U.S.
A divided America was on display this weekend in Munich where Vice President Mike Pence and Democrats offered competing visions of the trans-Atlantic relationship that could shape the world for years to come.
- Pence's Calls to Pressure Iran Fall on Deaf Ears in Europe
European officials brushed off U.S. Vice President Mike Pence?s call for the bloc to ratchet up pressure on Iran, saying they will continue defending the 2015 nuclear deal and stay engaged with Iran?s government.
- Report Faults Former Housing-Finance Regulator Watt
Former Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt misused his position by attempting to ?coerce or induce? a female employee into a relationship, according to an internal watchdog?s report.
- New White House, Congressional Spending Fights on the Horizon
The recent protracted federal spending impasse was just a prelude to other fiscal fights looming for the White House and Congress this year.