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By Eric Drummond Smith, PhD | Articles recommended by Eric Drummond Smith, author of the Ask a Political Scientist blog.

In Message to Trump, Europe and Mexico Announce Trade Pact

WASHINGTON — The European Union and Mexico on Saturday announced a major update to their existing free trade pact signed nearly two decades ago, a development that will allow almost all goods, including agricultural products, to move between Europe and Mexico duty-free.<p>The deal, which has yet to be …

Globalization

Democrats Sue Russia, WikiLeaks And Trump Campaign Over Election 'Conspiracy'

<b>Updated at 6:46 p.m. EDT</b><p>The Democratic National Committee filed an attention-grabbing lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and Donald Trump's presidential campaign that says they conspired to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.<p>The suit — which faces legal obstacles …

Donald Trump

The Latest: Trump claims vindication after memos released

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey's memos (all times local):<p>12:10 a.m.<p>President Donald Trump is claiming vindication after the release of memos from former FBI Director James Comey about their interactions together.<p>Trump says the memos "'show clearly that there was NO …

Donald Trump

‘Yes, I’m Running as a Socialist.’ Why Candidates Are Embracing the Label in 2018

HOUSTON — There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers.<p>But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, …

Middle-class

Local newspapers fear tariffs could cripple them

America's newspapers were already struggling. Now they dread new tariffs on Canadian newsprint that they believe will make a strained situation even worse.<p>The US Commerce Department applied the tariffs to Canadian paper in January and March, causing the price of newsprint to spike about 30% …

Tampa Bay

Trump: North Korea's Suspension Of Nuclear Tests Shows 'Progress'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has announced that his country no longer needs nuclear or missile tests and that it would shut down its nuclear weapons test site.<p>"The nuclear test site has done its job," Kim said in a statement carried by North Korea's state media. The report also said the decision …

North Korea

Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks alleging 2016 campaign conspiracy

The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.<p>The complaint, filed in federal …

Donald Trump

Syria Only Got Off Two Missiles While Coalition Strikes Hit, Despite Russian Claims That 71 Were Intercepted

Syrian air defense systems only managed to fire two missiles while the coalition’s 105 guided missiles struck targets on April 14. Both of those …

Military

Haley sets a red line for Trump

The U.N. ambassador made crystal clear after initially being blamed for 'confusion' on Russia sanctions that she will not tolerate public humiliation quietly.<p>In the span of 24 hours, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has done what none of her colleagues in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet …

Donald Trump

“The Only Good Muslim Is a Dead Muslim”

On October 11, 2016, less than a month before Election Day, police in Liberal, Kansas, sat in their cruisers outside G&G Home Center, waiting for …

Extremism

The Mueller probe is as much about the rule of law as Russian meddling

POWER corrupts, goes the old saw. Yet Donald Trump’s presidency is the opposite case. It reflects the still-dumbfounding reality that one of the …

Donald Trump

What Republicans’ Doomed Effort to Undo the Budget Deal Is Really About

Midterm talking points, and Kevin McCarthy’s résumé.<p>In a brief Fox News interview on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell killed two …

Republicans

Don't Rule Out an EU-U.S. Trade War

So far, the European Union has managed to stay out of the escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Along with other U.S. allies, it negotiated for itself a temporary exemption from the tariffs on imported steel that President Donald Trump announced last month, citing national security …

Economy

Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Liberty University makes millions of dollars from low-quality online courses

A ProPublica/New York Times Magazine investigation reveals shady practices at the university’s distance learning program. But its status as a nonprofit means federal crackdown is unlikely.<p>Liberty University, the evangelical Christian college founded by the now-late Moral Majority leader Jerry …

Religion

Trump says he'll sanction Russia as soon as they deserve it

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that nobody has been tougher on Russia than him and that he'll hit Moscow with new sanctions "as soon as they very much deserve it."<p>He also said building a good relationship with Russia is a "good, not bad" thing.<p>Trump commented a day after an …

Donald Trump

Cohen Would Turn Against President if Charged, Counselor Warned Trump

Former prosecutor Jay Goldberg says he cautioned president that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, could be compelled to cooperate with prosecutors<p>One of President Donald Trump’s longtime legal advisers said he warned the president in a phone call Friday that Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s personal …

Donald Trump

Barbara Bush, matriarch of American political dynasty, dies at 92

Barbara Bush, who was the wife of one president and the mother of another and whose embrace of her image as America’s warmhearted grandmother belied her influence and mettle, died April 17. She was 92.<p>The office of her husband, former president George H.W. Bush, issued a statement Tuesday evening …

Government

F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen; Trump Calls It ‘Disgraceful’

WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. raided the Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Monday morning, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to a pornographic film …

Donald Trump

In reaction to Trump, millions of Americans are joining protests and getting political

Tens of millions of Americans have joined protests and rallies in the past two years, their activism often driven by admiration or outrage toward President Trump, according to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll showing a new activism that could affect November elections.<p>One in five …

Rights & Freedoms

Mexican politicians unite to slam deployment of US guardsmen

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican politicians put aside differences Thursday to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to deploy National Guard troops to the border.<p>In the midst of a hotly contested campaign ahead of the July 1 presidential elections, President Enrique Pena Nieto praised …

National Guard

As Oklahoma teachers strike drags on, frustration mounts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Oklahoma Republicans finally passed a massive tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and …

Placate

‘No more DACA deal,’ Trump says as he threatens to ‘stop’ NAFTA if Mexico doesn’t better secure border

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump spent his Easter morning here on an anti-immigrant tirade, declaring Sunday that there would be no deal to legalize the status of undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers” and threatening to exit the North American Free Trade Agreement unless Mexico increases …

Immigration

France's ex-president Sarkozy to face a corruption trial

PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is being ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, in yet another humbling knockdown to the hard-charging conservative leader.<p>Sarkozy has faced multiple corruption investigations since leaving office in 2012. He was …

North Africa

Expelling Diplomats, a Furious Kremlin Escalates a Crisis

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday escalated a confrontation with Europe and the United States over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, saying it would expel 60 American diplomats and an unspecified number of envoys from other countries to retaliate for a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats …

Russia

Kim, Xi portray strong ties after NKorea leader's China trip

BEIJING (AP) — With smiles and firm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise summit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a powerful backer and Beijing will not be sidelined in discussions about the fate of its unpredictable neighbor.<p>North Korean leader Kim …

North Korea

Kim Jong-un Met With Xi Jinping in Secret Beijing Visit

BEIJING — North Korea’s enigmatic young leader, Kim Jong-un, made an unannounced visit to Beijing, meeting with President Xi Jinping weeks before planned summit meetings with American and South Korean leaders, Chinese and North Korean state news media reported on Wednesday.<p>The visit amounted to Mr. …

North Korea

How Trump favored Texas over Puerto Rico

A POLITICO investigation shows a persistent double standard in the president’s handling of relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Maria.<p>SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As Hurricane Maria unleashed its fury on Puerto Rico in mid-September, knocking out the island’s electrical system and damaging …

Caribbean

U.S. Exempts Some Allies From Tariffs, but May Opt for Quotas

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration began imposing stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum early on Friday morning. But it granted a brief exemption to some allies, and in a twist, said it might impose import quotas to prevent too much foreign metal from flooding into the United States.<p>The …

Globalization

Trump set for China tariff announcement on Thursday, trade war fears grow | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on Chinese imports on Thursday, a White House official said, in a move aimed at curbing theft of U.S. technology and likely to trigger retaliation from Beijing and stoke fears of a global trade war.<p>U.S. President Donald Trump in …

Economy