U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Why Republicans will ram through tax reform — despite low support and poor projections for 2018

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Elections

Juan Williams: Ground shifts on immigration

The Republican approach to immigration is shifting as the 2018 midterm elections loom.<p>The earthquake began when candidates backed by President …

Immigration

Get Your Hands Out of My Handbook: Lutheran Heritage Test Eviscerated as One of Miscimarra’s Parting Shots

On December 14, 2017, in <i>The</i> <i>Boeing Company</i>, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reversed the 2004 decision in <i>Lutheran Heritage</i> that had created …

Law

What's Going on With Amazon Web Services in China?

In spite of regulatory burdens, Amazon is doubling down in China.<p>In the United States, <b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN) dominates its respective industries. …

Investing

With Billions at Stake in Tax Debate, Lobbyists Played Hardball

WASHINGTON — As the largest tax rewrite in decades powered through Congress, lobbyists found themselves sprinting to keep up and find ways to persuade, influence or cajole the small group of lawmakers empowered to tweak language in the final version of the joint Senate and House bill.<p>The lobbyists …

U.S. Congress

G.O.P. Establishment Declares Open Season on a Weakened Bannon

WASHINGTON — A small group of conservative leaders had gathered in the Trump International Hotel last week for a friendly discussion about the year that was ending and their priorities for the year to come, when Stephen K. Bannon spoke up.<p>“I’m not going to name names,” he snapped, looking around …

U.S. Politics

Foreign Regulators Should Not Be U.S. Competitors’ Secret Weapon

The economy is booming under President Trump. Unemployment is low and the stock market continues to set new record highs. With the administration and …

Conservative View

Auto and Oil Industries Fighting Climate Policy, Report Finds

A nonprofit calls out industry groups for lobbying against green policy initiatives.<p>Fahim Zaman / EyeEm—Getty Images/EyeEm<p>InfluenceMap, a …

Climate

NLRB Overturns Obama-Era Ruling on Jointly Employed Workers

The National Labor Relations Board overturned an Obama-era ruling that potentially made it easier for contractors and workers at franchised businesses to form unions and collectively bargain with big corporations.<p>The board, which is now controlled by Republicans, reversed itself on the 2015 case …

Business

New Nafta Pits Silicon Valley Against Hollywood Over Copyright

Online giants such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. are facing off against Hollywood studios and record labels over how to update the …

Silicon Valley

How to Spend Money on Elections—and Actually Win

Everyone bemoans the huge gobs of money swirling through politics. We grouse about K Street lobbyists and backroom deals and the grinding cynicism of …

Leadership

GOP still plans overhaul of tax code by Christmas

Ben Salisbury, FBR Capital Markets senior policy analyst, and Caroline Harris, U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive director of tax policy, discuss …

‘A big, old teddy bear’

Jim Spencer died in a trench collapse while helping build this house in Alliance, Neb., last year. The small evergreen tree in the front yard marks …

Journalism

Republican civil war erupts anew

Roy Moore's loss has the Bannon and McConnell wings of the GOP heaping blame on one another, with no signs of a resolution.<p>Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama — far from settling the score between the McConnell and Bannon wings of the Republican Party — instead touched off another round of …

Politics

Senators say effort to protect 'Dreamers' making progress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.<p>Both Republican and Democratic senators said a deal would …

Immigration

Forgotten Men

Dec 12, 2017<p>8 Min read time<p>On the long road from FDR to Trump.<p>In his Pensacola, Florida, speech endorsing Roy Moore last Friday, Donald Trump …

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Political committees 101

A veritable smorgasbord of organizations engage in political activities, and it can be tough to keep them straight. Here’s a menu detailing the …

Journalism

Doug Jones declared victor in Alabama race for Senate; Roy Moore may seek recount

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — In a stunning setback for the Republican Party, Democrat Doug Jones was elected Alabama’s next senator Tuesday, flipping a deeply red state after a campaign that showcased the increasing power of sexual misconduct allegations and the limits of President Trump’s political …

Elections

Small business owners are certainly optimistic about 2018. But I see clouds on the horizon.

“If you were to generalize, you can safely say that small business people are the most optimistic people in the world.”<p>That’s the opinion of Tom Sullivan, an executive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — a client of my company, The Marks Group. His point of view is certainly justified. Each quarter, …

Economy

Bangladesh, homeland of Akayed Ullah, is longtime U.S. ally

The suspect in Monday's blast hails from Bangladesh, a country that's enjoyed a relatively solid relationship with the U.S.

Don’t be fooled: New SCOTUS grant in China Agritech isn’t about securities litigation

(Reuters) - Late Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to round out its term with seven new grants of review, including cases that present momentous questions about partisan gerrymandering and the constitutionality of routinely shackling prisoners before they’re tried. And then there’s China …

Judiciary

An 87-Year-Old Nun Said She Was Raped in Her Nursing Home. Here’s Why She Couldn't Sue

TIME Health<p>For more, visit TIME Health.<p>I.<p>Sister Irene Morissette always locked her door at night. Maybe it was force of habit from her decades …

Gretchen Carlson

Mystery money floods Alabama in Senate race’s final days

<b>This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.</b><p>WASHINGTON — A last-minute infusion of cash is deluging the already unpredictable special Senate election in Alabama, and outside political groups …

Politics

The Rot Of American Party Elites

Representative Trent Franks of Arizona, one of the House’s most ardent social conservatives, said Thursday night that he would resign after the House …

Conservative View

Christmas Shoppers Beware: U.S. Law Can't Protect You From Dangerous Counterfeits On Amazon And eBay

Over the years that I spent in China I can remember numerous occasions where I would be shopping for something on Taobao or another Chinese e-commerce site and have a Chinese friend look over my shoulder and ask if I’d like some help. This offer usually wasn’t negotiable, they were basically …

Business

An American energy plan straight from coal country

Energy Secretary Rick Perry had been in office less than four weeks when he took a meeting from a coal magnate who had an urgent request.<p>Robert E. Murray, founder of Murray Energy and a major Trump supporter, presented a four-page “action plan” to rescue the coal industry. The plan said that …

Energy

Trump to Release Infrastructure Plan in January, Official Says

President Donald Trump plans to keep pushing his legislative agenda in 2018 by releasing his long-promised infrastructure plan in early January, a …

Business

U.S. lawmakers propose ban on arbitration of sexual misconduct claims

By Daniel Wiessner<p>(Reuters) – A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced a bill that would ban agreements to keep sexual harassment and …

Liberal View

Beltway Buzz, December 8, 2017

Another hectic week here in D.C. has us feeling like we’re living in a glass case of emotion. Here’s why:<p><b>NLRB General Counsel Memo</b><b>.</b> On Friday, …

Law

The soul-crushing betrayal of Al Franken’s fall from grace

Franken was a gifted lawmaker. That makes his choice to disqualify himself that much more inexcusable.<p>The horrible irony of soon-to-be former Sen. Al …

Liberal View