United States

The Fed's Timidity Is Helping No One

There's a lot more the central bank could do to spur growth.<p>The U.S. Federal Reserve believes it faces a dilemma. Despite more than quintupling its balance sheet from about $800 billion in September 2008 to $4.5 trillion in an effort to stimulate the economy, growth continues to be subpar. A …

Economy

President Trump's Top Defense and Diplomatic Chiefs Insist There's a Military Option for North Korea

(WASHINGTON) — America's diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea …

North Korea

The Coming Crisis Will Rock Your Life in Unimaginable Ways, Jim Rogers Warns

With the stock market looking a little shaky right now, perhaps it's time to expect the worst.<p>At least that's what best-selling author and investor …

Investing

Why John Kelly can’t tame the White House chaos

Shortly after hiring Anthony Scaramucci as director of communication, President Trump accepted the resignations of Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus; he then brought in John F. Kelly as chief of staff to straighten out the White House. Kelly began his job by promptly firing Scaramucci. Trump then …

Politics

Billionaire Ally of Putin Socialized With Kushner, Ivanka Trump

As federal investigators probe possible Kremlin links with the Donald Trump campaign, one connection that hasn’t gotten much attention is that …

Business

Russia’s election meddling backfired — big-time

Intelligence officers sometimes talk about “blowback,” when covert actions go bad and end up damaging the country that initiated them. A year later, that is surely the case with Russia’s secret attempt to meddle in the U.S. presidential election, which has brought a string of adverse unintended …

Russia

The Latest: Trump revives discredited tale about pigs' blood

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to the attack in Barcelona, Spain (all times local):<p>3:30 p.m.<p>Hours after the deadly terrorist attack in Spain, President Donald Trump revived a widely discredited story about an Army general who supposedly halted Muslim attacks in the Philippines in the …

Politics

The Trump administration’s claim that the U.S. government ‘certified’ 700,000 jobs lost by NAFTA

<i>“The numbers are clear. The U.S. government has certified that at least 700,000 Americans have lost their jobs due to changing trade flows resulting from NAFTA. Many people believe that the number is much, much bigger than that.”</i> <b><br>— United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer, remarks on</b> …

Politics

Trump rushes to react to terror attack in Barcelona by spreading a fake internet rumor about murdering Muslims

It took the president less than two hours to tweet praise for the discredited story of General Pershing's atrocity<p>That was quick.<p>After being widely criticized for his reticence to quickly condemn the neo-Nazis and other white-hate groups that rallied in Charlottesville last weekend, it took …

Liberal View

'Before I Make a Statement, I Need the Facts'

President Trump responded quickly to a terrorist attack in Barcelona, but waited to condemn the one in Charlottesville.<p>President Trump said Tuesday he waited days to condemn the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, because he wanted to get all the facts. Trump has not explicitly described as …

Politics

3 Questions About A Pro-Russia Congressman's Meeting With Julian Assange

A member of Congress who's one of the staunchest defenders of Russia in American politics met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in London on Wednesday.<p>Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., spent around three hours with Assange talking at the Ecuadorean Embassy there, where Assange sought refuge in …

Politics

US woman desperately trying to locate husband who went missing after Barcelona attack

The family of San Francisco Bay-area resident Jared Tucker, who was in the area of Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona, has not heard from him …

Kim Jong Un’s North Korea nuclear threat is real. But it’s not nuking the U.S. homeland. Or Japan.

<i>This article first appeared on the Brookings Institution site.</i><p>There is general agreement in Washington—and Seoul and Tokyo—that East Asia and the …

North Korea

ASIA MARKETS: Nikkei Slumps To 3-month Low As Asian Markets Dip

Stocks pull back after Barcelona attack, geopolitical worries<p>Asian-Pacific stock markets fell Friday, with Japan's Nikkei hitting a three-month low, pressured by overnight weakness on Wall Street after days of solid gains.<p>An attack in Barcelona, …

Markets

For Jewish Americans, echoes of the Holocaust and anger over Trump's response to Charlottesville

Dina Chernick had just arrived for breakfast Thursday at a Jewish deli in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, but she already had a bad case of indigestion. She could thank President Trump for that.<p>“Here’s this guy and he’s talking about uniting the country and then he makes these terribly divisive …

Politics

U.S. charity supporting Israeli EMTs cancels fundraiser at Trump resort

An American charity that supports Israel’s national emergency service has canceled a gala event it was scheduled to hold next...<p>Want to enjoy 'Zen' …

Donald Trump

Trump-Friendly Idaho Doesn't Put America First

The top-performing economy among U.S. states relies heavily on international trade.<p>Idaho has fewer people than Houston, still grows the most potatoes, and outperforms all 49 other states with a 21st-century economy that shows that the U.S. does best when it puts the world first.<p>President Donald …

Business

Behind CEOs' Trump Rift, Frantic Hours of Calls, Calculation (1)

(Bloomberg) -- Even before President Donald Trump began speaking at Trump Tower on Tuesday afternoon, America’s most prominent CEOs knew they had a problem.<p>In the days following the racially charged violence in Virginia, where white supremacists marched with swastikas and a young woman was run down …

Donald Trump

Why Coca-Cola Shareholders Have Something to Worry About -- The Motley Fool

There are a number of headwinds facing the stock that will make its continued growth difficult.<p><b>The Coca-Cola Co.</b> (NYSE:KO) was one of the …

Stocks

The folly of Bannon's IP crusade

Remember when White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon self-immolated on Wednesday? After a week overflowing with the Trump administration's …

Economics

North Korean Threat Spurs an Identity Crisis on Guam

Bluster from Kim Jong Un breathes life into island opposition to a bigger U.S. military presence<p>ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam—This island has long been vital to America’s global projection of power, a role emphasized this month when North Korea said it would attack the U.S. territory.<p>But the Korean …

North Korea

Europe Historically Cheap To U.S.

By one measure, U.S. stocks are trading at a decade-plus premium to European stocks.<p>The price-to-book ratio of U.S. stocks has expanded sharply …

Business

Bannon vows to shake-up staffing at departments of State, Defense in wide-ranging interview

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon pledged to shake-up staffing at the Departments of Defense and State and said his adversaries, both inside the White House and out of it, are “wetting themselves” at the prospect of his plans.<p>He also appeared to take on National Economic Council Chair Gary …

Politics

European stocks sharply lower after Barcelona attack; Dax down 0.69%

Investing.com - European stocks opened sharply lower on Friday, as market sentiment weakened following news of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, …

Stock Markets

You may not know it, but your shirts have local ties and they're in Lewisville

Men, chances are pretty good there’s a shirt in your closet that passed through a 250,000-square-foot distribution center just south of the Sam …

J.Crew

Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan | Miami Herald

The Trump administration is closer to a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.<p>Ahead of a meeting with President …

Senate Armed Services Committee

It's Time To Make Afghanistan Someone Else's Problem

A full withdrawal will force Iran, Russia, and others, to step up.<p>The Trump administration, as well as its critics, are reportedly wrestling with the question of a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, where the government has shown no signs of being able to turn the tide in the 16-year war …

Foreign Policy

These millennials spend their days on the beach and still make money. Here's how

It's a Friday afternoon in Bali, Indonesia as Nick Sarafa, an American from Michigan, sits behind his laptop at a co-working space.<p>The space, which …

Millennials

Balance of Power: Barcelona's Impact Stretches Far Beyond Spain

Nice, Berlin, London, Stockholm, and now Barcelona.<p>It reads like a list of top European tourist destinations rather than the scene of terrorist …

Business

Canadian man gets 20 years in U.S. prison for cross-border drug ring

A Canadian man has been sentenced to 20 years in a U.S. federal prison for his role in a smuggling operation that sent more than $130-million (U.S.) worth of drugs between the United States and Canada.<p>Prosecutors had argued that Harinder Dhaliwal of Brampton, Ont., should spend 30 years behind bars …

Crime