Wilbur Ross

Leading Trump Census pick causes alarm

The 2020 count might be put in the hands of an inexperienced professor who wrote that 'Competitive Elections are Bad for America.'<p>The Trump administration is leaning toward naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor with no government experience, to the top operational job at the U.S. Census Bureau, …

Government

Why China Is Emerging as a Tech Superpower to Rival the U.S.

A dogfight in the world of drones was about to begin. It was November 2016, and Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology, better known as DJI, was …

World News

NAFTA nations lock horns on U.S. auto demands as fifth round ends

Negotiators from the United States, Mexico and Canada square off on Tuesday for the last time in a fifth round of talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement, with stalemate brewing on a contentious proposal to ramp up regional content for autos.<p>Officials and lobbyists say Mexico and …

Business

U.S. Throws Out Playbook on China Trade

Cheered on at home, Robert Lighthizer readies a sledge hammer of punitive measures<p>By<p>Andrew Browne<p>SHANGHAI—Bill Clinton called it a “hundred-to-nothing deal for America.”<p>U.S. advocates of China’s entry to the World Trade Organization in 2001 saw no downside—“Zero. Zip. Nothing. Nada,” exclaimed the …

China

Fitch: Blame Politics For NAFTA Breakdown

Back in September, Nomura Securities noted that NAFTA might be stuck in a face-off between two dueling populists. Fitch Ratings weighed in on Tuesday. Only, they’ve added Canada to the mix. While most of the blame was laid on the shoulders of a rather belligerent Trump team, new political scenarios …

Business

U.S. NAFTA objectives make deal to extend pact remote: Scotiabank

Updated U.S. objectives set out for the renegotiation of NAFTA will make an agreement on a new deal to extend the trade pact remote, the Bank of Nova Scotia says.<p>"The update hardens the U.S. stance with respect to several points on which Canada and Mexico have indicated that they cannot accept the …

Canada

Europe will reject UK trade deal if Britain cuts EU red tape after Brexit, warns Michel Barnier

The European Union will reject any future free trade agreement with Britain if it slashes EU regulation and red tape after Brexit, Michel Barnier said today as Peter Mandelson warned against turning the UK into a "satellite of the USA".<p>The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said any British efforts to …

Brexit

Journalist Explains How Panama Papers Opened Up The World's Illicit Money Networks

Reporter Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is <i>Secrecy World.</i><p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Before Donald Trump was elected president, some of his …

Corruption

Cleveland-Cliffs Is Being Pulled Down By Political Quagmire

On November 16, the Commerce Department announced an antidumping determination.<p>Import duties could be levied in May 2018 on certain imported steel …

Business

Read the Paradise Papers documents

Published on<p>November 20, 2017<p>Reporting by<p>BEHIND THE STORIES<p>Read the Paradise Papers documents<p>ICIJ is releasing additional emails, contracts, company …

ICIJ

Cornyn: Congress gets say in renegotiated NAFTA

The Senate’s No. 2 Republican is making it clear: No changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement go anywhere without Congress’s say.<p>As trade …

News (U.S.)

How Russia’s Foreign Agent Law Cracks Down on U.S. Media (Op-ed)

Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on Nov. 15 passed a bill in its third and final reading that will allow the government to …

Russia

Mexico Said to See U.S. Nafta Cars Idea as Completely Unworkable

The Mexican government views the U.S. proposal for tightening content rules for car manufacturing under Nafta as not viable and likely to cause …

Business

U.S. Rebuffs China's Charm Offensive, Edging Closer to Trade War

A month before President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, Chinese officials presented an offer they thought Washington couldn’t refuse.<p>China proposed that during the trip, Mr. Trump and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, unveil a plan to widen foreign firms’ access to China’s vast financial industry, …

Business

Does Wilbur Ross Want to Make Mexico Poorer, or the U.S. Richer?

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has come up with a unique way to evaluate a trade agreement. He doesn’t seem to mind so much if the United States’ …

Economics

Axios Sneak Peek

Welcome to Sneak Peek, our weekly lookahead for both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. I'd love your tips and feedback: jonathan@axios.com. And please …

Robert Lighthizer

Trump's faux-billionaire cabinet secretary faces new troubles

When it comes to Donald Trump’s beleaguered cabinet, there’s no shortage of controversies, and one high-profile member has already been forced to …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Jr. releases Russia emails

“There are three kinds of lies,” Mark Twain once wrote: “lies, damned lies and statistics."<p>The Trump administration has employed them all.<p>From the …

News (U.S.)

Brexiters, beware: if the ties that bind us unravel, tyranny may soon follow

Public projects such as the NHS, BBC and social security define us as a nation. Without that cohesion, authoritarianism could flourish<p>So what is this country we are asked to love? This might once have been an easy question to answer. National identity was built around a range of institutions, …

Opinion

Absurd ways the wealthy will benefit from the Senate's tax bill

Champagne in every pot and a private jet in every garage.

Louise Linton

Progressivism, Trump-Russia, and Transnational Kleptocracy

By Bin im Garten (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia CommonsIt’s commonplace to remark on the irony that right-wing nationalism has gone …

Political Science

Trump’s Tax Cuts Are Likely to Increase Trade Deficit

WASHINGTON — President Trump has promised to cut federal taxes and reduce the nation’s trade deficit with the rest of world — two economic priorities that are in direct conflict with each other.<p>A wide range of experts agree that cutting taxes is likely to increase the trade deficit, which measures …

Economics

The Democrats Used to Love Russian Oligarchs

The massive leaking of the so-called “Paradise Papers” detailing the myriad ways corporations and individual billionaires hide their money in tax …

Liberal View

ICIJ Releases Paradise Papers Data From Appleby - ICIJ

Published on<p>November 17, 2017<p>Reading time<p>4 minutes<p>Reporting by<p>The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists publishes today new data in …

Corruption

Silicon Valley's Chinese Backers Are Under Threat in Congress

In recent years, Silicon Valley startups have increasingly attracted foreign investment, much of it from China. The jolt of capital has made it …

Silicon Valley

Let's talk about that photo of Al Franken groping a sleeping woman

<i>Good morning. Here's our morning roundup of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe</i> …

Photojournalism

It's a New Golden Age for Corruption

A series of high-profile prosecutions have ended in failure or been overturned by courts, while high-profile leaders model bad behavior publicly.<p>Federal prosecutors didn’t have a great day on Thursday. In Newark, New Jersey, a judge declared a mistrial in the case of Senator Bob Menendez, the …

Corruption

Wilbur Ross sued by former colleagues

The former WL Ross & Co. employees allege in the lawsuit, filed Wednesday, that Ross charged at least $48 million in management fees and funds to …

Trump Administration

Who’d Gain From an Estate Tax Rollback: The 0.2 Percenters

Supporters and critics of the Republican tax bills argue over their effect on middle-class Americans, but there is one group that everyone agrees would come out ahead: the millionaires and billionaires who have to reckon with the estate tax.<p>As Steven Mnuchin, President Trump’s Treasury secretary, …

Politics

Get ready for ‘zombie’ NAFTA and a long fight in Congress

<i>Laura Dawson is director of the Wilson Center's Canada Institute in Washington.</i><p>As Canada heads into the fifth scheduled round of North America free-trade agreement talks on Friday, there is speculation that this will be the round when increasingly untenable demands from the United States will lead …

Canada