So far, President Trump has acted much like he did in business, starting his initiatives with forceful opening shots. That’s a classic negotiating tactic, and his latest use of it appears to have come in his threat to cut federal funding to California should it declare itself a sanctuary state. “If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California,” Trump told Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly in an interview that aired on Sunday. “California in many ways is out of control, as you know. ... If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon,” he said. “Obviously, the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.” Threatening to cut funding to the nation’s most populous state — and the one with the biggest economy — was Trump’s opening gambit, even though a president cannot unilaterally cut federal funding to a … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ bravado translate to politics?
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—After the 2016 election, Anna French gave up on politics. The 28-year-old had been in the Javits Center in New York City on election night to hear Hillary Clinton give her victory speech. She was deeply involved in nonprofit circles focused on women’s rights and international development; she and her friends had spent the months leading up to the election trading updates about the landmark presidential race.Then, Clinton lost. “At that point, I had kind of lost hope, like it was a lost cause,” French told me. “I always felt like my vote didn’t count, even though I voted. I always felt like politicians are all the same.”So when her mom, Felicia, floated the idea of running for the Arizona statehouse in 2018, well: “I just didn’t think it was a good idea,” she said. Her mom is always “very optimistic and idealistic,” she said. “I guess I was afraid that politics would be the thing that finally … [Read more...] about National Politics Has Taken Over America
The chief executive of a US company holding out for a high price from the NHS for its cystic fibrosis drugs was asked whether he might be considered “a political minion for President Trump” as he gave evidence to MPs on Thursday. Trump has accused the UK of “freeloading” by refusing to pay the high prices American drug companies charge in the US, said Ben Bradshaw, a member of the House of Commons health and social care select committee and former health minister. Jeff Leiden, chief executive of Vertex, which makes Orkambi, a drug to treat the underlying causes of cystic fibrosis which is not available on the NHS because of a price row, said it was “a much more complicated issue” than that. He denied there was a political aspect to two years of fruitless negotiations, which have been in stalemate for the last six months. In answer to earlier statements from the head of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) that advertising to … [Read more...] about High price of cystic fibrosis drug not political, firm’s boss tells MPs
Issues pertaining to medical devices, agriculture, and restoration of export incentives by America for domestic players would figure in the meeting of trade ministers of India and the US in Washington, an official said. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal is leading an inter-ministerial delegation for the meeting with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. The Indian delegation includes representatives from agriculture ministry, Indian Council of Medical Research, and All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Both the sides would discuss the outstanding bilateral trade issues with a view to arrive at a common ground on a mutually beneficial basis, the official said. The two sides are negotiating a trade package to promote two-way commerce. India is pressing for exemption from high duty imposed by the US on certain steel and aluminium products, full resumption of export benefits to some domestic goods under their GSP programme as well as greater market access for its … [Read more...] about Indo-US trade meet: Medical devices, GSP among issues to figure
GUWAHATI: Joint Legislators Forum (LF) on Naga Political Issue along with both Members of Parliament representing Nagaland has appealed the people of our neighboring States to extend all possible cooperation so that the peace process can conclude in a successful manner that will enable peace and stability in the entire region. There has been series of protest in Manipur since the government of India and Naga organizations wrapped up talks. The forum state, "we appeal to our neighbouring States to build trust and confidence within us so that we can live peacefully under an environment of mutual co-existence and cooperation." The forum in a meeting resolved successful conclusion of negotiations between the Government of India and the Naga National Political Groups and extends sincere appreciation to the negotiating parties for making sacrifices and for understanding the realities of the given situation. The forum reiterated the August 7, 2019 JLF Resolution and appealed to all the … [Read more...] about Extend all possible cooperation for the peace process to conclude successfully: Joint Legislators Forum
China on Friday chided the U.S. for politicizing human rights issues and interfering in other countries’ internal affairs under the guise of human rights, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Its spokesman, Geng Shuang, made the call in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s accusations against Venezuela’s winning a seat on the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday. Shuang said Venezuela’s election into the UN Human Rights Council was a result of the UN rules of procedure and that reflecting the mainstream opinion of the international community, was “reasonable and legitimate”. PANDEF expresses disapointment over non-implementation of 16point agenda 58% Nigerians lack access to hygiene facilities – NGO Flyover Bridges: Rivers State Government, Julius Berger Sign Agreement China on Friday called on the U.S. to stop politicizing human rights issues and interfering in other countries’ internal affairs under the … [Read more...] about Venezuela: China chides U.S. for politicising human rights issue