ORLANDO, FLORIDA (NYTIMES) - US President Donald Trump officially kicked off his campaign for re-election on Tuesday night (June 18), appearing at a "Make America Great Again" rally in front of a huge crowd of raucous supporters almost four years to the day since he announced an improbable run for public office from the golden-hued lobby of Trump Tower. Giant television screens, food trucks, a band known as the Guzzlers and a celebration of all things Trump turned the 20,000-seat Amway Centre into something between a playoff game and a music festival as Mr Trump strode to the lectern. Mr Trump's Tuesday rally is the beginning of what polls suggest will be a difficult 18 months for the president as he seeks another four years. Already trailing Democrats in many voter surveys and having never cracked 50 per cent approval since taking office, Mr Trump has become one of the most polarising presidents in history. But his decision to formally start his re-election bid in front of a frenzied … [Read more...] about Trump, at rally in Florida, kicks off his 2020 re-election bid
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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday tightened the screws further on Iran with sanctions on its mining industry after a frustrated Tehran said it would suspend some promises it made under a nuclear deal rejected by Washington. On the anniversary of Trump’s withdrawal from the accord he denounced as “horrible,“ tensions were soaring as the United States deployed an aircraft carrier strike group and nuclear-capable bombers to the region and accused Iran of “imminent” attacks. In an announcement previewed for days, Iran said it would immediately stop implementing some restrictions under the 2015 deal – a move aimed largely at pressing Washington’s European allies to step up to preserve the agreement. Tehran said it would abandon even more if the remaining parties to the agreement – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – failed to start delivering on their commitments to sanctions relief within 60 days. President … [Read more...] about Trump moves to strangle Iran economy as nuclear deal withers
By Christopher Torchia The Associated Press Fri., May 3, 2019 CARACAS, Venezuela - After days of upheaval, Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate. In the fourth month of their standoff, President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó are unable to deliver a knock-out blow as Venezuela spirals deeper into neglect, isolation and desperation. Abrupt shifts or behind-the-scenes power plays can’t be ruled out, but there is a sense that the two camps are entrenched — too strong to be dislodged, too weak for clear-cut victory. So what’s next? The opposition and its chief patron, the United States, emerged with fewer options after Guaidó, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, stood Tuesday outside a military base and urged the armed forces to overthrow Maduro. The plan collapsed. Venezuela’s military commander instead pledged loyalty to Maduro, and four people died in clashes between protesters and … [Read more...] about What’s next for Venezuela after days of tumult?
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump's unexpected decision to ban all Iranian oil purchases after May 1: ending exemptions for eight nations: came after hawkish economic and security advisors allayed the president's fears of an oil price hike, according to three sources familiar with the internal debate.The unprecedented move to fully sever Tehran’s financial lifeline - finalized just days before the April 22 announcement - underscores the influence of hard-liners within Trump’s National Security Council, which two of the sources said were the biggest advocates for the decision. They had for months argued for tightening the sanctions over the objections of State Department officials who favored allowing some partners and allies to keep buying Iranian oil."No one's actually tried to take this all the way to zero," a senior administration official told Reuters, adding that forging a consensus among government agencies required "a lot of work."President Donald Trump has … [Read more...] about How Trump’s hawkish advisors won debate on Iran oil sanctions
AKRON, Ohio — Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate. His concerns about a tilted economic playing field recently led Robertson to join the Akron chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. At a gathering this month, as members discussed Karl Marx and corporate greed over chocolate chip cookies, it was not long before talk turned to income inequality and how the government helps the wealthy avoid taxes. “One of the benefits of taxation is taking it and using it for the collective good,” said Robertson, 25, comparing his minimal income to the roughly $150 billion net worth of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the world’s richest person. “He could be taxed at 99.9 percent and still have millions left over,” Robertson said, “and I’d be homeless.” It is a topic that several presidential candidates, led by Sens. … [Read more...] about News $0 corporate tax for Amazon, profitable giants sickens US voters