ROME: Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte handed in his resignation on Tuesday (Aug 20) after accusing his interior minister, Matteo Salvini, of putting his League party before the needs of Italy.It will now be up to President Sergio Mattarella to try to find a solution to the political crisis. Here are some of the possible scenarios.HAS THE GOVERNMENT COLLAPSED?Not quite. Mattarella told Conte to continue in a caretaker capacity to handle routine business until a solution is found. During this time, Conte may name Italy's nominee to the new European Commission.Salvini, who has not withdrawn his ministers, said on Tuesday he was ready to keep the government alive to approve a tax-cutting 2020 budget. But constitutional experts say that passing budgets is outside the powers of a caretaker government, so this is highly unlikely.Conte's attacks on Salvini in parliament on Tuesday have probably put paid to the current coalition, but in theory Mattarella could send Conte back to parliament to try … [Read more...] about Explainer: Italy’s PM Conte resigns. What comes next?
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ROME: Italy's ruling League party filed a no-confidence motion against the prime minister on Friday (Aug 9), a move that the party's populist chief, Matteo Salvini, hopes will trigger snap elections and install him as the nation's new leader.It is unclear when the motion will be debated, given parliament is in summer recess, but Salvini wants lawmakers to be summoned back to Rome for a vote as early as next week, saying the ruling coalition is unworkable after months of open bickering."Too many no's are hurting Italy which instead needs to return to grow and therefore head to the polls quickly," the League said in a statement a day after Salvini pulled the plug on its coalition with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement."Those who waste time are harming the country and only thinking about holding onto their posts."The heads of political groups in Italy's Senate will meet on Monday to set a timetable for the no-confidence vote, the upper house press office said in a statement on … [Read more...] about Italy’s League seeks to trigger elections, files censure motion
WASHINGTON: As US President Donald Trump intensifies his efforts to brand four progressive congresswomen as the new face of the Democratic Party, its presidential front-runner, Joe Biden, has been quietly reminding voters in Iowa there remains a middle ground.Trump’s vilification of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, in which he said the minority lawmakers were hostile to America and should "go back" where they came from, has largely left Biden out of this week's political conversation.But it may give Biden's campaign the boost it needs after his widely panned debate performance last month.Biden, who served eight years as Barack Obama’s vice president and 36 years as a US senator, epitomizes a Democratic establishment the four congresswomen who dub themselves “the squad” have vowed to upend.Ocasio-Cortez, 29, has at times been a fierce critic of Biden, knocking him as being politically out of touch and suggesting … [Read more...] about Trump’s attacks on congresswomen could boost Biden campaign
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
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