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Not surprisingly, the system has become self-perpetuating. It feeds on mutual recriminations. On this July 4, the Founders -- who had deep disagreements, but compromised -- would doubtlessly disapprove.

This is the summer of our discontent. As Americans celebrate July 4, they are mad at their leaders, mad at their government and mad at each other. A recent Pew poll finds that “public trust in government remains near historic lows.” Just 20 percent of Americans trust the government to “do the right thing just about always or most of the time.” The comparable figures were 40 percent in 2000 and almost 80 percent in the early 1960s. There has been a long-term loss of trust.

Trump's new Afghan strategy

 08/22/2017 - 05:12
Afghan refugees wait to be processed at a border post in Quetta, Pakistan, on Monday, Aug. 21. EFE/Jamal Taraqai

In a televised speech, Trump said he wants to expand US military intervention in Afghanistan and South Asia. However, he didn't give specific detail on how he plans to do it, how many troops he would commit or how he would evaluate success. 

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[OP-ED]: The curse of middle-aged capitalism -- for Trump and all of us

 08/21/2017 - 13:57
In 1995, the largest five firms by market “capitalization” (the value of a company’s shares) were old-line businesses: Exxon, AT&T, Coca Cola, General Electric and Merck. By 2015, only Exxon (now Exxon Mobil) remained.

 A persisting puzzle about the U.S. economy is how it can seem both strong and weak. On the one hand, it remains a citadel of innovation, producing new companies like Uber. On the other, the economy is expanding at a snail’s pace of 2 percent annually since 2010. How could both be true? Why isn’t innovation translating into faster growth? The answer -- or part of the answer -- is that American businesses are running on two separate tracks. Call them the “youthful” and “middle-aged” tracks.

Mexicans Protest Against NAFTA talks, as Their Government Fights to Save It

 08/17/2017 - 06:11
Civil organizations demonstrate to protest the start of NAFTA renegotiations, in the streets of Mexico City, Mexico, 16 August 2017. EPA/Jose Mendez

While Mexican government negotiators fight to save the North American Free Trade Agreement during talks in Washington, thousands of members of social and trade unions on Wednesday protested in Mexico City against the deal, claiming it marginalizes local farmers and hurts the country.

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Andrea Rodés/ EFE

Sessions calls for punishing, not protecting, criminals in sanctuary cities

 08/17/2017 - 05:09
A group of people protest against the immigration policies of President Donald Trump during the visit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Miami on Aug. 16, 2017. Sessions urged the local authorities to follow the example set by Miami-Dade County of "punishing, not protecting" criminals during a speech in which he criticized Chicago's policies. EFE/Giorgio Viera

In Miami, Sessions lambasted so-called "sanctuary cities" - municipalities and other local entities that refuse to cooperate with voluntary immigration programs and including Chicago and San Francisco - and he blamed them for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

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EFE

37 die in clash between inmates, police at Venezuelan prison

 08/17/2017 - 04:56
Venezuelan authorities guard the Jose Gregorio Hernandez Hospital after an interior ministry team tried to take the prison by force that in Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela, 16 August 2017. EPA/Pedro Zapata

 As part of an effort to curb prison violence, the leftist government has imposed a militarized administration in roughly half of Venezuela's penal institutions. US Vice President Mike Pence said Monday in Cartagena, Colombia, that Venezuela is a failed state that threatens the security and prosperity of the entire hemisphere.

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EFE

[OP-ED]: Trump hits the debt ceiling

 08/16/2017 - 09:40
La pregunta fundamental que enfrenta Trump es si apoyará un aumento limpio del techo de deuda--es decir un aumento sin otras medidas de gastos, que probablemente sería aprobado fácilmente con apoyo demócrata--o si coqueteará con un incumplimiento para obtener alguna ventaja política o programática.

The crucial question about raising the federal debt ceiling is: What happens if Congress doesn’t? That is, what happens if Congress defaults? When President Trump returns from his “working vacation” later this month, this promises to be one of the major issues he’ll face, because the Treasury is expected to run out of cash in early or mid-October, according to projections by the Congressional Budget Office.

[OP-ED]: El gran debate de Trump sobre el crecimiento económico

 08/15/2017 - 10:01
No hay suficiente dinero para satisfacer todas nuestras demandas, incluso a tasas más altas de crecimiento económico. Habrá conflictos entre gastos privados y gubernamentales; entre gastos nacionales y locales; entre gastos de salud y gastos de no-salud; y entre gastos dedicados a los ancianos versus los jóvenes. El presente es polémico; el futuro quizás sea peor.

La discusión entre el gobierno de Trump y sus críticos sobre una tasa de crecimiento económico sostenible suscita profundas preguntas sobre el futuro de Estados Unidos. ¿Ingresamos en un período prolongado de crecimiento económico lento? Si es así, ¿cómo altera eso la sociedad y la política? ¿O acaso las medidas “correctas” elevarán el crecimiento económico a niveles del pasado?

Vicepresidente viaja a Colombia en su primera gira latinoamericana

 08/14/2017 - 05:13
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) shaking hands with US Vice President Mike Pence at the Guests House in Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia, 13 August 2017. Pence arrived in Cartagena as the first stop of his Latin American tour. EPA/Cesar Carrion/COLOMBIAN PRESIDENCY

En este viaje, Pence buscará remarcar el compromiso del Gobierno de Trump con Latinoamérica y reforzar el esfuerzo multilateral para aislar a Venezuela, inmersa en una profunda crisis económica y con la reciente instauración de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente que Washington considera "ilegítima".

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EFE

US vice president arrives in Colombia at start of Latin American tour

 08/14/2017 - 04:39
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) shaking hands with US Vice President Mike Pence at the Guests House in Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia, 13 August 2017. Pence arrived in Cartagena as the first stop of his Latin American tour. EPA/Cesar Carrion/COLOMBIAN PRESIDENCY

At a joint press conference with President Santos, Pence also took the occasion to condemn the violent incident on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, describing it as a tragedy, in which three people were killed and more than 20 wounded during a march by white supremacists.

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EFE

Dolores del Río: Cuando la leyenda se convierte en un Doodle de Google

 08/09/2017 - 14:56
"Celebrating Dolores del Río" by Google 

Mucho antes de que los rostros de Ana de la Reguera, Kate del Castillo, Penélope Cruz y Salma Hayek abandonaran las portadas de la  ¡HOLA! y Vanidades para embellecer los tabloides de Hollywood y las colas de las salas ACME, había existido ya una belleza española de gran talento: Dolores del Río.