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Among the ‘intense weather events’ qualifying as climate change is drought. Photo: Publicdomain.com

Department of Agriculture staff members have been advised to use the term "weather extremes" rather than "climate change" in their government work, according to a report.

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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[OP-ED]: Amid Trump’s chaos, a post-American world emerges

 08/01/2017 - 09:10
In 2008, I wrote a book about the emerging “Post-American World,” which was, I noted at the start, not about the decline of America but rather the rise of the rest. Amid the parochialism, ineptitude and sheer disarray of the Trump presidency, the post-American world is coming to fruition much faster than I ever expected.

 In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to America these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t ever think I would see this in America!”

[OP-ED]: Donald Trump’s lost opportunity

 07/26/2017 - 09:12
Donald Trump could have quickly begun reshaping American politics. He heard voices that others didn’t, understood what those people wanted to hear and articulated much of it. But when it came time to deliver, it turned out that he had no serious ideas, policies, nor even the desire to search for them. EFE

There are many ways to evaluate the Trump presidency at the six-month mark. What I am struck by is the path not taken, the lost opportunity. Donald Trump had many flaws, but during the campaign, he tapped into a real set of problems facing America and a deep frustration with the existing political system. Additionally, he embraced and expressed -- somewhat inconsistently -- a populism that went beyond the traditional left-right divide. What would things look like at this point if President Trump had governed in the manner of a pragmatic, jobs-oriented reformer who was relentlessly focused on the “forgotten” Americans of whom he often speaks?

[OP-ED]: Deficits forever?

 07/20/2017 - 12:15
The federal budget remains badly out of whack, even though we are near or at “full employment” (June unemployment rate: 4.4 percent). We cannot afford tax cuts; we need tax increases.

House Republicans, who are now deliberating the government’s 2018 budget, pledge to eliminate deficits within a decade. Well, good luck with that. It must be obvious that chronic deficits reflect a basic political impasse that can be broken only if majorities in Congress do things they’ve refused to do: trim Social Security benefits; raise taxes significantly; control health spending. There is a giant mismatch between what Americans want from government and what they’ll pay for with taxes.

10 estados republicanos piden a Trump eliminar los beneficios de los 'Dreamers"

 06/30/2017 - 08:07
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (C) delivering remarks to the news media, at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, Mar. 2, 2016. EFE/Shawn Thew

Representantes políticos de 10 estados "rojos" de EEUU han pedido a la Administración Trump que elimine el programa DACA, que en la actualidad protege a cerca de 800,000 inmigrantes indocumentados en todo el país de ser deportados. Hace menos de un mes, el secretario de Seguridad Nacional John Kelly aseguró que los derechos de los DACA serían respetados bajo el gobierno de Trump.

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10 Red states demand Trump eliminate program protecting Dreamers

 06/30/2017 - 05:43
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (C) delivering remarks to the news media, at the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, Mar. 2, 2016. EFE/Shawn Thew

Officials of 10 US states asked HAVE urged the Donald Trump administration to eliminate the DACA program, which has protected some 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Less than a month ago, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly promised DACA would remain in place.

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