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.
The Nicaraguan government headed by Sandinista Daniel Ortega expressed its "profound dismay and sadness" over the death of Miguel D'Escoto, the first priest to occupy the UN presidency.
We now have a Trump Doctrine, and it is, in its conception at least, the most radical departure from a bipartisan American foreign policy since 1945. In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and national security adviser H.R. McMaster explain that President Trump has “a clear-eyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental actors and businesses engage and compete for advantage.”
As a new era of international relations dawns, governments from around the world are scrambling to calculate where their own interests lie, reports British newspaper The Guardian.
Julian Castro said there was a “crisis of leadership” in a town hall sponsored by Fox News Channel.