Politics & Government

Trump Trade Policies Creating Stronger Alliances Overseas and Weakening Some Domestically

President Trump has continued his goal of reshaping international trade agreements and he has stepped up his proposed tariffs in order to get cooperation from other countries. The most recent targets have been some of America’s biggest allies—Canada, Mexico and the European Union. The Trump plan does seem to be creating some cooperation abroad, but not cooperation with the U.S., ...

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Trump Administration Continues to Hammer China and Others

The Trump administration continues to hammer China and other countries with tariffs or at least the threat of tariffs. At this point there are three fronts where the President has focused his efforts to change trade: NAFTA, China and Steel. The newest tariffs were announced on Tuesday and they were aimed at China. Specifically on Chinese technology and they could ...

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HORIST: Will Democrats snatch disaster from the jaws of defeat?

It is only natural that we should be focusing on the November election.  For the past five months, there has been lots of talk about the “blue wave” that is going to hand over the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democrats – and maybe even the Senate. Until recently, the Democrats and their friendly pundits were predicting such an ...

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Trade War Truce Just What the Doctor Ordered

So far in 2018, the choppy up and down moves have been based on one thing: President Trump’s tweets about trade issues with China. After an announcement was made on Sunday that the two parties are agreeing to a truce in the trade wars, U.S. and Chinese stocks jumped sharply higher. The details of the agreement still have to be ...

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HORIST: Does Trump negotiate WITH or LIKE the Asians?

There is a great difference between negotiating WITH Asians and negotiating LIKE Asians. In dealing with both China and North Korea, Trump maybe using the Asian approach to maximum advantage.  It is a distinction worthy of exploring. Having been involved in scores of negotiations with the Chinese – government and business leaders, as well as street vendors – I think I ...

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HORIST: No downside to blowing up the Obama-Kerry Iran Deal

To understand what was wrong with the Iran Deal, we can gain insight by thinking of it in terms of World War II.  Think of Hitler’s death camps as weapons of mass destruction.  It is a very fair comparison. Suppose we cut a deal with Hitler only on the subject of the death camps. In return for temporarily abandoning his Final Solution ...

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It is called ‘perjury trap’ for a reason

The reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled at least one grand jury, and rumored more than one, to look into whatever he is looking in to is bad news for someone – maybe more than someONE. The first sentence purposely does not indicate exactly what issues the grand jury will be dealing with.  This is because no one ...

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HORIST: Please stop making me defend Trump

Over the course of the past two years, I have often written about my disdain for the Trump personality.  Of the 16 candidates in the Republican primary, he was my 17th choice.  I have constantly called him out for his pugnacious personality, his sophomoric name-calling and the too frequent bending the truth to the breaking point over matters that seemed rather inconsequential. At ...

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