Commentary: Trump's profound weakness on national security: Why this former administration official is voting for Joe Biden
There are as many words for green in the Irish language as reasons President Donald Trump does not deserve a second term. Foremost to me, as an appointee of his administration, are his weak security policies.Trump voters are patriots who oppose our adversaries and support our military. They might ask whether they made a good-faith mistake four years ago. To take one example, look at our failed, schizophrenic North Korea policy.Trump first threatened Pyongyang with the “fire and fury” of nuclear war. Then, he nearly began a Second Korean War accidentally, with a tweet, a war Trump admits could ...
New York Daily News
Fair tax or tax hike? Voters set to decide what could be Illinois' biggest taxation shift in decades
CHICAGO — Before Illinois voters consider any candidate on the Nov. 3 ballot — the presidential contenders, a member of Congress, a state lawmaker or a local judge — they will be asked to cast a simple yes or no vote on what could become the biggest change in state taxation in decades.The question at the top of the ballot is whether the Illinois Constitution should be amended to replace a mandated flat-rate income tax with a graduated-rate tax structure that increases the levy as income rises.More than any candidate being voted on, the proposed graduated-rate tax amendment represents what coul...
The Week Ahead: Fiscal stimulus diplomacy
Jerome Powell needs to be an ambassador as much as he is a central banker when he appears on Capitol Hill in the week ahead.He is scheduled to testify before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis on Wednesday. This will be the first time this group has heard from the Federal Reserve chairman. And his appearance comes a week after the central bank indicated it expects to keep its key interest rate at zero for at least two more years.Powell didn’t come right out and say that, though. Instead, the interest rate-setting committee said it would keep rates where they are until inflation ...
Auto review: 2021 Subaru Crosstrek SUV powers up to take on new rivals
The Subaru Crosstrek didn’t leave a lot of room for improvement, but the 2021 model gets more power and better ride and handling. A new animal-free upholstery that delivers comfort and breathability also arrives to help the Crosstrek ward off a host of new competitors like the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Kia Seltos.Competition among subcompact SUVs has grown fierce since the Crosstrek arrived as one of the class’ pioneers in 2012. Smaller than popular SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, the Crosstrek’s high seating position and standard all-wheel drive made it a hit, pav...
Detroit Free Press
Californians support COVID-19 restrictions and remain worried about outbreak, survey shows
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians still support efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak through restrictions on public spaces and their worries about COVID-19 have not diminished since the spring, a new poll shows.The survey by the Public Policy Institute of California showed 74% of respondents favor restrictions on public activity to mange the pandemic, or want more aggressive limitations.Just 26% of respondents want looser restrictions on public activity during the pandemic.Researchers also found a majority, 61%, of state residents say they are either very or somewhat concerned about con...
The Sacramento Bee
EPA rejects production quotas in victory for corn farmers, ethanol producers
In a major political and regulatory win for corn farmers and ethanol producers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has refused to grant retroactive reductions in corn ethanol production quotas sought by many oil refiners.Waivers from government-mandated requirements to make certain amounts of ethanol have been at the center of a pitched, expensive battle between the corn and oil lobbies during much of the Trump administration.Monday’s action by the EPA denied 54 waiver requests for years 2011-2018 that refiners sought. Earlier EPA approvals had increased waivers by multiples of what they...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The Week Ahead: Pandemic, partisanship and pressure for more stimulus
Last week’s market swoon didn’t burst the optimism of stock investors. But if it continues in the week ahead, it will press Congress to move on a stalled coronavirus economic stimulus package.Let’s be clear: The inability of Congress to make any meaningful moves on providing additional support to the U.S. economy battling a pandemic is about politics, not policy. The Democratically controlled House OK’d an additional $3 trillion package in May. Senate Republicans proposed their own set of plans in July. There is some common ground — $1,200 stimulus checks — but not much else.There has been som...
Poll: Georgia's a toss-up in White House race
ATLANTA — A poll commissioned by Stacey Abrams’ voting rights group found that President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are neck and neck in Georgia and that most Democrats plan to vote early rather than cast their ballots on Election Day.The survey released Monday by the left-leaning Public Policy Polling firm mirrored other recent polls that show a close race in a state that has long been reliably Republican, and found Trump’s disapproval rating (52%) in Georgia outweighs his approval numbers (46%).The survey also showed that far more Biden supporters than Trump backers plan to vote by mail in G...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
House Democrats plan to hold Pompeo in contempt over RNC speech, other 'corruption'
The House Foreign Affairs Committee pulled out the big guns against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, announcing its plans to hold him in contempt over his “alarming disregard for the law,” including his potentially illegal speech at the Republican National Convention this week.The committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, said Pompeo has time and again used the power of the State Department for blatantly political purposes, including by bolstering a smear campaign against Joe Biden while refusing to comply with the House impeachment inquiry and other probes target...
New York Daily News
Trudy Rubin: An Alice in Wonderland foreign-policy performance at the GOP convention
In one of the many surreal foreign-policy moments at the Republican National Convention, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell claimed he’d seen President Donald Trump “charm the chancellor of Germany.”“Like a tornado in a trailer park,” tweeted a German jokester in response. Indeed, the whole world has witnessed Trump’s insults to Angela Merkel, and her disdain for a president who coddles autocrats and undermines NATO.Never mind reality.Grenell’s claim only added to the tsunami of “alternative facts,” hyperbole, and flat-out lies that poured forth at the convention from GOP stalwa...
The Philadelphia Inquirer