7 months ago

Fewer in U.S. See Japan as an Economic Threat

Story Highlights 24% say Japan is an economic threat, down from 77% in 1991 64% have friendly feelings toward Japanese people Most Americans still know what happened at Pearl Harbor

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, and decades after Japan's economy grew exponentially following World War II, most Americans no longer consider Japan an economic threat to the U.S. Twenty-four percent of Americans say Japan is an economic threat, down sharply from 77% in 1991.

Americans' Perceptions of Japan as an Economic Threat Do you consider Japan to be an economic threat to the United States today, or n

9 months ago

Travel Back to an Early Clinton Scandal - Wall Street Journal

By Peggy Noonan Sept. 15, 2016 7:27 p.m. ET

The question came up this week at a political panel: Why dont people like Hillary Clinton?

Why do they always believe the worst? Why, when some supposed scandal breaks and someone says shes hiding something, do people, including many of her supporters, assume its true?

The answer is that Mrs. Clinton has been in Americas national life for a quarter-century, and in that time people watched, observed and got an impression of

12 months ago

Donald Trump Dominates Press Conference at 'Three Amigos' Summit - TIME

President Barack Obama responded to Trump's trade policy proposal+ READ ARTICLE

Likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trumps proposed policies werent on the official agenda at the North American Leaders Summit, but his comments on trade and immigration dominated a press conference between the leaders of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico on Wednesday.

In the wake of a speech on the economy and trade Trump delivered on Tuesday, reporters from all three countries questioned the future of global trade. Protectionism was at the core of the business moguls argument, with calls to renegotiate or rip up global trade deals, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, scattered throughout his speech. At Wednesdays press conference, President Obama argued against those policies, saying that though the politics of trade are always difficult, isolating ourselves should not be the solution.

Ordinary people who are concerned about trade have a legitimate gripe about globalization, Obama said, naming inequality and stagnant wages among the issues facing the middle class. But he said blaming globalization alone would be unfair, arguing that automation has undermined American workers more than outsourcing.

Youre right to be concerned about the trends, but what youre prescribing just wont work, Obama said, arguing instead for agreements like his oft-maligned Trans-Pacific Partnership, which he has said allows America and other countries to write the rules on trade. Cutting off trade, he said, would make us all poorer.

The United Kingdoms decision to part ways with the European Union vote signaled danger for global trade and the global economy and rhetoric on the campaign trail in the U.S. has stoked feelings of nationalism as opposed to expanded globalization, which meetings like the three amigos summit represent. But all three leaders defended their plans to continue working forward together and sought to promote the strength of their partnership at Wednesdays gathering.

But the perceived threat of globalization has also been attacked on the campaign trail in the form of anti-immigrant sentiment from the Republican partys likely nominee. Aside from trade, the presidents of the U.S. and Mexico also found themselves discussing Trumps prescription for Americas broken immigration systema massive border wall that would align the countrys southernmost border.

Obama wrote off Trumps anti-immigrant rhetoric as the ramblings of a demagogue, saying that at various points throughout American history those identified as the other were cast aside and kept out.

The meaning of America is not to define ourselves by what we look like.but our adherence to a common creed. That all men were created equal, Obama said. We have observed those ideals imperfectly at times but at each successive generation weve gotten a little bit better at it.

Obama added, We should take some of this rhetoric seriously and answer it boldly and clearly but you shouldnt think that this representative of how the American people think. The president also challenged the argument that Trump is a populist in a lengthy tirade, saying his policies align more with xenophobia and nativism.

President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico said he would respect the election process, but warned of the dangers of demagoguery citing Adolf Hitler. It wasnt the first time the Mexican leader had mentioned Hitler in regard to Trump, in March Nieto likened Trumps tone to the dictators.


1 year ago

GOP rules fight caps weekend in politics - CNN

Story highlightsSpats over GOP convention rules are getting hotterJohn Kasich says Donald Trump should stop complainingAfter Ted Cruz picked up all 14 delegates at Wyoming's Republican convention, Donald Trump amped up his complaints about a process he's called "rigged." Meanwhile, Republican National Committee members' behind-the-scenes fight over a rules change that could make it harder for a "white knight" to ride in at the last minute erupted Sunday. But immediately before all the candidates is the looming -- and likely very consequential -- showdown in New York. For Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both playing the home state card. Sanders capped his Empire State campai

2 years ago

US Marine convicted of killing Filipino transgender woman - Washington Post

A Philippine court on Tuesday convicted a U.S. Marine of killing a Filipino last year after he discovered she was a transgender woman. (AP)

A U.S. Marine has been convicted of killinga Filipino transgender woman last year in a Philippines motel room a case that has ignitedan uproar in the region and reintroduced a debate over U.S. military presencethere.

APhilippine court found Lance Cpl.Joseph Scott Pemberton, 20, guilty of homicide Tuesday for choking and then drowningJennifer Laude in a toilet bowl in a motel bathroom. Authorities said Pemberton, who was on shore leave in Olongapo City duringjoint military exercises, killed Laude one nightin October 2014 afterhe discovere

2 years ago

Colorado Planned Parenthood Shooting Is Part Of A Frightening Trend - Huffington Post

A gunman opened fire in a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Friday, the latest in a string of attacks at the health care provider's clinics this year.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, who surrendered to authorities after an hourslong standoff, appearsto have been motivated by opposition to abortion. Abortion clinics have long been the targets of violence, including bombings, anthrax scares and mass blockades. This year alone, arsonists attacked four Planned Parenthood clinics in Washington, California, Illinois and Louisiana.

In October, NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a petition urging the FBI to investigate the arson attacks, stating that theyre perpetrated

2 years ago

D.C. Metro Safety Will Be Placed Under Federal Oversight

The Metro in the nation's capital, was hobbled after an electrical malfunction filled a L'Enfant Metro subway station with smoke on Jan. 13, 2015, killing one woman and sending dozens of people to hospitals. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

itoggle caption Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP The Metro in the nation's capital, was hobbled after an electrical malfunction filled a L'Enfant Metro subway station with smoke on Jan. 13, 2015, killing one woman and sending dozens of people to hospitals. The Metro in the nation's capital, was hobbled after an electrical malfunction filled a L'Enfant Metro subway station with smoke on Jan. 13, 2015, killing one woman and sending dozens of people to hospitals.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The safety of the Metro in Washington will now be the responsibility of federal authorities.

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said in a letter late Friday that the metro safety will be placed under Federal Transit Administration due to recent accidents, like an incident in January when the metro tunnel filled with smoke, killing one person.

The Washington Post reports:

"Day-to-day operations would continue under the auspices of Metro, but Federal Transit Administration officials could intervene when safety concerns arise. Officials could conduct surprise inspections and issue directives to Metro to immediately address safety problems in the system."

The announcement of the plan comes after Foxx rejected a recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board calling for Foxx to grant control of metro safety to the Federal Railroad Administration, another agency under the Department of Transportation.

Per the Post, a spokeswoman for Foxx said he nixed that suggestion saying it "would unnecessarily complicate and delay safety improvements that WMATA workers and riders deserve."