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  • The New York Times and other urban papers are carrying new warnings from Mexico and Canada over NAFTA talks as the fifth round talks concluded in the Mexican capital earlier last week. Canada and Mexico told the United States that it "would make little...

  • Much of the talk about NAFTA these days is quite bearish, including that from the right side of the political aisle. In fact, Bloomberg took care to cite Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, this week, and his statement that the "administration needs to keep...

  • Bloomberg is reporting this week that the Republican tax-overhaul effort is in for a marathon debate on the Senate floor at the end of this month, with dozens of doomed Democratic amendments. But, it thinks that "the real action will be elsewhere, behind...

  • The proposed tax bills are highly complex, and have a long list of winners and losers, The Hill is reporting this week. What that means exactly is not so easy, since it depends on where you sit on the issues.

  • Well, the President returned from his recent Asian trip claiming success, in spite of numerous skeptics, including many deep within his Republican supporters. For example, the New York Times reported that the President's "isolationist approach to trade" is...

  • The fifth round of NAFTA talks got underway in Mexico City yesterday, with smaller groups of officials holding technical discussions on textiles, cross-border trade, intellectual property and labor issues. The official start date remains today and the round is...

  • A coalition of unlikely allies has organized earlier than ever before to cut off farm subsidies for the wealthy. The effort unites groups from across the ideological spectrum, including Heritage Action, Americans for Prosperity, the Environmental Working Group...

  • The Senate majority needs support from 50 of its 52 members who have a variety of competing demands when it comes to tax reform. Some want to limit new deficits, while others want to deepest tax cut possible; some prioritize family tax breaks while...

  • While most of the media attention this week is on upcoming tax reform votes, the ag industry is increasingly anxious about possible pull-backs from NAFTA markets. In addition, Bloomberg reports, eleven Pacific nations now have a framework to salvage a trade...

  • Amid all the tough discussions on competing tax reform plans now being proposed, a new note of alarm was sounded this week, according to Bloomberg. The group reported that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday that he was working with...

  • The national media is focused steadily on the work on proposed tax reforms again this week and Bloomberg is no exception. In addition, that group is reporting that an emerging "revenue hole" is pushing the House leadership to reconsider, yet again, repealing...

  • The Washington Post is reporting that House Republicans on Monday again rejected President Trump's push to use their tax bill to repeal a critical piece of the Affordable Care Act, instead making only modest changes to their legislation as they attempt to...

  • The Washington Post, along with most other urban media, is reporting that the president continued his "tough" rhetoric on Monday, his second full day in Asia. He used a meeting with business leaders in Japan, his first stop on a five-country swing through...

  • Well, as if we didn't have enough to fight about over taxes, The Hill is reporting this week that lawmakers are gearing up for an end-of-year battle over a key Obama-era immigration program, raising the chances of a government shutdown.

  • When Robert Lighthizer, the president's top trade negotiator, cut his teeth on trade diplomacy. Back during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, the United States used an "idiosyncratic" way of solving its grievances over trade: asking its trading partners to...

  • Not only do the tax reform proposals have enormous political implications, but there is deep disagreement about how important these might be, and how they should be evaluated, Bloomberg is reporting this week.

  • Well, nobody thought the tax-reform deal would go entirely smoothly. But news that the House Panel is taking about phased in cuts seems to run counter to the president's preference. Bloomberg is reporting that Treasury Secretary Steven "Mnuchin wants an...

  • Former New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg has become well known for his views on monetary policy. So, it is especially interesting that he wrote this week for Roll Call a cautionary note on dealing with inflation as the administration moves to name new Fed...

  • GOP members of the House Ways and Means Committee are still in the dark on numerous details being ironed out by the powerful tax-writing committee's chairman and his staff. And they're blaming the panel's top-down approach for the uncertainty. One reason...

  • From the earliest days of this administration, the strong political support it received from rural voters has been emphasized by the media. Now, however, a number of reports focus on rural disaffection. For example, Politico reported that "there is growing...

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