Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Peter Bailey-Wells Globe Staff November 12, 2018 Warning: Video contains explicit language Comedian John Oliver recalled President Trump’s campaign pledge to “Drain the Swamp” during Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” two years after Trump introduced the phrase in his 2016 campaign.As Oliver sees it, the president hasn’t lived up to his promise.“He has not drained the swamp one little bit,” the host declared. Advertisement To back up his assertion, Oliver focused on the Environmental Protection Agency and the Interior Department. Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here He pointed out that 2017 reporting from the Associated Press detailed that nearly half of … [Read more...] about John Oliver dives into President Trump’s promise to ‘Drain the Swamp’ on ‘Last Week Tonight’
The administration has promised a “laser focus” in implementing its newest sanctions, which now target more than 700 individuals and companies. Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made it clear that anyone doing business with those entities sanctioned by the U.S. will risk losing access to the international banking system known as SWIFT.When Trump originally scuttled the nuclear deal we called it a “gamble” that “will demand clear-eyed strategic thinking and precise, steady execution.” We also warned that abandoning the nuclear deal “splits the U.S. and its major European allies and exacerbates tensions with China and Russia,” which had both signed on to the deal.If anything, those tensions have increased since May and risk reaching a boiling point if not handled with a steady diplomatic hand. The U.S. has already issued China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan and South Korea “temporary exemptions” from a number of … [Read more...] about Trump takes a strategic gamble, and the people of Iran may pay the price
Nov 12, 2:29 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Pritha Paul @ZiggyZina143 11/12/18 AT 1:58 AM After misinterpreting a recent Wall Street Journal article, President Donald Trump reportedly does not want to direct any more federal funds for Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria relief.Sources familiar with the situation told Axios that Trump became furious in late October after reading an article written by Wall Street Journal writer Matt Wirz which said "Puerto Rico bond prices soared ... after the federal oversight board that runs the U.S. territory’s finances released a revised fiscal plan that raises expectations for disaster funding and economic growth."The fiscal plan in question was released by the Puerto Rican government in February this year, in which the government said it expected “positive cash flow in as little as two years and topping $1 billion a year starting 2020 — creating a … [Read more...] about Can Trump Revoke $16 Billion Hurricane Maria Aid Promised To Puerto Rico?
Once the Democrats take control of the United States House of Representatives, they are planning to look into President Donald Trump's attempts to block the merger between AT&T and Time Warner, according to a report."We don't know, for example, whether the effort to hold up the merger of the parent of CNN was a concern over antitrust or whether this was an effort merely to punish CNN," incoming House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff reportedly said in an interview with Axios on HBO."Schiff said Congress also needs to examine whether Trump attempted to block AT&T's merger with Time Warner as payback to CNN," Axios wrote.US District Court Judge Richard Leon had ruled in June that AT&T could proceed with its $85 billion Time Warner purchase to create a telecommunications-media giant, despite the Trump administration opposing the deal and the Department of Justice (DoJ) suing to block it.AT&T then closed the deal in mid-June, completing the takeover to give … [Read more...] about Democrats to examine why Trump wanted to block AT&T-Time Warner merger: Report
Hope Yen and Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press Updated 9:34 pm PST, Sunday, November 11, 2018 President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing for France on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Washington. President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing for France on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Washington. Photo: Evan Vucci, AP In this Nov. 7, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington. In this Nov. 7, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing for France on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s rhetoric on voter fraud is misleading