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Trump is failing the little guy. The Dems should milk this

I LOVE the poorly educated" - so declared Donald Trump back in February 2016, after a decisive win in the Nevada primary.

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Trump shoots himself in the foot in Mexican standoff

I'D like to make an important announcement to New York retailers: NEW JERSEY HAS AGREED TO IMMEDIATELY BEGIN BUYING LARGE QUANTITIES OF WHITEFISH SALAD FROM OUR GREAT PATRIOT GOURMET MARKETS.

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The Great Republican abdication

SO all the "fake news" was true. A hostile foreign power intervened in the presidential election, hoping to install Donald Trump in the White House. The Trump campaign was aware of this intervention and welcomed it. And once in power, Mr Trump tried to block any inquiry into what happened.

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Even a trade deal will be much ado about nothing much

THIS is the way the trade war ends. Not with a bang but with empty bombast. According to multiple news organisations, the US and China are close to a deal that would effectively end trade hostilities. Under the reported deal, America would remove most of the tariffs that it imposed last year....

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Trump, trade and the advantage of autocrats

THERE has been some good news on global trade lately: A full-scale US-China trade war appears to be on hold, and may be avoided altogether. The bad news is that if the US makes a trade deal with China, it will basically be because the Chinese are offering US President Donald Trump a personal...

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Will China's economy hit a great wall?

THE other day, I issued a warning about the Chinese economy. It is, I wrote, "emerging as a danger spot in a world economy that really, really doesn't need this right now"....

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Beware the Ghost of Trump Chaos Future

TWO YEARS AGO, after the shock of US President Donald Trump's election, financial markets briefly freaked out, then quickly recovered. In effect, they decided that while Mr Trump was manifestly unqualified for the job - temperamentally and intellectually - it would not matter. He might talk...

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Trumpism is the result of Republican climate denial

MANY observers seem baffled by Republican fealty to Donald Trump - the party's willingness to back him on all fronts, even after severe defeats in the mid-term elections. What kind of party would show such support for a leader who is not only seemingly in the pocket of foreign dictators,...

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Trumpism and the politics of division in the US

A LITTLE over a year ago, Amazon invited cities and states to offer bids for a proposed second headquarters. This set off a mad scramble over who would gain the dubious privilege of paying large subsidies in return for worsened traffic congestion and higher housing prices. (Answer: New York and...

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What in the world happened to Brazil?

I THINK I can now take some time off from the US political crisis to talk about events elsewhere. So, what the hell happened to Brazil?

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Days of fear, years of obstruction

LEHMAN Brothers failed 10 years ago. The US economy was already in a recession, but Lehman's fall and the chaos that followed sent it off a cliff: six and a half million jobs would be lost during the next year. It was a terrifying time....

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For whom the economy grows

"WHAT'S in a name?" Shakespeare asked. But hey, I'm an economist, so let me ask a somewhat different question: What's in a number?...

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Harley-Davidson case reveals big cracks in Trump's facade

HARLEY-DAVIDSON, the famed manufacturer of "hogs" - big motorcycles - made headlines last week when it announced that it would be moving some of its production out of the United States in the face of the growing tariff war between America and the European Union (EU)....