The Honduran had taken incredible risks to reach the promise of liberty on US soil — traveling 1,700 miles from his homeland by riding illegally on the network of freight trains that Central Americans call “The Beast,” where desperate refugees fleeing relentless violence and poverty are prey for criminals and prone to gruesome injuries.
Seventy-five years ago, thousands of American and allied sailors, soldiers and aviators braved heavy seas and murderous German fire in the historic invasion that began the decisive campaign to end Nazi control of Europe.
Trade. Tariffs. Talks collapsing before they begin. Politicians, diplomats and negotiators sniping at each other. No, not Brexit (just for a change) but the US-China trade war.
So, Bill Clinton walks into a bar with a parrot on his shoulder. Bartender says, “Does he talk?” Parrot says, “Not for less than 500 grand.” That’s an old-fashioned political joke — old-fashioned as in the 1990s. It takes a recognizable slice of truth, gives it an unexpected twist and out comes a little laugh that leaves no mark.
President Donald Trump got trolled by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Group of 20 world leaders summit in Osaka. He was having so much fun joking with Vladimir, he seemed blissfully unaware.
This will come as a disappointment to the US president, but his views won’t affect British politics much. Donald Trump’s endorsement of Boris Johnson won’t change the outcome of the Conservative Party leadership contest. His childish insulting of Sadiq Khan won’t stop the London mayor being re-elected next year. And his advice on the UK’s negotiating tactics is hardly going to decide whether – or how – we eventually leave the EU.
Like Julius Caesar and danger, controversy and United States President Donald Trump, who started a three-day visit to the United Kingdom on Monday, seem to have been born on the same day. And that is no exaggeration.
He was “not kidding around,” Donald Trump said. This was going to be the week, he vowed, that he would shut the southern border if Mexico or the Democrats in Congress or somebody didn’t do something about migrants and drugs coming in. “This is a National Emergency!” he tweeted on Wednesday. So when, then, would he issue the order? Thursday? Friday? Saturday?
Another day, another member of the Trump administration leaves. The latest departure is Trump’s Homeland Security Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen. Summoned to the White House on Sunday evening, Nielsen reportedly didn’t have any intention of quitting. But Trump wanted her out and so she “resigned.”
Spend a decade or two writing about financial markets, and a few themes will begin to emerge. These are: No. 1. Politics and investing do not mix; No. 2. Presidents usually get too much credit when things go right and too much blame when things go wrong; No. 3. Most of the time, markets don’t care