Vice-President Mike Pence has issued the following message to the American people:
Dear American People,
What with all the hoopla and hullabaloo of Inauguration Week, we didn’t really get a chance to get to know each other …
Another thing I read recently, and it’s probably become my second-favorite piece of reading material right after the Bible, is the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
It’s all about how to remove the President and replace him with the Vice-President. I have to admit that it was a kick to start reading the dusty old Constitution for the very first time and see yours truly right in there!
To the extent that there was a plan to take advantage of the first days of his administration, when a president is usually at his maximum leverage, Mr. Trump threw it aside with a decision to lash out about crowd sizes at his swearing in and to rewrite the history of his dealings with intelligence agencies.
The lack of discipline troubled even senior members of Mr. Trump’s circle, some of whom had urged him not to indulge his simmering resentment at what he saw as unfair news coverage. Instead, Mr. Trump chose to listen to other aides who shared his outrage and desire to punch back. By the end of the weekend, he and his team were scrambling to get back on script.
Socially, the relative hardship in the US Rust Belt, where support for Trump was integral to his victory, is an unintended consequence of a rapidly expanding global labor market that leaves workers almost everywhere vulnerable – even in emerging economies whose workers have seemed like the “winners” of globalization in recent decades.
Countries and regions competing to attract corporate investment make weak negotiators and weak defenders of high labor standards.
On the environmental front, the evidence is dire. Human activity has already pushed the planet beyond four of its nine physical safety boundaries, including those for climate change and loss of biosphere integrity.
The rapidly rising costs of environmental damage are restricting economic growth, making the relaxation of environmental protections a false economy.
Having aided the fall of communism by providing photocopiers for liberal opposition samizdat publications, George Soros, the US-Hungarian billionaire, went on to found the prestigious Central European University in his native Budapest and made the city a regional hub for his liberal Open Society Foundations (OSF) grant-making network, which funds over 60 NGOs in Hungary.
Earlier this month, Orban’s Fidesz party deputy singled out three Soros-funded NGOs (the human rights organization the Helsinki Committee, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union TASZ and anti-corruption body Transparency International) to be “swept out.”
An app-connected smart lock controllable via Siri on iPhones and iPads, the Kwikset Premis looks like a key-code touchpad with a keyhole, the kind of thing you’d find before smartphones took over the world.
And that low profile — it has no exterior LEDs or digital chimes — gives would-be crooks the impression that they can’t hack their way into your home.
(In reality, it’s easier to kick in a door than it is to decrypt a lock, anyway.)
Meanwhile, its innards are part conventional lock, part Bluetooth-packing gadget.
The reinsurance transaction covers “long-tail” exposures, which are liabilities that emerge long after policies are issued, from excess casualty, workers compensation and other AIG policies issued before last year.
Berkshire’s National Indemnity Co unit, led by Buffett’s reinsurance chief Ajit Jain, will take on 80 percent of net losses in excess of the first $25 billion, with a maximum liability of $20 billion.
T-Mobile could be involved in tie-up with Sprint Corp, or be acquired by a cable company, JP Morgan said, adding that a transaction involving Dish Network Corp or a sale to a foreign player that wants a foothold in the U.S. wireless market is also likely.
Sprint dropped its bid to acquire smaller rival T-Mobile in August 2014 due to continued regulatory resistance. (reut.rs/2ffrEYW)