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Will Trump Be Removed from Office?

Posted by hkarner - 18. Oktober 2019

Date: 16-10-2019
Source: by Elizabeth Drew

Elizabeth Drew is a Washington-based journalist and the author, most recently, of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.

Assuming the US House of Representatives votes to impeach President Donald Trump, the fact remains that there are far fewer votes in the Senate than will be needed to convict him and remove him from office. But the willingness of Congress – including the Senate – to continue tolerating his dangerous conduct is now truly in question.

WASHINGTON, DC – For the first time, reasonable people in the United States have begun to speculate that President Donald Trump could be convicted by the Senate and thus removed from office. The likelihood may still seem low, but Trump’s position is weakening, and opinion polls are steadily moving against him. It is widely assumed that the House of Representatives will vote to impeach him, sending the question of his presidency to the Senate, where a two-thirds vote is needed and Republicans hold a majority. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Greta Thunberg accuses rich countries of “creative carbon accounting”

Posted by hkarner - 18. Oktober 2019

Date: 17-10-2019
Source: The Economist

When it comes to measuring national emissions, she has a point

IT IS 5AM, and New Covent Garden Market is in full swing. On its swarming 57-acre site in Battersea wholesalers are flogging fruit, vegetables and flowers to London’s greengrocers and restaurateurs. Costa Rican pineapples are stacked next to Kenyan passion fruits and Peruvian asparagus. Rows of Danish conifers sit by buckets of Dutch roses. Fresh produce shipped from all around the world is for sale.

But what is a boon to chefs—and apologetic spouses—has become a mind-bending problem for politicians and regulators. Under mounting public pressure they are busy setting targets to limit their carbon emissions. At least 60 countries and over 100 cities have promised to get to “net zero”. The trouble is that few account fully for the emissions created by products that are consumed within their borders but produced outside them.

Take, for example, a bunch of those Dutch roses. Britain’s “net-zero” target for its carbon impact includes only domestic emissions—the lorry trip carrying them on British soil, and so on. These carbon emissions are trivial in comparison to the 30kg or so from heating greenhouses in the Netherlands and flying the roses to Britain. Through a production lens, Britain looks relatively virtuous. Through a consumption lens, it does not. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Italy sends a sensible budget to Brussels

Posted by hkarner - 18. Oktober 2019

Date: 17-10-2019
Source: The Economist

All much less confrontational now that Matteo Salvini is out of government

Purtroppo, la nostra macchinetta è guasta (“Unfortunately, our little machine is broken”) should feature in Italian phrase books, for it is an expression every shopper in Italy encounters before long. Accompanied by a glance at a supposedly sickly payment terminal, it tells the customer proffering a card that only cash will do.

Measures in Italy’s draft 2020 budget, sent to the European Commission for scrutiny on October 16th, aim to thwart this and other methods of avoiding the traceability—and taxability—of transactions. One would lower the limit for cash payments from €3,000 ($3,300) to €2,000. Another would create a lottery with prizes restricted to credit- and debit-card users. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The unravelling of Rudy Giuliani

Posted by hkarner - 18. Oktober 2019

Date: 17-10-2019
Source: The Economist: Lexington

No one member of Donald Trump’s coterie has fallen further than “America’s mayor”

Had lexington’s 2007 incarnation been informed that the next Republican president would be a pro-gay, pro-choice, thrice-wed New Yorker, the name of Donald Trump would not have leaped to his august mind. Rudy Giuliani led the Republican primary by a big margin throughout that year. There were, to be sure, doubts about whether the former New York mayor was too socially liberal for small-town conservatives. He had once shared a house with two gay people and a Shih Tzu and, what was worse, acted in a comic skit alongside Mr Trump, that symbol of louche metropolitanism. Moreover America was not given to electing “abrasive” New Yorkers, Lexington cautioned then. But, like many others, he suspected Mr Giuliani’s dynamism and the broad support he enjoyed for his calm leadership after 9/11 and record of crime-fighting could compensate for such handicaps.

It has been pretty much downhill ever since for Mr Giuliani—culminating this week in what appears to be the worst crisis of his increasingly scandal-plagued career. In his role as the president’s old mucker and personal lawyer, he is alleged to have run a parallel foreign policy in Ukraine for the main purpose of spreading bogus allegations against Joe Biden, Mr Trump’s most feared Democratic rival. He is also reported to be under investigation—by a federal agency he once led—for breaking lobbying laws, apparently related to the same plot. Two of his business associates in Ukraine are under arrest. How much legal trouble he faces is unclear—though his decision to defy a congressional subpoena related to the Ukraine plot, for which Mr Trump is likely to be impeached, seems unlikely to help. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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