• 6 Big Issues on Trump’s Plate for UN and NATO Leaders

    6 Big Issues on Trump’s Plate for UN and NATO Leaders

    In a defining stretch of his presidency, Donald Trump will spend the next two days meeting with leaders of two international bodies he has criticized—the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with Trump on Thursday and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres will visit the White House on Friday.

    The meetings come after the Trump administration’s actions in Israel and Iran irked some European allies, and ahead of a likely meeting June 12 in Singapore between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. READ MORE...

  • Ireland Lowered Its Corporate Tax Rate. Here's What Happened.

    Ireland Lowered Its Corporate Tax Rate. Here’s What Happened.

    Many U.S.-based multinationals are finding luck with Ireland’s low corporate tax rate—and that 12.5 percent rate has been a pot of gold for the Irish economy as well.

    “Tax competitiveness has brought our country the only prosperity we’ve known,” @U2 says.

    In 2015, the Irish economy was estimated to have grown by 26.3 percent through foreign companies opening operations and providing high-paying jobs, including about 700 U.S. companies currently operating in the country.

    The Irish corporate tax rate is about half the average for other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which comprises 34 developed nations. READ MORE...

  • Why Walking Away From Iran Deal Could Be Trump Card for Success in North Korea Talks

    Why Walking Away From Iran Deal Could Be Trump Card for Success in North Korea Talks

    Walking away from the Iran nuclear deal as a major deadline for a decision looms next week could strengthen President Donald Trump’s hand in negotiating with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, foreign policy experts say.

    Trump announced Friday “we have a time and a place” settled on for the talks with North Korea, but said he wasn’t ready to announce those details yet.

    On May 12, the Trump administration will decide whether to reimpose sanctions on the central bank of Iran. That would be a major undermining of the 2015 Obama administration-led multilateral nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. READ MORE...

  • Trump Order Creates White House Initiative on Protecting Religious Freedom

    Trump Order Creates White House Initiative on Protecting Religious Freedom

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday focusing on protecting freedom of religion and exploring new ways faith-based agencies can partner with government to effectively provide services.

    “The prayers of religious believers helped gain our independence, and the prayers of religious leaders like the Reverend Martin Luther King—great man—helped win the long struggle for civil rights,” @POTUS says.

    “We condemn all crimes against people of faith, and today we are launching another historic action to promote religious freedom,” Trump said at a National Day of Prayer ceremony in the Rose Garden before signing the executive order to create a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative. READ MORE...

  • Of Course Journalists Have A Responsibility To Call Out Lies. All Lies

    Trump’s ‘Right Message’ to North Korea After Iran Said to Cheat on Nukes

    President Donald Trump, without saying he would pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, said Monday that he is open to signing a better agreement with the Islamist regime.

    “That doesn’t mean we won’t negotiate a real agreement,” @realDonaldTrump says.

    Commenting after Israel accused Iran of cheating on the deal, Trump also rejected the premise that by pulling out the U.S. would jeopardize a separate nuclear deal with North Korea.

    “No. I think it sends the right message,” Trump said of his possible move during a joint press conference with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in the Rose Garden of the White House. READ MORE...

  • Trump Hopes to Do What Past Presidents Couldn’t in North Korea

    Trump Hopes to Do What Past Presidents Couldn’t in North Korea

    President Donald Trump said he has the responsibility to do what his predecessors failed to do—bring peace to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

    Trump talked about numerous issues with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference Friday at the White House a day after the historic meeting between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

    “I think I have a responsibility,” Trump said. “I think other presidents should have done it. I think the responsibility has fallen on the shoulders of the president of the United States. I think I have a responsibility to see if I can do it.” READ MORE...

  • Trump Likely to Prescribe Competition, Generics to Reduce Drug Prices

    Trump Likely to Prescribe Competition, Generics to Reduce Drug Prices

    President Donald Trump’s prescription for lower drug costs likely will involve a push for more competition and clearing hurdles for more generic drugs.

    The president’s planned speech this week on the issue was postponed because Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is recovering from an illness. Azar was hospitalized last week for diverticulitis, an inflammation of small pouches in the walls of the colon.

    In approving new drugs, the Food and Drug Administration has said it seeks to balance promoting innovation with competition. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the Drug Competition Action Plan last year. READ MORE...

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