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December 7, 2020
Britain and EU trade standoff goes to the wire
Britain and the European Union remain deadlocked as they pursue a post-Brexit trade agreement. Both sides are talking with increased urgency, facing a year-end deadline.
Three major issues are at contention: the measure of any post-deal EU fishing access to British waters, Britain's future trading relationships with other nations, and the enforceability of remedies for any breaches to an agreement.
The EU fishing concern is relevant in that British waters are home to some of the most lucrative fishing stocks in Europe. EU politicians do not want to see their domestic fishing interests lose access to these waters. Britain sees it differently. One of the primary motivations of many pro-Brexit voters during the 2016 national referendum was their understanding that Brexit would see restored sovereign authority. The joined symbolic-economic interest of control over waters makes this a particularly powerful political interest in certain Conservative Party-held parliamentary seats. Prime Minister Boris Johnson cannot easily afford to alienate these members of his party if he is to succeed in his overarching ambition of establishing longer-term Conservative control over the government.
December 7, 2020
But the truly formidable challenge for a President Biden will be China, which is not the China of 2016 that Vice President Biden recalls.
The Biden-Harris administration will confront “a pandemic, an economic crisis, calls for racial justice and climate change. The team being assembled will meet these challenges on Day One.”
So declares the transition team of Joe Biden, to echo what he’s defined as the lead items on his presidential agenda. And if this is his agenda, then how our presumed 46th president will proceed suggests itself.
December 9, 2020
Mitch McConnell’s Last Trump-Era Act? One More Unqualified Hack Judge.
COVID relief may be up in the air, but Tuesday the Senate found time to confirm a judge who thinks Social Security makes for “less than fully mature adults.”
The long line of Donald Trump-appointed judges is coming to an end, but not before Republicans waved through a last-minute appointment on Tuesday to the Court of Federal Claims, a court that gets little attention, and a nominee, Stephen Schwartz, who had been stalled for four years in part because he’s so unsuited at his young age for the lifetime position.
The Court of Federal Claims has been called the “keeper of the nation’s conscience” and “the People’s Court.” It’s where people go to sue the federal government about contract disputes, taxes, patent and copyright matters, civilian and military pay cases, and most tantalizing given the country’s health crisis, vaccine cases.
November 20, 2020
Social media: Everyone’s sharing, no one is taking responsibility
Political correctness is not for liberals only.
That immortal truth returned to center stage Wednesday as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai testified before the Senate Commerce Committee.
The conflict between the world views of Big Tech and Congress was well illustrated by a vigorous exchange between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Twitter’s Dorsey, whose social media platform has in many ways defined the presidency of Donald Trump.
“Is Twitter a publisher?” asked Cruz, sounding like he was in full future-Republican-presidential-candidate mode. Read More