Trump rails against refrigerators and promises cleaner dishes

President bemoans better energy efficiency standards at Milwaukee rally, saying women must wash dishes 10 times Donald Trump unveiled unusual, new campaign promises to a crowd of thousands of his fervent supporters at a Milwaukee campaign rally on Tuesday: better household appliances. While Democratic presidential candidates sparred over climate change at their debate in Iowa, Trump offered a contrasting message in the vital swing state of Wisconsin by calling out the Department of Energy for tightening energy efficiency standards for dishwashers, refrigerators, lightbulbs and more. The rally, held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panther Arena, took a strange turn to appliances, with Trump taking particular offense at household items that limit water usage. Sinks, toilets, and showers you dont get …

Freedom without constraints: how the US squandered its cold war victory

The long read: The US believed the American way of life was humankinds ultimate destiny. But unrestrained greed has led to an era of injustice and division. By Andrew Bacevich Without the Cold War, whats the point of being an American? Harry Rabbit Angstrom, the novelist John Updikes late-20th-century everyman, posed that question just as the long twilight struggle was winding down. More than quarter of a century later, the plaintive query still awaits a definitive answer. Indeed, the passage of time has only sown confusion about whether there is a point to being an American. Even as the cold war was ending, Updikes everyman was not alone in feeling at a loss. By the 1980s, the cold war had …

Qassem Suleimani’s death threatens to open grisly new chapter in Middle East

Killing of powerful Iranian general will have far-reaching consequences for Trump In his long military career, Qassem Suleimani left the Middle East littered with corpses. Now he has finally joined them. His death has closed one gruesome chapter in the regions endless conflicts, only to open another, which could well prove even worse. No one can predict how this will turn out, perhaps least of all the two leading protagonists. Nothing about Donald Trumps actions in the Middle East until now suggests that Footage shows aftermath of US airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Suleimani video There are few good reasons to assume that this new raised level of conflict, halfway between cold and hot wars, will be stable, …

How Trump has betrayed the working class | Robert Reich

Trumps corporate giveaways and failure to improve the lives of ordinary working Americans are becoming clearer by the day Trump is remaking the Republican party into what? For a century the GOP has been bankrolled by big business and Wall Street. tax cut, two years old last Sunday, market reach all-time highs. To spur even more corporate generosity for the immigration and trade. Most incumbent Stephen Bannon boasted going to the top. Armed with deductions and loopholes, Americas largest companies paid an average federal tax rate of only 11.3% on their profits last year, roughly half the official rate under the new tax law the lowest effective corporate tax rate in more than eighty years. Yet almost nothing has trickled …