Donald Trump’s Latest Threat Against Germany Is a Reminder That He Stretches the Law to Do Whatever the Heck He Wants

The Trump administration’s great insight about trade policy has been to realize that it can use a relatively obscure Cold War-era law—Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962—as an all-purpose permission slip to slap duties on foreign products. The statute empowers the president to raise tariffs in order to defend U.S. “national security”...

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The depressing predictability of the immigration debate

Sometime over the next week, an immigration bill that aims to resolve the fate of DACA and fund President Trump’s border wall will very likely fail to secure a majority of votes on the House floor — dying an ignominious death so familiar to those who have followed the repeated legislative attempts to address the country’s...

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Delaware enacts law to ban child marriages

Governor John Carney hosted a ceremonial signing of the legislation Thursday at Legislative Hall in Dover, weeks after the measure was given final approval in the General Assembly. State Representative Kim Williams, D- 19th, said she introduced the bill after learning about connections between child marriage and human trafficking. “It’s 2018. Knowing that children could...

European Union prepares with new copyright law

If passed, Article 13 will force all websites to check any and all posts for copyright violations. That will include photos, videos, words, tweets, memes, software code, etc, etc. Think about that for a minute, and shudder. The internet is a bastion of free speech. You can say whatever you want about anything on any...

Greek lawmakers reject no-confidence vote

Greek lawmakers have rejected a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal to change the name of Macedonia and end a decades-old dispute with Greece’s northern neighbor. Lawmakers voted 153-127 in the 300-member parliament Saturday against the motion to oust the left-led government over the deal renaming the...

The Latest: France sends asylum team to meet rescue boat

The Latest on the influx of migrants to Europe (all times local): 7:35 p.m. France’s Interior Minister says the country’s office in charge of asylum will send a team to Spain to identify refugees from the rescue ship Aquarius who could be eligible to come to France. Minister Gerard Collomb’s statement on Saturday didn’t say...

Spain’s royals hear jazz, see Mardi Gras Indians

The Latest on the visit to New Orleans by the King and Queen of Spain (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Following a red carpet arrival at the New Orleans Museum of Art, King Felipe the VI and Queen Letizia of Spain enjoyed music by a jazz group and a cultural performance by Mardi Gras Indians...