Kremlin says Mueller report shows no evidence of Russian meddling

The Kremlin said on Friday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report did not contain any evidence the Russian state had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mueller’s report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump’s favor. However, the report did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump’s election campaign and Russia. Speaking to


The Kremlin said on Friday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report did not contain any evidence the Russian state had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Mueller’s report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump’s favor. However, the report did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump’s election campaign and Russia. Speaking to
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Kremlin says Mueller report shows no evidence of Russian meddling

The Kremlin said on Friday that U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report did not contain any evidence the Russian state had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Mueller’s report, released on Thursday, details extensive contacts between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian operatives who, it said, sought to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.

However, the report did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump’s election campaign and Russia.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow regretted the Mueller report was having an impact on its relations with Washington.

“In general, the report still does not include any reasonable evidence at all that Russia allegedly interfered in the U.S. election.

“We, as before, do not accept such allegations,” Peskov said.

“We regret that a document of this quality is having a direct impact on the development of bilateral Russian-U.S. relations that are already not in the best condition,” he added.


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HBO wants Trump to stop making ‘Game of Thrones’-style tweets

In a more than 400-page report, Mueller’s team said it did not find evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein further determined that Mueller’s findings did not warrant an obstruction of justice offense. As part of his victory lap Thursday morning, Trump tweeted an image using a font style that closely matches the title cards and credits used in HBO’s show. HBO, a unit of AT&T, said in a statement that


In a more than 400-page report, Mueller’s team said it did not find evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein further determined that Mueller’s findings did not warrant an obstruction of justice offense. As part of his victory lap Thursday morning, Trump tweeted an image using a font style that closely matches the title cards and credits used in HBO’s show. HBO, a unit of AT&T, said in a statement that
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HBO wants Trump to stop making 'Game of Thrones'-style tweets

In a more than 400-page report, Mueller’s team said it did not find evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein further determined that Mueller’s findings did not warrant an obstruction of justice offense.

As part of his victory lap Thursday morning, Trump tweeted an image using a font style that closely matches the title cards and credits used in HBO’s show.

“NO COLLUSION. NO OBSTRUCTION,” the text of the image reads. “FOR THE HATERS AND THE RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS — GAME OVER.”

HBO, a unit of AT&T, said in a statement that it doesn’t want Trump using the show, which clocked a record-high 17.4 million viewers during its season premiere, to suit his political agenda.

“Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes,” an HBO spokesman said in a statement to CNBC.

Trump has aped the style and slogans of “Game of Thrones” before. He has shared at least two other photos in the past six months that borrow from the slogans and font style of the television series.

In November, Trump promoted his administration’s promised sanctions against Iran by tweeting “SANCTIONS ARE COMING NOVEMBER 5” — a clear reference to the phrase “Winter is coming” popularized by the show.

“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” HBO told CNBC at the time. The network’s official Twitter account later suggested Trump misused its trademark.

In January, Trump’s Instagram account posted a similar photo — this one apparently meant to promote Trump’s long-held campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding HBO’s statement.

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Trump’s NAFTA changes would lead to modest boost in growth and jobs, report says

The report comes as President Donald Trump pushes Congress to ratify the revised trade deal despite reservations from both Democrats and Republicans. Even some Republicans in Congress have called the USMCA more of a tweak to NAFTA than a major overhaul. A separate report from the U.S. Trade Representative, part of the executive branch, projected the deal would have bigger effects on the auto industry specifically. While the ITC estimated 28,000 job gains in the auto sector, the USTR thinks the t


The report comes as President Donald Trump pushes Congress to ratify the revised trade deal despite reservations from both Democrats and Republicans. Even some Republicans in Congress have called the USMCA more of a tweak to NAFTA than a major overhaul. A separate report from the U.S. Trade Representative, part of the executive branch, projected the deal would have bigger effects on the auto industry specifically. While the ITC estimated 28,000 job gains in the auto sector, the USTR thinks the t
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Trump's NAFTA changes would lead to modest boost in growth and jobs, report says

The report comes as President Donald Trump pushes Congress to ratify the revised trade deal despite reservations from both Democrats and Republicans. The president has spent his time in office trying to rework trade relationships with major partners, saying changes such as the ones made to NAFTA will encourage American manufacturing and job creation in the U.S.

While the ITC study shows the deal would have positive benefits for jobs and economic growth, it underscores that the deal is hardly the “largest” trade agreement ever as Trump has boasted. Even some Republicans in Congress have called the USMCA more of a tweak to NAFTA than a major overhaul.

“The miniscule projected gains in this long-awaited official government assessment of the revised NAFTA contradict Donald Trump’s grandiose claims that it will lead to ‘cash and jobs pouring into the U.S.’ and reinforces congressional Democrats’ views that absent more improvements, the revised deal won’t stop NAFTA’s ongoing damage,” Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said in a statement to CNBC.

A separate report from the U.S. Trade Representative, part of the executive branch, projected the deal would have bigger effects on the auto industry specifically. While the ITC estimated 28,000 job gains in the auto sector, the USTR thinks the trade deal would create 76,000 auto jobs in the next five years, a roughly 7.5 percent increase for the industry.

Some industries cheered the ITC report — both the National Association of Manufacturers and the Computer & Communications Industry Association encouraged Congress to approve USMCA following its release.

Democrats — who hold the House and the power to slow ratification of the deal — have raised concerns about labor and environmental provisions contained in the deal. Some GOP lawmakers have also pushed Trump to drop tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico before moving forward with the agreement.

The deal would not come without its downsides for consumers. Under the provisions of the agreement, auto costs would rise and sales would fall, the ITC estimated.

— CNBC’s Mary Catherine Wellons contributed to this report

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Trump allies dismiss Mueller report’s damaging details and claim ‘total vindication’

For those in Trump’s political firmament, however, the damaging revelations in the Mueller report appeared not to exist at all. “President Trump has been fully and completely exonerated yet again,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement. Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel called the report “a complete and total vindication of President Trump.” “Instead, they prioritized spying on a political opponent — the Trump campaign — and used a phony D


For those in Trump’s political firmament, however, the damaging revelations in the Mueller report appeared not to exist at all. “President Trump has been fully and completely exonerated yet again,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement. Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel called the report “a complete and total vindication of President Trump.” “Instead, they prioritized spying on a political opponent — the Trump campaign — and used a phony D
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Trump allies dismiss Mueller report's damaging details and claim 'total vindication'

Yet even as they held up the report by special counsel Robert Mueller as proof of their client’s innocence, Trump’s lawyers also sought to undermine the veracity of the report itself, and the scores of damaging revelations contained within it.

The report included vivid details of more than a dozen instances during which the president appears to have sought to interfere in the special counsel’s Russia probe.

“The report itself is nothing more than an attempt to rehash old allegations” wrote Trump’s lawyers. The attorneys also suggested that the report might violate rules that prohibit the Justice Department from “insinuating or alleging that an individual who has not been charged with a crime is nevertheless guilty of some wrongdoing.”

While Trump himself made only a passing reference to the report on Thursday morning, Vice President Mike Pence issued a statement that essentially served as the White House’s formal response. “The report confirms what the President and I have said since day one: there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and there was no obstruction of justice,” the statement said.

Even as he struck a note of confidence, Pence also tacitly acknowledged that the report’s release would do little to put to rest the serious questions raised about the propriety of the president’s actions during his first two years in office. According to Pence, however, these questions amount to little more than partisan political weapons.

“While many Democrats will cling to discredited allegations,” Pence said, “the American people can be confident President Trump and I will continue to focus” on improving the country.

For those in Trump’s political firmament, however, the damaging revelations in the Mueller report appeared not to exist at all.

“President Trump has been fully and completely exonerated yet again,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement.

“Now that the collusion and obstruction conspiracy theories have been exposed for the pathetic hoaxes they always were,” the statement continued, “the Obama-era DOJ and FBI must answer for their misdeeds and the scam that they perpetrated against the American people.”

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel called the report “a complete and total vindication of President Trump.”

“It is increasingly clear that the only scandal here is the Obama administration’s repeated failure to act against Russian cyber meddling,” she added. “Instead, they prioritized spying on a political opponent — the Trump campaign — and used a phony DNC-funded dossier as justification.”

Both McDaniels’ and the Trump campaign’s statements sought to dismiss the contents of the report and focus on the unfounded allegation that Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had been placed under improper surveillance due to its myriad contacts with people suspected of connections to Russian intelligence.

Yet as the amount of damaging information about the president’s actions grew larger and more public Thursday, it was unclear how long Trump’s political operation would be able to go on focusing exclusively on Attorney General Bill Barr’s conclusions while ignoring the report’s contents.

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HBO wants Trump to stop making ‘Game of Thrones’-style tweets

In a more than 400-page report, Mueller’s team said it did not find evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein further determined that Mueller’s findings did not warrant an obstruction of justice offense. As part of his victory lap Thursday morning, Trump tweeted an image using a font style that closely matches the title cards and credits used in HBO’s show. HBO, a unit of AT&T, said in a statement that


In a more than 400-page report, Mueller’s team said it did not find evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein further determined that Mueller’s findings did not warrant an obstruction of justice offense. As part of his victory lap Thursday morning, Trump tweeted an image using a font style that closely matches the title cards and credits used in HBO’s show. HBO, a unit of AT&T, said in a statement that
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HBO wants Trump to stop making 'Game of Thrones'-style tweets

In a more than 400-page report, Mueller’s team said it did not find evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin. Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein further determined that Mueller’s findings did not warrant an obstruction of justice offense.

As part of his victory lap Thursday morning, Trump tweeted an image using a font style that closely matches the title cards and credits used in HBO’s show.

“NO COLLUSION. NO OBSTRUCTION,” the text of the image reads. “FOR THE HATERS AND THE RADICAL LEFT DEMOCRATS — GAME OVER.”

HBO, a unit of AT&T, said in a statement that it doesn’t want Trump using the show, which clocked a record-high 17.4 million viewers during its season premiere, to suit his political agenda.

“Though we can understand the enthusiasm for Game of Thrones now that the final season has arrived, we still prefer our intellectual property not be used for political purposes,” an HBO spokesman said in a statement to CNBC.

Trump has aped the style and slogans of “Game of Thrones” before. He has shared at least two other photos in the past six months that borrow from the slogans and font style of the television series.

In November, Trump promoted his administration’s promised sanctions against Iran by tweeting “SANCTIONS ARE COMING NOVEMBER 5” — a clear reference to the phrase “Winter is coming” popularized by the show.

“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes,” HBO told CNBC at the time. The network’s official Twitter account later suggested Trump misused its trademark.

In January, Trump’s Instagram account posted a similar photo — this one apparently meant to promote Trump’s long-held campaign promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding HBO’s statement.

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Capitalism trumps democracy for Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore

Whether or not he ever takes a Fed board seat, Stephen Moore has brought that less-flattering trade-off into focus. “Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy,” Moore once told a documentary filmmaker. Trump and the GOP Congress subsequently enacted a large tax cut benefiting businesses and the wealthy more than everyone else. “America is a capitalist society, but it’s got to be democratic capitalism,” Buttigieg told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “If you want to see what happens when you have


Whether or not he ever takes a Fed board seat, Stephen Moore has brought that less-flattering trade-off into focus. “Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy,” Moore once told a documentary filmmaker. Trump and the GOP Congress subsequently enacted a large tax cut benefiting businesses and the wealthy more than everyone else. “America is a capitalist society, but it’s got to be democratic capitalism,” Buttigieg told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “If you want to see what happens when you have
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Capitalism trumps democracy for Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore

“Capitalism versus socialism,” reads the Republican 2020 bumper sticker. Now, one of President Donald Trump’s Federal Reserve picks has written an alternative Democrats like better.

That new framework is “capitalism versus democracy.” Whether or not he ever takes a Fed board seat, Stephen Moore has brought that less-flattering trade-off into focus.

Moore, after years with the Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute, Club for Growth and Wall Street Journal editorial board, represents mainstream Republican economic thinking. As he awaits formal nomination by the White House, no GOP senator has opposed him.

But the scrutiny underway since Trump tweeted his intent to nominate Moore highlights a theme Republicans rarely emphasize: That democracy, rather than being the well-spring of the American system, can be a used as weapon for struggling have-nots to prey on the affluent by seizing their wealth.

“Capitalism is a lot more important than democracy,” Moore once told a documentary filmmaker. “I’m not even a big believer in democracy. I always say that democracy can be two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner.”

Republicans have long invoked the specter of “socialism” in opposing Democratic proposals to expand government by levying taxes to finance benefit programs. They used that rationale to oppose the creation of Social Security in the 1930s, Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s, and Obamacare a decade ago.

Lately, a few prominent Democrats have made that charge easier to make. The front-runner among declared 2020 presidential candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, calls himself a democratic socialist; so does fiery first-term Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, which explains why conservatives shower her with attention.

In reality, both parties traditionally have supported neither socialism nor unregulated capitalism. Instead they back the “mixed economy” that exists throughout Western societies — Democrats preferring more government regulations and services to temper market outcomes, Republicans fewer.

But the rising influence of unalloyed conservatism since the Reagan era has increasingly placed GOP economic policies at odds with the preferences of the electorate.

Voters want to preserve major benefit programs while raising taxes on major corporations and wealthy Americans. A Democracy Fund study of Trump voters following the 2016 election found that, among the core supporters who propelled Trump to the GOP nomination, 75% favor higher taxes on the rich.

Republican policymakers, by contrast, view the giant Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid programs as fiscal burdens. And they oppose higher taxes not just on practical grounds but in principle, as improper confiscation from owners of property.

When President Barack Obama proposed tax hikes on private equity executives in 2010, Blackstone Group billionaire Steve Schwarzman, now an outside Trump advisor, declared it “like when Hitler invaded Poland.” In a radio interview unearthed by CNN, Moore called the early 20th century constitutional amendment permitting a federal income tax “the most evil act that has passed in 100 years.”

Ex-House Speaker Paul Ryan used to call 60% of Americans “takers” who consume more services than they paid for in taxes, and the other 40% “makers” stuck with the bill. In 2017, Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney derided deficit-spending on government programs as “theft” from taxpayers.

“We will reverse that larceny,” Mulvaney wrote in a newspaper column. Trump and the GOP Congress subsequently enacted a large tax cut benefiting businesses and the wealthy more than everyone else.

Those priorities have grown ever harder to sustain in an age of stagnant working-class wages and widening income inequality. As Democrats have won the popular vote in six of the past seven presidential elections, Republicans have increasingly sought to impede steps to make voting easier, most conspicuously through new voter identification requirements.

When newly empowered House Democrats this year passed legislation to make voting easier and reduce partisan gerrymandering, the GOP response highlighted its predicament. “A power grab,” declared Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Now Democratic presidential candidates have upped the pro-democracy ante with plans to expand the Supreme Court, abolish the Electoral College and eliminate the Senate legislative filibuster. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a former McKinsey business consultant, specifically repudiated Moore’s assertion that capitalism matters most.

“America is a capitalist society, but it’s got to be democratic capitalism,” Buttigieg told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “If you want to see what happens when you have capitalism without democracy, you can see it very clearly in Russia. It turns into crony capitalism. And that turns into oligarchy.”


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China eyeing Trump’s late May Japan trip for potential Xi summit

One trip in particular that’s risen to the top of the list: Trump’s expected visit to Japan at the end of May, putting him in the Asia-Pacific region around the time negotiations are expected to conclude. An administration official acknowledged holding the summit in Asia is China’s preference, though it remains unclear where the final location will be. Trump has said the summit could happen on either continent and that he expects a resolution by the end of May. The two sides have been discussing


One trip in particular that’s risen to the top of the list: Trump’s expected visit to Japan at the end of May, putting him in the Asia-Pacific region around the time negotiations are expected to conclude. An administration official acknowledged holding the summit in Asia is China’s preference, though it remains unclear where the final location will be. Trump has said the summit could happen on either continent and that he expects a resolution by the end of May. The two sides have been discussing
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China eyeing Trump's late May Japan trip for potential Xi summit

As the U.S. and China work through the final stages of trade negotiations, Chinese officials are identifying international travel dates on President Donald Trump’s calendar that might offer potential for a summit off of U.S. soil, according to three sources briefed on negotiations.

One trip in particular that’s risen to the top of the list: Trump’s expected visit to Japan at the end of May, putting him in the Asia-Pacific region around the time negotiations are expected to conclude.

Neither the White House nor the Embassy of Japan would confirm the trip, in which Trump would be the first foreign leader received by Crown Prince Naruhito after he accedes to the throne on May 1.

But the three sources briefed on the negotiations, requesting anonymity to protect their relationships with the Trump administration, said it’s one option being considered. An administration official acknowledged holding the summit in Asia is China’s preference, though it remains unclear where the final location will be. Trump has said the summit could happen on either continent and that he expects a resolution by the end of May.

“I would say we’ll know over the next four weeks,” Trump told reporters gathered in the Oval Office on April 5 for an event with the Chinese vice premier. “It may take two weeks after that to get it papered, but over the next fairly short period of time, we’re going to know.”

While that timeline would put the target end date right around Trump’s trip to Japan, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said talks would not be bound by an “arbitrary timeline,” and the South China Morning Post threw cold water on a deal being done by then.

Erin Ennis, senior vice president at the US-China Business Council, suggested a later June meeting – perhaps on the sidelines of the G20 at the end of the month – would be more feasible.

“It seems like both sides want to have the deal completed first before they’re willing to discuss when and where a summit would happen,” Ennis told CNBC.

In late January, China initially invited Pres. Trump to meet Pres. Xi on the island of Hainan in the South China Sea. The White House countered with Mar-a-Lago, one venue that still remains under consideration. But China has also suggested that if its president were to travel to the U.S. solely to announce a trade agreement, it would need to be in the form of an official state visit. The two sides have been discussing a potential state visit by Xi since 2018.

The May 26-28 trip was previously reported by the Japan Times.


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North Korea says it tested a ‘powerful warhead’

WASHINGTON — North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time. The test of “a powerful warhead” was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year. North Korea, the only nation to have tested nuclear weapons this century, spent most of Trump’s first year in off


WASHINGTON — North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time. The test of “a powerful warhead” was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year. North Korea, the only nation to have tested nuclear weapons this century, spent most of Trump’s first year in off
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North Korea says it tested a 'powerful warhead'

WASHINGTON — North Korea tested a new type of tactical guided weapon on Wednesday, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Thursday morning local time.

The test of “a powerful warhead” was overseen by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and marks the first public weapons test from the rogue regime since President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim in Singapore last year.

The White House and Pentagon did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

The latest revelation comes less than two months after the collapse of nuclear talks between Trump and Kim in Vietnam.

“This is a volatile country that holds the entire world at risk but, at this point, it just seems like a bunch of propaganda and a way to remind the Trump administration why they were negotiating in the first place,” Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation told CNBC.

“And obviously the North Koreans have been pressuring the administration for sanctions relief so I would see them as putting this little measure on the table to enhance their negotiating position if Trump and Kim sit down again,” Bell added.

North Korea, the only nation to have tested nuclear weapons this century, spent most of Trump’s first year in office perfecting its nuclear arsenal. The newest member of the world’s exclusive nuclear weapons club has stopped testing of its nukes for now as the U.S. and international community offer the possibility of relief from crippling economic sanctions.

While North Korea has paused nuclear tests that prompted Trump’s threat to bring “fire and fury” upon that country, it had already made significant progress before the historic dialogue with the U.S. started.

Under the third-generation North Korean leader, the reclusive state has conducted its most powerful nuclear test, launched its first-ever intercontinental ballistic missile and threatened to send missiles into the waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.

Since 2011, Kim has fired more than 85 missiles and four nuclear weapons tests, which is more than what his father, Kim Jong Il, and grandfather, Kim Il Sung, launched over a period of 27 years.


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Goldman Sachs says Trump has a ‘narrow advantage’ in 2020 election

Economic factors including income, payrolls and GDP are widely used to predict election outcomes, and they have all seen improvement since Trump took office, Goldman said. Political scientists have developed a number of election models over the years that rely mainly on economic variables to predict the two-party popular vote,” Hatzius said. This “prominent” historic pattern would give Trump a “narrow advantage,” Hatzius said. In fact, Hatzius said, Trump could still win the reelection fight eve


Economic factors including income, payrolls and GDP are widely used to predict election outcomes, and they have all seen improvement since Trump took office, Goldman said. Political scientists have developed a number of election models over the years that rely mainly on economic variables to predict the two-party popular vote,” Hatzius said. This “prominent” historic pattern would give Trump a “narrow advantage,” Hatzius said. In fact, Hatzius said, Trump could still win the reelection fight eve
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Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package and increased government spending have boosted wage gains and employment, sending the economic growth rate to nearly 3 percent in 2018. Economic factors including income, payrolls and GDP are widely used to predict election outcomes, and they have all seen improvement since Trump took office, Goldman said.

“A strong economy should help the president’s reelection chances. … Political scientists have developed a number of election models over the years that rely mainly on economic variables to predict the two-party popular vote,” Hatzius said.

Additionally, incumbents finishing the first term for their party have received a greater share of the two-party vote than candidates whose party has already controlled the White House for two or more terms, according to Goldman. This “prominent” historic pattern would give Trump a “narrow advantage,” Hatzius said.

While Trump’s approval rating is only hovering over 40%, according to an average calculated by the website FiveThirtyEight, the number isn’t that low when put in context, the Goldman economist pointed out. In fact, Hatzius said, Trump could still win the reelection fight even with a general unfavorable opinion.

“We note that if President Trump maintains his -9.6pp net approval rating, combining this approach with our economic forecast suggests that he would win the two-party popular vote by a slim margin,” Hatzius said.

Goldman’s view also seems to be in line with Wall Street’s consensus as more than 70% of market insiders expect Trump to win reelection in 2020, according to an RBC survey in April.


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Pelosi: Trump’s tweets have ‘cheapened the presidency’

Donald Trump has been dubbed the “Twitter President” by some for his favorite form of communication. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his use of the platform has “cheapened the presidency.” Whether you agree with him or not, he has a point of view,” Pelosi told Recode’s Kara Swisher in a recent podcast interview. “Even if they don’t like what you’re saying, if they’re talking about him, they’re not talking about us,” she said. Watch: Trump: Twitter discriminates against conservatives


Donald Trump has been dubbed the “Twitter President” by some for his favorite form of communication. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his use of the platform has “cheapened the presidency.” Whether you agree with him or not, he has a point of view,” Pelosi told Recode’s Kara Swisher in a recent podcast interview. “Even if they don’t like what you’re saying, if they’re talking about him, they’re not talking about us,” she said. Watch: Trump: Twitter discriminates against conservatives
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Pelosi: Trump's tweets have 'cheapened the presidency'

Donald Trump has been dubbed the “Twitter President” by some for his favorite form of communication. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said his use of the platform has “cheapened the presidency.”

“There’s more of a responsibility for a president to communicate his point of view, which we should respect — he’s the president of the United States. Whether you agree with him or not, he has a point of view,” Pelosi told Recode’s Kara Swisher in a recent podcast interview. “But to use the office of the president as an attack vehicle … for his market, it seems to have worked.”

Pelosi, D-Calif., also took aim at the media for its continuous coverage of his tweets, like last month, when the president tweeted over 50 times in a weekend.

“I think the press is an enabler of him,” she said. “And I think on the other hand, they are the best defense of him. The freedom of the press is the guardian of the gate of our democracy.”

Pelosi said that effort would have been better spent covering other issues like prescription drug prices or U.S. infrastructure.

“Even if they don’t like what you’re saying, if they’re talking about him, they’re not talking about us,” she said.

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