U.S. envoy to Ukraine asked to leave ahead of potentially awkward meeting with Pompeo

Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor was instructed by a top aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to hand over responsibilities for his post just days before Pompeo planned to visit the Ukrainian capital, according to a person familiar with the situation. That timing countered earlier suggestions that Taylor’s precise departure date was predetermined, and will allow Pompeo […]

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Biden-Buttigieg Dream of Congress Unity Runs Into D.C. Skeptics

Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are selling voters on their ability to unite Democrats and Republicans around their agenda. But current and former members of Congress have a message for them: Dream on. Biden frequently tells voters that if President Donald Trump is defeated, Republicans will have an “epiphany” and work with Democrats. Buttigieg, in a 30-second spot appearing in […]

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U.S. may deploy 14,000 more troops to Middle East

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops to counter Iran, U.S. officials said. The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of […]

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Trump — not the Fed — is the biggest threat to the US economy, ex-India central bank chief says

Former Indian central bank chief Raghuram Rajan warned that the biggest threat to the U.S. economy will come from President Donald Trump's trade policies. In an opinion piece titled "Is Economic Winter coming?" published on the Project Syndicate website Tuesday, Rajan said the old rules governing macroeconomic cycles no longer seem to apply and it remains to be seen what […]

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Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says she was removed for not cooperating with Giuliani

WASHINGTON — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was removed from her post after insisting that Rudy Giuliani’s requests to Ukrainian officials for investigations be relayed through official channels, according to a former diplomat who has spoken with her. The ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers on Friday as part of the House impeachment inquiry into […]

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Powell Says Fed Will Sustain Expansion, Reinforcing Rate-Cut Bet

In this article Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here.  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the most likely outlook for the U.S. and world economy is continued moderate growth, but the central bank was monitoring “significant risks.” “As we move forward, we’re going to continue to watch all […]

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U.S. ready to start negotiating post-Brexit trade deal with U.K.

LONDON — The United States is ready to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.K. “in pieces” to help speed the process as Britain prepares to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Monday. Bolton told reporters after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London that a piecemeal approach to trade […]

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