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China has a plan to rule the world

The friendly words exchanged between Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping this month softened the edge of a Chinese economic and military buildup that a recent study commissioned by the Pentagon described as “perhaps the most ambitious grand strategy undertaken by a single nation-state in modern times.” At the Beijing summit on Nov. 9, Xi repeated his usual congenial injunction for “win-win cooperation,” and Trump responded in kind, calling Xi “a very special man.” Trump also complained about the Chinese trade surplus, but the visit was mostly a serenade to Sino-American cooperation. What caught my ear was Xi’s hint of China’s big ambitions in his toast that night. He quoted a Chinese proverb that “no distance, not even remote mountains and vast oceans, can ever prevent people with perseverance...

Note to Mick Mulvaney: Donuts do not a CFPB director make

American criminal law is based on the cherished notion of habeas corpus, Latin for “you shall have the body.” President Trump’s hostile takeover of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, by contrast, relies on the rather less cherished legal principle of habeas cuppedia, Latin for “you shall have the pastries.” It’s not entirely clear that Trump’s choice to run the CFPB, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, has legal authority to assume the role. But he does have confections. Mulvaney showed up for his first day on the job Monday carrying a shopping bag full of Dunkin’ Donuts in Christmas-themed boxes. This apparently was just the sweetener Mulvaney needed to be recognized as acting director, because his spokesman, John Czwartacki, tweeted out a photo showing empty boxes of doughn...

James O’Keefe shows what real fake news is

The phrase “the truth will out” has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so. Sometimes Truth needs a little nudge, as was the case recently when an anti-media organization, absurdly named Project Veritas, apparently invented a story intended to impugn The Post (and the media more broadly), while also helping Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Briefly, Project Veritas and its creator, the self-regarding (bad) actor James O’Keefe, seems to have hired a woman to say that Moore impregnated her in 1992 and that she got an abortion at 15. As if you could forget, Moore has been accused by several women of molesting them when they were teens and he was in his 30s. Jaime T. Phillips presented herself to Post reporters with her scan...

Trump and Schumer: When schmoozing isn’t enough

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) delivers remarks at President-elect Trump’s inauguration ceremony. (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Donald Trump always had a soft spot for his fellow outer-borough kid who made it big. He recalls giving Chuck Schumer $500 when the young state legislator from Brooklyn first ran for Congress — the first of several donations. Trump attended a fundraiser for Schumer thrown by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. And Trump entertained Schumer at parties and fundraisers in Trump Tower and at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Trump and Schumer were never pals, but they got along fine, two power players who had never quite been accepted in the inner circle of their chosen fields, two sharp-elbowed guys who led with their mouths and won power partly by masterin...

Senate Republican tax plan clears hurdle with help from two key GOP holdouts

The Republican push to rewrite the tax code gained momentum Tuesday after a Senate panel advanced the measure and several wavering lawmakers signaled that they are leaning toward backing the bill. Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee unanimously voted to send the party’s tax package to the Senate floor, setting up a final vote as soon as this week. The measure moved forward when two GOP senators on the committee who had threatened opposition, Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.), instead supported the legislation. Corker said he had reached an agreement with GOP leaders that would limit the tax plan’s impact on the debt. Johnson, who has repeatedly threatened to vote against the bill because he says it favors corporations over other businesses, said he continued to have co...

Revealed! This is Motor Trend’s 2018 Truck of the Year…

Ford F-150 is the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Ford gambled more than $1 billion and abandoned seven decades of steel bodywork to create a 2015 F-150 with an aluminum body. Dropping a claimed 700 pounds would improve fuel economy, increase towing capacity, improve power-to-weight ratios, and create a truck with fewer parts subject to rust. Research The move was bold and expensive. Two truck plants closed for 13 weeks each to gut the body shop. Months of downtime meant the lost sale of 60,000 trucks valued at $40,000 or higher, followed by a slow rollout. Ford endured a year of lost market share and profits. Critics called it an unnecessary and costly mistake. © Motor Trend Staff Once the new F-150 arrived, Ford had to fend off GM’s allegations that aluminum wasn...

Box office bombs that are totally worth watching

By Jesse Schedeen of Moviefone | We wish that quality were all it took for films to succeed at the box office. Sadly, some worthwhile films just never seem to find the audience they deserve. As we mark the 15th anniversary of Steven Soderbergh’s little-seen gem “Solaris,” here are a few movies worth watching now, even if you ignored them when they first came out. © 20th Century Fox/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Picturehouse

Million Dollar Listing New York’s Fredrik Eklund welcomes twins

Fredrik Eklund is on double diaper duty! The Million Dollar Listing New York star and husband Derek Kaplan have welcomed twins, daughter Milla Eklund and son Fredrik Eklund Jr., the new dad announced Tuesday on social media. “Happiest moment of my life. Welcome Fredrick and Milla to the world,” Eklund captioned a snapshot of the new family of four.  We’ve been blessed two times over – we’re six months pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl! It was important for us to take the time to keep the news for ourselves, but now we are ready to celebrate all the love. We thank you for supporting us in this journey and your well wishes…. We are finally going to be dads! Finally! #grateful ??????????????????? A post shared by Fredrik Eklund (@fredrikeklundny) on Aug 10, 2017 at...

Sanders celebrates CNN boycotting WH Christmas party

© Provided by The Hill Huckabee Sanders celebrates CNN boycotting WH Christmas party President Trump’s top spokeswoman celebrated news Tuesday that CNN would be boycotting the White House Christmas Party this year. “Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted. Christmas comes early! Finally, good news from @CNN. https://t.co/3GeJysIol3 – Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) November 29, 2017 The White House had invited CNN, among other media outlets, to attend the annual event. “In light of the President’s continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as invited guests,” a CNN spokesperson told The Hill. “We will send a White ...

Automation could kill 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030

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