THE TICKER Chinese President Xi Jinping is displayed on a big screen as he delivers a speech at the closing session of the annual National People's Congress in March. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) The Trump trade mission to Beijing wraps up today without any concrete progress. The Trump administration is asking the Chinese to reduce the trade deficit with the U.S.— which stood at $375 billion last year — by $200 billion by 2020. And they want the Chinese to curb subsidies to key emerging industries, liberalize market access, and equalize their tariffs, among other demands. Beijing calls the requests "unfair." The two sides agreed to keep talking. Xinhua News Agency said in a statement they agreed to set up a "working mechanism" to enable ongoing communications. (The brief comment earlier from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin: "We’re having very good conversations.") So there will be no quick resolution as both of the world’s … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Beijing trade talks conclude with no progress. Get ready for a long slog.
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By Emily DeRuy | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: August 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm | UPDATED: August 10, 2018 at 1:02 pm As fall approaches, campaign season in San Jose is beginning to heat up and Friday, the City Council candidates in two competitive races faced off in one of the first forums since the June primary. In a repeat of the 2014 runoff, sitting Councilman Tam Nguyen will face Maya Esparza, who lost by only about 200 votes, for the District 7 seat west of downtown, while Pam Foley and Kalen Gallagher are both vying to replace outgoing Councilman Don Rocha in District 9 along the southwest edge of the city. Perhaps the biggest challenge for voters is finding policy differences between the candidates, who agree about a number of major issues the city faces, including the need for affordable housing and the challenge of revitalizing the area around Diridon Station west of downtown without displacing current residents. In the … [Read more...] about San Jose City Council candidates face off over homelessness, transportation
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Oct. 4, 2018 Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today. • Three of the Republican senators who could decide Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation condemned comments by President Trump that mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexual assault. [Read the story and President Trump’s remarks] • After weeks of not directly attacking Dr. Blasey, Mr. Trump and his Republican allies have embarked on a more aggressive effort to raise questions of her credibility. [Read the story] • Senate Republicans have challenged Dr. Blasey’s testimony from last week with a sworn statement from a former boyfriend who contradicted her assertions about her experience with polygraph tests. … [Read more...] about On Politics: Republicans Condemn Trump’s Mockery of Kavanaugh Accuser