Gail Collins: Bret, which do you think is more of a threat to Donald Trump’s political future, the classified document drama at Mar-a-Lago or the legal challenge to his businesses in New York? Bret Stephens: Gail, I suspect the most serious threats to Trump’s future, political or otherwise, are Big Macs and KFC buckets. Otherwise, I fear the various efforts to put the 45th president out of business or in prison make it considerably more likely that he’ll wind up in the White House as the 47th president. How about you? Gail: Sigh. You’re probably right but I’m still sorta hoping New York’s attorney general can hit him in the pocketbook. He’s super vulnerable when it comes to his shady finances — I’m even surprised he can find lawyers who have confidence they’ll keep being paid. Bret: No doubt the Trump Organization was run with the kind of fierce moral and financial rectitude you’d expect if Elizabeth Holmes had been put in charge of Enron. But the essential currency of … [Read more...] about Does It Matter That Investigators Are Closing In on Trump?
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Millions of public sector workers face a squeeze on wages after Liz Truss dumped plans to overhaul government spending. The Prime Minister promised she would look again at how much money goes to hospitals , schools and other public services in the wake of rocketing inflation. But she has now quietly shelved a fresh Spending Review and will stick to old figures drawn up by Rishi Sunak last year - meaning public sector workers will have real-term pay cuts before 2024. Torsten Bell, of the Resolution Foundation, told The Times: "The reality of double-digit inflation will tightly squeeze the budgets of schools and hospitals, as well as households. "Higher-than-expected energy bills and pay rises being absorbed within existing budgets will mean tough choices for those delivering those services. PM Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng announced massive tax cuts ( Image: PA) "In the longer term, there are clear trade-offs between the £45billion tax cuts … [Read more...] about Liz Truss set to push real pay cut on millions of teachers and nurses
Fairness, decency, competence and hope are valuable political and economic currencies soaring in value for Keir Starmer while Liz Truss trashes the Tory Party’s reputation and the pound. Labour’s leader can’t believe his luck that the Conservatives declared class war on the country, championing a wealthy tiny minority over the struggling overwhelming majority. People aren’t stupid and know they’ll pay for bulging bags of swag gifted to a well-heeled elite, including high-rollers bankrolling the Tories, by Truss and sidekick Kwasi Kwarteng. Dividing lines between Labour and the Cons don’t come redder or thicker than fat bonuses for bankers when out of pocket workers are lectured to tighten their belts. 'Politics feels different this time, Truss misreading the national mood' ( Image: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Press Wire/REX/Shutterstock) The Tory special financial operation is a suicide note, a moment as momentous as the so-called Winter of Discontent was forJim Callaghan’s … [Read more...] about ‘Keir Starmer can’t believe his luck that the Tories declared class war on the country’
For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Divisions are emerging in the Conservatives , after the Chancellor’s mini-budget prompted turmoil in the markets and talk of a financial crisis. With Liz Truss only a few weeks in office, the mood in the party once again appears divided as some MPs hit out at the tax-cutting plans announced on Friday by Kwasi Kwarteng, with one prominent backbencher calling his party leader’s plan “inept madness”. It comes as the Bank of England was forced to launched an emergency bond-buying programme to prevent borrowing costs from spiralling out of control and to stave off a “material risk to UK financial stability”. The International Monetary Fund, in a highly unusual move, has already flagged serious concerns about the mini-budget. The crisis has prompted Labour and other opposition parties to call for a recall of … [Read more...] about Truss plans branded ‘inept madness’ amid Tory concerns over market chaos
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis may be facing a crucial test as Hurricane Ian heads toward his state and residents prepare for high winds and potential widespread damage. The U.S. National Hurricane Center has said that Ian could become a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall in Florida on Wednesday and the state could see winds of up to 130mph. As Floridians board up buildings and evacuate their homes in advance of the hurricane's arrival , DeSantis has been preparing a response and has been cooperating with President Joe Biden 's administration on federal assistance. Political scientists who spoke to Newsweek suggested DeSantis could benefit politically from showing successful leadership during Hurricane Ian, but potential mistakes carried significant risks. DeSantis is seeking re-election in November and is facing Democrat and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, while the former is also considered a likely candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential … [Read more...] about Hurricane Ian gives Ron DeSantis his toughest test—and golden opportunity
Keir Starmer has blasted the Government for making "an absolute mess of the economy" as the International Monetary Fund issued a damning verdict of the Chancellor's tax-slashing mini-Budget. In an extraordinary statement, the IMF said it was "closely monitoring" the situation in the UK and urged the Chancellor to "re-evaluate the tax measures". It warned that Kwasi Kwarteng's plans risked fuelling inequality and pushing up prices. It comes as the pound fell again on Wednesday following the warning, with sterling back to 1.06 US dollars after reaching 1.08 US dollars on Tuesday. The Labour leader said the rare intervention from the IMF was "very serious" and insisted the Government would have to act before a promised statement in November. ( Image: PA) Mr Starmer told LBC: "I think the IMF statement is very serious, and it shows just what a mess the Government have made of the economy and it's self-inflicted. "This was a step they didn't have to take. Quite … [Read more...] about Keir Starmer demands Tories respond to ‘mess’ of economy as Brits ‘very, very worried’
Survivors of the Highland Park, Illinois, July 4th parade shooting have filed suit against Smith & Wesson, an online gun retailer, and an Illinois gun retailer. The suit was filed by the Brady Campaign, formerly Handgun Control, Inc., and Edelson PC. “Survivors of the mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade have sued Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun retailer Red Dot Arms, the shooter, and the shooter’s father,” USA Today ‘s Nick Penzenstadler tweeted . JUST IN: — Survivors of the mass shooting at the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade have sued Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun retailer Red Dot Arms, the shooter, and the shooter’s father. — Nick Penzenstadler (@npenzenstadler) September 28, 2022 Brady issued a press release, which said : The lawsuit seeks to hold Smith & Wesson liable for unlawful marketing and advertising of its M&P 15 assault rifle — the … [Read more...] about Highland Park July 4th Shooting Survivors Sue Smith and Wesson