Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByChris Horton May 31, 2018 TAIPEI, Taiwan — On June 12, in a leafy, middle-class neighborhood in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, the unofficial, Cold War-era relationship between this island and the United States is getting a major upgrade. That is when the American Institute in Taiwan, the United States’ embassy here in all but name, will hold a ceremony to formally unveil a $250 million office complex that resembles a university research center, just with guarded gates and blast walls. Built into a lush hillside, it will be a visible boost to American ties with Taiwan at a time when the number of official foreign diplomatic missions here continues to dwindle. The sprawling new facility, which sits on a 16-acre site, will give far more visibility, and aesthetic appeal, to the understated American … [Read more...] about With a $250 Million ‘Institute,’ the U.S. Upgrades Ties to Taiwan
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Sevnica Dispatch ByPatrick Kingsley July 22, 2018 SEVNICA, Slovenia — Melania cake. Melania cream. Melania wine. Melania tea. Melania slippers. Melania salami. Melania chocolate-coated apple slices. There are few products that the enterprising burghers of Sevnica, a small, rural Slovenian town where Melania Trump spent her formative years, have not sought to brand in honor of the first lady of the United States. Copyright restrictions mean that most of the items merely allude to her identity: The wine is called “First Lady,” while the slippers (a silvery number garnished with a fluffy white rabbit’s tail) are called “White House.” But legal kerfuffles aside, Mrs. Trump has been good for Sevnica (pronounced SEH-oo-nee-tsa) — a town of around 5,000 that sits in a … [Read more...] about In First Lady’s Hometown in Slovenia, the Business Is Melania
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Politics | 116th Congress Live Updates: The New House Elects a Speaker Supported by Live Briefing ByThe New York Times Jan. 3, 2019 Right Now: The oaths of office are being administered to the speaker and members. • The 116th Congress, with the House in Democratic control, has come to order. • Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, was elected speaker. • Anticipating victory, Ms. Pelosi suggested in an interview Thursday morning that President Trump can be indicted. Democrats take control. Right on schedule, the House gaveled in for the 116th Congress, with Democrats now in control. The name plate wasn’t on the door of the Capitol’s sumptuous speaker’s suite yet, but Ms. Pelosi strode out of the speaker’s office toward the chamber, grandchildren in tow. … [Read more...] about 116th Congress Live Updates: The New House Elects a Speaker
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index New York Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper New York | ‘Airbnb Tax’ in N.J. Opens New Front in Battle Over Internet Economy Advertisement Supported by ByNick Corasaniti March 12, 2019 [What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] The Jersey Shore, a storied summer vacation spot, has become the newest national battleground over regulating and taxing the internet economy. New Jersey is one of the first big states to adopt a surcharge on short-term rentals — a so-called Airbnb tax. It kicked in Oct. 1 and is causing vacationers to rethink their summer travels and stirring anxiety among the homeowners who rely on them. The fallout over the 11.6 percent tax has inserted New Jersey into a broader debate as states and communities grapple with the explosive growth of the online home-sharing economy. A … [Read more...] about ‘Airbnb Tax’ in N.J. Opens New Front in Battle Over Internet Economy
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by BySheryl Gay Stolberg May 10, 2018 WASHINGTON — For more than three decades, Senator John McCain, who was brutally tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, has been a powerful and persuasive voice in Congress on matters of interrogation and the conduct of war. But in the twilight of his career, as he battles brain cancer at his Arizona ranch, far from President Trump’s Washington, the potency of his moral suasion has faded as voices of ridicule in his own party rise. Less than 24 hours after Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, released an agonized statement in which he said he could not support the confirmation of Gina Haspel to direct the C.I.A., his best friend in the Senate, Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, announced his support for Ms. Haspel, who once oversaw a C.I.A. secret prison where a … [Read more...] about McCain May Be the ‘Conscience of the Senate.’ Is Anybody Listening?