FROM Tom Braithwaite
Obama to Crack Down on Corporate Offshore Tax Havens By some estimates, $700 billion in American corporate earnings are parked in offshore tax havens out of reach for US tax collectors. Today, President Obama announced a plan to crack down "on illegal overseas tax evasion, close loopholes, and make it more profitable for companies to create jobs here in the United States." Tom Braithwaite is business and politics correspondent at the Financial Times .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.