FROM James Kanter
Apple, Ireland and corporate tax avoidance This week, the European Union made big news by announcing that Apple owes Ireland $14.5 billion worth of back taxes . Apple, Ireland, the Obama Administration and Congress all said that was wrong. Why does Apple have to pay taxes there? It's American law. US companies can find tax havens overseas, and Irish taxes are one third of what they are here. Despite its shiny image, critics say, Apple's no different than Anheuser-Busch, Google, Starbucks or Burger King. Apple says it's taking advantage of “legal incentives,” and Washington says that's okay. But, what's the cost to small business, the middle class and the poor?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?