FROM Justin Pritchard
Tentative Agreement Reached in Port Dispute Twenty-nine West Coast ports are fully open again. The maritime industry reached an agreement with union negotiators Friday after nine months of stalemate. But 13,000 rank and file members won't vote on ratification until April — and the companies haven't formally accepted the new contract, either. Continued uncertainty won't help the ports get back to business, according to Justin Pritchard of the Associated Press .
The West Coast Ports and the US Economy The President has sent Labor Secretary Tom Perez to San Francisco to try to bring longshore workers and West Coast shippers together after nine months of working without a contract. The shippers claim workers have slowed things down — so they shut 29 ports for three days to avoid paying holiday premiums.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?