Louisiana voters gave Donald Trump a thumping victory in our state in November's elections. Now, enough time has elapsed to count the ways that the new president has acted against the interest of Louisiana, in just a matter of weeks.There's trade, or rather the blocking of it. And tariffs, or rather the promotion of them. Also, labor and immigration, tourism, agriculture are all areas where Trump's administration is in its early days signalling opposition, or at least unintended harm, to policies that would help Louisiana's economy.Among Republican officials in Louisiana who have the most reasons to be concerned about the direction of the new GOP administration is Mike Strain, a veterinarian and head of the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry.Strain has twice visited Cuba heading trade delegations, including one with Gov. John Bel Edwards. Strain eagerly promoted the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with free nations around the Pacific Ocean rim. He has, in a national … [Read more...] about Lanny Keller: Let’s count the ways President Trump has opposed Louisiana’s interests
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Tech leaders come face-to-face with a fleshy avatar of authoritarianism. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Among the political victims of last weekend’s botched executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, was, surprisingly, Uber. The popular ride-sharing app found itself facing a wave of backlash for appearing to break a strike at JFK (they were really just going about business as usual), and is now running damage control, as years of frustration with the company culminated in a major campaign under the simple and direct hashtag #DeleteUber. Uber’s archrival, Lyft — which, like Uber, continued to serve JFK during the Taxi Workers’ Alliance stoppage — responded by announcing a million-dollar donation to the ACLU, clearly positioning itself as the virtuous alternative. The Uber backlash is the first consumer-level rebuke of Silicon Valley’s utopian ideals in the Trump era, and if the speed with which it came is any … [Read more...] about Why Do We Expect Silicon Valley to Reject Trump?
By Surendra Kumar Former foreign secretary S Jaishankar’s new role as external affairs minister is one of the brightest developments not just for this government, but for India as well. What sets Jaishankar apart from earlier career diplomats — and India has had quite brilliant ones — is that the trust and the confidence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi he enjoyed even before he joined the latter’s Cabinet. In these turbulent times, when international relations have been turned upside down by the likes of US President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping, Modi has picked someone who not only is a keen analyst of this global flux, but also who understands his mindset, his vision for India in this new global order. So, what does a professional diplomat like Jaishankar bring to the external affairs table of GoI? An incisive mind to dissect and understand the complexities of the issue at hand; a dispassionate analysis of ground realities; patience and … [Read more...] about What S Jaishankar brings to ministry of external affairs table
Updated | Russian nationals interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sophisticated, multiyear cyberattack that targeted the campaign of Hillary Clinton in favor of that of Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller's office revealed in an eight-count indictment released Friday.The indictment names 13 Russian individuals and three entities from that country as defendants. The defendants include the Internet Research Agency, which has been described as an internet troll farm, and Yevgeniy Prigozhin, a Russian businessman known as "Putin's chef." And it marks the first time Russian nationals have been indicted for attempting to interfere in the election.Related: Who is Richard Pinedo?"The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence in democracy," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a press conference Friday. "We must not allow them to succeed."The Internet Research Agency was formed in … [Read more...] about Russian Troll Farm Meddled in U.S. Election, Special Counsel Robert Mueller Alleges in Indictment
Source: Petrenko Andriy/Shutterstock Contributed by Amanda Habermann, M.S. America, the “land of the free and home of the brave,” is a nation of immigrants where people have, for multiple generations, come in pursuit of greater opportunities, freedom, and better lives for themselves and for their families. The U.S. is a diverse country made up of a blend of different races and ethnicities, cultures, religions and languages, all of which have helped diversify and shape America into what it is today. The 2016 presidential election brought to light fundamental issues facing the country—Americans have struggled to obtain jobs, finance their homes, and live their daily lives in relative safety and security. The public has feared rising national security threats due to terrorist attacks, uncontrolled illegal immigration, and substantial economic issues, including the growing national debt that is now close to $20 trillion. Many people have witnessed the country that they … [Read more...] about Immigration and the Pursuit of Happiness
A survivor of the Pensacola shooting in which a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and wounded eight more has updated friends and family on his condition, telling them he 'took some rounds to save people'. Ryan Blackwell was one of those injured during Mohammed Alshamrani's rampage last Friday. He posted a video update on his condition, telling viewers he 'is doing well' and is 'expected to make a full recovery'. Thanking the community for their support the high school assistant wrestling coach admitted: 'I am still trying to piece everything together, just keep sending you prayers and I am going to keep fighting.' Blackwell, who was on active duty with the Navy, added: 'I am thankful to be here. Thankful for all you guys sharing the love with me and giving me hope. Course I took some rounds but I got to save some people in the process.' It comes as its revealed gunman Alshamrani may have used exceptions written into federal law to get … [Read more...] about Survivor of Pensacola shooting says he ‘took some rounds to save people’ as it’s revealed Saudi gunman got around a ban on foreigners buying guns