Afghanistan

Tillerson Called Trump A "Moron", Was Close To Resigning

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House. Tillerson had openly disparaged the president, referring to him as a "moron" after a July 20 meeting with members of Trump’s national security team and Cabinet officials.

Frontrunning: September 27

  • Trump Will Let Congress Decide on Tax Rate for Top Earners (BBG)
  • Conservative firebrand defeats Trump pick in Alabama primary for U.S. Senate (Reuters)
  • U.S. Commerce Secretary says market access, protectionism top China issues (Reuters)
  • U.S. slaps steep duties on Bombardier jets after Boeing complaint (Reuters)
  • Dismayed Britain chides Boeing over Bombardier ruling (Reuters)

Frontrunning: September 26

  • Demise of Obamacare Repeal Shows How Far GOP Remains From Goal (BBG)
  • Republican’s Latest Tax Plan Has Little Room to Maneuver (WSJ)
  • Mexico in three-day countdown to search for earthquake survivors (Reuters)
  • Oil near 26-month high as Turkey threatens to choke Kurdish exports (Reuters)
  • North Korea bolsters defenses after flight by U.S. bombers as rhetoric escalates (Reuters)

India: The Genie Of Lawlessness Is Out Of The Bottle

"Indian culture is tribal and irrational. It simply cannot maintain, let alone create, institutions of the type the British left behind...Freedom of speech is one of the last surviving major pillars of the British legacy, but it has weakened significantly and is rapidly crumbling further, with Modi as a major catalyst."