Mexico

Nomi Prins: The White House As Donald Trump's New Casino

"Theoretically, we still live in a republic, but the question is: Who exactly represents whom in Washington? By now, I think we can take a reasonable guess. When the inevitable conflicts arise and Donald Trump must choose between business and country, between himself and the American people, who do you think will get the pink slip?"

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)

Doesn't Mexico Have Building Codes?

"City councils can pass building code laws all day long, but as long as residents lack the incomes necessary to afford housing, offices, and factory space that's built to withstand earthquakes, there will always be an especially large incentive to cut corners on construction. Innocent people will suffer as a result."

Trump's China-Sanctions Madness Imperils The Dollar

"If the US wants to really continue with this sanctions game, it need also be prepared to face the reality that its not 1989, and that the world may not be willing to treat dollars and US sanctions in the way the US expects it to. The likely response will only be the latest evidence that the US 'unipolar moment' is over. "