BUSINESS/WISCONSIN: “Taiwan electronics manufacturer Foxconn is drastically scaling back a planned $10 billion factory in Wisconsin, confirming its retreat from a project that former U.S. President Donald Trump once called ‘the eighth wonder of the world.’ Under a deal with the state of Wisconsin announced on Tuesday [Apr. 20, 2021], Foxconn will reduce its planned […]

Read More… from 4/21/2021


BUSINESS/GEORGIA/MITCH MCCONNELL/VOTING: “Georgia’s got a lot of difficulties. In this new [voting] law, I don’t believe they have signature matching… it’s very watered down from the original one… It’s very sad that the [Georgia] secretary of state signed the consent decree. Because the consent decree made it very tough for a Republican to win in […]

Read More… from 4/6/2021


BUSINESS/SPORTS/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY/VOTING: “Baseball is already losing tremendous numbers of fans, and now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter I.D., which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections. Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are […]

Read More… from 4/2/2021


25th AMENDMENT/BUSINESS/IMPEACHMENT: “U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas Donohue issued a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump on Tuesday [Jan. 12, 2021], calling Trump’s actions last week in connection with pro-Trump mob at the U.S. Capitol ‘absolutely unacceptable and completely inexcusable.’ Donohue told a news conference that Trump ‘undermined our democratic institutions and ideals’ and […]

Read More… from 1/12/2021


BUSINESS/IMMIGRATION: “The Trump administration forged ahead with a rule to increase the minimum pay for foreign workers on high-skill H-1B visas Tuesday in a move that could sideline many of them from the U.S. labor market… Immigration advocates, including many in Silicon Valley who rely on the visas, had assailed interim rules issued in October, […]

Read More… from 1/12/2021


BUSINESS/CHINA/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “President Trump has signed an executive order banning Ant Group’s Alipay, WeChat Pay and 6 other Chinese apps in the US, according to Reuters. A senior administration official explained at a briefing that the order aims to prevent the Chinese government from gathering American users’ data and using it as a ‘mass […]

Read More… from 1/6/2021


BUSINESS/CHINA/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that additional steps must be taken to deal with the national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain declared in Executive Order 13873 of May 15, 2019 (Securing the Information and Communications Technology and […]

Read More… from 1/5/2021


BUSINESS/TRUMP ADMIN: “Servers and other workers who receive tips could be required by their employer to share that gratuity with non-tipped staff members such as dishwashers, under a final regulation the Labor Department announced on Tuesday [Dec. 22, 2020]. The rule is the culmination of more than three years of work by the Trump administration […]

Read More… from 12/22/2020


BUSINESS/CHINA/TRUMP ADMIN: “The Trump administration is continuing to inflict damage on China’s prized businesses in its final weeks, with actions that could make it harder for President-elect Joe Biden to rebuild relations once he takes office. The latest move came Thursday [Dec. 3, 2020] when the US Department of Defense added China’s top chipmaker SMIC, […]

Read More… from 12/4/2020


2020 ELECTION/BIDEN TRANSITION/BUSINESS/TRUMP ADMIN: “Concerned that President Trump’s refusal to accept the election results is hurting the country, more than 160 top American executives asked the administration on Monday [Nov. 23, 2020] to immediately acknowledge Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the president-elect and begin the transition to a new administration… As a way of gaining […]

Read More… from 11/23/2020


2020 ELECTION/BUSINESS/GOP: “The head of the Republican-leaning U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging President Trump to move on with the transition to President-elect Joe Biden’s administration. The chamber, which typically has favored Republican candidates who support lower taxes and fewer regulations, joins a chorus of business groups imploring Trump to stop delaying the transition to […]

Read More… from 11/19/2020


BUSINESS/JOE BIDEN/UNION: “I made it clear to the corporate leaders. I said, I want you to know I’m a union guy. Unions are going to have increased power… It’s not anti-business. It’s about economic growth, creating good paying jobs. Eleven years ago when Barack and I took office during the Great Recession and implemented the […]

Read More… from 11/16/2020


BUSINESS/CHINA/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDER: “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is increasingly exploiting United States capital to resource and to enable the development and modernization of its military, intelligence, and other security apparatuses, which continues to allow the PRC to directly threaten the […]

Read More… from 11/12/2020


BUSINESS/JOE BIDEN: “Under my plan, small business come out the other side of this crisis with access to capital and the ability to deal with their debts. We’re going to get $50 billion in new capital, especially for minority owned businesses and small businesses. We’re going to make another hundred billion dollars in low-interest loans […]

Read More… from 10/9/2020


BUSINESS/JOBS: “Now we have more than 400,000 small businesses have been permanently closed. By the way, the largest employers in America are small businesses. Millions more are struggling to hang on. How many more will go under? How many more dreams will be extinguished because of the selfishness of this President and the Republican leaders […]

Read More… from 10/9/2020


BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The president, instead of being in the sand trap in his golf course, should be in the White House and the Oval Office, inviting Democrats and Republicans to be there with him and to settle, settle how we’re going to make sure we can bail out the small businesses that are going […]

Read More… from 9/30/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “A judge has temporarily blocked an order from the Trump administration that would have banned TikTok from being downloaded from U.S. app stores. At the end of the day on Sunday, the U.S. government could have forced app stores run by Apple and Google to remove TikTok. But after a hearing on Sunday, […]

Read More… from 9/27/2020


BUSINESS/CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN: “Now there’s no national standards as to how to open [after coronavirus quarantine]. How do you open safely? President says, ‘Just put up a sign, Come on in.’ Well, you know your employee. Beyond your employees, your customers are going to go, “I don’t know. I mean, does everybody have to have the […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “TikTok is asking a federal judge to block the Trump administration’s impending ban on its operations in the United States… President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had given his ‘blessing’ to a deal struck by TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, and Oracle and Walmart, which would avert a ban announced by the Department […]

Read More… from 9/23/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “We have some very big news on TikTok. TikTok is moving along. We’re dealing with Oracle, which you know of. Larry Ellison. And we’re dealing with, as a combination, Walmart — Walmart, a great company… And they’ll be making about a 5-billion-dollar contribution toward education. We’re going to be setting up a very […]

Read More… from 9/19/2020


BUSINESS/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “TikTok will be removed from US app stores from midnight on Sunday as Washington implements executive orders from President Donald Trump that also target WeChat, a Chinese social media app… The removal of TikTok and WeChat from US app stores implements two executive orders issued last month by Mr Trump, which said […]

Read More… from 9/18/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: [Reporter: “Are you prepared to sign off on the Oracle and TikTok deal, even though the Treasury isn’t getting paid?”] “It has to be 100 percent as far as national security is concerned. And, no, I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal.” [Reporter: “What about the […]

Read More… from 9/16/2020


BUSINESS/CORONAVIRUS/JOE BIDEN: “[L]ook at the money that was passed under the CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act, for businesses, small businesses be able to stay open. You have tens of thousands of going out of business, many of them permanently. Why? Because, the money didn’t get to small businesses. They’re not open. We […]

Read More… from 9/2/2020


BUSINESS/SPORTS: “Through the Paycheck Protection Program, we’ve saved 5 million small businesses and 50 million jobs. This includes nearly 130,000 small businesses and 1.2 million jobs right here in North Carolina. And you’re ready to open up. You got to tell — and you’re ready to play football. Got to play football. You got to […]

Read More… from 8/24/2020


BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump on Wednesday [Aug. 19, 2020] urged consumers to snub Goodyear tires, claiming that the company has banned hats bearing his campaign phrase “Make America Great Again,” or MAGA… Mr. Trump’s tweet comes after a report by WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas, that some employees at a Goodyear plant in the city […]

Read More… from 8/20/2020


BUSINESS: “I’m not happy with Goodyear because what they’re doing is playing politics. And the funny thing is the people that work for a Goodyear — I can guarantee you I poll very well with all of those great workers in Goodyear. And when they say that you can’t have ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ you can’t […]

Read More… from 8/19/2020


BUSINESS/ECONOMY/JOBS: “In this administration, we live by two rules: Buy American and hire American.” -Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing | Bedminster, NJ,” whitehouse.gov, Aug. 8, 2020 […]

Read More… from 8/8/2020


BUSINESS/JOE BIDEN: “I’ve laid out in detail what I would do, and all the way back in January, when this first came out. Then I did again in March, talked about how I would invoke the Defense Act to require significant stockpiling of PPE. I would also have made sure that we wouldn’t have fired the […]

Read More… from 8/6/2020

BUSINESS/JOBS: “The duty of a President is to put this nation’s own citizens first. That’s why my administration swears by two simple but crucial rules: Buy American and Hire American.” -Donald Trump, “Remarks by President Trump at Whirlpool Corporation Manufacturing Plant,” whitehouse.gov, Aug. 6, 2020 […]

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BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “I told Microsoft — and, frankly, others — if they want to do it, if they make a deal for TikTok — whether it’s the 30 percent in the United States or the whole company, I say, ‘It’s okay. But if you do that, we’re really making it possible because we’re letting you […]

Read More… from 8/4/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “So, TikTok — TikTok is very successful. It does tremendous business in the United States. People are riveted by it. I mean, I have many friends — when they saw that announcement, they’re calling. And I think their kids love it; they don’t. Because they don’t get to see their kids anymore, but […]

Read More… from 8/4/2020


BUSINESS/CHINA/TECHNOLOGY: “You know Huawei. I have stopped Huawei from coming into this country… In fact, we’re actually taking down equipment where they have Huawei equipment, bought years and years ago, long before my time. And we’re actually taking it down off the top of towers and things all over the country. No, I turn it. […]

Read More… from 8/4/2020


BUSINESS/JOE BIDEN/LATINOS: “Small business ownership is one of our country’s cornerstones for wealth building and job creation. However, persistent racial disparities in wealth and access to capital, combined with outright discrimination in the financial sector, have contributed to inequities in small business ownership, growth, and success.” -Joe Biden, “The Biden Agenda for the Latino Community,” […]

Read More… from 8/4/2020


BUSINESS/SOCIAL MEDIA: “It’s [TikTok] a great asset. It’s a great asset, but it’s not a great asset in the United States unless they have the approval of the United States. So it’ll close down on September 15th, unless Microsoft or somebody else is able to buy it and work out a deal, an appropriate deal. […]

Read More… from 8/3/2020


BUSINESS/CHINA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “[TikTok] can’t be controlled for security reasons by China, too big, too invasive, and it can’t be. Here’s the deal. I don’t mind if, whether it’s Microsoft or somebody else, a big company, a secure company, a very American company buy it. It’s probably easier to buy the whole thing than to buy […]

Read More… from 8/3/2020


BUSINESS/JOE BIDEN: “Small business ownership is one of our country’s cornerstones for wealth building and job creation. But Black and Brown entrepreneurs face far too many barriers to ownership, growth, and success.” -Joe Biden, Twitter.com, July 28, 2020 6:55 pm […]

Read More… from 7/28/2020


BUSINESS/JOE BIDEN: “To support more Black and Brown small businesses, my administration will launch a new Small Business Opportunity Initiative. We’re going to make sure that those with the best ideas are not denied the venture capital or financing they need because of their race or zip code.” -Joe Biden, Twitter.com, July 28, 2020 3:46 […]

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BUSINESS/DRUGS: “[M]y administration is using the Defense Production Act to provide a $765 million loan to support the launch of Kodak Pharmaceuticals. It’s a great name, when you think of it. Such a great name. It was one of the great brands in the world. Then people went digital, and Kodak didn’t follow. But now, […]

Read More… from 7/28/2020


BUSINESS/CLIMATE CHANGE/ENVIRONMENT: “And old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs — I brought them back. I brought them back. They have two nice qualities: They’re cheaper and they’re better. They look better, and they make you look so much better. That’s important to all of us. But they’re better and much cheaper. And they were mandated out, legislated out. […]

Read More… from 7/16/2020


BUSINESS/ENVIRONMENT: “We’re bringing back consumer choice in home appliances so that you can buy washers and dryers, showerheads and faucets. So showerheads — you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out. So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you […]

Read More… from 7/16/2020


BUSINESS/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Through the Paycheck Protection Program, we’ve extended over $520 billion in loans to nearly 5 million small businesses, saving and supporting the jobs of tens of millions of American workers. This has been a tremendous success; levels that nobody has ever seen before. But we saved all of those — all of […]

Read More… from 7/2/2020


BUSINESS/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As a result of the virus, 22 percent of small businesses were forced to close earlier this year, including 41 percent of black-owned businesses. But under my administration’s strategy to vanquish the virus and restart our economy, small businesses across the nation are now safely reopening — all over the nation, they’re […]

Read More… from 6/18/2020


AMAZON/BUSINESS: “Look what Amazon’s doing to our country. Amazon’s destroying all these shopping malls and shopping centers. We have a lot of workers. You go through a beautiful town, you know, town — Perfect Town USA, OK. Perfect Town USA used to have a little store here, a little — along the main, you know, […]

Read More… from 6/3/2020


AGRICULTURE/CHINA/CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “[M]y administration is launching a sweeping new initiative: the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Through this effort, we are providing $19 billion to support our nation’s agricultural producers, maintain the health of our critical food supply chains, and provide food assistance to American families. Nineteen billion dollars… I’ll tell you, you can go […]

Read More… from 5/19/2020


BUSINESS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “By removing outdated and unnecessarily burdensome regulations; strengthening efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing; improving the transparency and efficiency of environmental reviews; and renewing our focus on long-term strategic planning to facilitate aquaculture projects, we can protect our aquatic environments; revitalize our Nation’s seafood industry; get more Americans back to […]

Read More… from 5/7/2020


BUSINESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats are blocking additional funding for the popular Paycheck Protection Program. They are killing American small businesses. Stop playing politics Dems! Support Refilling PPP NOW – it is out of funds!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 16, 2020 12:11 pm […]

Read More… from 4/16/2020


BUSINESS/DEMS/FEDERAL FUNDING/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats are blocking a 251 Billion Dollar funding boost for Small Businesses which will help them keep their employees. It should be for only that reason, with no additions. We should have a big Infrastructure Phase Four with Payroll Tax Cuts & more. Big Economic Bounceback!” -Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 10, […]

Read More… from 4/10/2020


BUSINESS/ECONOMY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Democrats are blocking a 251 Million Dollar funding boost for Small Businesses which will help them keep their employees. It should be for only that reason, with no additions. We should have a big Infrastructure Phase Four with Payroll Tax Cuts & more. Big Economic Bounceback!” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 10, 2020 […]

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BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Just had a conf call w/ major lenders discussing our Great Small Businesses & the #PPPloan. I ask every company, big & small, making announcements about innovative contributions, hiring new workers, or looking to overcome setbacks to share your stories with #AmericaWorksTogether! https://t.co/zfEy14aJ86“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, April 7, 2020 3:03 pm […]

Read More… from 4/7/2020


BUSINESS/DEMS/HOUSE OF REPS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “…& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is ‘HELL’ dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the ‘big picture’ done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican […]

Read More… from 3/27/2020


BUSINESS/JOBS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Today I spoke with our Nation’s Small Businesses, which employ nearly half of America’s workforce. We are taking the MOST aggressive action in history to deliver fast relief to your businesses and workers. We will always protect our Small Businesses! @SBAgov https://t.co/lf3y5iJ4hd“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 20, 2020 3:22 pm […]

Read More… from 3/20/2020


BUSINESS/LABOR/TREASURY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “….the Secretary of the Treasury and the Secretary of Labor to issue regulations that will provide flexibility so that in no way will Small Businesses be hurt. I encourage all Republicans and Democrats to come together and VOTE YES! I will always put….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, March 13, 2020 7:42 pm […]

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BUSINESS/CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that (1) Beijing Shiji Information Technology Co., Ltd., a public company organized under the laws of China, and (2) its wholly owned direct subsidiary Shiji (Hong Kong) Ltd., a Hong Kong limited company (together, the “Purchaser”), through acquiring an interest in StayNTouch, Inc. […]

Read More… from 3/6/2020


BUSINESS/ECONOMY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “At a luncheon this week where 600 business leaders gathered to celebrate the billions of dollars that global trade has pumped into their local economy, John Lummus, head of an economic development group, rattled off just a few of the successes: a 16 percent increase in total jobs over the last two […]

Read More… from 2/28/2020


BUSINESS/ECONOMY/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday [2-25-20] the U.S. stock market will crash if he loses the election this year. During a trip to India, Trump told business leaders stocks will jump higher if he is re-elected, but ‘if I don’t win you’re going to see a crash like you’ve never […]

Read More… from 2/25/2020


BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States cannot, & will not, become such a difficult place to deal with in terms of foreign countries buying our product, including for the always used National Security excuse, that our companies will be forced to leave in order to remain competitive. We want to sell…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February […]

Read More… from 2/18/2020


BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States cannot, & will not, become such a difficult place to deal with in terms of foreign countries buying our product, including for the always used National Security excuse, that our companies will be forced to leave in order to remain competitive. We want to sell…” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, February […]

Read More… from 2/18/2020


BUSINESS/DEMS/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “An avowed democratic socialist narrowly won the New Hampshire primary, propelled by promises to jack up taxes on the rich, nationalize health care and take a sledgehammer to the nation’s banking behemoths. Wall Street has so far reacted to the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders with a massive yawn — because few […]

Read More… from 2/12/2020


BUSINESS/COURTS/DEFENSE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Amazon has asked a federal court to let it depose President Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, arguing that hearing from them is essential to determining if they intervened against the internet company when the Pentagon awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to a competitor. The request, which was unsealed on Monday, escalates a […]

Read More… from 2/10/2020


BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UKRAINE: “Two stone cold losers from Amazon WP. Almost every story is a made up lie, just like corrupt pol Shifty Schiff, who fraudulently made up my call with Ukraine. Fiction! https://t.co/0Oad0738NG“ –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, January 20, 2020 1:48 pm […]

Read More… from 1/20/2020


BUSINESS/CHINA/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “American manufacturing activity contracted last month more than it had in a decade, data released Friday [1-3-20] showed, a sign that economic damage from President Trump’s trade war could linger even after the United States and China sign an initial trade deal. An index published by the Institute for Supply Management […]

Read More… from 1/3/2020


BUSINESS/CLIMATE CHANGE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/UN: “President Donald Trump’s planned pullout from the Paris climate agreement has some U.S. companies worried that a business opportunity worth hundreds of billions of dollars is going to pass them by. The withdrawal could lock U.S. businesses out of a huge portion of the rapidly growing global market, already worth an […]

Read More… from 12/6/2019


BUSINESS/FRANCE/TARIFFS/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A brief truce in what had been an escalating battle between the United States and France over taxing digital services has expired, but President Trump gave no indication this week whether he planned to return to his threats to impose new tariffs on imported wine and other French products as a result. […]

Read More… from 11/26/2019


BUSINESS/CHINA/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Global stocks inched up on Friday [11-22-19], lifted by China’s renewed offer to work out a trade pact with Washington and despite signs that manufacturing in major eurozone economies was grinding to a halt. But gains were limited by uncertainty over how the 16-month-old U.S.-China trade war plays out and how […]

Read More… from 11/22/2019


BUSINESS/CHINA/TARIFFS/TRADE WAR/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Before the trade war threatened to upend everything, Lena Phoenix spent most of her hours puzzling over how to expand the thriving footwear business she and her husband had founded in their home in Colorado. Now, she is mostly consumed with finding a way around the tariffs that President Trump just […]

Read More… from 9/2/2019


BUSINESS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP TAXES: “Deutsche Bank’s disclosure on Tuesday [8-27-19] that it has tax returns related to President Trump’s family or business set off a frenzy of speculation about what those materials might reveal. But a trove of other data and documents that his longtime lender is sitting on might prove more revelatory to investigators […]

Read More… from 8/28/2019


BUSINESS/COURTS/DEMS/TRUMP TAXES: “Deutsche Bank told a federal appeals court on Tuesday [8-27-19] that it was in possession of some tax returns sought by congressional subpoenas issued earlier this year to President Trump, his family and his businesses. In a letter to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the German lender wrote […]

Read More… from 8/27/2019


BUSINESS/ECONOMY/TARIFFS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Home Depot Inc (HD.N) beat quarterly profit estimates on Tuesday [8-20-19] as it sold more big-ticket items to high-spending builders and handymen, while flagging the potential impact of U.S. President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade tussle with China on consumers. The home improvement chain, which has distanced itself from co-founder Bernie Marcus’ support […]

Read More… from 8/20/2019


BUSINESS/CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States will allow American companies to continue doing business with Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, for an additional 90 days, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday. [8-19-19]. The government’s reprieve is intended to give rural telecommunications companies in the United States more time to wean themselves from Huawei, which supplies […]

Read More… from 8/19/2019


BUSINESS/ECONOMY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Walmart, a great indicator as to how the U.S. is doing, just released outstanding numbers. Our Country, unlike others, is doing great! Don’t let the Fake News convince you otherwise.” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, August 15, 2019 3:18 pm […]

Read More… from 8/15/2019


BUSINESS/GOVERNMENT/LABOR/LGBTQ/RELIGION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “U.S. businesses with federal government contracts would be allowed not to hire LGBT+ candidates on religious grounds under a proposed rule announced on Wednesday [8-14-19] by the U.S. Department of Labor. The policy change would state that government contractors, including universities, hospitals and corporations, can claim religious exemptions in employment decisions if […]

Read More… from 8/14/2019


BUSINESS/DEFENSE/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Pentagon is slamming the brakes on its mega-competition to award a $10 billion cloud computing contract after President Donald Trump suggested the Defense Department might have rigged the contest in favor of Amazon, a frequent target of his criticism. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who assumed his post July 23, is now […]

Read More… from 8/1/2019


BUSINESS/DEMS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “History will record last week as a moment when President Trump turned to raw racial appeals to attack a group of nonwhite lawmakers, but his attacks also underscored a remarkable fact of his first term: His rhetorical appeals to white working-class voters have not been matched by legislative accomplishments aimed at […]

Read More… from 7/23/2019


BUSINESS/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump’s tax cuts have been very good to big banks. For foreign-owned banks, they could get even better. The cuts allowed America’s largest banks to save an estimated $16 billion collectively in taxes last year, a windfall that helped those firms reward shareholders through stock buybacks and dividend payments. The savings […]

Read More… from 7/19/2019


BUSINESS/PENTAGON/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Thursday [7-18-19] that he was looking ‘very seriously’ at intervening in the hard-fought commercial battle for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud computing contract for which Amazon, a company he has frequently attacked, is seen as the leading contender. For the president to weigh in on the award of […]

Read More… from 7/18/2019


BUSINESS/DEMS/GOP/HOUSE OF REPS/LEGISLATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday [7-18-19] passed legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by October 2025, a big win for workers and labor groups, even as it remained unlikely the bill would pass a Republican-controlled Senate. The move comes at a time when […]

Read More… from 7/18/2019


BUSINESS/ECONOMY/TAXES/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The five largest banks in the United States reaped tens of billions of dollars in profits in the first half of the year, thanks in part to a strong economy and to the lingering effects of President Trump’s tax cuts. Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have […]

Read More… from 7/17/2019


BUSINESS/STEVE MNUCHIN/TECHNOLOGY/TREASURY/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday [7-15-19] that he had ‘very serious concerns’ about cryptocurrencies, including the one being developed by Facebook, the latest indication that Washington is preparing to exert its power over digital currencies. In a briefing at the White House, Mr. Mnuchin said cryptocurrencies posed a national security […]

Read More… from 7/15/2019


BUSINESS/CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The chairman of Huawei said Friday [7-12-19] the Chinese tech giant has yet to see any benefit from President Donald Trump’s promise to allow U.S. companies to sell some components to the company and called on Washington to remove it from a security blacklist. The ‘unjust and unfair’ decision to add Huawei […]

Read More… from 7/12/2019


BUSINESS/PENNSYLVANIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “I was just informed by Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin, of her decision to keep the Sikorsky Helicopter Plant in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, open and humming! We are very proud of Pennsylvania and the people who work there….” –Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 10, 2019 7:06 pm […]

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BUSINESS/ELECTION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump on Tuesday [7-9-19] blasted ‘the radical left’ for using economic boycotts as a political tactic despite his own long history of supporting such strategies. The president was responding to recent calls for a boycott of Home Depot because of the financial support that retired co-founder Bernie Marcus has […]

Read More… from 7/9/2019


BUSINESS/CHINA/TECHNOLOGY/TRADE DEALS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is following through with plans to allow American companies to continue doing business with Huawei, the Chinese telecom equipment giant, just weeks after placing the company on a Commerce Department blacklist. On Tuesday [7-9-19], Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the administration will issue licenses for American companies that […]

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BUSINESS/PRISONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “When Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) held its annual meeting in April, activists insisted it stop financing private prison companies. On Wednesday [6-26-19], Bank of America did exactly that, distancing itself from a sector that has triggered protests over its links to the Trump administration’s immigration policy and concerns about detention center […]

Read More… from 6/28/2019