April 3, 2017 nº 1,855 - Vol. 14

"A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."

John Burroughs

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A presidency stalled and sputtering

Since the Republican health care bill collapsed a little more than a week ago, Trump's White House has struggled with a path forward. Trump is dealing with finger-pointing and infighting that threatens to derail his agenda, as well as nagging Russia investigations on Capitol Hill that are raising more questions than answers about his team. And Trump has a real perception problem with the American public — he has the lowest approval rating at this point of any president in more than half a century. Executive actions don't equal legislation: That lack of an ability to get much done on Capitol Hill has hobbled Trump's agenda. During the campaign, Trump made big, bold promises. Trump hasn't moved beyond executive actions, something a president normally resorts to when he can't get anything done legislatively.

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Trump trade crackdown 'not about China'

Trump has signed two executive orders targeting the US trade deficit, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit. One order includes a study looking at causes of the deficit by examining unpaid duties and foreign trade abuses. The second will initiate a review of the American trade deficit and rules Trump says harm US workers. Administration officials said Beijing was not the focus, but China is the largest source of the US trade deficit. "We are going to get these bad trade deals straightened out," he said during the signing.

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Gibraltar 'not a bargaining chip' in Brexit talks

Gibraltar says it will not be used as a bargaining chip in negotiations over Brexit. Its chief minister Fabian Picardo says the message that "we want to stay British" needs to be clear in every capital of the European Union. Theresa May has said the UK is "committed" to the territory and its sovereignty is not on the table. In draft Brexit negotiating guidelines, the EU said any decisions affecting Gibraltar would be run past Spain.

Scotland formally requests second referendum on independence from UK

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has acknowledged receipt of a signed letter from Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon formally demanding a second referendum on Scotland's independence from the UK. In her letter, Sturgeon expressed frustration with Scotland's lack of representation in the Brexit negotiations with EU. Sturgeon also stated that the removal of UK "not just from EU, but also from the single market" is not a move that the people of Scotland support or voted for, adding that such a move will have significant adverse economic consequences for Scotland

Germany must face Nazi-era art restitution case in US court

Art restitution lawyers are cheering a Friday decision by the US District Court in Washington, D.C., that found Germany must face litigation in the United States in a case seeking to recover Nazi-confiscated art. Barring any changes to the decision on appeal, the case will mark the first time Germany has to defend itself in an art-restitution case in the US Other countries have faced such claims here, including Austria, Hungary and Spain, but other art-restitution cases involving Germany have all been dismissed.

Trump: US will 'solve' N Korea alone

Trump has said the United States will "solve" the nuclear threat from North Korea, with or without China's help. "If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will," he said, adding that the US could succeed alone. Trump's brief comments, published just days before the key meeting with Mr Xi at Mr Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Thursday, are the latest in a series of warnings over North Korea's nuclear development.

Europe becomes 'hub' for child sexual abuse content

Europe is becoming the global hub for the hosting of child sexual abuse images and videos, suggests a report. The annual report by the Internet Watch Foundation found that 60% of worldwide abuse material was now in Europe - an increase of 19%. The Netherlands topped the list of European nations hosting the illegal content, said the IWF. Improved reporting and policing by ISPs in North America are believed to have driven the shift. (Click here)

Federal judge rejects Trump's free speech defense to rally violence

On Sunday a federal judge rejected President Donald Trump's free speech defense in response to his alleged inciting of violence among protesters during his presidential campaign. The current lawsuit against Trump alleges the then-presidential candidate attempted to incite violence among his supporters by saying "get 'em out of here" in response to protesters at his Kentucky rally. At the rally two women and a man were supposedly shoved and punched by several members in attendance at the rally following his statements. The judge specifically held that there was sufficient evidentiary support that the injuries were a "direct and proximate result" of Trump's comments. Two people who allegedly forced the three protesters out were also named in the lawsuit.

Egypt court strikes down ruling, allows transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

The Egypt Court of Urgent Matters on Sunday struck down a ruling by the Egypt High Administrative Court regarding the transfer of two uninhabited Red Sea islands from Egypt to Saudi Arabia. The Egyptian government transferred the two islands, Tiran and Sanafir, to Saudi Arabia in April 2016, based on the belief that they had always belonged to Saudi Arabia. Sunday's decision will let the transfer move forward, but the decision is still subject to appeal and parliamentary approval. The decision is controversial, as critics hold that the Court of Urgent Matters is a lower court and does not have jurisdiction to overrule decisions made by the High Administrative Court. The Court of Urgent Matters is seen by some as a tool the Egyptian parliament is using to either stall or push the deal through, despite the deal being struck down the High Administrative Court. The transfer of the islands has also been controversial, as critics have accused the Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi of giving the islands to Saudi Arabia in exchange for financial support for al-Sisi and the current Egyptian government.

Britain's breakaway haunted by continued role of EU judges

UK Prime Minister Theresa May might have to put up with European Union courts wielding power over British law for a while longer if she wants a smooth withdrawal from the bloc. Having vowed in January to end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice over the UK, May this week appeared to soften her stance and was also told by continental lawmakers that she would have to if she wanted any transition between leaving the EU and new trading rules taking effect. "Theresa May seems to have intimated that during any transitional period she’d be willing to accept the EU court’s jurisdiction. Basically, the price of a transition might be the UK accepting the court." Any pullback by May from her previous hard-line might help avoid a clash with the EU which would threaten to imperil the sweeping trade deal she wants. Brexit Secretary David Davis nevertheless said on Thursday that the Luxembourg-based judges would play "no future role" in the UK after Brexit and that the UK wanted "maximum legal certainty" when it leaves.

Facebook pushes outside law firms to become more diverse

The social media giant, like other corporations, is pressing its outside law firms to have more minorities and women working on its legal matters.

Meet the shareholders? Not at these shareholder meetings

Companies are increasingly turning the annual meeting into an online-only affair, enabling them to cherry-pick questions and squelch dissenting views.

Judge orders man to hold sign declaring he's the 'face of domestic abuse'

In front of a Guilford County courthouse in North Carolina this week stood a man holding a poster with a hand-written message: "This is the face of domestic abuse." It wasn't a bizarre publicity stunt but a court-imposed public shaming. Guilford County District Judge Mark Cummings ordered a man convicted of assaulting a woman to carry the poster after the defendant violated his probation terms.

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Time
What Will it Take to Rebuild America?

Newsweek
Trump Pressures China To Rein In North Korea

Business Week
ESPN Has Seen the Future of TV and They're Not Really Into It

The Economist
Britain and the European Union: The negotiator

Der Spiegel
Sind wir bereit fuer die perfekt Zukunft?

L'Espresso
I dittatori e noi

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