国际热点 Top Stories (To be updated)
The trade deficit got smaller in September as the US and China work toward tariff truce
CNBC by Jeff Cox
The U.S. trade deficit with its global partners contracted to $52.5 billion in September as the White House continued its efforts to close the gap in goods and services.
As the administration continues its efforts to close the first phase of a tariff deal with China, the trade balance remains higher from where it was when President Donald Trump took office. Consumers continue to demand foreign goods amid a decade-long economic expansion.
US woos Asia with plan to rival Chin(a)’s ‘Bel(t) and Road’
By ELAINE KURTENBACH / AP
BANGKOK (AP) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday the U.S. will invest and trade more in Asia as it rolls out an American plan to support “sustainable” projects in Asia as a counterpoint to Chin(a)’s multibillion-dollar “Belt and Roa(d)” infrastructure initiative.
Ross is leading a high-powered trade mission in Asia and along with national security adviser Robert O’Brien attended meetings at a regional summit that wrapped up Monday on the outskirts of Thailand’s capital.
Iran to fuel centrifuges in new step away from nuclear deal
By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL / AP
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will start injecting uranium gas into over a thousand centrifuges at a fortified nuclear facility built inside a mountain, the country’s president announced Tuesday in Tehran’s latest step away from its atomic accord with world powers since President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal over a year ago.
President Hassan Rouhani’s announcement means that Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility, publicly revealed only 10 years ago, again will become an active atomic site rather than a research facility as envisioned by the landmark 2015 accord. The State Department days ago announced it would renew a waiver allowing Russia’s state-run Rosatom nuclear company to continue its conversion work at the site.
UK parties promise end to Brexit agony if they win election
AP by By JILL LAWLESS
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s three major national political parties wooed weary voters on Tuesday, all promising an end to Brexit wrangling if they win next month’s national election — but offering starkly different visions of how to achieve that.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says if his Conservative Party wins the Dec. 12 poll, he will get Parliament to ratify his divorce deal with the European Union and Britain will leave the bloc by Jan. 31.
Germany: Trump decision to pull out of Paris climate deal 'regrettable'
Hill by By Jessica Campisi - 11/05/19 07:40 AM EST
Germany on Tuesday said President Trump’s decision to formally pull out of the landmark Paris climate agreement was “regrettable,” but not unexpected.
German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze noted that the U.S. said two years ago that it would remove itself from the global climate change pact signed by every other country in the world, adding that “luckily it has remained alone in doing so,” The Associated Press reports.
Boris Johnson 'suppressing' Russia report until after UK election, lawmakers say
By Ivana Kottasová, CNN
London (CNN)Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under fire over accusations from lawmakers that the UK government is intentionally delaying the release of a report into Russia's influence in British politics until after the upcoming election.
The failure of the Prime Minister to approve the publication of the report has sparked outrage from members of the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which compiled the report, and opposition lawmakers who accused the government of a coverup.
9 members of American family including 6 children killed in ambush in Mexico, officials say
By morgan winsor Nov 5, 2019, 2:49 PM ET
At least nine members of an American family, including six children, were killed in an attack in northern Mexico on Monday, the Mexican military has confirmed.
The family was ambushed by an armed group while traveling from the town of Galeana in Chichuahua state to Bavispe in Sonora state between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time, according to Mexico's security minister, Alfonso Durazo.
美国时政 US Politics (To be updated)
Too Much Democracy Is Bad for Democracy
November 5, 2019 at 1:01 pm EST By Taegan Goddard
Jonathan Rauch and Ray La Raja: “Americans rarely pause to consider just how bizarre the presidential nominating process has become. No other major democracy routinely uses primaries to choose its political candidates, nor did the Founders of this country intend for primaries to play a role in the republican system they devised.”
“Abraham Lincoln did not win his party’s nomination because he ran a good ground game in New Hampshire; rather, Republican elders saw in him a candidate who could unite rival factions within the party and defeat the Democratic nominee in the general election. Today’s system amounts to a radical experiment in direct democracy, one without precedent even in America’s own political history.”
Sondland, Trump's appointee, changes testimony to say there was clear quid pro quo
By Mike Lillis and Olivia Beavers - 11/05/19 02:02 PM EST
Washington -- U.S. Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland, in an addendum to his October testimony, is claiming that his memory has been "refreshed" after reviewing others' testimony. Now, in revised testimony dated Monday, November 4, Sondland said he recalls that aid to Ukraine was, according to his understanding, conditioned on Ukraine making a public anti-corruption statement.
Democrats Need a Dual Strategy to Beat Trump
November 5, 2019 at 5:58 pm EST By Taegan Goddard
John Cassidy: “At least mathematically, the elements of a successful battleground-state strategy are clear. The Democratic candidate needs to excite voters in the Democratic base, particularly minorities and highly educated whites, while also trying to appeal to as many people as possible in Trump’s core demographic, which consists of whites who don’t have a four-year college degree. Contrary to some analyses, both of these things are necessary: it isn’t an either-or choice. The Democrats need a dual strategy.”
McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today
Politico By MARIANNE LEVINE 11/05/2019 03:59 PM EST
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would acquit President Donald Trump if an impeachment trial were held today.
“I will say I’m pretty sure how it’s likely to end,” McConnell told reporters. “If it were today I don’t think there’s any question — it would not lead to a removal. So the question is how long does the Senate want to take? How long do the presidential candidates want to be here on the floor of the Senate instead of in Iowa and New Hampshire?”
It's Election Day 2019. Here's What To Watch
NPR by Jessica Taylor
Voters in four states head to the polls today. These off-year contests may not be as high profile as the 2020 presidential and congressional elections will be a year from now, but they could offer some important hints on how voters are feeling about President Trump, impeachment, guns and more.
The Memo: Trump's battleground ratings sound warning for Democrats
The Hill by By Niall Stanage - 11/05/19 06:00 AM EST
New battleground state polls sent tremors through Democratic circles Monday, underlining that President Trump is in with a fighting chance of reelection despite his mediocre national standing.
The polls, from the New York Times and Siena College, tested the three leading Democratic 2020 candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — against Trump in the six states that Trump carried by the narrowest margins in 2016.
Homeland Security official says Russia will try to interfere in 2020 election: "They're going to be back"
CBS News November 5, 2019, 7:47 AM
Less than a year before the 2020 presidential election, there are concerns about foreign interference. The government's top election security official says the threat has not gone away.
Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security, spoke with "CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil about those concerns. Krebs' agency was created after the 2016 election in which, investigators concluded, Russian agents breached the security of election systems in at least two states, in addition to hacking and releasing emails from Democratic officials
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