President Trump certainly seems to have a strange case of Russophilia. He has surrounded himself with aides who have Russian ties. Those aides were talking to Russian agents during the campaign, and some are now pushing a dubious peace deal in Ukraine. Trump recently went so far as to equate the United States and Vladimir Putin’s murderous regime.
Frank Bruni: That is a bit of unimpeachable soothsaying, Gail. I’d suggest that the drinking game for this year’s Oscars is a quaff every time there’s a reference, explicit or oblique, to our 45th president, but I fear I’d be blamed — rightly — for a national cirrhosis epidemic.
Not content with that, the Republican measure would also restrict local governments’ power to set labor regulations and civil rights protections, and would even block communities from banning plastic bags at grocery stores to protect the local environment.
It’s looking like we’re not going to get to enjoy one of those times again. The 21st century is looking much nastier and bumpier: rising ethnic nationalism, falling faith in democracy, a dissolving world order.
The 2016 profit reflected a $3.2 billion impairment of goodwill in its global private banking business in Europe and the impact of its sale of operations in Brazil, the bank said in a statement to the stock exchanges on Tuesday.
“This is a strong result that follows several years of a considered and deliberate approach to improve productivity and redesign our portfolio and operating model,” Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie said in a statement.
The Shanghai Composite Index
added 0.4%, while Singapore’s Straits Times Index
was up 0.1%.
“Despite prices stuck in a tight trading range, Commodity Futures Trading Commission data showed investors raised their net long positions in WTI and Brent to a record high level,” said ANZ Research.
weakened to $1.0584, compared with $1.0614 late Monday.