‘An Adult Day Care Center’

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Good Monday morning, 
Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today:
  • After writing on Twitter that the White House had become an adult day care center, Bob Corker of Tennessee told The Times that President Trump’s recklessness could set the country on the path to World War III.

  • In exchange for letting the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers stay in the United States, the White House will push for terms that include a crackdown on children fleeing Central America and the construction of a wall across the southern border.
  • Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers-Colts game after 49ers players took a knee for the national anthem. In a tweet, Mr. Trump said he had asked Mr. Pence to leave if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country.

— The First Draft Team
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Global Economy’s Stubborn Reality: Plenty of Work, Not Enough Pay

A downtown area of Elyria, Ohio. As factories have closed in the city, about 30 miles from Cleveland, unemployed workers have had trouble finding jobs that pay as well as those they lost.

A downtown area of Elyria, Ohio. As factories have closed in the city, about 30 miles from Cleveland, unemployed workers have had trouble finding jobs that pay as well as those they lost. Andrew Spear for The New York Times

In the three-plus decades since Ola Karlsson began painting houses and offices for a living, he has seen oil wealth transform the Norwegian economy. He has participated in a construction boom that has refashioned Oslo, the capital. He has watched the rent climb at his apartment in the center of the city.
What he has not seen in many years is a pay raise, not even as Norway’s unemployment rate has remained below 5 percent, signaling that working hands are in short supply.
“The salary has been at the same level,” Mr. Karlsson, 49, said as he took a break from painting an office complex in an Oslo suburb. “I haven’t seen my pay go up in five years.”
His lament resonates far beyond Nordic shores. In many major countries, including the United States, Britain and Japan, labor markets are exceedingly tight, with jobless rates a fraction of what they were during the crisis of recent years. Yet workers are still waiting for a benefit that traditionally accompanies lower unemployment: fatter paychecks.
Why wages are not rising faster amounts to a central economic puzzle.
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A reform-minded government in Japan and aggressive action by the central bank there have pushed growth to 1.5 percent — up from 0.3 percent three years ago.

The Economy Is Humming. Bankers Are Cheering. What Could Go Wrong?


As global policy makers meet in Washington for the International Monetary Fund’s biannual meetings, the global economy is thriving.

Erik Prince is considering an election campaign against Senator John Barrasso, a senior member of the Republican leadership.

Erik Prince, Blackwater Founder, Weighs Primary Challenge to Wyoming Republican


If Mr. Prince runs, he will be a high-profile contender in a fledgling drive to oust establishment lawmakers with insurgents in the mold of President Trump.

Supporters of Indivisible, an anti-Trump group, in Olympia, Wash., last month. The so-called resistance is attracting six- and seven-figure checks from major liberal donors.

The ‘Resistance,’ Raising Big Money, Upends Liberal Politics


The tug of war between establishment and upstart forces foreshadows a reorganization of the left that could reshape the Democratic Party’s ideology.

Kim Jong-un, center, the North Korean leader, and other officials at a meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party on Saturday in Pyongyang.

North Korean Leader Hails Nuclear Arsenal as ‘Powerful Deterrent’


Kim Jong-un struck a defiant tone after Mr. Trump said diplomacy had failed to end the crisis. And South Korean officials were worried that the North would conduct a major test Tuesday.

Right and Left: Partisan Writing You Shouldn’t Miss
Read about how the other side thinks. We have collected political writing from around the web and across ideologies.
From the Right
David Bossie in The Hill:
“The coalition of anti-Washington voters around the country has taken notice. Judge Roy Moore’s victory in the recent U.S. Senate runoff election in Alabama is evidence that even with the election of President Trump, the Washington establishment continues with more business as usual.”
Mr. Bossie, the president of the conservative lobbying group Citizens United, thinks that any fissures within the governing party begin with the fact that “Republican leaders in Congress continued to kick the can down the road on government spending and refused to stand up to the dangerous Obama agenda.” Policy is paramount, he argues, and since “the Republican-controlled Congress to date has not gotten the job done,” he warns that “maybe as primary season approaches voters will once again send them a message.” Read more »
From the Left
Robert Schlesinger in U.S. News:
“We interrupt your stunned disbelief about the tragedies visited upon the nation in Puerto Rico and Las Vegas for a periodic reminder that things are as preposterously dysfunctional as you think they are in Republican-run Washington, D.C.”
Mr. Schlesinger connects the recent controversies surrounding Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Nick Ayers, the vice president’s chief of staff, to earlier ones in the Trump administration, concluding that the White House has a “well-earned reputation as a tumultuous freak show of instability.” The problems have extended to the “fraying relationship between the Hill and the administration,” he argues. And he views the relationship as “in decline if not out-and-out disintegration.” Read more »
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