Feb 9th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Donald Trump gave his state-of-the-union speech to Congress, delayed by a week because of wrangling over government spending. He again called for tougher curbs on illegal immigration, calling it a “moral duty”. He also said that any new trade deal with China “must include real, structural change to end unfair trade practices…and protect American jobs”. In a …

Business this week

Business this week

Donald Trump nominated David Malpass to become the World Bank’s next president, a job that is by tradition filled by the American government. Mr Malpass currently heads international affairs at the Treasury. A controversial choice, he has voiced concerns about the spreading power of multilateral and global institutions and of Chinese influence. He was part of the …

Bigger oil Exxon Mobil gambles on growth

Bigger oil Exxon Mobil gambles on growth

A fossil-fuel titan’s strategy is at odds with efforts to hold back climate change OFF THE coast of Guyana, 160km beyond the ramshackle, rainbow-coloured roofs and the sea wall meant to protect the low-lying capital, past the mud flats and into the deep, churning Atlantic, a vast drilling vessel sits almost perfectly still. Thrusters work constantly …

Lexington Donald Trump is the main barrier to the revision of conservatism

Lexington Donald Trump is the main barrier to the revision of conservatism

The president offers more chaos than change IN HIS SECOND state-of-the-union address this week Donald Trump invited the Democrats to help him cut prescription-drug prices, provide paid family leave and splurge on infrastructure. Most commentators understandably viewed this plea for bipartisanship with scepticism. Shortly after last year’s speech the president accused Democrats of “treason” for failing …

Narcissism Botox bars are coming to a city near you

Narcissism Botox bars are coming to a city near you

Hold still “YOU CAN change someone’s life with a bit of lip,” says Dr Alexander Blinski, the co-founder and chief medical officer of Plump Cosmetics and Injectables, a beauty salon in New York. His practice, which feels more like a cross between a cupcake shop and a SoulCycle studio than a place where people willingly go …