Jan 19th 2019

Politics this week

Politics this week

Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffered a crushing defeat in the British Parliament. Leavers who think the deal does not go far enough in disentangling Britain from the European Union joined Remainers in voting against the government by a majority of 230, the largest defeat of a government on record. Hoping to trigger an election that it thinks …

Business this week

Business this week

Worse-than-expected trade data from China accentuated concerns about the country’s economic slowdown. Exports fell by 4.4% in December compared with the same month in 2017 and imports by 7.6%. Imports of goods from America slumped by 36% amid the two countries’ trade war. Despite the imposition of tariffs, China still recorded an annual trade surplus with the …

Taming terminators How to tame autonomous weapons

Taming terminators How to tame autonomous weapons

As military systems get cleverer, humans must keep up FOR THOUSANDS of years, weapons went where humans thrust, threw or propelled them. In the past century, they have grown cleverer: more able to duck and weave to their targets; more able to select which of many ships, tanks or aircraft to strike; and more able to …

Britain’s crisis Brexit, mother of all messes

Britain’s crisis Brexit, mother of all messes

Solving the crisis will need time—and a second referendum NO PLAN BY any modern British government has been so soundly thrashed as the Brexit deal thrown out by Parliament on January 15th. The withdrawal agreement, the centrepiece of Theresa May’s premiership, which she has spent nearly two years hammering out with the European Union, was rejected …

Who’s in charge? Donald Trump v Congress

Who’s in charge? Donald Trump v Congress

When it comes to domestic policy, the president is less powerful than he seems IN 1989 WILLIAM BARR, then a White House lawyer, wrote a memorandum warning the president to be mindful of attempts by Congress to encroach on his authority. Thirty years on Mr Barr, who will shortly become America’s attorney-general, has had to …

Lexington The wild rise of Mick Mulvaney

Lexington The wild rise of Mick Mulvaney

Being Donald Trump’s chief-of-staff seems nasty, brutish and short MICK MULVANEY, the acting White House chief of staff, likes to speak of the political expertise he has brought to the monumental job he inherited in chaotic circumstances last month. “I absolutely believe there’s value to having political acumen in this position,” he told Lexington during …