Jan 17, 2019

Bipartisan senators introduce bill to block Trump from pulling out of NATO

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A bipartisan groups of senators introduced a bill Thursday that would prevent President Trump from withdrawing the U.S. from NATO without Senate approval. A similar bill in the House is expected to follow, Foreign Policy's Robbie Gramer reports.

Why it matters: The New York Times reported Monday that President Trump told top administration officials in private conversations throughout 2018 that he wanted to pull the U.S. out of NATO. Doing so would have massive security consequences for the U.S.' European allies, and fulfill one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's long-sought goals of weakening the Western military alliance.

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Trump's opportunity to use Bernie as an economic scapegoat

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Bernie Sanders is poised to become an economic scapegoat for both the White House and Corporate America, assuming that Sanders comes through Super Tuesday unscathed.

The big picture: If the U.S. economy remains strong, President Trump and CEOs will claim credit (as they've been doing for three years). If it turns sour, they'll blame Bernie (even though it's a largely baseless charge).

Why big banks are breaking up with some fossil fuels

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JPMorgan Chase is the latest financial giant to unveil new climate commitments, and like its peers, it is hard to disentangle how much is motivated by pressure, conscience or making a virtue of necessity.

Why it matters: The move comes as grassroots and shareholder activists are targeting the financial sector's fossil energy finance, especially amid federal inaction on climate.

Trump acknowledges lists of disloyal government officials to oust

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President Trump on Monday acknowledged the existence of assembled lists of government officials that his administration plans to oust and replace with trusted pro-Trump people, which were first reported by Axios' Jonathan Swan.

What he's saying: “I don’t think it's a big problem. I don’t think it's very many people,” Trump said during a press conference in India, adding he wants “people who are good for the country, loyal to the country.”