Mar 01 2017
Wilbur Ross, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Commerce, was easily confirmed by the Senate in a 72-27 vote Monday.
Ross' involvement in the Bank of Cyprus raises many questions about his judgment, but also about the Trump Administration's seemingly endless direct and indirect connections with friends and associates of Vladimir Putin, who all 17 USA intelligence agencies say conspired to interfere in the November 2016 US election on behalf of Donald Trump.
"Much of the administration's trade agenda has been awaiting the confirmation of Ross, who is the tip of the presidential spear on trade matters", Chris Krueger, an analyst at Cowen & Co., wrote in a report on Monday.
Ross is expected to be a powerful figure in the Trump administration, leading the way on efforts to renegotiate NAFTA, the controversial trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.
Wilbur Ross arriving for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee in January.
Ross, a billionaire, made his fortune restructuring failing companies.
The commerce secretary has several roles in promoting American business interests in the US and overseas.
But Ross has also been criticized for shipping jobs overseas at some of those struggling companies, something that Trump has slammed Ford (F), Carrier and others for doing.
In his new role, Wilbur Ross will be among those leading a potential free-trade deal between the U.S. and the United Kingdom - although his comments sparked fears America will seek to exploit the uncertainty created by Brexit to win business.
During his confirmation hearing, Ross expressed support for "sensible trade", noting he has had direct experience with unfair trade in the steel, textile, and auto parts businesses and other sectors.
Ross has also sought to ease concerns about whether the White House would try to politicize climate science.
Mr Ross served under President Clinton on the board of the US-Russian Investment Fund, and was later an adviser on privatisation to then New York Mayor, Rudy Giulliani.
Ross has an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion.
Feb 27 2017
NASA to put astronauts on deep space test flight, says report
The space agency's human exploration chief said today that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study. NASA is investigating hardware changes associated with the system that will be needed if crew are to be added to EM-1.
Feb 26 2017
Batman V Superman is the big loser at the Razzies
The only other movie to strike gold was Zoolander 2 , earning a worst supporting actress statue. Dominating the lesser awards at the Razzies was the film expected to win everything, Batman v.
Feb 26 2017
Ex-labor secretary Tom Perez elected DNC chair
And so far, Democratic leaders said, people are calling local party headquarters and volunteering to help. Progressive activists said the outcome would be representative of their standing within the party.
Feb 25 2017
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe turns 93 with lavish birthday party
In the interview with state media, Mugabe also described his wife Grace, an increasingly political figure, as "fireworks" because of her feisty remarks in his defense.
Feb 25 2017
Trump performing balancing act between supporting, ignoring Jewish interests
The United States should renew its commitment to the two-state solution and opposition to new Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Foreign policy analysts were quick to mock the poor guy for his obvious lack of knowledge: "One state - an impossibility".
Feb 25 2017
Xenophobic Attacks: Muntaka rallies support for boycott of South African goods
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Feb 22 2017
Nearing 93, Robert Mugabe Shows No Sign Of Stepping Down
The party was also attended by the two Vice Presidents, Cdes Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko and Cabinet ministers. President Mugabe cuts his birthday cake together with his son in law Simba Chikore his offices in Harare this morning.
Feb 21 2017
Protests as British MPs clash on Trump visit
Journalist and anti-Trump activist Owen Jones predicted that it could draw the "biggest protest in British history", The Independent reports .
Feb 20 2017
Man critically injured by shark on Great Barrier Reef
Mr Ballantyne will be flying to be by his friend's side tomorrow - and to help support his friend's partner Jessie Janssen. The Concord Register reported that Dickson's friends rushed him to the mainland town of Cardwell, which was 30 kms away.
Feb 19 2017
Blind Jersey City sheik suspected in '93 WTC bombing dies in prison
Abdel-Rahman, a blind sheik from Egypt, spread his poison of jihadist and anti-American ideology for decades. Abdel-Rahman also preached his jihadi rhetoric at mosques in Jersey City, N.J., where he lived for a time.
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