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Ever wonder why installations of household solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and utility-scale solar power have surged since 2014? The declining cost of solar technology is part of the reason. But a bigger factor may be the profusion of state and federal “incentive” programs, i.e. subsidies.
Trump’s Zero-Tariff Proposal: Throwaway Line or Serious Offer?
It’s good news that Trump floated a zero-trade-barrier offer, but I’m not holding my breath it will ever happen.
The Tipping Wars Come To DC
This year, voters in the District of Columbia will be asked to decide the fate of a proposal called Initiative 77. This bill would phase out wages for restaurant and bar industry servers which are below minimum wage. The change would take place over seven years, with all servers earning a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2025. Of course, if you ask most of those workers, it will also phase out their tips as customers have to pay more for food and drinks while learning that the servers are no longer earning below scale. The unions are pushing mightily to pass this measure but they’re getting surprisingly little support from the actual workers it’s supposed to benefit.
Commonweal is a journal known, at least since the age of the last Council, for its extreme liberal positions. So it was not without considerable surprise that this past week readers witnessed the journal publish a text favorable to the Latin Mass: it is a personal account of the author's discovery of the Latin Mass.
The 35th Brigade of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armored Division has replaced its M1A1M Abrams main battle tanks with Russian T-90s. The US media have claimed that the decision was the result of Pentagon concerns about the Abrams falling into the hands of Iranian-backed militias. However, Russian observers say the T-90 is simply a better tank for Iraq.
President Trump has announced a 25% tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, with the measures set to go into effect next month. The move prompted an immediate proportional response from Beijing. Speaking to Sputnik, China-US relations expert Yun Sun explained what would have to take place for China and the US to become mired in a trade war.
Secret military installations housing terrible secrets and powerful superweapons have long been the staple of action movies, spy thrillers and videogames. And while such “secrets” and “superweapons” usually reside in the realm of fiction, there are a number of mysterious military installations around the world.
At least 30 foreign nationals were detained in the Turkish largest city of Istanbul over suspected links to the Islamic State terror group, (Daesh)*, local media reported. Turkish security units conducted simultaneous counterterrorism raids in seven districts of the largest city of the country to detain people, who were suspected of plotting terrorist attacks, the Anadolu news agency reported Saturday citing a police source.
After Three Decades Couple Prevails over Union
When David and Shirley Pirlott filed a federal labor complaint against Teamsters Local 75 on Nov. 8, 1989, the day before the Berlin Wall fell, they did not imagine they would have to wait 30 years to resolve the dispute. The Pirlotts were finally vindicated in March 2018 when the Wisconsin-based Teamsters local mailed them separate checks of about $3,000 for failing to allow them to opt out of union dues.
'Alt-right' reeling after string of setbacks
Led from a courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday, one of the nation’s most recognizable white nationalists will have 38 days behind bars to ponder the dizzying demise of the group he led before his arrest exposed a bizarre sex scandal. Matthew Heimbach’s jail sentence for a probation violation is just the latest setback for the “alt-right” fringe movement that appears to be reeling after becoming emboldened and energized by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and election.