Government employees shafted. Taxpayers, too

The U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and other federal agencies have drafted guides telling employees what they can and can’t do during a government shutdown. One thing many of them can do is apply for unemployment benefits. So taxpayers end up paying at least some of their salaries during the shutdown. Here … Read more

Diplomatic posts go vacant under Donald Trump

Cuba is one of 59 nations without an American ambassador. Not even Slovenia, Melania Trump’s homeland, has a U.S. ambassador, a State Department report shows. The Trump administration has also failed to fill an additional eight ambassadorial posts, including: USASEAN (U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Jakarta) U.S. Mission to the … Read more

Beware of socialism, Trump advisers say

Donald Trump’s economic advisers warn that “socialism is making a comeback” in the United States. “Detailed policy proposals from self-declared socialists are gaining support in Congress and among much of the electorate,” according to the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency within the president’s Executive Office. Socialism, they say, may take the wealthiest 1 percent … Read more

Spirit of giving comes and goes

Then-President Raúl Castro sent Barack Obama a flurry of gifts in the months before the United States and Cuba restored diplomatic relations in 2015. Records show the gifts included: Bust of Abraham Lincoln, hand carved from wood, clothed in double-breasted jacket and bow tie, cut roughly at the base as if from a tree and … Read more