White House Turf Battle Threatens to Delay Tax Law Rollout

Supported by Politics White House Turf Battle Threatens to Delay Tax Law Rollout Photo Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, left, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, right, are debating oversight of the new $1.5 trillion tax law. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — A power struggle between two of President Trump’s top cabinet members threatens to delay implementation of the new tax law and could give lobbyists and political hands in the White House greater ability to shape critical decisions about which types of businesses benefit from the law.
The White House’s Office of Management and Budget, headed by Mick Mulvaney, and the Treasury Department, run by Steven Mnuchin, are at odds over whether to end Treasury’s traditional independence in writing tax regulations and to give the budget office more oversight of those rules. If an agreement is not reached soon, the president may have to weigh in and make the decision himself.
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British Lab Has Not Identified ‘Precise Source’ of Poison in Spy Case

British Lab Has Not Identified ‘Precise Source’ of Poison in Spy Case Photo Investigators with the bench on which Sergei V. Skripal and his daughter were found unresponsive after being poisoned in Salisbury, England, last month. Credit Will Oliver/EPA, via Shutterstock Britain’s military laboratory has not established whether the nerve agent that poisoned a Russian former double agent and his daughter came from Russia, the laboratory’s chief executive said on Tuesday.
“We have not verified the precise source,” the executive, Gary Aitkenhead, told Sky News. Mr. Aitkenhead said his laboratory, the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, had confirmed that the poison was Novichok, or from its family of nerve agents, and that it was of military grade.
“We provided the scientific information to the government, who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions they have come to,” Mr. Aitkenhead said. He said it was “not our job to say where it actually was man..

White House Memo: On Foreign Policy, President Trump Reverts to Candidate Trump

On Foreign Policy, President Trump Reverts to Candidate Trump Photo President Trump’s reversion to his campaign themes comes as he has reshuffled his national security team, ousting aides with more conventional views of American power in favor of more hawkish figures. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump has been commander in chief for 14 months, but to an uncanny degree, he still sounds like the armchair statesman who ran for the White House in 2016.
“I want to get out,” Mr. Trump said of the United States’ military engagement in Syria, at a news conference on Tuesday with leaders of the Baltic States. “I want to bring our troops back home.”
Mr. Trump’s words were at odds with the strategy his administration is pursuing in Syria. But they were almost verbatim what he said in pre-election tweets, as well as in debates two years ago against Republican challengers and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Far from learning on the job or modifying his view..

Several Wounded in Shooting at YouTube Headquarters; Police Say Female Suspect Is Dead

Several Wounded in Shooting at YouTube Headquarters; Police Say Female Suspect Is Dead Photo Police in San Bruno, Calif., responding to reports of an active shooter near YouTube’s headquarters on Tuesday. Credit Reuters SAN BRUNO, Calif. — A woman opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters in California on Tuesday afternoon, shooting three people — one of whom was critically injured — before killing herself, the authorities said.
The motivation for the shooting and the name of the woman were not known Tuesday evening. The local and state police, aided by several federal agencies, were investigating. The police said the woman had used a handgun in the attack, but would not say if she was a YouTube employee.
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital received three patients: a man, 36, in critical condition; a woman, 32, in serious condition; and a woman, 27, in fair condition, a hospital spokesman, Brent Andrew, said at a news conference. A fourth person had injuries that weren’t from a gunsh..

White House Unveils Tariffs on 1,300 Chinese Products

White House Unveils Tariffs on 1,300 Chinese Products Photo A steel factory in Dalian, China. The Trump administration has placed tariffs on a number of items, including electronic touch screens, iron and steel plates, medical devices, aircraft parts, batteries and other Chinese products. Credit China Network/Reuters WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will place a 25 percent tariff on Chinese products like flat-screen televisions, medical devices, aircraft parts and batteries, outlining more than 1,300 imported goods that will soon face levies as part of a sweeping trade measure aimed at penalizing China for its trade practices.
The move, which stems from a White House investigation into China’s use of pressure, intimidation and theft to obtain American technologies, is likely to inflame an already-simmering trade war between the countries. On Monday, China said it would slap tariffs on 128 American products in response to a separate White House plan to tax stee..