Институт Брукингса
Институт Брукингса
Брукингский институт (Brookings Institution) —   Один из важнейших аналитических центров (think tank), специализируется на общественных науках, муниципальном управлении, внешней политике и мировой экономике. Находится в г. Вашингтон. C 2002 года президентом института является Ст ...

Брукингский институт (Brookings Institution) —   Один из важнейших аналитических центров (think tank), специализируется на общественных науках, муниципальном управлении, внешней политике и мировой экономике. Находится в г. Вашингтон. C 2002 года президентом института является Строуб Тэлботт, бывший заместитель государственного секретаря США.

 

Организация основана в 1916 году американским бизнесменом Робертом Брукинсом под названием «Институт правительственных исследований» (Institute for Government Research). В 1927 года она была объединена с двумя другими организациями Institute of Economics( Институт экономики, 1922 г.) и Robert Brookings Graduate School (Высшую школу Роберта Брукингса, 1924 г.), получив современное название.

В период великой депрессии в США в 1930-х годах институт подвергал критике политику «нового курса» Франклина Рузвельта. После окончания Второй мировой войны участвует в разработке программы восстановления Европы и плана Маршалла.

В 2002 году новым президентом института стал Строуб Тэлботт, бывший заместитель госсекретаря США в период президентства Билла Клинтона и сосед Клинтона по комнате во время учёбы в Оксфордском университете. В административном совете института работали Джон Торнтон, бывший президент Goldman Sachs, и Тереза Хайнц, жена Джона Керри.

На конец 2004 года институт располагал активами в 258 млн долл., потратив 39,7 млн в этом(?) году. Согласно финансовому отчёту института, крупнейшими спонсорами в 2004 году являлись Pew Charitable Trusts, Фонд Макартуров, Корпорация Карнеги, а также правительства США, Японии и Великобритании.

 

  • В 2003 году вышла книга сотрудников института Фионы Хилл и Клиффорда Гэдди «Сибирское проклятье», в которой авторы утверждают, что из-за низких температур производство на территории Сибири нерентабельно и затраты на жизнеобеспечение сибирских городов неоправданно высоки. Согласно рекомендациям авторов, следует переселить часть населения сибирских регионов, которое называется «избыточным», а работы на территории вести вахтовым методом. Книга получила неоднозначную оценку. Положительные отзывы оставили разработчик концепции «шоковой терапии» в России Джеффри Сакс, бывший член Совета по национальной безопасности США Ричард Пайпс, бывший помощник президента США по национальной безопасности 3бигнев Бжезинский. С другой стороны, ряд авторов в России критически отозвались о книге.
  • В 2006 году сотрудник института Клиффорд Гэдди обвинил Путина в плагиате при написании диссертации на соискание учёной степени кандидата экономических наук. Сообщение получило широкую огласку в СМИ.
  • После вступления Барака Обамы на пост президента США в 2009 году, многие сотрудники института перешли на высокопоставленные должности в его администрацию и Госдеп США.
  • 5 января 2009 года Университет Пенсильвании представил первый глобальный рейтинг экспертно-аналитических центров мира — The Think Tank Index, составленный на основе опроса нескольких тысяч учёных и экспертов, которые оценивали результаты работы этих организаций. На первое место составители рейтинга поставили Институт Брукингса, как лучший исследовательский центр мира и лучший в США. В целом, на звание лучшего исследовательского центра мира претендовали 407 организаций.
  • 13 апреля 2010 года Президент России Дмитрий Медведев выступил в Брукингском институте с речью о российско-американских отношениях и российском видении международных отношений. вики

 

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31 января, 02:46

Mayors to Trump: ‘Don’t Punish Us’

The new president is turning campaign rhetoric into action and that’s making America’s urban leaders nervous.

31 января, 02:33

МЭР сообщило о новом витке спада экономики России

Российская экономика снова не смогла оттолкнуться от "дна" и вернулась в режим падения, сообщило Минэкономразвития в еженедельном мониторинге. По итогам декабря ВВП РФ сократился на 0,5% по сравнению с предыдущим месяцем и на 1% в годовом выражении. Спад экономической активности стал максимальным с января и перекрыл весь рост, зафиксированный в ноябре. Результаты последнего месяца года оказались "слабыми", констатирует МЭР. В результате четвертый квартал экономика завершила падением не только по сравнению с прошлым годом (на 0,3%), но и по отношению к предыдущему кварталу (на 0,1%), не оправдав прогнозы правительства и ЦБ, ожидавших "небольшого положительного квартального прироста" в последние три месяца года. Хуже ожиданий оказался и итоговый результат за 2016 год - по предварительной оценке МЭР, экономика сжалась еще на 0,6%, а за два года, накопленным итогом, ВВП стал меньше на 4,3%. Слабый декабрь - следствие обвала в строительстве (на 1,4% по сравнению с ноябрем и на 5,4% год к году) и нового витка падения розничной торговли, потерявшей 1% за месяц и 5,9% в годовом выражении, констатирует МЭР. Оба сектора страдают от высоких процентных ставок - без банковских кредитов не растут инвестиции и продолжает падать потребительский спрос, отмечают аналитики Сбербанк CIB. Розничный товарооборот падает в России без остановок с января 2015 года, напоминают они: за это время россияне стали покупать меньше на 15,8%. Правительство загоняет экономику "стагнационое болото", говорит экс-зампред ЦБ РФ, старший научный сотрудник Института Брукингса Сергей Алексашенко: в ответ на сжатие экономической активности Минфин решил сократить расходы бюджета и увеличить налоги - в результате доходы населения и бизнеса падают, налогооблагаемая база сокращается, что ведет к дальнейшему снижению доходов бюджета и замыкает весь процесс в порочный круг. "ВВП продолжит снижение, так как драйверы роста отсутствуют, предпринимательская активность сокращается, а бюджет не в состоянии заменить частный капитал в области инвестиций", - пессимистичен директор программы "Экономическая политика" московского центра Карнеги Андрей Мовчан. По его словам, в ближайшее время "группы влияния будут стремиться восполнить потери от сокращающихся бюджетных потоков за счет увеличения своего контроля над государственными и негосударственными бизнесами; за счет повышения ренты, состоящей из взяток; навязанного долевого участия; нерыночных продаж товаров и услуг и получения нерыночных преимуществ в конкуренции". "Поэтому в ближайшие годы мы можем ожидать дальнейшего сокращения инвестиций, постепенного ухода все большей доли частного бизнеса в тень и опережающего сокращения бюджетных поступлений", - предупреждает Мовчан. Эта закрученная вниз спираль с большой вероятностью приведет страну в итоге к экономическому коллапсу, отмечает он. Впрочем, будет это не скоро: процесс сокращения экономики идет медленно, а критическое для РФ сокращение объемов добычи нефти начнется не ранее чем через три-четыре года.(http://www.finanz.ru/novo...)

30 января, 18:58

White House slap at dissenting diplomats sparks fear of reprisal

Administration warns diplomats unhappy with immigration moves to 'get with the program' or 'go.'

30 января, 14:30

The Biggest Losers in Trump's Potential Trade War

It’s not just large metropolises, with their globally integrated economies, that could feel the effects. Small to midsized cities could feel some pain, too.

30 января, 14:01

The Chaos Candidate Becomes The Chaos President

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON – A guy who not long ago ran a white nationalist-friendly website now outranks the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on the National Security Council. Perhaps most revealing about the 10-day-old Donald Trump presidency: The announcement of White House aide Stephen Bannon’s elevation was nowhere near the most controversial thing that has happened thus far. Trump has insisted, despite obvious evidence to the contrary, that as many as 1.5 million people attended his inauguration. He has claimed, with no evidence at all, that as many as 5 million people voted illegally in his election – every single one of them for his opponent. He issued a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day that omitted any mention of Jews. And at the close of business marking his first week in office Friday, he signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., without running it past the departments that would implement it. The ensuing disarray brought swift rebuke from several federal judges, blocking parts of the order at least temporarily. “Well, no surprise there, right? It’s disruption and chaos,” said Thomas Mann of the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution. “And it’s all centered on Donald Trump and his acolytes in the White House.” On Saturday, Bannon was elevated to the National Security Council and its “Principals Committee” – even as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence were removed as permanent members of that influential committee. They will now be invited to meetings on those occasions when issues on the agenda concern them. Bannon previously ran Breitbart News, the conservative website that aligned itself with Trump starting in late summer 2015. He was among Trump’s top political aides during the final months of the campaign. Neither Republican President George W. Bush nor Democrat Barack Obama had put a political aide on the NSC, to avoid the appearance of mixing politics with national security. Douglas Lute, former ambassador to NATO under Obama and a deputy national security adviser under Bush, said he was puzzled by Trump’s decision to put Bannon on the NSC. “I found it a little peculiar,” he said. How much actual influence Bannon has there, Lute said, will depend on how the paper structure Trump signed Saturday winds up playing out in real life in the coming weeks and months. “We’ll have to see how this works,” he said. This executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security. Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not respond to a Huffington Post query about Bannon’s role on the NSC. In an interview with ABC News, Spicer said Bannon’s background as a naval officer made him a good fit. That explanation, though, did not impress Brooking’s Mann. He called Bannon someone who is “mainly known for being a former Breitbart head and a white nationalist,” not a national security expert. “It’s breathtaking,” Mann said. “The heads of defense and intelligence are not relevant to national security concerns, but the president’s political strategist is?” During his 18-month campaign, Trump wore his complete lack of government experience as a badge of honor. He bragged that his record as a billionaire who ran 500 separate businesses would help him fix the country’s problems in a way that no “all-talk, no-action” politician could. Yet those boasts, which both high-ranking Republicans as well as many of his supporters at campaign events cited, contained fundamental exaggerations. While Trump tried to convey the impression that he led a gigantic, diversified global enterprise, in reality his “Trump Organization” is far more modest. Many of those hundreds of businesses are actually limited liability companies created for a single specific purpose – owning his personal jetliner, for example, so as to shield the parent enterprise and Trump personally should it be involved in an accident. His financial disclosure documents instead portray more of a family business that primarily collects rents – from those playing golf at his courses, from those staying at his hotels, but most of all from those licensing his name for use on their own buildings. And that family business mindset appears to have carried over into the White House, where Trump has installed his son-in-law as a senior adviser and has come to rely on a small group of aides for nearly everything of consequence. Everyone ought to be screaming to high heaven.... This is how a democracy slips into an autocracy. Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution It’s unclear how involved Trump himself has been in the details of his proposals. During the campaign, he boasted of being correct on issues without any need for analyzing them. In an August campaign rally in North Carolina, Trump mentioned how in an interview he was asked about NATO. “And I don’t study it,” he said. “I’m a business guy.” Despite this, he said he gave good responses. “They’ve actually changed NATO because of what I said,” he said. Even Republicans on Capitol Hill have started to express worries about the way Trump and his White House staff have set about their work. “It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted,” said Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in a joint statement Sunday about Trump’s immigration order. They added that the “hasty process” of drafting and signing the order without review by the relevant agencies will actually give jihadists a propaganda boost. “This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country,” the statement said. “That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.” Trump, for his part, defended the order in his own statement – and then lashed out at McCain and Graham personally on Twitter. “They are sadly weak on immigration,” he wrote. “The two Senators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.” Mann said the Republicans’ relatively muted response so far is misplaced, given the radical changes Trump is implementing. “Everyone ought to be screaming to high heaven. This is not a time for anyone to be saying let’s give the president a chance to get his government in place,” he said. “This is how a democracy slips into an autocracy.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

28 января, 06:41

Where Christian Leaders Stand on Trump's Refugee Policy

Many religious groups have urged the president not to give Christians priority in seeking asylum, but some conservative political organizations back his new ban on refugees.

28 января, 00:51

Trump order sets military buildup in motion

President Donald Trump says he is issuing an "executive action" ordering the Pentagon to identify ways to boost the armed forces. In a visit to the Pentagon, his first as commander in chief, Trump put in motion his campaign promises to undertake a major military buildup.Standing in the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon honoring recipients of the medal of honor, Trump said his efforts will lead to "a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States — new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform."

27 января, 23:32

Is It Smart For Trump To Embrace "Big League" Dow Gains? History Says No

President Trump is anything but traditional.  He frequently says things that his predecessors would never have dared to utter publicly.  But, for the most part, his supporters applaud the candor and straight talk. That said, one Presidential tradition that Trump may not want to break is celebrating stock market gains because what goes up, at least on Wall Street, usually comes crashing down in spectacular fashion at some point soon thereafter.  Alas, that didn't stop Trump from celebrating #Dow20K over twitter: Great! #Dow20K https://t.co/wXFhXBLgag — President Trump (@POTUS) January 25, 2017   Trump assistant, Anthony Scaramucci, also celebrated, saying "Dow 20,000 = big league. Thank you @POTUS." Dow 20,000 = big league. Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/ZFvKDJHgAG — Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 25, 2017   Of course, the only problem with taking credit for the gains on Wall Street is that you set yourself up to also get blamed for the losses.  Thats why, according to The Hill, past presidents have shied away from linking their presidency to stock market gains. Under former President Obama, the Dow more than doubled in value, but his administration rarely cited gains in the market when promoting its record on the economy.   The main reason for that, longtime Wall Street observers say, is because what goes up will almost always go back down.   “There’s always a temptation for the president to celebrate what Wall Street is applauding,” said David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution. “Wise advisers usually restrain them from doing it.”   Wessel noted that during the tech boom of the late 1990’s, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin counseled President Clinton against any back patting for surging stocks.   “He told the president, don’t take credit for the market going up, because you’re setting yourself up to take the blame when the market goes down,” he said. There is no doubt that the "Trump Bump" is real with the Dow surging since election day.   That said, there is also no doubt that with each passing day, U.S. stock markets are looking increasingly bubblicious.  And, unfortunately for Trump, if it all comes crashing down over the next 4 years he will be saddled with the blame even though this catastrophe has been in the making for quite some time courtesy of Yellen & Co.   Taking a look at the Shiller 10-year trailing P/E, aside from the tech boom in 2000 when company valuations soared despite generating no revenue, the S&P hasn't been this overvalued since the great depression in 1930.    So, while it's fun to "win", we suspect this fight will only have losers.

27 января, 21:17

Зачем российским банкам лоббисты в Вашингтоне?

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В вопросе о снятии санкций США в отношении России непосредственно заинтересован по крайней мере один игрок: российские банки.

27 января, 21:17

Зачем российским банкам лоббисты в Вашингтоне?

В вопросе о снятии санкций США в отношении России непосредственно заинтересован по крайней мере один игрок: российские банки.

27 января, 13:10

Trump's regulation freeze makes losers out of some U.S. businesses

The reaction from some corners of the business landscape underscores how complicated the issue is.

27 января, 10:58

Эксперт: борьба с нелегалами приведет к росту цен в США

Стена между Мексикой и США может замедлить экономический рост Штатов. Некоторым работодателям будет непросто найти замену мигрантам, говорят эксперты Брукингского института. И это наверняка ударит не только по бюджету компаний, но и по кошельку простых американцев. Комментирует старший научный сотрудник Брукингского института Гарри Бёртлес.

27 января, 08:47

Links for 01-27-17

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26 января, 21:29

Why Russian Banks Have an Interest in Washington

The country’s two largest state-run banks have been lobbying for relief from sanctions imposed in 2014.

26 января, 21:29

Why Russian Banks Have an Interest in Washington

The country’s two largest state-run banks have been lobbying for relief from sanctions imposed in 2014.

25 января, 03:31

What Trump’s hiring freeze means (and doesn’t)

Trump’s order Monday won’t do all that much—but could be the first shot in a war.

24 января, 20:12

Donald Trump Never Gave Business Documents To Ethics Office, Democrat Says

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Before he was sworn in, President Donald Trump disappointed ethics experts by refusing to sell his business empire. Instead, he presented stacks of manila folders that supposedly contained “some of the many documents” he’d signed to give control of his companies to his adult sons. Reporters weren’t allowed to see those documents. And according to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), the Office of Government Ethics hasn’t seen them, either. Cummings met on Monday with Walter Shaub, director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, along with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and other committee Democrats to discuss OGE operations and other issues. Reports suggest that the meeting was amicable. But Shaub also told committee members that the OGE “never received copies of the documents that then-President-Elect Trump brought to his press conference … regarding his conflicts of interest,” according to a Monday press release from Cummings’ office. “The Office of Government Ethics has received no new information since this press conference.” Shaub nonetheless remained “willing and ready” to help Trump address his business conflicts, Cummings’ office noted. The OGE chief did not respond to a request for comment. Norman Eisen, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer under former President Barack Obama, told The Huffington Post that the president is subject to disclosure rules under federal law that are within OGE’s jurisdiction. According to Eisen, ethics lawyers for president-elects and presidents have always worked closely with OGE on their finances during transitions and after assuming the presidency ― which includes sharing documents. “That does not seem to have happened here,” he said. The Trump transition team did not respond to requests for comment. Trump is the first president in the modern era to refuse to divest or separate himself from business holdings that may pose conflicts of interest. The Trump Organization released a letter on Monday — dated the day before inauguration — that said he’d resigned from hundreds of corporate entities. But ethics experts say Trump’s move to stop managing his companies fails to alleviate problems that may stem from his continued ownership of his business empire. For months, Shaub sought to connect with the Trump transition team. OGE even resorted to getting Trump’s attention over Twitter: “Brilliant! Divestiture is good for you, good for America!” the office wrote in a series of seemingly sarcastic tweets. After Trump failed to divest, Shaub went public with his concerns. “This is not a blind trust, it’s not even close,” he said at the Brookings Institution on Jan. 11. His comments, as well as his office’s tweets, prompted Republicans to go after OGE. Chaffetz accused Shaub of refusing to come in and meet with his staff, going so far as to threaten a subpoena. But it was Chaffetz who missed a previously discussed meeting in early December, according to Office of Government Ethics emails The Huffington Post obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request. Cummings said that based on the HuffPost report, it seemed that Chaffetz owed Shaub “an apology for these inaccurate public attacks against him.” Although lawmakers reportedly scolded Shaub on Monday about his office’s tweets, the meeting — which was closed to the public — appears to have eased some of the tension. Chaffetz indicated that it went well. “I think we understand each other better,” he told reporters. His office did not respond to a request for comment. Still, Cummings said the meeting left him “more concerned than ever about President Trump’s refusal to follow the advice of Republican and Democratic ethics experts.” How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here.    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 января, 20:12

Donald Trump Never Gave Business Documents To Ethics Office, Democrat Says

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Before he was sworn in, President Donald Trump disappointed ethics experts by refusing to sell his business empire. Instead, he presented stacks of manila folders that supposedly contained “some of the many documents” he’d signed to give control of his companies to his adult sons. Reporters weren’t allowed to see those documents. And according to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), the Office of Government Ethics hasn’t seen them, either. Cummings met on Monday with Walter Shaub, director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, along with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and other committee Democrats to discuss OGE operations and other issues. Reports suggest that the meeting was amicable. But Shaub also told committee members that the OGE “never received copies of the documents that then-President-Elect Trump brought to his press conference … regarding his conflicts of interest,” according to a Monday press release from Cummings’ office. “The Office of Government Ethics has received no new information since this press conference.” Shaub nonetheless remained “willing and ready” to help Trump address his business conflicts, Cummings’ office noted. The OGE chief did not respond to a request for comment. Norman Eisen, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer under former President Barack Obama, told The Huffington Post that the president is subject to disclosure rules under federal law that are within OGE’s jurisdiction. According to Eisen, ethics lawyers for president-elects and presidents have always worked closely with OGE on their finances during transitions and after assuming the presidency ― which includes sharing documents. “That does not seem to have happened here,” he said. The Trump transition team did not respond to requests for comment. Trump is the first president in the modern era to refuse to divest or separate himself from business holdings that may pose conflicts of interest. The Trump Organization released a letter on Monday — dated the day before inauguration — that said he’d resigned from hundreds of corporate entities. But ethics experts say Trump’s move to stop managing his companies fails to alleviate problems that may stem from his continued ownership of his business empire. For months, Shaub sought to connect with the Trump transition team. OGE even resorted to getting Trump’s attention over Twitter: “Brilliant! Divestiture is good for you, good for America!” the office wrote in a series of seemingly sarcastic tweets. After Trump failed to divest, Shaub went public with his concerns. “This is not a blind trust, it’s not even close,” he said at the Brookings Institution on Jan. 11. His comments, as well as his office’s tweets, prompted Republicans to go after OGE. Chaffetz accused Shaub of refusing to come in and meet with his staff, going so far as to threaten a subpoena. But it was Chaffetz who missed a previously discussed meeting in early December, according to Office of Government Ethics emails The Huffington Post obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request. Cummings said that based on the HuffPost report, it seemed that Chaffetz owed Shaub “an apology for these inaccurate public attacks against him.” Although lawmakers reportedly scolded Shaub on Monday about his office’s tweets, the meeting — which was closed to the public — appears to have eased some of the tension. Chaffetz indicated that it went well. “I think we understand each other better,” he told reporters. His office did not respond to a request for comment. Still, Cummings said the meeting left him “more concerned than ever about President Trump’s refusal to follow the advice of Republican and Democratic ethics experts.” How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here.    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 января, 20:12

Donald Trump Never Gave Business Documents To Ethics Office, Democrat Says

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― Before he was sworn in, President Donald Trump disappointed ethics experts by refusing to sell his business empire. Instead, he presented stacks of manila folders that supposedly contained “some of the many documents” he’d signed to give control of his companies to his adult sons. Reporters weren’t allowed to see those documents. And according to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), the Office of Government Ethics hasn’t seen them, either. Cummings met on Monday with Walter Shaub, director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, along with Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, and other committee Democrats to discuss OGE operations and other issues. Reports suggest that the meeting was amicable. But Shaub also told committee members that the OGE “never received copies of the documents that then-President-Elect Trump brought to his press conference … regarding his conflicts of interest,” according to a Monday press release from Cummings’ office. “The Office of Government Ethics has received no new information since this press conference.” Shaub nonetheless remained “willing and ready” to help Trump address his business conflicts, Cummings’ office noted. The OGE chief did not respond to a request for comment. Norman Eisen, who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer under former President Barack Obama, told The Huffington Post that the president is subject to disclosure rules under federal law that are within OGE’s jurisdiction. According to Eisen, ethics lawyers for president-elects and presidents have always worked closely with OGE on their finances during transitions and after assuming the presidency ― which includes sharing documents. “That does not seem to have happened here,” he said. The Trump transition team did not respond to requests for comment. Trump is the first president in the modern era to refuse to divest or separate himself from business holdings that may pose conflicts of interest. The Trump Organization released a letter on Monday — dated the day before inauguration — that said he’d resigned from hundreds of corporate entities. But ethics experts say Trump’s move to stop managing his companies fails to alleviate problems that may stem from his continued ownership of his business empire. For months, Shaub sought to connect with the Trump transition team. OGE even resorted to getting Trump’s attention over Twitter: “Brilliant! Divestiture is good for you, good for America!” the office wrote in a series of seemingly sarcastic tweets. After Trump failed to divest, Shaub went public with his concerns. “This is not a blind trust, it’s not even close,” he said at the Brookings Institution on Jan. 11. His comments, as well as his office’s tweets, prompted Republicans to go after OGE. Chaffetz accused Shaub of refusing to come in and meet with his staff, going so far as to threaten a subpoena. But it was Chaffetz who missed a previously discussed meeting in early December, according to Office of Government Ethics emails The Huffington Post obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request. Cummings said that based on the HuffPost report, it seemed that Chaffetz owed Shaub “an apology for these inaccurate public attacks against him.” Although lawmakers reportedly scolded Shaub on Monday about his office’s tweets, the meeting — which was closed to the public — appears to have eased some of the tension. Chaffetz indicated that it went well. “I think we understand each other better,” he told reporters. His office did not respond to a request for comment. Still, Cummings said the meeting left him “more concerned than ever about President Trump’s refusal to follow the advice of Republican and Democratic ethics experts.” How will Trump’s first 100 days impact you? Sign up for our weekly newsletter and get breaking updates on Trump’s presidency by messaging us here.    -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

24 января, 15:59

Who wrote this?

"High social transfers not tied to work incentives emerged as the most likely explanation for the low participation rate. The phase-in of ... minimum wage ... may have also helped to drive down participation rates."This could be me describing the nationwide consequences of federal policy since 2007. But the Brookings Institution, which refused to consider nationwide explanations like mine, wrote this!about Puerto Rico (see p. 29)!