House GOP looks at new limits on oil reserves

A GOP bill set for a vote on Friday would require the government to offset all non-emergency withdrawals from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve with new drilling on public lands and oceans. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm at the White House on Jan. 23, 2023. AP/Susan Walsh Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and … Read more

Watchdog pins deadly gas attack on Syrian Air Force

The latest confirmation that the regime of Syrian dictator, President Bashar Al-Assad, has used chemical weapons during his country’s grueling civil war. Destruction in the Syrian city of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, on April 16, 2018. AP/Hassan Ammar, dossier Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun … Read more

Tax cuts have to wait for inflation to fall

Annual inflation in the UK hit a four-decade high of 11.1 percent in October, sparking a cost-of-living crisis and a wave of strikes. Jeremy Hunt, Head of the UK Treasury, in London, November 17, 2022. AP/Alastair Grant, file Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are reviewed and … Read more

Slowed economy grows by 2.9 percent in the last quarter of 2022

The resilience of the US labor market has been a big surprise. Last year, employers added 4.5 million jobs, second only to the 6.7 million added in 2021 in government records dating back to 1940. An employee of the BMW Spartanburg plant in Greer, South Carolina, Oct. 19, 2022. AP/Sean Rayford, file Commentary is available … Read more

China asks Communist Party strategist to oversee Taiwan’s policies

A sign of Wang Huning’s influence is that he kept his position on the standing committee of the politburo, while two other members lost the party three months ago. Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are reviewed and in some cases edited before posting. A comment is … Read more

Should Baseball’s Hall of Fame Be Called the “Hall of the Very Good”?

The hallowed ground in Cooperstown threatens to move from the sublime to the useful with the election of a third baseman, Scott Rolen, to its ranks. Third baseman Scott Rolen fielding a ball as a member of the Cincinnati Reds, Sept. 14, 2010. AP/Al Behrman, file Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members … Read more

Yellen hails renewed engagement in Africa amid competition from China

Her visit kicks off the Biden administration’s efforts to re-establish ties with Africa in the face of China’s rapidly increasing economic presence in the world’s second-largest continent. Finance Minister Yellen at the Ford assembly plant in Pretoria, South Africa, January 26, 2023. AP/Themba Hadebe Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun … Read more

Why Biden is prohibited from trading debt alone

Beware of advice to the contrary – the 14th Amendment was designed to ensure that the national debt was repaid in gold. President Biden meeting with Democratic lawmakers at the White House, January 24, 2023. AP/Evan Vucci Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments are reviewed and in … Read more

Palestinian Arabs say Israeli forces killed nine in a raid on the West Bank

The violence took place during what Palestinian health officials described as a fierce daytime operation in the Jenin refugee camp. Palestinians clash with Israeli forces after an army raid on the West Bank town of Jenin, January 26, 2023. AP/Majdi Mohammed Commentary is available for Sun readers , Sun members and Sun founders only. Comments … Read more