US of Ed

An Insider Eye on US News and Politics

Ed Blakely has served in different capacities under a succession of presidential administrations, has guided government policy on urban planning and is a widely cited academic. My name is Sean Britten, and each week, Ed and I have a chat about what’s the latest news out of the United States, talking everything politics, planning and policy from sea to shining sea.

"You, Russia, bring peace in Syria, and we let you have Ukraine. That's the deal that's on the table."

Fallout from Trump's tricky turns of phrase following his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Are we missing the bigger picture of Trump's business dealings with Russia? And what ominous 'verbal agreements' did the president make that Russians now want to hold the Americans to? Also talking Puerto Rico, Obama stepping up to the plate for Democrats, and the latest in the Russia and Manafort investigations.

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"Mr Trump won, this tough talk got tough action."

Donald Trump caught other NATO members by surprise this week but is there a method to the madness? He's also travelling through the UK and set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin next week. Meanwhile, is Brett Kavanaugh's nomination the best deal the Democrats can get, and they should take it while they can? Also talking China tariffs, another swing at Obamacare, a rise in hate crimes, and a bizarre American aversion to breastfeeding.

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"This would be the most outrageous, and perhaps the most dangerous thing that Trump could do."

Scandal-ridden EPA Head Scott Pruitt is the latest Trump appointee to resign, a reflection of the eat or be eaten inner nature of the current government that does not seem likely to improve. Meanwhile, a proposal to pull the US out of the World Trade Organization threatens global markets and markets within the US that are already left wanting. Also talking Mexico's new president, Obamacare keeps on keeping on, Russian interference and the fallout from the Capital Gazette shooting.

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"Truth of the matter is this is a violation of the Constitution... The President cannot receive any emoluments, which is a big word, while he is in office."

Victory in the Supreme Court for Trump and news the Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring means Republicans get another pick on the bench. Meanwhile, news that 38 Trump trademarks have been approved in China and that The Trump Organization refuses to share how much its receiving in foreign revenue with Congress means American interests could be for sale at bargain prices. Also talking family separations, Russia, North Korea, some roundly criticised remarks from Maxine Waters, and a potential Trump visit to Australia.

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"The US might well be accused of a crime against humanity."

Far from a shining city upon a hill, the United States has been seen this week as home to acts of needless cruelty thanks to the Trump administration's asylum seeker policies. President Trump has denied responsibility and furthermore pulled the US out of the UN Human Rights Council in a troubling move for human rights abuses around the globe. Also talking trade war with China, Paul Manafort's prison blues and the latest in the Mueller investigation.

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