India imposes retaliatory tariffs, escalating U.S. trade tensions

India has announced tariff hikes totaling $235 million on 29 U.S. goods — including agricultural products, steel and aluminum — in direct retaliation to U.S. tariffs. The big picture: Despite decades of economic frictions, the strategic partnership between the world’s two largest democracies has continued to strengthen. Recently, however, President Trump’s trade policies have inflamed…

The religious world is growing, fast

Pew’s study on religion around the world shows significant generation gaps, with younger people less likely to consider religion a very important part of their lives. The flipside: Populations are growing fastest in countries that tend to be very religious (particularly in sub-Saharan Africa) and shrinking in some of the world’s least religious countries (Japan,…

Nikki Haley: ‘It is patently ridiculous for the United Nations to examine p…

A United Nations report condemning entrenched poverty in the United States is a “misleading and politically motivated” document about “the wealthiest and freest country in the world,” the Trump administration’s top U.N. official said. U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley criticized the report for critiquing the United States’ treatment of its poor, arguing that the United Nations…

The Supreme Court just set gay rights back by a lifetime

The Supreme Court is celebrating June, Gay Pride month, by validating the religious right’s claim to a constitutional right to discriminate against gay people. In Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a seven-justice majority—led by Justice Anthony Kennedy and including justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan—determined that Colorado unconstitutionally discriminated against Jack Phillips, a…