Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. Duterte tells leaders to ‘lay off’ after Trudeau raises human rights in Philippines
“The president of Philippines had made clear he’s no fan of Justin Trudeau, telling a crowd he felt personally insulted after the Canadian prime minister raised human-rights concerns and the bloody drug war in the southeast Asian country.
“Human rights activists have urged President Rodrigo Duterte to end his crusade against alleged drug dealers and addicts that groups say has left at least 7,000 dead.”
– CBC News
2. Secret finding: 60 Russian payments ‘to finance election campaign of 2016’
“On Aug. 3 of last year, just as the US presidential election was entering its final, heated phase, the Russian foreign ministry sent nearly $30,000 to its embassy in Washington. The wire transfer, which came from a Kremlin-backed Russian bank, landed in one of the embassy’s Citibank accounts and contained a remarkable memo line: ‘to finance election campaign of 2016.’
“That wire transfer is one of more than 60 now being scrutinized by the FBI and other federal agencies investigating Russian involvement in the US election. ”
+1: Jeff Sessions now recalls campaign interactions with Russians, but says he has “always told the truth” – Washington Post
3. Ontario to cut small-business taxes to ease transition to higher minimum wage
“With an eye to next spring’s election, Ontario’s Liberal government will slash small business taxes as part of $500 million in new investments aimed at easing the transition to the province’s increasing minimum wage.
“Finance Minister Charles Sousa unveiled the government plan in the province’s fall economic statement Tuesday afternoon. The corporate tax rate for small businesses will fall from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent effective Jan. 1, 2018, the same day the province will increase its minimum wage from $11.60 to $14.”
4. Lost boys: The young men of the alt-right could define American politics for a generation
“The sudden emergence of the so-called alt-right from the dark recesses of the internet into the American mainstream was at first more baffling than shocking. The young people sharing strange, coded frog memes and declaring their commitment to white identity politics on obscure websites remained in the realm of the unserious—or at least the unknowable and weird.”
5. The cause and consequences of the retail apocalypse
“Private equity firms overburdened businesses with debt, and now workers are paying the price. Will policymakers do anything about it?”