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April 5, 2018

April 2018

Is the Cold in Washington On Its Way Out Or In? The cherry blossoms are out (and looking beautiful, we must say) in your Nation’s Capital, which is usually a sure sign that Spring and warmer weather are finally here. On the trade front however, warmth is less easy to find. Diplomatic expulsions and the imposition of a historic number […]
March 1, 2018

March 2018

MTB, MTB, Where Art Thou? Stuck in the Senate, my true love. Many U.S. manufacturers had pinned hopes of tariff relief on the new process for passing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) in Congress.  The last successful MTB was passed over 8 years ago and expired in 2012.  Since then, the MTB has had a storyline that reads like a Shakespearean […]
February 1, 2018

February 2018

All Locked Up The Potomac River doesn’t normally freeze solid anymore. But an unusually cold blast of winter locked up the entire river this year . . . and seemingly the rest of Washington D.C. as well. The chill seemed to blow through the halls of Congress, freezing up the federal government for 3 days last month!  
January 3, 2018

January 2018

2018, A New Year With New Resolutions After December took Washington D.C. on a weather roller coaster between 20 and 60 degrees, January starts off the new year with a steady forecast of COLD.  Enough to frost the nose of a gentleman from Virginia.  Temperatures in the mid-west and northeast have been so frigid that even truck and train travel […]