February 1, 2017

February 2017

Only In America January was a month of protests and marches in your Nation’s Capital. Despite the tumult, the actual transition of power in the world’s most powerful democracy again proceeded exactly as it was imagined hundreds of years ago; far smoother than in many smaller countries. The 44th and 45th Presidents of the United States were even able to […]
November 8, 2017

January 2017

Under A Watchful Eye The FTZine Staff hopes everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday break. The New Year will get off to a fast start as your Nation’s Capital prepares to inaugurate the 45th President of the United States in just a few weeks. Health care and tax reform have been discussed as initial priorities. As you’ll see below, […]
November 10, 2017

March 2017

And The Winner Is . . . . . Even the cherry blossoms in your Nation’s Capital are confused.  They came up on stage this past weekend even though they weren’t supposed to be there.  Due to a string of unusually warm weather in the area, the National Park Service is predicting that this year’s peak blooming period will be […]
November 11, 2017

April 2017

Not The Spring Blooms We Were Expecting A blast of arctic air swept though your nation’s capital late last month, dashing hopes for an early spring. The unexpected frost left rows of brown, wilted cherry blossoms in its wake. Trees near the Potomac River fared better, kept just warm enough by the river’s water. That saved the National Cherry Blossom […]
November 12, 2017

May 2017

The wheels in Washington have started turning again, if slowly. A deal was reached this month on health care. There is no budget yet, but the federal government is now funded until this fiscal year ends in September. That should make for an eventful summer as Congress and the President continue to wrestle with tax reform, including the border adjustability […]
November 13, 2017

June 2017

Don’t Put Away Your Woolies . . . It was an uncharacteristically cool, wet month in your Nation’s Capital. A time for hats, jackets, and a battle-ready umbrella. The FTZine staff thought it was April showers that brought May flowers. Also arriving last month was the new United States Trade Representative. USTR Robert Emmet “Bob” Lighthizer was sworn in and […]
November 14, 2017

July 2017

A Celebration Fit For A King Even though Washington D.C. didn’t exist in 1776, your Nation’s Capital knows how to celebrate the 4th of July. From feu de joie reenactments like the one above at George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon, to star- studded concerts on the Mall, to a rousing fireworks display over the monu- ments at night, it […]
November 15, 2017

August 2017

Your Nation’s Capital is known for its hot, humid summers. Abraham Lincoln would take a carriage ride to Maryland whenever possible to escape. Later, Camp David was established and was a retreat available to the President when Congress adjourned for the summer. There has been no such escape this summer. Soaring temperatures and significant resignations and firings made for an […]
November 16, 2017

September 2017

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey drowned out the normal news din in your Nation’s Capital last month. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Houston and its environs affected by the storm. The scale of the storm means the road to rebuild will be long. You can help here. The staff of the Foreign-Trade ‘Zine hopes everyone […]