"Democratic leaders in Congress said on Thursday they would seek President Donald Trump's support in coming weeks for legislation to invest up to $2 trillion to rebuild U.S. infrastructure, including roads, bridges and schools. . . ."
AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, But on a Fast Track. Manufacturing Leadership Council 4/9 "Opinions about the impact of artificial intelligence today range from the apocalyptic to the miraculous. Media darling Elon Musk of Tesla, for example, thinks AI is an "existential threat" to human civilization. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd believes a battle between the United States and China for "AI supremacy" will have important consequences for the global economy. And Ginny Rometty, IBM's CEO, is convinced that AI has the power to transform industries in positive ways. . . ."
Caution ahead in petrochemicals. Chemical & Engineering News 4/6 "The petrochemical industry is spooked. Shale gas in the US and a long economic expansion brought a decade of unprecedented prosperity for the industry. But speakers at the World Petrochemical Conference, put on in San Antonio last month by the consulting group IHS Markit, warned of threats to the new order. . . ."
U.S. Said to Set 2025 Target for China to Fulfill Trade Pledges. Bloomberg 4/3 "The trade deal that the U.S. and China are crafting would give Beijing until 2025 to meet commitments on commodity purchases and allow American companies to wholly own enterprises in the Asian nation, according to three people familiar with the talks. . . ."
Trump's aides warn him border shutdown would be disastrous. Politico 4/2 "President Donald Trump's senior economic aides are scrambling to impress upon him the potentially dire economic costs of his threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, according to two people familiar with the matter. . . ."