Hard Numbers: Who Cares if Boris Behaves Badly?

71: The US Commerce Department says it has received more than 100,000 requests for exclusions from the administration's tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. About two-thirds of those requests have been processed. Of those, 71 percent of requests have been granted. The lesson: Tariff exemptions create an influence racket that enriches lobbyists who are working to exempt their clients.

13,000: Each day in Ukraine's war-wracked east, a tentative ceasefire allows nearly 13,000 civilians to cross through the checkpoint at the boundary that separates separatist-controlled territory in Luhansk province from areas under the Ukrainian government's control. They travel to buy groceries and medicine, and especially to visit relatives. Fabrice Deprez of Bear Market Brief offers a compelling eyewitness account.

77: Following yet more embarrassing personal behavior from soon-to-be UK prime minister Boris Johnson, a recent YouGov survey found that 77 percent of Britons questioned say his private life is not relevant to whether he'd make a good prime minister.

24: Japan is often criticized for a perceived lack of women in its workforce, particularly in positions of authority. But according to Pew Research, 51 percent of Japanese women over 15 are in the workforce compared with 50 percent in France, 40 percent in Italy, and just 24 percent in India.

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Does Boris Johnson strengthen or weaken the US-UK relationship?

Well I mean strengthens it in so far as he and Trump like each other. They're both oriented towards Brexit. They're kind of right-wing populists that aren't ideologically moored. But will it last? Boris could flip on a dime on any major issue as can Trump. So it's kind of volatile. Plus they both really love the media and when they're in front of each other with other people the potential to - I mean Boris upsets people and Trump easily takes offense. So this could easily go south.

Will Iran release the captured UK oil tanker?

I mean over time I suspect it will. But remember the UK has an Iranian tanker as well, so it's much more likely they work these things out together even if they're not explicitly linked, than suddenly the Iranians say, "Oh I'm sorry. Here's your tanker"

Will protests continue in Hong Kong?

It certainly seems that way. The question is what will China do about it? Xi Jinping is now saying that they are reaching the danger zone and the ability of the Chinese to hit back and hit back hard is real. I worry about those protesters.

Will Robert Mueller reveal anything new when he testifies on Capitol Hill?

I highly doubt it. He said very clearly that he does not intend to go beyond what was in his report. So Democrats looking for bombshells on collusion or obstruction are likely to be disappointed.

Can President Trump expand his electoral college edge in 2020?

Well he thinks he can. He thinks he can win in places like Minnesota and New Hampshire. I think it's more likely that he just hangs on to the Rust Belt states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin that got him there in 2016.

Should the governor of Puerto Rico resign?

Absolutely. Governor Rossello should resign. He's lost the confidence of the island. Puerto Rico needs a fresh start particularly after all these terrible text messages. He should definitely resign.

Finally for The Rant: today's rant is on Elizabeth Warren who put out a report today saying the economy is on the brink of collapse. It was very alarmist, certainly there are problems with the economy. Issues that could be fixed but she risks sounding like she's yelling fire in a crowded theater with calls like that.

"A regime willing to kill en masse to stay in power,' Karim Sadjadpour, an expert on Iranian, discusses the challenges facing the rise of democracy within the country.

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