HJ Mai

HJ Mai was a political reporter for The Well News. He is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering politics, business and sports for various U.S. and European publications. Originally from Munich, Germany, HJ most recently worked as the energy reporter and web editor for Pacific Business News in Hawaii. You can reach him at [email protected].


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February 13, 2020
by HJ Mai
A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is forging the next chapter of his presidency following the conclusion of the Senate impeachment... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is forging the next chapter of his presidency following the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial which resulted, according to the White House press secretary, in his acquittal and his “full vindication and exoneration.”  But those who thought the experience could... Read More

January 24, 2020
by HJ Mai
Iran Nuclear Deal Remains on Life Support

WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has been on life support for nearly two years since President Donald Trump decided... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has been on life support for nearly two years since President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from it. The remaining signatories of the deal, which is officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, have... Read More

September 13, 2019
by HJ Mai
Bolton’s Ousting As National Security Adviser May Open Door to Diplomacy

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of National Security adviser John Bolton earlier this week could have big implications... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of National Security adviser John Bolton earlier this week could have big implications on the administration’s handling of its most challenging foreign policy issues. Bolton, described as a conservative hawk due to his hard-line and interventionist foreign policy approach,... Read More

September 6, 2019
by HJ Mai
Amid Trade Disputes and Reform Demands: WTO Stands at a Crossroads

WASHINGTON - International trade disputes have dominated the newscycle in 2019. Whether it’s the United States and China, the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON - International trade disputes have dominated the newscycle in 2019. Whether it’s the United States and China, the U.S. and the European Union or the EU and China, a functioning world economy needs a fair and regulated trade system.  However, the organization tasked with facilitating... Read More

August 30, 2019
by HJ Mai
An Afghan Balancing Act: Ending America’s Longest War vs. Guaranteeing Safety

The longest war in the history of the United States could soon come to an end after reports that the... Read More

The longest war in the history of the United States could soon come to an end after reports that the peace negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban have hit the final stretch.  But concerns about the Taliban’s ability to guarantee safety and prevent Afghanistan from... Read More

August 23, 2019
by HJ Mai
Recession Fears Are Valid, But Predicting Timing Nearly Impossible, Economist Says

There are plenty of warning signs that the longest economic expansion in the history of the United States is coming... Read More

There are plenty of warning signs that the longest economic expansion in the history of the United States is coming to an end. While the signs indicate an impending recession, predicting the time of it is nearly impossible, Hoyt Bleakley, associate professor of economics at the... Read More

August 16, 2019
by HJ Mai
America’s Correctional System Is Broken; Epstein’s Death Not Surprising, Union Official Says

The apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has not only derailed the pursuit of justice for his alleged... Read More

The apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has not only derailed the pursuit of justice for his alleged victims, it also highlighted a slew of problems within America’s federal prison system.  In the aftermath of Epstein’s death on Aug. 10, a number of issues... Read More

August 2, 2019
by HJ Mai
The INF Treaty Is History and the World Less Safe, Expert Says

The United States on Friday officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, more commonly referred to as the INF... Read More

The United States on Friday officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, more commonly referred to as the INF Treaty. This Cold War-era arms control agreement was hailed as historic at the time of its signing and resulted in the destruction of thousands of missiles... Read More

July 26, 2019
by HJ Mai
Mueller’s Testimony Highlights Need for Additional Election Security Funding

Election security has been under the microscope since reports of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election first surfaced. ... Read More

Election security has been under the microscope since reports of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election first surfaced.  The findings by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence further indicate that the Russian government directed attacks on U.S. elections... Read More

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