Trump Threatens New China Tariffs if Xi Doesn’t Talk Trade with Him

Posted: June 10, 2019, 12:22 pm

Trump Threatens New China Tariffs if Xi Doesn't Talk Trade with Him FILE – President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One after arriving, June 7, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Monday to impose tariffs on another $325 billion worth of imported goods from China if Chinese President Xi Jinping does not engage in new trade talks with him later this month.
Trump told CNBC he expects to meet with Xi in Osaka, Japan at the G-20 meeting of the leaders of the world's largest economies on June 28-29, but Beijing has not publicly confirmed the meeting. Trump said he would impose the new tariffs, on top of tariffs he already has levied on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports, if Xi skips the meeting.
“I think he'll go,” Trump said. “We're expected to meet.”
The U.S. leader said, “China very much wants to make a deal, more than I do.”
But months of trade talks between the world's two largest economi..

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Warren Challenges Sanders’ For Progressives’ Support

Posted: June 10, 2019, 7:09 am

Warren Challenges Sanders' For Progressives' Support Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party's Hall of Fame Celebration, June 9, 2019, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. LANSING, MICH. — As a Michigan field organizer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, Mike McDermott trained volunteers to knock on doors and call voters, helping the Vermont senator upset Hillary Clinton in a crucial Midwestern state.
But as the 2020 campaign heats up, McDermott is all-in for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, creating a Michigan for Warren PAC to raise early money for her efforts and promoting her campaign through a website and Facebook page. While he's still a Sanders fan, McDermott sees Warren as a fresher face who's more electable and doesn't have the baggage of a 2016 loss.
“It's really 1a and 1b for me,” McDermott said. “With Warren, I think there's more crossover appeal. She doesn't have 2016 bra..

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Trump Confident New Migrant Pact with Mexico Will Succeed

Posted: June 9, 2019, 12:09 pm

Trump Confident New Migrant Pact with Mexico Will Succeed FILE – President Donald Trump waves as he steps off Air Force One after arriving, June 7, 2019, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday claimed Sunday that Mexico “for many years” has not been cooperative to curb the surge of migrants traveling through it to reach the United States, but believes a new agreement will alleviate the problem.
The U.S. leader warned, however, that “if for some unknown reason” Mexico does not stanch the flow of Central American migrants heading north to the U.S., “we can always go back to our previous, very profitable” imposition of tariffs on Mexican exports sent to the United States. “But I don’t believe that will be necessary,” he added.
A deal announced Friday calls for Mexico to dispatch 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to halt the flow of migrants, while the U.S. gained new authority to force asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their legal ..

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US Treasury Chief: Trump ‘Perfectly Happy’ to Tax More Chinese Imports

Posted: June 9, 2019, 10:05 am

US Treasury Chief: Trump 'Perfectly Happy' to Tax More Chinese Imports U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talks with a delegate during the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, June 8, 2019. WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that President Donald Trump would be “perfectly happy” to tax more imports from China if the U.S. leader cannot reach a trade deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping when they meet later this month.
“We made enormous progress, I think we had a deal that was almost 90% done,” Mnuchin told CNBC. “China wanted to go backwards on certain things,” which Beijing has denied.
“We’ve stopped negotiating,” Mnuchin said, with the next steps depending on Trump's meeting with Xi in Osaka, Japan at the G-20 meeting of world leaders at the end of June.
/**/ /**/ /**/ SEE ALSO: With Mexico Deal Done, US Urges China to Resume Trade Talks “The president will make a decision [on tariffs] after the m..

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Official tells Florida Democrats to expect recount in 2020

Posted: June 9, 2019, 5:21 am

Official tells Florida Democrats to expect recount in 2020 FILE – Workers at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office, foreground, show Republican Democrat observers ballots during a hand recount, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Lauderhill, Florida. The new voter protection director for Florida Democrats told party activists on Saturday that they should assume there will be a recount during next year's presidential election.
“We are going to be prepared,'' Brandon Peters told a packed room of Democratic activists at the state party's Leadership Blue 2019 meeting at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Peters, who was hired by the state party last month, said there will be teams of volunteers trained in how to monitor county canvassing boards for recount problems around the state, should one take place in the 2020 presidential election.
Florida became famous for recounts after the 2000 presidential election, and last year there were recounts in three statewide races. T..

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Mexico-US Deal Leaves Questions, Concerns About Migration

Posted: June 8, 2019, 8:47 pm

Mexico-US Deal Leaves Questions, Concerns About Migration People enter the U.S. at the Otay Mesa port of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, Calif., June 8, 2019. – U.S. President Donald Trump touted on Saturday his deal averting tariffs on Mexico, a plan economists warned would have been disastrous for both nations. MEXICO CITIY — As Washington and Mexico City both took victory laps Saturday over a deal that headed off threatened tariffs on Mexican imports, it remained to be seen how effective it may be, and migration experts raised concerns about what it could mean for people fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.
Other than a vague reiteration of a joint commitment to promote development, security and growth in Central America, the agreement focuses almost exclusively on enforcement and says little about the root causes driving the surge in migrants seen in recent months.
“My sense is overall the Mexican government got out of this better than they thought. The..

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Warren to Activists: ‘Time for Small Ideas Is Over’

Posted: June 8, 2019, 4:59 pm

Warren to Activists: 'Time for Small Ideas Is Over' Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speaks at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, June 1, 2019. She also appeared, with fellow candidates, at a gathering of activists in San Francisco on June 8. SAN FRANCISCO — Sen. Elizabeth Warren electrified California Democrats on Saturday with a pledge for bold action, matching if not outshining enthusiasm for the state's own Sen. Kamala Harris to kick off a day when more than a dozen presidential candidates planned to make their cases to thousands of activists in the nation's largest liberal stronghold.
“Some say if we all just calm down, the Republicans will come to their senses,'' Warren said in bringing the crowd to its feet with a thinly veiled shot at former Vice President Joe Biden, who has expressed hope the GOP will have “an epiphany'' after President Donald Trump is gone. ..

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Buttigieg’s High College Debt Draws Attention to Issue

Posted: June 8, 2019, 2:45 pm

Buttigieg's High College Debt Draws Attention to Issue FILE – Students walk across campus at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt. Federal statistics show 43 million people in the United States owe federal student loan debt. PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg knows firsthand the burden of six-figure student loan debt. He and his husband, Chasten, are far from alone, though, and their personal college indebtedness is helping to keep the issue on the national stage.
With loans totaling more than $130,000, they are among the 43 million people in the United States who owe federal student loan debt.
The debtors are so numerous and the total debt so high — more than $1.447 trillion, according to federal statistics — that several of the Democratic candidates have made major policy proposals to address the crisis. Their ideas include wiping away debt, lowering interest rates, expanding programs that tie repayment terms to income, and making colleg..

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House Committees to Hold Hearings on Mueller Report on Russia Probe

Posted: June 8, 2019, 1:42 pm

House Committees to Hold Hearings on Mueller Report on Russia Probe Special Counsel Robert Mueller arrives to speak on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Congressional hearings on Robert Mueller's report on the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election take place in coming days, amid mounting pressure to launch proceedings that could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
But Mueller, the special counsel who recently stepped down after completing the report, will not testify before the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding a hearing in Washington Monday entitled “Lessons from the Mueller Report: Presidential Obstruction and Other Crimes.”
The panel will, instead, hear testimony from former U.S. attorneys and other legal experts, including John Dean, the star witness in the early 1970s Watergate hearings and former W..

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US, Mexico Reach Deal on Migration, Averting Tariffs

Posted: June 8, 2019, 7:56 am

US, Mexico Reach Deal on Migration, Averting Tariffs FILE – A truck of the Mexican company Olympics crosses the Puente Internacional Comercio Mundial (World Trade International Bridge) while approaching the border crossing into the U.S., in Laredo. Cindy Saine at the State Department contributed to this report.
The United States and Mexico have reached a deal on migration to avert tariffs, but U.S. officials say President Trump retains the authority to impose tariffs if Mexico fails to live up to it.
“I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended,” President Donald Trump said Friday on Twitter.
“Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and i..

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