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.
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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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O’Rourke Campaigns With His Wife as He Struggles With Women

Posted: June 7, 2019, 11:37 am

O'Rourke Campaigns With His Wife as He Struggles With Women Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta, GA. DES MOINES, IOWA — Beto O'Rourke stumbled with women from the start, featuring his wife sitting silently in his presidential campaign launch video and joking repeatedly about being a part-time parent.
But with his campaign at risk of stalling, O'Rourke is attempting to improve his standing with female voters. His wife, Amy, will begin a rare string of campaign appearances on Friday in Iowa, speaking at joint events and making herself available to chat and take pictures with would-be supporters.
Her presence will be an important test of whether Beto O'Rourke can reverse his less-than-favorable first impressions with women. It's an unusual position for a candidate whose appeal with women helped make him a national political phenomenon while nearly upsetting Texas Sen. Ted C..

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In Reversal, Biden Opposes Ban on Federal Money for Abortion

Posted: June 7, 2019, 12:15 am

In Reversal, Biden Opposes Ban on Federal Money for Abortion Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta. ATLANTA — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions.
“If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment” that makes it harder for some women to access care, Biden said at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Atlanta.
The former vice president’s reversal on the Hyde Amendment came after rivals and women’s rights groups blasted him for affirming through campaign aides that he still supported the decades-old budget provision. The dynamics had been certain to flare again at Democrats’ first primary debate in three weeks.
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Biden didn’t mention this week’s a..

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US Authorities to Finally Check 2016 NC Poll Books for Hacking

Posted: June 6, 2019, 2:27 pm

US Authorities to Finally Check 2016 NC Poll Books for Hacking FILE – Kate Irish votes at the Durham County North Regional Library in Durham, N.C., May 8, 2018. Federal authorities will analyze laptops that malfunctioned in the county during the 2016 election. RALEIGH, N.C. — More than two years after voter check-in software failed on Election Day in a North Carolina county, federal authorities will conduct a forensic analysis of electronic poll books for evidence of tampering by Russian military hackers.
The Department of Homeland Security analysis of laptops used in Durham County is the first known federal probe of voting technology that malfunctioned during the 2016 election.
State election officials had renewed their long-dormant request for the forensic exam based on the report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian election interference.
Poll book provider VR Systems says that contrary to Mueller's findings, it does not believe its network was infiltrated.
The malf..

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D-Day Aside, Trump Assails Targets Back Home

Posted: June 6, 2019, 2:12 pm

D-Day Aside, Trump Assails Targets Back Home FILE – President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Caen, France, June 6, 2019. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump, in Europe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, took time Thursday to unleash new broadsides at political targets back home for their roles in investigating him, special counsel Robert Mueller and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump contended in a Fox News interview that Mueller made “such a fool” of himself last week when he delivered his first and only public statement on his 22-month investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart it.
FILE – U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election at the Justice Department in Washington, May 29, 2019. Mueller said that with the long-time Jus..

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