Donald Trump said Friday that his administration had agreed to cancel a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods as part of 'phase one' of a broad trade deal, but insisted that earlier import taxes will remain in force. In a press conference minutes earlier, however, China's State Council said it expected all U.S. tariffs on Chinese products to be phased out in stages. Trump tweeted that '[t]he 25% Tariffs will remain as is, with 7 1/2% put on much of the remainder.' 'The Penalty Tariffs set for December 15th will not be charged,' however, 'because of the fact that we made the deal. We will begin negotiations on the Phase Two Deal immediately, rather than waiting until after the 2020 Election.' Trump called it 'an amazing deal for all.' Markets spiked briefly after the Chinese press conference began, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing 167 points before settling back down near its morning opening level. But Chinese officials announced they have agreed on the text of … [Read more...] about BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump claims victory in China trade deal and cancels massive new tariffs due to kick in Sunday saying Beijing has agreed to ‘massive’ purchases of U.S. products
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Is this what you want? Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images In the hours and days following the U.K.’s stunning vote to leave the European Union on Thursday, one of the most prolific hot-take subjects has been to interpret what the vote and the factors that drove that vote may mean for the U.S. election. Donald Trump himself got that conversation started immediately after the Brexit passed when he attempted to frame what the U.K. had done as something that was, like most things in Trump’s mind, about him, as well as the wave of anxiety and anger he has ridden to the GOP nomination. There are of course similarities between the pro-Brexit movement and pro-Trump movement, including working-class angst over free trade and lost jobs, increased nationalism, emotionally driven fears regarding immigration, simple demographics, and distaste for the elite and its assurances about globalization specifically, and progress more generally. … [Read more...] about No, the Brexit Doesn’t Mean Trump Will Win, But It’s Still an Important Warning
Email Updated December 14, 2019 07:58:12 Photo: Mr Trump says he would not mind a long impeachment trial. (AP: Evan Vucci) Related Story: Donald Trump is staring history in the face, and he's saying 'get it over with' Related Story: This is just the start of the impeachment process — here's what happens next Related Story: 'Sheer political madness': Trump hits out after Democrats unveil articles of impeachment against him Map: United States The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has taken Republican President Donald Trump to the brink of impeachment, approving two charges against him. Key points:The committee adopted each charge against Mr Trump by a margin of 23 to 17Republicans have defended Mr Trump and accused Democrats of a politically motivated farceMr Trump would become the third US president to be impeached The House is expected to approve the two articles of impeachment next week, before politicians depart for the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump on brink of impeachment after charges are approved by House committee
This article first appeared on the History News Network. Former Missouri Republican Senator (1976-1995) John Danforth was, and remains, a highly respected public figure, seen as a man of principle and decency. He is not a publicity seeker by any means, so when he makes a public utterance, it is not something to be ignored or overlooked. Recently, Danforth made the statement that Donald Trump does not represent core Republican principles, the kind that drove the public life of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George H. W. Bush, and even George W. Bush, all upholding basic principles of justice and fairness. Instead, Danforth makes the point that Trump is the most divisive political figure in national life since Alabama Governor George C. Wallace. Fifty four years ago and for the following decades, Wallace became a nationally noticed political leader, who sought the Presidency in 1964, 1968 (when he had the second best third party performance in all of … [Read more...] about Is Trump Worse Than Racist Alabama Governor George Wallace?
Vice President Mike Pence says Russia, China and Cuba are responsible for keeping disputed Venezuelan political leader Nicolás Maduro in power. In an op-ed published in The Miami Herald, Pence said the blame for Maduro clinging on to power lies with other countries that he believes are pursuing their own interests at the expense of the Venezuelan people. "Nicolas Maduro continues to stand in the way of Venezuela's freedom and democracy," he wrote. "The truth is, he does so with the help of nations who refuse to acknowledge that he has no legitimate claim to power, and who continue to prop up his dictatorship." Pence referred to Cuba's support and training of Venezuela's military, and also criticized Russia's veto of a United Nations resolution to allow aid to be delivered into the country. Turkey was culpable for continuing to deal in Venezuelan gold, contended Pence, and he blamed China's refusal to allow the Venezuelan representative to attend the Inter-American Development … [Read more...] about Mike Pence Says Venezuela’s Maduro Must Go, Blames Russia, China and Cuba for Propping Up ‘Corrupt’ Regime
Mike Pence makes it clear GOP special election candidate Rick Saccone is his and the president’s man. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images The spin wars over the results of the special and off-year elections in the Trump era have been as intense as the races themselves. Democrats can rightly point to a regular pattern of over-performance in congressional and state legislative special elections once you look at the jurisdictions involved. At the congressional level, the playing field was heavily tilted to the GOP by the fact that most of the vacancies involved were produced by Trump lifting incumbents into his administration. So the most common GOP rationalization for obvious Democratic gains in dark-red territory was: “We won, didn’t we?” The big regular off-year elections in New Jersey and Virginia were Democratic routs by any measure, and produced new excuses for failure: Trump blamed Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie for not running a … [Read more...] about Pennsylvania Special Election Is a No-Excuses, Must-Win Race for Team Trump