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Trump's Tariff War Threatens to Erode Support of Farmers

4 hours 13 min ago
President Donald Trump's tariff battle with key buyers of U.S. apples, soybeans and corn threatens the support of some of his biggest backers - U.S. farmers now seeing their livelihoods in jeopardy. Farmers overwhelmingly supported Trump in the 2016 election, welcoming how he championed rural economies and vowed to repeal estate taxes that often hit family farms hard. Now those same farmers are seeing crop prices fall and export markets shrink after Trump's tariffs triggered a...
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Upping Ante, Trump Threatens New Tariffs on Chinese Imports

5 hours 54 min ago
President Donald Trump directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war.   The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10 percent rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating dispute over the large trade imbalance between the two countries. Trump recently ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual properly theft. The...
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Trump Administration Seeks to Limit Court's 'Sanctuary Cities' Order

6 hours 24 min ago
The Trump administration, escalating its fight with so-called sanctuary cities, asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to narrow a lower court's nationwide order preventing the federal government from denying public safety grants to municipalities that limit cooperation on immigration enforcement. The Justice Department asked the high court to make the injunction issued by a federal judge in Chicago cover only that city and not the entire country. Republican President Donald...
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Ex-CIA Worker Charged With Disclosing Classified Information

6 hours 39 min ago
A former CIA employee from New York was charged Monday with the theft of classified national defense information from the agency that emerged publicly in March 2017, when WikiLeaks began releasing some of the CIA's hacking tools.   Joshua Adam Schulte, of Manhattan, was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury. He was expected to be arraigned on the charges on Wednesday.   According to the indictment, Schulte stole the classified information in...
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US Senate Passes Defense Bill, Battle Looms With Trump Over China's ZTE

6 hours 56 min ago
The U.S. Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill on Monday, backing President Donald Trump’s call for a bigger, stronger military but setting up a potential battle with the White House over Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE Corp. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 85-10 for the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, which authorizes U.S. military spending but is generally used as a vehicle for a broad range of policy matters. Before it can become law, the...
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FBI Director Defends Bureau Against Criticism

6 hours 59 min ago
FBI Director Christopher Wray defended the bureau on Monday against criticisms leveled by Republicans following a scathing inspector general report about its handling of the 2016 Hillary Clinton email server investigation. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee alongside the Justice Department's inspector general, Wray said the internal audit focused on the conduct of a “small number” of FBI employees during the email probe and did not reflect on the larger institution....
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Pentagon Suspends August Military Drills with South Korea

7 hours 39 min ago
The Pentagon on Monday formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much-anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.   Dana White, spokeswoman for the Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills has stopped, but there have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea. Military exercises with other countries in the Pacific will...
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Can 'Land Banks' Help Rebuild Post-industrial US Cities?

8 hours 39 min ago
When Jamil Bey wanted to move back to the Pittsburgh neighborhood where he had grown up, he found the perfect house to buy. There was just one problem — a fall in property values on that street had left the owners trapped in negative equity. Unable to agree on a price that would allow the sellers to pay off their mortgage, Bey realized he would not be able to buy a house in his old neighborhood — and that the owners would be stuck with a property they did not want. Across the United...
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Trump Adviser Roger Stone Reveals New Meeting with Russian

8 hours 39 min ago
Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining a previously undisclosed meeting between longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone and a Russian figure who allegedly tried to sell him dirt on Hillary Clinton.   The meeting between Stone and a man who identified himself as Henry Greenberg was described in a pair of letters sent Friday to the House Intelligence Committee and first reported by The Washington Post.   Stone and Michael Caputo, a Trump campaign aide who arranged the...
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Experts: US Auto Tariffs Would Raise Prices, Cost Jobs

9 hours 15 min ago
Every workday, about 7,400 trucks mostly loaded with automotive parts rumble across the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit and Canada, at times snarling traffic along the busy corridor. But if President Donald Trump delivers on threats to slap 25 percent tariffs on imported vehicles and components, there will be far fewer big rigs heading to factories that are now humming close to capacity on both sides of the border. The tariff threat could be a negotiating ploy to restart stalled...
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Trump's Likely Midterm Focus: Peace and Prosperity

10 hours 39 min ago
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to focus on peace and prosperity as he makes his case for congressional Republicans in this year’s midterm election campaign. Although the president is not on the ballot this year, the stakes in November are enormous for him. Republican control of both the Senate and House of Representatives is at stake, and the loss of one or both chambers could have profound implications for Trump’s re-election bid in 2020. Opposition Democrats expect to gains...
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Looking for Truth Behind Separating Families at US Border  

11 hours 8 min ago
The Trump administration at least since April has been separating children and parents who enter the United States illegally at the border — that much is supported by the numbers. But much of everything else surrounding the practice has become mired in confusion.  Here is what we know: In recent weeks, news stories of children in detention centers have circulated more widely, and the numbers of detained children have grown. Department of Homeland Security officials...
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Current and Former US First Ladies Speak Out Against Separating Families at Border

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:55
Three former U.S. first ladies have criticized President Donald Trump's controversial policy of separating children from their parents who have crossed the border illegally. In an op-ed column published in Sunday's Washington Post, former first lady Laura Bush called the separation policy "cruel" and "immoral," and said "it breaks my heart." Former first lady Michelle Obama retweeted Bush's message Monday, adding, "Sometimes truth...
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Pew Survey: Americans Grapple with Recognizing Facts in News Stories

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:47
Only a quarter of U.S. adults in a recent survey could fully identify factual statements — as opposed to opinion — in news stories, the Pew Research Center found in a study released Monday. The survey comes amid growing concerns about so-called fake news spread on the internet and social media. The term generally refers to fabricated news that has no basis in fact but is presented as being factually accurate. Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google and other tech companies have...
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Pompeo: China Engaging in 'Predatory Economics 101'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:45
China is engaging in "predatory economics 101" and an "unprecedented level of larceny" of intellectual property, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a business audience Monday.   Pompeo made the remarks at the Detroit Economic Club as global markets reacted to trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Both nations started putting trade tariffs in motion that are set to take effect July 6.   He said China's recent claims of "openness and...
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Trump Announces Plans for Pentagon to Create 'Space Force'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:00
Vowing to reclaim U.S. leadership in space, President Donald Trump announced Monday he is directing the Pentagon to create a new "Space Force" as an independent service branch aimed at ensuring American supremacy in space.   Trump envisioned a bright future for the U.S. space program, pledging to revive the country's flagging efforts, return to the moon and eventually send a manned mission that would reach Mars. The president framed space as a national security issue,...
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Salvation Army's First Grocery Store Helps Baltimore's Disadvantaged

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:55
A grocery store with a new concept to help low-income people recently opened in Baltimore, Maryland, in a diverse neighborhood that's home to some of the poorest people in the city.   The Salvation Army, a worldwide Protestant charity group, converted one of its warehouses into a full-service grocery store called DMG Foods, stocking it with quality, nutritious food at affordable prices. DMG stands for the group’s motto “doing the most good.”   The Salvation Army is known...
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Americans Own 40 Percent of World's Guns

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:30
 A new report finds civilians in the United States own more guns than those in any other country  holding nearly 40 percent of the estimated 857 million guns in private hands. In a report released Monday, the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey says Americans own 393 million firearms  more than the combined total owned in the survey’s other top 25 countries.  The report comprises data collected during the past decade. By comparison, India and China, which each have...
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Trump: US 'Will Not Be a Migrant Camp'

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:03
"The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility," President Donald Trump vowed Monday amid growing outrage over his administration forcibly separating children from parents at the U.S. border with Mexico. Trump, speaking in the White House East Room during a National Space Council meeting, warned that "what's happening in Europe … we can't allow that to happen to the United States — not on my watch." WATCH: Trump...
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US Supreme Court Acts in Gerrymandering Cases

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:00
The U.S. Supreme Court Monday has ruled against state Democrats in a case concerning partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, sending it back to a lower court for a decision. Gerrymandering is the process of redrawing lines of a state’s electoral districts in order to gain an electoral advantage. Gerrymandering on racial and ethnic grounds was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1993, in the case Shaw v. Reno. The Wisconsin case, Gill v. Whitford, concerned the boundaries of...
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