Daniel Howes The Detroit News Published 10:40 PM EDT May 15, 2019 President Donald Trump says American consumers and businesses don’t pay more to offset the effects of his beloved tariffs — the Chinese do. But the real world doesn’t agree. The National Pork Producers Council says "U.S. pork has suffered from a disproportionate share of retaliation due to trade disputes with Mexico and China" and that producers are losing money. Farmers and their representatives in Congress are outraged at the drubbing Trump's tariffs are delivering to the prices of their commodities. Detroit's automakers, huge consumers of steel, say the tariffs on foreign metals are pushing U.S. prices higher, too, trimming auto profits by a billion dollars or so. Who says consumers and businesses don’t pay, Mr. President? Yet here we are, bystanders to a transpacific test of wills that is spooking markets, slamming farmers, raising concerns about slowing economic growth … [Read more...] about Howes: Trump’s tariff tear on China intensifies
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has been exploring potential roles with Fox News, the energy industry or other businesses amid growing signs that he will leave President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he faces investigations into his ethics, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions. The news comes just a day after Trump told reporters that word on Zinke's fate may come "in about a week" — and as the president is in the early stages of what could be a dramatic post-election house-cleaning of Cabinet officials and top aides, starting with Wednesday's ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Story Continued Below Two of those people said Zinke has reached out to Fox to inquire about working at the conservative news channel as a contributor. Zinke’s outreach was a further sign that the former Navy SEAL and Montana congressman is seeking new employment opportunities. Zinke is also looking for positions on energy company boards of directors or private equity firms, … [Read more...] about Zinke prepares to leave Trump’s Cabinet
David Fickling, Bloomberg 4:04 am CDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 A natural gas flare is visible near storage tanks May 30, 2018, in Reeves County, Texas. Continue to see scenes from the Permian Basic Oil Show over the years. A natural gas flare is visible near storage tanks May 30, 2018, in Reeves County, Texas. Continue to see scenes from the Permian Basic Oil Show over the years. Photo: James Durbin / For The Chronicle, For The Chronicle The Permian Basin International Oil Show hosts exhibits of all shapes and sizes that will fill the Ector County Coliseum complex in Odessa. Visitors can see everything from small valves to towering pumping units, and everything in between. less The Permian Basin International Oil Show hosts exhibits of all shapes and sizes that will fill the Ector County Coliseum complex in Odessa. Visitors can see everything from small valves to towering pumping ... more … [Read more...] about Opinion: Oil’s rally isn’t over yet
Bill Allison and John McCormick Bloomberg News Published 8:29 AM EDT Oct 16, 2018 President Donald Trump’s re-election effort raised $18 million in the third quarter, bringing his total since taking office to $108.1 million, an unusual amount for a president in the first two years of his term. The sum included contributions to his main campaign fund and a pair of joint fundraising committees that benefit it and the Republican National Committee, Federal Election Commission disclosures filed Monday night showed. The campaign started October with $35.4 million cash on hand. Small-dollar donors, those giving $200 or less, accounted for 97.6 percent of the money raised, the campaign said. In 2018, Trump has raised $55.9 million through his committees, FEC filings show. His combined third quarter take was slightly larger than the $17.7 million his three committees brought in during the previous filing period. As the midterms congressional elections approach, the campaign also … [Read more...] about Trump raises over $100M for re-election bid
Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.