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Good Morning, it’s Saturday, 3 March 2018, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
Not good week for the White House. President Trump announced–without warning and despite advice from top economic advisors–new tariffs on imported steel (25%) and aluminium (10%). Most economists predict the tariffs, if implemented, will be bad for U.S. trade and could cause problems in the United States as foreign countries retaliate in a trade war, raising tariffs on American products like Levi blue jeans, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and even big ticket items like Boeing passenger jets (Boeing is America’s largest exporter). Economists point out that despite the grandstanding, steel-using industries employ 80 times more people than steel-producing industries, so the tariff, if enacted (and there signs that it might not be), could hurt far more people than it helps. Trump had come under fire early in his career for using imported steel to build his office towers, instead of the more expensive American-produced steel. Hmmm. The ultimate cost for paying for the tariff will fall on American consumers and workers (of course). Although Trump would like for Americans to believe the tariffs are aimed at international adversaries like China, in reality–again–he’s got the facts wrong. America’s two largest steel suppliers are Canada and Brazil; our largest aluminum supplier is Canada. Didn’t know we were in an adversarial position with ….Canada?
Multiple media outlets have said that the sudden tariff program was a result of Trump feeling boxed in and cornered by events (Jared Kushner’s mounting legal and financial problems; the resignation of top aid Hope Hicks; continuing pressure from the Russia investigation) and that he came “unglued” as a result. With Hope Hicks gone, who is going to “handle” the President”? Hicks–from a distance–appears to be a very class act. It’s a good idea for her to look after her future and not be involved in any more White House drama.
The President’s sudden embrace of gun control initiatives took an equally sudden u-turn after a late night meeting with representatives from NRA. Will this be another case of sudden change in position due to political/money lobbying? Really–American leadership at every level needs to do a lot better.
Today is National Soup It Forward Day…..a great day to make a big pot of chicken soup and share with family and friends.
What We’re Listening to in the Media Bunker: The March Playlist, compiled by music editor/music correspondent DJ Tschugge. The Nightshift is the only news site that provides you with music to get and keep you moving. And remember–we add new music every day.
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The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Boston Globe (Boston)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
The Local (Oslo)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
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