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Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Dow drops more than 300 points after Trump orders US companies to look for ‘alternative to China’  —  China plans to raise import tariffs on $75 billion worth of US goods  —  Stocks fell to their lows of the day on Friday after President Donald Trump ordered in a series tweets …
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Orders U.S. Businesses to Find Alternative to China  —  President says 'we don't need China' after Beijing announces tariffs on $75 billion of additional U.S. products  —  President Trump said U.S. companies were “hereby ordered” to start looking for alternatives to doing business …
New York Times:
Trump Demands American Companies to ‘Start Looking for an Alternative to China’  —  WASHINGTON — Hours after Beijing said it would increase tariffs on American goods in response to President Trump's latest round of Chinese levies, the president demanded companies in the United States …
Alex Pappas / Fox News:
Trade war explodes as Trump clashes with US firms over ‘order’ to abandon China, block fentanyl shipments  —  President Trump's trade war with China boiled over Friday as Beijing slapped retaliatory tariffs on America and the president declared he's ordering U.S. companies to prepare to leave …
Joe Mcdonald / Associated Press:
Trump vows response as China plans tariffs on $75B US goods
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Trump tweets: ‘Who is our bigger enemy,’ Fed Chairman Powell or Chinese President Xi?
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump says he's ordering American companies to immediately start looking for an alternative to China
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Seth Moulton Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign With a Warning  —  Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a candidacy that emphasized Mr. Moulton's centrist politics and military service but gained no traction with Democratic primary voters.
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Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
Four Interesting Findings From The Recent Flurry Of 2020 Polls
Discussion: The Federalist and Washington Post
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts drops out of presidential race after failing to break through …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Seth Moulton ends 2020 presidential campaign
Elisha Fieldstadt / NBC News:
David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79  —  He and his brother, Charles Koch, helped to build a massive conservative network of donors to support libertarian-leaning economic policies.  —  David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, has died.
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Bill Hewitt / Washington Post:
David Koch, billionaire industrialist who influenced conservative politics, dies at 79
Discussion: The Wrap, UPI and Balloon Juice
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Elizabeth Warren's human shield
Wall Street Journal:
Billionaire David Koch, Who Spent Heavily to Back Conservative Causes, Dies
Brian Kahn / Earther:
David Koch Escaped the Climate Hell He Helped Create
Discussion: Jacobin, BuzzFeed News and The Guardian
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
David Koch, Billionaire Who Fueled Right-Wing Movement, Dies at 79
Brian Doherty / Reason:
David Koch, R.I.P.
Discussion: Vox
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated Again For Cancer  —  Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has just completed three weeks of radiation treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court disclosed Friday.  —  The radiation therapy, conducted on an outpatient basis …
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Elizabeth Thomas / ABC News:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg treated for new pancreatic cancer  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently treated for a “localized malignant tumor” on her pancreas, a court spokesperson said Friday.  —  “The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
A Penn Law Professor Wants to Make America White Again  —  Amy Wax, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, is the academic who perhaps best represents the ideology of the Trump Administration's immigration restrictionists.  Wax, who began her professional life as a neurologist …
Discussion: Eschaton and Althouse
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump is set to blow up the G-7.  In so doing, he'll reveal the worst.  —  With President Trump set to attend the Group of Seven this weekend, it's already emerging that he has “shaken up” the schedule.  Trump has called for a special meeting focused on the global economy …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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Washington Post:
France tries to orchestrate a no-drama G-7 summit, but Trump is the X factor
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Will Trump blow up the G7 summit?
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
As Trump heads to G7 summit, potential for dysfunctional ‘family reunion’
Discussion: Politico
Lynh Bui / Washington Post:
Innocent man spent months in jail for bringing honey back to United States  —  Leon Haughton likes honey in his tea.  Which is why during his Christmas visit to relatives in Jamaica, he made his regular stop and bought three bottles from a favorite roadside stand before heading home to Maryland.
Erica Orden / CNN:
Trump's banks won't tell court if they have his tax returns  —  New York (CNN)Lawyers for Deutsche Bank and Capital One repeatedly refused Friday to tell an appellate court in New York whether the banks are in possession of President Donald Trump's tax returns, citing “contractual obligations” …
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
The ‘1619 Project’ Isn't Anti-American — It's Anti-White Identity Politics  —  Your great saints were child rapists.  Your sacred texts are false alibis for a world-historic crime.  That isn't a hill your shining city sits upon, but the unmarked graves of men it condemned to unlived lives.
Martha C. White / NBC News:
Fed Chair Powell avoided triggering a market reaction — then came Trump  —  “Trump wants the Fed to use low interest rates to help him in his battle with China.  But the Federal Reserve is not in existence for political expediency,” said one economist.  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome …
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Emily Yoffe / Reason:
'I'm Radioactive'  —  Until the spring of 2018, Jonathan Kaiman was the Beijing bureau chief of the Los Angeles Times.  Today he is living at the home of his parents in Phoenix under conditions he describes as a form of psychological house arrest.  There are no visitors, and his few remaining friends rarely call.
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Has Ceded Control of Its Site.  The Result: Thousands of Banned, Unsafe or Mislabeled Products  —  Just like tech companies that have struggled to tackle misinformation on their platforms, Amazon has proven unable or unwilling to effectively police third-party sellers on its site
Beatrice Peterson / ABC News:
Tulsi Gabbard's campaign wants the DNC to change debate qualifying poll requirements  —  Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's presidential campaign is calling on the Democratic National Committee to revise its list of debate qualifying polls in an effort to help the Hawaii Congresswoman qualify for the upcoming third DNC debate hosted by ABC News.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Monica Showalter / American Thinker:
Payback: Democrats rig Tulsi Gabbard right out of their next debate
NBC News:
African American employee's office vandalized inside Education Department  —  African art figurines were found beheaded and a school desegregation poster was damaged, leading to fears the attack was racially motivated.  —  WASHINGTON — The office of an African American employee …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
The alt-right manifesto that has Trumpworld talking  —  The most important political book of the past year just might be a grammatically challenged manifesto in favor of nude sunbathing written under the pen name Bronze Age Pervert.  —  Where Ayn Rand's “Atlas Shrugged” …
Discussion: Eschaton and American Greatness
Susan Davis / NPR:
Meltdown On Main Street: Inside The Breakdown Of The GOP's Moderate Wing  —  Three weeks after Democrats took control of the U.S. House in the 2018 midterm elections, about 40 reelected and recently defeated lawmakers in the centrist Republican Main Street Caucus gathered at the Capitol Hill Club to sift through the electoral wreckage.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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