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Trump's new tariff threat could make iPhones, toys and shoes more expensive

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iPhones. L.O.L. Surprise dolls. Nikes.

They could all get more expensive if President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to expand tariffs on Chinese imports to include an additional $325 billion in goods left out last year.

The administration is already moving ahead with plans to hike existing tariffs starting Friday on industrial components and other goods, from 10% to 25% — a warning shot to Beijing amid ongoing negotiations toward a comprehensive trade agreement.

Most consumer electronics, toys and shoes have so far been shielded, a strategic move that made the trade war almost invisible to American shoppers.

But Trump is running out of goods to tax, and the expanded tariffs he threatened over the weekend could result in a 25% tax on almost everything else the U.S. imports from China.

That would hit 100% of the toys and sports equipment imported from China to the United States, as well as 93% of the footwear and 91% of textiles and clothing, according to an analysis by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

"These goods were deliberately set aside before because they would be painful for us," said Phil Levy, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs who served as a senior economist for trade under President George W. Bush.

The renewed threat has toy companies big and small worried that they will have to raise prices, dragging down sales this holiday season.

About three-quarters of the toys sold in the United States are made in China, including the top-selling L.O.L. Surprise dolls, said Toy Association President Stephen Pasierb.

"We're in a low-margin, price sensitive business. If the price goes up by 25% on a $10 toy, people aren't going to buy them," he said.
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Truck with Utah plates strikes vendors, other cars at U.S.-Mexico border

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TIJUANA, Mexico (KGTV) - Two people in a Utah-registered truck crashed into vendors and other vehicles on the Tijuana side of the U.S.-Mexico border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday, Televisa reported.

Two people in a black Chevy truck with Utah license plates started a fight with a pedestrian about 3 p.m. at Boulevard Gral Manuel Márquez de León and Paseo de los Héroes, according to Televisa, which cited Tijuana Police Chief Mario Martinez.

Minutes after the fight, the suspects drove to the border crossing where they struck more than 15 vehicles waiting to cross into the United States and ran over 15 vendors, the news agency reported.

Four people were injured, including one with severe injuries, Martinez told Televisa

U.S. Customs and Border Protection told 10News they managed traffic on the U.S. side of the border during the incident
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Emerald Trash Mountain

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>Over the past few years, Seattle has become a dumping ground for millions of pounds of garbage, needles, feces, and biohazardous waste, largely emanating from the hundreds of homeless encampments that have sprouted across the city. Now, the Emerald City is on the verge of a full-blown public-health crisis. Last year saw a 400 percent increase in HIV infections among mostly homeless addicts and prostitutes in the city’s northern corridor. Public-health officials are sounding the alarms about the return of diseases like typhus, tuberculosis, and trench fever. Even the region’s famed mussels and clams have tested positive for opioids.
Free heroine in your mussels and clams? Seattle sounds pretty great
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Pentagon expects 256 miles of border wall soon, Shanahan says

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>About a half a mile a day will be produced.
Enough funding has been placed on contract to build 256 miles of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told Congress Wednesday.
Testifying at the Senate Defense Appropriations subcommittee, Shanahan also estimated about a half-mile a day of border barriers would be built over the next six months.
We now have on contract sufficient funds to build about 256 miles of barrier,” Shanahan told Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). The source of the funding, Shanahan added, is Homeland Security border funding, diverted Pentagon money and Treasury forfeiture funds.
“How you will see this materialize in the next six months is that about 63 additional new miles of wall will come online,” he said. “So about a half a mile a day will be produced.”
President Donald Trump roiled Congress by moving to divert billions of dollars toward his signature border wall, including $3.6 billion in military construction funds. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget requests $7.2 billion for the border, split evenly between backfilling raided military construction projects and funds for new barriers.
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Alabama Follows Up Rape Allegation Law With Abortion Law

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That's the second big state law in recent weeks that might seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. Article below and pic unrelated:

>The Alabama state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill essentially banning abortion in the state, a move specifically aimed at challenging more than 40 years of federal abortion protection under Roe v. Wade. The bill would make it a felony for a doctor to perform or attempt an abortion during any stage of pregnancy.

>The House approved a version of the bill that had an exception for the mother's health, passing 74-3, then a Senate committee added an exception for rape and incest. Republicans in the Senate, however, suddenly tabled the rape and incest exemptions last week, leading to swift and vocal opposition from Democrats.

>Shouting erupted as Democratic Sen. Bobby Singleton, other Democrats and at least one Republican objected to the motion being gaveled through without a roll call vote.

>"You've got 27 men over on the other side ready to tell women what they can do with their bodies," Singleton said. "You don't have to procedurally just try to railroad us."

>The session was adjourned after Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, a Republican, suggested the lawmakers take the weekend to cool down.

>Singleton put up an amendment to make exceptions in the case of rape and incest again on Tuesday night. Four Republicans joined the seven Democrats present to vote for the exceptions, but the measure failed in a roll call vote. Singleton then accused proponents of the legislation of having "raped the state of Alabama with this bill."
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Dans un tonneau. Jean-Jacques Savin

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French pensioner who set off to float across the Atlantic in a 10ft-long barrel finally arrives at his Caribbean destination after 128 days at sea... and tucks in to some Swiss cheese to celebrate
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Chinese Boot Camp Turns Boys into “Alpha Males” to Fight Rise of K-Pop Culture

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K-pop culture has been gaining popularity across the globe, but in China it is considered a decadent trend that threatens to destroy the nation’s future. To combat this menace, a former schoolteacher has founded the Real Man Training Club, a children’s boot camp that promises to turn boys into alpha males.

The Beijing-based Real Man Training Club offers members a variety of activities meant to boost their masculinity, such as American football, wrestling and boxing, as well as character-building treks through deserts and mountains. Founder Tang Haiyan leads the boys in chest beating and slogan shouting to build up their confidence, and makes them wear headbands with the words ‘Real Man’. Even their shirts and tracksuits feature English phrases like ‘Anything is Possible’ or ‘Power Leader’. All this is meant to develop the boys’ macho character to fit Tang’s perception of manliness, and make them immune to the taint of K-pop culture.

If you are promoting these effeminate figures it’s a calamity for our country,” Tang Haiyan told the Los Angeles Times about the rise of K-pop in China.

Tang is convinced that men are the pillars of a family and a country, but he is worried that China’s next generation will not be able to fulfil its role because of outside influences promoted by the media. K-pop inspired pop idols with their delicate beauty, dyed hair and pompous clothing are ruining the country’s youths, making them soft crybabies. And that’s where his alpha male boot camp comes into play.
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Three-year-old changes gender from boy to girl

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Three-year-old changes gender from boy to girl after being sent to live with foster parents whose own son had just transitioned to become a female aged seven
>The child was sent to school in girl's uniform despite parents being asked not to
>The couple's seven-year-old biological son also transitioned to become female
>The couple, CP and TP, were investigated by Lancashire county council
>Social services feared children were being 'manipulated' into the changes

A boy of three was dressed in a girl’s uniform for school after living with foster parents whose own son transitioned to being female at the age of seven.

The younger child was taken to school dressed as a girl despite teachers ‘expressly’ asking the foster couple to put him in boys’ clothing.

The parents at the centre of the case, which came to light in a court judgment released last week, also had a third child in their care who had ‘gender identity issues’.

The couple, known only as CP and TP, were investigated by Lancashire County Council’s social services amid accusations they had ‘manipulated’ their children’s gender and risked causing them ‘significant emotional harm’.
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Thank you americunts! Ukraine is offically a dictature now!

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The head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (KS), Stanislav Shevchuk, by a vote of 12 judges, was deprived of the status of a judge. Thus, he lost the status of the head of the court. According to the "Country", instead, Natalia Shaptala, the head of the CCU, was elected as a judge in a criminal case on the usurpation of power by Yanukovych (for voting to return the 1996 Constitution).

Stanislav Shevchuk has already declared that he considers his removal illegal.

“Today an anti-constitutional coup took place in the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the seizure of state power by those who held the posts of judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. , with gross and flagrant violations of the Constitution of Ukraine, the Law of Ukraine "On the Constitutional Court", the Rules of Procedure of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. that Poroshenko is behind this crime, who makes every effort to retain power by maintaining control over the main state institutions. I don’t intend to surrender and tomorrow I will go to court and law enforcement agencies, "said Stanislav Shevchuk.

We note, since the law on the Constitutional Court does not allow for the resignation of its head (except for the option when he himself wrote a statement), Shevchuk was dismissed through the dismissal of his position as a judge (according to Article 21 of the Law on the CC).

In fact, according to the lawyer, President Petro Poroshenko, ex-deputy head of his administration Alexey Filatov and Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Court Alexander Tupitsky and a number of judges who are guided by the current president are behind intrigues in this body.
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