American farmers say China tariffs are making life worse — and rancher support for Trump is fading fast

FILE PHOTO: A worker uses a tractor to spray a field of cabbages at a farm in Eikenhof, South of Johannesburg, South Africa November 15, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

Farmers are revolting against Trump, saying that he’s been making their lives worse by damaging the demand of American produce because of the trade war.
But Trump has repeatedly defended farmers, saying China’s practices have been “unfair.”
Farm bankruptcies were up 13% from 2018 and loan delinquencies are rising.
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Farmers say Trump’s tariffs are making their lives worse, a sign his base may show signs of flagging support for the president.

According to the American Farm Bureau, farming bankruptcies have risen 13% in the year through to June — roughly in line with the start of the trade war.

Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, said to Markets Insider in an email that while chronic overproduction has also been an issue, as well as adverse weather and climate change having an impact on growing, Trump’s administration has added to the pain.

“Instead of looking to solve existing problems in our agricultural sector, this administration has just created new ones,” Johnson said, adding that Trump is “burning bridges with all of our biggest trading partners.”

“Things have been difficult for farmers long before this trade war rolled around. Farmers are making half of what they were in 2013, and they’ve taken on record levels of debt just to keep their doors open.”

Read more: China is sourcing more of its farm goods from other countries, and that’s a bad sign for the US

Support for Trump is still strong, but quickly waning. In a Farm Journal Pulse survey, if 1,153 farmers, 71% said they still support the president. But the number of farmers who strongly approved of the president fell by 10 percentage points to 43% in July.

But despite pleas from Trump’s voter heartland to reverse the trade …read more

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Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend the UK parliament to force through Brexit is a trap designed to keep him in power

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Boris Johnson is pushing ahead with a plan to suspend the UK parliament in order to force through Brexit.
The decision, which was agreed on Wednesday by the Queen, is political dynamite.
Opponents accused him of overriding the UK’s democratic norms.
However, others suspect this could all be an elaborate bluff designed to cement himself in power before winning a snap general election.
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United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday confirmed his long-rumoured plan to shut down the Houses of Parliament as part of what opponents believe is an attempt to force through Brexit.

The request, which was agreed by the Queen as part of the UK’s antiquated constitution, is political dynamite and has drawn condemnation from Members of Parliament across the House of Commons, including within his own party.

Johnson’s opponents accused him of suspending democracy and riding roughshod over the UK’s constitutional norms.

Read more: The Queen agrees to Boris Johnson’s request to shut down Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit

Read more: Jeremy Corbyn requests urgent meeting with the Queen to demand she blocks Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan to shut down Parliament

So is Johnson really planning to overturn democracy in Britain or is this all part of a plan to outmaneuver his opponents and cement his place in power?

Boris Johnson has promised to deliver Brexit ‘do or die’

The UK’s planned exit from the EU has so far been twice delayed after MPs refused to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement which former Prime Minister Theresa May signed up to with European leaders.

Johnson, who helped lead the campaign for Brexit in 2016, won the contest to replace May largely on his promise to push the UK’s exit through by the end of October “do or die,” even if it means leaving without a deal.

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19 unique golf gifts for players of all skill levels

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If there’s an avid golfer in your life, there’s no better gift you can give them than something that improves their game and fuels their passion.
We found 18 gifts, including books, accessories, and gear, that golf players will love.

It’s not always the best time for golfing weather… depending on where you live, of course. (We northerners are very jealous of you southerners.)

Even if cool weather makes it tougher to play golf, it doesn’t mean golfers stop thinking about the game. You can keep that fuel for the game of golf going all year long with gifts for golfers.

Most golfers love trying out new equipment, which means a golf gift is always appreciated and almost certainly will be used, no matter the outdoor conditions.

Check out our list of 18 great golf gifts at all different price points, and a “19th hole” gift that’ll have them laughing, even if their game involves spending more time in the woods than on the fairway.

For more golf gifts, check out our buying guides to the best golf balls, the best golf gloves, the best golf bags, the best golf clubs, the best golf drivers, and the best gold irons.

This list includes a Sponsored Product that has been suggested by Ben Hogan; it also meets our editorial criteria in terms of quality and value.*

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A two-headed club brush

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Every golfer can use a club brush while on the course. Keeping the club face’s grooves clean will help you strike the ball properly. This …read more

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Teen told uncle ‘please don’t hurt us’ before he fatally shot her parents and four siblings

By JUAN A. LOZANO | The Associated Press

HOUSTON — A young woman told jurors Tuesday that she begged her uncle “please don’t hurt us” and then began to pray before he fatally shot her parents and four siblings and shot her in the head in their suburban Houston home.

Cassidy Stay testified at the trial of Ronald Lee Haskell, who is charged with capital murder in the July 2014 attack. Stay, who was 15 at the time, survived by playing dead.

Haskell had been married to one of Stay’s aunts, Melannie Lyon. Prosecutors allege Haskell wanted to hurt his ex-wife’s family after their divorce and hatched a plan in which he traveled from California to Texas to carry it out.

Haskell’s attorneys have said their client admits to the killings but wasn’t responsible because he was insane.

While testifying for nearly two hours, Stay told jurors about her family before detailing the afternoon of the shootings.

Stay was taking care of her siblings while her parents ran errands when Haskell came to their home, posing as a FedEx delivery driver.

Stay, who didn’t recognize Haskell as her “Uncle Ronnie,” first told him her parents weren’t home to sign for a package and he left. Haskell returned a few minutes later and then forced his way into the house.

Stay said when she realized who Haskell was, she told him, “Please don’t hurt us, because I knew how awful he was.”

Lyon had accused him of domestic violence when they lived in Utah and she and their four kids had moved to Houston after the divorce to be with her family.

Haskell then pulled out a gun and ordered Stay and her siblings — 4-year-old Zach; 7-year-old Rebecca; 9-year-old Emily; and 13-year-old Bryan — to go into the living room.

Stay said she focused on keeping her siblings calm. She …read more

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