On Monday, President Trump ordered the U.S. Trade Representative to find $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that could be subject to new tariffs.
“China apparently has no intention of changing its unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology,” Trump said in a statement. “Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong.”
Trump has already ordered tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in retaliation for intellectual property theft, which China matched on U.S. exports. Trump said the new tariffs will go into effect if “China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced,” and added he is willing to pursue “additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods.”
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An account executive at Uber may have prematurely let the cat out of the bag about a new feature that rewards patient passengers. Uber employee Gregory Jacobs first revealed the new feature, perhaps accidentally, yesterday. The image showed an option that allowed Jacobs to wait a little longer for a ride in exchange for a cheaper fare. He could get the ride now (4:46pm local time) for $10.18, or wait four minutes and pay $8.15 — a savings of about 25 percent. “If you’re OK with leaving later, we’ll request your ride for 17:00 for a lower price,” the app…
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The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to narrow an injunction ordered by a lower court that bans the government from withholding federal grant money from so-called sanctuary cities.
In September, a judge ruled the Department of Justice could not withhold federal grant money from Chicago based on its immigration enforcement practices. A district judge issued a nationwide injunction banning the DOJ from implementing that policy in other cities as well.
An appeals court upheld the nationwide injunction in April, though one judge called it “unnecessary.”
The department wants the Supreme Court to rule the injunction will only apply to Chicago instead of the whole country.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been critical of judges issuing nationwide injunctions. They’ve also been used to halt the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.
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By Karoun Demirjian | The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Congress is headed for a likely showdown over President Donald Trump’s recent deal to lift certain penalties against Chinese telecom giant ZTE, after the Senate overwhelming passed its version of an annual defense authorization bill that would reimpose those punitive measures.
The Senate voted 85 to 10 to approve the behemoth, $716 billion piece of legislation with little fanfare — a sign of how much common ground there is between the House’s and the Senate’s versions of the bill, which must still be woven into a single piece of legislation — and a reminder that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has steered the bill through many a floor fight in recent years, continues to battle a rare and serious form of brain cancer in Arizona. The measure is named after McCain.
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The bill envisions several policy changes to better equip the Pentagon to combat threats from aggressor nations such as Russia and China in everything from the arms race to cyberspace. But whereas most of those measures are expected to easily earn the support of the whole Congress, the ZTE provision has already sparked direct clashes with the Trump administration, setting up a likely clash between the GOP’s national security hawks and Trump’s closest supporters as administration officials attempt to convince lawmakers to strip the Senate’s policy change from the final bill.
Both the House and Senate versions of the defense policy bill restrict government agencies from purchasing ZTE products. But the Senate bill goes one step further than the House’s, ordering the reimposition of punitive measures that Trump sought to roll
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