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Draghi Wonders Who Needs Friends Like These After Trump Threat

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi added his voice to those criticizing the U.S. threat to slap import tariffs on some products and called on governments to work together rather than end up in a tit-for-tat dispute. While he downplayed the impact on the economy, he said recent developments still raise questions about the health…

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Canada, Mexico to Get Initial Exemption From Trump Tariffs

The Trump administration will initially exclude Canada and Mexico from stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, an exemption they would lose if they fail to reach an updated Nafta agreement with the U.S., White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Wednesday. The two nations won’t be subject to tariffs on their steel and…

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Mnuchin Seeks to Douse Trade-War Fears Over Trump Metal Tariffs

By Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Trump administration isn’t trying to provoke a global trade fight with the steel and aluminum tariffs announced last week. “We are not looking to get into trade wars,” Mnuchin said Tuesday during a congressional committee hearing when asked about the tariffs. After announcing the steel and aluminum tariffs,…

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Putin’s Nuclear Bravado Earns a Rare Rebuke From Trump

While Vladimir Putin boasted that his latest “invincible” nuclear weapons prove the U.S. and its allies have failed to contain Russia, the display of bravado risks a new arms race that his country is ill-equipped to win. Putin earned a rare rebuke on Monday from U.S. President Donald Trump, who called him “irresponsible” for showing…

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In a switch, Dems and unions cheer Trump while GOP frets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few issues could blur the lines of partisanship in Trump-era Washington. Trade is one of them. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will impose stiff tariffs on imported steel and aluminum has labor unions and liberal Democrats in the unusual position of applauding Trump’s approach, while Republicans and an array of business…

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Trump: “Trade wars are good, and easy to win”

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday insisted “trade wars are good, and easy to win,” a bold claim that prompted pushback from a Nebraska Republican who quipped “kooky 18th century protectionism will jack up prices on American families.” Trump has declared that the U.S. will impose punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports,…

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Gun Background-Check Bill Slows Even as Trump, NRA Say Go Ahead

Senate legislation that would enhance reporting to the gun-buyers background check system hit a roadblock on Monday, as Congress and the White House struggled to come up with a swift response to the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/BloombergAt least one senator, Republican Mike Lee of Utah, acted to block…

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AP Exclusive: Transport safety rules sidelined under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a clear, dry June evening in 2015, cars and trucks rolled slowly in a herky-jerky backup ahead of an Interstate 75 construction zone in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Barreling toward them: an 18-ton tractor-trailer going about 80 mph. Despite multiple signs warning of slow traffic, the driver, with little or no braking, bashed…

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Coders Want to Unionize—With Help From Trump

By January, Bjorn Westergard says, he and his fellow coders had finally had enough. In the space of two months, Lanetix, the Bay Area cloud-software startup he worked for, had allegedly dismissed a colleague who’d advocated for more paid time off, discouraged the remaining staff from discussing workplace problems, and implied that their jobs could…