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‘I feel used up’: Carrier workers aren’t happy about losing jobs after Trump’s ‘deal’

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President Donald Trump made a “deal” to save the jobs at the Carrier plant in Indiana but workers lost their jobs to Mexico anyway.

Fifty-six-year-old Jim Shalle doesn’t want to complain but things aren’t going well, The New York Times reported.

“I’m a routine guy, and I’m not boohooing,” he said. “But I feel used up.”

Unfortunately, Jim isn’t alone. His colleague Pat is still working for Carrier but with production ending just after Christmas, she knows her days are numbered. She’s been with the company for 40 years after graduating from high school, as did her daughter, who is now 33 years old.

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“I loved my job,” she said. “It’s all I’ve ever known.”

While then-Gov. Mike Pence bribed Carrier with a hefty tax break deal, instead of 1400 jobs heading to Mexico — that number is more like 800. Both Jim and Pat thought they’d be OK, but the plant in Huntington wasn’t part of the deal. The so-called “buy American” mandate and federal infrastructure projects Trump has promised also wouldn’t do anything to help.

Huntington remains strong in manufacturing, however, with 21 percent of the city working in the industry. To put that in context, 90 percent of the counties in the United States don’t even reach that.

Yet, most of the workers don’t blame Trump for being unable to save their jobs, despite taking credit for doing so.

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“I support him 100 percent,” 27-year-old veteran Tami Barnett told The Times. She left Carrier at the end of March. “I was very pleased he saved the jobs in Indianapolis. Do I wish he could have saved mine? Absolutely. But he did his best.”

“I’m glad he stepped in, but it’s a letdown,” said 55-year-old Susan Cropper. She’s still glad she voted for Trump, however, and blames Carrier and the executives.

Brooks Fetters serves as the city’s mayor and despite reaching out to Pence’s office multiple times, he never heard back.

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“Right or wrong, that’s where we are. We’re not in panic mode,” Fetters said. After all, “German stoicism runs deep in northern Indiana, and you take your lumps.”

The town isn’t becoming a failing manufacturing hotspot the way Trump described some Pennsylvania cities during the election. A $1.4 million expansion to the high school has given many a job by retraining residents to do metalworking.

Still, if you’re not a skilled worker, you’re out of luck. The mayor explained he doesn’t have a lot of opportunities for “those who can just use a rake and a shovel.”

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Jim’s $17,700 severance package does little to cover expenses after taxes and medical expenses come out. But now he has to start over at another factory.

Tami saw it as a “slap in the face” after she and her colleagues “made the company billions in profits.”

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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