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Justin Trudeau to Donald Trump: Canada will block backdoor steel shipments

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assured US President Donald Trump in a telephone call that Canada will block foreign steel and aluminum transshipments to the United States.

The prime minster, according to a readout of the conversation released on Tuesday, “raised the strong measures Canada is taking to address unfair trade in steel and aluminum.”

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In a separate statement, Ottawa said it was “strengthening enforcement further to stop foreign exporters from avoiding duties meant to level the playing field.”

The White House confirmed Trump spoke to Trudeau but mentioned only Russia as a topic of their conversation.

Canada — the top exporter of steel and aluminum to the US market — was exempted from new US tariffs on imports of the metals unveiled earlier this month.

Since then, Trudeau has echoed Trump’s message that China was flooding global markets with cheap steel. Beijing has rejected the accusation, saying it was an international problem.

Seventy-one Canadian “trade remedy measures” are already in place to prevent foreign steel from flooding into the Canadian market or using Canada as a backdoor to ship foreign steel and aluminum into the United States, said a statement.

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In addition, the Canadian government unveiled on Tuesday new “anti-circumvention investigations” at the border to “identify and stop companies that try to dodge duties.”

Ottawa said it would also coordinate more closely with the United States and other stakeholders to prevent the transshipment and diversion of “unfairly cheap foreign steel.”

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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