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US unafraid of trade war: Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin

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The United States is not seeking a trade war over tariffs but does not fear one, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday at the end of a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Argentina.

A trade war “is not our goal, but we are not afraid of it,” Mnuchin said at the end of the two-day meeting in Buenos Aires, which was overshadowed by looming US tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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“We have to be prepared to act in the US interest to defend free and fair reciprocal trade. In doing that there is always a risk.

“That’s not our goal. But we are not afraid of it,” he said.

Mnuchin was speaking after ministers agreed not to condemn the US move in the meeting’s final communique, but instead spoke of “heightened economic and geopolitical tensions.”

Mnuchin also said the US would consider additional sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government in Venezuela.

“I can assure you that we will continue to evaluate the situation there and consider additional sanctions,” he said.

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Here’s why Ukrainians are shocked about Rudy Giuliani’s new associate

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is causing "shock" among Ukrainians for working with Andrey Artemenko, according to new reports.

"In an attempt to exonerate President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani has been working with right-wing media outlet One America News Network (OAN) to produce a television special featuring a string of current and former Ukrainian officials defending Trump’s conduct in withholding military aid to Ukraine and seeking investigations of the Bidens," Law & Crime reported Saturday.

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‘Irony and Outrage’: How different — and how similar — are Samantha Bee and Fox News?

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Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly are masters of outrage — not just the emotion, but a genre of political theater — just as Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are masters of ironic satire. They’re poles apart, and yet — ironically or outrageously — they’re profoundly similar, both in how they’re impacting their audiences, and why their genres emerged when they did. That’s perhaps the central thesis of “Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States,” by Dannagal Goldthwaite Young, who’s both a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware and an improv comedian with the troupe ComedySportz Philadelphia. That’s among the many different hats she wears.

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WATCH: Video surfaces of Eric Trump in Ukraine

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Video surfaced on Saturday of one of President Donald Trump's children in Kyiv as Congress and federal prosecutors examine the family's dealings in Ukraine and Russia.

On Friday, Democratic strategist Scott Dworkin released a still photo of Eric Trump reportedly in Ukraine.

On Saturday's Dworkin's Democratic Coalition released video of the event.

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https://twitter.com/TheDemCoalition/status/1203457171352145921

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