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Looming China tariff hikes are a time bomb that could blow-up in Trump’s face in July: report

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Donald Trump’s decision to enact harsh tariffs on Chinese goods are a time bomb that may blow up in Trump’s face, the Washington Post reports.

Unless there’s a deal—and there are currently no negotiations to make that happen—on July 6 there will be new American tariffs on $34 billion in Chinese goods. At that point, there will be Chinese retaliation in the form of tariffs targeting American farmers and exporters.

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That gives Trump a reason to negotiate—and some of his advisors want him to do just that.

“He’s set himself up perfectly for that attack,” said a spokesman for the free-market American Enterprise Institute. “There’s a group inside the administration that very, very much wants a deal.”

However, Trump’s base wants him to shrink the trade deficient with China, which has grown under his watch and hit a record-high in 2018.

It Trump wants to back away from driving a hard deal and takes a concession, he may anger his base.

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“The Democrats are champing at the bit to win back what they see as their natural constituency: working-class voters,” said a former adviser to Joe Biden. “I would bet you many Democrats are going to move into that space immediately.”

To make it more interesting, China’s own tariffs are intended to deliver a blow that hits Trump’s supporters the hardest.

“They have mapped this out to a very fine level of detail, down to congressional districts,” a China expert from Princeton University said. “It is intended to inflict maximum pain on people they recognize as being Trump’s primary constituents in hopes that it will make him change course.”

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‘Hard to overstate’ how badly Taylor’s testimony damaged Trump: Ex-federal prosecutor

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On Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote for Politico Magazine that the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor was devastating for President Donald Trump — and that if he keeps trying to deny wrongdoing, it will only get worse and maybe even force Senate Republicans' hand against him.

"It’s hard to overstate how much damage the testimony of Ukraine envoy William Taylor inflicted on President Donald Trump’s defense in the ongoing impeachment inquiry," wrote Mariotti. "On its face, Taylor’s testimony Tuesday established the quid pro quo that Trump has denied for weeks. But more importantly, Taylor’s detailed notes of the 'highly irregular' policy-making that he witnessed over the summer provide a roadmap to future testimony that could be even more harmful. Republicans have already begun to retreat from their 'no quid pro quo' line, but they will have to keep retreating because Taylor has almost single-handedly decimated the few witnesses who have provided some testimony that is favorable to Trump."

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‘How much did you get for your soul?’ Internet dogpiles Lindsey Graham after he walks back criticism of SCIF raid

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On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to have reached the limit of his capacity to defend his own party when a gang of House Republicans raided a sensitive, compartmented information facility where an impeachment hearing was taking place and illegally bringing in recording equipment. Initially Graham criticized the Republicans behind the stunt, calling it "nuts."

Later, however, he changed his mind and decided the demonstration was fine with him, offering this explanation:

CORRECTION:

I was initially told House GOP took the SCIF by force – basically like a GOP version of Occupy Wall Street.

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‘We lost New Mexico to Mexico’: Internet breaks into hysterics over Trump wanting to build border wall on Colorado

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The president of the United States indicated he accidentally forgot where the state of Colorado was during his speech to an energy conference of fracking companies Wednesday.

Trump told the audience he was building a "wall" in Colorado, which is the state just north of New Mexico. If Trump was referring to his U.S.-Mexico border wall, it's the southern New Mexico border on which he intends to build the wall.

It prompted many to wonder if the president whipped out his fact-changing Sharpie yet again.

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