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Trump-backing soy bean farmer rails against president’s tariffs: ‘You are putting families in financial peril’

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With President Donald Trump sparking trade wars with Canada, Mexico, the EU and China, some of his supporters in the Midwest are starting to feel uneasy about the direction he’s taking the country.

As CNN reports, soybean farmers in southern Minnesota are already feeling the pinch of China targeting their industry for retaliatory tariffs, as those tariffs are lowering commodity prices and hurting their farms’ value.

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“This isn’t just numbers on a sheet or percentage of trade or dollar value,” Michael Petefish, a Trump-backing farmer, tells CNN. “This is multi-generational American families, your base, that you are now squarely putting into financial peril.”

Fellow soy farmer Dale Stevermer, meanwhile, tells CNN that an escalating trade war between the United States and China is not going to do people in his profession any good, no matter what the president says.

“I cringe,” he says of Trump’s trade wars. “When a tariff even gets talked about, it makes both the buyers and the sellers jumpy. It’s going to impact my bottom line, it’s going to impact my business livelihood, and, to an extent, it becomes a mental outlook.”

Tom Slunecka, the CEO of the Minnesota Soybean Association, says that the political blowback against the president could strike just in time for the midterm elections if the president hasn’t done anything to deescalate the trade wars he’s started.

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“We have got about a month and a half where we can play with this thing and then after that, these prices have to be corrected, so we urge the administration to do what it has to do and do it quickly,” he says. “If we get into harvest with prices like they are, it will decimate much of farm country.”


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NBC attacks Ronan Farrow’s upcoming book as a ‘smear’

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NBC is responding to Ronan Farrow's new book — which claims that the network quashed his reporting on rape accusations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein to protect Matt Lauer, who faced similar accusations — by dismissing it as a "smear."

This article first appeared in Salon.

In a memo sent to NBC employees on Monday and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim argues that Farrow's upcoming book "Catch and Kill" is a "smear" and "rests on the allegation that NBC’s management knew about and took steps to hide Matt Lauer’s misconduct before his firing in November of 2017." It also dismisses the accusation that the network "squashed" Farrow's reporting into the rape accusations against Weinstein in order to protect Lauer as a "conspiracy theory."

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Trump’s ex-Russia aide said the president used a ‘shadow foreign policy’ to ‘personally benefit’ himself: report

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Fiona Hill, a former top White House adviser on Russia, revealed to congressional investigators on Monday that President Donald Trump conducted policy toward Ukraine for his personal benefit, according to a new report from the Washington Post.

She reportedly said that the president used his attorney Rudy Giuliani to a “run shadow foreign policy in Ukraine that circumvented U.S. officials and career diplomats in order to personally benefit” himself.

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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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