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Agriculture secretary admits farm bailouts won’t cover losses from Trump’s trade war

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President Donald Trump’s own agriculture secretary said Saturday that planned bailout payments will not fully compensate farmers for the losses of Trump’s trade war.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke with Reuters about the matter at a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, and made it clear that Trump’s welfare payments will not cover the losses farmers will endure.

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“Obviously this is not going to make farmers whole,” Perdue said of the payments, which will come through as soon as September. “We expect the checks to go out in late September or October. As soon as they prove their yields,” Perdue said. “They will be based on actual production, not historical averages.”


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CNN legal analyst argues Trump’s new ‘reality show’ legal team could blow up in his face

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President Donald Trump’s new legal team for his defense in the Senate impeachment trial is stocked with big names and celebrities, most notably Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, and the White House clearly hopes their supposed gravitas will help win a victory in public opinion. But CNN legal analyst Susan Hennessey argued Friday that Trump’s picks could actually backfire.

“It’s obviously in keeping with the president’s reality show instincts, the big dramatic reveal, bringing back characters from last season — the last impeachment!” she said, referring specifically to Starr’s role in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. “This has all the theatrical elements that the president loves. That said, I do think this is something that potentially is going to backfire on the president.”

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‘Take your letter and shove it’: Rep. Ted Lieu sends fiery response after Devin Nunes threatened to sue him

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Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California fired a salvo at Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, also of California, on Friday by posting a letter responding to his colleague’s threat of a lawsuit.

Lieu said that Nunes had threatened to sue him, a fact he first made public on Wednesday. In a tweet on Friday, Lieu shared a picture of a letter from Nunes’ attorney, with the subject line “RE: Nunes v. Lieu.” Though Lieu only shared the first of what he said was five pages of the letter, the visible text made clear that Nunes’ complaint almost certainly involved defamation, for which the Republican has been suing many of his critics in recent months.

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‘He’s in trouble’: Ex-GOP lawmaker hammers ‘meathead’ Devin Nunes during Bill Maher interview

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During the "Overtime" segment of Bill Maher's "Real Time," former GOP lawmaker Joe Walsh was asked about Rep. Devin Nunes and his latest problems after being tied to Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas -- and immediately called California Republican a "meathead."

Asked by host Maher what should happen to Nunes, Walsh jumped right into it.

"Oh, my gosh, he's a meathead," Walsh began to applause and cheers from the audience.

"I'm serious, Bill," he continued. "I think he's in trouble. He's clearly in trouble."

"Legal trouble?" Maher pressed.

"I don't know, possibly, " Walsh replied. "But he and Parnas were like best friends; communicating on this deal, he was part of it. He denied he knew the guy -- he's in trouble."

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