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South Carolina TV manufacturing plant closes — and says Donald Trump’s tariffs are to blame

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A manufacturing plant in South Carolina recently announced that it’s completely closing down in large part thanks to President Donald Trump’s tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum.

According to South Carolina’s The State, local manufacturer Element Electronics is laying off 126 employees and is shuttering its plant in the town of Winnsboro, South Carolina.

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In particular, the plant said that its closure is due to “new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in our assembly operations in Winnsboro.”

The closure of the plant is just the latest manufacturing employer to close down or leave Fairfield County, South Carolina, The State reports.

“The layoffs come a year after Cayce-based SCE&G and state-owned Santee Cooper canceled their decadelong effort to build two nuclear reactors at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, putting 5,000 construction workers out of work and wiping away a promised economic boon to the poor, rural county,” the newspaper writes. “Element’s announcement also comes a year after Fairfield County’s last textile mill closed, eliminating 200 more jobs.”

Democratic state Sen. Mike Fanning tells The State that the latest loss of jobs makes him feel like he’s been “kicked in the gut,” as he didn’t think Fairfield County could get much lower than “rock bottom.”

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Trump is flexing his executive power to brazenly disobey the law — and it looks like he’s going to get away with it

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What can’t executive power do? If you ask the Trump administration, the answer seems to be almost nothing.

Consider just the news Monday night. We know that the acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire — who was only installed in his position because President Donald Trump forced the rightful successor, Sue Gordon, to resign — is withholding a whistleblower’s report that has been deemed by the inspector general to be both “credible” and “urgent.”

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Trump is frustrated with Pence and his team wants to kick him off the 2020 ticket: ‘They threaten Mike every week’

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Previous reports have made similar claims, including one from Axios reporter Jonathan Swan who found, like Sherman, that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are driving the discussions to replace Pence.

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White House tells Corey Lewandowski to keep his mouth shut when appearing before Congress

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Corey Lewandowski is slated to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, but President Donald Trump's White House is telling the possible Senate hopeful to keep his mouth shut.

Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted about the instruction Monday, less than 24 hours before Lewandowski is scheduled to be sworn in.

"White House has instructed Corey Lewandowski not to testify about his conversations with POTUS or other White House officials that are not already delineated in Mueller report, per aide familiar with strategy. He testifies tomorrow," Dawsey tweeted.

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