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Stock market crash could force ‘Tariff Man’ Trump to surrender trade war to China: Ex-White House official

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A former Trump White House official is predicting that President Donald Trump will back off his trade war with China after watching the stock market plunge in December.

The official, speaking with Politico, said that Trump’s obsession with keeping the Dow Jones Industrial Average high will sap his will to wage a trade war with the Chinese.

“I think Trump the Dow Jones Man is ultimately going to eat Trump the Tariff Man,” said the official.

Trump-backing economist Stephen Moore, meanwhile, agreed that the Dow’s crash could eventually sway Trump, although he said that it would be unwise to underestimate how determined he is to beat China.

“If the stock market fell another 1,000 points it would give him pause,” he explained. “He does love a bull market and hates a bear market. But he also feels this is the fight of our lifetime.”

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The Dow has fallen by 1,000 points in December, its worst performance in the month since December 1931, when the United States was at the height of the Great Depression.


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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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BUSTED: Leaked drug exec emails showed them encouraging opioid abuse to the point people would eat them ‘like Doritos’

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On Friday, the Washington Post published excerpts from a damning series of emails released in a landmark case in Cleveland around the irresponsibility of drug manufacturers and suppliers in contributing to the opioid crisis.

In one email exchange, Victor Borelli, an account manager for pharmaceuticals corporation Mallinckrodt, told KeySource Medical vice president Steve Cochrane that 1,200 bottles of 30mg Oxycodone tablets had been shipped, to which Cochrane replied, "Keep 'em comin'! Flyin' out of there. It's like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are..." and Borelli responded, "Just like Doritos keep eating. We'll make more."

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Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today

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On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.

This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.

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