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Three dead as Donald Trump leaves national parks open during shutdown without staffing

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On Friday, The Washington Post reported that three people have died visiting national parks over the course President Donald Trump’s shutdown, that has entered its second week.

Most of the federal workforce for the parks were furloughed when the shutdown started. Out of the three deaths, one includes a teenage girl.

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“A 14-year old girl fell 700 feet to her death at the Horseshoe Bend Overlook, part of the Glen Canyon Recreation Area in Arizona. The following day, Christmas, a man died at Yosemite National Park in California after suffering a head injury from a fall. On Dec. 27, a woman was killed by a falling tree at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which straddles the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee,” the report said.

Trump’s administration has failed to close national parks despite the deadly risk of keeping them open.

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G7 diplomats cringing at weekend with Trump: ‘You just try to get through the summit without any damage’

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Diplomats headed to France for the G7 are approaching it with a great deal of trepidation at the idea of spending a weekend with President Donald Trump who is escaping the U.S. at a time when a global recession appears to be on the horizon.

Put more bluntly the Washington Post reports, "Like an annual holiday gathering where the main goal is to get through the day without a family explosion, one of France’s main objectives as host of this weekend’s Group of Seven summit is to minimize the chances that President Trump will blow it up."

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Ohio town faces ‘devastating’ factory closure as Trump’s promises to bring back manufacturing jobs fall through

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The closure of a General Motors factory in Lordstown, Ohio is dealing a massive blow to a town that has been hit hard by globalization.

The Guardian reports that residents of Lordstown are reeling in the wake of the plant's closure, which further eroded the number of well paying jobs in the area.

“I think it’s devastating,” said Mark Sweetwood, the managing editor of the local Vindicator newspaper.

Local resident Patricia Galgozy tells the Guardian that she has watched the economic situation in the area deteriorate for decades now.

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Trump impotently yells at the Federal Reserve after China hits back with new tariffs

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President Donald Trump on Friday reacted to China's newly announced retaliatory tariffs by sending out yet another tweet encouraging the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates.

"Now the Fed can show their stuff!" the president wrote, shortly after China announced it was placing tariffs on an additional $75 billion worth of American goods and would once again start enforcing duties on American automobiles.

Trump has regularly placed pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates in order to stave off an economic recession in 2020. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates a quarter of a percentage point in July.

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