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Trump trade war: Panicked companies looking overseas for expansion instead of hiring more US workers

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Trump’s ongoing trade war is hurting business owners, just not the business owners Trump thought it would hurt in China — instead the trade dust-up is drawing blood in America.

“With the 10 per cent and then 25 per cent [tariff], we are faced with a very difficult situation that we don’t have an answer for,” Dave Melbourne, Bumble Bee Seafoods’ senior vice-president for consumer marketing, told the South China Morning Post in a new report.

“We don’t understand how we will sustain a 10 per cent or 25 per cent tariff long term,” he added, mentioning that the US-based seafood company is hurting and is now considering hiring overseas instead of in America in order to help defray costs.

“The company has had to shelve plans to expand its plant in California, which would have brought more jobs to the region, and Melbourne said that it would not be economically or logistically viable to bring the cleaning plants back to the US,” the South China Morning Post wrote Saturday.

The report mentions several other American companies that are suffering under the trade war as well, with some sounding despondent in lieu of a deal between China and the U.S.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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