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Trump Administration diverted $62 million from struggling US farmers to corrupt businessmen in Brazil: report

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President Donald Trump was obviously trying to rally his rural base when, on Tuesday, he tweeted that the United States’ “great Patriot Farmers will be one of the biggest beneficiaries” of his trade policy. But the Trump Administration, according to a report by the New York Daily News’ Chris Sommerfeldt, wasn’t doing the American farming industry any favor when it diverted $62 million that had been earmarked for struggling U.S. farmers to a company owned by two Brazilian brothers who have faced criminal investigation from both Brazilian and U.S. authorities.

The money went to JBS USA, a Colorado-based subsidiary of the Brazilian meatpacking company JBS SA, which is owned by Brazilian brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista. In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture signed a contract to purchase pork products from plants operated by JBS USA, and the New York Daily News’ Sommerfeldt reports that the Trump Administration has since agreed to “two more bailouts to JBS, even as Trump’s own Justice Department began investigating the meatpacker.”

Joesley and Wesley Batista have admitted to bribing hundreds of officials in Brazil, and according to Reuters, the U.S Department of Justice interviewed them in Brazil in December 2018 as part of its own investigation for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. But even so, the Daily News reports, “Trump’s Agriculture Department issued $14.5 million in bailout cash for pork products from JBS in February and another $25.6 million earlier this month, totaling more than $62.4 million, according to the purchase reports.”


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Marvel reveals next star-studded superhero films at Comic-Con

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Marvel unveiled its bumper slate of new superhero movies Saturday, wheeling out a who's who of Hollywood stars and prompting a collective meltdown at Comic-Con as it ended frenzied speculation over the most lucrative franchise in film history.

Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Rachel Weisz were brought on stage in San Diego to join Marvel film stalwarts such as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in the upcoming -- and sure to be multi-billion-grossing -- movies.

"I can spend 90 minutes talking about what we've done or I can spend some time talking about what we're about to do," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, drawing rapturous screams from thousands packed into the world's largest pop-culture fan convention.

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Trump says minority congresswomen should ‘apologize to America’

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US President Donald Trump renewed his attacks Sunday on four Democratic congresswomen he launched xenophobic tweets against last week, demanding they apologize "for the horrible (hateful) things they have said."

"I don't believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country," Trump tweeted of ethnic-minority first-term Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.

"They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!" the president tweeted.

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Internet shreds ‘obnoxious’ Liz Cheney after disastrous CBS interview cut short: ‘I’m a Republican and I’m embarrassed’

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Twitter commenters were appalled by the conduct of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during her interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS, calling out the high-ranking GOP lawmaker for being downright "obnoxious" when asked to answer simple questions about President Donald Trump.

The interview, during which the combative Cheney chastised her host for not asking the questions she wanted to answer, was cut short by Brennan which led viewers to comment on how badly Cheney came across.

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