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Trump’s ‘ugly’ trade war with China is devastating the lives of Iowa farmers: ‘It could break a lot of people’

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Iowa farmers are bearing the brunt of the U.S. trade war with China as Donald Trump continues to threaten increased tariffs on Chinese imports.

According to a report by the Des Moines Register, corn and soybean farmers are “[struggling] to feel optimistic” as the industry faces a series of daunting challenges, including retaliation from China over increased tariffs.

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The president on Friday took to Twitter to boast about the “very congenial” talks between the U.S. and China while also claiming “the process has begun to place additional Tariffs at 25% on the remaining 325 Billion Dollars.”

“Tariffs will bring in FAR MORE wealth to our Country than even a phenomenal deal of the traditional kind. Also, much easier & quicker to do,” Trump claimed. “Our Farmers will do better, faster, and starving nations can now be helped.”

For now, the farmers are only feeling the “physical and mental challenge” as China says it will retaliate against any new U.S. tariffs.

“A lot of us think it can’t get any worse, that it can only go up from here,”  northern Iowa farmer Brent Renner told the Register. “But that’s probably not a safe bet.”

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Tim Bardole, president-elect of the Iowa Soybean Association board, said the best solution would be an agreement between both countries.

“An agreement that is fair to both countries is really the light at the end of the tunnel that I’m hoping for,” Bardole told the Register.

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“A lot of producers are in serious financial pain,” he continued. “How long we can survive and handle it, I don’t know.’

Kirk Leeds, CEO of the Iowa Soybean Association, told the Register that soybean farmers have historically “been the tip of the spear when it comes to Chinese retaliation.

“I’m not sure they can take much more,” Leeds said, noting the tariffs have “undercut any remnants of optimism.”

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“That’s what’s most devastating about this,” he explained.

Renner, the northern Iowa farmer, echoed that diminished optimism, telling the Register while he hopes “things turn around pretty quickly,” if the current situation stands “it could break a lot of people.

“There’s no other way to look at it,” he said. “It’s ugly.”

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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‘There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there’: Joe Biden at Cape Cod fundraiser

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Former Vice President Joe Biden defended Republican lawmakers in DC as "decent people" during a campaign fundraiser held at Cape Cod.

"There’s an awful lot of really good Republicans out there," Biden argued, according to Washington Post reporter Matt Viser.

"I get in trouble for saying that with Democrats, but...every time we ever got in trouble with our administration, remember who got sent up to Capitol Hill to fix it? Me," he said.

”Because they know I respect the other team. I do. They’re decent people," Biden claimed. "They ran because they care about things, but they’re intimidated right now.”

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Neo-Nazi ‘Atomwaffen Division’ holding live-fire militia trainings at ‘The Base’ near Spokane: report

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One sign of the growing white nationalist crisis in America is a new outreach effort for paramilitary training.

"A neo-Nazi group focused on providing paramilitary-style training to far-right extremists has been conducting a massive recruitment drive and claims to have already conducted live-fire training with its members," Vice News reports.

"The Base, which is connected to extreme-right groups the Atomwaffen Division and the Feuerkrieg Division, has been promoting its growth on social media with photos announcing its presence in major cities across North America, including New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and in Europe, South Africa, and Australia," Vice reported. "The images often include a small contingent (typically one to three) of masked, camo-clad men holding weapons standing in front of The Base's flag, a black flag with three white lines running down the centre."

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