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Trump and Foxconn promised swing-state Wisconsin 13,000 jobs that have never materialized

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According to National Public Radio report from WUMW- Milwaukee, the much-hyped announcement from Donald Trump and Taiwanese multinational electronics company Foxconn over the creation of 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin where high-resolution LCD screens would be manufactured has been a bust so far.

The report — which can be listened to below — notes, “Two and a half years ago President Trump boasted of a plan to build a huge high-tech manufacturing plant in Wisconsin for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn. They originally promised 13,000 new jobs, but it has not gone as planned.”

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Pointing out that former Republican Gov. Scott Walker also helped lead the effort by offering the company “an enormous subsidy package topping $3 billion — the biggest ever state incentive for a foreign company —  local governments also promised to sweeten the deal but it’s been a largely bumpy ride ever since.”

“First Foxconn reduced the size of the LCD display panel that says its going to build here meaning fewer jobs. In fact, in 2018 it didn’t meet the threshold to qualify for state money. That gets us to last winter when Foxconn said they might not build a factory here after all,” WUMW reports. “President Trump got the company to do a quick about-face.” The report notes that multiple facilities are being built around the state — but the manufacturing jobs that were promised are still way off — if they are coming at all.

“Foxconn did hold a series of hiring fairs last fall,” and those who attended are still holding out hope that jobs appear.

In the meantime Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has been working with the company to get them to live up to their job promises made when they negotiated the subsidy package with Republican Governor Walker, as a state official noted, “The company is well behind schedule and investment, hiring and things like supply chains in the number of manufacturing jobs that are associated with this project versus the original project.”

According to a recent report in Reason, the Foxconn deal has already cost the state $20 billion in lost economic growth.

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Trump spent 45 minutes talking with cast of right-wing play dramatizing ‘Deep State’ conspiracy theories: report

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The coronavirus emergency has given President Donald Trump one of the most daunting tests of his administration, with less than a year to go before he stands for re-election.

And yet in the midst of all the chaos, one thing the president found time to do on Thursday was meet with the cast of a bizarre right-wing play dramatizing the supposed "deep state" plot at the FBI to frame Trump in the Russia investigation.

According to The Daily Beast, Trump spent 45 minutes talking with the people behind "FBI Lovebirds: Undercovers," which focuses on the affair between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. The leading roles of Strzok and Page were played by Dean Cain, the former Superman actor, and Kristy Swanson, who played the starring role in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.

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All US Navy ships in the Pacific near countries with coronavirus ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days

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CNN National Security reporter Ryan Browne tweeted Thursday that the U.S. Navy has ordered all of its vessels in the Pacific that have been near countries with COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, "to remain at sea for at least 14 days before pulling into another port in order to monitor sailors for any symptoms of the virus."

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‘Most wicked to ever represent Cleveland’: Jim Jordan ripped by hometown paper for covering up sex scandal

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President Trump likes to call his enemies 'sleaze bags" and Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan a "warrior," but according to Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brent Larkin, Trump has it backward.

While Jordan may not seem like the worse politician to ever come out of Ohio, the "crimes" he's committed "don't involve felonies," according to Larkin. "They are crimes against America, crimes involving total disregard for the principles of democracy, trampling the truth on behalf of a corrupt president who revels in his inhumanity."

Watching Jordan question witnesses during the House impeachment inquiry particularly incensed Larkin, who writes that it was like watching a man who "spent his childhood gleefully ripping wings off flies."

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