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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Donald Trump wants to help the steel industry in this country, and he's announced plans for protective tariffs, claiming that "trade wars are good, and easy to win." By way of explanation, Trump claims that steel -- and many other industries -- has been "decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy." He's correct about one thing: This has been a problem many decades in the making. But it's a problem rooted in disastrous decisions made by the steel companies themselves when Trump was still in elementary school. At the end of World War II, American steel had no real challengers. It produced nearly three quarters of the world's steel, and the factories of its biggest competition -- Japan and Germany -- lay in ruins. Giants like U.S. Steel looked poised to dominate the world for the foreseeable future. read more

Word mix ups are becoming a hallmark of this President. Last year Trump praised the health care system of a nonexistent African country. Earlier this year he tweeted that his presidency is "turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency." The latest is when Trump said North Korea "called up a couple of days ago" saying they were interested in talking with the United States. Apparently he meant South Korea. read more

White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn has resigned from President Donald Trump's administration. The former Goldman Sachs president and free trade advocate Cohn, whose depature has yet to be announced, departs after Trump announced he would impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. "Gary has been my chief economic advisor and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again," Trump said. "He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people." read more

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke wants the world to know when he's in the building. And so now, at Zinke's behest, the department's Washington headquarters flies a secretarial flag when Zinke arrives for the day and lowers it when he leaves. Flag raising, a Navy tradition, isn't something that's done for other Cabinet officials, and it isn't Zinke's only flamboyance. The former Navy SEAL minted his own challenge coin, rode a horse to his first day of work, and displayed his knife collection in his office before security asked him to remove it. But these stunts are mere distractions from Zinke's real influence as interior secretary. Since he was sworn in on March 1, 2017, to lead the $12 billion agency in charge of federal lands and natural resources, he's made unprecedented changes that could leave a lasting mark on America's wilderness and its environment. read more

Monday, March 05, 2018

Washington has the most singles actively dating and using dating apps, according to a recent Time Out ranking, so it's not surprising that political standoffs would take place in packed bars and Bumble conversations. The League, a selective dating app, says its DC users are 15 times more likely to mention politics in their bios since the 2016 presidential election, and one-third say they wouldn't date someone with contrasting political beliefs. In a city as overwhelmingly Democratic as DC, the combination of lingering anger over Hillary Clinton‘s loss and President Trump‘s existence makes it tricky for conservatives to date across party lines. "A lot of times you'll connect with someone [on an app] and they'll Google you, find out you worked for Trump's campaign, and then it's pretty much all downhill from there," says a Trump Administration official. read more


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