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PBC News & Comment: Trump Slaps Tariffs on Mexican Imports, Americans Will Pay

In latest irrational move, Trump threatens tariffs rising to 25% on Mexican imports, another form of collective punishment, hostage-taking…..–his arbitrary, emotional threat does not appear to be legal, and there are many reasons that show it will harm US economy, as WashPost reports

–Mexican President AMLO walks tightrope, trying to avoid confrontation with Trump

–after lightning appeal from TrumpCo, Oakland judge instantly rejects request to allow border wall construction with Pentagon money

–trying to hold on to farm votes in states hammered by China trade war, Trump defies the law and lifts summertime ban on ethanol

–Trump’s unholy alliance with religious extremists leads to possible closure of last abortion clinic in Missouri tonight

–Rob Schenk, a minister who long advocated against abortion, says overturning Roe v. Wade would not be “pro-life”

–UN expert says Julian Assange displays symptoms of psychological torture, as Kevin Gosztola reports

–investigative reporter Derek Seidman exposes cynical effort by oil industry for a corporate-friendly carbon tax

–in pro-Russiagate spin job, WashPost’s Philip Bump argues with AG Barr about investigating the FBI investigation

–Iraq/Afghan war vet Danny Sjursen slams Bolton’s “troika of tyranny”

–as talks in Norway between reps for Maduro and Guaido end, Jeff Faux at The Nation asks why Dems are supporting Trump on Venezuela

–the war in Syria grinds on, as Assad forces bomb Idlib province and at least 250,000 are displaced

–Kim Jong-un has sacked his top negotiator, rumors say he could be in labor camp and that colleagues may have been executed

–14 Dem prez candidates will be in San Francisco for state party confab, as new debate rules cause anxiety for lower-tier candidates