Apr 6, 2018

China vows to fight U.S. tariffs "at any cost"

Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

China vowed on Friday that it will fight back "at any cost" if the Trump administration continues to impose new tariffs on Chinese goods, according to a statement from China's commerce ministry.

Why it matters: China increasing tariffs on the United States would be difficult, as the country only imports $130 billion in goods from the U.S., so U.S. businesses may be China's next target. That could hurt both countries' GDP by as much as .3%, per the Wall Street Journal.

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Trump gets "woke" in 15-city campaign to court black voters

The Trump campaign is leaning into its effort to woo African American voters, opening "Black Voices for Trump" offices across six swing states, the campaign says.

Why it matters: "Woke" stickers, "Black Voices for Trump" T-shirts and other branded swag are part of this storefront approach as the campaign ramps up its efforts to erode Democrats' lock on this key demographic.

House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.