Jul 24, 2018

White House unveils $12 billion plan for U.S. farmers hit by trade war

President Trump. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Tuesday unveiled details of an emergency plan to extend $12 billion in aid to farmers hit by retaliatory tariffs caused by President Trump’s escalating trade war.

Why it matters: The plan has received backlash from farm-state conservatives who advocate for free market economics. Earlier this year, Axios reported that Trump floated a similar idea of creating subsidy payments for farmers, but it was shot down by Republican lawmakers.

The details: Perdue argued this a "short term" plan that would give President Trump enough time to work on long-term trade deal. He singled out China for imposing what he called "illegal retaliatory tariffs."

  • Under the program, the government will make direct payments to farmers and ranchers who produce soybeans, corn and hogs, purchase various commodities from farmers and distribute them to food banks and other nutrition programs, and develop new export markets with the private sector.
  • Officials said the plan doesn't require congressional approval, but added that congress has been notified.

The backdrop: Canada, China, Mexico, and the European Union have responded to the administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum. Beijing recently retaliated with duties on soybeans and pork, affecting 10 states that primarily grow the crop — nine of which voted for Trump in 2016.

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Teenager killed after shots fired at protesters in Detroit

Detroit police during protests on Friday night. Photo: Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

A 19-year-old man was killed on Friday night after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Detroit who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, per AP.

Details: The teenager was injured when shots were fired from an SUV about 11:30 p.m. and later died in hospital, reports MDN reports, which noted police were still looking for a suspect. Police said officers were not involved in the shooting, according to AP.

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Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

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Supreme Court sides with California on coronavirus worship service rules

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the court's liberal justices, to reject a challenge to California's pandemic restrictions on worship services.

Why it matters: This is a setback for those seeking to speed the reopening of houses of worship, including President Trump.