Jun 15, 2018

Report: Trump approves $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese products

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President Trump approved around $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods after a meeting on Thursday, signaling the next move in the building trade war between the U.S. and China, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Thursday that the two countries must decide between cooperation or confrontation, per the Journal, and while China "chooses the first...we have also made preparations to respond to the second kind of choice." It isn't clear when these tariffs would go into effect, the WSJ reports, but China has said it is ready to retaliate with its own tariffs in response.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue past curfews

Protesters on Tuesday evening by the metal fence recently erected outside the White House. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

Largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday night across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day.

The latest: Protesters were out en masse well after curfews were in force in cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and Portland — one of the cities where there was a late-night flash-point between police and protesters.

Primary elections test impact of protests, coronavirus on voting

Election official at a polling place at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, D.C. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the midst of a global pandemic and national protests over the death of George Floyd, eight states and the District of Columbia held primary elections on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, needs to win 425 of the 479 delegates up for grabs in order to officially clinch the nomination. There are a number of key down-ballot races throughout the country as well, including a primary in Iowa that could determine the fate of Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

Iowa Rep. Steve King defeated in GOP primary

Rep. Steve King. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

State Sen. Randy Feenstra defeated incumbent Rep. Steve King in Tuesday's Republican primary for Iowa's 4th congressional district, according to the Cook Political Report.

Why it matters: King's history of racist remarks has made him one of the most controversial politicians in the country and a pariah within the Republican Party.