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Donald J. Trump brand ties are seen inside the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016. Photo: Josh Edelson/Getty

Speaking on NPR's podcast The Indicator, Li Jiang, who owns a flag-making company in China's Zhejiang province, said he's been contracted to manufacture flags for President Trump's 2020 election bid. Jiang also made flags for the Trump and Clinton campaigns in 2016.

Why it matters: This runs counter to Trump's "Buy American and Hire American" motto, and is even more glaringly out of step with the Trump campaign's direct commitment to "proudly continue to sell American products and introduce new ones ... [a]ll the way through 2020 and beyond."

The big picture: This isn't the first time Trump has been caught criticizing American companies with overseas manufacturing, and then turning to foreign manufacturers for his own brand's products.

  • In an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2012, Trump criticized imported goods until Letterman showed Trump brand shirts and ties made in Bangladesh and China.
  • An AP investigation also found that the bulk of Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories brand is made in China.

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A city's catharsis

A view outside the Hennepin County Courthouse after yesterday's verdict. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Celebration and catharsis filled the streets of Minneapolis yesterday. After weeks on edge, many breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing Judge Peter Cahill read the sweep of guilty verdicts against Derek Chauvin.

What they're saying: "George Floyd isn't coming back to life, but this is the justice we were looking for," Jaqui Howard, who joined the crowds outside the courthouse yesterday, told The Star Tribune.

What to expect from Derek Chauvin's sentencing

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Derek Chauvin was whisked away to prison after after two weeks of testimony and about 10 hours of jury deliberations, but his sentencing will move much slower — about eight weeks.

What's next: There's still plenty of wrangling left over how much time the former Minneapolis cop will spend behind bars.

Caitlin Owens, author of Vitals
1 hour ago - Health

The U.S. is approaching the vaccine hesitancy "tipping point"

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Data: CivicScience; Chart: Axios Visuals

The U.S. will probably run out of adults who are enthusiastic about getting vaccinated within the next two to four weeks, according to a KFF analysis published yesterday.

Between the lines: Vaccine hesitancy is rapidly approaching as our main impediment to herd immunity.

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