Jun 19, 2018

U.S. soybean prices down as trade fight escalates

Erica Pandey, author of @Work

Soybean farming in Dwight, Illinois. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

U.S. soybean prices are down more than 2% Tuesday, reports Business Insider. They fell after President Trump announced a new round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, spurring fears that Beijing — the biggest consumer of U.S. soybeans — could retaliate by imposing its own tariffs.

The big picture: China has included soybeans and sorghum on previous lists of proposed retaliatory tariffs. It's a political move by Beijing to hit farmers and rural voters in Trump's base.

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U.S. enters 6th day of nationwide protests over George Floyd's killing

A protest in Philadelphia on May 31. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Local news footage captured a tanker truck appearing to drive toward protesters at a peaceful demonstration in Minneapolis, forcing demonstrators to quickly get out of the way of the incoming vehicle on Sunday evening.

The big picture: Protests have continued across the country for six days, as demonstrators call for justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd and other other black Americans who have died in police custody or who have been killed in racist attacks.

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Tanker truck appears to plow into Minneapolis protesters

Authorities closed major roads in Minneapolis for the march. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

A tanker truck appears to have driven toward thousands of protesters during a demonstration in Minneapolis, video from the scene shows.

Details: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted, "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck."

Inside Trump's antifa tweet

President Trump at Cape Canaveral on May 30. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

As recently as Saturday night, senior administration officials told me that the designation of a violent cohort of far-left activists, antifa, as a terrorist organization was not being seriously discussed at the White House. But that was Saturday.

Behind the scenes: The situation changed dramatically a few hours later, after prominent conservative allies of the president, such as his friend media commentator Dan Bongino, publicly urged a tough response against people associated with antifa (short for "anti-fascist").