Business, Life/Living, News

Trump Administration Announces 16 Billion Aid Package for Farmers Hurt by Trade War with China

The Trump administration on Thursday announced a new $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the trade war between the U.S. and China.

The assistance will provide direct payments to help farmers make up for losses resulting from retaliatory tariffs Beijing imposed on major U.S. crops. Limited access to China’s market has helped drive down the price of agricultural commodities since the collapse of trade talks earlier this month.

Beijing increased tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods in response to Trump’s decision to raise tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports to 25 percent.

“President Trump has great affection for America’s farmers and ranchers, and he knows they are bearing the brunt of these trade disputes,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement. Read more…

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Life/Living

Ending Abortion is Worth Any Economic Consequence

Abortion activists scream loudly that conservatives are either turning the United States into a theocracy or imposing their morality on the nation by banning abortion. It is one of the desperate primal cries of a group that knows it is losing the fight. They would not suddenly be referring to abortion as “self-termination” if they were winning. National Public Radio would not be reminding its reporters to refer to babies as “fetuses,” despite almost every OB-GYN using the term “baby,” if the left were winning this fight.

The very fact that the left must redefine words and change the terminology of the existing debate shows just how badly they are losing. One of the more striking things missing from the debate over pro-life legislation across the nation is a bevy of credible polling showing Republicans will get hurt by the legislation. Our poll-hungry media is, on this issue, dieting. The only thing the left has left is economic sabotage. Read more…

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News, US/World

Trump Defense Chief: US May Send More Troops to Middle East Amid Iran Tensions

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday acknowledged that the growing tensions with Iran “may involve sending additional troops” to the region.

Shanahan’s comments marked the first public confirmation that the Trump administration is considering sending additional U.S. forces to curtail what it claims is “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” from Iran.

“What we’re looking at is: Are there things we can do to enhance force protection in the Middle East? … It may involve sending additional troops,” Shanahan told Pentagon reporters prior to meeting with Vietnam’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister. Read more…

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News

Dallas Lawmakers Vote to Sell Robert E. Lee Statue Removed from Park

Dallas lawmakers Wednesday decided to sell a bronze statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was removed from a city park nearly two years ago.

The Dallas City Council voted 12-3 to declare the 1935 sculpture of Lee and a young Confederate soldier by Alexander Phimister Proctor to be “surplus property” to be sold to the highest bidder, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Potential buyers should be prepared to fork over at least $450,000, the cost the city incurred to move the sculpture from an Oak Lawn park to a storage facility at the former site of Naval Air Station Dallas in September 2017.

“The purchaser shall not display the Sculpture in the City of Dallas,” according to language in a resolution, the paper reported. Read more…

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News, US/World

Religious Freedom in NE Syria Can Counter Iranian Threat

Iran’s saber rattling is again making headlines. The United States has deployed a carrier strike group and other forces to the Persian Gulf after the Pentagon received “specific and credible” intelligence indicating that Iranian proxies were targeting U.S. troops in the region. Last week, four Saudi oil tankers were sabotaged just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz. These developments have further heightened tensions in a region where stability hangs by a slender thread. In the face of an increasingly visible Iran, cultivating religious freedom where it is already budding is one way to bolster regional stability – such as the semi-autonomous area of Northeast Syria.

Emerging in the aftermath of the Syrian civil war, the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES) has developed into a genuinely free, pluralistic society — a rarity in the region. Under the governance of the Syrian Democratic Council, Arab Christians, Kurds, Yezidis, Muslims, and others live together under a social compact that provides for equality under the law, women’s rights, and real religious freedom. Read more…

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Court, Entertainment, Film

Harvey Weinstein, accusers reach 44 Million Compensation Agreement

Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million settlement with numerous women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“For the first time, as of yesterday…we now have an economic agreement in principle that is supported by the plaintiffs, the [New York attorney general’s] office, the defendants and all of the insurers,” Adam Harris, an attorney for Weinstein’s brother and studio co-founder Bob, told Judge Mary Walrath of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., according to the WSJ.

The agreement has not yet been finalized but includes about $30 million for Weinstein’s accusers, former employees of the Weinstein Company and studio creditors, according to the newspaper, citing people familiar with the matter. About $14 million would go to legal fees for Weinstein’s associates, including former board members named as co-defendants in lawsuits, according to the WSJ. Read more…

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