Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs have angered nearly every US industry. Trump threatens to tax European cars if his trade war escalates. Trump’s trade war will hurt everyone — the only question is how much: Emily Stewart interviews Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative under the Obama administration. Trade war, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Paul Krugman on the macroeconomics of trade war. A steel trap: Regardless of what he thinks, there’s nothing easy about international trade or economics. Trump’s tariff decision is one of the worst fears about his presidency come to life: Trump was in a bad mood — so he decided to maybe start a trade war.

Republicans say they favor free markets — yeah, right. Republican economic orthodoxy isn’t working for Republicans anymore — that’s a big deal. It’s not enough to complain about Trump’s tariffs — we must offer something else to help those left behind by globalization.


Harvey Whitehouse (Oxford): Dying for the Group: Towards a General Theory of Extreme Self-Sacrifice. Crisis in the imperialist world order: Domenico Losurdo on Catalonia, the Middle East, Russia and China. Uber and Lyft drivers’ median hourly wage is just $3.37, report finds. All of West Virginia’s teachers have been on strike for over a week. West Virginia teachers strike stretches into a new week with no end in sight. State Department was granted $120 million to fight Russian meddling — it has spent $0. LaVar was right: Report says Trump had nothing to do with freeing UCLA players in China. Nine notorious dictators, nine shout-outs from Donald Trump: The president of the United States continues to heap praise on the world's most reviled rulers.


Many Trump staffers are trying to leave his out-of-control White House — but “no one is really hiring people with Trump White House experience”. Donald Trump’s bubble presidency: He has largely done away with the political optics of rubbing shoulders with members of the public, instead cloistering himself in the White House and at his clubs. Andrew Prokop on the wild Trump White House chaos, explained. “Pure madness”: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages. “Call it chaos”: Trump adrift after week of White House anarchy. Demoralized West Wing stokes fears over Trump’s capacity to handle a crisis. It’s worse than we thought. At what point does Trump simply resign?

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