Trump threatens to raise tariffs on Chinese goods to 30% amid escalating trade war

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday counterpunched against retaliatory tariffs announced by Beijing earlier in the day, pledging to hike the rates importers must pay on Chinese-made goods even higher. “We’re having a little spat with China and we’ll win it,” Trump told reporters Friday night before departing for the annual G7 summit in Paris. “We put a lot of tariffs on China today, as you know. They put some on us, we put a lot on them.” “We’re up …

Do you know which 2020 Democratic forerunners are hawks, and which doves? | Tyler Bellstrom

Which Democrat will not only offer a different vision from Trump but truly face the questions of the next decade? We need more detail In a world where the United States is fighting forever wars, engaging with rising powers, and belatedly realizing the existential threat of climate change, the American people need to hear a coherent foreign policy. That explains why four out of the five major contenders for the Democratic nomination have recently given speeches focused on foreign policy. …

No 10 expects rebel move against no-deal Brexit on 9 September

Boris Johnson thinks EU will do nothing until it sees outcome of parliamentary battle Downing Street believes rebel MPs will try to make a move to stop a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, with the EU unlikely to respond until after that battle has played out. A senior government source said the date for a parliamentary battle was expected to be 9 September a week after MPs return from their summer break. Boris Johnson may meet key …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, …

From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise backed by billionaire oligarchs | George Monbiot

The ultra-rich are benefitting from disaster capitalism as democratic oversight implodes, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot Seven years ago the impressionist Rory Bremner complained that politicians had patrimonial wealth accumulation. The largest fortunes are now made not through entrepreneurial brilliance but through inheritance, monopoly and rent-seeking: securing exclusive control of crucial assets such as service monopolies such as trading hubs, software and social media platforms, then charging user fees far higher than the costs of production and delivery. In Russia, …

The Great Hack review searing expos of the Cambridge Analytica scandal

This chilling documentary lays bare the cynicism and chaos surrounding the data research company that harvested information from millions of Facebook users Data rights are human rights is the rallying cry of this gripping, challenging documentary by Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, about the biggest scandal of our time: the gigantic question mark over the legality of Trump campaign, the Leave.EU campaign and many other reckless electoral adventures all over the world and their connection with Facebook users and their …

Trump sues to prevent the release of his tax returns

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has filed suit in federal court in Washington, DC, against the House Ways and Means Committee, the New York state attorney general and the New York tax commissioner to prevent the disclosure of his tax returns. CNN is reaching out to the parties named for comment. The lawsuit comes as Trump is appealing other court decisions that sided with Congress when the President attempted to block congressional committees from obtaining his financial records. New York Attorney …

The day the tea party died

(CNN)The tea party was born February 19, 2009. It died, officially, July 22, 2019. The second date was, well, Monday, when the Trump White House and key Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress agreed to a two-year budget deal that further unraveled the spending strictures put in place by tea party Republicans in 2011 and suspended the debt ceiling through July 2021 — and, in practical terms, well into 2022.

Joe Biden dominates, but Pete Buttigieg makes inroads with Obama’s elite bundlers

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden drew dozens of Barack Obama’s fundraisers to his presidential bid during the April-to-June fundraising quarter, but his rivals — led by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — also are capturing some of those elite bundlers, a CNN analysis of new 2020 campaign filings shows. “There is no question that people in the Clinton and Obama worlds started to connect and say, ‘Who is this guy?’ And ask, ‘Why is he so special?’ ” …

Floundering NRA struggles to maintain its 2016 influence in 2020 race

(CNN)The National Rifle Association was already reeling from leadership shakeups and allegations of financial mismanagement when it dropped another bombshell. When President Donald Trump convened a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers and signaled and openness to some gun control measures in the wake of a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead, it was Cox who showed up at the White House the following evening. Afterward, Cox tweeted that Trump didn’t want gun control. For his …