Trump’s steel tariffs will hit his base hard

Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Trump's steel tariffs will hit his base hard | Thompson President Donald Trump wants steel tariffs, which will raise the price o products made with steel. And his base won't be happy. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press Published 11:58 a.m. ET March 15, 2018 Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Mike Thompson's cartoon gallery  Fullscreen Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Buy Photo President Trump's steel tariffs will raise the cost of steel products.  Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press Fullscreen Students walked out of class across America to protest gun violence.  Mike Thompson/Detroit Fullscreen Buy Photo Education Secretary Betsy DeVos paid a visit to students in Parkland, Fla.  Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press Fullscreen Buy Photo Billonaire bridge owner Matty Moroun's continues his attempt to sink the Gordie Howe Bridge.  Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press Fullscreen President Trump is doing nothing about Russian election meddling.  Mike Thompson/ Fullscreen Buy Photo White nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at Michigan State University.  Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press Fullscreen Buy Photo Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette gets a visitor.  Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press Fullscreen Buy Photo Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan endorses Gretchen Whitmer in the race for Michigan governor.  Mike Thompson/Detroit Free Press Fullscreen Buy Photo Trump, Republicans Continue Reading

White House: No Exemptions on Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

No countries will be exempt from the steep steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump announced this week, which have outraged allies and stoked fears of a global trade war, a senior White House official said Friday. Trump "made clear that this would be an across-the-board tariff with no exclusions," including key allies Canada and Europe, the official told reporters. However, the White House will consider possible exemptions in "situations" that arise on a case-by-case basis, the official said. President Trump's announcement Thursday with industry leaders at the White House that he would impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum outraged allies and stoked fears of a global trade war. Trump tweeted Friday, however, that "trade wars are good, and easy to win" — and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross called the tariffs "no big deal," illustrating their "trivial" impact on prices with a can of Campbell's soup. When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018 But other top administration officials —among them National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — oppose the tariffs and have successfully fended them off for more than a year, according to news reports. Still, the Dow Jones responded by plunging 420 points Thursday and 301 points early Friday before erasing most of the losses and finishing down 71 points. "When people are nervous, they're more likely to react and overreact more strongly," said James Norman, head of equity strategy at QS Investors in New York. "That's the kind of market environment we're in right now." Trump plans to Continue Reading

Trump After Dark: Steel the Show edition

It was a day of tumult: At home, abroad, within the Republican Party and inside the White House itself. Another day in the presidency of Donald Trump. Story Continued Below Trump’s decision to enact steep tariffs on steel and aluminum rocked financial markets and drew criticism from home and abroad, POLITICO’s Doug Palmer reports. It had European diplomats and members of Trump’s own party howling. It also may have edged Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic aide, toward the exit. Cohn has forcefully opposed the new tariffs, and he may now join departing White House communications director Hope Hicks in departing. Other staff exits are rumored. The steel decision came as Republicans were still recoiling from another abrupt Trump policy lurch on guns. His apparent embrace of gun control measures has sent Congress scrambling, POLITICO’s Elana Schor reports. It’s also had Congressional conservatives scrambling — many of them are staunch backers of the president and were caught off-guard by Trump’s abrupt embrace of gun control, POLITICO’s Burgess Everett and Rachael Bade report. “Trump threw decades of party orthodoxy on gun rights out the window …as he mused aloud about enacting a comprehensive gun control package and said due process should come after guns are taken away from dangerous people. The response … among congressional Republicans was a mix of disbelief, denial and outrage.” Elsewhere in President Trump’s orbit: H.R. PROBLEM?: After NBC News reported, citing numerous sources, that White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster was on his way out, a White House aide said Trump dismissed that talk as “fake news.” INTEL FIGHT: The top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee met with House Speaker Paul Ryan to complain about leaks about Warner from the House Intelligence Committee. CHANGING ENVIRONMENT: After receiving scrutiny for numerous Continue Reading

Chasing Bayla

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Sarah Schweitzer Globe Staff  October 26, 2014 Written by Sarah Schweitzer | Globe Staff Biologist Michael Moore had waited all day — really, all his life — for the whale to surface, the suffering giant he thought he could save, that science had to save. It had come down to this. Thirty meters,” Dr. Michael Moore called out. Moore braced himself against the steel of the Zodiac’s platform tower as the boat closed in on the whale in the heaving Florida waters. Through the rangefinder, he could see the tangled mass of ropes cinched tightly around her. It was impossible to tell where the ropes began and where they ended. This much he knew. The ropes were carving into her. Bayla was in pain. He was tempted to look away. It was almost too much to see. Her V-shaped spray erupted then disappeared into a mist as she slipped beneath the surface. A spot-plane circling overhead radioed. They could still see her silhouette. She hadn’t gone deep. “Get in close if you can,” Moore said to the boat’s driver. Bayla would come up for air again soon. Then he would have his chance. For nearly three decades Moore had dedicated himself to North Atlantic right whales like Bayla. He knew every inch of their anatomy, every detail of the strange and glorious physiology that made them so astoundingly powerful and so utterly defenseless against the ropes. They were majestic and doomed, his love and his burden. He had believed he could save them. But in those thirty years he’d watched too many succumb. Saving just two female whales a year could stabilize a population that humans had driven down to just 450 from the teeming thousands that once greeted settlers to the New World. And so he had raced down the interstate through a driving New England snowstorm after the e-mail had come. The details were grim. Continue Reading

Farley: Audacious, bodacious and outrageous

The comedy world stopped laughing Thursday as news spread that actor-comedian Chris Farley, 33, had been found dead in his Chicago apartment. The cause of death was not immediately known, but the effects were felt especially hard in Madison, where he grew up, and where his parents, Thomas and Mary Anne, still live. Farley's mother was at the family's North Side home Thursday night surrounded by friends and family. She answered the door to accept flowers but was not ready to talk about her son's death. Farley, a fixture on ``Saturday Night Live'' from 1990 to 1995 and later the star of a string of successful Hollywood movie comedies, first started showing his comic potential as the class clown at Edgewood Grade School. ``I remember one time when all the nuns in my Catholic grade school got around in a semicircle, me and my mom in the middle,'' Farley said in a recent interview, ``and they said, `Mrs. Farley, the children at school are laughing AT Christopher, not WITH him.' I thought, `Who cares? As long as they're laughing.' '' Farley, whose nickname as a teen-ager was ``Farls,'' continued to make classmates laugh at Edgewood High School, where his brief dreams of becoming a professional football player evaporated after his stint as a second-string center on the high school team. ``He wasn't what I'd call a gifted athlete, but he was an excellent teammate,'' said Nick Burrows, Edgewood High School guidance director and an assistant football coach at the time Farley played. Burrows recalled a rainy homecoming game when Farley knew that he might not play and so tried to impress a date and make it look like he had played by running up and down the sidelines and diving in the mud to dirty his uniform. ``What I liked about Chris Farley is that he always seemed to have his humor in perspective,'' Burrows said. ``I never saw him making fun of others or trying to be funny at others' expense. As zany as he was, it was a fun-loving humor.'' Burrows said Farley had a Continue Reading

Vice President Joe Biden writes open letter to Stanford rape victim: ‘You were failed’

Vice President Biden praised the Stanford University campus rape victim, whose account of the assault is “forever seared on my soul,” he said. The open letter obtained Thursday by Buzzfeed News emerged after local and national criticism on the six-month county jail sentence for Brock Turner, 20, rather than the six years in state prison recommended by prosecutors. Biden said “you were failed” in the message to the 23-year-old woman who shared the story in court of the January 2015 assault by the former All-American swimmer. “The millions who have been touched by your story will never forget you,” Biden said. “And if everyone who shared your letter on social media, or who had a private conversation in their own homes with their daughters and sons, draws upon the passion, the outrage, and the commitment they feel right now the next time there is a choice between intervening and walking away—then I believe you will have helped to change the world for the better.” Prosecutors released the 12-page victim impact statement following Turner's sentencing last week and slammed the lighter jail term handed down in the case by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. A petition calling for the judge's removal from the bench has attracted hundreds of thousands of signers. Friends and family members of Turner whose letters of support Persky cited at his sentencing have also drawn outrage. Biden told the victim he was "filled with furious anger" by what happened to her both before and after police said Turner was caught raping her outside a frat party on Jan. 18, 2015. Yet Biden said he was also "in awe of your courage," and told her, "You are a warrior—with a solid steel spine," in the letter. "You were failed by a culture on our college campuses where one in five women is sexually assaulted—year after year after year. A culture that promotes Continue Reading

Ben Affleck as Batman casting in ‘Man of Steel’ sequel sparks fan jeers, Hollywood cheers

Holy angry nerd backlash, Batman! The news of Ben Affleck’s casting as the Caped Crusader in the director Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” sequel hit with the force of a Kapow !, -- and the reaction ranged from excitement to outrage from fans who haven’t gotten over 2003’s “Daredevil.” “I wish I could say I was surprised by the vitriol of the reaction, history has shown that the Internet is a largely a negative place,” says site editor Lucas Siegel, who wrote an op-ed on the genre news site praising the casting. “There's no one in the world that is universally loved enough to be Batman, especially when you're putting them up against so many levels of expectations. “You have the shadow of Christian Bale; you have the rough start to Affleck’s career, you have the fact that this is a character with 75 years of expectations." Within the first 12 hours of the announcements, 30 different petitions were launched on demanding Warner Bros. dump Affleck. The biggest one, started by John Roden, a photographer from Ludlow, Kentucky, already has 17,000 signatures. "He's got Oscars for writing nd directing, he doesn't have an acting Oscar," Roden told the News. "I don't dislike Ben Affleck, I just don't like him in this role.   "For me Batman needs to be someone dark, someone brooding. Batman is a character that trains himself to be the pinacle of physical perfection and Ben Affleck doesn't give that vibe off at all." One of the chief recurring complaints, judging by online grumbling, stems from Affleck’s less-than-heroic turn in the movie adaptation of Marvel’s Daredevil. Then there are the critics who decry the star for opting to do tights and a cape after having just won an Academy Award for “Argo.” It wasn’t that long ago that he had to repair his career to erase the stink of critically derided flops like Continue Reading

Steeling ourselves against job losses

The howls of outrage by steelworkers at the news the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is paying China $235 million for steel to repair the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge should be echoed by every New Yorker. And the outrage should be followed up with a demand that leaders — including the next mayor of New York — get serious about building up American industry. According to the MTA, repairing the Verrazano’s upper deck requires high-tech steel, called orthotropic plates, that isn’t made in America at reasonable cost. The steelworkers union claims there are firms in Pennsylvania that do supply the stuff, and two of them were among the losing bidders for the contract. Cost seems to be the stumbling block here: A union vice president estimated the job would pay American workers $30 an hour, compared with $10 to $15 a day in China. It would cost an estimated $100 million more to keep the contract in the U.S. Is that extra $100 million price one that the MTA — and, in turn, we the tax- and toll-paying public — should be willing to pay? The answer is yes. Those well-paid union steelworkers would buy cars, homes, clothes, restaurant meals and movie tickets here, providing millions to the local economy in support of companies that employ other New Yorkers. It’s not that complicated. While nobody wants government to waste money, there are few actions more wasteful than big, government-driven public projects that ignore the long-term needs of the local economy. A prime example came 10 years ago, when the late Seymour Melman, a professor of industrial engineering at Columbia University, sounded off publicly — not for the first time — about New York’s shockingly shortsighted spending on subway cars. “The mayor of New York City presides over a New York Transit Authority that is now in the midst of spending $3 to $4 billion on subway cars,” Melman wrote in CounterPunch magazine. “If Continue Reading

Outgoing Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele’s 10 best gaffes

Embattled Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele abandoned his re-election bid Friday after four rounds of balloting left him far short of a second term. Steele, who just finished his first two-year term in the job, dropped out as four other hopefuls competed to become his successor. Steele, 52, urged his backers to give their support to GOP operative Maria Cino, who worked in George W. Bush's administration, but Reince Priebus, the head of the Wisconsin Republican Party, ultimately was elected after seven rounds of voting. The GOP's first black chairman received a standing ovation from the party regulars after pulling out of the race. His spotty two-year reign included huge victories by the GOP in the November elections, but for many, Steele is known more for his verbal gaffes than his electoral accomplishments. Let's take a look at some of the best. Thanks for the memories, Michael! October 2010: Uhh, remind me again, what's the minimum wage? Steele came under fire after admitting that he doesn't know what the federal minimum wage is. In an interview with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, Steele refused to rule out repealing or lowering the minimum wage. When pressed, the chairman couldn't cite the pay rate for America's lowest earners. "What is the minimum wage, Michael?" the host asked. "You really like the minimum wage, don't you?" Steele said, laughing. When O'Donnell said it was okay to say he didn't know what it was, Steele snapped and accused him of "trap playing." February 2009: You know what the GOP really needs? A hip-hop makeover! The RNC chairman told the Washington Times that he'll "surprise everyone" with an "off the hook" public relations campaign to update his party's image. "We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles," he told the newspaper. "But we want to apply them to urban-suburban, hip-hop settings." When asked if the makeover Continue Reading

Parents fuming over Brooklyn’s playground’s ‘hot’ steel attraction

Welcome to Brooklyn's hottest new playground. Parents are fuming about the new playground in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which features metal climbing domes for kids that critics charge get scorching hot on sunny days. "It's outrageous," said James Wagman, whose son, Matthew, 6, gasped the other day when he put his hands on one of the shiny structures placed in full sunlight. "My first reaction was, 'That's nutty. Why did they put that in a playground?'" Julie Lundberg said her 20-month-old son Bode Bulhak burst into tears after he touched one. "It was a pain cry," said Lundberg. "He was saying, 'Ouch, Ouch,' and his hands were all red," she added. "They need to fix it." The steel domes are the main play equipment inside Brooklyn Bridge Park, which opened at the base of Old Fulton St. last month. Park officials said they have hung signs warning parents to "exercise caution" on sunny days and insisted that several young trees planted near the domes "will supply shade in the coming weeks and alleviate this heat." But critics said it was unlikely the small trees would provide enough shade any time soon - and worried the problem will get worse this summer. "It's only April. Imagine what it's going to be like on a 90-degree day," said activist Geoffrey Croft from New York City Park Advocates, which has battled the city over too-hot black safety mats in playgrounds. "This equipment should be tested before it gets installed."A joint Daily News and New York City Park Advocates investigation in 2008 found that black playground mats can top 165 degrees on hot days and cause scores of burns to kids each year.Dr. Roger Yurt, director of New York-Presbyterian Hospital's burn center, said the park's metal play equipment could get even hotter."We know that the rubber mats are a problem. I would expect that steel in direct sunlight is even worse than what we've seen," said Yurt.Parents wondered why the metal structures were installed in the first Continue Reading