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Democrats and White House announce NAFTA rewrite, giving Trump a win as his impeachment scandal rages

“Trump made a pledge to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement a center of his campaign in 2016, calling it the “worst trade deal ever made.”” writes Finanzen Net Gmbh for businessinsider.com. “It will be the best and most important trade deal ever made by the USA. Good for everybody – Farmers, Manufacturers, Energy, Unions – tremendous support.Congress on Tuesday reached an agreement with the White House on a rewrite of a 25-year-old trade pact with Mexico and Canada, offering President Donald Trump and moderate Democrats a legislative win…

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Democrats will hit Trump with 2 articles of impeachment today: Abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

“House Democrats are reportedly preparing to hit US President Donald Trump with two articles of impeachment: obstruction of Congress and abuse of power” writes Bill Bostock for businessinsider.com. The experts said Trump should be impeached with articles of abuse of power and bribery, obstruction of justice, and obstruction of Congress.Pelosi met with House committee leaders including Adam Schiff, the head of the Intelligence Committee, and Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on Monday.On Wednesday, three legal experts called by Democrats to testify to the House Judiciary Committee said…

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White House and Democrats close on USMCA deal

“White House and Democratic negotiators are close to reaching a deal on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Some lingering issues remain to be addressed, but a final deal could be announced in days or possibly even hours.Democrats have demanded extensive modifications to the underlying deal, arguing that it lacked strong enforcement mechanisms, especially on its labor rights provisions. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Republicans hijacked the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings and turned them into a circus

“The House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings, by contrast, have been a circus dominated by theatrics and grandstanding from Republicans hoping to crater public support for Trump’s impeachment” writes Sonam Sheth for businessinsider.com. Monday’s hearing was reminiscent of the House Judiciary Committee’s first public impeachment hearing last week, which featured four constitutional scholars discussing the grounds for impeachment.That made it all the more important for Democrats to make a strong showing during the judiciary committee’s public hearings.Polling showed that public support for impeachment was already beginning to drop after the intelligence…

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White House, congressional Democrats on cusp of revised North American trade deal

“The breakthrough comes after months of back-and-forth between the White House, Canada and Mexico, as well as House Democrats as they crafted the revised trade agreement” writes Erica Werner for washingtonpost.com. She also stressed that Republicans need to continue promoting the trade agreement – which would be one of the most significant policy achievements in Trump’s first term – well after it’s ratified.Support from the AFL-CIO, which opposes the existing NAFTA and blames it for destroying millions of good-paying manufacturing jobs, would likely ensure backing from a majority of House…

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Democrats and the Trump administration near a tentative North American trade deal

“The Trump administration delivered proposed changes to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on Saturday, and House leaders were still studying them” writes Jacob Pramuk Kayla for cnbc.com. Grassley expects the Finance Committee will get formally briefed on trade developments later this week, he added.Earlier Monday, two senior Democratic aides said the sides were close to an agreement but had nothing to announce yet.Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, also spoke to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday and is “hopeful there will be an announcement on a deal…

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Judiciary hearing could bring Mueller into play

“The House judiciary committee on Monday held its second public impeachment hearing” writes Tom Mccarthy for theguardian.com. The lawyers testified on the results of each investigation as the judiciary committee weighs how to draft articles of impeachment.Testifying for the Democrats were Barry Berke from the judiciary committee and Daniel Goldman from the intelligence committee. Source: theguardian.com

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House Democrats, USTR nearing deal to pass modified USMCA agreement: WSJ

“(Reuters) – House Democrats and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer are nearing a deal to pass a revised version of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The Democrats and U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade negotiator have differences on enforcement of labor rules, according to the report.The USMCA, signed about a year ago, must be passed by lawmakers in all three countries, including the U.S. Congress.Democratic lawmakers have held up U.S. ratification over…

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler says a jury would convict Trump ‘in about 3 minutes flat’

“House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler doubled down on his confidence in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump as the president raged against Democratic lawmakers on Twitter” writes Ellen Cranley for businessinsider.com. Nadler said Sunday that the scope and content of the impeachment articles will not be determined until lawmakers witness Monday’s hearing.Nadler added that if Trump or the Republican lawmakers who were defending him had “any exculpatory evidence, they would have brought it forward.”. Nadler also responded to criticisms by the president and his allies who allege lawmakers weren’t…

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#ToiletTrump Floods Twitter After Trump Flushes Low-Flow Toilet Regulations

“And as Donald Trump notes, government regulations can have unintended consequences” writes W E for ccn.com. But as one small business owner pointed out on Twitter, Trump does have a point about water pressure that we can all get behind.After all, who can’t relate to feeling that the water pressure in their house or at work is too low?. Speaking with small business owners at the White House, Trump said the rules actually cause people to waste more water when they’re doing their business: One accused Trump of standing to…

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