Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Mocks Those Harmed by Trade War as “Whiners”

Farmers Hit Back as USDA Chief Mocks Those Harmed by Trade War as “Whiners” By Jake Johnson Farmers facing record bankruptcies and collapsing incomes due to President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China were not amused by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s joke about their economic pain during an event in Minnesota last week. “I had a farmer tell me this in Pennsylvania,” Perdue told an audience of thousands of farmers gathered in a barn near Morgan, Minnesota. “What do you call two farmers in a basement? A whine cellar.” Some…

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Warnings of ‘Gulf of Tonkin 2.0’ as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks

Warnings of ‘Gulf of Tonkin 2.0’ as US Officials Blame Iran for Oil Tanker Attacks By Jake Johnson (CD) — Is the Trump administration attempting to concoct a false pretext to justify launching a war against Iran? That question has become increasingly common and urgent among anti-war commentators and activists in recent days as U.S. intelligence officials—without citing any concrete evidence—blamed Iran for reported attacks on Saudi and UAE oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz over the weekend. Commentators quickly likened the accusations to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, referring…

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Bolton Threatens Iran With “Unrelenting Force” as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East

Bolton Threatens Iran With “Unrelenting Force” as US Bombers Deployed to Middle East By Jake Johnson In a late Sunday statement warning—without any evidence whatsoever—of “troubling and escalatory” actions by the Iranian government, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton used the scheduled deployment of an American aircraft carrier and bomber task force to the Middle East to threaten Iran with military action. The United States, said Bolton, “is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message…

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Democrats and Republicans Unite to Hand Trump $717 Billion in Military Spending

Democrats and Republicans Unite to Hand Trump $717 Billion in Military Spending By Jake Johnson (CD) — With the help of 139 Democrats, the House of Representatives on Thursday easily rammed through the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which—if it passes the Senate—will hand President Donald Trump $717 billion in military spending. “Of the total $717 billion, the bill would authorize $616.9 billion for the base Pentagon budget, $21.9 billion for nuclear weapons programs under the Energy Department, and another $69 billion in war spending from the special Overseas Contingency Operations…

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