In other news, The Democratically-controlled House of Representatives has voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 over six years. Senate Republicans will never hold a vote on this and it should be a campaign issue.
Meanwhile, a defense contractor has been arrested by the FBI and charged for threatening to kill Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) for sponsoring a pro-vaccination bill.
Darryl Albert Varnum of Westminster, Maryland called the congressperson—identified only as “congressperson #1”—on June 28, 2019, according to the complaint, and left a voicemail threatening to kill the member if the bill was introduced.
“I’m gonna kill your ass if you do that bill. I swear,” Varnum’s voicemail began. “I will fucking come down and kill your fucking ass. And you’re a Congressperson, that’s fine. I hope the fucking FBI, CIA and everybody else hears this shit.”
I guess they were listening.
Finally, some CEOs say there's not much point in trying to move production out of China since Trump is picking fights with everyone anyway.
Trump launched the world’s biggest trade war since the 1930s by imposing tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese goods and threatening to tax $300 billion more. He has pursued separate battles with America’s allies, too — from South Korea, Mexico and Canada to Japan and the European Union — over trade in steel, aluminum and autos.
“The president has managed to pick a fight with all of our trading partners,” said Rick Helfenbein, CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association trade group.
Faced with the prospect of a forever war with America’s trading partners, numerous businesses say they’re delaying investment decisions and reviewing their business relationships until they have a clearer view of how Trump’s trade wars might end — if they will.