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Detroit girl, 9, killed by dogs, owner in custody: police

The owner of three dogs is in custody after they viciously attacked and killed a 9-year-old girl who had been playing in an alley near her home in Detroit, police said on Tuesday.

Emma Hernandez was riding her bike Monday afternoon when the three dogs – described as pit bulls or pit bull mixes – escaped from a yard and attacked her, police told Fox 2.

She died at a hospital and the dog’s owner was arrested. No charges have been filed.

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The family of a 9-year-old girl who was killed by three dogs on Monday has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses. 

“I tried my best. I tried CPR. I tried helping her. I did everything I could in my power,” Emma’s father, Armando Hernandez, told WWJ-AM on Tuesday. “She was gone when I reached her.”

Deborah Golden, a neighbor who tried to help Emma, told WXYZ-TV she heard the girl screaming and “was aware something bad had happened.”

“I seen the little girl flat in her back with the bite marks and part of her neck hanging off,” Golden said. “I started CPR and I had the dad grab the neck and hold it.”

I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it. Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.

— Armando Hernandez

A bystander shot and killed one of the dogs while a medical crew tried to save the girl. The other dogs were captured. Neighbors threw bricks at the dogs to try to stop the attack, police said.

“They were not stopping,” Edward Cruz, who said he hurled a brick after hearing screams, told The Detroit News. “I had to step in.”

Hernandez said the dogs lived at a house behind his, and he had argued with the neighbor about them last week. Hernandez said the dogs weren’t properly restrained and the fence was too flimsy.

“I knew the dogs were there. I knew the neighbor,” he said. “We had an argument about it just last week and he just didn’t take care of his dogs properly. He could have prevented this.”

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Hernandez said he kept replaying the tragedy and felt “empty.”

“I’m really heartbroken right now. I can’t explain it,” he said. “Just, every time I close my eyes, man, I see my baby girl.”

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Animal Control took possession of the remaining dogs, WXYZ reported.

City officials said the dogs will likely be euthanized. Prosecutors are now determining what charges, if any, their owner may face.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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2 Condos Were Illegally Converted Into 18 Micro Apartments In NYC

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A New York City building inspector kneels to show the height of a small door and low ceiling inside of apartment #601, where nine illegal sub-units were carved out of a Manhattan condo.

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Two Manhattan landlords took an unusual — and illegal — route to double their rentable space: cutting their two condos in half horizontally so they could rent out 18 tiny apartments in their Lower East Side building, according to the New York City Department of Buildings.

“The ceiling heights were 4.5 feet to 6 feet tall on each level, depending on where you were standing,” Department of Buildings spokesperson Abigail Kunitz says in an email to NPR.

When an inspector visited the building earlier this month, he found half-size doors and low ceilings, forcing him to kneel in the improvised hallway. A small staircase connected the two floors. Along with unapproved structural changes, the Department of Buildings says, the inspector found the space riddled with unpermitted electrical and plumbing work.

The compressed living spaces prompted Council Member Ben Kallos of Manhattan to compare the arrangement to the film Being John Malkovich, which featured a cramped office — and a tiny door — on floor 7-1/2 of a Manhattan building.

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“It was funny in fiction, but a horror story in real life,” Kallos said, according to the New York Post, as he described the living conditions tenants endured on the top floors of the building at 165 Henry Street.

Bathroom space was also tight: While the lower-floor unit had a second illegal bathroom added to its legal bathroom, the upper unit had only one bathroom to share among the nine micro apartments.

The building is called the Beracah. As the Abarim online dictionary tells us, “The name Beracah comes from the verb ברך (barak), meaning either to kneel or to bless.”

Housing officials became aware of the illegal subdivisions last week, after receiving an anonymous 311 complaint about one of the condos. Together, the units occupy a corner in the building’s two top floors.

“Upon arrival to the scene, [Department of Buildings inspectors] discovered that a new floor had been illegally constructed inside of apartment #601, one of the apartments between the existing 4th and 5th floors, which was being occupied by 9 illegal Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units,” the agency says.

According to Gothamist, the condo is listed as a 634-square-foot unit. If the nine sub-units were divided evenly, each living space would measure about 70 square feet. While rental rates weren’t officially disclosed, one tenant told the Post that he had been paying $600 a month.

Officials promptly ordered all occupants to vacate apartment #601, hitting the owner, Xue Pin Ni, with a potential maximum fine of $144,750 in civil penalties and ordering the sub-units to be stripped out of the space. The penalty is set to rise, as the city will also fine Ni $1,000 every day that each illegal unit remains on the premises, for up to 45 days.

The tenants who had been living in the minuscule spaces “were offered emergency relocation assistance by the American Red Cross,” the NYC building agency says.

Days after the initial discovery, building inspectors also found that the unit one floor above #601 had been segmented in a similar way, creating another nine living spaces. The #701 unit is owned by Jin Ya Lin of Havre De Grace, Md, according to the building office.

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The exterior of the condo building at 165 Henry St in Manhattan’s Lower East Side hints at the split-level apartments inside, as air conditioners, at left, are positioned at both upper and lower windows.

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The revelation about the top-floor condo — whose layout was hinted at by the peculiar arrangement of air conditioners in both upper and lower windows — stemmed from a referral by the New York City Fire Department, which had been called to the same building on Friday.

In addition to flouting occupancy and permitting rules, the illegal duplexes were found to lack a secondary exit in case of emergency.

“Every New Yorker deserves a safe and legal place to live, which is why we’re committed to rooting out dangerous firetraps and ordering the landlords to make these apartments safe,” says Kunitz of the Department of Buildings.

Kunitz adds, “Tenants living in truncated windowless dwelling units like this poses an extreme hazard to their safety, as well as the safety of their neighbors, and first responders. Dangerous living conditions like this cannot be tolerated in our city, and we are holding these landlords accountable for their egregious failure to keep the building safe and livable for tenants.”

In a sign of how expensive it is to live in New York, a discussion broke out on the Gothamist story, about the practice of people cramming themselves into tiny apartments. In at least one commenter’s opinion, “$600/mo is pretty reasonable actually.”

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7 back-to-school gadgets to help you focus

When school starts, it still feels like summer. These gadgets will combat the transition back to full-day classes in high school or college when the weather is still distracting. Jot down notes on a laptop, avoid cable clutter, and use an endless notepad to stay focused.

1. Inspiron 13 7390 2-in-1 ($1,200)

Let a little digital ink help you stay on task this fall. The Dell Inspiron 13 7390 lets you jot down notes in class using a stylus — the screen has 1,048 levels of pressure pen sensitivity. The touch-enabled laptop folds into a “tent” so you can lean back and focus on the teacher.

2. Nomad Universal Kevlar Cable ($40)

Can a phone cable help you focus? Yes, if it has three connectors. You can quickly switch between an iPhone charger, Android phone charger, and a USB-C connection (the speedy format used with newer Android phone) — all without fumbling for more cables.

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3. Decibullz Black Diamond True Wireless Earbuds ($179)

These earbuds will help you tune out the world, and tune in to a recorded lecture or your favorite music. The main reason: They can be custom molded to your ears to make a secure, protected fit to reduce distractions. Plus, they sound amazing.

4. Brother INKvestment Tank MFC-J805DW Printer ($160)

High schoolers and college students still need a printer for homework and assignments. You can print with this model for an entire year without needing to replace the ink cartridges since it uses an internal ink tank. Doubles as a copier and holds 150 sheets in the tray.

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5. Rocket Fusion ($37)

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A digital notebook helps you focus because you won’t ever run out of paper. Once you jot down notes, make a task list, or create a calendar with the Fusion, you can wipe the page clean. Notes are all saved in the cloud for easy retrieval later.

6. Renogy Phoenix 100 Mini Power Station ($160)

Another great way to help you focus: Keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use. The Renogy Phoenix 100 can re-charge a phone 6-8 times or a laptop once or twice. It’s about the size of an Amazon Echo speaker and weighs about 25 ounces.

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7. Roland R-07 High Resolution Audio Recorder ($200)

Most kids know they can record audio on their phone during a class presentation, but the results are hit or miss. This high-end audio recorder is affordable, capture pristine audio, and allows you to easily offload the files to your laptop.

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Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft charged with rape, sexual battery

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Demry Croft, who started four games at quarterback for Tennessee State last season, was arrested Monday and charged with six felony counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery stemming from a Dec. 1 incident.

Croft, 22, a transfer from Minnesota, missed the last five games of the 2018 season after suffering a shoulder injury.

He rejoined the team at the start of this preseason and was the first team quarterback through the first scrimmage on Aug. 10.

According to records from the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, Croft was booked into jail Monday at 2:04 p.m. and then released at 6:18 p.m. He has a $50,000 bond, according to court records.

A grand jury indicted Croft in a process that takes place in secret and can take months.

Croft was not at TSU’s second scrimmage last Saturday.

TSU officials would not confirm if Croft has been suspended from the football team. He is still on the team’s roster online.

When asked why Croft was not there, TSU coach Rod Reed said, “He had some personal issues he’s dealing with so we allowed him to be off today. Whenever that gets handled we’ll see what happens.”

Reed also said he did not know if Croft would be available for TSU’s season opener Aug. 31 against Mississippi Valley State.

Cameron Rosendahl took over the first team unit in the last scrimmage.

Croft was TSU’s second-leading passer last season, which was his first with the Tigers. He completed 61-of-101 passes for 888 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. 

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Such actions could violate federal laws that are punishable by jail time.

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WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump has filed financial disclosure statements that appear to misstate the value and profitability of his Scotland golf courses by $165 million, possibly violating federal laws that are punishable by jail time.

Trump claimed in his 2018 U.S. filing that his Turnberry and Aberdeen resorts were each worth more than $50 million. For that same time period, he filed balance sheets with the United Kingdom government showing that their combined debt exceeded their assets by 47.9 million British pounds ― the equivalent of $64.8 million at the exchange rate on Dec. 31, 2017, the date of the last U.K. filing available.

His 2018 “public financial disclosure” filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics also claims those two resorts earned him “income” of $23.8 million. His filings with the U.K. Companies House office in Edinburgh for that period showed the resorts had actually lost 4.6 million pounds ― equal to $6.3 million.

His U.S. disclosure statement also fails to mention $199.5 million in loans Trump has made to those resorts: $54.9 million from him personally to Trump International, Scotland in Aberdeenshire; $144.6 million from his trust to Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire.

Knowingly providing false or incomplete information on that form is a violation of the Ethics in Government Act punishable by up to a year in jail. Signing the form attesting to the untrue information constitutes making a false statement, punishable by up to five years in prison.

“The numbers don’t appear to add up,” said Virginia Canter, an ethics law expert with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. She added, though, that OGE regulations give filers a fair amount of latitude in determining asset value. “That said, it’s not at all clear after reviewing the U.K. balance sheet for Aberdeen how they came to $50 million. … I think it raises legitimate questions.”

The White House declined to comment on the discrepancies between the U.S. and U.K. filings. Sheri Dillon, Trump’s outside lawyer who handles his financial disclosures, did not respond to HuffPost queries.

Early Tuesday evening, after this article was published and days after HuffPost first sought comment, the Trump Organization, his family business that operates the resorts, responded through Chief Legal Officer Alan Garten, who said the two sets of statements are filed under different accounting and legal standards. “As a result, while both filings provide financial information, the filings each have distinct reporting requirements and standards. Thus, the two filings cannot and should not be compared,” Garten wrote in an email.

He did not respond to follow-up questions about the widely divergent claims regarding assets and income and why Trump failed to disclose the two loans.

A History Of Fake Wealth

In any case, the false and missing information on his 2018 filing has been false and missing on Trump’s forms repeatedly, since before he even took office.

On May 16, 2016, for example, then-candidate Trump also claimed on his financial disclosure forms that the two Scotland resorts were worth more than $100 million, even though he filed papers with Companies House on Dec. 31, 2015, acknowledging that the courses had a combined value of negative $32.1 million.

U.S. filings also included erroneous information regarding Trump’s Doonbeg resort in Ireland, which similarly requires annual disclosures from privately held companies. In 2015, 2016 and 2017, Trump told the Irish government that the course had lost millions of dollars ― $7.2 million in all. In that same period, Trump claimed on his American financial disclosures that the course had provided him tens of millions of dollars in income, totaling $37.4 million.

Trump’s golf courses in Scotland and Ireland offer unique insights into the state of Trump’s businesses because they are required to submit detailed financial documents annually, even though they are privately held. In the United States, where the vast majority of Trump’s businesses are located, there is no such disclosure requirement ― meaning there is no straightforward way of determining whether Trump has similarly misstated the asset value and profitability of his U.S. properties.

Americans would have a clearer understanding of the actual financial health of Trump’s businesses had he kept his initial promise to release his tax returns if he ran for president. But Trump reneged on that pledge almost immediately after entering the race. At first he claimed he would release the returns after “routine audits” had been completed, before eventually arguing that Americans had voted for him anyway and that they were not interested in seeing his taxes. In doing so, he became the first major-party nominee since Watergate to fail to disclose his returns.

Trump’s supposed great wealth was a major selling point for him during his campaign in the Republican primaries. Weeks after entering the race in June 2015, Trump declared in a press release that his net worth was “in excess of TEN BILLION DOLLARS.” In a recent speech, he claimed the presidency was forcing him to lose billions: “It’s probably costing me from three to five billion,” he told workers at a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania last week. “I don’t care. I want to do the right job.”

Both of those assertions are almost certainly false.

In the 2005 book TrumpNation, business journalist Timothy L. O’Brien wrote that Trump was most likely worth no more than $250 million, not the many billions of dollars he was claiming at the time. Trump sued him for defamation, but lost ― and in the process lied dozens of times about his business dealings in a deposition taken by O’Brien’s lawyers.

In 2015, National Journal found that Trump had made so many poor business decisions over the years that had he simply taken the fortune his father placed him in charge of in 1974 and put it into a broad index fund, he would have been far wealthier than he wound up.

Voters Backed Trump Anyway

Despite those and a great deal of other published reports that detailed his multiple casino bankruptcies and poor track record in business, Republican voters chose to support him anyway.

Rick Tyler, who worked for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries, said Republican voters were not paying attention to news coverage that picked apart Trump’s creation myth. “His ostentatious opulence and his willingness to flaunt it led many Republicans to believe that he possessed the business acumen needed to straighten out Washington,” Tyler said. “Republicans should now acknowledge that assumption was false.”

Fergus Cullen, a former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party and a Trump critic, said he doubts Trump’s loyal supporters will care whether Trump is really as rich as he says or, frankly, whether he broke the law by falsifying his financial disclosure statement.

“It matters to me. But does it matter to voters? I think we had an election on that three years ago,” Cullen said. “It was all out there before the last election. And enough voters were able to set it aside.”

If Trump is, indeed, knowingly providing false or incomplete information about his golf courses, it would not be the first time he has violated the plain language requirements of the financial disclosure form.

His very first filing as president, on June 14, 2017, did not mention the $130,000 he owed Michael Cohen for paying hush money to a porn star in the days before the 2016 election. Trump disclosed that loan in his 2018 filing in the form of a footnote.

Cohen, who was Trump’s longtime lawyer and “fixer,” is now in federal prison after pleading guilty to a variety of crimes, including the election law violation on behalf of Trump.

This article has been updated with comment from the Trump Organization.

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Kirsten Gillibrand says she is ‘still angry’ about her uncles voting for Trump

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said on Monday that she was “still angry” about her uncles voting for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016 but touted the relationship as evidence that she understood how the president’s supporters view the world.

“I hate to admit this fact, but I have uncles who voted for Trump,” the Democratic presidential candidate told The Washington Post’s Robert Acosta. She clenched her fists, sighed, and then smiled in reaction to that fact.

“I have not spoken to them about it so I can’t tell you why. I’m still angry,” she said later in the conversation. When she learned from her cousin about their votes, she was in disbelief.

“I said, ‘that can’t be true. They knew how much I loved Hillary,'” she said, referring to the former Democratic presidential nominee.

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Gillibrand indicated on Tuesday that she was different from other Democratic candidates in that she was uniquely positioned to convince rural Trump voters on progressive policies like “Medicare for all.”

She claimed she was able to convince those voters of the need for that type of policy. The New York senator also told Costa that it would be “easy” to convince gun rights supporters of the need for gun control.

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“This is also easy for me,” she said before pointing to the “alarming” amount of gun deaths in the past decade. Gillibrand added that she favored banning the use and purchase of “military-style assault weapons.”

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Truckers voted for Donald Trump in droves. Now, they say his trade war is ‘killing’ their ability to make a living.

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Irish pub pours Conor McGregor’s whiskey down toilet, calls his behavior ‘disgusting’

Conor McGregor’s whiskey just got knocked out of this bar.

An Irish pub in Florida has announced on Facebook that it will no longer be serving McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey at its establishment after a video surfaced last week showing the UFC champion punch an older man in the face.

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The incident, which reportedly took place on April 6, involved McGregor punching a man sitting at a bar in his home country of Ireland after the man seemingly refused a free shot of the fighter’s signature whiskey brand.

Irish authorities are still investigating the case, but the Salty Shamrock in Apollo Beach has made the decision to no longer offer McGregor’s whiskey – and is pouring its current supply down the toilet.

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“That’s the lowlife there that we’ve all supported,” Rice says in the video as he and several employees enter the bathroom. “All right guys, get that in the toilet, because that’s where his whiskey belongs right now. Proper Twelve, to hell with it. It will never be sold at this bar.”

Sean Rice, an Irishman and owner of the bar, also had his employees throw the bottles into the trash hard enough to smash the glass, along with a photo of Conor McGregor wearing the Irish flag across his shoulders, which an employee rips up.

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Conor McGregor released his brand of whiskey in September 2018. McGregor teamed up with David Elder, master distiller, previously of Guinness to create the spirit. (Proper No. Twelve)

“That’s how I felt about a so-called Irishman punching an old man at a bar,” Rice said at the end of the video. “Just disgusting behavior.”

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On the Salty Shamrock’s Facebook page, Rice continued expressing his disdain for McGregor and called upon other Irish bars to follow suit in getting rid of Proper No. Twelve whiskey.

“Official Notice; Due to the recent cowardly and appalling behavior of the so-called Irish professional fighter Conor Mc Gregor, the Salty Shamrock Irish Pub will no longer carry his product nor associate its business with his name,” the post said. “We will discard his whiskey in a fashion that[‘]s only fitting to his behavior. I challenge every Irish bar owner to do the same! He is not a true representative of the Irish people.”

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McGregor has not been charged with a crime in the April assault and has not spoken publically about the incident.

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Economy Has the Trump White House on Edge. The Data Shows Why.

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President Trump and his advisers are considering options to stimulate the American economy as indicators that the administration previously used to boast of an economic “boom” have fizzled on the back of Mr. Trump’s escalating trade fights.

Companies that Mr. Trump has pointed to as signs of economic strength are now warning of weakness. United States Steel, an early champion of Mr. Trump’s metal tariffs and a frequent mention in the president’s Twitter feed, is idling workers and slowing production at a plant in Michigan. Home Depot on Tuesday lowered its sales outlook for the year as it braces for consumer spending to take a hit from Mr. Trump’s Chinese tariffs.

The economy is still growing and unemployment remains at a 50-year low. But several of the administration’s favorite economic data points now show unmistakable signs of a slowdown. Business investment has stalled and it slipped backward in the spring.

Consumer and small business optimism have fallen, and two in five economists surveyed by the National Association of Business Economists now expect the economy to slip into recession this year or next. Blue-collar job growth has fallen to its lowest level since Mr. Trump took office, and key surveys of manufacturing activity are near recession levels. Economic growth, which Mr. Trump once promised would soar as high as 5 or 6 percent annually, is now running at about a 2 percent annualized pace.

The indicators suggest that the effects of Mr. Trump’s trade fights with China and Europe and a slowdown in global growth are dragging on the American economy and eroding the short-term boost from the president’s 2017 tax cuts. Economists, including those at the Federal Reserve, say uncertainty from Mr. Trump’s trade policies and the impact of higher tariffs are the biggest threat to the American economy. Mr. Trump is prepared to impose new rounds of tariffs on imports from China in September and December, which will affect a large batch of consumer goods, and he has threatened to impose tariffs on imported automobiles next year.

Mr. Trump insists that the economy is doing “tremendously well” and has played down any domestic economic harm from his trade fights. While the White House is privately exploring a payroll tax cut or other options in case the economy worsens, Mr. Trump continues to reject any chance that the economy could enter a recession.

“I don’t think we’re having a recession,” he said on Sunday. “We’re doing tremendously well. Our consumers are rich. I gave a tremendous tax cut, and they’re loaded up with money. They’re buying.”

But much of the growth that the White House has cited, including last fall in a series of charts intended to showcase Mr. Trump’s economic record, has lost steam.

On Sept. 10, administration officials walked reporters through a series of charts that they said showed the economy, under Mr. Trump, outperformed what had been its trend in the second term of President Barack Obama.

“I can promise you that economic historians will 100 percent accept the fact that there was an inflection at the election of Donald Trump and that a whole bunch of data items started heading north,” Kevin Hassett, then the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, told reporters.

Nearly a year after that briefing, almost every data point the administration presented has headed south.

Perhaps the most significant shift has come in capital investment, which Republicans inside and outside the administration promised would skyrocket after Mr. Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax package that included steep cuts in the corporate tax rate and other incentives for companies to invest immediately. The charts showed nonresidential investment — money pumped into things like plants, property and equipment — surging to 8 percent growth under Mr. Trump.

New versions of those charts, updated by The New York Times to include more recent economic data, show investment growth was already slowing, or on the cusp, last September. By this spring, it had fallen below the average quarterly growth rate for Mr. Obama’s second term.

That’s also true for equipment.

The falloff is seen even when using the administration’s preferred method for calculating growth rates in their charts. That method averages growth rates for investment over the previous six quarters, which smooths out temporary spikes in the data to show a more consistent trend line.

The final chart showed investment growth under Mr. Trump running well above forecasts made by the Congressional Budget Office in April 2018, after the tax law went into effect. That boost is no longer the case — and has not been, since last fall.

A similar story has played out in several gauges of manufacturing activity that White House officials highlighted in their briefing. The Institute for Supply Management’s Purchasing Managers’ Index, a closely watched measure of manufacturing health, has fallen to just above recession levels.

Growth in core capital goods orders, a leading indicator of capital spending, has flatlined. And job growth in goods-producing industries, which White House officials used as a proxy for blue-collar jobs, has dropped to just 1 percent.

Other indicators have also weakened since the White House trumpeted them, including the rate at which Americans between the ages of 25 and 54 are working and several measures of optimism among small business owners.

The acting chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, Tomas Philipson, said in an email last week that “the U.S. economic outlook remains strong despite slowing global growth.” He stressed that the manufacturing index remained higher than 70 percent of countries in the world, and said that standard economic models would predict the decline in investment growth after an initial spike.

“Part of the current global slowdown,” he said, “is a natural response to the prior period of strong growth.”

Mr. Trump and other advisers blame the slowdown on the Federal Reserve, which they say choked off growth by raising interest rates too fast in 2018. The Fed has since reversed one of its quarter-point rate increases, but Mr. Trump has called for it to cut rates by another percentage point.

Companies have continued to express concerns about the trade war. Craig Menear, the chairman and chief executive of Home Depot, said in an earnings release that the company was reducing sales guidance in part to account for “potential impacts to the U.S. consumer arising from recently announced tariffs.”

Fed officials have also cited the trade war in moving to cut rates, a pattern that could continue with one or more rate cuts this fall. The Fed chair, Jerome H. Powell, cited the president’s trade dispute with China in his news conference in July.

“Certainly, we’ve seen, though,” he said, “that when there’s a sharp confrontation between two large economies, you can see effects on business confidence pretty quickly and on financial markets pretty quickly.”

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Gun control advocates spoke to the panel, calling for measures such as expanded background checks, child-access prevention laws, red-flag laws, and bans or limits on assault-style weapons and magazines. But gun rights advocates said such measures would do nothing to stop criminals and would infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

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