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Tariffs on China Don’t Cover the Costs of Trump’s Trade War

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday portrayed America as being on the winning end of his trade war, saying tariffs are punishing China’s economy while generating billions of dollars for the United States, an economic victory that will allow him to continue his fight without domestic harm.

“We’ve taken in tens of billions of dollars in tariffs from China,” Mr. Trump told reporters during a “Made in America” product event at the White House. While China has taken $16 billion “off the table” by stopping its purchases of American agriculture, he said, the United States has “taken in much, much more — many times that in tariffs.”

But government figures show that the revenue the United States has collected from tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods is not enough to cover the cost of the president’s bailout for farmers, let alone compensate the many other industries hurt by trade tensions. The longer Mr. Trump’s dispute with China drags on, the more difficult it could be for him to ignore that gap.

Mr. Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports raised $20.8 billion through Wednesday, according to data from United States Customs and Border Protection. Mr. Trump has already committed to paying American farmers hurt by the trade war $28 billion.

The president has rolled out two rounds of financial support for farmers: a $12 billion package that was announced last July, of which nearly $10 billion has been spent, and an additional $16 billion announced in May.

The government has provided no such benefit to the myriad other businesses, including plane makers, technology companies and medical device manufacturers, that have lost contracts and revenue as a result of Mr. Trump’s tariffs and China’s retaliation against American goods.

Trade talks with China have faltered in recent months, and Mr. Trump and his aides appear to be in no hurry to resolve the dispute, projecting confidence that China is suffering more of the harm, if not all of it.

Mr. Trump’s tariffs are undeniably hurting China, where exports power about 20 percent of the economy, compared with 12 percent in the United States. On Monday, the Chinese government said its economy had grown at a 6.2 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the lowest rate in 27 years.

“The United States Tariffs are having a major effect on companies wanting to leave China for non-tariffed countries,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday morning, commenting on the Chinese growth figures. “Thousands of companies are leaving. This is why China wants to make a deal with the U.S., and wishes it had not broken the original deal in the first place.”

There is little sign, though, that China’s loss is America’s gain. Much of the business activity is shifting to other low-cost countries, like Vietnam, with a transition cost attached for American companies that depend on them.

Numerous companies have announced changes in their supply chains or other effects from the tariffs, and more could be revealed as companies report second-quarter earnings in coming weeks. Nintendo has accelerated the shift of its Switch console to Vietnam from China, according to Panjiva, a supply chain research firm, while GoPro, Hasbro and other companies are reworking their supply chains to reduce their exposure to China.

The president and his advisers have argued that now is the time to try to force China to change trading practices that they say have hurt American companies and resulted in the loss of American jobs. The administration argues that the status quo was not without costs to the American economy. An investigation by the administration into Chinese intellectual property theft found that China’s policies had resulted in harm to the American economy of at least $50 billion per year.

Many trade experts and business leaders support confronting Beijing, and some have said the heavy cost of the trade war will be worth it if the United States can persuade China to open up its economy. But most disagree with the administration’s claim that the trade war is having no negative effect on American businesses.

“Certainly it is absolute folly to suggest that this is cost free for the U.S.,” said Rufus Yerxa, the president of the National Foreign Trade Council, which represents major American exporters.

Numerous studies have shown that American consumers are bearing much of the cost of the tariffs. Studies from the Tax Foundation in Washington and the Penn Wharton Budget Model at the University of Pennsylvania have shown that the tariffs amount to a significant tax increase on Americans, by raising the prices of goods. The damage is concentrated, as a percentage of income, among the lowest earners, who spend a larger share of their pay on imports than the upper middle class and the rich.

The administration has gradually increased the amount of Chinese goods subject to tariffs over the last year, from an initial $34 billion to a total of $250 billion, and ramped up the tariff rate on those goods.

But the monthly pace of revenue collection from tariffs has not increased this year. That’s because America is importing fewer Chinese goods than it did a year ago, which has canceled out the higher tariffs on a larger share of Chinese goods.

That decline appears to be the product of an overall slowdown in trade — which has contributed to weakened exports for American manufacturers — and the shift in supply chains to other countries. Imported goods from Vietnam have risen more than 30 percent this year from a year ago, Commerce Department data show.

Tariff revenue would likely surge if Mr. Trump followed through on his threat to impose tariffs on nearly all Chinese goods.

The administration has tried to put the levers of the government to work to shelter and support American businesses. On Monday, Mr. Trump signed an executive order requiring that 95 percent of the steel and iron that goes into projects funded by federal contracts eventually be American made, up from 50 percent.

The order is the latest in a series of proclamations that the president has made to encourage more purchases of American goods. An order in January encouraged companies to use American iron, steel, aluminum, cement and other products to the extent practical, but did not set any binding target.

John Ferriola, the chief executive of Nucor, a steel company in North Carolina, applauded the move. “We believe it’s good for our country, and it’s certainly good for the industry, I can’t deny that,” he said.

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Jenna Jameson is ‘back on the wagon’ after quitting keto diet: I was ‘eating like a crazed banshee’

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Jenna Jameson can’t lose, even when she falls off the wagon.

The former adult film star shared a confession with her social media followers on Sunday after recently revealing she had begun fasting intermittently again after losing her focus on her weight loss.

JENNA JAMESON CELEBRATES DRAMATIC WEIGHT LOSS ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF STARTING THE KETO DIET

“Let’s talk jumping back on the wagon after losing control and eating like a crazed banshee,” Jameson wrote in a lengthy caption of herself in two split before-and-after bikini photos. “We all do it, There are no exceptions. All the health gurus and fitness badasses do it,” she added.

The 45-year-old has long been an advocate of the keto diet and said she lost around 80 lbs. on the low-carb, high-fat plan since March 2018. Jameson shared her advice and motivation on how she managed to get herself back on track.

JENNA JAMESON FLAUNTS SLIMMER BACKSIDE AFTER WEIGHT LOSS

“For me, it comes in the form of wanting to feel my best. I know I’m not perfect and my will power isn’t iron clad, but I DO know I will never give up,” Jameson wrote. “It’s important to know that no matter how long you fall off, you can always jump back on the horse!”

She continued: “It’s ok to feel discouraged, disappointed and down right pissed. Channel that into positivity and know there are so many on this journey right along with you! Love you guys!”

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The mother of two recently told her followers that she had stopped intermittent fasting when she relocated to Hawaii in May but said she was back in the mix and could “feel a difference” in her overall mental headspace.

“I guess I just got lazy. I can feel the difference in my mental clarity. Definitely not as sharp and a lot less focused,” Jameson wrote on social media. “I just started back fasting this weekend, and it’s definitely hard to jump back on the wagon! My stomach rumbles so loud it wakes [2-year-old daughter] Batel.”

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Jameson said she fasts from 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. and only consumes water, tea or black coffee during those hours.

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Trump 2020 press secretary: ‘Time after time we see these anti-American remarks’ from Democrat ‘squad’

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Trump 2020 campaign national press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pointed to anti-American remarks made by a group of progressive freshman congresswomen Monday while defending the president’s controversial recent remarks.

“Look at these congresswomen, and by the way he never listed out who he was talking about we can guess who a few of them are, but look at the anti-Semitic remarks that have been made by Ilhan Omar and Rashid Tlaib and AOC,” McEnany said on Fox News Radio’s  “Todd Starnes Show.”

“Comparing our border facilities to concentration camps.  And Ilhan Omar pleading for an ISIS member to get a lesser sentence. He was planning to travel over to Syria and in that document, she just completely ripped apart the United States. Time after time we see these anti-American remarks.”

AOC ‘SQUAD’ HOLDS NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON EXPLOSIVE CALL FOR THEM TO ‘GO BACK’ HOME

HILLARY CLINTON ATTACKS TRUMP OVER TWEET AIMED AT PROGRESSIVE CONGRESSWOMEN

Trump doubled down Monday after being criticized for his controversial tweets calling on Democratic congresswomen, including Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., to “go back” to where they came from — even though most of his intended targets were born in America.

The president also called on those same lawmakers to “apologize,” alleged they “hate” America and chastised the party for defending them.

Trump also denied that his tweets were racist and said: “If someone doesn’t like our country, if someone doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave.”

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McEnany mirrored the president’s remarks.

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“And the point he was making is, ‘If you don’t like it here, Why are you staying? Go back to the countries that you fled in order to pursue the American dream,'” McEnany said.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Four Congresswomen Denounce Trump After He Accuses Them of Hating America

WASHINGTON — President Trump, under fire for comments that even some Republicans called racist, amplified his attacks on Democrats in Congress on Monday, calling one of the first two Muslim women elected to the House a Qaeda sympathizer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi a racist.

“They’re free to leave if they want. If they want to leave, that’s fine. If they want to stay, that’s fine,” Mr. Trump said on Monday, referring to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts. He added that they hated America.

Hours later, the four called a news conference to scathingly denounce Mr. Trump’s latest remarks, which they argued were part of a pattern of hateful language designed to distract from what they said were brutal policies and misconduct in office.

“I encourage the American people, and all of us in this room and beyond, to not take the bait,” said Ms. Pressley, who made a point of not referring to the president by name, instead calling him “the occupant of the White House.”

“This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous, chaotic, and corrupt culture of this administration,” she added.

In a blistering speech that culminated with a call to impeach him, Ms. Omar recounted a litany of the president’s most offensive comments about people of color, women and immigrants.

“And to distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States of House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color,” Ms. Omar said. “This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms, or it is happening on national TV, and now it is reached the White House garden.”

On Sunday, Mr. Trump said they should “go back” to the countries they came from, though all but Ms. Omar were born in the United States.

“Trump feels comfortable leading the G.O.P. into outright racism, and that should concern all Americans,” the freshman Democrat from the Bronx wrote on Twitter.

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During a news conference on Monday on Capitol Hill, Ms. Omar, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Pressley responded to Mr. Trump’s comments.CreditAnna Moneymaker/The New York Times

Mr. Trump’s new front against Ms. Pelosi came after she announced that the House would move to officially reject the president’s tweets about members of Congress. “Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the president’s xenophobic tweets,” she said in a letter to lawmakers.

She reacted just hours after Mr. Trump tried to turn the situation around and accused the congresswomen of “foul language & racist hatred” and demanded an apology from them.

Ms. Pelosi criticized the president on Sunday for his remarks and said that his slogan, “‘Make America Great Again,’ has always been about making America white again.”

Mr. Trump, in turn, accused her of racist remarks. “So Speaker Pelosi said, ‘Make America white again.’ That’s a very racist — that’s a very racist statement. I’m surprised she’d say that,” Mr. Trump said at an event celebrating American manufacturing at the White House.

Early Monday, few Republican lawmakers had responded to Mr. Trump’s comments, widely seen as racist. By midday, however, that had changed. Representative Michael R. Turner, Republican of Ohio, said Mr. Trump’s comments on Sunday were “racist” and the president should apologize. And Representative Will Hurd of Texas, the House’s only black Republican, condemned the president’s remarks, calling them “racist, and xenophobic.”

Mr. Hurd also said the president’s narrative was politically damaging because it is uniting Democrats at a time when the party is experiencing a “civil war.”

Ms. Pelosi’s pledge to formally reject Mr. Trump’s comments appeared to make his point.

“Let me be clear, our caucus will continue to forcefully respond to these disgusting attacks,” Ms. Pelosi said in the letter. “The House cannot allow the president’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand.”

Ms. Pelosi said the resolution, which has yet to be drafted, would make reference to a speech by President Ronald Reagan in which he said that “if we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”

For months there has been a rift between Ms. Pelosi and the four lawmakers, and last week tensions grew when Ms. Pelosi pointedly said they had no following in Congress. The four lawmakers, who call themselves “the squad,” opposed a $4.6 billion aid package for the border, approved by Congress, because they said it supported Mr. Trump’s immigration policies.

[Analysis: No president in modern times has made appeals to the resentments of white Americans as overtly as President Trump.]

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The tone of the president’s remarks, however, is something they agree on.

Mr. Trump’s comments on Monday also addressed strains from earlier this year when Ms. Omar sent jolts through her own party for criticizing Israel and suggesting that supporters of Israel were pushing for “allegiance to a foreign country.”

“I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.,” Mr. Trump wrote in one of his tweets.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, said Mr. Trump’s use of Israel in his comments hurts the Jewish community.

“He doesn’t speak for any of us,” Mr. Greenblatt wrote in a Twitter post on Monday. “We call on ALL leaders across the political spectrum to condemn these racist, xenophobic tweets & using Jews as a shield.”

Ms. Omar defended herself defiantly: “They are working to silence the voices of the people who see themselves represented in me,” she wrote on Twitter. “I will stay in the ring, fighting for what is right and will never back down in the face of these attacks.”

Two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, suggested that the president steer clear of personal attacks and instead focus on policy.

“We all know that A.O.C. and this crowd are a bunch of communists,” Mr. Graham said on Fox News. “They hate Israel, they hate our own country.” But he also pushed back against the president’s suggestion that the women are not American.

“They are American citizens,” Mr. Graham said. “They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.”

He added: “Mr. President, you’re right about their policies. You’re right about where they will take the country. Just aim higher.”

Mr. Trump said he disagreed with Mr. Graham about aiming higher. “These are congressmen. What am I supposed to do, just wait for senators? No,” Mr. Trump said.

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Fox News Digital posts best quarter ever, beats CNN in key metrics

Fox News Digital finished the second quarter of 2019 with 4.8 billion page views, its highest multiplatform total in history, topping CNN as the No. 1 news organization in multiple metrics, according to Comscore.

“Our platform has proven once again to be the digital destination for breaking news coverage, strong opinion, political analysis and trending entertainment stories, Fox News Digital Editor-in-Chief Porter Berry said.

Fox News Digital grew a whopping 45 percent in multiplatform minutes compared with the second quarter of 2018 to finished with nearly 11.8 billion minutes spent. CNN’s digital component attracted 8.5 billion minutes, growing only 8 percent.

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Fox News Digital finished the second quarter of 2019 with 4.8 billion page views.

CNN MIRED IN A CREDIBILITY CRISIS AS RATINGS CONTINUE TO COLLAPSE, EXPERTS SAY

“Fox News is unquestionably becoming a leader in the digital space as proven by our No. 1 ranking in the majority of key metrics,” Berry added.

Fox News racked up a monthly average of 103 million unique visitors, a 12 percent year-over-year increase. Fox News had 1.7 billion total views during June, beating CNN for the fifth straight month.

THIS IS CNN? PRIMETIME SHOWS FILLED WITH LIBERAL OPINION, NOT STRAIGHT NEWS AS NETWORK CLAIMS

Fox News has long dominated CNN when it comes to television viewership. Now quarterly milestones have put Fox News ahead in an array of digital categories, too.

June was the sixth straight month that Fox News Digital eclipsed 100 million unique visitors, achieving its second best month ever in the process. CNN wasn’t the only mainstream news organization to finish behind Fox News, which also topped sites for The Washington Post, The New York Times and USA Today.

June also marked the ninth straight month in which Fox News beat CNN in minutes spent, and the seventh consecutive month topping CNN among unique visitors on mobile apps.

MSNBC OPINION HOST RACHEL MADDOW’S DEBATE PRESENCE WAS ‘A LOSS FOR JOURNALISM,’ CRITIC SAYS

Fox News was the No. 1 news brand on social media among the competitive set when it came to engagement, finishing the second quarter with 131 million interactions via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to Socialbakers.

Fox News’ Instagram interactions were up 24 percent in the second quarter compared to last year, and June marked its best month ever on the social media service.

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As for television, Fox News has been the most-watched cable news network for 70 consecutive quarters after finishing the second quarter of 2019 ahead of MSNBC and struggling CNN in both total day and prime-time viewers — as Sean Hannity crushed Rachel Maddow’s show in the 9 p.m. ET hour.

Fox News averaged 2.4 million prime-time viewers to rank as the most-watched network in basic cable from 8-11 p.m. ET. MSNBC came in second place with an average of 1.7 million, while TNT, ESPN, and HGTV rounded out the top five. The lowly CNN finished 15th, averaging 761,000 prime-time viewers and finishing behind channels including Discovery and the Food Network.

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Watch: Ilhan Omar delivers heated, profanity-laced attack on President Trump

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Rep. Ilhan Omar fired a heated broadside at President Trump in the wake of his recent inflammatory tweets about the Minnesota Democrat and other progressive congresswomen.

Speaking during a news conference alongside Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Omar forcefully went after Trump.

“This is a president who has ultimately violated the very value our country aspires to uphold,” she said in the stunning attack.

“To distract from that, he is launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly-elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of color.

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“This is the agenda of white nationalists. He would love nothing more to divide our country based on race, religion, gender, orientation or immigration status.”

Omar, a frequent critic of the president and subject of his ire, earlier attempted to use Trump’s own expletive-laded statements against him.

“This is a president who has said ‘grab women by the p—-,'” she said. “This is a president who has called black athletes ‘sons of b—-es.’ This is a president who has called people who come from black and brown countries ‘sh–holes.’ This is a president who has equated neo-Nazis with those who protest against them in Charlottesville.”

Omar later declared that “it is time for us to impeach this president” for “openly violating” his constitutional oath.

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON ‘GO BACK’ TWEETS AMID OUTRAGE, CALLS ON ‘RADICAL’ REPS TO APOLOGIZE

“The eyes of history are watching us” in this “pivotal moment,” Omar said.

Pressley, in her remarks, repeatedly referred to Trump as “the occupant of the White House” seeking to “marginalize and silence” the women, but quickly turned her focus to various issues, from gun violence to immigration.

Just hours earlier, President Trump forcefully doubled down on his call for progressive congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from — and demanded they “apologize” for what he called their anti-American “hate.”

Omar asserted that the U.S. had a “long way” to go until it could live up to its founding values. She repeated unsubstantiated allegations that people were drinking from “toilets” in immigrant detention centers. U.S. officials have fiercely contested those claims.

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“Right now, the president is committing human rights abuses at the border,” Omar said, before saying Trump has been “credibly accused” of criminal conduct. Omar also slammed Trump for keeping children in “cages” — prompting Trump to tweet, minutes after the news conference, that illegal-immigrant children were photographed in cages under the Obama administration.

Trump added that he wants to fix the “BAD IMMIGRATION LAWS” that lead to poor border conditions and overcrowding.

Tlaib, speaking separately, backed Omar’s call for impeachment, saying Trump’s language was “disgusting and bigoted” and that his administration was “lawless.”

Asked by Fox News’ Chad Pergram about Trump’s criticisms of Omar’s remarks as anti-American, Omar slammed the president’s “complete hypocrisy,” and said his presidential campaign was founded on all the things “wrong” with the United States.

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“Every single statement that we make is from a place of extreme love for every single person in this country,” Omar said. “It is part of the mandate of why we ran for office and why we got elected.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Omar: President is ‘openly violating the oath he took to the Constitution’

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Billy Eichner Wants To See LGBTQ People ‘That Are Not A Mystery’ In Family Films

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Having found a perfect vehicle for his talents in Disney’s photorealistic “Lion King” reboot, Billy Eichner has been relishing his time in the spotlight, posing with co-star Beyoncé and “freaking out” over encounters with British royal family members at the film’s starry premieres. 

Eichner, however, would like his presence in the film ― which also stars Donald Glover and Seth Rogen ― to have an impact that extends beyond onscreen laughs and meme-worthy red carpet moments. In a new BuzzFeed interview, the gay actor-comedian says he’d like to see more LGBTQ characters in family films, and is hopeful his star billing in “The Lion King” is a step in that direction. 

“Gay people always had to sort of search for the closeted gay character, because there were no openly gay characters, and we were so thirsty for them,” Eichner, who plays Timon, said in the July 13 interview. “I would love to see a world where we don’t have to argue about, you know, whether [LeFou] in ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is gay or not.” 

“I’m not saying that character’s gay,” he continued. “But in the new movies that are made, there should just be existing openly LGBT characters so that we don’t have to keep arguing about Bert and Ernie. I don’t care if Bert and Ernie are gay. I want to see actual gay people that are not a mystery. The way to move on from all those debates is to just create openly gay characters in children’s programming and family entertainment.”

Interestingly, the character of Timon in 1994’s animated version of “The Lion King” was voiced by Nathan Lane, who is gay. For his part, Eichner said he’s glad director Jon Favreau “kept the tradition” of having Simba’s meerkat sidekick played by “a gay actor, with a certain type of comedic sensibility, alive.” 

Of the character himself, he added, “I didn’t think about him being gay so much as I thought, ‘Well, I’m gay, and I have what some may consider a gay sensibility, and I’m going to bring that to the table, just the way that Nathan did.’” 

In February, it was announced that Eichner would write and star in a new romantic comedy focused on a gay character, to be produced by Judd Apatow. According to Deadline, the as-yet-untitled film will “center around two men who have commitment problems and are attempting a relationship.”

Eichner has, of course, exhibited a comedic flair for uniting LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ audiences on his beloved series, “Billy on the Street.” Still, he admitted to feeling “a lot of pressure” to get the new film’s tone right. 

“It’s kind of the culmination of everything I’ve worked towards, to make a real, mainstream funny movie about gay people,” he said, “that straight people go to and laugh as if they would laugh at any other movie, but that remains authentic to the gay experience.” 

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Democratic Congresswomen Respond To Trump’s Racist Attack

Westlake Legal Group 5d2ce6e826000049000447fc Democratic Congresswomen Respond To Trump’s Racist Attack

WASHINGTON ― The four Democratic congresswomen whom President Donald Trump told to “go back” to their home countries held a press conference Monday, calling out Trump’s attacks as “blatantly racist” and “the agenda of white nationalists.” 

“When people say ’If you say a negative thing about this country, you hate this country,” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said, referring to a statement Trump made earlier in the day, it is “hypocrisy.”

Omar, who was one of the four congresswomen Trump targeted in his racist tweet thread on Sunday, noted that the president spent much of his campaign talking about what he perceived as wrong with the United States. 

“And so for him to condemn us and to say we are un-American for wanting to work hard to make this country be the country we all deserve to live in, it’s complete hypocrisy,” Omar said.

Omar was joined by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) in holding a press conference Monday evening to respond to the president’s criticism.

Trump tweeted Sunday morning that the four freshmen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

“Then come back and show us how it is done,” Trump said in his series of tweets. “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.”

The president doubled down on his remarks on Monday during a press conference. “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said. “And all I’m saying — they want to leave, they can leave.”

He said they hate America, that he didn’t know who was going to miss them, and that the four congresswomen “came from governments that are a complete and total catastrophe,” even though three of the four women were born in the United States.

“If you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave,” Trump said. “You can leave. You can leave right now. Come back if you want. Don’t come back, that’s OK too. But if you’re not happy, you can leave.”

The comments did not sit well with the congresswomen, but they didn’t appear surprised by any of the attacks. “He is, if nothing else, predictable,” Pressley said.

Omar added that, instead of focusing on “the bile of garbage that comes out of his mouth,” Democrats should act. She urged leadership and her Democratic colleagues to move forward with impeachment, a call the other three congresswomen backed up.

“We all know the tweets and words from the president are simply a continuation of his racist and xenophobic playbook,” Tlaib said. “We cannot allow these hateful actions to distract us from the critical work to hold this administration accountable.”

While the congresswomen were there to ostensibly call out Trump’s attacks on them, they also used the press conference as an opportunity to criticize the administration’s policies on the border, and to take oblique shots at the Democratic leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) who have publicly split from the self-described “squad.”

“We are more than four people,” Pressley said at one point, which appeared to be a veiled shot at Pelosi, who has previously dismissed the crew as “just four people.”

“Our squad is big,” Pressley said. “Our squad includes any person committed to building a more equitable and just world.”

The four congresswomen and Pelosi are split on how to best address the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, a disagreement that Pressley seemed to reference at one point, saying “If we improve the conditions of children in a cage, they are still in a cage.”

Pelosi, who was quick to denounce Trump’s tweets, drafted a letter to her colleagues saying Trump had gone “beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language about Members of Congress.” She added that Democrats planned to “forcefully respond” to the president’s attack.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has spoken more directly about her disagreement with Pelosi in recent days, said she loves the United States, which is why she fights to make it better.

“We love all people in this country, and that’s why we believe health care is a human right,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We love all children in this country, and because we do, that’s why we fight for all children through college.”

“And so we’ll stay focused on our agenda,” she said, “and we won’t get caught slippin’.”

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New York City Could Be Headed For Another Blackout As Heat Wave Looms

Westlake Legal Group 5d2cd0ad3b00003900dac73b New York City Could Be Headed For Another Blackout As Heat Wave Looms

New York has recovered from its Saturday blackout that plunged part of the city that never sleeps into darkened disarray ― but a sequel may be in the offing.

Thanks to a heat wave threatening to bake the streets in temperatures inching past 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 degrees Celsius) staring at the end of this week, the lights could go out again.

Mike Clendenin, a spokesperson for energy company Con Edison, told local Pix11 News on Monday it’s anticipating a potential repeat.

“We expect that there could be service outages,” he said. “Those things happen during heat waves. Our crews are ready to respond. We are going to be prepared for this. It’s going to be intense.”

He also emphasized that, although Con Ed has yet to pinpoint the cause of the weekend blackout, heat was not the culprit.

According to an AccuWeather forecast, a four-day stretch of 90-degree-plus temperatures will begin on Friday, with the likely high of 97 degrees (36.1 degrees Celsius) occurring on Saturday.

By the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s definition, a heat wave is typically two or more consecutive days of unusually hot weather for a particular region. For New York, Pix11 notes, it’s three or more days of temperatures reaching or exceeding 90 degrees. 

Saturday’s outage left about 72,000 people without power on the west side of Manhattan, according to Con Ed. Though the outage stopped elevators, sent some subway lines to a screeching halt and canceled a slew of Broadway shows, performers swapped stages for sidewalks where they belted out songs.

In a statement released Sunday on the blackout, the company said “engineers and planners will carefully examine the data and equipment performance relating to this event, and will share our findings with regulators and the public.”

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