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Trade Talks Looming, U.S. and China Lower Their Guard, a Little

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WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that China would resume purchases of American farm goods and Beijing confirmed that Chinese companies were making inquiries about buying agricultural products, the latest sign that both sides are trying to ease tensions that have pushed the bilateral relationship to its rockiest point in decades.

The president’s announcement, made on Twitter on Thursday morning, followed a day of cooling trade tensions, in which China announced that it would grant some limited exemptions to its tariffs for American products, and Mr. Trump responded by promising to delay his next tariff increase by two weeks to Oct. 15.

“It is expected that China will be buying large amounts of our agricultural products!” the president said on Twitter on Thursday.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said some Chinese companies were beginning to make inquiries about resuming purchases of American agricultural products. “Soybeans and pork are all within the scope of inquiry,” said Gao Feng, a spokesman for the ministry. “I hope that China and the United States will move in the same direction and create favorable conditions for consultations.”

American and Chinese negotiators now plan to meet in person in early October, before Mr. Trump’s deadline to increase tariffs on $250 billion worth of goods to 30 percent from 25 percent. Expectations for quickly resolving the significant differences between the two sides remain modest. But the recent de-escalation increases the likelihood that the next round of tariffs might be averted, perhaps eventually opening a path to an agreement that would smooth relations between the countries.

Markets, which have gyrated with every twist and turn in the trade war, rose on the potential that the two sides could de-escalate a trade war that has gone on far longer than most investors had expected. The S&P 500 index rose 0.45 percent by noon, while the Dow Jones industrial average gained 0.42 percent.

Mr. Trump’s tariff threats against China have weighed heavily on markets, as the trade war’s effect on the economy has become more obvious in recent months. A manufacturing index published this month showed American factory activity contracting for the first time in three years, while an index of consumer sentiment reflected the biggest decline since 2012, where one in three consumers spontaneously mentioned tariffs.

The signs of easing follow a familiar pattern for Mr. Trump, who has routinely vacillated between punishing China and trying to cool tensions when markets and economic data start to wobble.

Relations between the countries have worsened since May, when China backed away from a nearly complete deal that would have required it to codify the agreement into Chinese law, which Beijing said would infringe on its sovereignty. Since then, Mr. Trump has placed tariffs on an additional $112 billion of Chinese products and threatened further tariff increases in October and December.

China has responded to the escalation by increasing tariffs on $75 billion of American goods. Chinese state-owned companies have also suspended their purchases of American soybeans, pork and other products, a severe hit to American farmers who have already lost markets because of the trade clash.

Mr. Trump and his advisers have weighed whether striking a deal with China would be a boon or liability to the president heading into his re-election. They have been working for months to secure a trade deal that is strong enough to dodge criticism from both Democrats and Republicans that Mr. Trump is folding to America’s biggest economic competitor.

The details of the trade agreement the United States is discussing with China are tightly held. But they have revolved around China strengthening its protections for American intellectual property, opening up its markets to competition from American firms and making large purchases of American products, like natural gas and soybeans.

The Trump administration has also pressed China to make more structural changes, for example rolling back the influence of state-owned enterprises in its economy. But China has balked at making any concessions it sees as compromising its ability to manage its economy, or signing a deal it perceives as uneven. For their part, the Chinese have demanded the rollback of the tariffs Mr. Trump has placed on $360 billion of Chinese products, as well as leniency for Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant the United States has cut off from purchasing American supplies.

Mr. Trump’s closest advisers said the delay in tariffs would pave the way for smoother relations.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that Mr. Trump was making a “good gesture” by agreeing to move the deadline by two weeks so that it did not conflict with China’s celebration on Oct. 1 of its founding 70 years ago.

“The president delayed it because of a request from the vice premier,” Mr. Mnuchin said on CNBC. “The optics of us raising the tariffs on Oct. 1, which is their 70th anniversary, caused them grave concern on the symbolism.”

Mr. Mnuchin would not comment on the whether the United States and China are discussing an agreement that is smaller in scope than they originally hoped. But asked about thorny issues, he made clear that the unrest in Hong Kong would not be part of the trade talks.

“Hong Kong is definitely not on the table,” he said. “That’s an issue for the secretary of state to deal with. That’s not a trade issue.”

Mr. Mnuchin did not address whether Huawei would be discussed. He said the critical issues in the negotiations remained the protection of American intellectual property, an end to China forcing American companies into joint ventures, currency manipulation and increased purchases of American agricultural products.

“We expect and we want them to buy agriculture,” he said. “We view that as a personal attack on our farmers.”

Some White House officials played down the significance of Mr. Trump’s reprieve on Thursday.

“It’s a small thing in the scheme of things,” Peter Navarro, Mr. Trump’s trade adviser, said on CNN, noting that the delay was for only two weeks. “The Chinese are paying the tariffs anyway.”

Mr. Navarro accused the Chinese of economic aggression and stealing American intellectual property. He also pushed back against Republican lawmakers, such as Senator Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, who have been voicing their frustration about the tariffs.

“He’s waving the white flag, not the American flag,” Mr. Navarro said of Mr. Toomey.

Mr. Navarro also seemed skeptical that China would actually step up its purchases of American agricultural products.

“Let’s see if the Chinese fulfill their commitments,” he said. “The problem we’ve always had with the Chinese is that they don’t necessarily honor their commitments.”

Business leaders are hoping for a quick resolution to the trade fight.

Jennifer Safavian, the executive vice president of government affairs at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents companies including Walmart, Best Buy and Target, said they were hopeful that the delay in American tariffs would lead to productive talks.

“A resolution is sorely needed that puts an end to the tariff increases,” Ms. Safavian said. “Negotiating a path forward that puts an end to the erratic tariff increases and provides some dose of certainty to businesses should be the goal for the October trade discussions.”

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White House Calls Criticism Of Melania Trump’s 9/11 Coat ‘Ridiculous’

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The coat that first lady Melania Trump wore in a photo her husband tweeted to commemorate the 9/11 anniversary has fashioned into quite a Twitter controversy.

But it’s a flap that White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham dismissed as “ridiculous,” according to USA Today.

It all started early Wednesday, when President Donald Trump tweeted this photo of himself and the first lady. 

A short time later, the back vent of Melania Trump’s coat became the subject of much Twitter scrutiny. Many people said they thought the stitching around the vent resembled a skyscraper and the button flap looked like a plane crashing into it.

It’s not the first coat controversy for the first lady, a former fashion model. Back in June 2018, she wore a designer jacket that with the phrase “I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?” printed on the back. She wore the item on a trip to visit detained immigrant children who had been separated from their families by her husband’s administration.

Grisham, who was Melania Trump’s press secretary at the time, dismissed questions about the message. “It’s a jacket,” she said. “There was no hidden message.”

A few months later, Trump admitted the jacket was a deliberate choice directed at “the people and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me,” not the children.

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Discussion Thread: Third Democratic Presidential Debate | Pre-Debate Thread

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Today, ABC News will be hosting the third Democratic primary debate for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. The debate won’t begin until 7PM Central Time (and continue until 10PM Central), but please feel free to chat about the candidates and their prospects in this thread.

Below are the candidates who have qualified:

  • Fmr. Vice President Joe Biden (DE)

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)

  • Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)

  • Senator Kamala Harris (CA)

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN)

  • Senator Cory Booker (NJ)

  • Fmr Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX)

  • Businessman Andrew Yang (NY)

  • Fmr Secretary of HUD Julián Castro (TX)

  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)

Additionally, below are a few recent polls to get the discussion started:

Outlet Contest Released Biden Warren Sanders Harris Buttigieg O’Rourke Yang Booker
Fairvote/Yougov* National 9/12 33 29 20 10 8 N/A N/A N/A
Quinnipiac Texas 9/11 28 18 12 5 3 12 1 1
Boston Herald** New Hampshire 9/11 21 17 29 6 5 2 5
Economist/Yougov National 9/10 24 24 17 6 5 1 2 2
CNN National 9/11 24 18 17 8 6 5 2 2
Ipsos/Reuters National 9/11 22 11 16 4 4 3 2 3
ABC/WaPo National 9/10 29 18 19 7 4 3 3
POLITICO National 9/9 33 16 21 7 5 3 3 3
*This poll also has a ranked choice feature, but results are not shown as the primary is not ranked choice.
**Tulsi Gabbard received 3% of the vote in this NH poll.

We will switch over to a debate discussion thread once we get closer to the start time.

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El Paso Suspect Indicted On Murder Charge

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the mass shooting in El Paso has been indicted on a capital murder charge.

An indictment announced Thursday charges 21-year-old Patrick Crusius in the August 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead. He is jailed without bond.

El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Authorities say Crusius confessed to targeting Mexicans in the shooting at a busy Walmart and believe he posted a racist, anti-immigrant screed online shortly before opening fire.

Most of those who died had Hispanic surnames, and eight were Mexican citizens.

Federal authorities plan to bring separate capital murder charges against the suspect.

The Department of Justice is investigating the case as an act of domestic terrorism and a hate crime.

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Los Angeles Rams’ Aqib Talib offers his thoughts on controversial NFC title game no-call as rematch looms

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The Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints have a rematch of the NFC Championship on Sunday and the controversial blown pass interference call is something that will loom over the game.

The referees missed a blatant pass inference penalty on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman as he was trying to defend a pass heading toward Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. Robey-Coleman wasn’t flagged on the play and the Rams ended up winning the game and going to the Super Bowl.

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At least one Rams player believes the play doesn’t matter.

“That’s a New Orleans problem,” Los Angeles cornerback Aqib Talib told ESPN on Wednesday. “It’s not an L.A. problem.”

Eyes have been on Robey-Coleman going to the game. He and the Rams have repeatedly admitted that a penalty should have been called.

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“Never disputed it,” he said. “I’m on record. Told it how it was from the time that it happened until now. I never went against what I said. Just was clear and honest.”

Robey-Coleman said he’s watched the play between 4,000 and 5,000 times.

The play spoiled a great season for the Saints, enraged fans and even sparked a lawsuit.

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There’s no telling what will happen come Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hi. I’m Stan Greenberg, leading pollster and adviser to many of America’s top political figures. I also have a new book out called “RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans,” AMA!

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Hi. I’m Stan Greenberg, leading pollster and adviser to many of America’s top political figures. I also have a new book out called “RIP GOP: How the New America Is Dooming the Republicans,” which I based on insights I collected from many polls and focus groups. I’m here to talk about how the Republicans have set themselves up for a big defeat in 2020, and how those that survive the party’s demise will help open up America to a new era of renewal and progress. AMA!

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Fugitive Couple Accused Of Murder Are Caught After Weeks On The Run

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These undated booking photos show Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan Barksdale, 59. The couple escaped custody on Aug. 26, after overpowering two security guards while being extradited from New York to Arizona. Tucson Police Department via AP hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  Fugitive Couple Accused Of Murder Are Caught After Weeks On The Run

These undated booking photos show Blane Barksdale, 56, and his wife, Susan Barksdale, 59. The couple escaped custody on Aug. 26, after overpowering two security guards while being extradited from New York to Arizona.

Tucson Police Department via AP

Husband-and-wife murder suspects who overpowered their guards as they were being extradited from New York to Arizona and then managed to elude the law for weeks have finally run out of road.

Blane Barksdale, 56 and his wife, Susan, 59, were taken into custody Wednesday evening. The Navajo County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that it assisted the U.S. Marshals Service and that the Barksdales were apprehended “without incident.”

The couple escaped custody on Aug. 26 en route to Arizona, where they face charges including first-degree murder in connection with the death of a 72-year-old Arizona man.

The Marshals Service says the couple “overpowered and kidnapped” two security officers and another prisoner near Blanding, Utah, about 50 miles from the Utah-Arizona border. Blane Barksdale is 6-foot-5 and weighs about 260 pounds, while Susan Barksdale is 5-foot-7 and 120 pounds.

The couple drove the prison transport vehicle to Vernon, Ariz., where they got a pickup truck provided by an acquaintance, according to officials. Then they “abandoned the locked prison van with the three occupants inside.”

They were spotted driving a red GMC Sierra truck with an Arizona license plate before they seemingly vanished.

On Monday, the Marshals Service sent an alert saying the search for the couple had “intensified” and that Blane Barksdale had been added to its 15 Most Wanted List. The Marshals offered a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading directly to his arrest. A reward for up to $10,000 was offered for information on Susan Barksdale.

The Barksdales are suspected of killing a man named Frank Bligh in Tucson, Ariz. Marshals say Bligh has been missing since his home burned down April 16. Investigators determined the fire was set intentionally and discovered that more than 100 firearms had been stolen from the residence.

Evidence prompted authorities to issue homicide arrest warrants for the couple.

They also are facing charges of first-degree burglary, arson of an occupied structure, criminal damage and auto theft.

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GOP lawmaker ‘double dog dares’ House Democrats to pursue Trump impeachment inquiry

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A House Republican issued a “double dog dare” to Democrats on the Judiciary Committee Thursday, challenging them to call a vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Rep. Tom McClintock, of California, took issue with House Democrats, who took a big step in their Trump impeachment push as they set the ground rules for a formal committee inquiry

The committee voted 24-17 to define the rules for future committee impeachment hearings. While the committee is not writing articles of impeachment and nothing is going to the floor of the House right now, the session still holds political consequences for both sides of the aisle.

IMPEACHMENT FEVER RISES AS DEMS FACE SUMMER-RECESS PRESSURE TO GO AFTER TRUMP

“The resolution before us represents the necessary next step in our investigation of corruption, obstruction, and abuse of power,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, of New York, said in his opening statement.

To clear confusion around the advancement of impeachment, Nadler said the panel is “engaged in an investigation as to whether to launch an impeachment investigation into President Trump.”

McClintock was apparently fed up with Democrats seemingly dancing around the issue of whether to actually pursue impeachment, arguing that they want the “illusion of impeachment without the reality.”

TRUMP PROBES ROCKET TO FRONT OF DEM AGENDA, AS PRESIDENT DISMISSES NEW ETHICS COMPLAINT

“If the majority wants to exercise the House’s power of impeachment, all you got to do is ask the House to do so,” McClintock said. “All you have to do is ask the House that it direct and authorize this committee to conduct an impeachment inquiry. That’s all you have to do.”

“Resolve that the House authorizes the Judiciary Committee to conduct an inquiry into the impeachment of the president. It’s that simple. I dare you to do it. In fact, I double dog dare you to do it. Have the House vote on those 18 words and then go at it. Why won’t you do that?”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has long expressed her skepticism about impeachment, urging Democrats to zero in on issues such as climate change, health care and the economy instead. Last month she was heckled by unhappy protesters at a dinner in San Francisco.

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But asked by Fox News on Monday if she supported Nadler, Pelosi said: “Yes, I do.”

“I think you should characterize it for what it is, it’s a continuation of what we have been doing,” she said. “You know we all work together on these things.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Cyprus Turkish army depot blast hurts 12, blows out windows at nearby hotel

Dozens of windows at a hotel in northern Cyprus were shattered Thursday morning after a pre-dawn explosion at a nearby army munitions depot that sent locals running.

Officials said that 12 people were slightly injured from the blast at the depot under the Turkish army’s munitions command about 4 miles east of the port town of Kyrenia. The blast occurred around 1:30 a.m. local time.

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Sept. 12, 2019: Shattered glass doors at the Acapulco hotel in Kyrenia (Girne) in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) north of the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia, after the building was damaged when a military depot exploded nearby. – (AFP/Getty)

Early reports appeared to suggest that an undetected fire that broke out in the area may have triggered the explosion.

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Videos shared on social media showed powerful explosions following the initial blast, sending some bystanders scattering.

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A worker on a balcony, below right, cleans up the debris after an explosion at an army’s munitions depot near the coastal city of Kyrenia in the Turkish occupied area at northern Cyprus, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.  (AP)

At the nearby Acapulco hotel, some tourists were treated for minor injuries after most of the hotel’s windows and sliding doors shattered as a result of the explosions. Hotel guests were later bussed to other accommodations until repairs could be completed.

Kudret Ozersay, the foreign minister, said that electricity has been cut in the vicinity of the blast while nearby homes had been evacuated. He also urged area residents to use caution as the blast hurled unexploded ordnance over a wide area.

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Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the ethnically divided nation, told reporters that nine of 12 individuals who suffered minor injuries were treated and released from the hospital. The other three remain in the hospital for observation.

Investigators have already launched a probe to determine the blast’s exact cause, Turkey’s defense ministry said.

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north. (AP)

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north.

In July, Turkish Cypriot officials said that a Syrian, Russian-made S-200 anti-aircraft missile that missed its target and reached Cyprus around 120 miles away was the likely cause of an explosion outside a village in the breakaway north.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Cyprus Turkish army depot blast hurts 12, blows out windows at nearby hotel

Dozens of windows at a hotel in northern Cyprus were shattered Thursday morning after a pre-dawn explosion at a nearby army munitions depot that sent locals running.

Officials said that 12 people were slightly injured from the blast at the depot under the Turkish army’s munitions command about 4 miles east of the port town of Kyrenia. The blast occurred around 1:30 a.m. local time.

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Sept. 12, 2019: Shattered glass doors at the Acapulco hotel in Kyrenia (Girne) in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) north of the divided Cypriot capital Nicosia, after the building was damaged when a military depot exploded nearby. – (AFP/Getty)

Early reports appeared to suggest that an undetected fire that broke out in the area may have triggered the explosion.

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Videos shared on social media showed powerful explosions following the initial blast, sending some bystanders scattering.

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A worker on a balcony, below right, cleans up the debris after an explosion at an army’s munitions depot near the coastal city of Kyrenia in the Turkish occupied area at northern Cyprus, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.  (AP)

At the nearby Acapulco hotel, some tourists were treated for minor injuries after most of the hotel’s windows and sliding doors shattered as a result of the explosions. Hotel guests were later bussed to other accommodations until repairs could be completed.

Kudret Ozersay, the foreign minister, said that electricity has been cut in the vicinity of the blast while nearby homes had been evacuated. He also urged area residents to use caution as the blast hurled unexploded ordnance over a wide area.

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Ersin Tatar, prime minister of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of the ethnically divided nation, told reporters that nine of 12 individuals who suffered minor injuries were treated and released from the hospital. The other three remain in the hospital for observation.

Investigators have already launched a probe to determine the blast’s exact cause, Turkey’s defense ministry said.

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north. (AP)

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Cyprus was split in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup by supporters of union with Greece. Only Turkey recognizes a Turkish Cypriot declaration of independence and keeps more than 35,000 troops in the north.

In July, Turkish Cypriot officials said that a Syrian, Russian-made S-200 anti-aircraft missile that missed its target and reached Cyprus around 120 miles away was the likely cause of an explosion outside a village in the breakaway north.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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