11 Essential reads you missed this week

11 Essential reads you missed this week

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE announced plans this week to increase tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese goods, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations MORE (I-Vt.) may be underestimated in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE (D-Calif.) asked Democrats for "leverage" in pushing impeachment efforts.

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President Trump this week announced plans to increase tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in Chinese goods in a sweeping response to duties announced by Beijing. The move marks the latest salvo in Trump's trade war with China, which has dragged on for more than a year with few signs of a resolution in sight.

 

Trump's announcement that he would increase tariffs on more than $500 billion in Chinese goods marked a new escalation in his trade war with China that has reverberated across the U.S. stock market and global economy. Trump unveiled his retaliatory measures on Twitter after the markets closed, capping a chaotic week throughout which the president vociferously downplayed speculation that a recession could be on the horizon. 

 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Kamala Harris calls for new investigation into Kavanaugh allegations MORE faces an uphill climb in winning support from African American voters, say Democratic strategists and other political observers. While Warren (D-Mass.) has been moving up in recent polls, she has struggled to lure black voters to her campaign.

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may be underestimated in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a flurry of new polling released in the last week. The polls show Sanders is firmly entrenched in the race’s top tier of candidates with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth Poll: Biden holds five-point lead over Warren among New York Democrats MORE and Warren — and that there is some distance between these three candidates and the rest of the field.

 

The National Rifle Association (NRA) may be down, but it’s not out — and the group appears to have been successful in lobbying the most important player in the gun control debate.

 

White House allies are pushing back at suggestions that Trump is fixated on a possible recession as he heads into his reelection campaign next year.

They say a series of tweets and off-the-cuff comments this week that sparked various controversies, from a surprise fight with Denmark to the suggestion that Jewish Americans who vote Democratic are disloyal, were nothing out of the ordinary for the Trump White House.

 

A sea of red ink may make it politically difficult for Trump and Congress to use the traditional tools for stimulating growth if a recession kicks in sometime next year.

 

Trump is ramping up his rhetoric on immigration, but it may not be the political winner he thinks. 

 

Pelosi this week suggested that House Democrats should refrain from pushing for Trump's impeachment, warning that a premature effort to oust the president could undermine her case for doing so down the road. The Speaker, however, asked Democrats for "the leverage" needed to make sure efforts to impeach the president were as strong as possible. 

 

Trump has adopted a curious strategy for courting Jewish Democrats to the Republican side: he's attacking them.

Prominent Jewish Democrats say Trump’s criticism of the very bloc he’s seeking to woo — and his invocation of anti-Semitic tropes as part of that message — will only alienate Jewish voters heading into 2020.

 

Experts are warning that the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule linking immigrants’ legal status to their use of public benefits will have far reaching impacts on health care coverage, as well as the country's safety net.