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What Really Got Lindsey Graham so Steamed

What is Lindsey Graham up to?” As a native of South Carolina whose time immersed in Palmetto State politics and in Washington generally coincides with Senator Graham’s, I get that question a lot. He’s never been afraid to cut against conservative orthodoxy, saying that climate change is real and TARP was necessary. Sometimes he’s just provocative, saying if he were president we would “all drink more.” I’ve gotten more questions than ever after the fiery speech he gave Thursday during Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

The theories abound. Many suggested he was auditioning for President Donald Trump in case Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigns or is fired. Or, given Graham’s background serving in the Air Force and his experience on the Armed Services Committee, others ventured he would like to be Secretary of Defense if Jim Mattis steps aside. But I don’t believe Graham was thinking about his Continue reading “What Really Got Lindsey Graham so Steamed”

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This story is being published for Pros as part of a content partnership with the South China Morning Post. It originally appeared on scmp.com on Sept. 18, 2018.

China’s Ministry of Commerce said it would be forced to take “synchronized countermeasures” to defend its own interests against the latest U.S. tariffs, escalating trade tensions between the world’s two biggest economies.

In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry said the tariffs announced by U.S. President Donald Trump a day earlier had “added new uncertainties” to talks between the two sides. It also said China hoped the U.S. side could “be aware of possible negative consequences from such bad behavior.”

Trump announced that the U.S. will start to charge 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese products from next Monday, significantly widening the scope of a trade war.

These tariffs will then rise Continue reading “U.S.-China trade war heats up as Beijing vows to hit back at Trump’s new tariffs”