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China on Monday announced retaliatory tariffs on $60 billion of American goods, including peanuts, sugar, chicken, beer, swimsuits, and dog collars.
Beijing’s move comes in response to President Donald Trump’s announcement on Friday that the U.S. would raise duties on $200 billion in Chinese products from 10% to 25%.
Trump urged China to make a deal, warning the trade war could escalate.
"I say openly to President Xi & all of my many friends in China that China will be hurt very badly if you don’t make a deal because companies will be forced to leave China for other countries," Trump tweeted on Monday. "Too expensive to buy in China. You had a great deal, almost completed, & you backed out!"
“Our industry is particularly exposed for a host of reasons,” Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, told Yahoo Finance. “We are kind of trapped. These tariffs will hurt us. They will hurt retail particularly badly.”
Last week, President Trump retweeted a post from Jerry Falwell Jr. arguing that the commander-in-chief’s first term should be extended two years as a reparation “for time stolen by this corrupt failed coup.”
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Arizona has lifted its ban on nunchucks, which was put in place during the Kung Fu movie craze of the 1970s.
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law lifting the ban on the martial arts weapon, which were described in legislation as “two or more sticks, clubs, bars or rods to be used as handles, connected by a rope, cord, wire or chain, in the design of a weapon used in connection with the practice of a system of self-defense."
"The average person can do far more damage using a baseball bat than nunchucks," Arizona Rep. John Kavanaugh, a Republican, told the Associated Press. "They're not dangerous to anybody. And we really should let kids and adults who want to do martial arts activities legally possess them."
Opponents of the bill felt lawmakers should focus their attention on gun violence, not karate weapons.
“I don’t believe that we are going to see a sudden spike in the use of nunchucks in violent crime,” said Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix. “I think that, overall, this bill is very benign.”
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