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The Daily Countable: Trump Trade Tactics & A Return to Abstinence Education?

by Countable | Updated on 3.8.18

Today is T3, folks: Trump Trade Thursday. The President is expected to announce stiff new tariffs on foreign imports of steel and aluminum -- critical commodities upon which American markets rely. Many economists worry this move could start a trade war, and there are important signs of this happening.:

  • In return, the European Union pledged to slap new tariffs on U.S. products from bluejeans to Kentucky bourbon. Here's a longer list of products that may be targeted.
  • President Trump's top economic advisor announced he will resign. Gary Cohn is a well respected free-trade advocate in the business community, seen by many as a ballast to the administration's policies.
  • These events seem to have destabilized the markets, driving down the value of some critical indexes.

On the Radar

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions? Not a fan of California. Between the Golden State's pot laws and border-wall lawsuits, the AG has plenty to get P.O.'d about. Now, the Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against California over three of its "sanctuary state" bills. Click here to read which laws the DOJ takes issue with.

  • Also on the immigration front: Public scrutiny and the efforts of the ACLU have reportedly been successful in prompting the release of a Congolese immigrant seeking asylum. The woman has been held in custody since early November 2017. Her 7-year old daughter, however, is still being held in ICE custody. Read what ICE and others are saying here. ​

Under the Radar

For the first time, a single individual will be responsible for the final decision on what groups will receive Title X family planning funding. That person? Valerie Huber, the acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at HHS—a long time advocate of abstinence education. Women’s health advocates fear Title X policy changes emphasizing abstinence-only education will endanger women’s access to reproductive and general health care. Read what both sides are saying here.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will hold a Cabinet meeting at 11:30am ET.
  • He will then host a roundtable with members of Congress and video game industry leaders. ​

The House of Representatives: In Session

  • Voting on a bill to ease emissions regulations for power plants that generate electricity by burning coal waste. ​

The Senate: In Session

  • Debating and possibly voting on a bill to ease regulations on community banks and expand consumer credit protections. ​

Tomorrow's Preview

  • The Senate hasn't announced its schedule for tomorrow yet. The House isn't expected to be in session and will return Tuesday, March 13.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

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  • Morgan
    03/08/2018
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    Abstinence only education DOES NOT WORK!!!! Giving people objective facts about how reproduction works and awareness of available and legal means to protect yourself and your partner WORKS. Let’s not ruin the education system more because it’s already an international embarrassment.

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  • NoHedges
    03/08/2018
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    This is not the education that will make America great. Our children need a whole child curriculum. Stay out of my family's procreation, your fascination with controlling women's sexual activities is sick.

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  • RadicalModerate
    03/08/2018
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    California governor Jerry Brown, please run for President. I’m an upstate New Yorker and I approve this message.

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  • Terry
    03/08/2018
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    Congress and its work schedule ? It’s like bankers hours but with day(s) off. $200,000. a year with full benefits ? America this is not right.

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  • Jennifer
    03/08/2018
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    Abstinence education being promoted by a president and many members of congress who can’t manage to keep their weenies in their pants or their hands to themselves. Fucking rich.

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  • Lola
    03/08/2018
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    This is all just a terrible mess that will plague our nation for generations, if we have any more generations that is! I can’t stand watching this administration taking us down day after day. We are on fire here, does congress have to wait for us to be ashes to impeach this man? Wake up and take action!

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  • RadicalModerate
    03/08/2018
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    John Katko and the GOP hate machine. Their ok with your neighbor owning machine guns, but you’ll go to prison if you give weed to a cancer patient.

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  • Truly
    03/08/2018
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    Nobody else finds it ironic and massively hypocritical that conservatives want to teach abstinence? I mean really? Trump alone blows their stance, not to mention the extramarital activities of the “moral majority”. If the want abstinence, tell them to stop screwing Americans.

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  • Dicr
    03/08/2018
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    A president who is guided by his temper tantrums and hatred, the founding fathers put in place remedies for this but republicans only think about their personal bottom line. Please go out and vote to stop this insanity!

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  • Linda
    03/08/2018
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    Totally against tariffs! Will negatively impact our economy in the long road. Major error in Judgement!

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  • Dawn
    03/08/2018
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    If you think abstinence-only education will mean less abortions and more kids waiting until marriage like good Christians -- then you WILLFULLY are ignoring the studies and data available to you. Proper sex Ed including how to protect yourself from STDs and pregnancy 100% decreases abortion rates and unwanted pregnancies/diseases. It's all there if you care to look. In our country and others. Stop this nonsense. Offer free birth control and easy access to it, and those rates will continue to fall. What's your REAL goal here?

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  • Doug
    03/08/2018
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    We must not teach children that sex is bad, but it is part of the glue that holds marriage and family’s together and when used properly leads to great happiness, when misused lead to broken hearts and homes, confused and angry children, violence and many other social ills.

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  • Mark
    03/08/2018
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    Donald J Trump seems to think trade wars and global recessions are good. Pro-tip: they aren’t. The GOP cannot be bothered to truly investigate, prevent and retaliate against a foreign adversary for their direct, malicious attack on our democracy, but is adamant that abstinence only sexual education will cure what ails our country. Pro-tip: abstinence only education does not work. America was deliberately attack by Vladimir Putin and Russia, it is time that the party in charge grows a spine and defends our Democracy.

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  • Shannon
    03/08/2018
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    Abstinence education has never and will never work!

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  • Nell
    03/08/2018
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    Abstinence education-doesn't work. The Christian dogma pervading our governments-doesn't work. And, who is promoting this bill? - cheating, lying, immoral White dudes. Gross-

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  • Keri
    03/08/2018
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    Watching out for our country and the best interests of the United States to keep us strong and safe. Those who go against the laws ALREADY IN PLACE will finally be held accountable. Grateful we have a leader that’s pulling us out of the quagmire of the NWO agenda that the previous administrations were dragging us into. We are America and proud of it. Glad we have an administration that agrees.

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  • Vanessa
    03/08/2018
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    Dear Senators and Reps: Support the Trump agenda. PERIOD!

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  • Mark
    03/08/2018
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    What century are we in ??

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  • MJDalio
    03/08/2018
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    Trade War! The USA is the largest consumer of goods in the world. We as a nation should be making as much of our products as we can. The past three administrations were the puppets of the world globalists which resulted in a very select group of individuals getting incredibly wealthy by taking all our manufacturing jobs away from the USA and using labor forces in other countries that are not legal in the US at costs incredibly lower. Time for a WAR with trade? Absolutely! America is waking up!

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  • Dave
    03/08/2018
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    The fleecing of America by the Trump administration and the GOP. How to line your pockets at tax payers expense. The administration and the GOP being a puppet of Russia government. What Russia could not do Trump’s bend able to do. Sound like a good book or movie, unfortunately it seem to be reality?

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