Trump’s tariffs on aluminum may affect how much you pay for beer

The price of your favorite beer may soon be going up. The Trump administration’s newly imposed tariffs on imported aluminum and steel have boosted production costs for U.S. breweries. Some will be forced to pass those costs along to customers, an industry expert said, while others will likely cut their staffing. A massive tax, big job losses Jim McGreevy, CEO for the Beer Institute, a trade association that represents brewers throughout the nation, said the tariffs amount to a yearly $347 million tax on the U.S. beer industry. “There are 6,000 individual brewers operating in this country today and each of them are going to have to decide what to… Read More

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Stephen Colbert says ‘second meeting’ shows Trump is in Putin’s pocket

President Trump surprised everyone — his own director of national intelligence included — on Thursday by seemingly inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington. This sent Stephen Colbert into a conniption fit on Thursday’s Late Show. “It is hard to imagine you could be this shocked every day by the Trump administration,” Colbert said. “I mean, freshly shocked!” Americans were horrified by Trump’s Monday meeting in Helsinki with Putin, Colbert said, and since then, people within the administration have been “trying to put distance between Trump and Putin.” But then the president had to sabotage those efforts with a tweet (what else?), suggesting he and Putin were arranging a second… Read More

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The return of unpatriotic conservatives

Former CIA Director John Brennan rages that, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki … was … treasonous. … He is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???” Well, as Patrick Henry said long ago, “If this be treason, make the most of it!” [Patrick Buchanan, in The American Conservative] In 2003, during the run-up to the Iraq War, David Frum penned a cover story for National Review entitled “Unpatriotic Conservatives.” Now justly infamous, it was an excommunication of so-called paleo-conservatives like Pat Buchanan, claiming their opposition to that war was not driven merely by a profound difference of opinion about the best way to protect… Read More

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Why do Democrats want another Cold War?

If hysterical Democrats are to be taken at their word as they caterwaul about Russia and President Trump, then it’s clear they believe the time has come for another Cold War — or perhaps that we’re in one already. This is ludicrous. But before I proceed to explain why I do not think that deliberately provoking additional hostilities with the home of the world’s largest nuclear arsenal is in the best interests of either the United States or the Russian Federation, it is worth taking a second look at the recent summit in Finland between Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The president’s conduct has been casually called “treasonous” (including in… Read More

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There must be a reckoning

President Trump committed yet another grotesque violation of the Constitution on his recent trip to Scotland, when he used nearly $70,000 in public money to pay for rooms at a hotel in Scotland he owns directly, The Scotsman reports. This kind of bald corruption is chewing at the roots of the United States as a functioning nation. If constitutional democracy is to survive here, there must be a reckoning with this scandal — and that means prosecutions and prison sentences. It is simply unquestionable that Trump’s behavior is a violation of constitutional stipulations about how the president is to be compensated. Here’s what it says: The president shall, at stated… Read More

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Sheriff Trump eats dirt

Congratulations, Sebastian Gorka. Rarely has someone been proved so wrong, so fast. Just before the Helsinki summit, the former White House adviser insisted that critics of President Trump would be proven wrong by a muscular performance from the president. In his op-ed at The Hill published just after noon on Monday, Gorka insisted that “there is most definitely a new sheriff in the White House,” a “pragmatist who sees the world as it is.” Unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump would be the “right man to meet with and rein in” Vladimir Putin and impose order on the chaos he caused. That prediction didn’t age well. Three hours later, the… Read More

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