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Toomey bucking White House over trade policy, supporting bipartisan effort

Pittsburgh Post Gazette June 27, 2018
Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/06/27/Toomey-picks-fight-with-White-House-over-trade-policy/stories/201806260181

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has been a reliable supporter of Trump administration policies, but he has broken ranks with the White House over tariffs.

The Pennsylvania Republican’s position is consistent with his long-held support of free-market economics. What’s unusual, though, is that he has been outspoken about his disagreement with President Donald Trump, including in televised interviews in which he has said the president is playing a dangerous game that could spark a trade war.

Mr. Trump was able to unilaterally impose tariffs on steel and aluminum after the Commerce Department declared access to those commodities a national security issue, citing the military’s reliance on them for equipment.

Those tariffs are “a huge mistake,” Mr. Toomey told Bloomberg TV Tuesday.

“I’m in favor of a mutual and reciprocal winding down of tariffs but unfortunately, with respect to Canada and Mexico, that doesn’t seem to be the administration’s goal. It seems to be they want to sort of intimidate these countries into making concessions that will end up” to be worse than the North American Free Trade Agreement, he said.

Now Mr. Toomey is part of a bipartisan Senate coalition trying to dilute the White House’s power to invoke national security as a justification for tariffs. Frequent Trump critic Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Mark Warner, D-Va., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., are the other prime sponsors of the effort to restrict that power, which comes from Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act. Their legislation would require congressional authorization.

All of a sudden Toomey grows a pair, and disagrees with Cheeto. But this is way too little, and way too late.

Startup liberal publication "Pittsburgh Current" will have Rob Rogers cartoons

Link: https://pittsburghcurrent.com/pittsburgh-current-announces-it-will-be-running-rob-rogers-political-cartoons-starting-monday-574-2/

Pittsburgh Current Editor Charle Deitch says: “Rob Rogers is one of the most important voices in the Pittsburgh media landscape. I couldn’t imagine a Pittsburgh publication not carrying his cartoons. It’s a natural fit for us and for our readers and we could not be prouder to carry Rob’s excellent work and keep his voice right where it belongs in Pittsburgh.”

Deitch, long-time editor of the Pittsburgh City Paper, was fired after refusing to back down from covering a local politician. Deitch adds, “I think it’s very meaningful to have two casualties of conservative ownership working together on Pittsburgh’s first truly influence-free publication.”

The Pittsburgh Current Kickstarter is almost fully funded, and a date has been set for the first issue. Pittsburgh Current will hit the streets July 11th.

For more information, please contact:
Bethany Ruhe, Associate Publisher
Phone: 412.443.7969
Email: bethany@pittsburghcurrent.com
Twitter: @bethanyruhe

Pittsburgh will finally get a liberal monthly publication starting in July! Rob Rogers was fired from Pittsburgh Post Gazette for his frequent anti-Trump cartoons that PPG's executive editor found unacceptable.

LOL - funniest meme found on Twitter - NSFW

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