Friday in Whitewater will see morning showers, then partly sunny skies with a high of 91. Sunrise is 5:17 AM and sunset 8:29 PM, for 15h 12m 15s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 28.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1989, the Tiananmen Square protests are suppressed in Beijing by the People’s Liberation Army, with between 241 and 10,000 dead.
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Catherine Rampell writes One of Trump’s dumbest economic policies remains in place. Time for Biden to scrap it:
Trump began waging a series of trade wars three years ago — not primarily with U.S. adversaries, mind you, but with friends. Among the dumbest and most self-sabotaging measures were global tariffs levied on nearly $50 billion of imported steel and aluminum.
These tariffs were ostensibly intended to punish China for flooding the market with state-subsidized metals. But the United States had already imposed trade restrictions covering more than 90 percent of U.S. imports of steel and aluminum from China, so the countries most affected by Trump’s move were our close economic and military allies, including the European Union, Canada and Japan.
Adding insult to injury, Trump claimed that such tariffs were necessary to safeguard “national security.” Our allies were, understandably, infuriated by the suggestion that trade with them somehow threatened U.S. national security, particularly given a long-established understanding that maintaining close industrial relationships with many of these trading partners enhances the United States’ ability to defend itself.
Downstream firms that use steel or inputs made of steel, which employ about 80 times more workers than the steel industry does, faced higher costs. One estimate found that Trump’s steel tariffs alone cost U.S. consumers and businesses about $900,000 for every job created or saved.
Charles C.W. Cooke, of National Review, writes Maggie Haberman Is Right:
Two days ago, the New York Times’s Maggie Haberman reported that Donald Trump “has been telling a number of people he’s in contact with that he expects he will get reinstated by August.” In response, many figures on the right inserted their fingers into their ears and started screaming about fake news.
Instead, they should have listened — because Haberman’s reporting was correct. I can attest, from speaking to an array of different sources, that Donald Trump does indeed believe quite genuinely that he — along with former senators David Perdue and Martha McSally — will be “reinstated” to office this summer after “audits” of the 2020 elections in Arizona, Georgia, and a handful of other states have been completed. I can attest, too, that Trump is trying hard to recruit journalists, politicians, and other influential figures to promulgate this belief — not as a fundraising tool or an infantile bit of trolling or a trial balloon, but as a fact.
The scale of Trump’s delusion is quite startling. This is not merely an eccentric interpretation of the facts or an interesting foible, nor is it an irrelevant example of anguished post-presidency chatter. It is a rejection of reality, a rejection of law, and, ultimately, a rejection of the entire system of American government.
Julian E. Barnes and Helene Cooper report U.S. Finds No Evidence of Alien Technology in Flying Objects, but Can’t Rule It Out, Either:
American intelligence officials have found no evidence that aerial phenomena witnessed by Navy pilots in recent years are alien spacecraft, but they still cannot explain the unusual movements that have mystified scientists and the military, according to senior administration officials briefed on the findings of a highly anticipated government report.
The report determines that a vast majority of more than 120 incidents over the past two decades did not originate from any American military or other advanced U.S. government technology, the officials said.