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Rich Lowry: The Turkish hostage crisis

It’s never a good idea to negotiate with a hostage-taker, but when it’s a NATO ally, there isn’t much choice.


July housing starts up a slight 0.9 percent as tariffs bite

U.S. housing starts ticked up just 0.9 percent in July, a sign that higher construction costs might be weighing on homebuilders.


Turkey increases tariffs on some US imports, escalating feud

Turkey announced Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis.


Trump’s tariffs boost rebuilding costs for wildfire victims

The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are adding thousands of dollars to the cost of building homes. That especially squeezes homeowners who seek to rebuild quickly after losing …


Turkey shaken by financial fears, Trump rattles it further

A financial shockwave ripped through Turkey on Friday as its currency nosedived on concerns about its economic policies and a dispute with the U.S., which President Donald Trump stoked further …


McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Mike Conaway meet with farmers, call for action on trade

Just hours after votes were counted her closest election to date, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers hosted a breakfast Wednesday featuring a powerful Republican from Texas and a score of …


China exports accelerated in July despite rise in U.S. tariffs

China’s exports to the United States surged last month as its merchants rushed to fill orders ahead of a jump in U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

Trump going ahead with taxes on $16B in Chinese imports

The Trump administration says it will go ahead with imposing 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese imports.


W. Stacey Cowles: Retail woes, tariffs mean big change for newspapers, subscribers

In the last year, print subscriptions across the country are up 25 percent to 100 percent depending on your rate. Outrageous, but based on simple economics.


China announces $60B of U.S. goods for tariff retaliation

China on Friday announced a $60 billion list of U.S. goods including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest tariff threat.


Caterpillar staves off trade hit with boost to 2018 forecast

The world’s biggest machinery maker is proving resilient to a nascent global trade war that’s disrupting other companies from Alcoa to General Motors.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 9:08 p.m.

Soybean farmers are surviving trade war

Growers of soybeans – the single largest agricultural export to China, worth $12.4 billion – have largely escaped financial damage of the trade war thus far, raising questions about the …


Marc A. Thiessen: Trump is using tariffs to advance a radical free-trade agenda

Give President Trump credit. When he chastised NATO allies over their failure to spend adequately on our common defense, his critics said he was endangering the Atlantic alliance. Instead, his …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 10:39 a.m.

On trade policy, Trump is turning GOP orthodoxy on its head

President Donald Trump’s trade policies are turning long-established Republican orthodoxy on its head, marked by tariff fights and now $12 billion in farm aid that represents the type of government …


George F. Will: Protectionism proves that evidence is unpersuasive

If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars’ multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

Trump to EU leaders: We want a ‘fair trade deal’

President Donald Trump told European leaders Wednesday that the U.S. wants a “fair trade deal” with the European Union as both sides sought to defuse tensions in an escalating trade …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Trump plans emergency aid to farmers affected by his tariffs

The U.S. readied a plan Tuesday to send billions in emergency aid to farmers who have been hurt by President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China and other American trading …


CIA: China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US

China is waging a “quiet kind of cold war” against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world, a …


Veronique de Rugy: What goes around comes around – tariffs stuck on the spin cycle

American firms cheering for protectionism in the form of tariffs on their foreign competitors should be careful what they wish for. As they say, “What goes around comes around.” Case …


Japan’s Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned the U.S. on Friday that higher tariffs on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America’s jobs and economy but also devastate the …


Trump ups tariff threat, slams Fed, big U.S. trading partners

President Donald Trump has indicated that he’s willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs and again criticized the Federal Reserve, as well as some of the nation’s …


UPDATED: Wed., July 18, 2018, 1:25 p.m.

Frustrated lawmakers threaten action on Trump’s tariffs

Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration’s reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs.


Lawmakers warn Trump tariffs threaten local newspapers

About a dozen members of Congress warned Tuesday that newspapers in their home states are in danger of reducing news coverage, laying off workers or going out of business if …


U.S. challenges China, EU and others at WTO over steel tariffs

The Trump administration on Monday brought cases against China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico and Turkey at the World Trade Organization for retaliating against American tariffs on imported steel and …


China files WTO challenge to US $200B tariff plan

China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat, stepping up its diplomatic efforts to counter U.S. pressure in a spiraling technology …


Greg Sargent: Trump’s delusions are about to blow up in his own voters’ faces

With the exception of the big, beautiful wall that is already being built on the southern border (in President Donald Trump’s mind, anyway), the issue that taps most directly into …


Badger hair, frog legs among niche products on Trump’s tariff list

U.S. trade officials have invited you to comment on their latest list of proposed import tariffs covering 6,031 categories of items from China. They may get an earful, as the …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

US proposes tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese imports

The Trump administration is readying tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, ranging from burglar alarms to mackerel, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies.


U.S. tariffs take effect, China warns of ‘counterattack’

The United States hiked tariffs on Chinese imports Friday and Beijing said it would be forced to make a “counterattack” in a dispute between the world’s two biggest economies that …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 6:39 p.m.

Bluster aside, U.S. and China vulnerable to pain from tariffs

The U.S. and Chinese governments have been flashing a lot of bravado just before firing the first shots in a conflict that risks erupting into a mutually damaging trade war. …