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Friday, April 20, 2018

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Destroys Trump Family Over Blatant “Made In America” Hypocrisy

We try to touch on breaking news and top trends here at ET, and the whirlwind of Trump administration scandals to focus on makes it harder to pick a monologue every day. But given insidious nature of the current White House, what isn’t in the headlines is often as bad or worse than any viral story.

That’s where a perceptive satirist like Jimmy Kimmel comes in handy. In today’s clip, Kimmel exposes the bold-faced hypocrisy of the Trump family merchandise business, going through a number of hilarious items including a bib, a handkerchief and other items all relating to food and golf for some reason.…

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Trump’s Tariffs Are Self-Impoverishing

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Perfection is a rare achievement in Washington, so give Donald Trump credit for the trade policy he unveiled last week to put new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. It is perversely flawless in its disregard for factual reality, U.S. trade law and economic logic. It is all flies and no ointment.

The policy has two rationales, one official and one unofficial, which are alike in being either terribly misguided or consciously fraudulent. In reality, it is classic special-interest pandering, fleecing the many to enrich a favored few.

The official White House justification is that slapping new duties on these foreign metals is essential for our national security.…

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With Solar Panel Tariff, Trump Repeats the Folly of Protectionism

Next month, thanks to the tax bill signed by Donald Trump, many Americans will see more money showing up in their paychecks. They should contain their enthusiasm. It won’t be long before his trade policy starts removing that money from their wallets.

On Monday, the president imposed hefty tariffs — taxes, that is — on imported washing machines and solar panels. They will be set at a minimum of 20 percent and a maximum of 50 percent on washers and at 30 percent on solar equipment. Rest assured, the duties will boost prices accordingly.

That’s not a minor side effect; it’s the central purpose.…

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