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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Trump Tariffs Impose $350M ‘Tax’ On Your Beer

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s reckless choice to single-handedly launch an international trade war is about to make your beer more expensive.

According to an analysis by the Beer Institute, Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum will increase the annual cost of beer production in the U.S. by $347.7 million per year.

Those extra costs are very likely to be passed on to consumers — and beer producers accuse Trump of effectively imposing a new “tax” on beer.

“These tariffs on aluminum and on steel, we estimate, amount to a $350 million-dollar tax on beer brewers in the United States,” Beer Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy noted Monday on MSNBC.…

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Obama Posts Touching Tribute To Anthony Bourdain Following Suicide

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Barack Obama on Friday posted a touching tribute to Anthony Bourdain, the chef, journalist, novelist and cultural ambassador who killed himself Friday at a hotel in Paris.

Obama, who appeared on an episode of Bourdain’s CNN series “Parts Unknown” set in Hanoi, Vietnam, took to Twitter to acknowledge Bourdain’s unique “ability to bring us together.”

“‘Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer,” Obama wrote. “This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown.…

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GOP Congress May Allow More Pesticide Poison In Our Food

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

 

The proposed farm bill could nullify bans by Arkansas and other states on dicamba, the pesticide that damaged an estimated 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the country.

The House Agriculture Committee whose members have received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the pesticide industry since 2012, approved the bill, H.R. 2, on a voice vote. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), the committee chairman and the recipient of $117,000 from the pesticide industry and its trade association, CropLife America, hopes to bring the bill to the full House in May.

“Part of this process on timing on the floor will be dictated by how well I’m able to sell this to my colleagues,” Conaway said.…

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