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China Scraps U.S. Farm Tour, Stoking Pessimism on Trade Deal
(Bloomberg) -- A Chinese trade delegation canceled a planned visit to farms in the U.S. heartland, driving down stock indexes as investors turned pessimistic on progress toward resolving the two nations’ trade war.The cancellation came only about an hour after President Donald Trump said he wasn’t interested in “a partial deal” with China based on Beijing increasing its purchases of U.S. agricultural products. U.S. and Chinese officials held negotiations this week and are aiming for a high-level meeting around Oct. 10.The S&P 500 Index, which had been up for the day, turned down following news of the canceled farm trip -- dropping as much as 0.7% within minutes. The Nasdaq Composite slumped as much as 1.2%.The decline marks the latest whipsaw for markets that have been roiled repeatedly by the conflict between the world’s two largest economies. Hope for a deal, which all but evaporated when talks broke down in May, was rekindled over the summer as both sides pledged to reopen talks. But in August, Trump said he would ratchet up tariffs on Chinese imports; then last week he delayed an increase scheduled for Oct. 1.‘Goodwill’ GestureU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said Thursday that the Chinese delegation’s farm tour represented a “goodwill” gesture by Beijing.But on Friday, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation said it was told by the Chinese embassy that the delegation “had an adjustment of their agenda” and would return to China earlier than planned. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture, which also had planned to host the delegation, confirmed their visit was canceled, too.U.S. farming has become a main target for Beijing, where leaders are cognizant of the political importance of rural American to Trump’s re-election. China’s retaliatory tariffs on everything from American apricots to soybeans crimped demand at a time when producers have also suffered from extreme weather.But Trump told reporters in a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday that the dispute won’t damage his 2020 bid for re-election. He said he wouldn’t relent without reaching a “complete deal” with China.Trump said that while he has an “amazing” relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right now they’re having “a little spat.”“I think the voters understand that,” the president added. “I don’t think it has any impact on the election.”Bad-Faith AccusationsNevertheless, Trump said it would probably be “positive” for his re-election prospects if the two countries can reach a deal.U.S. and Chinese negotiators held “productive” talks on Thursday and Friday in Washington, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in a statement. The U.S. is looking forward to hosting “principal-level” negotiations in October, according to the statement. China’s Ministry of Commerce called the meetings “constructive,” and said both sides agreed to continue communication on relevant issues, according to a statement on Saturday.Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said recent developments have created a “positive atmosphere” surrounding the standoff, which has been fueled by accusations of bad faith from both sides.But Trump’s remarks Friday tempered any optimism that a partial deal may break the impasse. Administration officials previously have discussed offering an interim trade agreement to China that would delay and even roll back some U.S. tariffs in exchange for Chinese commitments on intellectual property and agricultural purchases.A limited deal would likely jolt markets and ease the economic burden caused by the conflict as Trump ramps up his 2020 re-election campaign. The president has repeatedly denied that the tariffs have hurt the U.S. economy, saying China is bearing the burden.(Updates with comments from China in 13th paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Mike Dorning in Washington at mdorning@bloomberg.net;Jordan Fabian in Washington at jfabian6@bloomberg.net;Mario Parker in Chicago at mparker22@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at awayne3@bloomberg.net, Joshua GalluFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Crossfire Hurricane review: tale of Trump and the FBI is a gas gas gas
Josh Campbell worked for James Comey – his book is a must-read indictment of the ‘mob boss’ in the White HouseDonald Trump listens during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesFew people had better seats than Josh Campbell for the drama that has shaped the Trump presidency. A supervisory special agent at the FBI, he was special assistant to James Comey and stayed on into Robert Mueller’s first year as special counsel.In real time, he witnessed the investigations into both Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. He was there in Los Angeles when his boss was sacked on national TV, by the president, at the advice of Jared Kushner.Less than a year later, Campbell wrote a column for the New York Times, titled “Why I Am Leaving the FBI”. He has now authored a must-read on what went down in the first 18 months of the Trump presidency. Filled with color and quotes, it is highly digestible.Campbell remains disgusted by the debasement of law enforcement institutions by the president and his allies. Just as Comey did, he sees Trump acting as a “mob boss”.After watching Trump suck up to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in July 2018, Campbell concludes that Trump acted as if he were somehow compromised by the Russian strongman and “afraid of what Mueller might find”. In light of recent reports that Trump’s communications with an unidentified foreign leader may have injured US security and triggered a standoff between the administration and Congress, Campbell’s take cannot be readily dismissed.EmbedNot surprisingly, Campbell rejects the notion of a “deep state” in opposition to the “will of the people”. In rebuttal, he painstakingly lays out a tick-tock of the Russia investigation, codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane”.The popularization on the right of the idea that the deep state is a source of Trump’s woes lies with Breitbart, which began flogging the concept in December 2016. Yet as a Steve Bannon, the brains behind Trump’s victory and a former head of Breitbart, told the author Michael Wolff: “You do realize … none of this is true.” Let that sink in.Crossfire Hurricane also turns it guns on Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general; Rod Rosenstein, the former deputy attorney general; William Barr, the current attorney general; and Sarah Sanders, Trump’s former spokeswoman. It is a target-rich environment.Campbell accuses Rosenstein of Janus-faced duplicity. In his telling, Rosenstein invited Comey to speak to a group of lawyers on “effective leadership”, then in a matter of weeks branded Comey a “terrible leader who was no longer effective”.Elsewhere, Campbell describes Rosenstein’s oleaginous efforts to get hold of him after learning the author had a gig on CNN. Suffice to say, Campbell is neither flattered nor amused.> Not surprisingly, Campbell rejects the notion of a 'deep state' in opposition to the 'will of the people'Barr comes in for his share of criticism. Campbell tags him for his letter that characterized the Mueller report as giving Trump a clean bill of legal health, when it did no such thing. As the special counsel said, Barr’s account “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance” of the actual report.Campbell also takes issue with Barr’s public contention that the Trump campaign was the target of “spying”. In Campbell’s view, the accusation was baseless political “red meat”, another indication that “Trump’s war on the FBI is far from over”.As for Sanders, Campbell is filled with unbridled – and deserved – contempt. After Comey was fired, the White House press secretary went on national TV and lied “about countless members of the FBI” who were supposedly grateful. On that score, Campbell quotes an FBI agent who bluntly bellowed “What a load of bullshit” and labeled Huckabee’s story “complete garbage”.Sanders confessed to the special counsel that her comment was Trump fan fiction, “made ‘in the heat of the moment’ that was not founded on anything”. Sanders is now a member of the Fox commentariat and complains that “99%” of the people who attack her are women.In case she missed it, women went for Clinton by 14 points in 2016 and voted Democratic almost three to two in last year’s midterms. Sanders appears to be angling to run for Arkansas governor, a job once held by her father.Crossfire Hurricane also shines a light on Devin Nunes and the battle over Trump within the House intelligence committee, which can be described as both discouraging and illuminating. Campbell interviews Eric Swalwell, a committee member and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.From Swalwell’s perspective, life within the intelligence committee was icy, not heated: an undesirable outcome. As Swalwell frames it, he actually wishes things had become “contentious” because “that would have meant that Nunes and the Republicans were engaging us. But they never engaged.” Committee Democrats met with “blank stares”, he says. What this episode holds for a post-Trump world should leave Americans worried.> The book also grapples with Comey’s conduct of the Clinton investigation, recording critical voicesThe book also grapples with Comey’s conduct of the Clinton investigation, recording voices critical of the press conference in which he announced that Clinton would not be prosecuted, but said her conduct was less than desirable. Among those interviewed is Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager.Campbell also suggests the debacle arose because Loretta Lynch, then attorney general, declined to recuse herself after meeting Bill Clinton on an airport tarmac, and Comey felt it necessary to throw himself into the breach.As Campbell puts it: “Two things I know for certain. The first is that James Comey is an honorable man.” Second, “Comey was dealt an impossible hand.”In late August, the justice department inspector general issued his report on Comey memorializing his meetings with the president then leaking them to the press. The inspector general determined the leaks “violated applicable policies and his FBI employment agreement”.More important, “DoJ declined prosecution” and national security was not compromised. Even by Trump’s own twisted standards, Comey and Campbell have some reason to smile.

Bill Maher Makes the Case for Joe Biden: He Is ‘Mildly Embarrassing’ But Not ‘Insane’ Like Trump
HBOHBO’s Bill Maher ended his Friday night broadcast of Real Time by taking aim at Republicans and conservative pundits who defend President Donald Trump regardless of what he says and does, introducing a new concept: Catch-23.During his “New Rules” segment, Maher explained to his viewers that “Catch-22 meant if you claimed to be insane to get out of combat, it actually proved you were sane.” On the other hand, “Catch-23 is if Donald Trump never makes you insane, you are insane!”Noting that Republicans love to toss around the term “Trump Derangement Syndrome” to brush aside criticism of the “Dear Leader” as nothing but liberals being “sore losers” who can’t accept Trump is president, Maher admitted there was some of that on the left before asking: “Have you watched this man over the last four years?!”Playing a montage of Trump’s most bizarre moments at his campaign rallies, the HBO star snarked that Republicans somehow came to the conclusion that this was “how a president behaves” before pointing out that conservatives were correct to say liberals haven’t gotten over Trump.John Oliver Drags Joe Biden Over ‘Record Player’ Gaffe at Democratic DebateBill Maher Exposes Tomi Lahren on ‘Real Time’ “You’re right. we haven't gotten over it, because no one should,” he exclaimed.Maher went on to highlight the president taking North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Saudis at their words, adding that this is “what Trump Derangement Syndrome really is: pretending that all of this is perfectly acceptable behavior for an American president and defending the indefensible.”“That’s deranged,” he quipped. “That’s a syndrome. And it’s coming from the right. It’s like body odor: if you smell it all the time, it’s probably you.”This prompted the acerbic comic to make a case for supporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden even if he “rapidly declines and legit loses his mind,” telling Republicans: “I am going to pretend ‘nothing to see here,’ just like you’re doing now.”Maher would go on to encourage Democrats to vote for Biden even if he devolves from the current “mildly-embarrassing gaffe machine who mixes up stories and waits 'til he’s onstage for his eyeball to explode and his dentures to fall out.”“That guy would not be nearly broken and crazy enough to teach the Republicans the lesson they need to learn,” he noted. “For this, I need Joe Biden to be full-on, forgot-to-wear-pants, crumbs-in-the-hair, screaming-at-the-toaster nuts!”Maher continued: “And when Republicans say, Wait a minute, how can you give unwavering support for someone who’s clearly lost it?’ I’ll say, ‘I don’t know, you tell me.’”The veteran comedian told his audience that in private, they’ll go ahead and admit that their guy is nuts, but publicly they’ll be in full denial mode, pointing to Fox Business host Stuart Varney’s assertion that Trump has never lied as a prime example of how to act.Rolling his eyes at Varney’s obsequiousness, Maher said he wanted to see Biden do “every fucked-up thing a celebrity ever did”—such as wear a meat dress or interrupt Talyor Swift at an awards show—just so he could tell Republicans that Biden’s “a different kind of president.”“And after he plows the presidential limousine through a farmer’s market, I’ll say, ‘Why so upset, Republicans? That’s just Biden being Biden,’” Maher concluded.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

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