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Recode Daily: Trump’s tariffs backfire as Harley-Davidson says it will move some production overseas

Plus, Andreessen Horowitz finally hires a woman as a general partner; the FDA gives its first-ever green light to a marijuana-derived medicine; everybody hurts — in their own unique way.

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Harley-Davidson will shift some production of its iconic motorcycles overseas to avoid retaliatory tariffs imposed by the European Union in response to President Trump’s trade moves. European tariffs on its motorcycles have increased from 6 percent to 31 percent, adding about $2,200 to every motorcycle exported from the U.S. The Harley move represented a slap in the face for Trump, who has hosted company executives at the White House and has repeatedly praised the company for building its motorcycles in America; the president attacked the company in a late-afternoon tweet: “Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag.” Stock indexes fell sharply, apparently spooked by signs that the growing trade war could have a negative impact on American companies. [Alan Rappeport and Amie Tsang / The New York Times]

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Andreessen Horowitz has finally hired a woman as a general partner. Katie Haun, a former federal prosecutor who has been helping crypto startups deal with the government, is joining the high-profile venture capital firm. Haun will join Chris Dixon, Andreessen’s other top crypto investor, as part of a major new push by the blue-chip firm into the sector full-time. Andreessen also confirmed a separate $300 million fund that would invest in startups, digital currencies and crypto-related projects. [Theodore Schleifer / Recode]

Meet the man whose job it is to reassure people that Google search isn’t evil. After retiring last year from his reporting job as founder of Search Engine Land, Sullivan — called by some “the father of search engine marketing” — joined Google as a “search liaison.” As the bridge between Google’s engineers and the outside world, part of Sullivan’s new gig is to publicly explain Google’s search algorithms, which have produced a string of high-profile mistakes in recent months. [Jillian D’Onfro / CNBC]

Analyst Benedict Evans offers some ways to think about machine learning. [Benedict Evans]

The first-ever medical treatment derived from marijuana will hit the U.S. market in a few months. The Food and Drug Administration approved GW Pharmaceuticals Plc’s Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy; made in the U.K., the liquid is made from a compound in the marijuana plant called cannabidiol, a different chemical from tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which gets users high. [Anna Edney / Bloomberg]

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