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Vox Sentences: Don’t call it NAFTA

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The US revises its trade deal with Canada and Mexico; Iran’s armed forces fire missiles and drone bombers into Syria.

Enter the USMCA

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  • The US struck a successful trade deal with Canada and Mexico to replace NAFTA late Sunday, allowing the Mexican president to potentially sign the agreement on his final day in office. [Washington Post / David J. Lynch]
  • After more than a year of tough negotiations, the three nations reached a consensus hours before a self-imposed midnight deadline. Now revamped as the “USMCA” (US-Mexico-Canada Agreement), the deal will likely allow American farmers greater access to Canada’s dairy market. [CNN / Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak, Paula Newton, and Donna Borak]
  • The new pact will also impose higher minimum wage requirements on auto factories in Mexico and raise the share of North American auto parts needed to qualify a vehicle as NAFTA-compliant. [Vox / Matt Yglesias]
  • President Trump, who had been highly critical of NAFTA in the past, praised the efforts of the trade-negotiating team on Monday morning and tweeted that the USMCA is a “historic transaction.” [Fox News / Andrew O’Reilly]
  • Markets reacted favorably: The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped by nearly 200 points, and Canada and Mexico’s currencies surged against the US dollar. [Reuters UK / Laila Kearney]
  • The deal must be approved by all three governments before going into effect. Congress will likely act on it next year. [Vox / Jen Kirby]

Iran fires missiles across Iraq and into Syria


  • After a contentious year between techies and the US government, California lawmakers restored the net neutrality rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing down online content. [NBC News / Alex Johnson]
  • Rapper Cardi B turned herself in to New York City police Monday morning after an incident at a strip club where she reportedly threw chairs and bottles at employees and clients. Authorities later said she’s been charged with reckless endangerment and assault. [BuzzFeed News / Michael Blackmon]
  • Ticketmaster is facing a class-action lawsuit after an exposé found that the ticket-selling platform actively encourages scalpers. [Hollywood Reporter / Ashley Cullins]
  • At $20 per kilogram, fake Martian dirt is being designed and sold by University of Central Florida astrophysicists to help researchers test different ways to grow crops on extraterrestrial lands. [Mashable / Mark Kaufman]


“I’m a victim of sexual assault. I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct.” [Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings should not be a “meeting” of the #MeToo movement / CNN]

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