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Trump escalates a trade war with Mexico, Canada, and the EU; Denmark passes a law banning the burqa (and other face coverings).

Trump picks a huge trade fight with ... everyone

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  • President Donald Trump is expanding his trade war with China to include Mexico, Canada, and the European Union. [Washington Post / David J. Lynch, Damian Paletta, and James McAuley]
  • The Trump administration, through US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, announced today that the US would levy significant tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from the EU, Mexico, and Canada. [Politico / Doug Palmer]
  • The US is imposing a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum. That’s going to have a big impact because together, Mexico, Canada, and the EU account for nearly 50 percent of America’s metal imports. [NYT / Ana Swanson]
  • And there’s not a lot of lag time on these tariffs going into effect — they’re slated to kick in at midnight Thursday. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp]
  • Not surprisingly, the EU, Canada, and Mexico are very unhappy. Each country soon revealed its own slate of levies and tariffs on US products, to the tune of billions of dollars. [WSJ / William Mauldin]
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average took a tumble of 170 points after the Trump administration’s announcement today, but Ross tried to quell fears by saying 170 point isn’t all that bad and “markets adjust to facts.” [CNBC / Evelyn Cheng]
  • As the Upshot’s Neil Irwin points out, the economy isn’t the problem so much as the sheer unpredictability and chaos of Trump’s trade policies. His tariffs were originally supposed to just hit China; now they are also hitting close US allies. That’s a huge deal, and pissing off key allies isn’t the best idea. But it’s something Trump won’t give up. [NYT / Neil Irwin]
  • Trump is doing more than just flirting with a trade war — he’s openly courting one, with multiple key trade partners. This is high-stakes. [Vox / Zack Beauchamp]

Denmark bans the burqa (and fake beards, for good measure)

  • Denmark has become the latest European nation to ban the burqa and niqab, face coverings worn by some Muslim women. [The Guardian]
  • The country’s parliament recently approved a bill that would ban people from wearing garments that fully cover their face in public, including ski masks, face masks, and fake beards. [Deutsche Welle]
  • Lawmakers say the new law isn’t intended to discriminate against religion, saying headscarves, turbans, and yarmulkes are still allowed. [France 24]
  • But many advocates believe the restrictions are targeted toward Muslim women, and some human rights advocates are concerned it could limit the freedom of these women if their husbands or fathers make them stay inside the home in lieu of wearing burqas and niqabs in public. There’s a chance the law could be challenged in court. [NPR / Sasha Ingber]


  • Seemingly British royal wedding commentator and frequent television guest Thomas J. Mace-Archer-Mills, Esq., isn’t British at all ... he’s actually “Tommy from upstate New York.” Oops. [WSJ / Bradley Hope]
  • Attention, IPA enthusiasts: Climate change could be coming for your hops. But fear not — some beer-obsessed scientists are researching a workaround. [Outside Magazine / A.C. Shilton]
  • Colorado is caught up in a fracking boom, which is coinciding with a population boom. And that’s leading to a series of “not in my backyard” fights. [NYT / Julie Turkewitz]
  • The hunt for “Nessie” the Loch Ness monster is (still) on, this time via a team of genetics researchers based in New Zealand. [Atlas Obscura / Eric Grundhauser]


“It turns out it’s just very difficult to meet all of the rules to make a pickled beet. You’d think that it would be easy, but it’s not.” [Anita McHaney on the fight to get Texas to expand its definition of pickled foods, to Texas Tribune / Shannon Najmabadi]

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