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    The little rocket ship in between Ruben's legs at the end was funny. He does like that tree. It must smell, and taste, good.

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    Could This Be the Solution to America's Trade Dispute with China?

    WASHINGTON – Tariffs are at the core of investors' concerns over America's trade dispute with China, with President Donald Trump seeing them as a necessary tool to force the Chinese to negotiate.

    So far, however, all China has done is retaliate with more tariffs.

    But several analysts, including former Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore, are proposing a plan they believe would solve the trade turmoil without further tariffs.

    Under the so-called "zero-for-zero" proposal, all tariffs, barriers and subsidies between the US and its allies would be dropped.

    "You offer these countries, 'We'll go to zero tariff if you will,'" Moore told CBN News.

    The goal of the proposal, the former Trump economist explained, is to create "a level playing field."

    Moore predicts it will also benefit American consumers by driving down the cost of goods and services.

    "Tariff is a tax, so if we can get the tariffs down to zero, that means not only will goods and services cost less here when we go to Wal-Mart, Best Buy or wherever it might be – that's a good thing for American consumers – but also think about the jobs this would create," he said.

    However, not every country is willing to talk free and fair trade. Moore's recommendation comes during an ongoing back and forth between the US and China on trade.

    "I've made clear our trade imbalance is just not acceptable," Trump charged. "China's market distortions and the way they deal cannot be tolerated."

    Back in September, Trump slapped tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese imports. Beijing responded, in turn, with penalties on $60 billion of US products.

    Meanwhile, Moore had tough words for China.

    "You want to talk about countries that don't play by the rules… China cheats, steals," Moore charged. "They are building up their military; they make it almost impossible to do business over there in China."

    The Council of Economic Advisers reports the average American tariff is 3.5 percent, the average EU rate is 5 percent, and China's rate is a whopping 10 percent.

    Moore says by offering zero tariffs it allows America to take the high ground and even gain a stronger negotiating position with China to end some of Beijing's most abusive trade policies.

    So why are some countries reluctant to get on board with Moore's "zero-for-zero" plan?

    "When it comes down to it, a lot of these countries have protectionist impulses and they don't want to open up their markets to us," Moore said.

    According to Moore, Great Britain would be the best country to offer this "zero for zero" deal, but they first need to exit from the European Union.

    In July, Trump and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed the US and the EU would work towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods. The challenge will be extending that to all goods.

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    The Steel Woods pay tribute to their roots — both geographically and musically — with a new cover of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ “Southern Accents.”

    Released on next year’s Old News, “Southern Accents” turns Petty’s 1985 original into a Southern rock power ballad. The bridge, which the Heartbreakers treated so delicately, is repurposed as a launchpad for the first of multiple guitar solos, all of them woven around Wes Bayliss’s Stapleton-sized lead vocal. The song maintains that intensity throughout the final stretch, and if Petty’s version felt like a prayer, this feels more like a battle cry. It’s big and burly, too — a salute not only to Petty, but to those who combined Southern sounds with guitar-fired stomp before him.
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    Feds recommend ‘substantial’ prison time for ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen

    Manhattan federal prosecutors on Friday said that President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer committed campaign finance crimes “in coordination with and at the direction of Individual 1” — a reference to President Trump.

    It was the first time the feds directly linked Trump to hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougle, a fact noted by former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti.

    “Just to make it crystal clear, New York federal prosecutors concluded that the President of the United States committed a felony,” he tweeted.

    Both women said they had affairs with Trump in 2006, shortly after his third wife Melania gave birth to their only child together.
    The president has called them both liars.

    The amounts paid, at least $130,000 to each woman, exceed the legal level of donations that can be made to aid a campaign.

    They also said Cohen should serve “a substantial term of imprisonment despite his cooperation with their investigation.

    Cohen’s crimes “were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life,” they said.

    In a blistering 40-page document filed in Manhattan federal court Friday roughly 15 minutes before a 5 p.m. deadline, prosecutors outlined Cohen’s roles in a variety of fraudulent schemes, including bank fraud.

    Prosecutors also said that the judge who will sentence Cohen next week fine him $500,000 and order the forfeiture of assets.

    The feds noted Cohen’s cooperation, but only asked for a “modest” reduction in his sentence.

    “While the Office agrees that Cohen should receive credit for his assistance in the [special counsel] investigation, that credit should not approximate the credit a traditional cooperating witness would receive, given, among other reasons, Cohen’s affirmative decision not to become one,” they wrote.

    “For these reasons, the Office respectfully requests that this Court impose a substantial term of imprisonment,” they said, adding that he be granted “a modest downward variance” from the 51 to 63 months in prison he is facing.

    The documents offered a harsh explanation for Cohen’s crimes, saying he was motivated by greed.

    “While Cohen – as his own submission makes clear – already enjoyed a privileged life, his desire for even greater wealth and influence precipitated an extensive course of criminal conduct.”

    The feds also questioned Cohen’s recent statements that he did what he did out of loyalty to Trump.

    “This was not a blind act of loyalty,” they said of some of his payments to women in violation of campaign finance laws.

    “His actions suggest that Cohen relished the status of ultimate fixer – a role that he embraced as recently as May 2018. Cohen was driven by a desire to further ingratiate himself with a potential future President—for whose political success Cohen himself claimed credit—and arranged for the payments in an attempt to increase his power and influence.”

    In a separate filing in federal court in Washington, DC, special counsel Robert Mueller takes a less hardline stance saying his office doesn’t have a recommendation on how much time Cohen should serve.

    It also asks that whatever sentence the judge imposes on Cohen for lying to Congress should be served concurrently his crimes over the hush-money payments.

    “The sentence imposed should reflect the fact that lying to federal investigators has real consequences, especially where the defendant lied to investigators about critical facts, in an investigation of national importance,” they wrote.

    Cohen pleaded guilty to financial crimes in a federal court in New York in August, and last week he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in a case brought by Mueller.

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    I've never been a big Billy Idol fan...but that was very cool.
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    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned.

    Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this week.

    Gaylord fled when the Nov. 8 fire broke out and decimated the town of 27,000. An animal rescuer who responded to Gaylord’s request to check on Madison first spotted the male Anatolian shepherd mix several days later.

    Shayla Sullivan said the outdoor guard dog was apprehensive and kept his distance. Sullivan left food and water for him regularly until Gaylord got back on Wednesday. She also helped locate Madison’s brother Miguel, another Anatolian shepherd mix that was taken to a shelter 85 miles (135 kilometers) away in the confusing aftermath of the wildfire.

    “If (the evacuees) can’t be there I’m going to be and I’m not going to give up on their animal until they can get back in,” Sullivan said.

    The dogs reunited Friday when Gaylord came back to the property with Miguel and brought Madison his favorite treat: a box of Wheat Thin crackers.

    Gaylord told news station ABC10 she couldn’t ask for a better animal.

    “Imagine the loyalty of hanging in in the worst of circumstances and being here waiting,” she said.

    “Their instinctual job is to watch the flocks and we’re part of them,” Gaylord said about her dogs. “It’s a comforting feeling.”



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