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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Trump jacks up China tariffs after stock markets tumble

  • Bolsonaro plans to send armed forces to fight Amazon fires

  • Psychologist approved Epstein's removal from suicide watch after evaluation

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes cancer treatment

  • 4 teams to compete for spots in the 2019 Little League World Series championship game

President Trump announced Friday that current tariffs on China would be increased after China announced retaliatory tariffs earlier in the day. Tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods currently taxed at 10 percent would jump to 15 percent starting Sept. 1, and tariffs on a separate $250 billion would upped from 25 percent to 30 percent on Oct. 1, Trump tweeted. China's $75 billion in tariffs announced earlier Friday prompted Trump to tweet that "we don't need China," and then he went on to question "who is our bigger enemy" between Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell or China's President Xi Jinping. The attacks sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling down 623 points for the day, marking it and the other two major indexes' fourth straight weeks of declines.

Source: President Trump, The Washington Post

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro announced plans on Friday to send armed forces to fight fires in the Amazon, reversing course after days of dismissing concern about the ecological disaster. "Whatever is within our power we will do," Bolsonaro told reporters. "The problem is resources." He added that the government will take a "zero tolerance" approach to environmental crimes. This comes after Bolsonaro, who has made pledges to ease restrictions on protected areas and under whom deforestation has increased sharply across the country, said the fires were the result of warmer weather and criticized international concern as "sensationalist." However, Bolsonaro changed his stance as European leaders threatened a trade agreement, protesters took to the streets outside Brazilian embassies, and calls for a boycott of Brazilian products gained momentum.

Source: The New York Times, CNN

The Justice Department said on Friday that a psychologist at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan had approved millionaire financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's removal from suicide before he killed himself in his cell at the detention center in August. Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell in July which prompted the initial suicide watch measures, but after being evaluated by a doctoral-level psychologist, it was determined those measures were no longer necessary. No reason was given for Epstein's removal, but Reuters reports that suicide watch is typically imposed as a short-term restriction. Attorney General William Barr has said there were "serious irregularities" at the MCC, which falls under his authority. He has reassigned the facility's warden and placed two guards who were responsible for watching Epstein on leave.

Source: NPR, Reuters

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has completed three weeks of cancer treatment, the Supreme Court announced on Friday. After a tumor was discovered on Ginsburg's pancreas in July, Ginsburg underwent a radiation therapy course at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. "The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body," the court said. "No further treatment is needed at this time." Ginsburg was previously treated for lung cancer last year, as well as for pancreatic cancer in 2009 and colon cancer in 1999. She maintained an active schedule during her treatment.

Source: The Washington Post, NPR

The Little League World Series is set to conclude this weekend in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, as the four regional finalists go head-to-head on Saturday to compete for a spot in Sunday's championship game. The favorite in the international field is Chofu City, Japan, who have outscored their opponents 32-2 in three games so far; Chofu City will play Willemstad, Curaçao. In the U.S. championship game on the other side of the bracket, River Ridge, Louisiana, will go up against Wailuku, Hawaii, in a rematch of their first game in the tournament eight days ago, when Wailuku won 5-2. Little League World Series teams consist mainly of boys between 10 and 12, although 12-year-old Minnesota pitcher Maddy Freking became the first girl in the tournament this year since Mo'ne Davis in 2014. ABC will air Japan vs. Curaçao at 12:30 p.m. ET and Hawaii vs. Louisiana at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.

Source: Bleacher Report , CBS Sports
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