Just days before the White House announced its intention to impose steep tariffs on steel imports, President Trump’s billionaire friend Carl Icahn dumped $31.3 million in steel-related stock. Icahn sold off nearly 1 million shares of the Wisconsin-based crane manufacturer Manitowoc Co. Inc., whose stock price plunged 6 percent after Trump’s tariffs announcement. Icahn said he sold because of his concerns about “creeping inflation.”
Los Angeles Times
The rate of suicides carried out with guns is as much as 43 percent higher in states with loose gun laws than in states with strict gun laws, a new study has found. Researchers said their findings indicate that troubled people without guns will not necessarily find another way to kill themselves. In 2016, 61 percent of the 38,511 deaths caused by firearms were suicides.
Los Angeles Times
Melania Knauss was granted a green card while dating future husband Donald Trump in 2001, under the elite EB-1 program—the so-called Einstein visa designed for scientists, authors, multinational business executives, Olympic athletes, and other professionals who can demonstrate “sustained national and international acclaim.” Knauss, then an obscure model, was one of the 1 percent of immigrants who received green cards that year through the EB-1 program.
The Washington Post
Nearly 1 in 3 Medicare patients undergo surgery in their last year of life, and 18 percent are operated on in their last month, even though studies show the very old and sick are more likely to be harmed by the ordeal of surgery than helped.
50% of American voters oppose President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, while 30% approve. 64% disagree with Trump’s claim that a trade war would be “easily won.” 28% agree with his statement.
57% of Americans—including 80% of blacks, 75% of Hispanics, and nearly 50% of whites—say Trump is a racist. 85% of Democrats believe he is a racist, compared with just 21% of Republicans.