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January 16, 2020

Rudy Giuliani is President Trump's personal Batman.

On Thursday, Trump had nothing but high praise for Giuliani, his personal lawyer. He told reporters in the Oval Office that Giuliani is "one of the great crime fighters in the history of our country" and "having him on my side is a great honor for me." Giuliani, he enthused, was also "the greatest mayor in the history of New York."

Giuliani is a central figure in the impeachment case against Trump. On Tuesday, House Democrats made public new evidence provided by one of Giuliani's associates, Lev Parnas. Parnas was arrested last fall and charged with campaign finance violations. He has since been cooperating with House impeachment investigators. In one letter Parnas handed over, Giuliani asked Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky for a meeting, adding that he made the request with "the president's knowledge and consent."

When asked about the letter, Trump said, "I don't know about a specific letter, but if he wrote a letter it wouldn't be a big deal." Catherine Garcia

February 27, 2019

American farmers are having trouble navigating a financial maize.

U.S. farm debt is the highest its been since the 1980s when the agriculture community was last in calamity, reports Reuters. The amount of debt has risen to over $400 billion, and loan demand is "historically high," per Reuters.

The current crisis is being caused by weakness in commodity prices, weather damage to crops and a loss of profitable export markets like China, Reuters reports.

President Trump announced last year that the government would supply $12 million in aid to farmers in order to offset economic losses from tariff hikes. But farmers have made it clear they would rather trade relations go back to normal than receive a bailout from the government.

Thousands of farm operations saw a financial slump in the 1980s when low crop prices impacted farmers' ability to pay high-interest land and equipment loans, per Reuters. Marianne Dodson

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