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March 4, 2020

President Trump thinks Jeff Sessions' actions as attorney general have come back to haunt him.

Sessions was an original member of the Trump administration, but he tumbled out of the president's good graces when he recused himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into 2016 Russian election interference because of his closeness to the 2016 Trump campaign.

Now, Sessions is running to reclaim his old Alabama Senate seat, which he vacated for the attorney general gig. But he failed to win a majority in the Republican primary Tuesday night, which means he'll face former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville in a runoff. Tuberville actually garnered a plurality in round one.

Trump, who seemingly never forgave Sessions for the recusal, appears to have enjoyed hearing the news. He attributed Sessions' shaky performance to the decision, suggesting that if had faced down the Mueller investigation he wouldn't be in this precarious position. Tim O'Donnell

March 3, 2018

Foreign governments are weighing their options following President Trump's apparently capricious declaration of a trade war on Wednesday. "We will put tariffs on Harley-Davidson, on bourbon, and on blue jeans — Levi's," said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker of possible means of retaliation should Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs plan be realized.

Canada, China, and the European Union have all pledged retaliatory tariffs targeting American industry, and Trump's proposal has reportedly undercut NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico. "Why are we signing a trade deal with a country that would unilaterally decide to restrict certain sectors?" asked Jorge Guajardo, former Mexican ambassador to China.

Other countries could also begin dumping American debt, which would wreak havoc in the bond market, especially as the Trump administration's tax cuts and military spending hikes together push the deficit back toward $1 trillion annually. "The timing of this would be poor," Kevin Giddis, an executive at financial services company Raymond James, told Reuters, "since the Treasury needs to tap the capital markets more than ever, in greater size, to pay for the plentiful tax cuts passed a few months ago. Bonnie Kristian

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