Trump escalates the US-China trade war by announcing tariff hikes — on Twitter

US President Donald Trump speaks at the American Veterans 75th National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on August 21, 2019.  | MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images His Friday announcement ups the ante even as worries about a potential recession continue to grow. The US-China trade war just keeps on escalating. President Donald Trump on Friday announced increased tariffs in response to penalties China had levied that morning on $75 billion worth of US products — a wave of…

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How “Old Town Road” revealed a deep divide within country music

Lil Nas X performs onstage during Internet Live By BuzzFeed at Webster Hall on July 25, 2019, in New York City. | Noam Galai/Getty Images for BuzzFeed Vox’s Today, Explained podcast chronicles Lil Nas X’s challenges with the charts. The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards air on Monday, August 26, and will feature performers such as Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, and Lil Nas X. Along with Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X is one…

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Trump’s new favorite poll inflates his approval rating by about 10 points

Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images Zogby, which Trump has repeatedly touted this week, was once described as “the worst pollster in the world.” Amid signs that the economy is slowing, reputable polls show President Donald Trump’s approval rating sagging. Trump responded this week by repeatedly trumpeting a disreputable Zogby poll that pegs his approval rating at 51 percent. Trump, who this week referred to himself as “the chosen one,”…

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent cancer treatment for the second time in a year

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a lecture on September 26, 2018, at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC.  | Alex Wong/Getty Images The justice recently completed radiation treatment for a tumor on her pancreas. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent radiation therapy this month for a tumor on her pancreas, the Supreme Court announced on Friday. Ginsburg, 86, had three weeks of radiation on an outpatient basis beginning August 5 and finishing…

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The 3 best songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Lover

Taylor Swift performs songs from her new album “Lover.” | ABC’s “Good Morning America” – 2019/Getty “Cornelia Street” is Taylor Swift at her best. Taylor Swift has released Lover, an 18-track album, her first since 2017’s Reputation and the seventh of her career. There really are 18 songs, totaling one hour and one minute of Swift music. As with all the other music Taylor Swift has ever created, Lover inevitably contains hints about the goings-on…

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