Top Senate Republican would raise minimum smoking age to 21

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens as Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
J. Scott Applewhite

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation’s leading tobacco producers, said Monday he was introducing legislation to raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21.

The chamber’s top Republican was releasing his proposal at a time when the use of e-cigarettes is growing and underage vaping has soared, raising concerns by health experts . …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Canada Lifts Retaliatory Tariffs On U.S. Goods After Trump Ends Steel Trade War

Trump said U.S. farmers can now

OTTAWA—Canada collected more than $1.27 billion from the retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products over the last year and all of it will go to the Canadian steel and aluminum industry even though the steel trade war with the United States is over.

Canada and the United States reached an agreement Friday to see the U.S. lift the nearly year-old import duties on steel and aluminum President Donald Trump imposed last June arguing the imports threatened national security. Canada had always called the tariffs illegal and absurd and demanded they be lifted immediately.

Canada’s ratification of the new North American trade agreement also hinged on the tariffs coming off.

That officially happened Monday and as a result Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Canada had also lifted the retaliatory duties Canada imposed on U.S. steel and aluminum and more than 70 other U.S. products including licorice, coffee, sleeping bags and ketchup.

“The removal of tariffs and countermeasures is a true win-win for everyone involved, and great news for Canadian and American workers, for our communities, and our economies,” Morneau said in a written statement.

Trump tweeted late Sunday that U.S. farmers “can begin doing business again with Mexico and Canada.”

“They have both taken the tariff penalties off of your great agricultural product,” Trump wrote. “Please be sure that you are treated fairly.”

Retaliatory tariffs ‘key’ to resolution

A Canadian official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, said Trump’s tweet reinforces to Canada that “our retaliatory tariffs were key to resolving this.”

The Canadian tariffs were carefully selected to both match the dollar value of the tariffs Canadian companies were paying to the U.S., as well as to target popular products in states of prominent Republican lawmakers or swing states where voters might voice their displeasure.

That included, for example, …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

Are CNN and US Weekly using the same unnamed source in articles on Lori Loughlin?

In this April 3, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.
Steven Senne, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Is the same anonymous source talking to CNN and US Weekly about Lori Loughlin?

If it’s not the same source, someone is definitely dishing out the same talking points. An unnamed source told US Weekly back on May 15 that Loughlin doesn’t expect to receive prison time for her role in the college admissions scandal …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News