President Trump revived tariffs today on steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. Two days ago, Trump said he’ll move ahead with tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. China is expected to retaliate by slapping tariffs on American fruit and nuts, which are major crops for California.
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California’s 49th Congressional district spans southern Orange County and Northern San Diego County. Republican Darrell Issa has held that seat since 2001. He’s retiring, and a dozen Democrats and Republicans are running to fill the open seat. Democrats are hoping to flip it as part of their push to take over control of Congress.
In 1997, Fulton Washington was sentenced to life in prison for non-violent offenses. He says he was wrongfully convicted. In prison, he taught himself how to paint. In 2014, he made a painting based on the portrait of Abraham Lincoln signing the Emancipation Proclamation. But instead of Lincoln, he painted President Obama. In 2016, Obama granted Washington clemency. His story is told in a new short documentary called “Mr. Wash.”
"Emancipation Proclamation" by Fulton Washington.
Fulton Washington holding his painting. Credit: Sean Mattison.
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