8.26.2019

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Need To Know.
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US, China Escalate Tariffs (Again).
President Trump signaled he would bump up recently announced tariffs on nearly all Chinese imports over the weekend, a move spurred by news that China was preparing tariffs on nearly $75B of US imports. The White House had previously set a 25% tariff on $250B of Chinese goods, and a 10% tariff on another $300B was set to go into effect September 1st. The former will now be increased to 30% starting October 1st, while the latter will be increased to 15%. China said its new tariffs range from 5-10% - some products, like soybeans, already have hefty tariffs applied - but included a 25% levy on US automobiles. The tit-for-tat is the latest escalation in an accelerating trade war between two major trade partners that began last March - one that came close to ending in May. US markets dropped between 2.5-3% on Friday and futures markets expect another 1% dip tomorrow when trading opens, while Chinese markets dropped by close to 2%. 

In related news, the US and Japan tentatively agreed to a bilateral trade deal, with a formal signing expected next month. 
Andrew Luck Leaves Football.
Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL over the weekend, citing a run of injuries that he said had taken away his love for the game. The stunning move was likened to NBA star Michael Jordan leaving basketball in 1993 (he ultimately returned) - the 29-year-old Luck entered the NFL in 2012 as one of the most heralded prospects in recent memory, drafted by the Colts as the top pick to replace Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning. Luck led the team to the playoffs in his first three seasons - notching Pro Bowl honors in each year - but suffered a lacerated kidney midway through the 2015 season and both a concussion and shoulder injury in 2016. The shoulder injury forced Luck out for the entire 2017 campaign, returning in 2018 to throw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns while winning the league's Comeback Player of the Year Award. Colts owner Jim Irsay said he believes Luck is leaving as much as $500M on the table by retiring early. 

See the emotional press conference here
David Koch Passes Away.
Billionaire industrialist, philanthropist, and influential political backer David Koch passed away over the weekend at the age of 79. No precise cause was given, though he had battled prostate cancer for more than two decades. Along with his brother Charles, David Koch helped lead Koch Industries - one of the nation's largest private companies, with $119B in revenues and over 120,000 employees - and acted as the guiding hand over a number of Koch-affiliated interest groups. Both brothers had been politically active for decades, including David's 1980 run as the Libertarian Party's vice presidential candidate, though they established themselves in 2008 with the launch of a number of political advocacy organizations. One of the most notable groups was Americans for Prosperity, which was widely credited with focusing the Tea Party into a political movement in 2009 and helping Republicans regain control of the House in 2010. Outside of politics, Koch's considerable philanthropic contributions ranged from supporting cancer research to the theater and arts. 
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Historybook: Mother Teresa born (1910); 19th Amendment, granting US women right to vote, takes effect (1920); First televised Major League Baseball game (1939); RIP aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh (1974).
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