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Scott Rice sits in his living room watching a Fox News Channel interview with President Donald Trump in Appleton, Wis., Aug. 20, 2020. Nothing can shake Rice's faith that Trump will save the U.S. economy, not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the coronavirus. But in Appleton, a city of 75,000 people along the Fox River, the health of economy isn't judged on jobs numbers, personal bank accounts or union contracts. Instead, it's viewed through partisan lenses, filtered through the facts voters want to see and hear, and those they don't. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Politics creates economic illusion in Houdini’s hometown

Sep. 16, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Nothing can shake Scott Rice’s faith that President Donald Trump will save the U.S. economy — not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the novel coronavirus. Rice reveres the president the way Wisconsin loves the Green Bay...

Molten aluminum is seen inside a smelter at the Alouette aluminum plant in Sept-Iles, Quebec, on May 21, 2019. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Spet. 15, 2020, it is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminum, easing tensions with a close ally and preempting Canada’s plans to impose retaliatory sanctions.  (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)

US drops tax on Canada aluminum, heading off retaliation

Sep. 15, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is dropping taxes on Canadian aluminum, easing tensions with a close ally just hours before Canada was prepared to impose retaliatory sanctions. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said the U.S. is ending the 10% tariffs a month after...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts a National Economists Club event at the British Embassy in Washington. Darroch, who was British ambassador to the United States until leaked comments about Donald Trump ended his career in July 2019,  says he’s not bitter about the way his career ended, and he tells his side of the story in a new memoir “Collateral Damage.” (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)

Ex-diplomat Darroch astounded by UK plan to break Brexit law

Sep. 13, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Kim Darroch is astonished. Britain’s former U.S. ambassador, whose career ended abruptly when his frank views on President Donald Trump were leaked, spent 40 years as a diplomat. But he says he’s never before seen a British government saying it plans to break international law....

Bruno Le Maire, France's minister for economic and financial affairs, attends the Informal Meeting of Economics and Finance Ministers in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool)

EU warns UK that Brexit deal breach will scuttle a new deal

Sep. 11, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The 27 European Union nations presented a firmly united front to the U.K. on Friday after the British government said it plans to violate part of their Brexit divorce agreement, warning London that there was little chance of a new trade deal unless the U.K. reverses course. The European...

FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, a sign outside a pub reads:

UK inks trade deal with Japan just as EU talks sour

Sep. 11, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. secured its first major post-Brexit trade deal on Friday after signing an agreement with Japan just as discussions with the European Union appeared to be teetering on the brink of collapse. The deal, which is largely a rollover of one the U.K. enjoyed as a member of the EU, has only...

EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier , second from left, arrives with his team at the Westminster Conference Centre in London, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. UK and EU officials begin the eighth round of Brexit negotiations in London. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Trade deal at risk as EU says UK must honor Brexit agreement

Sep. 9, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prospects of a trade deal between Britain and the European Union appeared to dim Wednesday, with the EU saying that even the smallest U.K. breach of the Brexit withdrawal treaty would undermine what little trust is left between the two sides. The warning came as Britain pushed ahead with...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 18, 2020, traffic moves along the M6 motorway near Birmingham,  England.  Trade associations representing British freight haulers and storage companies are asking for urgent talks with government leaders to allay concerns over preparations for Brexit, that may threaten supplies of critical goods caused by border controls and computer systems. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)

Johnson says UK will quit Brexit talks if no deal by Oct 15

Sep. 6, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked tough on Sunday ahead of a crucial round of post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union, saying Britain could walk away from the talks within weeks and insisting that a no-deal exit would be a “good outcome for the U.K.” With talks...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 18, 2020, traffic moves along the M6 motorway near Birmingham,  England.  Trade associations representing British freight haulers and storage companies are asking for urgent talks with government leaders to allay concerns over preparations for Brexit, that may threaten supplies of critical goods caused by border controls and computer systems. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)

Freight firms warn of Brexit disruption amid UK-EU deadlock

Sep. 4, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British freight haulers and storage companies are demanding an urgent meeting with government leaders because of concern that gaps in preparations for Brexit may threaten supplies of critical goods. Trade associations representing the companies wrote to Michael Gove, the minister overseeing...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo cargo cranes are used to take containers off of a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation boat at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash.  The U.S. trade deficit surged in July 2020 to $63.6 billion, the highest level in 12 years, as imports jumped by a record amount. The Commerce Department reported, Thursday, Sept. 3 2020,  that the July deficit, the gap between what America buys and what it sells to foreigners, was 18.9% higher than the June deficit of $53.5 billion. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US trade deficit surges in July to highest in 12 years

Sep. 3, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit surged in July to $63.6 billion, the highest level in 12 years, as imports jumped by a record amount. The Commerce Department reported that the July deficit, the gap between what America buys and what it sells to foreigners, was 18.9% higher than the June deficit of...

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian left, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas attend the opening session of the French ambassadors to European countries in Paris, Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

France accuses UK of stalling in post-Brexit trade talks

Aug. 31, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — On the cusp of a crucial month of negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal between the European Union and the U.K., France has lambasted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government for what it sees as deliberate stalling and for harboring unreasonable expectations. The 27-nation EU and...