WASHINGTON – BendTec Inc. says no business in the United States makes the kind of large-diameter, thin-walled pipe it sells for power and utility projects. For that reason, the 100-year-old, 140-worker Duluth company wants an exclusion from President Donald Trump's 25 percent national security tariff on imported steel. The exclusion would allow it to continue buying from an overseas supplier without paying a higher price. Six other Minnesota companies that make products using steel or aluminum have made similar claims of insufficient U.S. supplies to the federal government. Trump's national security tariffs on imported steel and aluminum have left hundreds of U.S. manufacturers complaining that they cannot get raw materials they need domestically, government data reveal. Trump promised that the tariffs would boost U.S. manufacturing jobs and rebuild the country's steel and aluminum industries by making them cost competitive with foreign suppliers. Instead, in many cases U.S. … [Read more...] about Minnesota companies join scrum seeking relief from steel, aluminum tariffs
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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing!” The words came passionately and instinctively, drawn not so much from the man’s memory as from his spirit. It was 1984, and the quote was the answer delivered by freshman Rep. John McCain to the handful of constituents who had filtered into an Arizona community center for a town hall meeting.Story Continued Below McCain was replying to a constituent’s criticism about U.S. involvement abroad. I can’t recall whether the objection was to the United States’ support for democracy in a foreign land or the cost of U.S. relief from African famine. Both were topics at the town halls that winter. In either case, as I was to learn, McCain’s answer would have come from the same core. What I vividly remember as a young staffer — I would go on to serve with McCain for 16 years — was the respectful hush that fell over the small assembly, not just because of what he … [Read more...] about John McCain’s Rules for Living
By Liz Hoffman The Wall Street Journal Telis Demos Fri., Aug. 24, 2018 Meet the straders. Part risk-taking trader and part computer-whiz “strategist,” they are prowling the halls at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., erasing a once-religious line between the jocks and the nerds. “You say ‘trader’ and I don’t even know what we’re talking about,” said Adam Korn, a 16-year Goldman veteran. “Everyone who comes to sales and trading needs to know how to code.” Mr. Korn is the unofficial king of the straders, and an evangelist for the financial world they represent. Across Wall Street, traders who spent their formative years barking into phones are signing up for coding classes. Engineers once relegated to the back office are being empowered to try their hands in the market. It is upending the pecking order of the trading floor and is, in large part, a concession to the reality that has set in a decade after the … [Read more...] about Wall Street erases the line between its jocks and nerds
ON THIS DAY 1884: Jack Dempsey beat George Fulljames by a knockout in the 22nd round at Staten Island, New York to win the world middleweight title - the first fight under Queensberry Rules. 1930: The first football World Cup came to a close with hosts Uruguay beating rivals Argentina 4-2 in the final in Montevideo. 1966: England beat West Germany 4-2 after extra-time in the World Cup final at Wembley, with Geoff Hurst scoring a hat-trick. 1990: England captain Graham Gooch finished with 456 runs in the match against India at Lord's, hitting 123 in his second innings having scored 333 in the first. 2006: World Anti-Doping Agency chairman Dick Pound revealed Olympic 100 metres champion Justin Gatlin's B sample, for prohibited levels of testosterone, was positive. 2011: Stuart Broad took a hat-trick for England in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge. England won the four-Test series 4-0. 2012: Great Britain won their first men's Olympic gymnastics team medal in a century when … [Read more...] about On This Day: July 30 2011
By Jennifer Wells Business Columnist Tues., May 29, 2018 The patio of the Chateau Marmont is a transportingly beautiful spot to enjoy breakfast. The unfussed, note-perfect wait staff. The French bistro esthetic. The pop of pink bougainvillea. The air perfumed by eucalyptus. Where better to wake up to a frosé — frozen rosé, vodka, lemon juice, strawberry puree — and the requisite egg white omelet? It’s like a fairy tale. I will state my credentials in this matter: I have eaten breakfast at the Chateau Marmont. But stay there? That’s for rich folk. A standard room starts at $450 (U.S.) a night. And dinner? A side of heirloom carrots will set you back 18 bucks. Take a stroll from the Chateau down Sunset Boulevard and you arrive at the Best Western Sunset Plaza Hotel, where you can get a room for $209 a night (shave $20 off that if you’re a CAA member). Having stayed at the Best Western, I can attest that it’s … [Read more...] about Should a Toronto councillor stay in a Hollywood hotel fit for a king?