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I`m Carl Azuz for CNN 10, explaining global news to a global audience.
We start today with a look at an international story concerning the U.S. and Russia. Late
last week, an American federal grand jury formally
charged 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies with allegedly interfering with
the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Russians are
accused of conspiracy to defraud the United States. Other charges for some of the dependents
included conspiracy to commit bank fraud and identity
theft.
Here`s how this alleged happen. The U.S. Justice Department says as early as 2014, a Russian
organization named the Internet Research Agency started
trying to interfere with the U.S. political system and 2016 elections. The Russians are
accused of posing as Americans, creating false American
identities, operating social media pages to attract American audiences and posting critical
information about American presidential candidates. The
U.S. government says employees for the Internet Research Agency were told to, quote, use any
opportunity to criticize Democratic presidential nominee
Hillary Clinton and the rest except for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The U.S. government says that no Americans knowingly participated in the illegal activity.
And President Donald Trump says the Russian campaign
started before he announced his presidential candidacy and that the results of the election
were not impacted. Other American politicians, including
some Republicans and Democrats in Congress said it`s clear Russia interfered with the
election and that future U.S. elections would have to
be better protected.
Russia`s foreign ministry described the charges as, quote, absurd. It`s also said that not
a single fact has come out of the U.S. investigation
into alleged Russian interference. But that investigation continues.
These 37 pages alleged Russians went a very long way in their attempt to interfere U.S.
democracy.
According to the federal indictments, Russian operating out of this St. Petersburg troll
farm launched a misinformation campaign to wreak havoc on
America`s political system.
The Russians conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine
public confidence in
democracy. We must not allow them to succeed.
Examples of the alleged misinformation campaign include allegations of voter fraud by the
Democratic Party and the purchased of
advertisements to further promote the allegations on Facebook. The pages were even designed
to look like they were run by real Americans and focus
on issues in American life, race relations, immigration, and of course, then candidate
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Facebook estimates close to 126 million Americans may have been exposed to this and other propaganda.
Federal investigators say the group behind it
is the Internet Research Agency linked to the Kremlin. Russia has denied any involvement
in the U.S. elections. In a security conference, Saturday,
Russia`s foreign minister again dismissed those claims.
I have no response. Until we see the facts, everything else is just
blather.
Then there are the rallies. The very month of the election both pro and anti-Trump demonstrations
were held in New York. U.S. prosecutors
say both events were organized by the same trail group half a world away in St. Petersburg.
Russians traveled to the U.S. on a fact-finding mission in 2014, say prosecutors. It would
be the foundation of a massive operation brought to
light in recent months and described in detail in these 37 pages.
Polo Sandoval, CNN, New York.
Ten-second trivia.
From 1789 to 1914, most of the U.S. government`s revenue came from what?
Foreign investment, tariffs, income tax or corporate tax?
During this time period, taxes on imported goods or tariffs were how the government got
most of its revenue.
There`s a challenging decision ahead of the Trump administration when it comes to steel
and aluminum. Both of these metals are important to
the U.S. economy. They`re in everything from cars to dishwashers, pipelines to soda cans.
America uses 100 million tons of steel every year and five and a half million tons of aluminum.
A third of that steel is imported from other
countries. Ninety percent of aluminum is. That`s not good for American middle manufacturers
who`ve had to close some plants because of cheaper
imports.
But will President Trump impose new tariffs, taxes on steel and aluminum that`s imported?
He has until April to decide on recommendations from the
U.S. Commerce Department. But while American manufacturers could benefit from tariffs on
imported metal, they could cause prices to rise on American
metal and everything it`s used for.
One country that tariffs could target is China.
So, if tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China to the U.S. are in fact enacted,
how will China respond?
That`s the big question many here in China are asking, after the latest news out of the
White House.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross made his suggestions in three basic options. Number
one, impose across-the-board tariffs on steel and aluminum
from all countries. Two, select targeted countries with even higher tariffs. Or three, limit
the total steel and aluminum coming into the
United States overall.
All three of those would have major effects on Chinese imports and perhaps signal that
the Trump administration is, in fact, more willing to actually
carry out tougher trade measures in policy, more like the kind of rhetoric we heard from
then candidate Trump on the 2016 campaign trail where he
regularly accused China of stealing U.S. jobs while not playing by international rules.
Now, the president has largely shied away from challenging Beijing economically since
taking office. So far, not much of a response from
China because we are smack dab in the middle of the Chinese New Year holidays, so government
offices have been closed and will remain so for a
few days now.
We did see a brief article from state media outlet Xinhua, though. They quoted a senior
official named Wang Hejun at the commerce ministry here,
saying, quote: If the United States` final decision affects China`s interests, we will
take necessary measures to defend our what, rights.
Nothing more specific than that though.
It is worth noting that there is wide agreement among economists that China has sold steel
at unfairly low prices in the U.S. for years because of
cheap production costs here domestically and hundreds and hundreds have helped reduce steel
imports already. China is now longer among the top
steel importers to the United States.
Now, the president has until mid-April to decide what kind of action to take in regards
to potential tariffs, if any action at all. But if he does
decide to act, you can absolutely expect China to respond.
Analysts and industry representatives that we`ve spoken to here in China over the last
several months or so say there is broad concern that Beijing
will target major U.S. industries and companies that rally on access to Chinese markets. Think
Boeing and their airplanes or the soybean industry
that exports billions of dollars of product to China each year. Restricting access to
Chinese customers could seriously hurt U.S. companies
in the short and long term.
We`re trying to understand the behavior of baleen whales, of minke whales and humpback
whales.
So, for the first time ever, we could see from a minke whale`s perspective what is life
is like in the Antarctic, how it feeds, how it maneuvers in
the sea ice and just the things that it does in a daily life of a minke whale is something
we`d never seen before.
What`s amazing to me is how fast the animal is and how quickly it can feed and then how
quickly again it can feed the second time.
Our goal is to try to understand these whales, figure out what they need to survive and figure
out what we can men do to kind of protect those whales
and keep them from pristine (ph).
Not every cafe charges you $10 an hour just to sit down. In addition to any drinks you
buy. But not every cafe has this. At Cafe Meow
in Minnesota, you stay for and pay for the cats. The goal is to get these fine felines
adopted. It`s currently showing older cats who`ve been
overlooked by families wanting a kitten. This gives customers the chance to get to know
the felines while they get catfinated.
It`s sure truly a unique experience. If you`re looking to Siamese into your morning, if you`re
having a rough day or if you feel like a ragdoll or
a ragamuffin after work and want a Caligo somewhere exotic but closer than Siberian,
Cafe Meow offers free es-fur-sso with every order.
I`m Carl Azuz with news and meows for CNN 10.
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