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  • Hi, I`m Carl Azuz.

  • Explaining events taking place around the world and beyond as you`ll see in a few minutes.

  • Welcome to the show.

  • First up, this Wednesday, the Trump Administration is planning to impose new tariffs, which are

  • like taxes, on products that the

  • U.S. imports from China.

  • The American government has done this before this year and China has retaliated with tariffs

  • of it`s own on American made products.

  • So what`s different this time around?

  • $200 billion.

  • That`s the value of the goods from China that will be subject to the new tariffs starting

  • next week.

  • All together, this could mean that roughly half of everything China sells to the U.S.

  • will be hit by American tariffs.

  • And China is planning to tax an additional $60 billion worth of goods from the U.S.

  • What kinds of goods are we talking about?

  • The Chinese products subject to additional taxes in the U.S. will include things like

  • food seasonings, baseball gloves and industrial machinery parts.

  • The American products subject to additional taxes in China will include meat, clothes

  • and auto parts.

  • Some analysts characterize all this as the latest shots fired in the trade war between

  • the two countries.

  • When back and forth tariffs escalate and the prices of imported products rise.

  • But other`s say it`s not a trade war at least not yet and a lead economic advisor to the

  • Trump Administration says a trade deal with China is still possible.

  • He also says the tariffs are not near a point where they`ll have an impact on the U.S. economy.

  • But what kinds of products, things that you might have lying around your living room could

  • get more expensive in the days ahead?

  • People are freaking out about a trade war with China.

  • But why?

  • Well the U.S. imports more products from China than any other country in the world, $505

  • billion worth of goods in 2017, while only sending $130 billion worth of products to

  • China.

  • This creates a gap of $375 billion.

  • A large part of the trade deficit with China.

  • In the time I`ve been talking, did you notice all the products in the room that are made

  • in China have disappeared?

  • Now a trade war with China doesn`t mean we`d stop importing these Chinese goods.

  • But it does go to show just how much we depend on them.

  • Let`s rewind in case you missed it.

  • For example, this TV.

  • The U.S. imports $146 billion worth of electrical machinery and equipment.

  • The most of anything we import from China.

  • This includes remotes, laptops and cell phones.

  • Also sneakers, we import $1.4 billion worth a year and these umbrellas.

  • The U.S. imported $113 million worth in 2017 and China happens to be the world`s large

  • supplier of umbrellas and the list goes on.

  • One thing we export a lot of is playing cards.

  • But the card stock we print on is from, you guessed it, China.

  • There`s no tariff but we still spend $120 million importing card stock last year.

  • So while these products aren`t going anywhere, they could have some steep tariffs on them

  • which means our lives could get a little more expensive.

  • A vote has been delayed on President Trump`s Supreme Court nominee.

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee was originally scheduled to vote

  • Thursday on whether to recommend that Judge Bret Kavanaugh be confirmed to the High Court.

  • It would then be up to the full Senate to decide whether

  • he`s ultimately get there.

  • But late last week, Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein gave a letter to the FBI that she

  • had received in late July.

  • It accused Judge Kavanaugh of having assaulted a woman when they were high school in the

  • 1980`s.

  • Judge Kavanaugh says he did not assault anyone in high school or at any time.

  • But the Senate Judiciary Committee put Thursday`s vote on hold and scheduled a new hearing for

  • next Monday when they interview both Judge Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey

  • Ford.

  • Judge Kavanaugh has agreed to testify before the committee but as of last night, Ford reportedly

  • hadn`t gotten back to the Senate on whether she would testify.

  • So it`s unclear now whether that hearing will actually take place.

  • 10 Second Trivia.

  • Which of these events occurred in 1972?

  • The last U.S. troops left Vietnam, Astronauts landed on the moon, President Johnson was

  • elected or the 26th Amendment was ratified.

  • The last time someone visited the moon was during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.

  • Will the next time be in 2023?

  • When the company Space X sends a tourist around the moon.

  • That`s what they`re planning on but there`s still some work to be done.

  • For one thing, the rocket named "Big Falcon" is still being developed.

  • For another, the spaceship that would carry the tourist is still being developed, but

  • the company has named the man who would be the first passenger, a Japanese billionaire

  • who`s bought out the entire flight.

  • He`s someone who loves the moon, fashion and art and that will factor into the people he`s

  • personally choosing to take along with him on a slingshot mission around our natural

  • satellite.

  • I choose to go to the moon.

  • Yusaku Maezawa announcing his plans to make history as the first tourist to ride around

  • the moon on a Space X commercial flight.

  • The Japanese billionaire purchased all the seats onboard the Space X "Big Falcon" rocket.

  • He wants to fly to the moon with a group of artists.

  • At the moment I have not decided which artists I`d like to invite but if possible I would

  • like to reach out to top artists.

  • That represent our planet from various fields.

  • Space X CEO Elon Musk says that they`re working on a redesign of the "Big Falcon" rocket to

  • get Maezawa and team to the moon more than 384,000 kilometers away, about a five day

  • trip.

  • It is a big challenge for Space X and for the new crop of space tourists.

  • It`s dangerous to be clear.

  • This is dangerous.

  • This is no inner walk in the park here.

  • You know, this will require a lot of training but whenever it`s the first flight of something

  • on a new technology and we`re talking about deep space.

  • You know, you have to be a very brave person to do that.

  • This is not no small matter.

  • Maezawa has taken big leaps before but all of those have been with his feet on the ground.

  • The musician turned entrepreneur is

  • known for his relaxed management style in usually conservative Japan and he`s made a

  • name for himself as a big spending art collector.

  • In a promotional video of his planned space trip, Maezawa says he believes art has the

  • power to promote world peace.

  • Space X says it`s enabling access to space for everyday people.

  • Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Virgin boss Richard Branson have also entered the space

  • tourism race.

  • When they are ready to fly, a ticket on one of their rockets would set you back some $200,000

  • to $250,000.

  • That is a little out of reach for most people unless you`re one of the lucky artists with

  • an invite from Maezawa.

  • By the way, if you should hear from me please say yes and accept my invitation.

  • Please don`t say no.

  • OK.

  • Blast off for Maezawa and his guests may not happen until around 2023.

  • A trip of a lifetime to make history and inspire art that will be out of this world.

  • If we told you our last story is about islands, you`d probably think yes please.

  • If we told you it was about ant islands not the ants you`re related to but the kind that

  • sting your feet.

  • You`d probably think, no thank you.

  • They`re one of the many unpleasant side effects of flooding like the kind that Hurricane Florence

  • recently brought the U.S. Southeast.

  • Floating in the flood waters, it looks like nondescript vegetation until you notice it`s

  • moving.

  • Yuck.

  • Yikes.

  • Ant islands.

  • Reporters covering the storm are tweeting images of islands of red ants.

  • The kind that sting.

  • As the water level rises, the ants cling to each other forming a living raft.

  • Their bodies are waxy, water resistant and look how tough their raft is.

  • Tweeted one admirer, it`s strangely heart warming to see a species that sticks together

  • in hard times but not everyone`s heart was warmed.

  • Thank you for a week of nightmares.

  • OK, it could be worse.

  • These maybe smaller than "Them" but they`re way more of them.

  • If at first "glants" when you see some buoyant ants in such "abund-ants" where they ain`t

  • "inhabit-ants", you`ll have a "chants" per chance to show some "tolerants" and avoid

  • the "incidants" that could anger "errant" ants.

  • Or you might just want to stomp them.

  • All this floating stuff can make folks a little "antcey".

  • I`m Carl Azuz for CNN.

Hi, I`m Carl Azuz.

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