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President Trump’s trade war against China didn’t achieve the central objective of reversing a U.S. decline in manufacturing, economic data show, despite tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods to discourage imports. The tariffs did succeed in reducing the trade deficit with China in 2019, but the overall U.S. trade imbalance was bigger than ever that year and has continued climbing, soaring to a record $84 billion in August as U.S. importers shifted to cheaper sources of goods from Vietnam, Mexico and other countries.

President Trump’s extraordinary directive allowing his administration to weed out career federal employees viewed as disloyal in a second term is the product of a four-year campaign by conservatives working from a ­little-known West Wing policy shop.

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Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes and 700,000 union members could make all the difference in the presidential election. For Pennsylvania union members like Luke Wanchock of the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA), the decision of who to vote for comes down to who will support our rights on the job. “I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Wanchock told “CBS This Morning.” “They’re pro-labor.

Jeffrey Mitchell, the first Black president of the South Florida AFL-CIO and president of the Transportation Workers Union, Local 291, explained what they were trying to achieve. “Labor is united, we’re joined at the hip. While we are different in nationality, we’re the same in conditions whether it’s economically or sociologically. We just want everyone to have an equal stance,” he said.

"He doesn't care about workers," said Alan Netland, president of the Northeast Area Labor Council, a division of the AFL-CIO that represents about 40,000 union members in the northeastern part of the state. "If you look at his record, he's been terrible for workers. You know, his judicial appointments are all anti-union, his National Labor Relations Board appointees are terribly anti-union."

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Members of the United Steelworkers (USW) at a steel factory in Columbus, Ohio, had hope when the Trump administration promised to protect their jobs. Fred Silvia, president of USW Local 9309, said: “Initially, we felt the tariffs were going to help us. Unfortunately, there was still steel coming in from overseas and our business just started dropping off.” Production at the steel factory where USW members worked was indefinitely halted in June. “The tariffs were a short-term fix to a long-term problem that we still currently have today.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says union members will come out in large numbers to support Joe Biden on Election Day.

Watch the full Bloomberg "Balance of Power" segment.

Mitch McConnell has turned the Senate into a body that cares only about the wealthy and powerful.