The view from a Pa. county that swung from Obama to Trump — and where Trump needs a repeat
WIND GAP, Pa. — From his front porch, Mayor Mitchell D. Mogilski has a clear view of the Trump flag waving from his neighbor’s home across the street.But the rivalry here isn’t bitter. Mogilski’s neighbor happens to be the Republican former mayor of this small borough that Mogilski now oversees, and the two are friends. And although Mogilski is a Democrat, he’s no party loyalist. In 2016, Hillary Clinton didn’t get his vote. Neither did Donald Trump. He didn’t think either deserved it.But 2020 is different.“Donald Trump has proven over and over that he doesn’t care about anybody but Donald Tru...
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Susan Tompor: Precious metals scheme played up fears of conservatives, elderly to drain savings
The fear of waking up one day and watching your 401(k) implode has continued to fester during the pandemic, the civil unrest and and a hotly charged election in 2020.So, why shouldn’t we expect that someone would try to scare people out of all their money and putting every dime they’ve got into, say, silver or gold coins and bars? Investors in their 60s, 70s and 80s are particularly vulnerable since they might have built up hundreds of thousands of dollars in life savings.A Maryland investor, according to a civil complaint filed by a group of regulators in September, was told that roughly $300...
Detroit Free Press
Trump sounds familiar themes in Minnesota campaign swing
DULUTH, Minn. — Five weeks before the election, President Donald Trump was back in Minnesota on Wednesday, raising money and rallying a few thousand supporters on a cool, blustery night.He falsely took credit for adding many jobs to the Iron Range, a refrain he also sounded a year ago when visiting Minneapolis, and expressed support for some of the area’s most controversial topics, including copper-nickel mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and replacing the aging Line 3 oil pipeline.“Now they’re all back,” he said of thousands of Iron Range mining jobs, seemingly unaware tha...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Republicans warn Pa. shale gas industry of economic 'disaster' if Democrats win
Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry faces an existential threat if Joe Biden and Democrats sweep into office in the Nov. 3 election, Trump administration officials and supporters told a Marcellus Shale Coalition conference on Tuesday.U.S. Energy Secretary Daniel Brouillette and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., speaking at a conference sponsored by the industry trade group, warned of job losses, energy shortages, price increases and an erosion of national security if climate activists succeed in banning fracking and in curtailing development of fossil fuel resources and infrastructure, such as pipe...
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Judge blocks Peabody, Arch coal joint venture
ST. LOUIS — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a proposed joint venture between two of the world’s largest private coal companies, Peabody Energy and Arch Resources, that federal regulators argued would allow the companies to dominate the Powder River Basin coal market.The Federal Trade Commission “has shown that there is a reasonable probability that the proposed joint venture will substantially impair competition in the market for Southern Powder River Basin coal,” U.S. District Judge Sarah Pitlyk ruled.St. Louis-based Peabody and Creve Coeur, Mo.-based Arch in June 2019 proposed combining t...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Accused Peruvian gold smuggler in massive Miami money laundering case dies of COVID-19
MIAMI — An infamous Peruvian gold trader at the center of a multibillion-dollar money laundering case in Miami has died of COVID-19 in his homeland, according to authorities and news accounts.Pedro David Pérez Miranda, 60, died Saturday at a hospital in Lima, Peru, after struggling with the coronavirus respiratory disease since late August.His alias was “Peter Ferrari,” dubbed with that nickname by the news media because of his love for flashy cars, beautiful women and the yellow precious metal, gold.Ferrari, who had been in custody in Peru before his hospitalization, was accused in a 2017 ind...
Steel giant ArcelorMittal to sell US business in $1.4B deal
ArcelorMittal’s U.S. operations, which include Indiana Harbor, the largest integrated steelmaking facility in North America, will be sold to Cleveland-Cliffs for $1.4 billion in cash and stock.The transaction, announced early Monday, will make Cleveland-Cliffs the largest flat-rolled steel producer and largest iron ore pellet producer in North America.The deal involves almost 20 facilities in eight states, including five in northwest Indiana — the Indiana Harbor and Burns Harbor mills as well as three finishing plants, two of which are joint ventures with Nippon Steel. It also includes a compa...
A Pennsylvania county voted for Obama twice. But it's 'Trump Country' now
EXETER, Pa. — As traffic made its way down Schooley Avenue on Tuesday, the giant Trump signs on Jeff Davis’ porch were impossible to miss. “Make America Great Again,” one read. “No more bulls —,” proclaimed another.Vice President Mike Pence would hold a rally down the road a few hours later in this former coal mining town, but Davis wasn’t going. He suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and says his immune system is “down to nothing.” Standing on his front lawn, Davis, 57, motioned to his wife and daughter on the porch.“I’m still very leery on the COVID thing,” he said. “Mostly, they go food shopp...
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