“Recent data show manufacturing jobs are disappearing across Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio, states critical to Trump’s reelection chances. On Tuesday, Murray Energy, a major mining firm with close ties to the president, became the latest of many coal companies to file for bankruptcy this year, rattling communities across Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. The news followed recent layoffs at a prominent steel manufacturer in northeastern Ohio and General Motors’ final decision this fall to shutter its massive plant at Lordstown, Ohio.
The turmoil in the manufacturing and mining sectors threatens to undermine Trump’s claim to a booming economy — the bedrock of his and his Republican allies’ campaign strategy — in places where it matters most. While Trump’s economy is benefiting high-tech manufacturing and energy sectors in other regions, the manufacturing slump across the Rust Belt may test whether Trump can retain his appeal to blue-collar workers without having fully delivered on his promise to fatten their bank accounts.”
– Josh Boak and John Seewer, Associated Press
Former Joe Biden campaign aide Larry Rasky registered a new super PAC called Unite the Country to support Biden’s campaign.
Cosmopolitan released a video interview with Cory Booker on abortion, education, healthcare, student loan debt, and climate change.
Pete Buttigieg will campaign in New Hampshire Wednesday and Thursday with town halls in Petersborough and Derry. He is also expected to file for the New Hampshire primary Wednesday.
While speaking at the 9/11 Tribute Museum in New York, Tulsi Gabbard called on Justice Department and FBI to declassify and release any documents related to any Saudi involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Gabbard also wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal contrasting her foreign policy approach with Hillary Clinton’s.
Joe Sestakwrote an op-ed on climate change and national security in the Washington Examiner.
In an interview with The Orange County Register, Tom Steyer discussed the California wildfires and climate change.
Elizabeth Warren issued an anti-corruption policy that prohibits large corporations, banks, and market-dominant companies from hiring former senior government officials for four years. Companies that violate the ban will pay a penalty of 1 to 5 percent of net profits.