MORNING-MidwestDigest-07-19-17

Max Armstrong talks about NAFTA and Thanksgiving Balls. (audio)

Across our region, it's all about the heat this week. In Perry, Kansas, there have been three nights with blackouts. It's been combination of factors including road construction and storms.

For weeks there's been pressure on Nebraska Democrat Chelsey Gentry-Tipton to step down as chairwoman of the party's Black Caucus in light of social media posts that seemed to make light of reaction when one congressman was shot at Republican baseball practice. She wrote, “Hard to be empathetic towards those that have no empathy for us. The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.” She has been removed from position. 

Most leaders offering comments about NAFTA say improve it if you can, but do no harm. Trade went from $9 billion to more than $38 billion total since NAFTA enacted.

It's time of year when state fairs announce foods for the season. Take this for example, the Iowa State Fair Thanksgiving Balls. 

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