Georgia’s labor force slipped again in July, dropping by less than 1,000 versus a total work force of more than 5.1 million.

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More than a dozen people were arrested Saturday and six others were injured as left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators spent hours counter-protesting against a rally by far-right and extremist groups.

President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism.

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It's official: In a letter to Playboy correspondent and CNN political analyst Brian Karem's lawyer on Friday, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said she had "made a final determination" to suspend Karem's hard pass for 30 days.

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The United States has unsealed a warrant for the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker anchored off the coast of Gibraltar. It is the latest twist involving the vessel at the center of a standoff between Tehran and the West.

The corn market rebounded again today, with more short-covering action after hitting a three-year low this week. “The market appeared to be viewed as being overdone,” Ami L. Heesch of CHS Hedging said.

With strength in the other grains, wheat also borrowed to move slightly higher today. Strength in the U.S. dollar and plentiful supplies are limiting gains today, but scattered rains are halting spring harvest, Ami L. Heesch of CHS Hedging said.

“New US new crop soybean sales and a drier 2 week US Midwest forecast offered support,” Steve Freed of ADM Investor Services said. “Managed funds are net short soybean futures due to drop in China demand and adequate South America supplies.”

In weighted average negotiated prices for barrows and gilts, USDA reported;

Cattle finished the weekend down as ideads that a surge in beef prices (now at their highest level since 2017) will spark much more active slaughter pace, The Hightower Report said.

Boxed beef cutout values this afternoon were sharply higher on good demand and moderate offerings, USDA said.

Members of the Price Futures Group went on a central Illinois crop tour, coming away with uncertainty. “Our reaction is that we don’t know as much about the IL corn and bean crops as we normally do on this date,” Jerry Gidel said. “What we did see was how many fields that will be heavily impacted by the next 6-8 weeks weather.”

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Market volumes are down to normal levels, which tells us that the worst is probably over in a rough week, according to John Payne.

The Chinese pig herd shrank by 32.2% in July from the same month a year ago, according to Allendale.

Corn is higher overnight and rain is expected to be widespread across the Cornbelt over the next five days, according to CHS Hedging.

The fact that soybeans haven’t rallied after a very bullish USDA report this week is troubling, according to John Payne.

Wheat futures contracts are mostly 2 to 3 cents higher this morning, according to Brugler Marketing and Management.

Live cattle futures were mixed on Thursday, with October closing a tick higher, according to Brugler Marketing and Management.

China made its largest purchases of U.S. pork in seven weeks, according to Allendale.

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The Trump administration has informally greenlit a potential major arms sale to Taiwan involving dozens of new F-16 fighter jets, according to administration officials and others familiar with the matter.

The U.S.-China tariff trade war has resulted in huge export losses to the U.S. soybean industry. However, there is a concentrated effort by groups such as the United Soybean Board (USB) and the American Soybean Association (ASA), along with related soy industries, to find new markets for U.S. soybeans.

Painted lady caterpillars, or thistle caterpillars, in soybean fields have been the topic of many Extension calls this season, with farmers and agronomists from southern to northern Nebraska reporting high numbers.

Most of the marketing news recently has focused on the accuracy of USDA reporting. Although this topic merits conversation, the debate doesn’t help you market grain.

The amount of uncertainty about national production and your own farm yield has put farmers in a tough place. Should you be selling growing crop now or waiting?

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President Donald Trump has on multiple occasions brought up buying Greenland from the Danish government and the White House counsel's office has looked into the possibility, two sources told CNN on Thursday.

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