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"The men and women in this room come from different backgrounds and from all across our land", he said at the 2018 convention, "but each of you carries the same title that's been proudly borne by patriots and pioneers, inventors and entrepreneurs, the title of - very proudly - American farmer".

But under longstanding federal law and rules, farmers and farmland already are exempt from most of the wetlands rules that the Trump administration is targeting. Yamiche Alcindor reports on the shutdown's latest impacts.

Trump arrived just outside of New Orleans behind schedule because a mechanical issue slightly delayed Air Force One's departure from Washington on Day 24 of the partial government shutdown.

GM shows off images of Tesla rivalling all-electric SUV from Cadillac
Carlisle said GM is using Tesla's vehicles as a benchmark while the Detroit-based automaker develops its own electric versions. For the moment, it will say only that the electric SUV's "name and additional details will be revealed closer to launch".

But many farmers have been hit by the shutdown, which has shuttered a number of key operations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Richard Musel, of Bennington, Nebraska, a corn and soybean farmer, described business as "marginal" but said he doesn't blame Trump. He criticized Democrats for refusing to fund the wall.

"With the border wall, everyone will also want to hear about immigration reform", says Brian Breaux, associate commodity director of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.

PG&E, utility tied to deadly California wildfires, will file for bankruptcy
PG&E said they do not expect the move to effect electric or natural gas service for its customers as a result of the proceedings. PG&E shares tumbled in the wake of S&P's downgrade and continue to sit at a 15-year low.

The USDA did, however, extend a deadline for farmers to apply for payments to offset losses they incurred due to the trade dispute.

"We're not giving up on him now, " Shelby Ricks said. Moreover, despite a pledge to put "farmers first", his new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, which is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, has yet to be approved by Congress and now potentially faces longer odds to win passage in a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.

SpaceX to fire 10% of staff, bracing for 'extraordinarily hard times ahead'
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