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If a week is a long time in politics, what’s half a year worth?

It almost seems like another era.

Back at the beginning of March…

At the TPM event in Long Beach, Peter Friedman, the well-respected Washington lobbyist representing US agricultural exporters, told delegates that a dockers strike at the country’s east and Gulf coasts was pretty unlikely given the current administration’s form book.

“If you look at the major labor disputes that have taken place recently, involving the rail unions, UAW, the ...

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