Afternoon Coffee: AP reports forced labor in China creates U.S. college gear; How the Government Shutdown Might Happen This Week

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People held at an internment camp in China have been forced to make U.S. college sportswear, reports The Associated Press, citing interviews with people familiar with the camp and similar factories. The AP said it tracked shipments from an internment camp’s factory to Badger Sportswear, a supplier in Statesville, North Carolina.

“The shipments show how difficult it is to stop products made with forced labor from getting into the global supply chain, even though such imports are illegal in the U.S.,” the AP writes.

Badger CEO John Anton on Sunday told the AP that the company would source sportswear elsewhere while it investigates.

China said the facilities are for free vocational training for ethnic groups like the Uighurs, Kazakhs and others, who are mostly Muslims and live in the far west reaches of the country, the AP reports.

Trump, Lawmakers Have 5 Days to Pass Budget

A looming government shutdown could hit for the holidays unless President Donald Trump and lawmakers come to terms in the next five days. Bloomberg takes a look at the scenarios — a prolonged closure, a temporary spending deal, a long-term agreement or something in between. Bloomberg also details the groups and people affected: “A partial shutdown would hit agencies including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, Justice and Interior. More than 420,000 federal employees would work without pay and more than 380,000 workers would be sent home.”

No One Is Moving Much Cheese

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. has a glut of cheese as trade slows and tastes change.

Dow Slides, Awaits Fed News

And finally, an economic update: The Dow has dropped as much as 450 points Monday as investors await news from the Fed about whether interest rates will rise, CNBC reports.

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