Donald Trump is headed to the White House because he upset Hillary Clinton in the “outstate” sections … counties beyond the metropolitan areas in Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The 50 electoral votes in those five states, all carried by Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, provided Trump the margin of victory, according to “The Outstate Effect,” a newspaper by political analyst Michael Barone of the American Enterprise Institute.

Except for Iowa, these states had not voted Republican for president since 1988 or 1984.

Is Mexico sneaking tons of refined sugar across the border, disguised as raw product? Some U.S. refiners say yes in what promises to be an early test for the incoming Trump administration.

The Commerce Department says a suspension agreement put in place in 2014 to restrict Mexican sugar exports to the U.S. is not working, but a final ruling isn't due until April.


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