Happy Tuesday...Cat has my tongue today so just going right to the curated stories. Thanks for reading. The Essential Eight 1. US-China U.S. Trade Gap Widens Most Since 2015; China Deficit Hits Record - Bloomberg: The goods-trade gap with China widened to a record $36.8 billion on an unadjusted basis, up from $33.5 billion in the prior month, according to the report. The deficit with the European Union jumped to a record $17.6 billion from $11.7 billion, while the gap with Mexico narrowed to $5.5 billion from $7.4 billion.