On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 12

Manufacturing Production Rose in October to the Highest Level in More than 10 Years.  Shopfloor 11/16
“According to the Federal Reserve, manufacturing production increased by 0.3 percent in October, rising for the fifth straight month to its highest level since June 2008. . . .”

Exclusive: China offer unlikely to spur major trade breakthrough – senior U.S. official.  Reuters 11/15
“China’s written response to U.S. demands for trade reforms is unlikely to trigger a breakthrough at talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping later this month, a senior Trump administration official told Reuters on Thursday. . . .”

Europe ready to retaliate if U.S. imposes auto tariffs: EU trade chief.  Reuters 11/14
“European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Wednesday that the EU has a list of potential retaliation targets ready in case U.S. President Donald Trump imposes auto tariffs on the bloc’s member states. . . .”

EPA plans to rewrite truck pollution rules, but it’s unclear how much stricter they’ll get.  LA Times 11/13

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it would begin rewriting smog rules for heavy-duty trucks, but offered little clarity on how much the initiative would seek to slash or strengthen regulations and whether it might conflict with California’s efforts to develop its own stricter emissions limits. . . .”