Google’s New Fact-Check Feature Almost Exclusively Targets Conservative Sites

Google, the most powerful search engine in the world, is now displaying fact checks for conservative publications in its results. No prominent liberal site receives the same treatment. And not only is Google’s fact-checking highly partisan — perhaps reflecting the sentiments of its leaders — it is also blatantly wrong, asserting sites made “claims” they demonstrably… Please follow and like us:

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Trump administration moves to expand oil and gas drilling off US coasts

The Trump administration, inviting a political backlash from coastal state leaders, on Thursday proposed to open for exploration the largest expanse of the nation’s offshore oil and natural gas reserves ever offered to global energy companies, including waters off the coast of California. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the draft five-year leasing plan would commit 90… Please follow and like us:

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Kim Jong Out? Some see signs of collapse

Kim Jong Un One month ago, when a North Korean soldier fled through the ultra-high security Demilitarized Zone amid a hail of gunfire from his comrades, he arrived in South Korea severely wounded. But Thursday, when another soldier of the communist dictatorship made a run for freedom, no shots were fired by North Korea’s elite guards.… Please follow and like us:

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US, EU should fulfill WTO vow to fruits of partnership

The European Union should have recognized China as a market economy one year ago because, as one of the members of the World Trade Organization, it had agreed to a “sunset clause” in 2001, when China joined the WTO, that it would stop using the “surrogate country” approach when calculating anti-dumping measures against Chinese imports by… Please follow and like us:

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US Isolated at United Nations Over Jerusalem Decision

Some of the United States’ oldest allies turned their backs on Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate its embassy there, during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday. “It contradicts international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions,” Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog told the council. “Jerusalem is a final status… Please follow and like us:

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Would tax cut bring higher wages?

WASHINGTON — Gary Cohn, the top White House economic adviser, was onstage making the Trump administration’s case that a huge cut in corporate taxes would trigger a surge of business investments. Then came an off-the-cuff question to business leaders listening to Cohn at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting last week: How many will increase… Please follow and like us:

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How Free Trade Helps Americans Have Higher Incomes and More Jobs

The Trump administration continues to move on its campaign promise to restructure the North American Free Trade Agreement, with round five of NAFTA negotiations starting last week. In the heat of the discussions between officials from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, it’s easy to lose sight of the benefits that free trade affords all Americans.… Please follow and like us:

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Why we need to save the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By Jeff Sovern, Professor of Law, St. John’s University, Gina M. Calabrese, Professor of Clinical Education, St. John’s University, and Ann L. Goldweber, Professor of Clinical Education, St. John’s University. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, center, plans to step down at the end of the month. AP Photo/Steve Helber Republicans in Congress and the… Please follow and like us:

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Global GDP growth forecast at 3% in 2018: Conference Board

NEW YORK – After exceeding expectations in 2017, the global economy is projected to carry forward its current momentum to generate a 3 percent growth rate through 2018, the Conference Board said in its latest Global Economic Outlook 2018 on Monday. “Global growth has finally left the starting gate since the global economic and financial crisis,”… Please follow and like us:

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US sanctions 10 more Venezuelan government leaders

MIAMI — Denouncing last month’s regional Venezuelan elections as irregular, the Trump administration imposed new individual sanctions Thursday against 10 Venezuelans it accused of undermining democracy, censoring the news media and engaging in the corrupt administration of government-run food programs. The Treasury Department froze U.S. assets, banned U.S. travel and prohibited Americans from doing business with… Please follow and like us:

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Stop The Malignant Misuse Of America’s Military

Last month, Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned that if Congress doesn’t “remove the defense caps,” he said, “then we’re questioning whether or not America has the ability to survive.” This claim that insufficient increases in Pentagon spending threatens American security is flatly wrong. The real and present danger to our national security is the unecessary… Please follow and like us:

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US slams World Bank lending to rich countries like China

World Bank lending to countries like China that are rich enough to finance their own development hurts poor countries that need help, a senior US Treasury official said Wednesday. David Malpass, Treasury’s under secretary for International Affairs, cited China as a prime example of the practice, as the World Bank’s biggest borrower with $2.4 billion in… Please follow and like us:

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Obamacare insurance markets open this week amid confusion and uncertainty

WASHINGTON — Health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act begin accepting 2018 applications Wednesday amid mounting concern that the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on the law will dramatically depress enrollment. The marketplaces — a centerpiece of the law commonly called Obamacare — continue to provide coverage for some 10 million people. And they remain… Please follow and like us:

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Why we need to save the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

By Jeff Sovern, Professor of Law, St. John’s University, Gina M. Calabrese, Professor of Clinical Education, St. John’s University, and Ann L. Goldweber, Professor of Clinical Education, St. John’s University. Republicans in Congress and the White House have been very blunt about their desire to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – and the threats to… Please follow and like us:

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Treasury Dept. report slams consumer bureau’s rule to expand class-action lawsuits against banks

The Trump administration is taking aim Monday at a new rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that would expand class-action lawsuits against banks, saying it will impose legal defense costs of more than $500 million per year on employers and provide little or no relief for consumers. A Treasury Department analysis of the CFPB’s… Please follow and like us:

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