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In another win against the tech giants, the European Union, lead by the French government, fined Google $57 million. The argument against Google was a “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent.” In violation of individuals rights, the tech company reaps profit off of the individual data of users. While the European Union has successfully fined the tech giants, the United States Government is far behind, having only congressional hearings with the...

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In the final hours of the longest government shutdown in history, President Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he didn’t “really quite understand why” some federal workers were turning to services like food banks to survive after two missed paychecks. Ross went on to suggest that federal workers struggling during the shutdown should have taken out loans to make ends meet. The ‘shutdown loans’ of up to $5,000 offered by Ross’ own Department of...

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New research from the National Association of Realtors found that existing home sales have hit a three year low. 2018 was the worst year for sales of previously-owned homes since 2015. The month of December 2018 was especially bad for the housing market. Sales of previously-owned homes, which make up the vast majority of housing sales, were down 6.4% for the month and 10.3% lower than December 2017. At the same time, stocks fell the most in almost...

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Tens of thousands of Los Angeles public school teachers have spent the school week outside of the classroom and on the picket lines. The more than 30,000 educators on strike are demanding smaller class sizes, increased staffing and higher teacher salaries. Many Los Angeles classrooms have more than 40 students to a single teacher. The current cap for high school class sizes in L.A. is 46. Aerial footage shows massive teacher strike as tens of...

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced it is slashing 10% of its workforce, another blow for Musk’s companies. Musk hasn’t had an easy go of it recently, getting in hot water with the SEC, who took unprecedented action against him for his Twitter missives about taking Tesla private. Also, Musk’s company Tesla’s shares recently tanked following reports of extremely bad sales in China. This is especially noteworthy given the recent development that China is offering Musk permanent residency. Breitbart reports that “getting a Chinese ‘green...

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With the government shutdown showing no signs of ending and President Trump standing firm in his demand for $5.7 billion for a border wall, moderate Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and some purple-state Senators are getting increasingly nervous about the political and substantive ramifications of the stand-off. Following the President’s address to the nation on the situation at the border, Sen. Murkowski indicated she wants the shutdown to end, saying:

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Democrat Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif) threatened President Donald Trump with a lawsuit from the House of Representatives if the president declares a “made-up” national emergency to deal with migrants at the U.S. border with Mexico. Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Lieu promised that House Democrats would sue to force the president to justify any emergency declaration, and that the case might make its way to the Supreme Court. “If he wants to reopen government, and then declare...

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With the stock market more volatile than ever and the biggest overall drop in 2018 in a decade, concerns in the U.S. are growing over contracting economic growth and the economy slowing down. Across the Atlantic, Europeans are facing similar realities: Breitbart reports that German factory orders dropped, a good indicator of the overall economic conditions in the eurozone. The Brexit situation is far from resolved with it looking more and more likely the United Kingdom will...

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The Chinese economy is slowing down, which is a double-edged sword for the U.S. On the one hand, President Trump thinks the economic slowdown in the world’s second largest economy gives him more leverage in ongoing U.S.-China negotiations over trade and tariffs. On the other hand, whether we like it or not, there are some interconnections between our economy and U.S. stock market and economies abroad. Trump’s tariffs may drive China to the negotiating table,...

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Appearing on Fox News, Rudy Giuliani argued that the publisher of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, had not done “anything wrong” and should not face criminal charges or jail time for publishing stolen information. Assange has been indicted in the U.S. for disseminating classified information, but details of the charges are under seal. Assange faces unrelated charges in the EU for sexual assault of a minor. Giuliani, the former New York mayor who currently serves as President...