Category: Financial

The obscure Supreme Court case that decided tomatoes are vegetables

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(Washington Post) It’s a question used to trick schoolkids the nation over: Is the tomato actually a fruit or vegetable? Botanically, it’s a fruit. But legally, it’s not. And the origins of that discrepancy lie in a 19th-century Supreme Court case so obscure, many tomato experts aren’t even aware of it. “Tomatoes have such an […]

Tell us where Amazon’s second headquarters should go, March Madness-style

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Time’s almost up: On Thursday, Amazon will stop taking pitches on where the online retailer should locate its newest headquarters. A bevy of local leaders representing Memphis, Philadelphia and New Jersey, among other metro areas, have already expressed interest in hosting the new facility, which is expected to lead to 50,000 new jobs. (Amazon chief […]

A Clinton official explains how Trump could get Democrats to back his tax plan

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Laura Tyson, who worked in the Obama and Clinton administrations, is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. (M. Spencer Green/Associated Press) If President Trump truly wants to win some Democratic votes on his tax plan, he should call Laura Tyson. She’s one of the most vocal Democrats supporting tax cuts for businesses, […]

For many older Americans, the rat race is over. But the inequality isn’t.

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Joanne Molnar, 64, and her husband Mark, 62, are employed as “Workampers” in Trenton, Maine. Workampers are employees, mainly retirement-age couples, who work various seasonal jobs at RV parks and camping parks for minimum or relatively low wages during the summer months. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) While the rat race ends with retirement, one of […]

Scott Pruitt suggests he will restrict scientists who get EPA grants from advising the agency

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hinted Tuesday at plans to rid the agency’s scientific advisory boards of researchers who get EPA grants, arguing that the current structure raises questions about their independence. “What’s most important at the agency is to have scientific advisers that are objective, independent-minded, providing transparent recommendations,” Pruitt told an audience […]

Trade talks with Canada and Mexico dissolve in harsh words

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The leading U.S. trade negotiator exchanged unusually sharp words with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts Tuesday, saying he was “disappointed” at their “reluctance to give up unfair advantages.” In a news conference wrapping up a fourth round of negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, a combative U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer […]

Trump can’t decide if he wants to sabotage Obamacare or not

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President Donald Trump signs an executive order on health care (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump hasn’t been able to repeal Obamacare, so he might be trying to destroy it instead. He can’t seem to decide. This would be even more spiteful than it sounds. That’s because, in the short-term, Trump’s latest move […]

What is tbh, Facebook’s newly acquired anonymous teen compliment app?

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tbh, a mobile app that lets high school and college students compliment one another anonymously has been acquired by Facebook, the company announced Monday. The app, which is available on iOS devices, has been around only since August, in some states, but its popularity has ballooned. tbh now counts more than 5 million users who […]

Here’s how a Las Vegas millionaire plans to build an orbiting space station for the moon

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The moon — that cold, gray outpost that NASA last visited 45 years ago — is hot again. The vice president says so. So do Elon Musk and Jeffrey P. Bezos. And as the Trump administration sets its sights on the lunar surface, a growing number of companies say they are ready for the challenge. […]

FCC chair on Trump’s NBC tweet: ‘The FCC will stand for the First Amendment’

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (Pau Barrena/Bloomberg News) The Federal Communications Commission doesn’t have the power to revoke any NBC station’s broadcast license over the content it produces, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said Tuesday, putting a damper on recent suggestions by President Trump that NBC should be penalized for its critical coverage of the White House. […]
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