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Manufacturing slump undercuts Trump claims of economic strength

Of all the ridiculous arguments Donald Trump makes for his reelection, perhaps none is repeated more often than his claim that the U.S. economy is “the greatest economy in the history of our country.” The claim is gibberish, of course, which is why the claim (or some variation thereof) continually rates three out of four […]

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When will the media finally admit that the Trump economy hasn’t been ‘great’?

Throughout the presidency of Donald Trump, the media has parroted the GOP talking point that the economy is “great” (or “booming” or “strong” or “humming along” or whatever word Republicans happened to be using on any given day). Never mind the fact that the economy Trump inherited from President Obama was doing pretty well, thank […]

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Retail apocalypse: Too many stores (and jobs) are going, going, gone

Barely a week goes by when we don’t hear about another chain of retail stores declaring bankruptcy or slashing the number of stores nationally. We’re only a third of the way through 2019, and already U.S. retailers have announced the closure of nearly 6,000 stores — 5,994, to be exact. That’s already more than the 5,864 […]

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Obama’s 2015 challenge: Veni, vidi, veto

Now that the Republicans control both houses of Congress, there’s no question that they’re going to pass bad bills that have no chance of becoming law. Both House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky already have announced some items at the top of their GOP agenda: passage of the […]

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