Google is not an American company

Unless President Trump has finally adopted the royal first-person plural and owns a significant amount of Google stock, it is hard to know what the president meant when he complained on Thursday that the European Union has slapped a $5 …

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Google is not an American company

Unless President Trump has finally adopted the royal first-person plural and owns a significant amount of Google stock, it is hard to know what the president meant when he complained on Thursday that the European Union has slapped a $5 …

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The weaponization of Milton Friedman

The late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman was a free-market libertarian who believed that immigrants helped make America great. Yet he has become the restrictionist right’s weapon of choice to expunge the GOP’s pro-immigration faction. It’s working. The Jack Kemp-style …

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Europe’s idiotic war on Google

Not every trade war involves tariffs. The European Union’s record $5 billion fine against Google for antitrust violations involving its Android operating system is protectionism masquerading as consumerism. And the risk for America isn’t that the penalty will sink the …

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Interior watchdog investigating Zinke’s role in land deal

The Interior Department’s deputy inspector general notified House Democrats on Wednesday that its internal watchdog has launched an investigation into a real estate deal involving a foundation started by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Montana and several developers, including Halliburton …

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EU hits Google with record $5 billion antitrust fine

European Union regulators on Wednesday hit Google with a record €4.3 billion ($5 billion) fine for antitrust violations, BBC reports. The European Commission said Google abused its Android market dominance by inserting its own search engine and Chrome apps into …

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Obama: Consider a universal basic income

In his first major speech since leaving office, former President Barack Obama endorsed the idea of providing a universal basic income. Speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on Tuesday, Obama raised the notion of guaranteed income …

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What progressives like about Trump’s trade war

If President Trump has been clear on one thing, it’s that globalized trade is a raw deal for American workers. Of course, most mainstream economists and commentators do not agree, to put it mildly. They see globalized trade as a …

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The secretive mega-companies behind your glasses

Almost everyone wears glasses at some point in their lives. In developed countries, the rule of thumb is that around 70 percent of adults need corrective lenses to see well. And over the last generation, just two companies have risen …

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How to shrink your credit card fees

Here are three of the week’s top pieces of financial advice, gathered from around the web: How to shrink credit card feesIf you’re seeking some respite from soaring credit card fees and interest rates, “all you have to do is …

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Should HBO be more like Netflix?

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: “Change is coming to HBO,” said Edmund Lee and John Koblin at The New York Times. The “crown jewel” of AT&T’s recent $85.4 billion acquisition of …

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