Author Archives: Alice Green

CDC: American Life Expectancy is Declining

US life expectancy fell for the second consecutive year in 2016, announced the CDC on Wednesday. This is the first time we’ve seen a multiyear drop in life expectancy since 1962. “It’s certainly concerning to see this two years in a row,” says Bob Anderson, who leads the CDC’s mortality statistics branch. According to the report, the average life expectancy is 76.1 ...

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Food Stamps: Enrollment and Spending Continue to Fall

Federal spending on SNAP (food stamps) hit a 7-year low in 2017 as more Americans got off welfare and went back to work. SNAP spending increased dramatically during Obama’s presidency, climbing from $37.6 billion to $53.6 billion after his first year in office. Spending peaked in 2013, when the government handed out $79.8 billion to more than 47 million recipients. The ...

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FCC Chairman Calls to Regulate Social Media

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says there should be more transparency in how sites like Facebook and Google restrict conservative content. His comments come days before the FCC vote on whether to repeal “net neutrality” – a set of rules that currently forces Internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all web traffic equally. Without net neutrality, your ISP could slow down ...

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Brexit: EU and Britain Reach Agreement on Divorce Terms

British Prime Minister Theresa May has finally reached an agreement with the European Union on Brexit divorce terms. The agreement, which comes more than a year after the Brits voted to leave the bloc, follows six months of intense talks and an all-night discussion with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the DUP, and the Irish government. The 15-page deal includes ...

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New Jersey Fights for Legal Sports Betting

The Supreme Court is gearing up to hear a case on whether New Jersey will be allowed to conduct legal sports gambling. Federal law currently bans sports gambling in all but four states: Oregon, Nevada, Delaware, and Montana. New Jersey argues that the federal ban violates the 10th Amendment by allowing some states to bet on sports while banning others. ...

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Merkel and the German Government Uncertain as Coalition Fails

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a coalition government following the federal election in September failed this weekend when the Free Democrats (FDP) walked away from negotiations. “As chancellor…I will do everything to make sure this country continues to be well governed through the tough weeks ahead,” said Merkel. “It’s a day at the very least for a profound examination ...

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Taxpayers Spent $5.6T on wars in Middle East/Asia

US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria have cost American taxpayers an estimated $5.6 trillion since 2001, according to a study conducted by the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. This shocking figure, which more than triples the Pentagon’s estimates, suggests that every US taxpayer is responsible for about $24,000 in war costs. “War costs ...

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TPP Going Forward without the U.S. But Canada Not Ready Yet

Pacific Rim countries met in Vietnam last week to hammer out the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an Obama-era trade deal that aimed to open trade between the US and the Pacific Rim nations. President Trump pulled the US out of the TPP in January, and the remaining 11 countries are now trying to renegotiate it. Canadian Prime Minister ...

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Air Pollution in New Delhi More Toxic than Chain Smoking

For days, New Delhi has been blanketed in what looks like a heavy fog. Lack of visibility has forced the local government to restrict traffic, close schools, halt construction projects, and delay flights. The fog is actually air pollution, the severity of which has been compared to smoking 44 cigarettes in one day. PM 2.5 levels are as high as ...

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Trump Plays Nice With Chinese President

President Trump’s 12-day Asian tour landed him in Beijing this week, where he discussed trade and North Korea with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump has long sought to minimize the trade imbalance between the US and China. During his presidential campaign, Trump accused Beijing of “raping” the US and threatened to label China a “currency manipulator.” That vitriol has since ...

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