Author Archives: Kerry Lear

Trump is Open to Rejoining the TPP, Only If a Better Deal is Negotiated

Last year, the Trump administration withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but is now signaling officials to explore rejoining if only a “substantially better” deal is negotiated.    “Would only join TPP if the deal were substantially better than the deal offered to Pres. Obama. We already have BILATERAL deals with six of the eleven nations in TPP, and are working to ...

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Zuckerberg to Testify Before Congress This Week

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to testify before Congress regarding the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal on Tuesday. It appears as though the social network’s founder is feeling the pressure from the public and lawmakers because last month, Zuckerberg suggested that Facebook’s leading engineers and lawyers would be more appropriate to answer Congress’s questions. “If it is ever ...

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China Responds to Impending Tariffs

On Thursday, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum that authorizes the U.S. Trade Representative to determine what type of tariffs should be placed on China to handle the country’s unfair trade practices. The memorandum says that the U.S. Treasury Department should consider restrictions on the communist country “to address concerns about investment in the United States directed or facilitated by China ...

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The Federal Government Still Spends Way More on the Elderly Than on Children

A paper being presented this week at the Brookings Institution outlines the substantial long-term benefits of the investment in early childhood to our society. However, federal spending is still being spent significantly more on the elderly than children. In 2015, the federal government spent about $35,000 per elderly person though Medicare and social security programs versus the $5,000 on children ...

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Xi Jinping Can Now Remain President of China for Life

It’s official– Chinese lawmakers have passed a constitutional amendment that abolishes term limits for its President, meaning Xi-Jinping will remain as the country’s leader for the rest of his life. Xi’s predecessor put the two-term limit in place in 1982 to protect China from lifelong dictatorships, but now the country’s National People’s Congress (NPC) has been manipulated to abolish these limits. ...

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How Phone Apps are Selling Your Location Data

Smartphones may have made our lives easier, but they also act as devices to collect data for marketers. You may have noticed that you have been receiving more push notifications or ads alerting you of a nearby restaurant or store. That’s because these brands have access to your location-based data and are using automation marketing platforms to reach you. But, ...

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Additional 2.4 Million Americans Impacted by Equifax Breach

Equifax admitted this week that an additional 2.4 million Americans were impacted by the 2017 breach that exposed over 140 million Americans to identity theft. This brings the grand total to roughly 147.9 million people. Unlike the first group of consumers, potential data stolen from the second group is limited to names and partial Driver’s License Numbers. With the first ...

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The White House Introduces New Stricter Sanctions on North Korea

As the Olympics in South Korea comes to an end, the Trump Administration has unveiled a new sanctions package against North Korea that will impact trading and shipping companies that are based in Kim Jong Un’s regime. “The administration sanctioned nearly 60 companies and ships and one individual it says are helping North Korea evade an international ban on coal ...

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