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      US-China trade deal: 3 fundamental issues remain unresolved

      The U.S. and China have reportedly reached a so-called phase one deal in their ongoing trade war. While few details have been disclosed, the agreement principally seems to involve the U.S. calling off a...

      The science of gift wrapping explains why sloppy is better

      They say appearances can be deceiving. In the case of gift giving, they might be right. Consumers in the U.S. spend billions of dollars a year on wrapping gifts, in most cases to make...

      150 cooks, servers and dishwashers almost shut down a Democratic debate, showing unions’ growing...

      Organized labor’s clout in the Democratic Party is growing. For evidence, look no further than the small California food services union that nearly managed to shut down a presidential debate. Unite Here Local 11,...

      Why bad customer service won’t improve anytime soon

      Some of the most hated companies in the U.S. are also the most profitable. Much of this consumer resentment may stem from poor customer service. In fact, most Americans have fought with phone menus, desperately...

      Why are so few people born on Christmas Day, New Year’s and other holidays?

      Christmas and New Year’s are days of celebration in many parts of the world when people gather with family and friends. One thing many typically don’t celebrate on those days is a birthday. That’s because...

      Impeachment overkill, the USMCA’s impact on jobs and the power of imagery: 3 quotes...

      Editor’s note: The seven Democrats who qualified for the final Democratic presidential debate of 2019 sparred over the economy, trade, social justice and many other issues – including “wine caves.” We asked three scholars...

      Why your New Year’s resolution to go to the gym will fail

      Come January, 40% of Americans will make New Years resolutions, and nearly half of them will aim to lose weight or get in shape. But 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February, and gyms...

      Lawyers are trying to scare you with Facebook ads

      Some ads can be more than misleading – they can put your health at risk. Last year, ads paid for by law firms and legal referral companies started cropping up on Facebook. Typically, they...

      Unemployment pushes more men to take on female-dominated jobs

      In the last few decades, many high-paying jobs that are mostly done by men – like manufacturing – have contracted or disappeared. At the same time, many jobs in fields dominated by women –...

      Should government assistance cover pet food or potato chips? It depends who you ask

      Lawmakers in states like Arkansas and Texas want to restrict what the 36 million people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, can purchase with that...

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