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Trump loves to brag about how the stock market is doing — but Obama’s rally was much bigger

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high — and President Donald Trump hasn’t missed any opportunities to take credit for the soaring stock market — but both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama oversaw stronger gains in the economy in the first six months of their first terms.

Axios.com said that the S&P 500 showed stronger percentage growth under both Bush and Obama in those presidents’ first half year in office.

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“Obama took office in the midst of an economic recession, so much of his S&P 500 increase was a rebound from the depths. Trump, on the other hand, inherited an already-growing market that has accelerated since his inauguration,” wrote Axios’ Dan Primack.

Data: S&P Global Market Intelligence, Yahoo Finance; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon /
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On Monday, Trump took credit for raising American workers’ wages, when in fact, workers’ wages have remained flat in spite of stock market gains.


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There should be universal ‘dismay and disgust’ at Roger Stone’s actions: Judge Amy Berman Jackson

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Judge Amy Berman Jackson delivered quite the lecture to Trump ally Roger Stone during his sentencing hearing on Thursday.

Shortly before sentencing the longtime right-wing dirty trickster, Jackson delivered a blistering condemnation of Stone's efforts to lie to investigators and intimidate witnesses, all to cover up the truth about his efforts to make contact with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election.

"The defendant lied about a matter of great national and international significance," she said. "This is not campaign hijinks. This is not just Roger being Roger."

She also expressed astonishment that anyone would be calling for Stone to be pardoned despite being convicted on seven counts that included perjury, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice. She also said that Stone's assault on the truth was "a threat to our most fundamental institutions, to the very foundation of our democracy."

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Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison

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Donald Trump's longtime aide Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday in a case that has caused a stir in Washington following meddling by the US president and his attorney general.

Stone received a sentence of 40 months in prison.

Stone, one of the Republican leader's allies and "oldest friends," was convicted in November of lying to Congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to cheat in the 2016 election.

Just 10 days ago, four US prosecutors asked a judge to sentence the former political consultant to between seven and nine years in jail. Trump chimed in via his favorite method of communication -- Twitter -- to denounce what he called a "miscarriage of justice."

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Before being sentenced, the judge reads Roger Stone the riot act: He ‘injected himself’

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President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr may have wanted a soft sentence for Roger Stone, but before being sentenced Thursday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson ripped stone to shreds for "indicting himself."

Berman Jackson began by saying that Stone not only lied to Congress, he then threatened violence if others didn't back up his story.

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She then hammered Stone on the fact that he outright lied about his conversations with Wikileaks.

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