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Trump’s economy is far from the ‘best ever’ — and wage growth ‘pales in comparison’ to past presidents

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President Donald Trump’s constant boasts about the state of the American economy as the “best ever” are at odds with GDP data and other numbers that show the economy isn’t nearly as strong as it’s been under past presidents.

As Axios reports, GDP growth during Trump’s first term has been 2.5 percent, which is only slightly ahead of the 2.3 percent GDP growth in the second term of former President Barack Obama.

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What’s more, Trump has not fulfilled his vow to restore the American economy to regular growth of 3 percent or higher that was common during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

And GDP isn’t the only indicator where Trump lags behind past presidents, Axios writes.

“Some aspects of the Trump economy, like wage growth and business investment, pale in comparison to other periods,” the publication writes.

Economists are also projecting slower growth in 2020, as the effects of the 2017 GOP tax cut bill start to wane and as the coronavirus threatens China’s ability to act as the key cog in the world’s supply chain.

“Wall Street downgraded growth expectations in the first half of 2020, even as tensions over the trade war ebbed,” Axios writes. “Meanwhile, the resilient consumer may be losing momentum, government data showed Friday — a troubling sign, considering that spending accounts for two-thirds of economic activity.”

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Why the novel coronavirus became a social media nightmare

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The biggest reputational risk Facebook and other social media companies had expected in 2020 was fake news surrounding the US presidential election. Be it foreign or domestic in origin, the misinformation threat seemed familiar, perhaps even manageable.

The novel coronavirus, however, has opened up an entirely different problem: the life-endangering consequences of supposed cures, misleading claims, snake-oil sales pitches and conspiracy theories about the outbreak.

So far, AFP has debunked almost 200 rumors and myths about the virus, but experts say stronger action from tech companies is needed to stop misinformation and the scale at which it can be spread online.

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Europe, US virus deaths surge as Trump reverses New York lockdown threat

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The global coronavirus death toll surged past 30,000 over the weekend as Europe and the United States endured their darkest days of the crisis.

A back-flip from US President Donald Trump on quarantining New York highlighted the panic and confusion across many parts of the world in trying to contain the pandemic, which has seen more than a third of humanity placed under unprecedented lockdowns.

More than 30,800 deaths had been reported worldwide by Sunday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, as the virus continued to leave a devastating imprint on nearly every aspect of society: wiping out millions of jobs, overwhelming healthcare services and draining national treasuries.

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The internet is wondering if Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro was drinking before her Saturday night show

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Moments after clips if the opening of Jeanine Pirro's regular Saturday night show on Fox News were posted online, Twitter commenters were speculating that the former prosecutor may have been drinking, likely due to her demeanor and slightly disheveled look.

After her "Justice with Judge Jeanine" show was delayed due to "technical difficulties" for 15 minutes, the host appeared and apologized for the delay before she began to discuss Donald Trump's plan to take the U.S. out of quarantine by Easter, telling viewers, "Just the other … day the president talked, or was hoping, about the possibility of reopening everything on Easter Sunday, uh, in a way where we could kind of come out of this quarantine, as loose as it may be, that we’re involved in."

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