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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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Woman allegedly involved in Central Park scandal placed on leave from job: ‘We do not condone racism’

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Video circulated on social media on Memorial Day of a woman in Central Park claiming she was calling 911 to falsely claim an "African-American man" was threatening her life.

It reportedly started after he filmed her walking her dog without a leash.

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Internet sleuths worked to identify the woman. During the day on Monday, rumors of her identity spread online.

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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

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With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

He is among a growing number of doctors, academics and institutions who in recent weeks have adapted and amplified their scientific messaging in hopes of countering what has been termed an infodemic -- a deluge of information, including widespread false claims, which experts say can pose a serious threat to public health.

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Ted Cruz doesn’t want people shamed with body bags for going to beach: ‘Please stop the hate’

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In early May, Florida attorney Daniel Uhlfelder made news by dressing up as the Grim Reaper in an attempt to scare people from crowding beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Days later, he escalated by laying out body bags on the steps of the Florida capitol building in Tallahassee.

He escalated further on Saturday by announcing he would be handing out body bags to Florida beachgoers and started a fundraiser with the funds going to two progressive Political Action Committees.

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The effort caught the eye of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

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