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With China gunning for aircraft carriers, US Navy says it has to change how it fights

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 10:08 AM PST

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  • Advances in offensive weaponry, namely Chinese long-range missiles, have stoked more debate about the viability of the aircraft carrier in future wars.
  • But just because those threats are there doesn't mean the carriers are obsolete, the Navy's top uniformed official said this month.
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WASHINGTON — Just because China might be able to hit US Navy aircraft carriers with long-range anti-ship missiles doesn't mean carriers are worthless, the service's top officer said December 5.

The chorus of doom and gloom over China's anti-access weapons is too simplistic, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said, but that doesn't mean the Navy should refrain from adjusting the way it fights.

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Read the spreadsheet that Stacey Abrams has used to track her life goals since she was 18

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 10:07 AM PST

Stacey Abrams On a late election night Democratic nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams speaks to cheering supporters and announced that she'll be in in a runoff with her opponent, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday November 6, 2018.Melinda Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images

  • Georgia politician and voter rights activist Stacey Abrams has been using a spreadsheet to document her life goals since the age of 18.
  • "I realized that I'd been so focused as a young person on titles," Abrams told Business Insider. "That's one of the reasons I've always gone back to the spreadsheet, because part of it is not just to anchor titles that I want, it is to think about the work I wanted to do."
  • Abrams spoke to Business Insider about fighting against voter suppression with her organization Fair Fight, producing a CBS drama based on her novel "Never Tell," and her advice for young black female politicians.
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In college, Georgia politician Stacey Abrams created a spreadsheet to plan her life goals. More than 25 years later, she is still using that same spreadsheet.

"When I was 18, I spent an evening in our college computer lab, the fluorescent lights crackling overhead reflecting off the near-green screen," Stacey Abrams wrote in her memoir "Lead From the Outside." "In the lab that night, I created a spreadsheet. The Lotus 1-2-3 document laid out my life plans for the next 40 years. Seriously."

For Abrams, goal-setting with a spreadsheet — including columns for the year, her age, her desired job, and tasks — helped her envision what she wanted to achieve and begin creating a concrete roadmap to get there.

At age 18, Abrams' goals included writing a best-selling spy novel by age 24, being a millionaire running a corporation by age 30, and becoming the mayor of Atlanta by age 35. Abrams' inspiration for writing a goals spreadsheet was John D. Rockerfeller — who she had read kept detailed lists of his goals — but the impetus was her college boyfriend who had suddenly broken up with her. Instead of wallowing over the breakup, Abrams got serious about plotting her future, and she put it all in a spreadsheet.

Abrams' turn towards introspection and goal-setting has paid off big time. She's even accomplished versions of the very goals she set as a teenager: Abrams has written eight romantic suspense novels (one of which will be turned into a CBS drama), cofounded the financial services company Nowaccount Network Corporation, and served as minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives. 

Abrams was the first black woman to be nominated by any major party to run for governor. She ran for the for position in Georgia in 2018 and lost in an extremely close election in which Abrams says voter suppression played a role.

Business Insider spoke with Stacey Abrams about her thoughts on goal setting, voter suppression, and her advice for young black female politicians.

Here's a look at Stacey Abrams' goals spreadsheet

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Abrams on the value of maintaining a career goals spreadsheet for more than 25 years

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"What I want people to understand about the spreadsheet is not that it's a task list that I must be X by Y date," Abrams said. 

"It is much more of a guide map that says, here are the things that I want, here's why I want it. And it helps me concretize the steps necessary," she said. "Because, without that anchor of, here are the steps between where you are and where you want to be, people often wander. My goal is to give myself a bit more of a GPS directional path."

Abrams set a goal at age 18 to become mayor of Atlanta

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"At the time I wrote the spreadsheet, there had never been an African American woman to serve in any higher office than mayor, other than Congress — there had never been a woman senator, there had never been a woman governor, or a woman president, and certainly not a black woman," Abrams said.

Writing down her goal of becoming mayor on the spreadsheet led Abrams to take concrete steps towards achieving her goal. She knew she would have to get to know the city of Atlanta and learn how government works, so she attended city council meetings. Eventually, she was hired by the city. 

"Each time I had a new step, my approach was to go back to the spreadsheet and really think about: what does this mean, how does it fit in, and what can I do with this new opportunity to make certain I'm still focused on my ultimate goal," Abrams said.


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Legal experts explain how Prince Andrew could be forced to cooperate in the Jeffrey Epstein case

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 10:06 AM PST

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  • In the announcement that he was stepping back from royal duties last month over public criticism for his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, Prince Andrew said he was willing to talk to law enforcement.
  • While his status as a prince complicates matters diplomatically, legal experts told Insider that Andrew could be compelled to talk to investigators if they file a request through The Hague.
  • Sources told Insider that any interview would likely happen in the UK, with certain conditions to help protect the prince from legal recourse.
  • They also opined that the prince is more likely to agree to an interview for public relations reasons.
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Ever since his car-crash interview last month, there has been mounting pressure for Prince Andrew to speak to US investigators about his friendship with deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The prince seems to be warming to the idea of sitting down with US investigators to talk about his relationship with Epstein, which he admitted last month was "ill-judged."

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I hate shopping but a visit to Harrods, the world's most luxurious department store, was so fun I'd go back

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 10:06 AM PST

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  • Located in London, Harrods is one of the most famous department stores in the world.
  • It is also one of the most expensive.
  • I visited recently, and though it was just as fancy as I was expecting, it was the friendliness of staff that really blew me away.
  • I felt very welcome, even though I'm not rich and normally hate shopping.
  • I had so much fun, I'd go again — and would even recommend it to people visiting London.
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"Ok, so 80 grams of the gold ajwas comes to £20 ($26)."

I couldn't believe what was happening. There I was, buying dates made with literal gold — at Harrods, no less, the famous London department store equally famous for its high prices as it is for its extravagance, as Insider Inc. CEO Henry Blodget discovered when he visited back in 2013.

I hated shopping. But there I was in the place where Asma al-Assad — wife of Syrian president Bashar Assad — would regularly spend thousands upon thousands of dollars, even as the Syrian Civil War raged. It's also where actual lions, tigers, panthers, alligators, and even elephants (one, named Gertie, was apparently even sold to former US president Ronald Reagan, no less) were sold regularly (at least until the Endangered Species Act in the 1970s), and where even today you can find some of the most expensive chocolate and coffee in the world. Oh, and they also once had an actual live cobra guard a pair of shoes that had diamonds, rubies, and sapphires (which only cost £62,000, or $83,000) — that was as recently as this century.

Here's what it was like to visit — and why, thanks to the friendliest and most welcoming store staff I've ever met, I'd go back again in a heartbeat.

Harrods is an institution. A very large, very expensive institution.

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On its website, Harrods calls itself the "world's most famous department store," and it's hard to argue. Dating back to the 1800s, it's synonymous with luxury and opulence. With more than 300 departments and 1.1 million square feet of selling space, it's also the largest department store in Europe. Allegedly even having its own post code, it has the motto "Omnia Omnibus Ubique" — Latin for "all things for all people, everywhere."

It is also well-known for its association with Princess Diana.

Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters

At the time of her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997, Princess Diana was dating Dodi Fayed, the son of then-Harrods owner Mohamed Al-Fayed. Harrods is owned today by Qatar's royal family, and in 2018 a bronze statue depicting Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed was removed from the store, even though Mohamed Al-Fayed had previously claimed "Innocent Victims" (as the statue is called) would remain in Harrods forever.

Never one for shopping and anything but rich, I didn't know what to expect.

Ben Mack / Insider

"The next station is... Knightsbridge," said the woman's voice through the intercom on the tube. Stepping off the train, ample signage pointed me in the direction of Harrods. The Knightsbridge tube station was nice, but it wasn't luxurious by any stretch of the imagination.

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Analyzing your 401(k) for free with Blooom can save you money on fees and put more in your retirement account

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 10:04 AM PST

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Saving for retirement isn't as simple as just putting money into an account. You have to make numerous decisions, and if you don't know the ins and outs of investing, the process can become confusing.

For example, should you invest in a target date fund or an index fund? And what's an ETF? What does it mean to diversify your portfolio?

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THE DIGITAL BANKING ECOSYSTEM: These are the key players, biggest shifts, and trends driving short- and long-term growth in one of the world's largest industries

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 10:02 AM PST

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The banking industry is in the grips of an identity crisis. Leaders of the world's largest banks — such as Citi, BBVA, and Goldman Sachs — have begun describing themselves as technology companies with banking licenses.

However, this description is still aspirational. Executing the vision will require billions of dollars in investments, the restructuring of teams, a reimagining of the entire banking technology stack, and the adoption of a far more customer-centric business view.

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Millionaires are happier than the average person, but it's not because of how much leisure time they have — it's because of how they spend it

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:53 AM PST

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Millionaires are a happier bunch than most, but it's not necessarily because they have more money.

It's because they treat their leisure time differently than the average person, reported Dawn Teh for Forge, a Medium publication. Both millionaires and the average person allocate the same amount of their time for leisure (around 46% of their time), she wrote, citing a new study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

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Every job the characters on 'Friends' had, and what it's really like to do them

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:50 AM PST

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  • The "Friends" gang wasn't seen working much, but they all held a number of jobs throughout the series.
  • For a few seasons, Monica served as a head chef, a job that is far more time-consuming than how it's depicted on the show. 
  • As a paleontologist and professor, Ross would probably be doing a lot more writing and editing.
  • Today, Rachel's roles in the fashion industry would likely have more to do with numbers and less to do with clothes.
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It seems like the characters on "Friends" spend most of their time lounging in a coffee shop on the couch they claim as their own.

But even though we don't often see them work much, Ross, Rachel, Monica, Joey, Phoebe, and Chandler have had a number of jobs that have been depicted in both realistic and overly fictionalized ways. 

Here are the jobs of the "Friends" characters and what it's really like to do them.

Early on in the series, Monica served as a waitress at the Moondance Diner.


During seasons two and three, Monica worked as a waitress at the Moondance Diner, the 1950s-themed establishment where she had to wear a blonde wig and a fake chest and roller-skate to take orders. 

She also had to dance when guests played certain songs on the jukebox.

That said, it's almost surprising Monica was hired here in the first place considering she has little-to-no interest in performing.

In reality, she would've been up against some harsh competition to get a job at the musical eatery, especially in a city full of aspiring performers.

As a head chef, Monica would be working some really long hours.


For seasons four through nine, Monica worked as a head chef at Allesandro's and then at Javu.

But Alistair McMurray, sous chef of the upscale dining establishment Eleven Madison Park, told Insider that being a chef is far more time-consuming than how it's depicted on "Friends." 

He said head chefs typically work Wednesday through Sunday and have off on Mondays and Tuesdays. McMurray also told Insider that if Monica were to work her restaurant's lunch service, she could be required to start work at 5:45 am.

Her job would likely include things like preparing the kitchen, recapping the previous day, checking in deliveries, and tasting menus.

McMurray said he also spends his off-days going into work for food-development meetings or tastings, something Monica would likely be doing, too. 



It seems like Joey had a pretty charmed life as an auditioning actor.


Throughout the series, Joey worked as an actor, regularly attending auditions that his agent found for him.

According to Rachel Cunningham, who is also an actor based in New York City, his career was portrayed somewhat realistically since she also goes to auditions on a somewhat regular basis.

But she pointed out that much of her time is spent going to a variety of day jobs in order to make ends meet, something Joey does not do. Instead, he seemed to rely on occasional roles and the generosity of Chandler. 



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Kendall Jenner wore 2019's biggest trends in one outfit, and her tiny purse is the best part

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:49 AM PST

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  • Kendall Jenner has never shied away from wearing popular trends on and off the red carpet. 
  • On Thursday, the model was pictured wearing tiny sunglasses, leather pants, and chunky "dad" sneakers — all of which were big fashion trends in 2019
  • Jenner topped off her outfit with a mini Louis Vuitton bag from the designer's collaboration with Takashi Murakami in 2003. The purse retailed for $585.
  • With celebrities like Jenner and Lizzo wearing tiny purses lately, it doesn't look like the trend is going anywhere.
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Kendall Jenner's latest outfit proves she embracing all of 2019's biggest fashion trends

The 24-year-old model was photographed in New York City on Thursday wearing a black jacket, bright-blue turtleneck, leather pants, chunky "dad" sneakers, tiny sunglasses, and a vintage mini Louis Vuitton handbag from its collaboration with Takashi Murakami in 2003.

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A family of 8 is traveling through Australia's most remote regions in a fully customized double-decker camper van. Here's a look inside.

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:47 AM PST

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  • An Australian family of eight commissioned one the largest campers in the world in order to explore Australia's most remote regions for months at a time.
  • Designed by Australian luxury expedition vehicle manufacturer SLRV, it serves as a fully functioning house on wheels. 
  • Dubbed the Commander 8x8, the vehicle is 40 feet long, two stories tall, and can sleep up to 10 people.
  • SLRV did not disclose the final cost of the camper but previously estimated that the price would fall between $670,000 and $1,370,000.
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An Australian family of eight is traveling around the wilds of Australia in a veritable mansion on wheels.

The family, who prefers to remain anonymous, contacted Australia's leading luxury expedition vehicle manufacturer, SLRV, a year and a half ago about designing a camper that would allow them explore the country's most remote regions for months on end, SLRV cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.

This was no small feat: Australia is home to some of the world's last true wilderness and is the driest inhabited continent on Earth, consisting of 70% arid or semi-arid land.

But SLRV was up to the challenge. Boswerger and his team designed a two-story, 40-foot long camper van that New Atlas describes as "apocalypse-grade" and ranks among the largest expedition vehicles in the world. 

Take a look inside:

An Australian family of 8 commissioned an 8-wheel, double-decker luxury camper to explore Australia's most remote regions.

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SLRV, the country's leading expedition vehicle producer, designed the vehicle. 

The family wanted to be able to travel around Australia for months on end, SLRV cofounder Warwick Boswerger told Business Insider.

Dubbed the Commander 8x8, the vehicle is built on a military-grade MAN TGS truck base.

© SLRV Expedition Vehicles

The Commander 8x8 is SLRV's largest build to date, and one of the largest expedition RVs in the world. SLRV also produces an array of 4-wheeler expedition vehicles. 

"People want to take the road less traveled; they want to see real natural beauty," Boswerger told Business Insider. "You can't see that by driving around on sealed roads. People want to do this in a degree of comfort — and that's what vehicles like ours provide."

The camper's defining feature is its 6.5-foot roof lift. Activated with the push of a button on an LCD screen, it transforms the RV from one story to two.

© SLRV Expedition Vehicles

Source: SLRV

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Does birth control make you gain weight? Research is clear it does not

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:46 AM PST

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  • When oral contraceptives first came out in 1960, the amount of estrogen and progestin was much higher than it is today. 
  • Since estrogen at higher doses can increase appetite and cause fluid retention, many women who took early forms of the pill gained weight as a result.
  • Not everyone responds to birth control in the same way. However, modern birth control contains lower levels of hormones and multiple studies have shown that it is not linked to weight gain.
  • That said, there is one birth control injection, Depo-Provera, which is highly effective but also linked to weight gain because it's thought to trigger signals in the part of the brain that controls hunger. 
  • This article was reviewed by Olivia P. Myrick, MD, who is a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

If you're concerned about gaining weight while on birth control, you're not alone. Many women choose to avoid hormonal birth control methods or go off of them altogether because they believe the increase on the scale is a direct result of the method they're using. 

But most studies disagree. Here's what you need to know about birth control and your weight. 

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Ivanka Trump is reportedly a headline speaker at CES 2020, the biggest consumer tech show of the year

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:40 AM PST

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Ivanka Trump will reportedly headline the largest tech trade show of the year in January.

CNET reports that President Donald Trump's daughter will speak on a panel at CES 2020 alongside Gary Shapiro, the president of the Consumer Technology Association, the organization that puts on the trade show. However, it's unclear what Shapiro and Ivanka Trump will discuss on the panel.

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Apple is reportedly rolling out a new perk for employees: free genetic testing at its on-site wellness clinics (AAPL)

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:37 AM PST

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  • Apple will offer free genetic screening for diseases to its Silicon Valley employees, according to CNBC.
  • The free genetic tests, which will reportedly be carried out through a partnership with Color Genomics, are one of many health perks Apple is rolling out for its workers.
  • Apple now runs its own health clinics known as "AC Wellness" that allow workers to get medical treatment close to their offices. 
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Apple's Silicon Valley workers can now receive on-site genetics tests for free, CNBC's Christina Farr first reported.

The tests will reportedly be carried out at Apple's health clinics through a partnership with Color Genomics. Apple's clinics, called "AC Wellness," provide on-site healthcare to employees and their dependents — just one of many high-end perks Apple offers in order to recruit and retain top talent.

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THE FUTURE OF FINTECH 2019: The five megatrends reshaping the financial services value chain (GOOGL, AAPL, WF, GS, FNF, FB, IBM, BAC, MER-K, BCS, PYPL, SQ, AMZN, BABA, C)

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:30 AM PST

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The pace of change in financial services has never been faster. In only the first quarter of 2019, Apple Card sent a shock wave through the credit card space, FIS' $35 billion Wirecard acquisition set a record in the payments industry, and Fifth Third's acquisition of MB Financial minted a new top-five bank. 

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Yes, birth control helps with cramps but some methods are better than others

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:26 AM PST

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  • Up to 20% of women will experience cramps so severe that it interferes with daily activities. For most, cramping occurs when you shed part of the inner lining of your uterus, called the endometrium. 
  • Hormonal birth control thins the endometrial lining of the uterus. This can help relieve cramping because you're not building up that extra lining of your endometrium that causes intense contractions.
  • To ease menstrual cramps, your doctor may recommend hormonal birth control in the form of an oral contraceptive, skin patch, injection, IUD, implant, or vaginal ring. But some methods are better at relieving pain than others.
  • Dr. Kecia Gaither recommends women take combination contraceptive pills that have both estrogen and progestin. Other combination methods are the contraceptive patch and the vaginal ring. 
  • This article was reviewed by Olivia P. Myrick, MD, who is a clinical assistant professor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU Langone.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Painful period cramps, aka dysmenorrhea, affects more than half of women who menstruate. What's more, up to 20% of women will experience cramps so severe that it interferes with daily activities. 

Fortunately, many women find relief from hormonal birth control. 

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Lamar Jackson didn't realize he had broken Michael Vick's rushing record until running back/hype man Mark Ingram told him

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:25 AM PST

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  • Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens put together another dominant win on Thursday night, taking down the New York Jets 42-21.
  • Jackson threw for five touchdowns on the night, and also ran for 86 yards, breaking Michael Vick's record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season.
  • After the game, Jackson said he was unaware when he broke the record, but running back and hype man Mark Ingram was there to help him out.
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Lamar Jackson is running away with the NFL MVP award this season.

With just three games left on the schedule, Jackson has led the Ravens to a 12-2 record and a likely top seed in the AFC playoffs.

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Trump says US will lower China tariffs as part of interim trade agreement

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:17 AM PST

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  • President Donald Trump confirmed Friday that the US would lower tariffs against China as part of an interim trade agreement.
  • China had announced moments earlier that the two sides reached an agreement on the text of a so-called phase-one deal.
  • Trump said that as part of the agreement, the US would lower the tariff rate on some Chinese products to 7.5% from 15% and cancel plans to hit virtually all imports from that country.
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President Donald Trump confirmed Friday that the US would lower tariffs against China as part of an interim trade agreement and that further escalations would be suspended.

China had announced moments earlier that the two sides reached an agreement on the text of a so-called phase-one deal, which could pave the way for a broader pact to defuse a 19-month trade dispute between the largest economies.

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We just got a stark warning that the US economy is slowing as trade tensions persist

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:16 AM PST

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  • US retail sales grew less than expected in November, rising 0.2% compared to the 0.5% estimate from economists surveyed by Bloomberg.
  • The lagging sales data signals slower economic growth than hoped for in the fourth-quarter, as the US-China trade war also pulled the US manufacturing sector further into a recession last month.
  • November's soft retail trend could also be a result of this year's late Thanksgiving, JPMorgan Chase economist Daniel Silver said in a Thursday note. The timing "could have pushed some holiday shopping from November to December," he wrote.
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US retail sales grew less than anticipated in November, suggesting the nation's economy is still taking hits from the US-China trade war.

Overall sales increased 0.2% last month, according to the Commerce Department, falling under the 0.5% consensus estimate from economists surveyed by Bloomberg. The metric was dragged lower by declines in the apparel and restaurant industries, hinting at weakening consumer spending trends as the year comes to a close.

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The powerful media mogul at the core of Donald Trump's debunked views on vaccines and autism

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:01 AM PST

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  • President Donald Trump has expressed anti-vaccine views since 2007, when he told a reporter that he believes vaccines can cause autism in young children.
  • It's not immediately clear, however, how Trump developed this position, which stems from a discredited study published in 1998 and retracted in 2010.
  • The lack of clarity has driven speculation that Trump based his belief on the experience of his 13-year-old son, Barron, who has been the subject of false speculation that he is autistic.
  • But the full record suggests Trump's position arose instead from his connections to the non-profit Autism Speaks and its founder, former NBC chairman Bob Wright.
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On the otherwise tumultuous day of Donald Trump's presidential victory, many members of the anti-vaccination movement let out a sigh of relief. One of their own, they seemed to believe, was headed to the White House.

Anti-vaccinationists say a lot of things that aren't true, but this particular claim happened to be based in reality. In public statements going back more than a decade, Trump has alleged a connection — for which no evidence exists — between childhood vaccines and the onset of autism.

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Bitcoin 101: Your essential guide to cryptocurrency

Posted: 13 Dec 2019 09:01 AM PST