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The FBI director testified on Capitol Hill, confirmation hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and more changes to the health care bill. And that was just Monday. We take a look at what happens when everything, or maybe nothing, is a crisis. Spoiler alert: It all depends on your point of view.  Alyssa Mastromonaco talks to us about what it was like in the White House under President Barack Obama and her new book, "Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?" Also, she answers our Make Me Smart question, and you do, too.     

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Another "ag gag" law is in the works in Arkansas. These bills are brought under the pretense of safety -- both for the person supposedly breaking them, as well as for the employees of the entity "trespassed" upon. The unspoken aim of these laws is to prevent whistleblowing, and they often spring into existence after someone has exposed horrible practices at local businesses -- in most cases, the mistreatment of animals. The other consequence of most of these laws -- unintended or not -- is to

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With the stock market selling off near 30 points on the S&P 500 by the close Tuesday – the Russel 2000, a “Trump rally” staple, was down 2 ¾% on the day and now negative on the year – a […] The post “Soft” and “hard” data at widest divergence in history … Bearish For Equities appeared first on ValueWalk.

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My wife and I started looking for a new car recently. Our old, faithful Volvo 850 — nearly 20 years old now — is long (way long) past its prime. I know, I know — I should have gotten rid […] The post The New Subprime Risk appeared first on ValueWalk.

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On Thursday night, the House is expected to vote on a bill to repeal Obamacare. The only hurdle is Republicans themselves. House leaders are desperate to get enough conservatives on board to get the bill to the Senate, so last night they made some changes to it. One sweetener: letting states add work requirements to Medicaid eligibility rules. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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There’s news today of another travel-related ban from the Trump administration, but this one impacts what happens when you get on the plane. Passengers coming to the U.S. on direct flights from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa will not be able to carry anything larger than a smartphone on the plane. Administration officials cite security for the new travel restrictions, but they didn’t point to any specific threat. Some of the people who will be most impacted are business travelers, and it’s also not good news for airlines in the region. Twice a month, Danny Sebright travels from Washington, D.C., to the United Arab Emirates for business. “And I immediately first thought was, 'Well, how am I going to fly back and forth to do my business in the UAE and not be able to use my laptop on the 14-hour flight each way?'” he said. As the president of the U.S.- UAE business council, Seabright typically spends those hours in the air writing memos and sending emails. From now on, his thumbs will be doing all the work on his iPhone. The restrictions could cost airlines like Qatar and Emirates some of their best travelers, said George Hobica, founder of airfarewatchdog.com.  “The business traveler is the cash cow for these airlines,” Hobica said. Hobica said many devices hold sensitive information and airlines typically don’t cover damages. “If I were a business traveler, I would not allow my laptop to be put in the cargo hold,” Hobica said. “Absolutely not." Hobica thinks many travelers from the countries included in the ban will change their routes to connect in Europe. “I’m sure that the CEOs of Delta, American and United are jumping in the aisles right now,” he said. For years, U.S. carriers have complained loudly about the subsidies Middle Eastern competitors get from their governments. Samuel Engel, who runs the aviation group at the consulting firm ICF, said over the last decade, long-haul routes from the Middle East to the U.S. have increased dramatically.   “What they’ve really been affecting is the traffic that previously used to connect over Europe and also the traffic going between the U.S. and other points in Asia,” Engel said. Engel said the device ban could potentially tip the competitive balance a bit.

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Wharton’s Mauro Guillen and American University’s Michelle Egan discuss ongoing turmoil in Europe. Europe is facing testing times these days. The Dutch elections last week were a bright spot for those who are concerned with a rise in far-right populism. […] The post Following The Dutch Elections, Can Europe Pass More Crucial Tests? appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Excerpted from Whitney Tilson’s latest email to investors.   The subtitle of this article asks the right question: “Why is a so-called populist trying to dismantle America’s most effective consumer watchdog?” In his inaugural address, Trump promised that “the forgotten […] The post Tilson Calls Out Icahn & Mallinckrodt; Buys More Shares Of Pershing Square appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Donald Trump’s federal budget plan proposes large funding cuts with largely negative consequences. John Oliver examines the troubling priorities of the new administration.   Federal Budget: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver   The post John Oliver on the Federal Budget appeared first on The Big Picture.

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In December, we wrote about how (thanks to EFF's lawyering) mobile phone provider CREDO Mobile was finally (after many years) allowed to reveal the National Security Letter (NSL) it had received from the DOJ back in 2013. As per usual, the NSL had a complete gag order, barring the company from admitting it had received such a letter. Then, just about a month later, Cloudflare was similarly ungagged over an NSL it had received in 2013 as well. On Wednesday, EFF will be back in the 9th Circuit

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This story is from our special series that explores NAFTA’s role in our economy from the perspective of workers, business owners and trade negotiators. What exactly is NAFTA? And what happens if it changes?  Join us to discuss how one of the most hotly contested issues in our society shapes the way we live. In October 1993, Janet Reno, the U.S. attorney general, was giving a speech at the University of California, San Diego, just 20 miles from the Mexican border. She was touting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, which hadn't been ratified yet. And she said the trade deal would result in fewer Mexican people crossing the border to work illegally in the U.S. At the time, workers in Mexico were taking home just 30 percent of what U.S. workers earned on average each year. But NAFTA, Reno said, would make the Mexican economy so much better. “NAFTA is our best hope for reducing illegal immigration, in the long haul,” she said. That's what researchers at the Commission for the Study of International Migration found, and Reno believed it. Mexico's president even said NAFTA would help his country export "goods, not people." Related: Mexico's NAFTA architect on why he doesn't take Trump's critiques personally An end to NAFTA could send Mexico into a deep recession Corn farmers looking ahead with 'nervous anticipation' But it turns out the policy wonks got it wrong. They didn't count on stories like Elaine’s. She’s a 22-year-old woman who’s in the U.S. illegally. We’re identifying her by her middle name because she fears deportation. “I was born in 1994,” she said. “For Mexico, it was a very monumental year — it was the year that NAFTA took place.” Her mom’s family grew corn in Morelos, Mexico, back when NAFTA was signed. The trade deal opened up Mexico as a market for U.S. farm products. They poured in, including tons of cheap U.S. corn. It's yellow corn, largely for animal feed, not for tortillas. “It was more expensive to grow our own corn than to buy it from the U.S.,” said Elaine. U.S. corn farmers had their crop prices protected by the U.S. government. That’s on top of other advantages: good soils, ample rainfall and new genetically modified seeds, which boosted yields. U.S. producers now export about $2 billion a year in corn to Mexico. Bruce Peterson, a corn producer in Northfield, Minnesota, said he’s not sure how much to credit NAFTA for the expansion of his own farm over the past few decades. But he said it’s clear NAFTA has helped U.S. producers overall. “Mexico is our No. 1 purchaser of corn,” he said. Bruce Peterson, a farmer in Northfield, Minn., said NAFTA has played an important role for U.S. corn exports. Annie Baxter/Marketplace The farmers in Mexico couldn't compete against the Midwestern corn giants. Many downsized or folded. Elaine’s mom left her farm family and headed to the U.S. in search of better economic opportunities. She got to America and found a job in fast food.  “Her plan was just to send money back to Mexico so my grandma could raise me,” Elaine said. But her mom missed her. She sent for Elaine, who was just 3 years old, to join her. “My grandma and I crossed the border,” Elaine said. “We actually went through the desert.” Like many experts, economist Tim Kehoe at the University of Minnesota thought NAFTA would supercharge Mexico's economy, so any workers hurt, like corn farmers, would certainly find new jobs. But in the two decades following NAFTA, Mexico's real per capita GDP only grew at an annual rate of 1.3 percent. And Mexico's poverty levels have remained about the same. “Now, when we look at it, that growth miracle did not occur," said Kehoe, who acted as a consultant on the original trade deal. Other countries in Latin America with no NAFTA have actually seen better economic growth than Mexico. And Elaine's family wasn't alone in seeking opportunities in the U.S. when they failed to find them at home. Corn sitting in a pile in Randolph, Minn. waits to be loaded onto grain cars, which could carry it as far as Mexico. NAFTA gave U.S. corn producers a big opening to the Mexican market, with corn exports to Mexico now reaching about $2 billion a year. Annie Baxter/Marketplace Kehoe said in the case of corn farmers, NAFTA accelerated the rate of illegal immigration. Steven Camarota with the conservative Center for Immigration Studies agrees. He noted that NAFTA did create new jobs in Mexico. Many factories sprung up along the border, and folks from rural Mexico did head north for employment in those plants, improving their salaries. “But once you've left home and come right to the border for a somewhat better life, why not then cross the border and quadruple your wages by working in the United States?” he asked. “And that also seems to have happened.” Experts got a lot wrong about NAFTA back in the '90s. And Camarota said it's hard to guess what will happen with immigration if we renegotiate the deal.

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Facebook is aggressively ramping up its video strategy, cultivating content whether it comes from users, advertisers or Hollywood, or is developed internally. With its nearly two billion monthly users, the social network could make a big dent in traditional TV […] The post How Facebook’s Big Bet on Video Could Change TV appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Because abusing the DMCA process only goes so far, some reputation management entities have begun exploiting an inattentive legal system to push lawsuits past judges. In some cases, these suits have featured fake plaintiffs filing bogus libel lawsuits against fake defendants and using a fake affidavit to fraudulently obtain court orders requiring Google to delist URLs. Those engaged in this fraudulent behavior aren't likely to get away with it for much longer. Paul Alan Levy and Eugene

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A interview with value investor and Columbia University Graduate School of Business professor, Joel Greenblatt. In this interview Joel discusses how small investors can beat professional fund managers using value investing techniques from Joel’s book, The Big Secret for the […] The post Joel Greenblatt: Value Investing For Small Investors appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) stock declined on Tuesday after one of the few firms still lacking a Buy rating on it decided to join the crowd. BTIG analysts said they were wrong about the social network when they downgraded it to […] The post Facebook Inc (FB) Stock Upgraded By One Of The Few Bears Left appeared first on ValueWalk.

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The stakes couldn’t be any higher in the global cybersecurity arena. From Russia’s alleged role in the DNC hacks to this month’s revealing Vault 7 leak of nearly 9,000 CIA documents, it should now be clear that keeping data safe […] The post These Are The Countries Most (And Least) Prepared For Cyber Attacks appeared first on ValueWalk.

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KKR and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec have formed a productive partnership over the past decade, teaming to invest in nearly 20 different transactions, according to PitchBook data. Their latest move: The acquisition of USI Insurance Services from […] The post KKR, CDPQ Renew Partnership For $4.3 Billion USI Deal appeared first on ValueWalk.

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With gold surging while oil, the dollar and stocks are tumbling, today King World News is pleased to present an important update on the war in the gold market from Michael Oliver at MSA. Oliver allowed KWN exclusively to share this key report with our global audience. The post Is This About To SuperCharge Gold’s Upside Surge? appeared first on King World News.

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U.S. stocks have delivered incredible stock market returns for a long time: the average compounded total return on the U.S. stock market has been nearly 10 percent per year from 1927 through 2016 (Using data from Ken French’s website on the market-capitalization […] The post Warning: The US Stock Market Is An Anomaly appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Stick to the right facts rather than emotion to choose your winners Every year, fans fill out their brackets for March’s mad dash to the collegiate basketball championship, trying to predict winners. For fans that want an edge, ESPN has […] The post From 1983–2007, among the largest 3,000 US stocks, the top 25% captured all of market’s upside appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Late last year, we wrote about the crazy case in which journalist Kurt Eichenwald was suing an anonymous Twitter troll, claiming that the troll had sent Eichenwald a flashing gif designed to cause some small percentage of epileptics to have a seizure. Eichenwald claimed that it had worked and he'd had a seizure on the spot. As we noted at the time, we're no fans of Eichenwald. In our opinion, he's an absolutely terrible journalist with a fairly long history of really weird issues, and a

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