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After Chaotic 4 Years, Wall St. Is Itching to Unfollow @realDonaldTrump

Almost from the moment he was elected, he adopted the stock market as a kind of real-time, multitrillion-dollar barometer of his own performance.Since taking office, he has sent tweets or retweets with stock market references more than 200 times, and made scores of statements spotlighting the markets rise under his administration.Broke all time Stock Market Record again today, he wrote on Twitter last December.He has publicly threatened and castigated major American companies, facing off with Amazon.com over its tax payments and deals with the U.S.I think no former president and likely no future president will emphasize the stock market as much as Trump has, he said. read more...

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After Biden Win, Right-Wing Sites Still Push False Vote-Fraud Claims

The right-wing pundit Dan Bongino, who has a wide readership on social media, used his platform to claim that the election was not over: Theres nothing to concede, he said in Tuesdays episode of his podcast.Mr. Bongino declined to comment further.A vote tally typo in Michigan set off voter fraud allegations on social media, fanned in part by Mr. Trump.False claims that Mr. Biden had lost Pennsylvania circulated after top Republicans said that the political news site Real Clear Politics had rescinded its call on the state.(The site had not yet projected a winner in Pennsylvania.) read more...

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After Admitting Mistake, AstraZeneca Faces Difficult Questions About Its Vaccine

Then, on Tuesday, Moncef Slaoui, the head of Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. initiative to fast-track coronavirus vaccines, noted another limitation in AstraZenecas data.To test a coronavirus vaccine, for instance, researchers compare how many people in the vaccinated and placebo groups get Covid-19.Phase 1, 2, and 3 trials: Clinical trials typically take place in three stages.On rare occasions, it detects side effects in certain groups of people that were missed during clinical trials.Trial protocol: A series of procedures to be carried out during a clinical trial. read more...

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Ad Councils Challenge: Persuade Skeptics to Believe in Covid Vaccines

With coronavirus cases on the rise and communities returning to lockdown across the country, a marketing push is underway to persuade skeptical Americans to immunize themselves once vaccines are ready.The Ad Council, a nonprofit advertising group, led a similar effort in the 1950s, when it urged Americans to get vaccinated against polio.On Monday, the Ad Council will announce the new campaign and start testing messaging.Image The Ad Council urged Americans to get vaccinated against polio in the 1950s.Ad CouncilThe White House has collaborated with the Ad Council on previous public health efforts, but it is not currently involved in this one. read more...

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A woman will oversee global trade for the first time

London (CNN Business) For the first time in its 25-year history, the World Trade Organization will be led by a woman.It negotiates and administers rules for international trade and tries to resolve disputes among its 164 members.Twitter TWTR Okonjo-Iweala is an economist and former finance minister of Nigeria.She spent 25 years at the World Bank, rising to become the organization's managing director of operations.She also chairs the board of Gavi , an international organization that aims to bring together the public and private sectors to improve access to vaccines. read more...

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A messy Trump-Biden transition will derail desperately needed stimulus

This precarious backdrop raises the stakes for a smooth transition from one president to the next.Federal Reserve Chairman Powell, who was named by Trump, is among those calling for Congress to provide more fiscal stimulus.Bush worried about auto collapseBy contrast, the 2008 Bush-Obama transition is viewed as the model -- even though Obama campaigned aggressively against Bush's record.GM GM Obama eventually decided to provide enough taxpayer funds to save bothand Chrysler.Greg Valliere, chief US policy strategist at AGF Investments, warned of a "very acrimonious transition" between Trump and Biden. read more...

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737 Max's return benefits this company even more than Boeing

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. is the biggest winner from the Federal Aviation Administrations decision to allow the Boeing 737 Max aircraft to return to service, according to the Swiss bank UBS.Ticker Security Last Change Change % SPR SPIRIT AEROSYSTEMS HOLDINGS INC 32.59 +0.59 +1.84% BA BOEING COMPANY 205.67 +2.37 +1.17% LUV SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO. 46.08 +0.48 +1.05%Southwest Airlines, which relied more heavily on the 737 Max than rival U.S. carriers, also benefits significantly, UBS said.The 737 Max, which was grounded in March 2019 after two crashes killed all 346 people aboard, accounted for approximately 30% of Boeings 2018 sales.The company expects to deliver roughly half of the pre-built planes in the first 12 months after its return to flight.GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREBoeing shares slumped 37% this year through Thursday, while Spirit AeroSystems and Southwest Airlines shares were off 55% and 15%, respectively. read more...

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35 amazing gifts you can get from Black-owned businesses

35 amazing gifts you can get from Black-owned businessesThese 35 amazing gifts are all from incredible Black-owned businesses.Whether youre in the market for high-quality beauty products (hair masks and unisex skincare galore) or kitschy home dcor accents (this hand-woven quilt is a personal fave!Ahead, check out 35 incredible gifts you can nab from Black-owned businesses this year.(Photo: Amazon)One of the more well-known Black-owned businesses is Briogeo, a.k.a., a brand that specializes in top-notch hair care products that nearly anyone can use.For the lowkey makeup wiz: The Lip Bar lip glossThe Lip Bar also manufactures best-selling face and eye makeup. read more...

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2020 election projected to cost $14B -- campaigns spent $8B on ads alone

The 2020 election cycle has smashed all records for costs.Continue Reading BelowTotal advertising spending over the two-year campaign cycle has reached a record-shattering $8.395 billion, according to figures provided by Advertising Analytics, a leading national ad tracking firm.The total overall cost of the 2020 election, which includes spending on staff salaries, events, advertising and more, will reach $14 billion, according to projections from the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign finance data.FOR SENATE DEMOCRATS, CAMPAIGN MONEY COULDN'T BUY HAPPINESSThe 2020 election will be the most expensive election in history and twice as expensive as the 2016 election cycle, the center reports.GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREThe state with the most ad spending was California, the nation's most populous, at $653 million. read more...

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20 pledges for 2020: The small business subscription services helping me get through lockdown

L ockdown has changed our behaviour not only in the UK but around the world especially when it comes to shopping for food.As my colleague pointed out in her pledge piece last month, some subscription services and local, smaller supermarkets have seen a more than 25 per cent increase in interest.A small, family and ethically run business that delivers frozen pizzas straight to your door.Im also going to start looking into other vegan products outside of the kitchen.Bamboo toothbrushes and soya candles are where Ive made my start, but Ill update in weeks to come on what else I find. read more...

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