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President Biden sparked controversy after calling Japan 'xenophobic' when it came to immigration. He lumped them alongside Russia, India and China in his critique.

Biden’s ‘xenophobic’ comments about Japan spark backlash at home, overseas

President Joe Biden’s comments on Wednesday, May 1, are drawing criticism after lumping Japan with China and Russia, calling the group “xenophobic.” Speaking at a campaign fundraiser marking Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Biden credited the United States’ economic strength to immigrants, using these countries as contrast. In his comments, President…

A new poll reveals that 4/10 Americans view China as an enemy. The numbers are the highest the survey has seen in five years.

New poll: 4 in 10 Americans view China as enemy, highest in five years

About 4 in 10 Americans now label China as an enemy, marking the highest level in five years, according to new research. A Pew Research Center survey published on Wednesday, May 1, revealed the significant shift in Americans’ attitude toward China. Additionally, only 6% of poll respondents said they consider China a partner. These findings…

Gen Z Americans cover capitalism, socialism, meritocracy and equality in this wide-ranging debate on U.S. economics, values and society.

Gen Z debates capitalism vs. socialism, meritocracy vs. equality

Capitalism and socialism offer two different economic models, each with their own unique pros and cons. And while it is rare to find any modern economy that is either entirely capitalist or entirely socialist, citizens frequently use these terms to represent the general direction in which they believe the economy and society should progress. Similarly,…

Instead of tanks or APCs, a parade in North Korea showcased tractors and launchers concealed in civilian-looking vehicles.

North Korea parades dump truck missile launchers

Most modern militaries distinguish between military and civilian equipment, but not North Korea. Video from a recent parade honoring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reveals an unconventional display. Instead of tanks or armored carriers, tractors pulled rocket launchers and launchers discreetly concealed within vehicles designed to resemble civilian trucks. Matt Shoemaker, a retired intelligence…

New federal data reveals that U.S. birth rates were the lowest since the 1930s. The numbers suggest a possible cultural shift in society.

Fertility rate for US women in 2023 hits lowest level in a century: CDC

Women in the United States are giving birth at record-low rates, according to federal data released on Thursday, April 25. The report, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics, found that the total fertility rate fell to 1.62 births per woman in 2023, marking the lowest…

Ryan LLC, a global tax services provider, has filed a lawsuit against a new Federal Trade Commission rule that prohibits noncompete agreements nationwide. The firm argues the rule oversteps the FTC's regulatory authority and threatens businesses' ability to protect their intellectual property and retain top talent.

Businesses sue over FTC ban on noncompetes

Ryan LLC, a global tax services provider, filed a lawsuit against a new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rule that prohibits noncompete agreements nationwide. The firm argues the rule oversteps the FTC’s regulatory authority. Ryan LLC alleged the rule threatens businesses’ ability to protect their intellectual property and retain top talent. The lawsuit contends that eliminating…

India already knocked off China as the most populous country in the world. Now it's going after China’s title of global growth engine.

Growing pains: Will India replace China as global growth leader?

India already knocked off China as the most populous country in the world. Now, it’s going after China’s title of global growth engine, a crown that economists believe India could claim by 2028. To get there, though, the developing nation will need to address some growing pains. “I think everyone would be making a mistake…

Apple's sales are falling in China as state-owned companies and government agencies pressure people to use local devices over foreign ones.

Collateral damage: Why Apple’s iPhone sales are getting crushed in China

Apple’s iPhone sales are getting crushed in China. Sales of the smartphone dropped 19% in the first three months of 2024, the worst showing since COVID-19 hit. Meanwhile, sales from the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei surged nearly 70%, according to Counterpoint research.  China remains one of the biggest markets for Apple but the company has…

The FTC voted to ban non-compete agreements potentially raising wages by $300 billion annually, though opponents predict legal challenges.

FTC votes to ban non-compete clauses

In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, April 23, the Federal Trade Commission voted to ban non-compete agreements nationwide, affecting an estimated 30 million workers. This rule prohibits new non-compete clauses and nullifies existing ones, except for certain high-earning senior executives. “We heard from employees who, because of non-competes, were stuck in abusive workplaces,” FTC Chair Lina Khan said.…

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. proposed using blockchain for U.S. budget transparency and advocated for Bitcoin to boost the economy.

RFK Jr. wants to put full government budget on blockchain for accountability

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an independent presidential candidate, emphasized his proposal to use blockchain technology to manage the U.S. budget during a campaign stop in Michigan on Sunday, April 21. Kennedy wants to make federal spending transparent by allowing Americans to monitor government expenditures on items like toilet seats. “We’re gonna have 300 million eyeballs…

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