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    1. Retail sales disappoint in November, raising concerns that inflation is slowing spending

      Retail sales disappoint in November, raising concerns that inflation is slowing spending

      Rising prices on gas and groceries are prompting Americans to pull back in other areas, raising fears that lingering inflation — coupled with a new covid wave — could be slowing economic growth.

      Retail sales edged up 0.3 percent in November from the month before, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday, well below the 0.8 percent gain forecast by economists. It’s also a significant slowdown from the 1.7 percent spike recorded in October, when many Americans began their holiday spending in earnest.

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    2. The pandemic is showing us which friendships are worth keeping

      The pandemic is showing us which friendships are worth keeping

      Before the pandemic, Sherilyn Carlton’s family was so accustomed to her friends popping by the house that her youngest child used to ask: “Mommy, who’s coming over today?”

      So Carlton, a 47-year-old corporate coach in Battle Ground, Wash., is the kind of person you might expect to have a tough time with social distancing. In the Before Times, Carlton would flit from a run with a friend to lunch or coffee with another pal; ferry her kids to and from basketball practice; and in the evening might host a writing group at her home.

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    3. UPS and others warn that holiday deliveries are already falling behind

      UPS and others warn that holiday deliveries are already falling behind

      An influx of online purchases — particularly during Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day in U.S. history — is testing the limits of carriers including UPS, despite heavy investment in new warehouses and seasonal employees. Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online on Cyber Monday, according to data from Adobe Analytics.

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    4. The latest government stimulus glitch: Debit cards that look like junk mail

      The latest government stimulus glitch: Debit cards that look like junk mail

      The IRS has to explain, yet again, a glitch in issuing stimulus payments.

      To help speed the delivery of up to $1,200 in economic impact payments to individuals made available under the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act, the Treasury Department last week began mailing prepaid debit cards to 4 million Americans.

      The prepaid debit cards allow recipients to make purchases online and at any retail location where Visa is accepted. Recipients can also receive cash from in-network ATMs and transfer funds to their personal bank accounts without a fee. (Fees may apply if an out-of-network ATM is used.)

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    5. Paid sick and family leave: Who qualifies during the coronavirus outbreak

      Paid sick and family leave: Who qualifies during the coronavirus outbreak

      There’s growing consensus that Americans need to stay home to help prevent the spread of covid-19, especially if they feel sick or have a suspected or confirmed case of the coronavirus that causes it. The health of the nation comes first, experts say, but will workers still get paid?

      About a quarter of U.S. workers currently get no paid sick leave at all. Many are low-wage workers who live paycheck to paycheck. On Wednesday, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill aims to give paid leave to workers who did not have it and extend paid leave for workers who only got a few days. These benefits are not forever. They would only apply to workers stuck at home due to the coronavirus.

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    6. Have you received one of those Social Security scam calls? There’s a new way to report it.

      Have you received one of those Social Security scam calls? There’s a new way to report it.

      In one day, I received at least a half-dozen calls to my cellphone claiming to be from the Social Security Administration.

      “To avoid initial appearance before the magistrate judge [that] will lead to your Social Security number suspension, your case ID is 3392682,” the computerized voice said. “For more information on your case, please call our investigation department immediately. We would be glad to share your case information and help you with the situation. Thank you.”

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    7. The right to bear arms isn’t up for debate

      The right to bear arms isn’t up for debate

      When debating the wisdom of the Constitution’s Second Amendment, the media tends to start from the presumption that the question is purely scientific, and that the answers can — and should — be derived from statistical analyses and relentless experimentation. This approach is mistaken. The right of the people to keep and bear arms is not the product of the latest research fads or exquisitely tortured “data journalism,” but a natural extension of the Lockean principles on which this country was founded. It must be protected as such.

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    8. Dow opens down 200 points after Gary Cohn's resignation. It's about more than trade - The Washington Post

      Dow opens down 200 points after Gary Cohn's resignation. It's about more than trade - The Washington Post

      The resignation of President Trump's National Economic Council head, Gary Cohn, on Tuesday sent Wall Street traders rushing to hit the “sell” button as fears of a trade war escalated. The market was closed when the news of Cohn’s imminent departure broke, but traders sent the Dow sliding Wednesday morning.

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    9. Here’s how to max out your Roth IRA in 2018

      Here’s how to max out your Roth IRA in 2018

      Whether the balance in your retirement accounts sits at empty or you’re trying to rev up your planning, it may be time to take a Roth IRA for a spin. This type of individual retirement account will grant you access to a broader array of investments that often have lower fees than employer-sponsored plans. And even with 2017 in the rearview mirror, you have until April 17 to contribute to these IRAs for that tax year.

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    10. Supreme Court declines to review California concealed-weapon law

      Supreme Court declines to review California concealed-weapon law

      The Supreme Court will not intervene in a lower court’s decision that the Second Amendment does not protect the right to carry a concealed weapon in public.

      Gun-rights advocates had asked the court to review a California law that gives local sheriffs power to require that those seeking concealed-carry permits show a particular need, such as a threat.

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    11. Federal court enjoins California large-capacity magazine confiscation

      Federal court enjoins California large-capacity magazine confiscation

      A California statute to confiscate large-capacity gun magazines, scheduled to take effect July 1, was enjoined by a federal district court on Thursday. This article examines the case and the court’s opinion. My co-author on his article is Joseph G.S. Greenlee, a lawyer in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

      Background: Since 2000, California law has prohibited the manufacture, sale, import and transfer of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. “Grandfathered” owners who possessed such magazines as of Jan. 1, 2000, could keep them.

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    12. The Supreme Court’s four big announcements today on religion

      The Supreme Court’s four big announcements today on religion

      For all those who care about how the law of the land relates to religion in America, Monday was a huge morning at the Supreme Court. Here are the four cases, all related to religion, that the court made announcements about on Monday.

      States can’t discriminate against religious institutions when it comes to funding for public safety.

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    13. The Daily 202: Trump’s health care ultimatum is straight out of ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It just might work. - The Washington Post

      The Daily 202: Trump’s health care ultimatum is straight out of ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It just might work. - The Washington Post

      If you read Donald Trump’s “The Art of the Deal,” substituting “contractors” for “conservatives,” the president’s ultimatum to House Republicans on health care is not at all surprising. “You have to be very rough and very tough with most contractors or they’ll take the shirt right off your back,” Trump wrote in the 1987 business classic.

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    14. When every moment of childhood can be recorded and shared, what happens to childhood? | The Washington Post

      When every moment of childhood can be recorded and shared, what happens to childhood? | The Washington Post

      Max’s family is used to hearing him pretend that strangers on the Internet can see him. In the six years he’s been growing up, YouTube has become the largest platform for children’s entertainment on Earth. Today’s kids have little interest in the well-groomed child actors that past generations saw on TV. They want to watch each other.

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    15. U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent - The Washington Post

      U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November; unemployment rate dropped to 4.6 percent - The Washington Post

      The U.S. economy added 178,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 4.6 percent from 4.9 percent the previous month, according to new government data released Friday morning. The first employment report since voters went to the polls last month shows an economy in strong shape as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office.

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    16. Who would win and lose under Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s tax plans?!

      Who would win and lose under Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s tax plans?!

      I don't like to get into politics in this newsletter but this article in The Washington Post does a good job of laying out what the differences are and who are the winners and losers.  Thought you would like to know.

      The tax plans of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton flow from almost, but not entirely, opposing philosophies of what’s ailing the economy and American workers. They overlap in a few small but important ways, most notably their focus on working parents.

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    17. In Jim Cooley’s open-carry America, even a trip to Walmart can require an AR-15 - The Washington Post

      In Jim Cooley’s open-carry America, even a trip to Walmart can require an AR-15 - The Washington Post

      All Jim Cooley wants to do is buy some soda.

      “You want to come to Walmart?” he asks his wife.

      “No,” Maria says.

      “Pretty please?” Jim asks.

      “I’m not going to sit there and have the police called on you. I mean, I don’t want to see that crap,” Maria says, knowing what a trip to Walmart means. She knows her 51-year-old husband has two guns inside the house, and this afternoon it won’t be the 9mm, which he straps on with a round in the chamber when grabbing lunch at his favorite fast-food restaurant or visiting a friend’s auto shop. It’ll be the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, which he brings when going somewhere he thinks is dangerous, like the Atlanta airport, where he’s taken it loaded with a 100-bullet drum, or Walmart, where he thinks crowds could pose easy targets for terrorists.

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    18. One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana - The Washington Post

      One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana - The Washington Post

      There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But that's always been just an assumption. 

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    19. The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

      The real reasons you procrastinate — and how to stop

      Have you ever sat down to complete an important task — and then suddenly discovered you were up loading the dishwasher or engrossed in the Wikipedia entry about Chernobyl? Or perhaps you suddenly realize that the dog needs to be fed, emails need to be answered, your ceiling fan needs dusting — or maybe you should go ahead and have lunch, even though it’s only 11 a.m.?

      Next thing you know, it’s the end of the day and your important task remains unfinished.

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