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Things are looking up for the economy, but you can’t get too cozy in the Trump era

“Lower rates might encourage more Americans to buy a new car or home or refinance a mortgage to lower their monthly payments” writes Jeffry Bartash for marketwatch.com. Read: Retail sales get big lift from auto purchases as consumers drive economy forward “These is only so much the Fed can do,” Bullard said. “Consumers are still underpinning the economy.”. That leaves consumers to keep doing the heavy lifting for the economy, but even they have their limits. Source: marketwatch.com

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The Trump era is not as extraordinary as Never Trumpers think

“Those changes were orders of magnitude larger than the small percentages of voters whom Trump has shifted toward and away from Republicans” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Other conservative-minded Democrats swallowed the New Deal with reservations and stuck around to serve the country constructively in Roosevelt’s administration and Harry Truman’s. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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How To Design A School For The Era Of Mass Shootings

“The ubiquitous black globes of cameras in the ceiling are a reminder that this is also a school designed with the unthinkable in mind” writes Henry Grabar for slate.com. Its school design guidelines are “mostly from security industry folks with their products as their main concern,” Brotman wrote to me.As school districts rush to redesign facilities for the post–Sandy Hook, post-Parkland era, it’s not clear his ideas are carrying the day. Source: slate.com

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The little known story of country’s disco era

“Somali Night Fever tells the story of the people keeping Somali music alive, including these two friends, separated by war but united by the music of the golden era” writes Shanida Scotland for theguardian.com. Musicians rocking afros and bell-bottom trousers would perform at the city’s trendiest nightclubs during the height of the country’s golden era of music.But it was short-lived: a brutal civil war began, musicians fled to all corners of the world and the vibrant music scene came to an end.Habib and Abdulkadir, two former band mates and best…

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Royals new southpaw Diekman could earn $10 million in incentive-laden contract

“He gets a $2.25 million salary this year, and the contract has a $5.75 million mutual option with a $500,000 buyout” writes Ap Copyright The for foxsports.com. The deal announced last week that guarantees $2.75 million and includes a mutual option for 2020 plus bonuses that could make agreement worth $10 million over two seasons. Source: foxsports.com

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