Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post Published 4:06 am PDT, Monday, April 1, 2019 It was only 200 days ago, on his 601st day in office, that President Donald Trump exceeded 5,000 false or misleading claims. Now, on his 801st day, the count stands at 9,451, according to The Fact Checker's database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement the president utters. That's a pace of 22 fishy claims a day over the past 200 days, a steep climb from the average of nearly 5.9 false or misleading claims a day in Trump's first year in office. Of course, not every day yields 22 claims. The president's tally expands when he's giving a speech, usually at a campaign rally. At such events, he runs through many of his favorite lines, such as that he passed the biggest tax cut in history, that his U.S.-Mexico border wall is already being built and that the U.S. economy today is the best in history. All three of those claims are on The Fact Checker's list of Bottomless … [Read more...] about President Trump has made 9,451 false or misleading claims over 801 days
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By Michelle Conlin and Kristina Cooke NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Detained in a California lockup with hundreds of other immigrants seeking asylum, Duglas Cruz faced a choice. He could content himself with a jailhouse diet that he said left him perpetually hungry. Or he could labour in the prison's kitchen to earn money to buy extra food at the commissary. Cruz went to work. But his $1-a-day salary at the privately run Adelanto Detention Facility did not stretch far. A can of commissary tuna sold for $3.25 (2.50 pounds). That is more than four times the price at a Target store near the small desert town of Adelanto, about two hours northeast of Los Angeles. Cruz stuck with ramen noodles at 58 cents a package, double the Target price. A miniature deodorant stick, at $3.35 and more than three days' wages, was an impossible luxury, he said. "If I bought that there wouldn't be enough money for food," Cruz said. Tuna and deodorant would seem minor worries for detainees such as Cruz. … [Read more...] about $11 toothpaste: Immigrants pay big for basics at private ICE lock-ups
By Adam Jourdan SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is gearing up for the biggest shopping event of the year on Sunday, a day dominated by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd <BABA.N> which saw $25 billion worth of goods sold on its platforms alone in the 24-hour period last year. Akin to Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the United States, "Singles' Day" has become something of a litmus test for the strength of Chinese consumption, which is coming under pressure amid rising trade Sino-U.S. tensions and a wider economic slowdown. Companies in China are already seeing the effect of rising caution among the country's shoppers. Car sales are down sharply this year, box office receipts have slowed and brands are facing pressure to roll out discounts to prop up sales. Alibaba itself lowered its full-year sales forecast earlier this month due to concerns about the trade spat, while the firm's core commerce business saw its slowest quarterly sales growth since 2016. As such, China's … [Read more...] about Spenders or thrifters: As Singles’ Day nears, are China’s shoppers about to drop?
By Krishna N. Das and Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI/BHOMADA, India (Reuters) - Narendra Modi swept India's 2014 general election with the slogan "Achhe din (good days) are coming". Four years later, as Prime Minister Modi mobilises to win re-election in May, he and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are being buffeted for a lack of jobs, falling farm prices and rural wages, a tax reform that led to unemployment and a demonetisation exercise that sapped liquidity. Despite high economic growth, the fall of the rupee currency to record lows this year has led to a surge in prices of largely imported fuel, which is feeding into inflation. Nationwide protests have broken out because of the price rise. "There's no improvement in our life - we eat two basic meals a day but struggle to save for soap and detergent," Misri Lal, 52, said in Bhomada village in central India's Madhya Pradesh state, where he earns $2 a day watching over a yellowish-green soybean farm. In a series of interviews in India's … [Read more...] about Where are the “good days”? Challenges mount for India’s Modi
Damian Paletta and David J. Lynch, The Washington Post Published 6:53 pm PDT, Saturday, September 15, 2018 FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a Congressional Medal of Honor Society reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is going ahead with plans to announce new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) less FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 file photo, President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a Congressional Medal of Honor Society reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Trump is going ... more Photo: Susan Walsh, Associated Press In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 photo, Kyle Bruns packs a live lobster for shipment to Hong Kong at The Lobster Company in Arundel, Maine. China is a major buyer of lobsters, … [Read more...] about Escalation: Trump has decided to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods