Josh Boak

  • Donald Trump Oct 13, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's Shoddy Info on Syria, Impeachment

    President Donald Trump spread shoddy information about Syria, the economy and matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry against him in a week of caustic rhetoric.

  • Donald Trump Sep 15, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump, Dems and Their Tale of 2 Countries

    The country described by the Democrats running for president is mired in child poverty, riven with economic unfairness and broken in its approach to health care, crime and guns. The country presented by President Donald Trump is roaring and ascendant — and, hey, how about those moderating prescription drug prices? The reality, of course, is more complex than this tale...

  • Donald Trump Sep 15, 2019

    Don't Vote? The Trump Campaign Would Like a Word With You

    Ashley Arentz is a political unicorn. The 28-year-old Marine from Jacksonville, North Carolina, didn’t vote in 2016, and she wasn’t even registered to vote in the state. But there she was on Monday, standing in line for hours in the 90-degree heat waiting to enter President Donald Trump’s rally in Fayetteville. That made her a golden target for the volunteers...

  • Donald Trump Sep 2, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's Bluster on Hurricanes, Guns, Economy

    Facing another deadly mass shooting, President Donald Trump is deflecting on gun control. Over the weekend, he pointed to mental illness as a likely culprit behind recent shootings in Odessa, Texas, and elsewhere, even though criminologists routinely point to gun ownership as a far better predictor of public mass shootings than indicators of mental illness. There were no immediate indications...

  • Donald Trump Sep 1, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's Swipe at Puerto Rico, G-7 Comments

    President Donald Trump presented a distorted picture of the auto industry, told a fanciful story about Iran duping Barack Obama and took a misinformed swipe at Puerto Rico just as its residents braced for a catastrophe that didn’t come. A look at some statements by Trump and his team during a week bookended by the Group of Seven summit and...

  • Donald Trump Aug 21, 2019

    Trump Acknowledges China Policies May Mean US Economic Pain

    President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they’re needed for more important long-term benefits. He contended he does not fear a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth. Asked if his trade war with China could tip the country into recession, Trump brushed off the...

  • Donald Trump Aug 20, 2019

    White House Insists ‘Fundamentals' of Economy Are Strong

    The “fundamentals” of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted Monday, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump’s reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway declared to reporters, “The fact is, the fundamentals of our economy are very strong,” It’s a phrase with...

  • Donald Trump Aug 17, 2019

    Recession Signs Worry Trump Ahead of 2020

    President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation’s strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won’t look so good come Election Day. The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession...

  • Donald Trump Aug 13, 2019

    Trump Claims Credit for Shell Plant Announced Under Obama

    President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for the construction of a major manufacturing facility in western Pennsylvania as he tries to reinvigorate supporters in the Rust Belt towns that sent him to the White House in 2016. Trump visited Shell’s soon-to-be completed Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, which will turn the area’s vast natural gas deposits into plastics. The facility,...

  • Donald Trump Aug 2, 2019

    US Adds a Solid 164,000 Jobs in July

    U.S. employers sustained a steady pace of hiring in July, adding 164,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate remained at 3.7% for a second straight month, close to a 50-year low. It’s a reassuring sign for an economy that’s endured a series of ups and downs.

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump Team Warps Omar Words on 9/11, Al Qaida

    President Donald Trump attributed statements to a Democratic congresswoman that she didn’t make as he set off an incendiary week of vilification with accusations that she and three other lawmakers of color hate America. One of his top White House advisers, Stephen Miller, reinforced the charges Sunday, pointing to their remarks about terrorism and Trump’s handling of border policy and...

  • Donald Trump Jul 5, 2019

    US Adds Solid 224,000 Jobs, Making Fed Rate Cut Less Certain

    U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion. The strength of the jobs report the government issued Friday could complicate a decision for the Federal Reserve late this month on whether to cut interest rates to help support the economy. Most...

  • Donald Trump Jul 1, 2019

    Poll: Trump Not Boosted by Strong American Economy

    The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump. Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved during this presidency, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Nearly two-thirds describe as “good” an economy that appears to have set a record for the longest...

  • Associated Press May 25, 2019

    Young Homebuyers Scramble as Prices Rise Faster Than Incomes

    For millennials looking to buy their first home, the hunt feels like a race against the clock. In the seven years since the housing crash ended, home values in more than three-quarters of U.S. metro areas have climbed faster than incomes, according to an Associated Press analysis of real estate industry data provided by CoreLogic.

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Trump to Nominate Stephen Moore for Federal Reserve Board

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic analyst and frequent critic of the Federal Reserve, to fill a vacancy on the Fed’s seven-member board. Moore, a well-known and often polarizing figure in Washington political circles, served as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign. In that role, he helped draft Trump’s tax...

  • Pennsylvania Mar 18, 2019

    Alan Krueger, Princeton Economist Who Served Under President Obama, Dies at 58

    Alan Krueger, a groundbreaking Princeton University economist who served as a top adviser in two Democratic administrations and was an authority on the labor market, has died, according to a statement from the university Monday.

  • Donald Trump Mar 6, 2019

    US Trade Deficit Hits 10-Year High Despite Trump's Promise

    The U.S. trade deficit jumped nearly 19 percent in December, pushing the trade imbalance for all of 2018 to widen to a decade-long high of $621 billion. The gap with China on goods widened to an all-time record of $419.2 billion. The Commerce Department figures released Wednesday undermined a key commitment by President Donald Trump, who promised to cut the...

  • Donald Trump Jan 3, 2019

    Fact Check: Trump's Claims on Border, Drugs, Mattis

    President Donald Trump is, at once, demanding billions of dollars from the U.S. Treasury for a border wall and insisting the wall won’t really cost America anything. As he’s done before, Trump argued Wednesday that Mexico is footing the bill thanks to a revised trade agreement. That’s not true.

  • Donald Trump Dec 21, 2018

    Stock Market Woes Raise a Nagging Fear: Is a Recession Near?

    Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression. Wall Street’s sustained slump has been fueled by investor concerns about lower corporate profits, higher corporate debt, a festering trade war between the United States and China and a broader global slowdown. And...

  • Donald Trump Dec 6, 2018

    Fact Check: Economists Say Trump Off on Tariffs' Impact

    President Donald Trump promised on Twitter that tariffs would maximize the country’s economic heft and “MAKE AMERICA RICH AGAIN.” Almost all economists say the president is wrong. That’s because tariffs are taxes on imports. They can cause higher prices, reduce trade among countries and hurt overall economic growth as a result.

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