A troubling spike in the suicide rate among girls is prompting leading researchers to question the role of social media in adolescent mental health.
President Donald Trump's escalation of the trade war with China without a concrete plan to aid farmers could worsen the rising stockpiles of U.S. crops such as soybeans and depress commodity prices even after the current dispute is resolved. The Trump administration is signaling that the aid package it's assembling would make payments to farmers based on their current crop production, raising concern among analysts and some lawmakers.
The Trump administration hasn't ruled out increasing the gas tax to help finance a $2 trillion infrastructure plan, but the idea has little support among officials who are wary of a politically risky move heading into the 2020 election.
The United States is confronted by its lowest number of births in 32 years, according to provisional data released by the National Center for Health Statistics. The total fertility rate (which represents the number of births per woman), is steadily decreasing, and remains under its replacement level of 2.1 per 1,000, where it has been since 2009. However, all states are not equal when it comes to the diversity of their new generation of toddlers. One way to look at the matter is to dive into national statistics.
American farmers, among Donald Trump's most loyal supporters, face mounting financial pain from the president's trade war with China and the growing risk that the damage will outlast the conflict. The standoff with China over trade is compounding the strain of five years of falling commodity prices and losses from spring flooding.
Your rich Uncle Sam is calling in his chips. The U.S. government stepped up collections on delinquent student debt to $2.9 billion last year -- or an average of $1,000 from 2.9 million former students and their cosigners, according to the Treasury Department. And the trend continues. In the first six months of fiscal 2019, which started Oct. 1, collections totaled $3.3 billion.
Traders who lived through the 1980s U.S. farm crisis have a good reason to be skeptical of President Donald Trump's new plan to help growers. That's because they question whether the U.S. would really be able to ship all of the $15 billion in potential federal farm-good purchases as humanitarian aid to poor countries. Instead, they suspect the government will end up stockpiling. Keeping reserves in the country won't solve the current overhang and, if history is any guide, the pile will just keep on growing.
Hedge funds have never been this bearish on soybeans, a move that's paying off as the market craters. Futures posted their biggest weekly loss in more than eight months as optimism fades over a close-at-hand end to the U.S.-China spat. Trump has raised tariffs on some goods from the Asian country and threatened Beijing with an ultimatum: seal a deal in a month, or face duties on all exports. The hardening stance has traders worried that the 25% retaliatory tariffs American soy is facing aren't going away anytime soon.
President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will boost its purchases of domestic farm products for humanitarian aid in an effort to offset lost demand from China as trade tensions flare between the nations. Trump said on Twitter on Friday, May 10, that the U.S. will use its money from the tariffs to buy American agricultural products "in larger amounts than China ever did" and send it to "poor & starving countries" for humanitarian aid. The president indicated potential purchases of $15 billion from farmers.
Dairy farmers are indignant about beverages calling themselves milks when they are actually made of oats or almonds or sunflower seeds. Even worse, these impostors have been draining away at the market share of what cows produce.