FROM John Authers
Panic in Chinese Stock Market Cause Global Jitters For the sixth day in a row, China's tumbling stock market is sending jitters around the world. Markets in Europe and the United States took another dive today, and billionaire investor George Soros is warning of more trouble to come. John Authers is US senior investments commentator for the Financial Times .
Labor Report Suggests Smaller-than-Expected Job Losses The Labor Department's latest report on employment is not due until Friday, but stocks rose today on news that the job decline during April was not as bad as expected. John Authers is Investment Editor at the Financial Times , where he writes the "Short View" column.
The Global Consequences of America's Financial Crisis The Wall Street rescue failed in the House. Now the Senate will take up a similar bill tonight, with support from John McCain , Barack Obama and Joe Biden . Some advocates are saying the pros and cons of specific provisions are not what matters. The real issue is restoration of confidence in the financial system. Meantime, banks are in trouble in Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands—Ireland and Iceland, and leaders are saying the US has a special responsibility to act and act now. Would foreign banks get part of the bailout money? What about countries which buy American debt, including Russia and China? Is America's financial leadership what's really at stake?
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.