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Torrance Neal cleans rooms at the Doubletree hotel in downtown Midland, Texas, but he considers it a side gig.

“This is my part-time job," Neal explained while on a break in the hotel lobby. "My night job is more my full-time job because I’m the operations manager for a cleaning company." 

04/24/2018: Globalism is facing a global backlash

7 hours ago

(U.S. Edition) As French President Emmanuel Macron prepares to meet with President Trump at the White House today, we'll discuss what's on the agenda. A major item you can expect: steel and aluminium tariffs. Afterwards, we'll look at how smaller banks are restructuring to get away from tougher Federal Reserve regulation, and then we'll talk with political scientist Ian Bremmer — founder of the political risk consultancy The Eurasia Group — about why he thinks globalism has failed. 

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Iran’s president today warned of “severe consequences” if President Trump pulls America out of the nuclear deal Iran signed with global leaders in 2015. Can French President Emmanuel Macron talk the American leader into staying in the pact during his state visit? Then, a report from McKinsey says Asian countries could add $4.5 trillion to their collective annual GDP by getting more women in the workplace.

Is globalism a failed policy?

8 hours ago

In the last few years, protectionist-driven political campaigns and policies have gained popularity in countries like the United States, Britain and France. Globalism, on the other hand, has more detractors than supporters these days. Does this mean that globalism has failed the world's citizens, and if so, how? 

Forget comic book movies — in Hollywood, horror pays

18 hours ago

In Hollywood, horror pays. And the reason might have more to do with how cheap these films are to make relative to their production costs. Movies like John Krasinki's "The Quiet Place" continue to sell tickets weeks after the premiere weekend. So far, "A Quiet Place" has made more than $130 million at the box office, and that's on a $17 million production budget.

Despite documented risks to people and wildlife, a controversial pesticide has escaped regulation under the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration and now may receive additional protections from Congress.

The history of the song "Louie Louie"

21 hours ago

Back in the 1960s, the FBI starts hearing about a song with filthy lyrics. Lyrics so dirty that they launched an 18-month investigation to prove how obscene that song really is.

Three nights and days I sailed the sea

Me think of girl constantly 

On the ship, I dream she there

I smell the rose in her hair 

Louie Louie, oh no, me gotta go, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, baby 

04/23/2018: The cost of money

23 hours ago

We begin today with a number, a relatively simple number that brings with it meaning for everybody in this economy who has debt: 3 percent. That's the interest rate that the government's 10-year Treasury note is getting really close to, for the first time since January 2014. In isolation, it's not a huge deal, but in the context of the low-rate environment, it's really something. We'll start today by explaining all the hype.