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In the News: Chinese tour groups are canceling trips to South Korea over the country’s deployment of a US-built missile defense system. Bookings to South Korea are down 28% in the second quarter of 2017 compared with a year earlier. South Korean businesses that count on tourist and the Chinese big spending are feeling the effects. Chinese citizens accounted for 8 million of the estimated 17 million people who visited South Korea last year. Photo credit:  Steve Walker / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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Trump Labor Department Hits Google for Alleged Fair Pay Disparities (DH)

Google is denying DOL charges of “systematic compensation disparities” in regards to gender. The government believes Google is underpaying female employees.

Intel Vets Voice Doubts About Syrian Crisis (Jimmy)

A group of 24 former intelligence officials are calling for open disclosure of evidence that the Syrian government was behind the April 4th gas attacks that led President Trump to launch missile strikes in retaliation.

Ted Cruz Wants US to Grab the Moon Before the Chinese Do (Milicent)

At an ongoing Senate hearing on expanding American free enterprise in space, Cruz – and his Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitivenessare doing all they can to erode regulations that interfere with investment in commercial activities in orbit and around the moon. And they want to get there before the Chinese do.

Atlanta Fed Has 1st-Quarter US Growth at 0.5% (Jeff C.)

The bank’s GDPNow forecasting model provides a “nowcast” of the official estimate prior to its release. And it’s not strong … at all.

Common Pesticide Ruins Honey Bee’s Ability to Fly (Milicent)

Honey bees’ survival depends on their ability to fly because that is the only way they can collect food and return to the hive. It is also the only way they can pollinate plants and guarantee the survival of crops. Biologists recently proved how neonicotinoid pesticides ruin this vital relationship.

ABC News Poll Suggests Trump Would Win Election Today (Jimmy)

Despite the president’s failure to live up to campaign promises, including draining the swamp and building the wall, an ABC poll shows that if the election were held today, Trump would win, possibly even the popular vote.

YouTube Actions Decimate Ad Revenue for Progressive Channels (DH)

YouTube, a longtime Google property, responded to advertiser concerns after news reports of ads appearing on videos containing extremism and hate speech. YouTube’s response cut ad revenue for many progressive shows, but allowed videos from Alex Jones’ Infowars to continue to be monetized after Jones complained. Progressive host, David Pakman, revealed, what he calls a blacklist of progressive shows.

To Implement Tax Plan, Trump Will Steal from Entire Generation (Trevin)

In order to pull off his “biggest in history” tax cut, Trump will employ a classic budget trick called dynamic scoring. Business Insider defines the method as “just a fancy way of justifying massive increases in the national debt.”

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