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Here’s how stocks reacted when Nixon, Clinton faced impeachment. Could Trump be different?

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Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris defend the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump at a candidate forum in Las Vegas. (Oct. 2) AP, AP

The trade war with China. Growing fears of recession. A feeble global economy.

And now – impeachment?

The Sept. 24 launch of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump tosses another wild card into a volatile stock market that lost ground last week on the deepening troubles of American manufacturers.

“It’s part of the cocktail that gets everybody on edge,” says Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist for LPL Financial. “The market hates uncertainty.”

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of an impeachment inquiry, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 0.8% but partly recovered the following day. Detrick says the investigation likely contributed to the initial dip. But other news also may have played a role, including a pullback in consumer confidence and Trump’s United Nations speech, which adopted a tougher stance on a U.S.-China trade deal.

Since then, stocks tumbled early last week on signs that U.S. manufacturing has slumped amid Trump’s trade war with China and sluggish growth overseas. The market climbed back Friday after a report revealed slowing but still solid job growth in September while preserving hopes the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again this month to head off a recession.

“What’s going on with the president doesn’t seem to be affecting markets,” says Art Hogan, chief market strategist for National Securities. “It’s the economy” that matters.

Yet will the specter of impeachment become another downer for stocks as the House investigation and hearings play out in the coming months?

If the two most recent impeachment investigations of U.S. presidents offer a guide, the answer is probably not. In both cases, the economy – one dismal, one robust – steered markets.

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Yet this time may be different because Trump has rooted his agenda in pro-business policies that could be rolled back if he’s removed from office or if impeachment damages his reelection chances, says Michael Reynolds, investment strategy officer for Glenmede, an investment and wealth management firm.

There have been three impeachment inquiries of U.S. presidents – Andrew Johnson in 1868, Richard Nixon in 1973-74 and Bill Clinton in 1998-99. Both Johnson and Clinton were impeached by the House but not removed from office by the Senate. Nixon resigned before his near-certain impeachment and removal.

Stock data from 1868 is sketchy and, in any case, show little impact from Johnson’s impeachment in February, according to Stock Trader’s Almanac and Schroders, an asset management firm.

So let’s focus on the Nixon and Clinton scenarios:

Nixon

At first blush, the Nixon impeachment proceedings appear to have moved markets. The inquiry, tied to the break-in of the Democratic national headquarters at the Watergate hotel, was announced Oct. 30, 1973. The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 11% the next  month, 15.6% in six months and 33.4% over 12 months, according to LPL Financial.

But wait. The Arab oil embargo also began in October, driving crude and gasoline prices higher. Inflation was rampant. A recession began in November. And the Federal Reserve was sharply raising interest rates to rein in inflation – a surefire wet blanket for markets.

“The economy was just dreadful,” Hogan says. That, he says – not the travails of Nixon, who resigned in August 1974 – is what sent stocks lower.

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Clinton

Clinton’s troubles, based on charges that he lied under oath to hide an affair, similarly seemed to douse stocks. In the two months leading up to independent counsel Ken Starr’s report to Congress in September 1998, the S&P 500 fell as much as 20%. But again, other forces were roiling markets in that period, particularly a Russian currency meltdown and the near-collapse of Long-term Capital Management, a massive hedge fund whose demise could have set off a global financial crisis.

Those developments, not the Clinton scandal, were the culprits, Hogan and Reynolds say.

What’s more, after the Clinton impeachment inquiry began on October 8, 1998, the S&P 500 rose 18.9% within a month, 41.6% in six months and 39.2% in a year, LPL figures show. Don’t credit Clinton’s acquittal by the Senate on February 12, 1999. Rather, stocks were riding a long bull market juiced by the late-1990s technology and productivity booms, the analysts say.

Trump

Markets today have swung wildly in response to developments in the trade war, Federal Reserve interest rate cuts and the prospects of a recession. That dynamic is likely to persist, Detrick says, with the impeachment drama adding to some market volatility on certain days but playing a relatively minor role.

Reynolds believes the effect of the Trump impeachment inquiry could be bigger because his tax cuts and sweeping deregulation have had a significant impact on the economy and corporate earnings. Investors could worry that some of those changes may be reversed if Trump is removed from office, paving the way for a Democratic victory in the 2020 election.

Even if Trump is impeached but acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, the proceedings could doom his reelection bid, Reynolds says. That prospect, he says, may spook some investors, particularly if the Democratic nominee is Elizabeth Warren, who has called for tax increases on businesses and the wealthy as well as “Medicare for All” and free tuition at public universities.

“You have to start pricing in that an alternative political paradigm could be a real possibility,” Reynolds says.

At the same time, an impeachment viewed by Republican and independent voters as unfair could help propel Trump to victory.

Overall, Hogan and Detrick are less concerned about the impact a Democrat in the White House may have on markets. Investors dreaded the possibility of a Trump presidency until he won and ignited a market boom, Hogan says. And Warren’s agenda likely would be tempered by a politically divided Congress, the analysts say.

Hogan, however, worries that a Trump impeachment may further embolden China to stall trade negotiations and hope for a less combative U.S. president in 2021, a scenario that would hurt stocks in the medium term.

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“That’s my greatest fear,” he says. “That (impeachment) has a deterrent effect on our ability to negotiate with China.”

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Trump accused China of “gaming” the global trade system in a speech Tuesday at the United Nations as he defended tariffs that his critics say have put the U.S. economy at risk of a recession. USA TODAY

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‘Friends’ co-stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc reunite in ‘rare’ selfie

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Courteney Cox is still “Friends” with her former co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Matt LeBlanc.

Cox, who played Monica Geller on the fan-favorite sitcom, reunited with Aniston (Rachel Green) and LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani.)

The actress posted a selfie of the trio on Instagram on Saturday night. “A rare night and I love it,” she captioned the picture.

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Just a few days earlier, Cox shared a picture of herself with “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay) along with singer Charlie Puth and director Judd Apatow. “Trying to play it cool with all this heat,” she wrote.

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The pictures come weeks after “Friends” celebrated its 25th anniversary on Sept. 22. Throughout the 10-season run, fans watched characters Monica, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Chandler and Joey settle into living in New York City and dealing with relationship and career drama.

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Giuliani says media tried to cover up corruption allegations leveled against ‘honey boy’ Biden

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President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani lambasted the media on Sunday for what he says is its failure to investigate allegations of corruption leveled against former Vice President Joe Biden and his family.

Calling Biden the media’s “honey boy,” a fiery Giuliani accused news outlets of not only failing to investigate the former vice president’s dealings in places like Ukraine, China and Romania, but of purposely ignoring the allegations.

“The Washington press corps has been covering this up for the last three years,” Giuliani told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz of “Media Buzz.” “I’m trying to investigate a massive corruption scandal in the Obama administration.”

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Giuliani’s appearance on “Media Buzz” comes as President Trump and his allies try to deflect negative coverage surrounding the House’s impeachment inquiry into the president amid concerns that Trump purportedly used military aid as leverage over Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to get the foreign leader’s government to investigate Biden and his son, Hunter. Trump has denied that there was any “quid pro quo” in his conversation with Zelensky.

Giuliani has accused Hunter Biden of improper activity related to his business dealings with energy company Burisma Holdings, and claims that then-Vice President Joe Biden used his office to pressure the Ukrainian government into firing top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma.

The former vice president has publicly acknowledged that he pressured the Ukraine to fire Shokin, but denied that it had any relation to his son’s business dealings in the country and, Biden argued, was in line with pressure from other foreign leaders to fire the prosecutor.

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“We weren’t pressing Ukraine to get rid of a tough prosecutor. We were pursuing Ukraine to replace a weak prosecutor who wouldn’t do the job,” Biden said on Wednesday of an Obama administration policy supported by other Western governments that viewed Shokin as incompetent or perhaps corrupt.

The U.S. also had support internationally for its opposition to Shokin. Ukrainian officials, including Shokin’s successor, have since said the Bidens were never implicated in any wrongdoing.

Directly addressing the accusations being leveled against him, Biden’s campaign last week wrote to NBC News, CBS News, Fox News and CNN to voice “grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump.”

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Speaking to the Biden campaign’s request on Sunday, Giuliani continued his criticism of the news media and argued that even when he does appear on television, he is unable to answer a question without interruption. During his interview on “Media Buzz,” Kurtz continually had to attempt to get Giuliani to answer his questions and stay on the topic being discussed.

“You don’t let me get a sentence out,” Giuliani told Kurtz. “[The media] contradict me the minute I start speaking.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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DeVos violated a court order to stop collecting on the debts of Corinthian College students. Now, they want her held in contempt.

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This isn’t material greed itself.

It’s complete emotional capture to an ideology where they believe they’re religious chosen ones.

To an outsider it’s simple material greed.

To them it’s just plain fact they’re special and should be doing as they are.

The American public needs to see this as complete corruption of these people’s emotional agency. It’s biological, their brains cannot help but retrieve the fact this is all justified because of a lifetime of being told it is.

This is pure emotional corruption driven by American cultures years of acceptance and normalizing of the domination of the globe by neoliberalism.

They’re effectively junkies.

But sit here on Reddit instead and still be amazed at these snowflakes behaving exactly like they have been for decades. That’ll get you somewhere.

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California ‘team of junior detectives’ help find missing 97-year-old woman with dementia

A group of young neighborhood sleuths in California is being hailed for their efforts last week to help find a missing woman.

The Roseville Police Department had posted to Facebook last Monday asking the public for help to locate a missing woman.

Glenneta Belford, 97, was reported missing around 4:15 p.m. in northwest Roseville, spurring police activity in the area. Officials said the 97-year-old suffers from dementia and is nonverbal.

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“Recently she’s been known to hide or hunker down in a location,” police said at the time.

As a police helicopter hovered over the neighborhood making announcements that officers were searching for the woman, a group of young sleuths began their own search of the streets for the 97-year-old. Logan Hultman, Kashton Claiborne and Makenna Rogers, who are all 10, and 11-year-old Hope Claiborne set out and eventually found Belford, several hours after she was reported missing, hiding in bushes a few blocks away from their homes.

“She was right here and she was walking and she was talking to herself. And then when we came, she said, ‘No, no, no. Go away, go away, go away,'” Kashton told FOX40.

Hope, the oldest of the group, knew then what she had to do. 
 
“I called 911 and I said that I found this missing woman,” she told FOX40.

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Roseville police said when officers arrived on the street in the neighborhood they were “overwhelmed by the number of residents out of their houses, looking around the neighborhood.”

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The search party that helped located the 97-year-old woman. (City of Roseville, California Police Department)

“Our surprised dispatchers took the initial call from this team of junior detectives which helped connect officers to the missing person,” police said on Facebook. “This is a great example of our exceptional community coming together to lend a helping hand. This proves a great point, age is just a number and anyone can help out in a time of need.”

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The search didn’t go off without some challenges. Before they found the 97-year-old, Logan told FOX40 he went over a bump on his bike that caused him to fall off. The group had to go back home to get cleaned up.

“So we came all the way back and my brother patched me up,” he said.

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Logan’s mother, Alyssa Hultman, said her son gave her a blunt reason why the group found the need to go out searching for the woman on their own.

“He looked at me like I was almost crazy and said, ‘Because somebody needed help, mom. And when people need help you go and help them. That’s what we do,’” Hultman told FOX40. “So that right there, that makes you proud.”

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Bowen Yang’s Hilarious New ‘SNL’ Character Is ‘Basically The Lizzo Of China’

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It’s safe to say new “Saturday Night Live” hire Bowen Yang is having a moment as the first Chinese American cast member to join the series and so is the hilarious new character he debuted over the weekend. 

If the ongoing U.S.-China trade war has given us one thing, it’s fictional trade representative Chen Biao, aka “Trade Daddy,” who made his first of hopefully many appearances on “Weekend Update” alongside co-host Michael Che.

“You guys increase your taxes on our imports. We increase taxes on yours. Meanwhile, I’m in the middle of it all, and you know I hate the attention,” Yang’s Biao said. “JK! I’m balling out right now, cuz I’m the top tariff taskmaster.”

When Che admitted he didn’t expect a top Chinese official to be so candid about such a pressing issue, Biao explained it’s his time to shine. 

“I’m having my moment. I’m basically the Lizzo of China right now,” he replied. “And turns out I’m 100 percent that trade daddy.”

The comedian and podcaster continued to serve up some much-needed laughs during the segment by breaking down the economic conflict between world superpowers in terms we can all understand. 

“You need us more than we need you, because we can survive without your movies starring The Rock, but good luck without iPhones,” he added. “How are you gonna text us in the middle of the night like, ‘You up? Can you investigate Joe Biden for me?’ Stupid.”

Before leaving the segment back in the hands of Che and Colin Jost, Yang’s Biao had one last zinger for the road about how China will come out on top: “We actually built our wall. And you can see ours from space.”

And just like that an iconic “SNL” character was born. 

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Michael Goodwin: Hillary Clinton needs to run for president again — or get over it already

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It has been said that there are only two cures for those bitten by the presidential bug: election or death. Poor Hillary Clinton.

The most famous loser of a presidential campaign is peddling another book, so each day interviewers ask her vapid questions about how she feels. Naturally, she responds with vapid variations on a theme: Donald Trump is no good, he stole the election, the world is ending, I’m fine, thank you.

Only she’s not fine, or she wouldn’t continue to embarrass herself by trying to rewrite history. She lost the election fair and square and even the “resistance” movement no longer pretends otherwise.

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Yet nearly three years after the votes were counted and the states were called, and months after Robert Mueller found no collusion with Russia, she still has the nerve to insist that Trump is an “illegitimate president.”

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A brief detour down memory lane reveals the hypocrisy. When Trump said in the third presidential debate of 2016 that he might not accept the election results, Clinton pounced on what she believed was a disqualifying mistake.

“That’s horrifying,” she replied. “Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means. He is denigrating — he is talking down our democracy. And I am appalled that someone who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that position.”

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Here we are, and she’s the one still contesting the results and “talking down our democracy.” Now that’s horrifying.

Her refusal to accept Trump’s election can mean only one thing: In her own mind, she won the election and she’s the real president. Oh dear.

In that case, we have another problem with only two options. She can see a shrink, or prove she’s right.

Run, Hillary, run.

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NBC’s Chuck Todd Slams Sen. Ron Johnson For Pushing Fox News ‘Propaganda’

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NBC’s Chuck Todd interviewed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, the center of an impeachment inquiry into the president, and things quickly got heated.

During Sunday’s episode of “Meet The Press,” Todd asked Johnson why he said he “winced” when a U.S. ambassador told him that aid to Ukraine was contingent on an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a frontrunner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

But Johnson, a member of the Senate foreign relations committee, dodged the question and instead pushed a conspiracy theory about the origins of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“What does this have to do with Ukraine?” Todd interrupted. “I have no idea why a Fox News conspiracy propaganda stuff is popping up on here.”

Johnson responded by defending Trump and his supporters for being “upset” with the media.

“This is not about the media,” Todd cut in, growing visibly frustrated. “Senator Johnson, please. Can we please answer the question that I asked you instead of trying to make Donald Trump feel better here that you’re not criticizing him? I’m just trying to ask a simple question.”

Johnson then acknowledged that he was upset to hear military aid was being withheld until Ukraine committed to investigate Biden.

“I didn’t want those connected,” he said. “But here’s the salient point of why I came forward: When I asked the president about that, he completely denied it. … He said, ‘I’d never do that.’ So that is the piece of the puzzle that I am here to report today.”

He added that he’s not trying to “defend” or “denounce” Trump, but that he simply wants the truth.

“We’re only dealing with the facts that we have, not the facts that you wish them to be,” Todd said. “You’re making a choice not to believe the investigations that have taken place.”

Johnson was part of the envoy, along with Energy Secretary Rick Perry, that traveled to Ukraine in May for the inauguration of the country’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky. After the visit, Johnson told The Wall Street Journal that he told Trump that he was confident in Zelensky as a leader.

Trump later pressed Zelensky during a July phone call to look into Biden. A U.S. intelligence official filed a whistleblower complaint in August regarding the call and alleging the White House tried to cover it up.

Trump claims Biden, as vice president, demanded the notoriously corrupt prosecutor general in Ukraine be fired for the purpose of impeding an investigation into a Ukrainian gas company where his son, Hunter, served on the board. No evidence has been brought to light to suggest this and Ukrainian authorities have cleared Biden of any wrongdoing.

A 2016 bipartisan letter signed by Johnson and several other Republican senators expressed concern over Ukraine’s “entrenched corruption” and echoed Biden’s support for reforming the prosecutor general’s office.

During a subsequent interview with Todd on Sunday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said he’s “deeply scared” by Republicans’ defense of Trump in the wake of the whistleblower complaint.

“That interview was just a giant green light to the president of the United States to continue to solicit foreign interference in presidential elections,” Murphy said of Johnson’s exchange with Todd. “This entire country should be scared that at a moment when we need patriots, what we are getting is blind partisan loyalty.”

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DeVos violated a court order to stop collecting on the debts of Corinthian College students. Now, they want her held in contempt.

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This isn’t material greed itself.

It’s complete emotional capture to an ideology where they believe they’re religious chosen ones.

To an outsider it’s simple material greed.

To them it’s just plain fact they’re special and should be doing as they are.

The American public needs to see this as complete corruption of these people’s emotional agency. It’s biological, their brains cannot help but retrieve the fact this is all justified because of a lifetime of being told it is.

This is pure emotional corruption driven by American cultures years of acceptance and normalizing of the domination of the globe by neoliberalism.

They’re effectively junkies.

But sit here on Reddit instead and still be amazed at these snowflakes behaving exactly like they have been for decades. That’ll get you somewhere.

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Attention, parents: You may be doing screen time limits all wrong

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The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing too many young players. (June 18) AP

Time in front of screens – TV, video games, smartphones – hurts kids’ performance at school, right?

Not necessarily.

Some screen time is worse than others when it comes to kids and academic performance, according to a new analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics, a respected medical journal.

Television viewing, followed by video games, were the two activities most tied to poor school performance, researchers showed in a review of 58 studies published over the decades. 

That kind of screen time affected both children and teens – though overall, teens’ performance seemed to suffer the most as screen time increased. 

Other screen time, like playing on phones or surfing the internet, didn’t yield any clear indication that they were wrecking kids’ achievement.

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That means parents should set limits for individual activities, especially TV and video games.

“It’s increasingly clear that it may be time to move past ‘screen time’ as a useful term,” said Michael Robb, senior director of research for Common Sense, a nonprofit that makes entertainment and technology recommendations for families and schools. 

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Screen time “doesn’t capture the many different ways that different kids use media and affect them in different ways,” Robb said. “We should be doing more to look at what screen time is comprised of – what shows kids are watching, what games they’re playing, what they’re doing online – and how media and tech are being used.”

Researchers across the country are trying to figure out whether a digitally addicted culture, particularly among kids, spells trouble for the future.

There’s no doubt about screen addiction. Pew Research Center found last year that 95% of teenagers have a smartphone or access to one, and 45% say they are near-constantly online. In fact, many are digitally tethered nearly around the clock.

Nearly 4 in 10 children keep their mobile phones within reach of their bed, according to a survey published in May by Common Sense. They are twice as likely as their parents to have their phone actually in bed with them, with girls outpacing boys 33% to 26%.

This new analysis is important because it separates out the screens most closely associated with leisure time – TV and video games – as opposed to those that can be used in conjunction with school work, said Victor Fornari, vice chairman of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry department at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York.

Still want to keep your existing limit? That’s still good for your kids, another study showed

“We are raising a population of overweight and obese youth,” Fornani told USA TODAY. He said the bottom-line result of the study is about keeping an eye on your kids.

“Parents always have to monitor kids and how much game playing they have,” Fornari said. “Parents have to do more. They have to be very involved with what kids are doing on their screen time.”  

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