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Biden campaign accused of deceptive editing in new anti-Trump ad

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The Trump campaign is accusing former Vice President Joe Biden’s team of deceptively editing a video for a new ad to make it appear like a U.N. General Assembly audience was laughing uproariously at President Trump when he touted his administration’s accomplishments in a speech last year.

The video, which is part of a scathing online ad the Biden presidential campaign released on Wednesday, depicts the audience at the UNGA laughing after Trump says, “My administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

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While there were scattered chuckles after Trump made that statement in New York in September 2018, the audience only broke out into loud laughter after Trump remarked: “I didn’t expect that reaction but that’s OK.” The Biden campaign ad seemed to move up that laugh track so it played right after Trump’s boast about his record.

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“The Biden campaign has been practically built around complaining about ads they claim are misleading,” Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign, said in a statement to Fox News. “But then they drop this video that’s been deceptively edited– some would say doctored– so the hypocrisy is self-evident and staggering.”

The Biden campaign, though, argued that it is apparent the audience at the U.N. was essentially laughing at Trump’s boast.

“It makes sense that Donald Trump would be triggered after re-living how the world has literally been laughing at him,” Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, told Fox News. “But unlike when he doctored a hurricane map, retweeted a doctored video of Speaker Pelosi after she eviscerated him for abusing his office, or doctored a video of a CNN journalist, this is the real deal.”

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Bates added: “He’s been humiliating our country on the global stage while undermining our national security and weakening our alliances, and the American people deserve a president who would restore our leadership in the world on Day 1.”

Biden’s ad primarily featured a clip of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mocking Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in London earlier this week.

The clip comes from video shared by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) in which Trudeau, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and French President Emmanuel Macron are seen with others at a Buckingham Palace reception, apparently discussing Trump’s impromptu remarks to reporters earlier in the day.

“Is that why you were late?” Johnson asked Macron, smirking.

“He was late because he takes a 40-minute press conference off the top,” Trudeau said.

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Asked about the video during a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump said of Trudeau, “He’s two-faced.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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White House Names Controversial Pick To Head Homelessness Office

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Robert Marbut has been tapped to lead the federal office on homelessness. Marbut is seen here in 2011 in a shelter in Clearwater, Fla. Chris O’Meara/AP hide caption

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Robert Marbut has been tapped to lead the federal office on homelessness. Marbut is seen here in 2011 in a shelter in Clearwater, Fla.

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The Trump Administration has named its choice to lead the federal office on homelessness: Robert Marbut, a well-known consultant to cities trying to tackle the issue.

As the executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, it will be Marbut’s job to coordinate the 19 federal agencies and departments that have some responsibility for the issue including Housing, Health and Human Services, Justice, and Veterans Affairs. The office also works with state and local officials, conveying the administration’s philosophy on the best ways to combat homelessness.

But advocates for the homeless worry that Marbut’s appointment signals a turn away from the approaches that have worked over the last 20 years, getting more people into housing.

Marbut’s strategies, they say, are more like those that prevailed in the 1990s, such as attaching services and housing to good behavior. Critics say his work has shifted taxpayer money away from proven strategies such as permanent and affordable housing, and funneled it instead into large shelters that some have compared to prisons.

Homelessness in the U.S. actually decreased by 15 percent from 2007 to 2018, but it remains a huge issue: more than a half million people were experiencing homelessness on a single night last year. California, in particular, is struggling with a large population of unsheltered homeless people.

Marbut made his name as a consultant to cities from Fresno, Calif., to St. Petersburg, Fla., that were working to solve their homelessness problems — often a population of homeless people living on sidewalks or in parks. For each city, Marbut would make a customized plan, generally focused more on services than creating affordable housing. His plans often call for large-scale shelters that provide onsite treatment facilities for various issues.

Nan Roman, who is the head of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, says Marbut’s appointment shows is a change from a Housing First strategy to a focus on services.

Housing First is the idea that you need to get people into housing before you can effectively solve the other problems that they may be having.

“Having a home makes it easier to take on these very difficult problems around mental health issues and substance abuse issues,” Roman says. “Raising your kids, getting a job — it’s really hard to do that when you’re staying at a shelter.”

So, if people are in crisis and need a place to live, a Housing First approach means that agencies will try to get people into a stable home, without first requiring them to prove they’re sober or drug-free.

And research has shown that it works. Utah, for example, reduced its chronically homeless population by 91%.

The George W. Bush administration worked to spread the philosophy as a best practice, and it’s now understood as the most effective way to actually reduce the homeless population, as opposed to simply clearing unsheltered people from the sidewalks.

As Eric Tars, an attorney with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has put it, “In the end, only housing solves homelessness.”

But Marbut is not a Housing First proponent, unlike his predecessor, Matthew Doherty, the Obama appointee who was pushed from the post last month.

“I believe in Housing Fourth,” Marbut told HuffPost in 2014.

Homeless advocates expressed alarm at the news that Marbut was tapped to lead the office.

“Robert Marbut’s approach goes against two decades of research and best practice,” wrote Diane Yentel, president of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. She pointed to his opposition to Housing First and an interview in which Marbut says, “Having a home is not the problem for the homeless.”

One of the tactics Marbut has recommended to cities is preventing meals from being served to the homeless anywhere but shelters. “Street feeding is one of the worst things to do, because it keeps people in homeless status,” he told NPR in 2014. “I think it’s very unproductive, very enabling, and it keeps people out of recovery programs.”

Many cities don’t have enough shelter beds to house their homeless populations, and many shelters close during the day or prohibit bringing pets or belongings.

In Clearwater, Fla., Marbut recommended “preventing the homeless from lying down on sidewalks, banning bathing in fountains and sleeping in public places, expanding rules about panhandling and ‘hoarding’ in backpacks or shopping carts, and expanding police arrest authority for what are now minor offenses that now just result in a ticket,” the Tampa Bay Times reported.

As USICH director, Marbut won’t control much in the way of resources. Instead, his influence will come by way of coordinating the White House’s strategy on the issue.

And homelessness has been a recurring topic of interest for President Trump, particularly the problems in California. “We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” he said on a visit to the state in September.

“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings … where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” he said. “And all of a sudden they have tents.”

The administration is expected to release its plan to tackle homelessness soon.

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Italian newspaper criticized for tasteless ‘Black Friday’ headline amid racism storm gripping soccer

An Italian sports newspaper stoked outrage Thursday over a headline reading “Black Friday” and featuring two black soccer players on its cover.

Corriere dello Sport, a daily Rome-based publication, ran photos of Roma defender Chris Smalling and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku ahead of Friday’s match between the teams in Milan.

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The front page of the Italian sports daily, Corriere dello Sport, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.  (AP)

Smalling and Lukaku condemned the headline on social media.

“Whilst I would have liked to spend the day focusing on the big game tomorrow, it is important that I acknowledge that what occurred this morning was wrong and highly insensitive,” Smalling wrote on Twitter. “I hope the editors involved in running this headline take responsibility and understand the power they possess through words, and the impact those words can have.”

Lukaku called it the “dumbest of headlines I have ever seen in my career,” and added: “You guys keep fueling the negativity and the racism issue.”

The newspaper defended the headline as “innocent,” saying its intent “was only praising diversity” and that it had been “transformed into poison by those who have poison inside.”

Roma issued a joint statement with Inter’s rival AC Milan saying both clubs “have decided to ban Corriere dello Sport from our training facilities for the rest of the year and our players will not carry out any media activities with the newspaper during this period.”

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The headline follows a series of racist chants against black players in Italian stadiums, notably targeting Brescia’s Mario Balotelli, who was born to Ghanian parents, raised by Italian foster parents and has Italian citizenship.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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John Rich’s career advice to viewer stuck in ‘boring’ job: ‘It’s the American dream, everyone has a shot’

Kat Timpf sat down with country music star John Rich in an unfiltered new episode of Fox Nation’s “Sincerely Kat” where Timpf and guests offer advice to Fox Nation fans.

One viewer wrote in asking for motivation to do their “boring job.”  Rich said it boiled down to “longball, shortball.”

“What [they’re] dealing with right now is shortball, meaning this is intermediate … not gonna do this forever,” he said.

“But while you are doing it, be thinking about something that’s maybe a bigger idea down the road and chip away at that when you’re not at this boring job and you move towards that a little bit at a time. And if you’re lucky, that’s where you’ll wind up,” the musician said.

Timpf said she was able to relate to the viewer’s question, and shared a similar personal experience.

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“I used to work at restaurants and things like that and it was really boring — but honestly, the only thing that made me feel better was me giving myself the pep talk ‘Kat this won’t be your life forever, you’re gonna make it,'” she said. She also encouraged the viewer to “find fulfillment in other areas of their life.”

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“That’s the American dream, right?” Rich added. “Everybody’s got the shot to chase down their wildest dream, and, in the meantime, you might be working at a boring job…that’s part of it.”

Later in the segment, Timpf and Rich disagreed over a solution for another viewer, who asked for direction addressing his “hot boss” at work.

“My boss is a gorgeous bada** who kills it at her job,” the viewer wrote. “I have a major crush on her. She’s praised my work ethic many times, but the truth is, I wouldn’t be going above and beyond if I didn’t have a crush. How should I deal with my developing feelings while remaining professional and respectful? Do I quit my job — and if so, do I tell her why?”

“First of all,” a frustrated Timpf responded, “if you have so little self-control that you need to quit your job, do not tell her why,” she said. “You are a human being, you have free will, you have self-control,” Timpf continued.

Rich took a different approach, encouraging the viewer to be upfront with his boss.

“Just say it, what’s the risk?” he said.

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“You can’t say anything,” Timpf fired back.

“If you’re being complimented by the boss, just say ‘by the way, I think you’re totally hot,'” Rich encouraged. “That’s what I would do but, of course, I don’t have a real job, I’m a musician so what do I know,” he joked.

“I completely disagree with that,” Kat reiterated. “He shouldn’t tell her … it’s 2019.”

“What if they’re meant to be?” Rich asked.

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“He is an adult, he is not a toddler so he does have self-control, and if he can’t stay in the job, then quit but don’t tell her,” Kat fired back.

“I would tell the guy, if it’s something you really want to make a move on and risk your job, do it,” Rich concluded. “If you find the right person, it lasts a lot longer than a job … so weigh it out.”

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GM And LG Chem Plan $2.3 Billion Electric Battery Venture In Ohio

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GM and LG Chem say they’ll create more than 1,100 jobs in the area around Lordstown, Ohio — where GM closed a manufacturing plant earlier this year. Here, GM’s former Lordstown Complex is seen one year ago.

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General Motors and LG Chemical plan to make battery cells for electric-powered vehicles, unveiling a joint venture that they expect to create more than 1,100 jobs in northeast Ohio. The companies say they’ll invest up to $2.3 billion in the venture.

The project is centered around Lordstown, Ohio, where GM shuttered a plant last March that had produced the Chevrolet Cruze. The new plant in the Lordstown area will make battery cells for GM’s upcoming all-electric vehicles, from a Cadillac sedan to a new electric truck that’s slated for release in late 2021.

GM recently sold its idled Cruze plant to a company called Lordstown Motors Corp., which plans to produce electric pickup trucks at the facility, as member station WCBE reported.

The new venture will pair GM’s manufacturing know-how with LG Chem’s battery-cell technology, says GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. Construction on the facility will begin in the summer of 2020, the companies say.

In a news release about the upcoming facility, Barra says the investment means “Ohio and its highly capable workforce will play a key role in our journey toward a world with zero emissions.”

The pending Lordstown plant could bring the promise of relief to the 1,600 workers who watched their assembly plant get shut down. As member station WKSU has reported, many of those workers have been forced to transfer to plants in Kentucky and Indiana.

GM and LG Chem hope to cut the costs of producing batteries for electric vehicles – a goal shared by many carmakers that are trying to make hybrid and plug-in vehicles more affordable to attract more buyers.

While electric vehicles have succeeded in drawing consumers in Europe and Asia, millions of U.S. auto buyers have resisted their quiet charms. For one thing, gasoline remains cheap. And for years, most electric vehicles have been sedans, making it harder for them to catch on in an era of SUV supremacy.

In each of the first six months of 2019, U.S. sales of electric plug-in vehicles rose compared to the previous year, according to the industry site InsideEVs. The website’s sales tally from 2018 shows that U.S. consumers bought 361,307 plug-in vehicles in the U.S. – a small fraction of the 17.215 million light vehicles that Wards Automotive says were sold in the U.S. last year.

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US officials release photos of ‘significant cache’ of Iranian missile parts captured

U.S. officials released photos Thursday of the missile parts intercepted by military personnel believed to be from Iran headed to Yemen.

The photos were displayed during an on-the-record briefing with Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran and senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Suspected Iranian missile headed for Yemen 

On Wednesday, officials told Fox News a U.S. Navy warship intercepted a “significant cache” of alleged Iranian missile parts that were on their way to stock the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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This is the first time such high-level missile components have been seized en route to the four-year civil war in Yemen, officials said. The U.S. has repeatedly accused Iran of smuggling arms to the rebels, who are battling the Yemeni government. Saudi Arabia, backed by U.S. arms sales, has intervened in the war to counter Iranian influence in the region.

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Suspected Iranian missiles headed for Yemen 

 IRANIAN MISSILE PARTS HEADED TO YEMEN CAPTURED BY US NAVY WARSHIP, OFFICIALS SAY 

A small Navy boat and a Coast Guard boarding team seized the weapons last Wednesday in the northern Arabian Sea.

According to officials, the USS Forrest Sherman, part of the Harry S. Truman strike group operating in the region, was conducting routine maritime operations when sailors noticed a small wooden boat that was not displaying a flag from any country.

Navy and Coast Guard personnel stopped the boat and boarded it for inspection when they found the weapons. They did not determine an exact number but asserted it was a significant cache.

They said the small boat was towed to port and the boat’s crew was transferred to the Yemeni Coast Guard. The weapons are being stored on the American warship.

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The civil war in Yemen is seen by many as a proxy conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. In light of the violence, 20 million people have been rendered food-insecure, with half of those suffering extreme levels of hunger, according to a United Nations report from February.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Karen McDougal Sues Fox News For Spreading Rumor That She Extorted Trump

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Karen McDougal, a former magazine model who says she had an affair with Donald Trump, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Fox News defamed her by airing a segment in which host Tucker Carlson accused her of extortion. 

“Carlson’s statements were intentionally false and made with reckless disregard for the truth,” the lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges. 

On the Dec. 10, 2018, episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson told viewers McDougal was one of two women who “approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and his family if he didn’t give them money.”

“Now that,” Carlson added, “sounds like a classic case of extortion.” 

The lawsuit, filed in a New York State court, says Fox is liable for Carlson’s claim, which he advertised to his nearly 3 million viewers as the “undisputed facts” about payments to McDougal and adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who also says she had an affair with Trump.

“Indeed, every individual involved in the payment that Trump caused to be paid to McDougal never once stated that she extorted Trump or otherwise committed any crime or unlawful act whatsoever,” the lawsuit says. 

Multiple outlets have reported that Trump coordinated with his former lawyer Michael Cohen to issue hush-money payments to McDougal and Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Cohen is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for campaign finance violations and his role in the scheme to hide those payments, and Cohen’s criminal indictment seemed to implicate the president as well

Trump’s involvement in the hush-money payments is reportedly still of interest to Congress. Carlson claimed that Trump had merely caved to an extortion attempt ― “for whatever reason,” he said, incuriously ― and directed his personal lawyer to “pay the ransom.” 

Responding to the lawsuit, Fox News said in a statement that the network “will vigorously defend Tucker Carlson against these meritless claims.”

Read the lawsuit below.

CORRECTION: The episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” at issue ran on Dec. 10, 2018 ― not on a December date this year, as the story previously indicated.

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Bill Nye allowed to take Disney to trial over profits from ‘Science Guy’ show

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Bill Nye is taking the Walt Disney Company to trial over claims that the organization drastically short-changed him on profits from his successful 1990s TV show.

Nye initially filed a lawsuit against Disney and many of its subsidiaries in 2017 claiming that an “accounting error” discovered in 2008 shows the Mouse House didn’t pay him his due share of the profits for “Bill Nye The Science Guy.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, an L.A. Superior Court judge allowed Nye to take limited claims against Disney to trial after a fourth amended complaint. That trial is reportedly scheduled for May 2020.

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In Nye’s most recent complaint, he estimates that he’s owed $28 million in damages from the way the company handled the show’s profits. He’s also seeking punitive damages arising from how the company has, “a long and consistent pattern of under-reporting revenue and improperly applying deductions.”

The series ran 100 episodes on PBS from 1994 to 1999 and was syndicated to local stations, eventually earning it 23 Emmy nominations with 19 wins. Deadline reports that the host initially became suspicious when Disney paid him for his share of the profits in April 2008 before sending a second letter alleging it overestimated his share and asked for a majority of the money back.

THR notes that Disney tried to get the suit thrown out in May 2019, about two years after he filed the lawsuit, arguing that he waited too long to make the complaint after he became suspicious. Nye responded at the time by saying the quarterly profit statements he received from a subsidiary lacked detail, making it impossible for him to understand if the numbers were accurate. He also noted that he was therefore forced to spend his own time and money auditing Disney.

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An L.A. Superior Court Judge granted a summary judgment to Disney with respect to participation statements issued before Jan. 8, 2011. Although that’s still years before Nye moved forward with his requested audit, he was told that the company had such a backlog at the time that he may need to wait three to four years for it to begin.

Nye said the audit started in May 2016 but the company did not “produce documents including its license agreements with Netflix and Apple and its sales income from its websites,” according to the initial lawsuit.

“Nevertheless, even in the absence of these essential documents, even without the ability to fully examine the accounting and related records of the Defendants … the Auditor identified hundreds of thousands of dollars in underreported payments owed to Mr. Nye,” Charles Rainey, Nye’s lawyer, said in the initial complaint.

“The defendants, and each of them, have engaged in an ongoing, deliberate conspiracy to deceive Mr. Nye and the ‘BNSG’ Owners, and deprive them of their rightly owned share of the Net Profits from the ‘BNSG’ series and derivative works,” Rainey wrote.

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Nye will get to move forward with the more recent participation statements at the trial. The outlet also notes the judge rejected Disney’s bid to rule out punitive damages. However, the company was able to avoid claims it breached any fiduciary duties.

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Ian Somerhalder says he lost virginity at age 13

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Ian Somerhalder lost his virginity at a surprisingly early age.

In a new interview, the former “Vampire Diaries” star revealed he first had intercourse with a girl at age 13.

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“[I was] 13. It was fun,” Somerhalder, 40, said on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM show, “Radio Andy.” “When you’re 13 and you’re a boy, you know, or a girl, boys are pretty on it.”

Somerhalder noted that the girl he slept with was 16 at the time. The actor also spoke on how spying on older brother Robert prepared him for his big moment.

“He taught me a lot. And he was quite a Casanova,” Somerhalder said. “He used to have girls in his bedroom all the time and what I did was, I went into the bottom corner of his window and I pinched the Venetian blinds — I pinched the blinds down so I’d have a clear view — and then when he’d have girls over… I’d go outside and I would watch and I learned a lot.”

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He continued, stating, “We do what we have to do. This was the live action organic version [of Internet porn].” “Now kids are watching all this s—t on the Internet and it’s destroying society.”

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Why America’s 1-Percenters Are Richer Than Europe’s

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Over the last four decades, incomes in the United States have grown much less equal. Inequality is less pronounced in Western Europe. Mike Segar/Reuters hide caption

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Over the last four decades, incomes in the United States have grown much less equal. Inequality is less pronounced in Western Europe.

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A new Gilded Age has emerged in America — a 21st century version.

The wealth of the top 1% of Americans has grown dramatically in the past four decades, squeezing both the middle class and the poor. This is in sharp contrast to Europe and Asia, where the wealth of the 1% has grown at a more constrained pace.

At the turn of the last century, European aristocrats controlled even more of their national wealth than robber barons in the U.S. But for much of the 20th century tycoon fortunes gave way to a rising middle class, and income inequality narrowed on both sides of the ocean.

Somewhere around 1970, that trend began to reverse itself and America’s superrich started getting richer much faster than their counter parts in Europe.

Since that time, the share of total income claimed by the top 1% of earners in the U.S. has more than doubled — from 8% in 1970 to 20% in 2010. In Western Europe, on the other hand, the gains for 1-percenters have been much more modest — rising from 7.5% in 1970 to about 10% in 2010, according to the World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics.

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This trend toward inequality in America can no longer be dismissed as the inevitable result of globalization or technology. Other developed countries in Europe and Asia have weathered those forces without the same yawning gap between winners and losers. This suggests that policy choices — on taxes, labor relations, worker training — can help to limit inequality, or else make it worse.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics recently hosted a conference to explore the roots of unequal pay and possible responses. Some of the findings presented at the meeting were striking.

Since 1980, the share of total income going to the bottom 50% of earners has fallen much more sharply in America than Europe. Four decades ago, that share was about 20% in both places. Since then, it’s fallen sharply in the U.S. to about 13%. But in Europe it slipped only modestly, to 18%.

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That’s not an accident, says conference presenter Lucas Chancel of the World Inequality Lab. He notes that during this period, both the U.S. and Europe were exposed to globalization and changing technology. But the U.S. experienced a much sharper rise in inequality.

In this country, policymakers often look to the tax code as a tool that can either redress inequality — through higher taxes on the wealthy as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have proposed — or contribute to it.

Some of the outsize gains enjoyed by the top 1% of earners in the U.S. stem from tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthy. The top marginal tax rate in the U.S. has been cut by more than half since the 1960s.

But, Chancel notes, the tax code does not fully explain the difference in earnings for Americans and Europeans in the bottom half of the income scale. There, Europeans enjoyed higher pretax earnings than Americans, suggesting more equitable distribution of paychecks on the far side of the Atlantic.

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Rather than simply trying to make up for unequal pay through tax-code redistribution, Europe’s economy delivers more equitable paychecks from the outset. Economists call this strategy “pre-distribution.”

Chancel suggests that the Europeans accomplish this through policies and institutions that improve workers’ bargaining power — such as strong labor unions and higher minimum wages. And they push to make workers more productive, for example through broad-based access to education and health care.

Whether U.S. voters will embrace such policies is an open question. But it’s clear that rising inequality has made America exceptional — and not in a good way.

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