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Justice Department Calls on San Francisco to End ‘Draconian’ One-Worshiper Rule for Churches

Justice Department Calls on San Francisco to End ‘Draconian’ One-Worshiper Rule for Churches

BY TOM OZIMEK ‘This restriction suggests hostility to religious people and the free exercise of religion,’ DOJ says The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday called on San Francisco Mayor London Breed to end the city’s “one congregant” rule and raise the allowable capacity in churches, alleging that current pandemic-related policy “suggests hostility to religious people and the […]

Gun Sales Soar in States That May Prove Critical in 2020 Election

Gun Sales Soar in States That May Prove Critical in 2020 Election

BY TOM OZIMEK Gun sales in swing states have soared year-to-date compared to the same period last year, potentially flagging Second Amendment rights as a key election issue in November in regions that may make a crucial difference in who wins the race for the White House. While the definition varies as to what constitutes a swing state, […]

US Household Net Worth Surged to Record High in 2nd Quarter

US Household Net Worth Surged to Record High in 2nd Quarter

BY TOM OZIMEK   American household wealth has hit a historic high, with savings accounts and equity portfolios seeing a big boost from federal pandemic relief and surging stock markets, according to a Federal Reserve report. The Fed’s most recent Flow of Funds report, released Sept. 21, provides a snapshot of the wealth and income of U.S. households and […]

Jobs and Economy Most Important Election Issue in Rust Belt States: Poll

Jobs and Economy Most Important Election Issue in Rust Belt States: Poll

BY TOM OZIMEK A new Epoch Times poll of registered voters in the Rust Belt shows that by far the most important issues in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are the state of the economy and jobs. More voters cited the “economy and jobs” as the issues most important to their vote in the November presidential election, at […]

Online Shopping Boom Predicted to Last Beyond Pandemic: Reports

Online Shopping Boom Predicted to Last Beyond Pandemic: Reports

BY TOM OZIMEK While the pandemic-driven surge in online sales has leveled off, executives and researchers are increasingly saying that the digital shopping boom will persist even after the CCP virus outbreak is brought under control. The latest data from Adobe, which analyzed 1 trillion visits to retail sites, found that online shopping activity declined in August as more lockdowns lifted and […]

Job Openings Surge by 10 Percent to 6.6 Million, Topping Expectations

Job Openings Surge by 10 Percent to 6.6 Million, Topping Expectations

BY TOM OZIMEK Job openings in the United States, which are a measure of labor demand, rose by 10 percent to 6.6 million in July, while the number of people quitting their jobs rose by 2.1 percent between June and July, suggesting an uptick in confidence in being able to find work. The Labor Department’s Job Openings […]

US Economy Adds 1.4 Million Jobs in August as Unemployment Falls to 8.4 Percent

US Economy Adds 1.4 Million Jobs in August as Unemployment Falls to 8.4 Percent

BY TOM OZIMEK America’s economy added some 1.4 million jobs in August while unemployment fell by more than economists anticipated, as the labor market continues its grueling recovery from the depths of the COVID-19 recession. The Labor Department’s closely watched jobs report, released Friday, showed that nonfarm payrolls increased by 1.371 million last month after the economy added […]

University of California Must Stop Using SAT, ACT in Admissions, Judge Rules

University of California Must Stop Using SAT, ACT in Admissions, Judge Rules

BY TOM OZIMEK The University of California (UC) system must stop considering SAT or ACT scores in decisions on admissions and financial aid, a judge has ruled, citing pandemic-related difficulties faced by some students in accessing test sites. The decision to mandate a so-called test-blind arrangement, issued Sept. 1 by Alameda Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman, is a victory for […]

Trump Vows to Create 10 Million Jobs, Says Biden White House Would ‘Kill’ Economy

Trump Vows to Create 10 Million Jobs, Says Biden White House Would ‘Kill’ Economy

BY TOM OZIMEK At Friday’s rally in New Hampshire, President Donald Trump defended his record on jobs and growth, vowing to adopt policies that would see the post-pandemic rebound soar to new heights, while claiming that Democrat policies of high taxes and higher regulations would “kill” the economy. Speaking before an audience of supporters in Londonderry, Trump began by saying that […]

Consumer Spending Rises in July, Fueling Hopes for Sharp Economic Recovery

Consumer Spending Rises in July, Fueling Hopes for Sharp Economic Recovery

BY TOM OZIMEK American consumers spent more than expected in July, reinforcing expectations for a sharp rebound in economic growth in the third quarter, as consumer spending accounts for around 70 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Consumer spending grew by 1.9 percent, according to a report from the Commerce Department released Friday, beating expectations of economists polled by Reuters, who forecast a […]