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Americans are using their credit cards more than ever — and some experts think that's a good thing

Credit card use is on the rise.<p>The number of credit card accounts increased by 2.6% compared to this time last year, according to TransUnion's Q1 2018 Industry Insights Report. Currently, there are 416.5 million credit cards and 174.9 million consumers with access to a credit card.<p>Also on the rise …

Credit Cards

Iran tried its own basic income scheme — and people didn't give up working

A new report on an ongoing cash-transfer program launched in 2011 in Iran may cast some doubt on the claim.<p>Published by the economists Djavad Salehi-Isfahani and Mohammad H. Mostafavi-Dehzooei, the paper finds no evidence to support the idea that people receiving cash transfers take themselves out …

7 presidential actions Trump blasted Obama for and then did himself

In comments to the press and in his frequent tweets, President Donald Trump has garnered plenty of attention for lambasting President Barack Obama's policies and actions.<p>But since taking office in January, Trump has done many of the things he once criticized Obama for doing.<p>Here are seven things …

Donald Trump

How Congress Used to Work

The deep roots of Republicans’ failure on Capitol Hill.<p>Back when I was in high school in the 1960s, we all studied something called civics, which told us how our government worked. One part was about how our laws are made. It started with a congressman or senator introducing a bill, having it …

Ten Best Jazz Albums of 2016

<b>3. Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith</b>, <i>A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke</i> (ECM) – While pianist Vijay Iyer has released a number of significant albums under …

10 online careers you can start today with basically no money

Does working from home or any remote location of your choice, while dictating your schedule and having complete control over your career sound good?<p>If so, you should consider starting an online career. It's a lot easier than you might think — thanks to the internet, it's actually quite simple, …

Forget the consumer Internet of Things: IIoT is where it's really at

Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes coined the saying, "He who dies with the most toys wins." And upon his death, Forbes certainly had a lot of toys. But in 2016, not all consumers agree with that sentiment when it comes to Internet of Things (IoT) devices.<p>Product manufacturers may be banking on …

CHATBOTS EXPLAINER: Conversation may power revenues for the next decade

But what if a simple conversation tool had the ability to turn prospects into customers far better than any of those hot platforms?<p>Chatbots are software programs that use messaging platforms as the interface to perform a wide variety of tasks—everything from scheduling a meeting to reporting the …

Apps

Seven Reasons the New Russian Hack Announcement Is a Big Deal

It might turn out to be bigger than the Trump tape. A Moscow-watcher explains what's really going on.<p>It’s been buried under news of Donald Trump bragging about his ability to grab women by their genitals, but Friday afternoon’s news dump included a stunning declaration by the Department of Homeland …

Trump Is No Moral Exemplar—He's a Champion

The conservative, Christian voters backing the Republican nominee are looking for someone who can defend them, not someone who embodies their values.<p>How can conservative, Christian, values voters back a thrice-married, philandering, candidate for the presidency, who trails a record of stiffed …

Education Department issues death penalty to for-profit college accreditor

The Obama administration on Thursday terminated the federal recognition of the nation's largest accreditor of for-profit colleges — a rare move that could ultimately jeopardize the ability of hundreds of schools to access federal funding.<p>The decision against the Accrediting Council for Independent …

A sommelier shares 10 words to look for to find high-quality wines under $25

Affordable wine doesn't have to taste cheap.<p>But how can you tell you have a good bottle before pouring that first glass?<p>"Many wine consumers in the US are still challenged by the abundance of language on a wine label," says Jörn Kleinhans, owner of the The Sommelier Company. "It's difficult enough …

City Politics

There's a troubling connection between the Dallas and Baton Rouge police shooters

In Dallas, ex-Army reservist Micah Xavier Johnson killed five police officers and wounded seven on July 7, when he opened fire during a peaceful protest of the police killings of two black men— Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota — earlier that week.<p>Ten days later, US …

Law Enforcement

40 things Canadians say that Americans don't understand

The holiday is essentially the Canadian version of America's Independence Day.<p>It's a celebration of our confederation as a country within the British Empire in 1867.<p>Now it's not always easy to spot a Canadian in the US. For the most part, we sound pretty similar. We share a lot of values with …

A new ADHD drug has some psychiatrists scared

Adzenys, as the chewable, fruity medication is called, packs the punch of Adderall and is geared toward children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.<p>The drug hit the market last week and is already stirring controversy: Some psychiatrists worry that Adzenys will accelerate a trend toward …

This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like

This year, we’re seeing the end of a partisan realignment, and the beginning of a policy one — and U.S. politics is about to change big-time.<p><b>For political observers, 2016 feels like an earthquake</b> — a once-in-a-generation event that will remake American politics. The Republican party is fracturing …

The answer to treating drug and alcohol addiction may be far simpler than you think

The answer is far simpler than you might think, at least according to neuroscience journalist and author Maia Szalavitz, whose new book, "Unbroken Brain," throws water on most of the modern assumptions that plague our understanding of drug and alcohol addiction.<p>Addiction, she writes, is not a …

Mental Health