Trump thrived in the ‘attention economy,’ but now he is hitting the limits

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a man wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida, October 12, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)


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US President Donald Trump holds a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns at Orlando Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida, October 12, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

“We live in an attention economy. And attention equals power. And we still, as a country, have not fully been able to reckon with what that means.”

That’s what Nancy Gibbs says in the first 30 seconds of “Enemies of the People,” an hour-long documentary premiering on Vice TV this week.

The film shows how candidate Donald Trump soaked up attention in 2015 and 2016. As president, he has certainly continued to exploit the “attention economy” dynamic. But there are limits. He isn’t garnering as many eyeballs

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Trump Demands a Plan to Withdraw U.S. Troops From Somalia

(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump has told top advisers he wants to withdraw U.S. troops from Somalia, according to people familiar with the matter, allowing him to make good on campaign pledges to bring soldiers home even though the country remains beset by insurgents linked to al-Qaeda.



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The Pentagon has begun drafting plans for the president, and discussions have involved National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations.



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The U.S. has 650 to 800 troops in Somalia, according to the U.S. Africa Command, including special forces that are helping train Somalia’s army. All or almost all were sent during Trump’s presidency.

Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi said in an interview that he’d like U.S. forces to

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Trump says he has a better plan for preexisting conditions. He doesn’t

Donald Trump appears Tuesday at a rally in Virginia, where he complained about a crying baby and took off after China.
Healthcare experts say the only way to protect people with preexisting conditions is through a coverage mandate or “massive subsidies.” President Trump claims to have found another way. (EPA)

Protection of people with preexisting conditions returned to the spotlight Monday as Democrats insisted a more conservative Supreme Court will take away such safeguards and Republicans countered that they have a plan to make things a lot better, although they’re not saying how.

President Trump set the tone for the GOP.

“Republicans must state loudly and clearly that WE are going to provide much better Healthcare at a much lower cost,” he tweeted. “Get the word out! Will always protect pre-existing conditions!!!”

And he added:

“We will have Healthcare which is FAR BETTER than ObamaCare, at a FAR LOWER COST — BIG PREMIUM REDUCTION. PEOPLE WITH PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS WILL BE PROTECTED AT AN EVEN HIGHER LEVEL THAN NOW.

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Did Trump Add 11.6M Jobs to U.S. Economy During Pandemic?

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Facing Democratic rival U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris for a debate in October 2020, Vice President Mike Pence attempted to give credit to his boss, President Donald Trump, for developing policies that rebounded the economy after unprecedented losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In particular, Pence said the U.S. workforce added millions of jobs since the early days of the outbreak because of Trump’s fiscal and regulatory policies. He said:

We’re going through a pandemic that lost 22 million jobs at the height, we’ve already added back 11.6 million jobs, because we had a president who cut taxes, rolled back regulation and unleashed American energy, fought for free and fair trade. […] We literally have spared no expense to help the American people and the American

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Trump immigration restrictions expected to impact economy long after he leaves White House

President Trump’s four-year crusade against immigration has pushed the number of foreign workers and other immigrants arriving on American shores down to the lowest level in decades.



a man standing in front of a building: Big tech firms like Google have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the H-1B visa program in recent years. (Associated Press)


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Big tech firms like Google have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the H-1B visa program in recent years. (Associated Press)

That’s pleased Trump’s supporters, but it will almost certainly cost the nation dearly in the future, with slower job growth, fewer start-ups and a weaker overall economy, economists, business leaders and immigration analysts say.

Among the most damaging of Trump’s anti-immigration efforts, according to experts, is his renewed push to deny visas to foreign workers with special skills and expertise that U.S. companies need.

Two rules issued this week, one by the Labor Department and the other by the Department of Homeland Security, are expected to make it significantly harder for tech firms — many of them in

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Opinion | Trump Is Killing the Economy Out of Spite

I know, I know, the usual suspects will say that the calls for economic relief are just more big-government liberalism. But warnings about the dangers of failing to provide more relief aren’t just coming from progressive Democrats; they’re coming from Wall Street analysts and Jerome Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Yet negotiations over relief have been stalled for months, even as special aid to the unemployed and small businesses has expired. The main stumbling block, I’d argue, has been the adamant refusal of Senate Republicans to consider aid to state and local governments; Democrats would probably have agreed to a deal that included significant aid, even though it would have helped Trump politically.

But Republicans have insisted — falsely — that this is all about rescuing badly run blue states. And Trump echoed that falsehood as he pulled the plug on Tuesday, claiming that Pelosi’s proposals are nothing

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International students boost US economy but suffer under Trump

  • International students contribute more than $41 billion to the U.S. economy.
  • In recent months, international students have been under relentless attacks by the Trump administration, including last week’s proposed rule targeting students from 59 countries.
  • Voters have a chance to make a choice that would strengthen America’s workforce and global economic competitiveness, while promoting a long-term strategy to keep talent in America.
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It’s been 12 years since I arrived in the United States as an international student. The move was my ticket to escape after 16 years of living under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, surviving the devastation of the 2003 war, and being a refugee in Damascus, Syria. 

At that time, nothing mattered to me more than going to

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Biden hits Trump on economy in critical Pennsylvania county

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — With the backdrop of a union facility in a key battleground county of Pennsylvania, Joe Biden on Saturday blistered President Donald Trump as only pretending to care about the working-class voters who helped flip the Rust Belt to the Republican column four years ago.

“Anyone who actually does an honest day’s work sees him and his promises for what they are,” Biden told a masked, socially distanced crowd at a training facility for plumbers and other tradespeople.

The Democratic challenger has hammered Trump on the economy in recent weeks, from sweeping indictments of how the president has downplayed the novel coronavirus and its economic fallout to a withering personal contrast between Biden’s middle-class upbringing with that of the multimillionaire’s son and self-proclaimed billionaire.

Nowhere could Biden’s arguments prove more decisive than in Erie County. Long a Democratic bastion, it was among the most populous counties in

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New England Journal of Medicine says Trump should be voted out over pandemic management as U.S. death toll tops 212,000

Meghann Showers

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 moved above 212,000 on Thursday, as the editors of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine sharply criticized the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump during a May visit to a Honeywell plant in Arizona producing N95 masks.


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Donald Trump during a May visit to a Honeywell plant in Arizona producing N95 masks.

In a highly unusual move, the editors published an editorial that called for the current government to be voted out of office.

Political leaders in the U.S. ‘have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.’ — New England Journal of Medicine

“This crisis has produced a test of leadership,” said the editorial. “With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries were forced to make hard choices about how to respond. Here in the United States, our leaders have failed that test. They have taken a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.”

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Trump hits the final sprint with an economy facing withdrawal

Meghann Showers

President Donald Trump may have tweeted away one of his best chances to prop up a struggling economy, deliver a boost to jittery markets and improve his own standing with wavering voters less than a month from Election Day.



President Donald Trump boards Marine One at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for the coronavirus.


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President Donald Trump boards Marine One at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after receiving treatment for the coronavirus.

In announcing on Twitter that he was killing ongoing Covid-19 stimulus talks between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Trump stunned investors and reduced the chances of bolstering an economic recovery that is clearly losing momentum in the final stretch of the 2020 race.

It was a puzzling power move even to many of Trump’s allies, who thought the president could push Pelosi to deliver an economic boost just before the election — or least let her take the blame for not cutting a

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