The final days of Trump’s presidency inspire hour-by-hour countdowns

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. Were there hour-by-hour countdowns to the end of the Bush presidency? The end of the Obama years? No, definitely not to this extent. Trump’s time in office is ending in ignoble fashion. There are countdowns…MORE

China’s economy grows 2.3% in 2020 as recovery quickens

China’s economy grew more than expected last year, even as the rest of the world was upended by the coronavirus pandemic. The world’s second largest economy expanded 2.3% in 2020 compared to a year earlier, according to government statistics released Monday. It’s China’s slowest annual growth rate in decades — not since 1976 has the…MORE

Oscar Mayer hiring team to drive its Wienermobile across the US

Frankly, this could very well be someone’s dream job. Kraft Heinz is looking to hire a new team of Hotdoggers (yes, that’s what the job posting says) to drive its famous hot dog-shaped Wienermobile across the country for a year. An ideal Hotdogger is an “outgoing, creative, friendly, exuberant, college graduate who has an appetite…MORE

Jamie Lynn Spears blames Elon Musk and Tesla for killing her cats

Jamie Lynn Spears called Tesla “a secret cat-killer” and told CEO Elon Musk that he owes her a couple new feline friends. The actress, singer and sister of Britney Spears said in a since-deleted Instagram video that her cats were run over by a Tesla they never heard coming. Teslas, like other electric cars, run quieter…MORE

Corporate earnings don’t look great. But the drought may be over soon

It’s report card season for Corporate America. Companies are starting to release their earnings for the fourth quarter of last year, and so far it doesn’t look like many blue chip stocks are going to get a passing grade. There’s good news though: 2021 is likely to be a lot better. Big banks JPMorgan Chase,…MORE

Chris Cramer, veteran journalist and pioneering former CNN executive, dies aged 73

Chris Cramer, the passionate and forthright leader at the helm of CNN International for 11 years, has died, aged 73. He was an early champion of recognizing the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among journalists and his lasting legacy is an industry with far greater awareness of the dangers journalists face around the world.…MORE

James Murdoch criticizes ‘media property owners’ who have ‘unleashed insidious’ forces with election denialism claims

James Murdoch, the youngest son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, assailed “media property owners” and outlets that have promoted disinformation and conspiracy theories about the results of the 2020 election. Murdoch did not explicitly mention Fox News, which is controlled by his father and his brother Lachlan Murdoch. But it was clear that, even…MORE

NRA files for bankruptcy

The National Rifle Association of America, the nation’s foremost gun lobby, has filed for voluntary bankruptcy in Texas, the organization said Friday. The group said it plans to leave New York and reincorporate as a Texas nonprofit, in an move it is calling “Project Freedom.” The NRA said it’s in its “strongest financial condition in…MORE

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