Shawn Langlois
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Shawn Langlois is an editor and writer for MarketWatch in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter @slangwise.Source
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Martha Stewart receives 14 proposals after sharing this ‘thirst trap’ selfie

Martha Stewart receives 14 proposals after sharing this ‘thirst trap’ selfie

Just days ahead of her 79th birthday, Martha Stewart’s still got it, apparently.Last week, the media megastar who spent five months behind bars posted this saucy Instagram pic because “I just thought I looked great coming out of the pool.”Her followers, of which she has almost 1 million, agreed.The top comment from Whitney Robinson, editor-in-chief of ELLE Deco, pretty much summed up the response. “Omg martha!!!!!! Va va voom!!!!” he wrote.Stewart would deny it if she could, but, alas, she cannot. In fact, in , she agreed that her post was “definitely a thirst trap.”What’s a “thirst trap?”...

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Bill Gates on Elon Musk’s controversial coronavirus comments: Stick with electric cars and rockets

Bill Gates on Elon Musk’s controversial coronavirus comments: Stick with electric cars and rockets

That’s Microsoft MSFT, 0.99% co-founder Bill Gates explaining to CNBC why Tesla TSLA, +2.01% boss Elon Musk should perhaps focus on his job and let the experts focus on theirs. Musk has courted controversy ever since the coronavirus first broke out across the U.S., having suggested deaths have been overcounted and lockdowns were unnecessary. He also called California’s approach to combatting coronavirus “fascist” and drew an F-bomb from a politician. Gates pointed out that facts travel slowly across social media compared with misinformation, which poses a challenge to Facebook FB, 1.08%...

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The ‘best’ Trump interview yet? Fox News host Chris Wallace cheered — and also blasted — for his grilling of the president

The ‘best’ Trump interview yet? Fox News host Chris Wallace cheered — and also blasted — for his grilling of the president

President Trump is no fan of Fox News host Chris Wallace, having called him a “wannabe” who is “” and “will never be his father,” the legendary Mike Wallace of CBS News.This latest interview isn’t helping.The two faced off on “Fox News Sunday” over the recent surge in coronavirus cases, mask wearing, tearing down statues and, of course, Joe Biden.Read:In one particularly odd moment, they tangled over the president’s cognitive test. Trump recently boasted that he “aced” such a test. “They said, ‘That’s an unbelievable thing. Rarely does anybody do what you just did,’ ” Trump told Fox News...

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Wall Street bankers: We’ll gladly pay higher taxes to get rid of ‘the existential threat’ that is Trump

Wall Street bankers: We’ll gladly pay higher taxes to get rid of ‘the existential threat’ that is Trump

‘Wall Street’s not this amorphous, unified blob, but the majority of people I talk to on Wall Street think it’s worth taking the hit to get Trump out of office. They view him as an existential threat.’That’s one Wall Street banker how, from his perspective, his peers are gladly preparing to navigate markets under a Joe Biden presidency.“They’re saying, ‘We’d like to see Biden crush Trump,’” he continued, adding that he doesn’t want Democrats to take control of the Senate. In his world, legislative gridlock is a good thing and voting for Republicans to keep the Senate is basically “making...

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Investors face ‘a scary, out-of-whack’ scenario — just look at this chart

Investors face ‘a scary, out-of-whack’ scenario — just look at this chart

If it weren’t for the “Giant 5,” your money would have been better off sitting in cash than the stock market over the past few years, .Yes, investment gains since early 2017 have been completely dominated by Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabetand Facebookto the point where the broader market, despite some wild fluctuations, has delivered virtually nothing without the upward push of those stocks.For some perspective on how this has played out, here’s what the Wilshire 5000, a market-capitalization-weighted gauge of all U.S. stocks, has done since January 2017, minus the Giant 5:That’s...

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President Trump warns that your 401(k) could ‘disintegrate and disappear’ if he loses the 2020 election

President Trump warns that your 401(k) could ‘disintegrate and disappear’ if he loses the 2020 election

How is your 401(k) doing?With tech stocks leading the advance, the Nasdaq Compositejust broke into uncharted territory. Teslatook out a fresh high. So did NetflixAnd Amazonreached $3,000 for the first time ever.Whatever the current status of your retirement account — — President Trump, in a tweet on Monday, warned that any gains you might be enjoying could “disintegrate and disappear” in a hurry if he doesn’t win another four years in the White House:Is that true? Should investors be scared into voting for Trump?Not according to strategists at JPMorgan Chase & Co.who say that a win for...

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Ocasio-Cortez thanks ‘TikTok teens’ who ‘tricked’ Trump campaign

Ocasio-Cortez thanks ‘TikTok teens’ who ‘tricked’ Trump campaign

Kids these days.Donald Trump’s big campaign rally in Tulsa wasn’t quite as big as promised, with the man leading the president’s re-election efforts explaining away the no-shows.“Radical protestors, fueled by a week of apocalyptic media coverage, interfered with @realDonaldTrump supporters at the rally,” Brad Parscale explained. “They even blocked access to the metal detectors, preventing people from entering.”Trump, for his part, took to the stage and backed that assessment, saying the media’s urging of his supporters not to attend on top of the protesters outside kept the crowds away.“We...

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‘La la land?’ The stock market is ‘insanely disconnected’ and due for a ‘reckoning,’ Warren Buffett buff warns

‘La la land?’ The stock market is ‘insanely disconnected’ and due for a ‘reckoning,’ Warren Buffett buff warns

Those betting against this “absurdly overvalued” stock market are about to get paid, if Kevin Smith, Crescat Capital’s chief investment officer, has it right in his gloomy assessment.“Speculation is rampant and being championed by a bold new breed of millennial day traders,” he said. “The mania is based on a widespread hope in Fed money printing. The catalysts for reckoning are numerous as a major cyclical economic downturn has only just begun.”Smith, who recently talked about from a stack of Berkshire Hathawayshareholders letters his dad gave him long ago, said, in a very un–Warren Buffett...

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Lindsey Graham praises Joe Biden in what might be ‘the best campaign ad ever,’ according to Harvard prof

Lindsey Graham praises Joe Biden in what might be ‘the best campaign ad ever,’ according to Harvard prof

According to the 2015 version of Sen. Lindsey Graham, Donald Trump is “a race baiting, xenophobic religious bigot,” while Joe Biden is “as good a man as God ever created.”Obviously, Graham’s public-facing stance has shifted dramatically over the years, but those words were given new life in what Harvard economics professor Greg Mankiw as “perhaps the greatest campaign ad ever.”Here’s the ad, which has been viewed almost a million times over the weekend:The ad was launched by the coalition Republican Voters Against Trump and started with footage of Graham . It then showed Graham praising...

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Wait... so, asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus is actually ‘very rare’?

Wait... so, asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus is actually ‘very rare’?

No fever, no problem?‘From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual. It’s very rare.’That’s Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, seemingly contradicting what many have been led to believe about the transmission of the coronavirus.In other words, while it still happens in some cases, patients without symptoms aren’t generally the ones driving the spread. This flies in the face of previous research warning the disease could be difficult to contain because of asymptomatic...

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Trump ‘doesn’t have a racist bone in his body!’ — Rudy Giuliani defends the president in ‘barking mad’ interview

Trump ‘doesn’t have a racist bone in his body!’ — Rudy Giuliani defends the president in ‘barking mad’ interview

He should have stayed in bed.Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, in the middle of the night, state-side, agreed to go on ITV’s Good Morning Britain for what turned out to be quite the spectacle.Maybe we all should have stayed in bed.The descent into madness began when Piers Morgan, who says he’s known the president for 13 years, brought up .Morgan said it was Trump’s job to ease tensions and not throw “fuel on the fire” by using an incendiary quote from Miami police chief Walter Headley decades ago.Giuliani, a tireless defender for his boss, said Trump “doesn’t have a racist bone in his...

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Fox News analyst: A George W. Bush endorsement of Joe Biden could ‘change some votes’

Fox News analyst: A George W. Bush endorsement of Joe Biden could ‘change some votes’

‘Imagine if former President Bush, as Trump’s most recent Republican predecessor, backed a Democrat. Bush’s voice has the singular power to reach moderate Republicans and Republican-leaning independent voters, freeing them to walk away from the Party of Trump. ’That’s Fox News analyst Juan Williams musing in about what an endorsement from George W. Bush could mean for Joe Biden’s chances in the 2020 election. “If he announces he is voting for Biden, it will change some votes,” Williams said, pointing to the possibility amid a simmering feud between the former and current president. Williams...

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President Trump explains why he really went into that bunker

President Trump explains why he really went into that bunker

President Trump, first lady Melania and their son, Barron, were taken into an underground bunker on Friday night amid mounting protests outside the White House, with one source that such measures are taken when conditions are “elevated to RED.”Trump took plenty of heat on social media — #bunkerboy was trending and the memes were flying — when the initial report broke, and the New York Times stirred it up by , “As protests and violence spill over, Trump shrinks back.”In an interview on Wednesday, Trump said it’s just more fake news:‘It was a false report... I went down during the day and I...

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Fox News analyst: George W. Bush’s endorsement of Joe Biden ‘could change some votes’

Fox News analyst: George W. Bush’s endorsement of Joe Biden ‘could change some votes’

‘Imagine if former President Bush, as Trump’s most recent Republican predecessor, backed a Democrat. Bush’s voice has the singular power to reach moderate Republicans and Republican-leaning independent voters, freeing them to walk away from the Party of Trump.’That’s Fox News analyst Juan Williams musing in about what an endorsement from George W. Bush could mean for Joe Biden’s chances in the 2020 election.“If he announces he is voting for Biden, it will change some votes,” Williams said, pointing to the possibility amid a simmering feud between the former and current president.Williams...

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‘Call it fate, call it karma’ — Why the coronavirus is merely ‘the final kick into the abyss’ for the U.S. economy

‘Call it fate, call it karma’ — Why the coronavirus is merely ‘the final kick into the abyss’ for the U.S. economy

If you’re looking for some warm and fuzzies in these dark times, maybe try streaming something like or catching up on the latest episode ofThese little guys might do the trick, as well:For the exact opposite, however, keep reading for the latest downer from Charles Hugh Smith.The man behind the OfTwoMinds.com, which was recognized by CNBC as on the internet, has been calling for the implosion of the U.S. empire for years now, and the coronavirus pandemic has him believing that time has finally come.“We like to think we’re in charge and that technology conquers all,” he wrote in . “But...

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‘I don’t hate Donald, I hate you’ — Howard Stern, a longtime Trump friend, blasts those who voted for him

‘I don’t hate Donald, I hate you’ — Howard Stern, a longtime Trump friend, blasts those who voted for him

Howard Stern, the shock jock who brought us Fartman, clearly isn’t one to shy away from controversy. His have earned him a devoted fan base.However, he might have just lost a few.On Tuesday, Stern alienated what has to be the rather large Venn diagram overlap of Trump supporters and his millions of listeners, when he unleashed this rant on his SiriusXM show:‘The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most.’Stern, who election despite his friendly history with Trump, said the president’s supporters essentially got duped into putting him in office.“I don’t hate...

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‘It’s devastating’ — Jobs number will be bad, but the reality is actually much worse, warns the Fed’s Neel Kashkari

‘It’s devastating’ — Jobs number will be bad, but the reality is actually much worse, warns the Fed’s Neel Kashkari

‘The virus is still spreading throughout much of the country. We have to continue to be very measured and not reopen too quickly because we may pay the price for that.’That’s the cautious view Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari shared on NBC’s Today Show in , which he says won’t give the clearest picture of job losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.“That bad report tomorrow is actually going to understate how bad the damage has been,” Kashkari explained, adding that the reported unemployment rate could be as high as 17% — a brutal number, no doubt — but he says the true...

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Trump campaign slammed for ‘Death Star’ tweet: ‘A little too on the nose’

Trump campaign slammed for ‘Death Star’ tweet: ‘A little too on the nose’

President Trump reportedly erupted at his top political advisers when they presented him with polling data last month that showed he was losing support in some of the battleground states.“I am not f—-ing losing to Joe Biden,” he repeated in a series of heated conference calls, according to five sources .Among those on the receiving end of his rant: campaign manager Brad Parscale, the bearer of bad news who reportedly took the brunt of it. Parscale has apparently been under fire lately because Trump and some of his aides, according to the AP, believe he’s been using association with the...

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Osama bin Laden wanted to make Joe Biden president, according to a 2012 story Fox News just resurfaced

Osama bin Laden wanted to make Joe Biden president, according to a 2012 story Fox News just resurfaced

Why is “Usama bin Laden” suddenly trending on Twitter?Well, that would be because : “Usama bin Laden wanted to kill Obama so ‘totally unprepared’ Biden would be president, declassified docs show.”Breaking news that clearly is not. Those documents, as Fox News pointed out, came to light way back in 2012 which reported it like this:“The reason for concentrating on them,” the al-Qaeda leader explained to his top lieutenant, “is that Obama is the head of infidelity and killing him automatically will make Biden take over the presidency... Biden is totally unprepared for that post, which will...

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‘Selfish!’ North Korea calls out President Trump for saying he received a ‘nice note’ from Kim Jong un

‘Selfish!’ North Korea calls out President Trump for saying he received a ‘nice note’ from Kim Jong un

President Trump said during Saturday’s White House press briefing that he “received a nice note” from North Korean leader Kim Jong un and that their relationship is “doing fine.”North Korea responded to the “ungrounded” story:‘The relations between the top leaders of [North Korea] and the U.S. are not an issue to be taken up just for diversion nor it should be misused for meeting selfish purposes.’That’s North Korea’s foreign ministry telling Kim’s side of the story in a statement posted Sunday on state media outlet Korean Central News Agency and .“There was no letter addressed recently to...

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America should be ready for 18 months of shutdowns in ‘long, hard road’ ahead, warns the Fed’s Neel Kashkari

America should be ready for 18 months of shutdowns in ‘long, hard road’ ahead, warns the Fed’s Neel Kashkari

‘This could be a long, hard road that we have ahead of us until we get to either an effective therapy or a vaccine. It’s hard for me to see a V-shaped recovery under that scenario.’ That’s Neel Kashkari, the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, painting a rather gloomy picture in a CBS interview on Sunday morning of what lies ahead for the U.S. economy as the country continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Kashkari, while acknowledging the downside of what a prolonged shutdown could mean for the economy, said the U.S., “barring some health-care miracle,” is looking at an...

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Why this screenshot of CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’ host Jim Cramer is ‘everything that is wrong with America’

Why this screenshot of CNBC’s ‘Mad Money’ host Jim Cramer is ‘everything that is wrong with America’

In many ways, last week was one of the darkest stretches in American history.The coronavirus death toll in the U.S. — now approaching 21,000 — skyrocketed as families continued to huddle in their homes in fear of what’s next, while an unthinkable number 6.6 million people filed for unemployment amid an economy grappling with a devastating shutdown.Yet, somehow, the stock market managed to stage its best week in decades. In other words, at least those fortunate enough to own stocks had something to smile about. Democratic strategist Justin Horwitz summed up the disconnect with this tweet...

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Trump slams Fox News: ‘What the hell is happening’ over there?

Trump slams Fox News: ‘What the hell is happening’ over there?

Not even Fox News is safe from President Trump’s Twitterfinger these days.After Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday brought up the notion, , that more lives could have been saved if only the president had acted more decisively to the coronavirus outbreak, Trump blasted him and the network in this tweet:Later, Wallace went on to ask former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer about the president’s briefings, saying that while Trump initially got “high marks,” he’s lately been “getting into fights with governors he did not think were sufficiently appreciative or reporters.”This isn’t...

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Bill O’Reilly plays down coronavirus deaths in chat with Sean Hannity: They were ‘on their last legs anyway’

Bill O’Reilly plays down coronavirus deaths in chat with Sean Hannity: They were ‘on their last legs anyway’

‘Many people who are dying, both here and around the world were on their last legs anyway, and I don’t want to sound callous about that.’That’s former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly explaining on Sean Hannity’s radio show why he believes the coronavirus pandemic is being overblown.“The [U.S. death toll] projections that you just mentioned are down to 60,000, I don’t think it will be that high — 13,000 dead now in the USA,” O’Reilly added.Hannity’s response? “You’re going to get hammered for that,” he said, before doing his best to soften the blow by helping O’Reilly clarify exactly what he...

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Fox Nation hosts Diamond, Silk: Media is exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic to make Trump look bad

Fox Nation hosts Diamond, Silk: Media is exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic to make Trump look bad

Even some of the staunchest Trump supporters have backed away from the idea that the coronavirus pandemic is a “media hoax” aimed at destroying the president’s chances for re-election.Not Diamond and Silk.The vloggers, who are frequent Fox News guests and have their own show on the streaming channel Fox Nation, suggested Monday that the surge in reported deaths from the coronavirus outbreak is merely a media tactic “to make it look bad in front of our eyes.”Watch the clip:Diamond and Silk, who have visited Trump at the White House, have also popped up regularly on the president’s...

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