The House of Mouse still wants more of your money. Obviously, last month’s price hike at its theme parks wasn’t enough for Mickey Mouse & Co. Now Disney wants to charge guests to park at its Orlando hotels! RELATED: Not so magical: Disney raises the cost of park admission again Disney’s new parking fees Beginning March… (more…)

Disney’s latest fee: Paying to park overnight at resorts

The House of Mouse still wants more of your money. Obviously, last month’s price hike at its theme parks wasn’t enough for Mickey Mouse & Co. Now Disney wants to charge guests to park at its Orlando hotels! RELATED: Not so magical: Disney raises the cost of park admission again Disney’s new parking fees Beginning March… Read more

Our stupid brains love spreading lies all over the internet

A new study from MIT suggests “fake news” often trumps the truth. Think before you RT, my dude. DepositPhotos Social media allows us to catch news in real time, but it also makes it incredibly easy for false information to spread. A new study published this week in Science suggests that hoaxes, whether they be unintentional… Read more

Snapchat parent’s stock plummets after Kylie Jenner tweet

Snapchat’s parent company lost some $1.3 billion in market value on Thursday after reality star Kylie Jenner’s tweeted that she was no longer using the messaging service. “sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad,” Jenner tweeted. She later followed up with “still love you tho… Read more

Cartels control 45 percent of Mexico: Senator

Drug cartels control almost as much territory in Mexico as the Islamic State controlled in Syria at the height of its power, a key Republican senator said this week after returning from a trip through the region. Sen. James Lankford, one of the Republicans looking to lead on an immigration bill this year, said the cartels’… Read more

Richest one percent made 82% of wealth created last year: Oxfam

The world’s richest one percent raked in 82 percent of the wealth created last year while the poorest half of the population received none, Oxfam said Monday, as the world’s elite prepared to mingle at the World Economic Forum in Davos. A new report from the charity also found that the wealth of billionaires has grown… Read more

Report: Wealthy Earned Enough to End Poverty in 2017

Last year, the world’s billionaires made over $462 billion combined, enough money to end extreme poverty around the globe seven times over. With a new billionaire added to the list nearly every two days, wealth inequality widened, according to a new report from Oxfam. Forty-two of the richest people in the world now hold as much… Read more

Retail alert: Sam’s Club is abruptly closing locations nationwide

Bad news for Sam’s Club members! The Walmart-owned warehouse club has abruptly shut down multiple locations across the country, according to local media reports. Closures have reportedly taken place in Tennessee, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Texas and elsewhere — without warning. RELATED: Macy’s, Sears and Kmart closing sales: 3 things you need to know… Read more

‘Mapping The Swamp’ Report Shows It’s Even Bigger, Costlier Than You Think

James P. Cochrane is paid $250,335 annually as chief marketing and sales officer for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), making him the highest paid public relations employee of the federal government. The USPS lost $5.1 billion in 2016. Right behind Cochrane is Stephen Katsanos, who pulls down $229,333 as a public affairs official for the Federal… Read more

The Billion-Dollar Loophole

The idea seems like the perfect marriage of environmentalism and capitalism: Landowners give up their right to develop a piece of property, and in exchange they receive a special tax deduction. Nature is preserved and everybody benefits. That’s traditionally how what are known as “conservation easements” worked. In California’s Napa Valley, for example, a former biology… Read more

Republicans Refusing To Continue Trump Investigation

Republicans are refusing to name new witnesses in the Congressional investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia during the 2016 election and may be prematurely winding down the probe, according to the ranking Democrat in the House Intelligence Committee. Firing off a nine-tweet thread on Friday, Adam Schiff (D–California) warned he had become “increasingly… Read more

Some Republicans—Still—Think Obama Was Born in Kenya

If you thought birtherism was over, you thought wrong. Survey results released by YouGov Friday show that 51 percent of Republicans said they think former President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, compared to just 14 percent of Democrats. Perhaps unsurprisingly, respondents who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election were especially convinced of Obama’s… Read more

U.N. Official Shocked at Poverty In Rural Alabama

A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world. “I think it’s very uncommon in the First World. This is not a sight that one normally sees. I’d have… Read more

Give Rich People A Little Credit, Senator Argues

The richest Americans deserve some credit for not spending every dime on “booze” or women,” according to a wealthy senator who aided in passing a sweeping tax overhaul early Saturday morning. Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley told The Des Moines Register that the federal estate tax — which places a 40-percent tax on millions of dollars… Read more

A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears. This is why health care costs so much

Two years ago, Margaret O’Neill brought her 5-year-old daughter to Children’s Hospital Colorado because the band of tissue that connected her tongue to the floor of her mouth was too tight. The condition, literally called being “tongue-tied,” made it hard for the girl to make “th” sounds. It’s a common problem with a simple fix: an… Read more

Three People Own Half the US, While One In Five Has Nil

This article first appeared on Jeff Bezos recently became the richest person on earth. Bezos, head of the online retail behemoth Amazon, saw his wealth jump by $10 billion in just the past month to now more than $90 billion. That’s a stunning leap. But what’s truly stunning is that Bezos and the next two… Read more

The 1 Percent Now Have Half the World’s Wealth

The richest 1 percent of the world’s population owns more than half of household wealth with their share skyrocketing since the global financial crisis, a new report says. The annual Global Wealth Report, published Tuesday by Credit Suisse, points out that while the top 1 percent and 10 percent of the world’s richest saw their share… Read more

Trump’s Ability to Go Nuclear Has Congress Scared

It would take just five minutes from the time President Donald Trump ordered the launch of nuclear weapons—perhaps after being provoked by the latest insult from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un—for them to be fired. That alarming scenario involving a president who has shown a thin skin and a propensity for rash decisions has prompted… Read more

The 1 Percenters Are Middle Class: House Republicans

That’s rich! Republicans suddenly believe that one percenters are barely struggling to be in the middle class, party officials revealed. On Thursday, House Republicans issued a fact sheet about their new tax cut plan that referred to Americans earning $450,000 a year as “low- and middle-income” — even though that income level would put those taxpayers… Read more

Trump Ignored His Kids Until College, Ivana Says

Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana claims he wasn’t able to speak to his children properly until they were adults. In a radio interview with AM970’s The Answer released on Sunday, in which she was promoting her new book Raising Trump, the former model and businesswoman said the president had found it difficult to interact with the… Read more

‘Death by overwork’: occupational hazard for Japan’s media

The news that a young reporter at Japan’s public broadcaster had worked herself to death came as little surprise to those inside the country’s media, where a culture of excessively long hours has become the norm. “I thought it would happen eventually because we work like crazy… like a slave,” said a journalist at one of… Read more

Gun Stock Shares Skyrocket After Las Vegas Shooting

Another mass shooting and another surger for gun stock prices — a typical pattern for American investors. In the hours after the worst mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas Sunday, shares of American Outdoor Brands, formerly Smith & Wesson, jumped 3.41 percent to $15.77 by just after noon Monday, while Sturm Ruger rose 2.9… Read more

Trump Says He Won’t Waive the Jones Act for Puerto Rico

President Donald Trump has made it clear his administration isn’t planning to allow any additional outside aid to get into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Speaking with reporters on Wednesday afternoon, the president cited business interests as the reason for refusing calls from lawmakers and activists to allow international organizations and governments to… Read more

Venezuela Prepares for War With U.S.

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro called on his nation’s military leaders Tuesday to prepare for war against the U.S. days after the Trump administration banned Venezuelan officials from entering the nation. “We have been shamelessly threatened by the most criminal empire that ever existed and we have the obligation to prepare ourselves to guarantee peace,” said Maduro,… Read more

Climate change activists want punishment for skeptics

Calls to punish global warming skepticism as a criminal offense have surged in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but it hasn’t discouraged climate scientists like Judith Curry. A retired Georgia Tech professor, she argued on her Climate Etc. website that Irma, which hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Saturday, was fueled in… Read more

National debt tops $20 trillion for first time

The federal government racked up $318 billion in new debt Friday, putting it over the $20 trillion mark for the first time in U.S. history, according to new Treasury Department numbers. The total outstanding federal public debt now stands at $20.162 trillion. The spike came after Congress on Friday approved a new debt holiday, allowing the… Read more

Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules

A plume of benzene has been detected in the air over Houston after four fossil fuel companies reported leaks of the highly toxic compound that can increase the risk of cancer — even from brief exposure. Documents reviewed by International Business Times show that two of the companies — ExxonMobil and Valero — recently lobbied against… Read more

How Big Pharma Secretly Funds The Fight To Keep Drug Prices High

As the cost of prescription drugs continues to rise in the nation that already pays the most in the world for medications, federal legislators and ballot-measure committees are proposing ways to curb those prices. But pharmaceutical companies, worried their profit margins will decline under the pending proposals, are spending millions of dollars against the initiatives —… Read more

The Health Insurance Industry Has A Candidate For Governor

As health insurance premiums inexorably rise and Democratic voters increasingly warm to the idea of government-sponsored health care, private insurers have funneled big money to political groups, helping ward off state single-payer proposals. Now in one of the highest-profile races of 2018, the industry appears to be taking the next step: running one of its own… Read more

Al Gore’s Nashville estate expends 21 times more energy a year than typical U.S. home, study says

Former Vice President Al Gore’s 10,070-square-foot estate near Nashville, Tennessee, expended more than 21 times more energy than the average U.S. household over the past year, according to a new report. A report by the National Center for Public Policy Research – self-described as a nonpartisan, independent conservative think tank – said that according to data… Read more

Trump’s Businesses Have A History Of Money-Laundering Charges

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller, appointed to lead the probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is reportedly examining whether or not President Donald Trump’s associates violated money laundering laws. That scrutiny is hardly unfamiliar to Trump, as his business empire has been repeatedly sanctioned for violating those statutes. He even at one point… Read more

Burning Cash: Warren Buffett Lunch Auction Bidding Tops $1 Million

A bid to eat lunch privately with billionaire investor Warren Buffett has already reached $1 million. Related: What you need to know from Warren Buffett’ s Berkshire meeting The goal of the 86-year-old’s annual, high-profile luncheon is to benefit the Glide Foundation, a charity that helps homeless individuals in San Francisco. Over the past 17 years,… Read more

Wells Fargo may have created 1.4 million more unauthorized accounts than estimated, attorneys say

Wells Fargo & Co. may have opened as many as 3.5 million unauthorized checking, savings and credit card accounts over the past 15 years, far more than the bank and federal regulators reported last year, according to a new court filing. For months, the number of potentially unauthorized accounts that bank employee credit card applications may… Read more

Trump’s America is showing the telltale signs of a failing state

We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide. We have… Read more

Lawmakers ask VA to explain lethal methamphetamine experiments on dogs

Nine Democratic lawmakers have asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to explain why the agency is conducting taxpayer-funded experiments in which dogs are killed to study the effects of methamphetamine and antidepressants on their brains. In a letter to the department’s inspector general, Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada and eight Los Angeles-area lawmakers said details of… Read more

Source control crucial to eliminating ‘gutter oil’

BEIJING — Source control is crucial to eliminating the use of “gutter oil” in China, an expert has said. Zhu Yi, associate professor at China Agricultural University, was referring to recycled oil made from kitchen waste dredged from gutters behind restaurants and inedible animal oil, as the General Office of the State Council released a guideline… Read more Has Been Selling Customer Data, a service designed to help users unsubscribe from newsletters and emails from subscription services, has been selling user data to the very companies from which it helps users unsubscribe. The revelation about’s data practices came thanks to a New York Times article about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in which it was revealed the ride-hailing… Read more

Millennials Can’t Buy Homes Because They’re Saddled With Student Debt
While 86 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 see owning a house as more affordable than renting —and 68 percent view their first house as a “stepping stone” to a dream home — just one in five think they can make a down payment, according to a new report released Wednesday by… Read more

Artist Says ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Breaches His Rights

The creator of the “charging bull” statue in Wall Street believes New York City has infringed his rights by installing a second statue next to the model without his permission. Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica said the “fearless girl” statue of a young girl facing down the bull, put in place on March 7, changed the… Read more

PR Nightmare: United Posts Job Listing for Public Affairs Exec

Barely 48 hours after United Airlines employees created a national scandal by dragging a doctor violently from his seat, America’s newly controversial airline posted a job listing for a Public Relations manager on District Daybook, the “premier resource for political and policy professionals in Washington D.C.” The company is seeking someone with “the courage, the creativity,… Read more

Is the U.S. Heading for a Government Shutdown?

Arizona Sen. John McCain wants to hold the government hostage if military spending doesn’t increase in the next federal spending bill. McCain said Wednesday he wouldn’t vote on a funding bill that maintains previous spending levels, or a continuing resolution, even if means a government shutdown. “If that’s the only option. I will not vote for… Read more