The U.S. has a surplus of $20 billion with China and $1.4 trillion with the rest of the world.

That’s not a normal trade balance, of course, where the U.S. registered an annual deficit of more than $330 billion with China and about $550 billion with the world last year, but an "aggregate sales surplus" which measures both direct trade and the sales of multinational companies, according to research by Deutsche Bank AG.
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Monday, Jun 18th 2018 (4:53am)
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Sunday, June 17th
When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress in April in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he said he'd have his team follow up on questions he couldn't answer in full during the hearing.

On Monday, June 11, Congress released a massive document with written answers to those questions. These responses were a good reminder that Facebook records a ton of information about you, including what you will find in this article.

Enjoy your privacy? What privacy?
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Sunday, Jun 17th 2018 (12:00am)
Saturday, June 16th
How do our aminal friends in DC eat? Just like the lobbyists and elected fatcats: Only the finest will do. Here is a look at the epicurean delights served up at the National Zoo.
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Saturday, Jun 16th 2018 (4:39am)
Friday, June 15th
It's common to see smiley faces or "wash me" scrawled on a dirty car window. You wouldn't expect to see a gorgeous painting. But that's what this artist likes to do. Watch him create incredible artwork using nothing more than dust.
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Friday, Jun 15th 2018 (12:00am)
Thursday, June 14th
Every eleven years or so, plasma will spew hundreds of thousands of kilometers out from the sun's surface.

Dr. Phil Plait explains the phenomenon.
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Thursday, Jun 14th 2018 (9:08am)
Wednesday, June 13th
Even with the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (commonly referred to as North Korea here in the west) in the news so much, what goes on behind the scenes in that country is rarely seen.

Photographer Eric Lafforgue has been to the DPRK six times since 2008, and because of these pictures, he is banned from ever returning.
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Wednesday, Jun 13th 2018 (12:01am)
Tuesday, June 12th
If you are squeamish, you can still click this link to read the fascinating text of the article. The video doesn't autoplay but there are some graphic pictures to go along with the story. If your peripheral vision is really bad, you might keep your last meal down.
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Tuesday, Jun 12th 2018 (8:14am)
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Monday, June 11th
There are two ways to shop for that holiday, birthday, or housewarming party you’ve got coming up. You could drive to the mall and wander aimlessly around a department store until something catches your eye, or you could leisurely scroll through the best presents on Amazon. Not only will the latter save you time and effort, but a huge portion of these brilliant gift ideas come in at under $30.

It’s a win for everyone involved. You get your purchase delivered straight to your house, and the recipient has no idea you stuck to such a reasonable budget. Take a look at 40 of the coolest and most popular gift items Amazon has to offer right now.

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Monday, Jun 11th 2018 (12:00am)
The three-person Expedition 56/57 crew launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan this morning (June 6). On their way to the rocket, the crew - or at least Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev - did something odd: Reportedly, as in the past, the bus transporting them would stop, and the male crewmembers will urinate on the back-right tire of their ride.
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Sunday, June 10th
The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language.
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Sunday, Jun 10th 2018 (12:00am)
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Saturday, June 9th
So, as we grow older, why do men get weird hair configurations on the upper arm, across the back, in the nose and ears, but atop the dome, it starts to thin?

Read on and find out.
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Saturday, Jun 9th 2018 (12:00am)
Friday, June 8th
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Friday, Jun 8th 2018 (5:33am) | Thanks: enbee
US celebrity chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain has been found dead in his hotel room, aged 61, of a suspected suicide, CNN reports.

Bourdain was in Strasbourg, France, working on a shoot for his series, Parts Unknown, on CNN.

"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the cable network said in a statement on Friday.

Bourdain was a best-selling food, fiction and nonfiction author.
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Friday, Jun 8th 2018 (5:06am)
If we were to journey to the center of the Earth, it would take a lot longer than you might expect. Here's how deep humans have dug underground.
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Friday, Jun 8th 2018 (12:00am)
Thursday, June 7th
Bill Gates is giving one of his favorite books to every 2018 college graduate in the United States.

The volume is Hans Rosling’s Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think. The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft has called it “one of the most important books I’ve ever read — an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.”
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Thursday, Jun 7th 2018 (9:11pm)
...maybe don't let the scripture-quoting stuffed animal be your lawyer when fighting for custody of your kid. Just something to consider.
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Thursday, Jun 7th 2018 (7:57am) | Thanks: reddit
Wednesday, June 6th
Excuses me, if it wouldn't be terribly inconvenient, I have a question for you. Peter Falk clips that are sure to make you smile.
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Wednesday, Jun 6th 2018 (12:01am)
Tuesday, June 5th
The question is, who owns all that new land being created by flowing lava?
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Tuesday, Jun 5th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: digg
The thought of my sons harassing another person is enough to keep me up at night, so I asked experts for advice.
NYT article here.
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Tuesday, Jun 5th 2018 (12:00am)
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Monday, June 4th
Cheat-ohs. Cheetos-flavored soft serve. Coated in Cheetos. Really, really liked it. I never claimed to be a role model.
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Monday, Jun 4th 2018 (12:00am)
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Sunday, June 3rd
Here’s a casualty of the cashless society you might not have previously thought of: the humble street performer. After all, if more of us are paying our way with smartphones and contactless cards, how can we give spare change to musicians on the subway? London has one solution: a new scheme that outfits performers with contactless payment terminals.
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Sunday, Jun 3rd 2018 (12:00am)

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