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Economic Policy Uncertainty Index for United States

Economic policy uncertainty has increased somewhat in the months after President Donald Trump's elections, but it pails to the uncertainty right after the recession or even after Brexit in June 2016. In recent weeks, the market has been comforted by the steady hand of the Federal Reserve, which has been increasing interest rates each period by a 1/4 of a percent.

Data Source: Baker, Scott R., Bloom, Nick and Davis, Stephen J., Economic Policy Uncertainty Index for United States [USEPUINDXD], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/USEPUINDXD, July 18, 2017.

Lead no more threat to birds than cats or windows

"The moment I read the headline I knew where the story was going."

"Bald Eagle Threat: Lead ammo left behind by hunters."

"The inference was clear: Hunters are the bad guys when it comes to Bald eagle mortality. They make it sound like we’re using lead as bait to wipe out the eagle population. It also seems to suggest that if lead bullets were banned there would be no further need to address eagle mortality."

"There was another headline that spoke to the remarkable recovery the big birds are making, right here in New York and across the country. But far too many writers shy away from that side of the story."

NYS Manufacturing Index

"Manufacturing firms in New York State reported that business activity continued to expand in July. After reaching its highest level in more than two years last month, the general business conditions index retreated ten points to 9.8, indicating that activity grew at a slower rate than in June. "

Data Source: Empire State Manufacturing Survey, New York Federal Reserve. https://www.newyorkfed.org/survey/empire/empiresurvey_overview.html#tabs-1

‘Dirt Is Good’: New Book Explores Why Kids Should Be Exposed To Germs

"After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago, decided to find out what's actually known about the risks involved when modern-day children come in contact with germs.

"It turned out that most of the exposures were actually beneficial," Gilbert says. "So that dirty pacifier that fell on the floor — if you just stick it in your mouth and lick it, and then pop it back in little Tommy's mouth, it's actually going to stimulate their immune system. Their immune system's going to become stronger because of it.""