Sean Hannity Mocked For ‘Insane’ Praise Of Trump During Bonkers Fox News Interview
Fox News host Sean Hannity is still smitten with former President Donald Trump. On Monday night, he opened an interview with Trump using praise so over-the-top it almost looked sarcastic.
“I know a lot of people that are around you every day. This is what they’re all telling me: You are working as hard as you did when you were in the White House, except you play a little golf more,” Hannity said.
Hannity did not point out that Trump played 261 rounds of golf during his four years in office, according to a Washington Post estimate, after vowing in 2016 that he wouldn’t have time for the game at all if elected.
Hannity’s praise didn’t end there:
Hannity has spent much of the past five years praising Trump, calling him “pretty close” to perfect during a 2017 discussion with then-Fox Business host Lou Dobbs.
His latest praise had people talking on Twitter:
Travelers Cos. Boosts Qtly. Dividend 4%, Authorizes Addl. $5 Bln Share Buyback – Quick Facts
While reporting financial results for the first quarter on Tuesday, property casualty insurer Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) announced that its Board of Directors declared a 4 percent higher regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.88 per share, payable on June 30, 2021, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 10, 2021.
The Board of Directors also authorized an additional $5.0 billion of share repurchases. This amount is in addition to the $805 million that remained from previous authorizations as of March 31, 2021. This authorization does not have a stated expiration date.
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China Maintains Benchmark Lending Rates
China kept its benchmark lending rates unchanged, as widely expected, on Tuesday.
The one-year loan prime rate was retained at 3.85 percent and the five-year loan prime rate was maintained at 4.65 percent.
The one-year and five-year loan prime rates were last lowered in April 2020. The one-year loan prime rate was cut by 20 basis points and five-year rate by 10 basis points last April.
Markets have expected the rates to remain on hold today as the People’s Bank of China had kept the rate on its medium-term lending facility unchanged early this month.
The loan prime rate is fixed monthly based on the submission of 18 banks, though Beijing has influence over the rate-setting. This new lending rate replaced the central bank’s traditional benchmark lending rate in August 2019.
“Given that official efforts to rein in credit are being achieved by other means, we do not expect any changes to policy rates in the coming months,” Julian Evans-Pritchard and Sheana Yue, economists at Capital Economics, said.
With the economy doing well, policymakers are now focused on tackling financial risks, they noted.
Even in the absence of rate hikes, tighter credit conditions will become an increasing headwind to economic activity over the coming quarters, the economists added.
Lockheed Martin Boosts FY21 Outlook – Quick Facts
While reporting financial results for the first quarter on Tuesday, Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) raised its earnings and net sales outlook for the full-year 2021.
For fiscal 2021, the company now projects earnings in a range of $26.40 to $26.70 per share on net sales between $67.30 billion and $68.70 billion.
Previously, the company expected earnings in the range of $26.00 to $26.30 per share on net sales between $67.10 billion and $68.50 billion.
On average, analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect the company to report earnings of $26.31 per share on net sales of $68.17 billion for the year. Analysts’ estimates typically exclude special items.
Apple’s ‘Spring Loaded’ event expected to reveal new iPads. Here’s how to follow along live
An Apple logo featured on an April 20 event invite called "Spring Loaded." (Photo: Apple)
On Tuesday, Apple hosts its first product event of the year, where it is widely expected to unveil new versions of the iPad.
Invites to the company’s Spring Loaded event were sent to media last week, featuring a colorfully drawn take on the Apple logo.
The event will take place online from Apple’s campus in Cupertino, California.
In March, Bloomberg reported Apple was expected to reveal new models of its iPad Pro, which would include upgrades to its processors and cameras, as soon as this month. The tech giant could also unveil a new iMac.
Here’s what to know about Tuesday’s event
What time does the Apple event start?
The “Spring Loaded” event starts at 1 p.m. ET.
How can I follow the Apple event?
USA TODAY will provide live updates of the Apple event right here on this page. Apple will also stream the event from its website.
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Zimmer Biomet Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance Of ROSA Partial Knee System
Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (ZBH) announced FDA 510(k) clearance of the ROSA Partial Knee System for robotically-assisted partial knee replacement surgeries. The ROSA Partial Knee System features 2D to 3D X-Atlas imaging technology and real-time, intraoperative data collection on soft-tissue and bone anatomy to improve bone cut accuracy and range of motion gap analysis.
The ROSA Partial Knee System is the newest addition to ROSA Robotics, Zimmer Biomet’s multiple application robotics platform. The ROSA Partial Knee System is designed for compatibility with Persona Partial Knee, a partial knee implant system.