Talking Points: January 6, 2020

January 6, 2020

Global stock markets gained $17 trillion in value in 2019. CNBC, December 24, 2019

Apple and Microsoft, which surged 85% and 55% this year respectively, together accounted for nearly 15% of the S&P 500’s advance in 2019, which is more than the eight biggest contributors combined. iMore, December 31, 2019

When World War II started, the Civil War felt as far away to Americans as World War II feels to us now. WaitButWhy.com, January 1, 2020

“If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.” Charles Dickens

In the fall of 2019, the average size of the hole in Earth’s protective ozone layer was 3.6 million square miles. That’s down from a peak of 10.3 million square miles in 2006. Last year’s hole was even smaller than the one first discovered in 1985. NASA, October 21, 2019

The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973. AP News September 17, 2019

“Americans have always been able to handle austerity and even adversity. Prosperity is what is doing us in.” James Reston

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