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August 18, 2019

President Trump on Sunday said the economy is "doing very well," and rejected the notion that a recession could be on the horizon.

Last week was a turbulent one on Wall Street, with stocks and bonds going up and down and investors spooked by the first inverted yield curve in more than a decade, but Trump said the United States is doing "tremendously well. Our consumers are rich. I gave a tremendous tax cut and they're loaded up with money."

Trump's comments echoed those made earlier in the day by Larry Kudlow, his top economic adviser. "No, I don't see a recession," he said. "We're doing pretty darn well in my judgment. Let's not be afraid of optimism." Kudlow also said that while the energy sector may be slowing down, unemployment is low and retail is doing well. Catherine Garcia

October 26, 2015

Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei has some beef with Lego. Back in September, the company declined to let him place a bulk order for an upcoming Australian art installation he wanted to fashion from Lego, according to a post on his official Instagram account Friday.

"Any individual person can naturally purchase or get access to LEGO bricks in other ways to create their LEGO projects if they desire to do so, but as a company, we choose to refrain from engaging in these activities — through for example bulk purchase," a Lego spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.

This isn't the first time the company has made its aversion to such projects known: In March, Lego rejected a winning proposal from its Ideas contest, citing political reasons for not producing an artist's collection of the four women who have served on the Supreme Court.

Ai called Lego's response "an act of censorship and discrimination," The Guardian reports. After supporters offered to help him acquire the Lego he needs piecemeal, Ai started setting up designated drop-off points for the blocks in different cities.

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“The internet is like a modern church," Ai said at a news conference Monday. "You go and complain to a priest and everybody in the community can share your problems." Julie Kliegman

June 15, 2015

The University of Cambridge is hiring a professor to play with Lego. Officially, the position is called the "Professorship of Play in Education, Development, and Learning," Quartz reports.

It's funded by a multimillion-dollar endowment from the Lego Foundation, which aims "to build a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, life-long learners."

The school is looking to hire someone to start in October. Time to tidy up your toddler's résumé. Julie Kliegman

June 1, 2015

Piggybacking off world-building game Minecraft's millions of downloads, Lego launched a competitor Monday, Fast Company reports.

"Players have the freedom to alter procedurally generated worlds and create anything they can imagine one brick at a time, or use prefabricated structures to customize their environments," a statement read. "Large-scale landscaping tools are available to modify terrain quickly and easily."

Sounds familiar, right? An early version of Lego Worlds is available on Steam. Julie Kliegman

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