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US papers: Trump, Facebook, university fees

Trump is still the man to beat in an increasingly bizarre Republican contest. Meanwhile, fees at USC have topped $50k for the first time, while Facebook has agreed to pay more tax in the UK
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Facebook reported a paltry £105mln in official revenue in the UK last year

Who can stop Donald Trump from securing the Republic nomination for the presidential elections?

Judging by the Washington Post's coverage of last night's televised debate between the remaining candidates, the best hope of the “anyone but Trump” crowd may be TV news journalist Megyn Fox, who landed a number of well-aimed blows on Trump and his record.

“At one point it appeared that the debate was between Kelly and Trump, not among Trump and rivals Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich,” wrote the Post's Paul Farhi, in the paper's Style section.

USA Today helpfully summarises the “top takeaways from the Detroit Republican debate” on behalf of those who either missed it, or simply could not stomach it.

Here they are:

Nothing seems to be off limits in the GOP race. Really, nothing. Trump made an oblique reference to the size of his genitalia.

Will the Trump tape prove potent? This referred to an off-the-record interview with the New York Times that suggested he'd be much more flexible on his immigration proposals than his hard-line campaign rhetoric would indicate,

Kazich zigs while others zag. Kasich seemed like the only candidate unwilling to stoop to personal attacks.

The Megyn Kelly-Trump rematch was fairly tame. The two antagonists exchanged bland pleasantries.

#NeverTrump? Eh, don't take that too literally. All of the other candidates vowed to back Trump if he wins the Republican nomination.

Talking of the New York Times, the newspaper said consumer electronics giant Apple is lining up a lot of big name backers in its spat with the FBI.

Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and a parade of other technology companies filed a barrage of court briefs on Thursday, aiming to puncture the United States government’s legal arguments against Apple in a case that will test the limits of the authorities’ access to personal data, the New York Times reported.

The Los Angeles Times is concerned with more parochial issues, noting that attending the University of Southern California will now cost students more than $50,000 a year for the first time.

“With a price tag of $51,442 for tuition and an additional $841 in fees, USC is sure to be in the running for the unofficial title of most expensive place in the country to get a college degree,”Jason Song reported.

According to US News & World Report, Vassar College in New York won that honor for the current school year by charging $51,300 in tuition and fees.

“Even Harvard, that paragon of academic excellence, charges undergraduates a mere $45,278 in tuition and fees,” Song's article revealed.

On the business front, the Wall Street Journal picked up on the decision by Facebook to bow to mounting pressure and pay more tax in the UK, laying down a challenge to other noted tax avoiders such as Amazon, Starbucks and Apple.

The social-networking firm said Friday that it will as of April start directing big UK clients to start cutting their checks to a Facebook affiliate in the UK, rather than funneling that revenue through low-tax Ireland and then on to the Cayman Islands. The change will significantly boost the revenue—and tax liability—of Facebook’s UK entity.

In 2014, Facebook’s UK unit reported a​£28 million loss on​£105 million in revenue, but market-research firm eMarketer estimates Facebook brought in​£632 million from the UK last year.


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