Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, including Paul Krugman on how the US is paying down its debt.

1. Debt And Transfiguration

The US is doing better at deleveraging than countries that talk much more about the evils of debt, notes Paul Krugman.

2. Cabinet fight over trade unions and lobbying

Trade unions could be listed on a new register of lobbyists, because of the influence they have over the Labour Party, reports the Independent's Jane Merrick.

3. Jon Cruddas wades in on responsible capitalism debate

The Guardian's Patrick Wintour reports that Cruddas has called for all shareholders to be forced to disclose their voting practice.

4. What's the most effective way of ensuring fair wages for low earners?

Liberal Democrat Voice's Prateek Buch looks at how the government could boost the wages of the working poor.

5. Tax morale and self-fulfilling beliefs

Stumbling and Mumbling's Chris Dillow writes that years of neoliberal ideology have increased people's willingness to dodge taxes.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.