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Biden on China: "They're not competition for us"

Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden
Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former Vice President and 2020 Democratic hopeful Joe Biden on Wednesday played down growing concerns that China is on the verge of surpassing the U.S. as a dominant global economic and national security superpower, saying: "They're not competition for us."

"China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man — They can't even figure out how to deal with the fact that they have this great division between the China Sea and the mountains in the West. They can't figure out how they’re going to deal with the corruption that exists within the system. They’re not bad folks, folks … They’re not competition for us."
— Biden said at a campaign stop in Iowa on Wednesday

First data from massive NIH study shows effects of screen time on kids

A child plays online mobile game.
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The first data from a decade-long study of the effects of screen time on more than 11,000 American children by the National Institutes of Health shows that those who spent more than two hours each day on screens scored lower on thinking and language tests, according to a report from CBS' "60 Minutes."

The big picture: In extreme cases, researchers also said that some brain scans of 9- and 10-year-olds who spend more than seven hours a day using electronic devices show a thinning of the brain's cortex, which usually happens later in development. It's worth noting these are early results that have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, so they shouldn't be viewed as definitive. As the NIH's Dr. Gaya Dowling told "60 Minutes," "We don't know if it's being caused by the screen time. We don't know yet if it's a bad thing."