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Trump Administration's Latest Strike On CFPB: Budget Cuts

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 6:41am

Proposed cuts in funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau come amid questions about a Trump appointee softening the agency's stance on payday lenders. Democrats vow to fight the cuts.

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How D'Wayne Edwards Became A Sneaker Legend

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:18pm

D'Wayne Edwards created the Pensole Footwear Design Academy to try and diversify the sneaker business. Edwards was one of the first black designers in the business and created the academy, in part, because of how difficult it was for him to get started.

Craft Beer Hops the Shark

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:59pm

As craft beer exploded over the last decade, the hops business boomed. Then came the bust.

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Commerce Department Urges Crackdown On Imported Steel And Aluminum

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 2:34pm

President Trump is considering imposing tariffs or quotas on imported steel and aluminum. The Commerce Department says action is needed to protect the domestic industries vital to national security.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:06am

One hour — or even 24 hours — might not be enough to wrap up this week’s news.

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U.K. Supermarkets To Ban Energy Drinks For Shoppers Under 16

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 7:00am

In March, many U.K. grocery stores will check IDs for energy drink purchases. Teachers, nutritionists and public health researchers have called for the measures — as has celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

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Overshooting, Tipping Points, and ABBA

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:08pm

How a classic econ book explains ABBA's costumes (among other things).

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Idaho Insurer Moves Ahead With Health Plans That Flout Federal Rules

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:59am

Blue Cross of Idaho unveiled new health plans that break with federal requirements in several ways, including setting premiums based on applicants' health. What will the administration do?

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Google To Block 'Annoying' Online Ads That Fail To Make The Grade

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 6:58am

Starting today, Google will award ads a "passing," "warning" and "failing" designation and block some of the most annoying, including pop-ups and auto-playing videos.

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Why A Lot Of Very Expensive Art Is Disappearing Into Storage

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:04am

The global art market is booming. Much of the art being bought and sold at record prices will not be seen by many people. There are too many financial incentives to keep the masterpieces in storage.

McDonald's Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals by 2022

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 4:01am

The company says in the next four years, 50 percent or more of its kids meals will meet new nutrition criteria, with 600 or fewer calories per meal and caps on calories from sugar and saturated fat.

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Stimulus Response

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:02pm

An economist from the Obama administration thinks the economy still needs stimulus. Will the Republican tax and spending bills provide it?

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Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 1:14pm

In a planned upgrade of Apple's operating system for iPhones, the Health app will include health records, so people can take detailed, personal health information anywhere.

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Black Restaurant Week: Across U.S., Events Remind Diners, 'We're Here. Support Us'

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 10:34am

Blacks often struggle to raise capital to open and run restaurants, a legacy of discrimination. Over the past few years, promotions to help diners know which restaurants are black-owned have spread.

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Tech Giants Under Pressure Over Russian Opposition Leader's Posts

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 9:19am

YouTube and Instagram are reportedly facing the prospect of sanction in Russia if they do not remove posts implicating a Russian billionaire and a senior Russian government official.

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These Citizen-Regulators In Arkansas Defied Monsanto. Now They're Under Attack

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 6:35am

In Arkansas, a regulatory committee of farmers and small businessmen banned the latest weed-killing technology from the giant agri-chemical company. Monsanto is taking them to court.

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Latino Business Group Leader Steps Down Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:29pm

Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has also been accused of financial impropriety.

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Before Joining Trump Administration, Mick Mulvaney Acted As Anti-Deficit Crusader

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 4:05pm

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney was first elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010 and acted as an anti-deficit crusader. That is, until he became President Trump's budget director.

Mayor Of Findlay, Ohio Says Trump's Infrastructure Plan Could Help City Address Flooding

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:24pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Republican Mayor Lydia Mihalik of Findlay, Ohio, about President Trump's infrastructure budget. Mihalik talked with Trump in person about her town's need for funding to mitigate flooding on the Blanchard River. She says she has private investors interested in the project.

Trump's Proposed Budget Gives Up Fight Against Deficit Spending

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 3:24pm

President Trump is proposing a budget plan that gives up the fight against deficit spending, which has long been a Republican goal. But Trump's budget concedes that goal; tax revenues will not catch up to spending as far as the eye can see.

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