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'Always Home': Martial Arts Teacher Helps Rebuild Pride In Oklahoma Town

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:40pm

Brownie Harjo runs a martial arts studio in the oldest building in Holdenville, Okla. Though the small town has seen better days, Harjo believes Holdenville still has potential.

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Unclear Role Of Trump's Special Advisers Has Some Concerned

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:40pm

President-elect Donald Trump has named some well known figures as special advisers. But it's still unclear as to what that title might mean and what extent of power these positions might hold.

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China's First Freight Train To The U.K. Rolls Into London

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:16pm

The train, which traveled nearly 7,500 miles, marks a milestone in China's intended revival of the centuries-old Silk Road trade routes linking East and West.

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Wilbur Ross' Confirmation Hearing Highlights Divide Among GOP On Trade

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

The confirmation hearing of Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross highlighted divisions within the Republican Party over trade. Ross signaled that the incoming Trump administration will be much more aggressive in responding to trade violations by other countries. Several Republican Senators told Ross they were concerned that punitive tariffs and confrontations with trading partners could damage the economy.

Trump's Picks For Special Advisers Present Potential Ethical Issues

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President-elect Trump has named two businessmen as special advisers: Wall Street legend Carl Icahn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Icahn will advise the White House on regulatory reform and Giuliani on cybersecurity. But Icahn makes billions through Wall Street trading, and Giuliani makes millions from his security consulting firm, which presents some potential ethical issues.

Not Just A Crock: The Viral Word-Of-Mouth Success Of Instant Pot

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:31am

Launched in 2010, the multifunction cooker became a sleeper hit last year. That's when its maker harnessed the enthusiasm of owners – self-dubbed "addicts" – to spread the word online.

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6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, Too

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:09am

A half-dozen senators involved in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services have health care investments made by themselves or family members.

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Sen. Gardner Assess Ross's Qualifications To Be Commerce Secretary

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:20am

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has made his fortune buying up troubled companies with the hopes of turning them around. Steve Inskeep talks to GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who met with Ross.

A Closer Look At Trump's Pick To Head The Commerce Department

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Billionaire Wilbur Ross will testify in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday. Democrats have criticized him as one of the Wall Street elites that Trump is packing into his administration.

Obama Pardons Famous Hotelier and Baseball Star

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 8:05pm

Among those receiving the president's clemency are a man who reigned over top nightclubs, and another who scorched fastballs. Both had run afoul of tax laws.

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Harvard Economist: History Will Judge Obama As A 'Great President'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff about President Obama's economic legacy.

More People Over 60 Are Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans, Report Finds

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:23pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the number of people over 60 with student loan debt has quadrupled in the past decade. Most loans were taken out on behalf of a child or grandchild.

High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:36pm

Three decades ago, Congress set up a system to encourage drug companies to develop treatments for rare diseases. The law has worked, but at a high cost.

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From Twitter To Treatment Guidelines, Industry Influence Permeates Medicine

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 10:00am

Several new studies document widespread conflicts of interest in medicine. The way we think about disease "is being subtly distorted" by financial ties, the authors of an accompanying editorial write.

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Brexit: Theresa May Lays Out Her Plan For A Clean Break With The EU

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 9:27am

The British prime minister said in a speech on Tuesday that she plans for the United Kingdom to walk away from the European Union's single market and unified court system.

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China's Xi Jinping Defends Globalization In First-Ever Speech At World Economic Forum

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 8:47am

"No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war," the Chinese president said in Davos, Switzerland. He responded to statements by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, without mentioning his name.

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Congressional Republicans Take Aim At Taxes On Imports And Exports

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 4:13am

Big box retailers and advocates for the poor are teaming up for what could be a fight with congressional Republicans who want to change the corporate tax code. At issue is the border adjustment tax.

Drugs For Rare Diseases Have Become Uncommonly Rich Monopolies

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:59am

Drugmakers have brought almost 450 orphan drugs to market and collected rich incentives by doing so. But nearly a third of the medicines aren't new or were repurposed many times for financial gain.

(Image credit: NPR, Kaiser Health News/Evaluate Pharma analysis for Kaiser Health News on Sept. 21, 2016)

Mexico's Front Seat In The Global Auto Industry

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 4:16pm

Mexico has become a crucial manufacturing hub for all the major global automakers. Access to markets and duty-free exports are a big reason why.

After The Brexit Vote, Why Has The U.K. Economy Proved So Resilient?

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 3:58am

British politicians warned a vote for Brexit would damage the economy of the United Kingdom. Six months after the referendum, its economy is doing much better than predicted. Why?

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