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Voices Of America's Contract Workers: It's 'Feast Or Famine'

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:00am

One in five American workers identifies as a contract worker, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. The titles, salaries and locations vary, but the joys — and fears — are similar.

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Rise Of The Contract Workers: Work Is Different Now

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 4:00am

One in five workers is a contract worker, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the workforce, a shift with far-reaching implications.

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For Federal Employees On Furlough During Shutdown, An Uncertain Future

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:16pm

When the government shut down, furloughed workers began preparing for an uncertain future. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Pam Gilbertz, a furloughed employee at the CDC, about her plans.

The Economic Impact Of A Government Shutdown

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:16pm

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown for two days. NPR's Michel Martin talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the economic impact of shutdown.

After A Year In Office, Trump Still Facing Constitutional Challenges Over Businesses

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 6:00am

Over the past year, three lawsuits have alleged that President Trump is failing to obey the Constitution's anti-corruption clauses. One suit has been dismissed. Now another is about to get a hearing.

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How America Has Changed During Trump's First Year In Office, By The Numbers

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:00am

The economy has improved, health insurance prices continued to climb and far fewer people have been stopped at the southwestern border. However, not all of it is Trump's doing.

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Trump Has Revealed Assumptions About Handling Presidential Wealth, Businesses

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 6:00am

Trump has continued to own a business empire while serving as president. That has revealed that expectations about handling presidential wealth, businesses and brands was about norms not laws.

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Facebook Moves To Decide What Is Real News

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 5:46pm

It will combat fake news by pushing up news articles that come from "high quality" sources, and pushing down the others. It's asking users which news organizations they trust.

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Jury Acquits Railroad Employees In Lac Megantic Fire Disaster

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:50pm

The Canadian panel found three men not guilty of criminal negligence in the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil. The resulting firestorm killed 47 people.

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TheRise and Fall and Rise of Oil Prices

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 3:06pm

Last summer, the price of oil was $44 a barrel. This week, it briefly hit $70. What happened? And what does it mean for the future of oil prices?

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U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:17pm

President Trump is facing a Jan. 26 deadline to decide whether to impose tariffs on solar imports. While tariffs could help level the playing field for U.S. manfacturers, they could also raise prices.

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A Peas Offering For The Dairy Aisle: Can This Milk Alternative Rival The Real Deal?

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 11:34am

Yellow-pea milk might sound odd, but the founders of Ripple Foods think their protein-rich dairy alternatives could give cow's milk a run for its money and open the door to more plant-based products.

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What's The Best Way To Help Refugees Land A Job?

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 4:34pm

Stanford University's Immigration Policy Lab has created an algorithm to predict where a refugee has the best chance of finding employment.

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Cryptocurrency Investors Worry, Wait After Bitcoin Price Drop

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:40pm

There are hundreds of digital currencies worldwide. The price of the largest, best known one just plummeted by 50 percent. Now, investors are watching for a boom — or a bust.

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What's Really The Biggest Threat To The Coal Industry

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:16pm

President Trump has talked about a war on coal. He also talks about job killing regulations on coal. He's right that the coal industry is in decline, but the biggest threat isn't regulation, it's the free market.

The Beigies

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 3:09pm

Welcome to the Beigies, the only awards show honoring the best economic stories in the Fed's Beige Book.

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Accusations of 'Frat House' Behavior Trail 'LA Times' Publisher's Career

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 2:29pm

Los Angeles Times CEO and publisher Ross Levinsohn has been a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits; female colleagues have repeatedly challenged his conduct in the workplace at various firms.

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The World's Most Popular Liquor Becomes Scarce On Many Shelves

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 1:20pm

At 106 proof, China's famous Moutai baijiu liquor is getting hard to find, as bottles are being snatched up by speculators. Its brand parent recently became the world's most valuable distiller.

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Here Are The 20 Cities Still In The Running For Amazon's Second HQ

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 9:43am

Amazon says it reviewed 238 proposals in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. It says it will invest $5 billion in building the new headquarters, which could create up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.

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China Reports Its Fastest Economic Growth In 7 Years

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 7:17am

China's economy, the second-largest in the world, grew by 6.9 percent in 2017. It's the first time since 2010 that the speed of China's economic growth went up rather than edging down.

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