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How 1,000 Volvos Ended Up In North Korea — And Made A Diplomatic Difference

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 2:49am

In the 1970s, Sweden shipped Volvos to North Korea as part of an ill-fated trade deal. North Korea never paid for the cars. But Sweden remains an important Western diplomatic presence in Pyongyang.

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Grassley: Ending Estate Tax Recognizes Investors Over Spenders

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 2:06am

The Iowa Republican senator tells The Des Moines Register that eliminating the so-called "death tax" isn't targeted at those who are spending everything they earn "on booze or women or movies."

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Republican Congressman On The GOP Tax Bill

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 4:40pm

Early Saturday morning, Senate Republicans passed a major tax overhaul bill. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Representative Tom Cole (R-Okla.) about what's shaping up to be the GOP's biggest legislative win this year.

What's Behind Bitcoin's Recent Price Surge?

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 4:40pm

The bitcoin value has soared recently and continues to rise as more and more people invest in the currency. NPR's Michel Martin asks business writer Roben Farzad what's behind the sudden skyrocketing value.

CVS To Buy Health Insurer Aetna For $69 Billion

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 3:48pm

CVS Health Corp will pay $207 for each share of Aetna Inc., in a massive acquisition. CVS plans to expand its low-cost medical clinics to serve Aetna's more than 22 million members.

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A Tea Party Activist On The Tax Bills

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:08am

As congressional Republicans look to harmonize their Senate and House tax bills, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler how he feels about the deficit.

GE Struggles To Show It Still Has Magic Touch

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:08am

General Electric has had a steep fall from grace this year. Its stock has dropped and it's halving its dividend. Now GE watchers are wondering if the new CEO can pull off a dramatic turnaround.

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What Living On $100,000 A Year Looks Like

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:53am

On paper, $100,000 a year is well-off. But for several households around the country, it often takes just one major expense for that to not feel like enough: student loans, childcare or housing costs.

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Alabamians Fear Roy Moore Is Bad For Business

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:00am

The state has long sought to make itself a destination for businesses to invest in. But the current special Senate election may make investors reluctant to come to Alabama.

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Several Trump Properties Suffer Financially (But Not Ones He Visits Often)

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:00am

The president's golf courses in Florida and New Jersey are doing well, but the Trump Organization has taken hits in its New York buildings and golf courses abroad.

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New Jersey Takes On Major Professional Sports Leagues In Sports Betting Case

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 6:00am

A former NBA player who became a New Jersey senator sponsored a federal law banning sports gambling that New Jersey now says is unconstitutional.

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5 Trends At The LA Auto Show That May Change How We Move

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 7:38am

The show features some technology and advances that aren't necessarily sexy but are changing the way we move around. They range from luxury car subscriptions to personal electric vehicles.

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Craft Hard Cider Is On A Roll. How Ya Like Them Apples?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 7:00am

Hard cider is having a hot moment. Hotter still, if it's locally made and distributed. Over the past four years, the number of cider breweries across the country has doubled.

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The Legal Recourse For Victims Of Sexual Harassment

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to harassment and civil rights attorney Jean Hyams about the legal options available to victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Republican Senators Pass Tax Bill

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

The Republican overhaul of the tax code overcame hurdles to pass the Senate and includes some changes average Americans may feel come tax time, should it make it to the president's desk.

Roy Moore's Effect On Alabama's Economy

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:43am

Alabama has long sought to make itself a destination for business investment. But the allegations against Senate candidate Roy Moore may make investors reluctant to come to the state.

FACT CHECK: How Does Paul Ryan's Case for Tax Cuts Match the Facts?

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 6:00am

In an interview with NPR, the House speaker said the tax bill was "designed" as a middle-class tax cut. But in reality, the core is a corporate tax cut.

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American Airlines And Pilots Work Out Deal To Save Holiday Flights

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 5:37pm

The airline had accidentally given too many pilots the holidays off, raising the specter of thousands of canceled flights.

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Credit Rating Agency Issues Warning On Climate Change To Cities

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 4:10pm

Moody's Investor Services says it might downgrade U.S. cities' credit rating if they don't deal with the risks posed by climate change.

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Under GOP Plan Tech Companies Would Receive Big Tax Breaks

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 3:45pm

Republicans say their tax proposal will get companies to bring their overseas profits back to the U.S. They say it will lead to more hiring and higher wages. Big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple stand to be the largest beneficiaries of these corporate tax changes But already they have plenty of cash available for new investment. So critics say they'll use the tax breaks instead to benefit investors not workers.

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