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Mexicans In The U.S. Are Sending Home More Money Than Ever

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 7:41am

A new report finds that remittances by migrants from Latin American and the Caribbean topped $69 billion last year — the highest amount on record.

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How A Simple Fix For Medicare Prescribing Problems Got Complicated

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 4:00am

In 2014, the government said health providers would have to register with Medicare in order to prescribe drugs to beneficiaries. Delays have pushed back the requirement until 2019.

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Trump's Possible 'Border Adjustment Tax,' Explained

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:58am

President Trump has made American manufacturing a central concern. Can a complicated approach called a border adjustment tax make it happen? Planet Money looks at how it's supposed to work.

TripAdvisor Backs Appeals Court Refusal To Reinstate Travel Ban

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:58am

NPR's David Greene talks to TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer about why he signed an amicus brief opposing Trump's executive order on immigration. An appeals court has kept the ban on hold.

The Ethics Of Trump Hosting Japan's Shinzo Abe At Mar-A-Lago

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:58am

Kathleen Clark of Washington University in St. Louis discusses President Trump's meshing of business and public duties. Trump will host Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Our Commutes, But That'll Take A While

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 3:45am

One of the promises of autonomous vehicles is that they'll reduce traffic jams. Self-driving cars will bring many changes, but traffic flows won't improve until enough human drivers are off the roads.

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In Austin, A Boom In Short-Term Rentals Brings A Backlash

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:50pm

Like many fast-growing regions, the city of Austin and the state of Texas are grappling with the growing market for short-term home and condo rentals like those listed on Airbnb and HomeAway.

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As Trump Threatens To Ditch NAFTA, Tijuana Residents Face Uncertainty

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 3:38pm

Tijuana, Mexico, is a prime example of an integrated, global economy, and Trump's threats to ditch NAFTA have residents on edge. With every White House tweet, they fear their livelihoods are hanging in the balance.

Kellyanne Conway Tells Americans To Buy Ivanka Trump's Products

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:45pm

Her comments appear to violate ethics rules barring federal employees from seeking to profit from their positions. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said later that Conway had been "counseled."

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Republicans Want To Get Rid Of Obamacare. But Then What?

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:35pm

President Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but Sarah Kliff of says it's "an overreach" to say that Republicans have a plan for what comes next.

What Worked For Obamacare And What Didn't? Lessons From 5 States

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:33pm

A look at how five states' Affordable Care Act exchanges fared shows that more populous markets had an easier time keeping prices down and offering a choice of plans and providers.

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A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers – And Improve Diets, Too

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:00pm

Once a staple in India, millets have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Now, faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing these drought tolerant cereals to people's diets.

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In Talks With Trump, Japan's Shinzo Abe Will Seek To Smooth Economic Tensions

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:16am

After President Trump's taunts about Toyota and Japanese currency, Japan's prime minister arrives Thursday for talks in which he's expected to propose billions in infrastructure investment in the U.S.

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Trump Vows To Update 'Obsolete' Infrastructure For Planes, Trains And Roads

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:13am

The president told a group of airline CEOs that U.S. airports are at the "bottom of the rung" and in need of an update.

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Tribe Reportedly Files Legal Challenge To Dakota Access Pipeline

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:09am

After receiving a long-awaited easement, Energy Transfer Partners has begun drilling the last portion of the pipeline. The work should last 60 days, the company says.

'Massive Confusion' For Insurers As GOP Wavers On Obamacare Redo

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:35am

Uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act has created a "nightmare scenario" for health insurers as they try to determine what to charge for coverage in 2018.

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What Big Tech's Quarterly Reports Say About The Future Of Music

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:03am

The past week brought a slew of high-level financial filings from tech and music companies — from which we read the tea leaves.

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Why Shark's Ice Cream Wants To Put Nice Cream Out Of Business

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 9:36am

The Liberian owner of Shark's Ice Cream thinks Nice Cream, owned by a Lebanese businessman, should be shut down. What's her argument?

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What Can India Tell Us About The Worth Of Abolishing High-Value Banknotes?

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:13am

The idea of eliminating high-value notes is gaining traction in advanced economies, as governments look for ways to disrupt $2 trillion in illegal money flowing through the global economy every year.

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Obamacare Brought Jobs To Indian Country That Could Vanish With Repeal

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:00am

Many Native Americans have shifted to the Affordable Care Act for health coverage, and in rural Montana that's created jobs. The state could lose 3,000 health care jobs if the ACA is repealed.

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