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U.S. Signs Off On Tariffs, Angering Trade Partners

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:31am

The administration's plan to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum has been met by near universal criticism from across the globe.

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Trump Commerce Secretary Says Warnings About Tariffs Are Overhyped

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:19am

Wilbur Ross, a leading advocate for the steel and aluminum tariffs the president announced this week, told NPR's Morning Edition the tariffs' impact isn't "much of a roar."

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 9:06am

It's been a stormy week for the White House.

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Modest Wage Gains In February As Economy Adds Robust 313,000 Jobs

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 8:23am

The largest increase in jobs in 1 1/2 years was accompanied by a 2.6 percent year-on-year increase in wages, a slowdown from January's pace. The unemployment rate held at 4.1 percent.

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In The Recycling World, Why Are Some Cartons Such A Problem?

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 7:00am

Because of layers of material that can be difficult to separate, many containers for juices and broths have traditionally been destined for landfills. But recycling them is getting easier.

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Canada And Mexico Exempted From Tariffs On Steel, Aluminum Imports

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 6:21am

Rachel Martin talks to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on President Trump's reasons behind tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. The tariffs have been criticized as too harsh.

Reinventing Community College To Reach Millions Of Workers — Online

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 5:00am

California could be the first state to create a statewide, online community college system targeting 2.5 million workers who need — but don't have — a college degree.

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Obama In Talks To Produce Shows For Netflix, Report Says

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:13am

The former president is in negotiations to produce a series of high-profile shows for Netflix, according to The New York Times. The number of episodes and show formats have not been decided.

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The Uneven Effects Of Inflation

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:05am

Inflation doesn't strike the whole economy evenly. Some things have been getting much more expensive, while others get cheaper.

News Brief: Trump To Meet Kim, Brazil Reacts To Tariffs

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:05am

President Trump has agreed to a meeting with Kim Jong Un at an unspecified time and place, the White House said. Also, we hear how Brazil is reacting to Trump's tariffs on steel.

Steel Country Democrats Who Backed Trump Weigh Party Loyalty In 2018

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 4:01am

In Eastern Ohio's Mahoning Valley, thousands of traditionally Democratic voters went for Donald Trump in 2016. The question for 2018 is whether they are now Republican voters down the ballot.

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Steelworker Union Leader On Why He Supports Trump's Tariffs On Imports

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 5:16pm

In a hotly contested move, President Trump formally ordered tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Thursday. Before the signing, several workers from the industry spoke, including Scott Sauritch, a steelworker union leader in West Mifflin, Pa.

How To Get Bands For Your Bucks: A Lesson In Tariffs

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:22pm

When an American rubber band company found itself losing out to foreign competition, it went in search of protection from the U.S. government. Its experience serves as a study in how a tariff comes to be.

Bipartisan Senate Banking Bill Would Scale Back Some Dodd-Frank Regulations

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:22pm

The Senate is working on a rare bipartisan banking bill that would scale back parts of the Dodd-Frank regulations for smaller banks. But the bill has exposed divisions among Democrats over protecting former President Obama's legacy.

President Of Global Automakers Group Discusses How Tariffs Will Affect The Industry

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:22pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with John Bozzella, President and CEO of the Association of Global Automakers about how his industry is reacting to President Trump's formal announcement on Wednesday that imposes tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Trump Has Long Believed America Is A Victim Of International Trade

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:22pm

President Trump has long believed other countries were taking advantage of the U.S. when it comes to trade. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Tim O'Brien, executive editor of Bloomberg View and author of Trump Nation, about the roots of Trump's views on trade.

For 1 U.S. Snowboarder, Helping Fellow Paralympians Is As Vital As Medaling

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:22pm

Mike Schultz lost his leg in 2008. Since then, he created a successful business making prosthetic legs and learned to snowboard so well that he's about to compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

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Sunshine Daydream: Florida Bill Would Make Daylight Saving Time Year-Round

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:05pm

This weekend, most people in the U.S. will reset their clocks and spring forward. In Florida, there's a push to never fall back.

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Let's Get Ready to Retail!

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 3:00pm

In the red corner: the uncontested retail champion of the world: WalMart. In the blue corner, the behemoth of online sales: Amazon.

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Why Are New Hampshire's Tax-Free Liquor Stores Selling So Much Hennessy?

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 1:23pm

So much cognac is being sold that one official is asking the state attorney general to investigate whether the Liquor Commission is turning a blind eye to bootlegging and money-laundering activities.

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