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Yellen Will Leave Top Fed Post With Solid Record

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 5:11pm

As Fed chair, Janet Yellen helped the central bank largely achieve its mandate to engineer full employment while keeping inflation at a level that fosters growth.

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Billionaire Investor Robert Mercer To Step Down From Firm, Selling Stake In Breitbart

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:08pm

Robert Mercer, co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies and a major conservative donor, had brought attention to his firm. He is resigning amid reports that other company executives chafed at the scrutiny.

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CHART: How The Tax Overhaul Would Affect You

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:50pm

If you itemize, a new, higher standard deduction might make doing your taxes easier. If you run a "pass-through" business, your life might be about to get more complicated.

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How Facebook's Ads Could Change Following The Russian Debacle

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Facebook's celebrity executives — Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg — were not on Capitol Hill yesterday when Congress grilled the company's top lawyer about incendiary Russian ads on the platform. Instead, they were on an earnings call with investors announcing a 79 percent jump in profits, fueled by the company's dominance in online advertising. NPR's Aarti Shahani looks at how advertising is the key to Facebook's success and how that may change following the Russian debacle.

Why A Chinese Company Invested Billions Of Dollars In The U.S.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

A mysterious Chinese company has invested billions of dollars in the U.S. during a two-year span. Planet Money reporters dig into the background of the HNA group, and what they find illustrates vast fault lines in China's economy.

Not All Republicans On Board With Proposed Tax Plan

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

The Republicans rolled out their tax plan on Thursday, but not every Republican is on board. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Congressman Leonard Lance, R-N.J., about why he isn't satisfied.

Republican Tax Bill Would Provide Big Cuts, But Target Popular Breaks

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

House Republicans released their long-awaited bill to overhaul the nation's tax code on Thursday. The bill would provide big cuts in the tax rates for most individuals and businesses. But it also takes aim at eliminating or rolling back some popular tax breaks.

Looking For A Home When Your Name Is Hispanic And Finding Discrimination Instead

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:07pm

Nearly a third of Latinos say they've experienced discrimination when seeking housing, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Trump Picks Federal Reserve Insider Jerome Powell To Be Its Chairman

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 2:08pm

President Trump has named Federal Reserve Gov. Jerome Powell to head the U.S. central bank. If confirmed by the Senate he will succeed Janet Yellen, the first woman to serve in the Fed's top post.

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TripAdvisor Deleted Reviews Warning Of Rape, Assault, Users Tell 'Journal Sentinel'

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:27pm

More than a dozen tourists have told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that posts about attacks at Mexican resorts were deleted. In one case, warnings about the same resort — years apart — were pulled.

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Hydroponic Veggies Are Taking Over Organic, And A Move To Ban Them Fails

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:47am

Many organic tomatoes or peppers are grown in greenhouses, where they get nutrients from water. Critics say that violates the spirit of "organic." A bid to strip them of the label failed this week.

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Facebook Has Commented On An Election You Voted In. Be The First To Like It.

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 9:06am

One year ago, Mark Zuckerberg said it was a "pretty crazy idea" that Facebook might have influenced the presidential election. He's had a change of heart.

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Top NPR Executive Resigns After Sexual Harassment Allegations

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:04am

We have the latest developments on the resignation of NPR's senior vice president following sexual harassment allegations.

Trump To Announce Pick To Lead Federal Reserve

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump is expected to announce his pick to lead the Federal Reserve Thursday. Advisers have been hinting it will be Jerome Powell, who is currently a member of the Fed's Board of Governors.

Polls: Americans Aren't Buying Key White House Arguments For Tax Overhaul

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:01am

A series of new polls suggest Americans are unenthusiastic and divided over the forthcoming Republican tax bill.

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Tough Questions, Hours Of Hearings But No Silver Bullet On Russian Tech Interference

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 4:00am

A marathon on Capitol Hill this week yielded new details about the scale and nature of Russian interference in the 2016 election, but no easy solution for preventing the next effort by the Kremlin.

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Episode 803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 4:24pm

Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.

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Fed Holds Key Interest Rate Steady, But Increase Expected In December

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:29pm

At what could be one of Janet Yellen's last meetings as Federal Reserve chair, policymakers decided to keep short-term rates unchanged. But analysts are looking for a rate increase next month.

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NPR's Head Of News Resigns Following Harassment Allegations

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:13am

"This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior," NPR CEO Jarl Mohn said in a memo to NPR staff. "I have received his resignation, effective immediately."

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What Manafort's Indictment Reveals About His New York City Real Estate Deals

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:13am

In March, WNYC reported on three unusual real estate deals in New York City by Paul Manafort. The indictment addresses two of them.

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