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Trump Issues Order To Review Postal Service Finances Amid Criticism Of Amazon

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:27am

The executive order, issued late Thursday, comes after months of criticism of the U.S. Postal Service for what the president claims is a money-losing deal to deliver packages for Amazon.

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German Chickens, Pickup Trucks, And De-escalating The U.S.-China Trade War

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:38pm

The U.S. has been pushing China to lower its high 25 percent tariff on imported cars, but most countries zealously protect their domestic auto markets — including the United States itself.

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Legal Battle Over Who Runs Consumer Bureau Continues

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 7:38pm

CFPB Acting Director Mick Mulvaney testified before the Senate on Thursday, the same day another CFPB employee appeared in court to argue that Mulvaney was unlawfully installed.

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Facebook Will Stop Opposing A User Privacy Initiative in California

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 6:15pm

The tech company spent $200,000 to oppose the measure, but reversed course on Wednesday following CEO Mark Zuckerberg's congressional testimony on the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

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Unsung Indicators

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 3:16pm

Our show goes old school in this episode and brings you three under-appreciated economic indicators about things that affect us all.

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Should California Winemakers Be Worried About China's Tariffs?

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:17am

California produces about 85 percent of American wine, which is worth about $1.5 billion in exports. As of now, China imports little U.S. wine, but it's one of the world's fastest-growing markets.

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Face-off: Elizabeth Warren Vs. Trump's Consumer Watchdog, Mick Mulvaney

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 9:50am

A Senate showdown is underway. Warren and other senators get their first chance to question Mulvaney, the Trump administration's head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Officer Who Forcibly Removed Passenger From United Flight Last Year Sues Airline

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 5:26am

James Long, one of three officers involved in the incident, is also suing his former employer, the Chicago Department of Aviation and its commissioner, saying he wasn't adequately trained.

Xi Pledges To Crack Down On IP Theft

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 4:19am

For years, companies have complained about having trade secrets stolen when they do business in China. This week China's President Xi Jinping pledged to crack down on abuses.

Regulating Facebook

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 4:19am

NPR's Noel King talks with The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip about why some consider Facebook a monopoly and how it could be regulated as one.

Should Social Media Companies Pay Us For Our Data?

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 4:19am

A lot of us are OK with giving away our data because it makes our life easier. But some experts say that we should be getting even more for it.

Episode 661: The Less Deadly Catch

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 5:09pm

Today on the show: how an economic fix helped made the deadliest job in America safer, and why people are angry about it.

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Media Or Tech Company? Facebook's Profile Is Blurry

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:59pm

Regulators, and sometimes the public, still have a tough time getting a handle on just what Facebook is. And that makes it difficult to determine just which laws should govern it.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Ditches His Signature Hoodie For A Suit At Congress

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:28pm

Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave two days of testimony to U.S. lawmakers and for his appearance on Capitol Hill, he forsook his customary t-shirt and hoodie for a tailored suit and a shirt and tie. Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan tells NPR's Mary Louise Kelly that Zuckerberg is now part of the establishment and as such will need to change his "uniform."

GOP Rep. Bob Latta Weighs In On Second Day Of Zuckerberg's Testimony

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:28pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was on Capitol Hill for a second day of questioning from lawmakers, over the company's handling of user data. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Rep. Bob Latta, R-Ohio., about his takeaways from the hearing.

'Warranty Void If Removed'? As It Turns Out, Feds Say Those Warnings Are Illegal

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:06pm

The Federal Trade Commission says tying warranties to the use of specific parts or services is prohibited. And the agency has told six companies they have 30 days to fix their ways or face penalties.

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NECCO-Mania: Fans Stock Up On Chalky Wafers In Case Candy Company Folds

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 3:36pm

Rumors of the impending demise of NECCO have sparked a renewed interest in the company's products — especially its famous, eponymous, chalky wafers that some people love to hate.

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Lawmakers Ask Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Tougher Questions As Testimony Continues

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 3:29pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It's his second day of testimony on Capitol Hill in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Deficit Attention Disorder

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 3:17pm

The CBO projects the federal budget deficit could top 800 billion dollars this year... and reach a cool trillion by 2020. So ... what?

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Justice Dept. Investigating Early-Decision Admissions At Elite Colleges

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 2:03pm

Colleges including Amherst, Williams and Middlebury are said to have received letters asking them to retain communications with other schools about admitted students, as part of an antitrust probe.

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