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Construction Firms Consider Costs Of Trump's Border Wall

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

Concrete and construction firms along the U.S.-Mexico border are already crunching the numbers on what it would take to build a thousand mile wall. It is a huge undertaking.

The Son-In-Law Rises: Jared Kushner's Influence In The Trump Camp

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Sarah Ellison, writer at Vanity Fair, about the role of Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner in the president-elect's inner circle.

JPMorgan Chase Agrees To Pay $264 Million In Chinese Bribery Scheme

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 3:18pm

JPMorgan Chase and its Hong Kong affiliate have agreed to pay fines totaling $264 million for their role in a scheme to win lucrative contracts in China. The bank acknowledged running a program in which it hired relatives of influential Chinese officials in exchange for certain business contracts. A Justice Department official said the scheme amounted to bribery.

JPMorgan Chase Paying $264 Million To Settle Allegations Of Nepotism In China

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:09pm

U.S. officials say the bank had a program to hire the friends and relatives of Chinese government officials who could send business its way.

How $85 Million Failed To Build A Swanky Hotel In Kabul

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 2:01pm

A new report finds $85 million in loans for a U.S.-supported hotel and apartment project in Afghanistan are gone, and that the buildings are unfinished and appear to be abandoned.

Thanksgiving Dinner Is Getting Cheaper, As Grocery Prices Fall Again

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:59pm

The government's measure of consumer prices showed supermarket food prices dropped in October for the sixth straight month. The Farm Bureau's measure of Thanksgiving meal prices dropped, too.

CHARTS: Here's What Donald Trump Has Said On The Issues

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:51pm

NPR examined what the president-elect has said about the 10 issues voters care most about.

Greenland's Getting Warmer, But Farmers There Are Struggling More Than Ever

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:08pm

Warming and longer summers in Greenland have raised hopes for expansion of agriculture on the island. But the summers have been drier, causing a decline in the number of sheep farms on the island.

Hundreds Of U.S. Businesses Urge Trump To Uphold Paris Climate Deal

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 10:54am

Starbucks, General Mills and Nike were among more than 360 companies and investors urging Trump and elected officials in an open letter to "continue U.S. participation" in the Paris climate accord.

Donald Trump Expected To Have A Hard Time Draining The Swamp

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:14am

During the campaign, Trump said he wants to keep lobbyists out of his administration, but it isn't so easy. President Obama tried. Most people agree, running a government without lobbyists isn't easy.

From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:02am

The Facebook chief has an army of subcontractors making editorial judgments about millions of pieces of content — like a media company. But the rules they operate by are complex and contradictory.

A Growing Group Of Doctors Are Big-Money Prescribers In Medicare

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 4:00am

In 2011, just 41 health care providers prescribed more than $5 million each in medicines under Medicare Part D. In 2015, the number had jumped 514. The rise of expensive hepatitis C drugs is a factor.

Episode 574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 5:05pm

The story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business. And the story of a time when the world went wild for debt.

America's 'Forgotten' Hear Trump's Economic Battle Cry, But Will He Deliver?

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 4:55pm

We're about to find out whether Donald Trump governs as a populist champion or as a more traditional Republican when it comes to the economy — or a new mix of both.

USGS Announces Its Largest Oil And Gas Discovery Ever In The States

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 4:40pm

The agency says the so-called Wolfcamp shale in Texas contains 20 billion barrels of oil and 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that are recoverable by hydraulic fracturing and other means.

Rudy Giuliani's Business Ties Present Potential Conflicts Of Interest

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to New York Times reporter Eric Lipton about Rudy Giuliani's potential conflicts of interest should Donald Trump nominate him to a top cabinet post.

Some Growers Say Organic Label Will Be Watered Down If It Extends To Hydroponic

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 2:31pm

The National Organic Standards Board this week plans to decide if hydroponically grown foods – a water-based model of cultivation – can be sold under the label "certified organic."

Trump's China Stance Spurs Trade War Worries

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:14pm

Trump has threatened to label China a currency manipulator and to impose large tariffs on its imports into the U.S. Economists say this would start a trade war. But what would that look like?

From Lobbyists To Loyalists, See Who's On Donald Trump's Transition Team

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:59am

A fair number are Washington insiders, according to an organization chart of the team obtained by NPR. That's surprising for a candidate who pledges to "drain the swamp."

As Diane Rehm Retires, WAMU Launching Midday Show Called '1A'

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:08am

Host Joshua Johnson will take the helm at a show named for the First Amendment. Member station WAMU says the live show, distributed by NPR, will "act as a national mirror."




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