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5 Questions About Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks And His Economic Plan

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

Key economic players Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, nominees for Treasury and Commerce respectively, are Wall Street veterans. Does their selection match up with Donald Trump's populist message?

Trump Transition Team Holds 'Listening Session' With Veterans Groups

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

President-elect Trump's transition officials have scheduled a "listening session" for Thursday with veterans advocates, including the American Legion and other groups. It's playing out following big promises by Trump to overhaul the workings of veterans care in the U.S. and continuing discussion about his potential appointment to run the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Trump's Dispute With Las Vegas Hotel Employees Poses Potential Conflict

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 3:14pm

One potential conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump could involve his dispute with employees attempting to unionize at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. The National Labor Relations Board has ruled against Trump, whose company has opposed unionization, but as president, Trump will have the power to appoint new members of the NLRB. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ruben Garcia, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Journalist On Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 2:18pm

The New York Times' Eric Lipton says that Donald Trump could take actions as president that would benefit his business holdings. But Lipton doubts congressional Republicans would probe such conflicts.

Obama Administration Appeals Judge's Ruling To Block Overtime Pay Rule

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 1:27pm

The future of the rule is extremely uncertain. Even if the Obama administration wins its appeal, the incoming Trump administration has already threatened to scrap the measure.

Carrier Will Keep 1,000 Jobs In U.S., But Trump Faces A Much Tougher Problem

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 12:57pm

Like President Obama, Trump must deal with the millions of old-school, middle-skill jobs, like manufacturing, that just aren't coming back.

Poles Return To A Taste Of Their Soviet Past: Cheap Milk Bars

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 6:00am

Subsidized greasy-spoon diners called milk bars thrived in Poland in the Soviet era. Their numbers have dwindled, but Poles are once again embracing them for cheap comfort food.

Ex-Defense Secretary Cohen On Foreign Policy Challenges Facing Trump

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks to William Cohen, former Defense secretary under President Clinton, about the various security challenges the president-elect and his yet to be named Defense secretary might face.

Resolution Aims To Keep Trump's Businesses From Being A Conflict

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep talks to Sen. Ben Cardin about Trump's potential conflicts of interest. The Maryland Democrat introduced a resolution requiring Trump to divest from his businesses or use a blind trust.

Rep. Bustos Recruited To Help Improve Democrats' Message

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign. Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Cheri Bustos, who Pelosi invited to join the Democratic leadership.

Despite Criticism Of Candidate Trump, Romney Leads For Secretary Of State

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:09am

Trump's team says the secretary of State search has been narrowed to four candidates. Steve Inskeep talks to Katie Packer, who was deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

Trump's Loans From Troubled German Bank Pose Conflict Of Interest

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:01am

His new hotel's $200 million renovation was financed by Deutsche Bank. The Justice Department is set to impose a multibillion-dollar fine on the bank. And Trump will oversee the Justice Department.

U.S. Imposes Nationwide Ban On Smoking In All Public Housing

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:48pm

The Obama administration has issued a sweeping final rule banning smoking in all public housing units nationwide, extending a smoke-free environment to nearly a million units.

House Democrats Re-Elect Nancy Pelosi As Minority Leader

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

House Democrats held leadership elections Wednesday. Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, who has led House Democrats since 2003 was re-elected after an unexpected challenge from Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan.

U.S. Expected To Forgive At Least $108 Billion In Student Debt

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office says the U.S. is on track to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt. This is due to the number of people who have enrolled in plans the Obama administration promoted to help borrowers avoid default. The GAO report finds the Education Department also understated the cost of these plans. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of The Washington Post.

Trump's 'Interventionist Approach' To Economic Policy Presents Consequences

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

In light of Trump's deal with Carrier to keep jobs in the U.S., NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Edward Alden, senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, about the consequences of federal government intervention in the private sector.

Trump Strikes Deal With Carrier To Keep Jobs In U.S.

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

Carrier says it will keep about 1,000 jobs in Indiana instead of shifting production to Mexico. Donald Trump repeatedly singled out Carrier during his campaign and made stopping the move a priority. Now there is great interest in how Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence persuaded the company to reverse its decision.

Postelection Stock Market Rise Shocks Prominent Economists

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

Before the election, two prominent economists were predicting that the stock market would fall 12 percent lower if Trump won versus Clinton. But, as it often does, the market surprised everybody and went in the other direction.

Trump's Pick For Treasury Secretary Has Strong Ties To Hollywood

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Erich Schwartzel, a reporter who covers the film industry for the Wall Street Journal, about Steven Mnuchin, Trump's choice for treasury secretary, and his ties to Hollywood.

Trump Says He Will Leave Business To Fully Focus On Presidency

Wed, 11/30/2016 - 3:29pm

President-elect Trump tweeted Wednesday morning that he is drafting "legal documents...[to] take me completely out of business operations." He said he will hold a press conference in two weeks with his children to explain it. Many ethics experts say he would need to liquidate all of his holdings and sell them to non-family members to avoid conflicts. At this point, his plans are unclear.

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