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Trump's Labor Secretary Nominee Faces Critics On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Andrew Puzder, CEO of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's franchises, has been outspoken about labor policies. He now faces critics from the left and right in his bid to become the next labor secretary.

Mnuchin Likely To Face Questions Over Role In Foreclosures

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:08am

Treasury secretary pick Steve Mnuchin is expected to face hard questions at his confirmation hearing. During the financial crisis, Mnuchin led a bank that foreclosed on thousands of homeowners.

How Large Employer Health Plans Could Be Affected By Obamacare Overhaul

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 4:00am

With the future of the Affordable Care Act on the line, health insurance benefits for workers at large companies hang in the balance.

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Trump's Washington Hotel Draws Protesters — And Ethics Concerns

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:53am

When Trump becomes president, he may violate the lease on his Washington, D.C., hotel. A government agency owns the building, and the contract specifies no elected U.S. official may hold the lease.

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Boeing To Start Trump Era With New Wave Of Downsizing

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 3:52am

Aviation giant Boeing, a corporate sponsor of the inauguration and one of the country's largest exporters, is planning new buyouts and layoffs on top of nearly 11,000 job cuts last year.

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Samsung Head Avoids Arrest On Bribery Charge, But He's Not In The Clear

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:25am

Judges in Seoul said early Thursday there was insufficient cause to arrest the head of South Korea's most powerful conglomerate. But he's not exonerated.

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Episode 748: Undoing Obama

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:07pm

Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama's staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?

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Organic Chickens Get More Room To Roam

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 6:20pm

New rules for organic farming will require farmers to give chickens more pasture. Some of the biggest organic egg producers will have to change their practices, or stop calling their eggs organic.

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'Always Home': Martial Arts Teacher Helps Rebuild Pride In Oklahoma Town

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:40pm

Brownie Harjo runs a martial arts studio in the oldest building in Holdenville, Okla. Though the small town has seen better days, Harjo believes Holdenville still has potential.

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Unclear Role Of Trump's Special Advisers Has Some Concerned

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:40pm

President-elect Donald Trump has named some well known figures as special advisers. But it's still unclear as to what that title might mean and what extent of power these positions might hold.

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China's First Freight Train To The U.K. Rolls Into London

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:16pm

The train, which traveled nearly 7,500 miles, marks a milestone in China's intended revival of the centuries-old Silk Road trade routes linking East and West.

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Wilbur Ross' Confirmation Hearing Highlights Divide Among GOP On Trade

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

The confirmation hearing of Commerce Secretary nominee Wilbur Ross highlighted divisions within the Republican Party over trade. Ross signaled that the incoming Trump administration will be much more aggressive in responding to trade violations by other countries. Several Republican Senators told Ross they were concerned that punitive tariffs and confrontations with trading partners could damage the economy.

Trump's Picks For Special Advisers Present Potential Ethical Issues

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President-elect Trump has named two businessmen as special advisers: Wall Street legend Carl Icahn and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Icahn will advise the White House on regulatory reform and Giuliani on cybersecurity. But Icahn makes billions through Wall Street trading, and Giuliani makes millions from his security consulting firm, which presents some potential ethical issues.

Not Just A Crock: The Viral Word-Of-Mouth Success Of Instant Pot

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:31am

Launched in 2010, the multifunction cooker became a sleeper hit last year. That's when its maker harnessed the enthusiasm of owners – self-dubbed "addicts" – to spread the word online.

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6 Senators Assessing Trump's HHS Nominee Own Health Care Stocks, Too

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:09am

A half-dozen senators involved in confirmation hearings for Rep. Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services have health care investments made by themselves or family members.

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Sen. Gardner Assess Ross's Qualifications To Be Commerce Secretary

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 7:20am

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has made his fortune buying up troubled companies with the hopes of turning them around. Steve Inskeep talks to GOP Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who met with Ross.

A Closer Look At Trump's Pick To Head The Commerce Department

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 4:00am

Billionaire Wilbur Ross will testify in front of a Senate committee on Wednesday. Democrats have criticized him as one of the Wall Street elites that Trump is packing into his administration.

Obama Pardons Famous Hotelier and Baseball Star

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 8:05pm

Among those receiving the president's clemency are a man who reigned over top nightclubs, and another who scorched fastballs. Both had run afoul of tax laws.

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Harvard Economist: History Will Judge Obama As A 'Great President'

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff about President Obama's economic legacy.

More People Over 60 Are Struggling To Pay Off Student Loans, Report Finds

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 1:23pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found the number of people over 60 with student loan debt has quadrupled in the past decade. Most loans were taken out on behalf of a child or grandchild.

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