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Former Microsoft CEO Launches New Tool For Finding Government Data

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 5:14pm

On Tax Day, Steve Ballmer announced USAFacts — a website where anyone can look up where government money comes from, and how it's spent, along with lots of other data.

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Protesters Step Up Calls For Trump To Release His Tax Returns

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

In recent days, demonstrators have been calling on President Trump to release his tax returns. But experts say even if the returns were released, they might not reveal much about specific sources of Trump's revenue and debts.

Trump's Latest Executive Order Targets High Skilled Worker Visa Program

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

President Trump announced an executive order on Tuesday that will sharpen the focus on the H1-B visa program. The tech industry is a key beneficiary and hopes this will prod Congress to overhaul the program.

What Trump's Taxes Would Not Show About His Finances

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 3:32pm

Demonstrators are calling on the president to release his tax returns. But even if the returns were released, a tax expert says, they might not reveal much about specific sources of revenue and debts.

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In Japan, Vice President Pence Pushes For Bilateral Trade Deal

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 1:00pm

President Trump's administration has rejected the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is seeking one-on-one talks. Japan, meanwhile, has indicated it wants to push ahead with TPP — with or without the U.S.

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Its Survival In Doubt, Sears Struggles To Transform Once Again

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 6:29am

More than a century ago, Sears was the Amazon of its time — a dominant name in retail. Sears has been in a long and painful decline, but executives say they have a plan to turn the company around.

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Morning News Brief: 2 Trump Executive Orders, Pence In Japan

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:04am

President Trump plans to sign 2 orders on "Hire American" and "Buy American." Vice President Pence meets with Japan's prime minister after Trump targeted Japan for its huge trade surplus with the U.S.

Nonprofit Working To Block Drug Imports Has Ties To Pharma Lobby

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 4:00am

An organization campaigning against foreign drug imports has deep connections to the lobbying group PhRMA, which includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bayer, an analysis by Kaiser Health News reveals.

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New Trump Order Extends 'Buy American' And 'Hire American' Rules

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 8:00pm

During a visit to the Snap-on tool company Tuesday, President Trump will sign an executive order designed to reinforce government purchasing policies and discourage the heavy use of guest workers.

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As Trump Inquiries Flood Ethics Office, Director Looks To House For Action

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:38pm

Walter Shaub of the Office of Government Ethics, which lacks enforcement power, says the House Oversight Committee does not seem to be matching the surge of concern about the Trump administration.

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Ride Hailing In Rural America: Like Uber With A Neighborly Feel

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 2:22pm

A small startup called Liberty Mobility Now is staking itself as the Uber of rural America. But to find its niche there, it has had to adapt everything from its app to its driver training.

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'Vegetable Whisperer' Chef Plants The Seeds Of His Own Reinvention

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 8:50am

With a vegetables-only restaurant in Napa Valley, chef Jeremy Fox was a rising star. But the stress was too much and it all fell apart. Now he is back with a vegetable cookbook.

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Big Business Pushes Coal-Friendly Kentucky To Embrace Renewables

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 6:40am

Nearly 90 percent of Kentucky's electricity is from coal — the cheap energy source that helped build its manufacturing economy. Now it's struggling to respond as more businesses want clean energy.

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Bridal Couple Removed From United Airlines Flight Without Incident

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:42am

A couple flying to Costa Rica for their wedding were removed from a flight on Saturday. The airline said the passengers repeatedly attempted to sit in upgraded seating which they did not purchase.

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We Asked People What They Know About Taxes. See If You Know The Answers

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 4:00am

Results of a new Ipsos poll conducted for NPR suggest Americans may be sending a garbled message when they voice their opinions on taxes.

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Tax Filings Seen Dipping Amid Trump Crackdown On Illegal Immigration

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:45am

Last year nearly 4.5 million people without Social Security numbers filed federal tax returns. Many were in the U.S. illegally. But there are signs that fewer such immigrants are filing this year.

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At Intel, A Retirement Perk That Can Kick Off A New Career As A Paid Fellow

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 3:42am

The tech company pays retirement-age employees a stipend to transition to jobs with mission-driven nonprofits. And for some, the fellowship can turn into a second act.

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'Brave New Workers': Ex-Construction Worker Builds A New Life Grooming Cats

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 4:38pm

"Brave New Workers" tells stories of Americans adapting to a changing economy. This week: a former contractor who lost his business when the housing bubble burst found a new livelihood grooming cats.

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The Call-In: Retailers Decline While Amazon Grows

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 7:12am

We explore the recent retail plunge — is really all about Amazon? NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic, who says it's more complicated than that.

Selling Your Internet Browsing History

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 7:12am

Last month Congress repealed regulations that would have put hefty restrictions on Internet service providers. So what do these companies know about us and what can they do with that information?

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