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For China's High-Flying Tycoons, A Precarious Balance

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 9:23am

Last year, China produced 101 new billionaires. But some tycoons are falling from grace — whether due to corruption, debt or their own bad investments.

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Big Tobacco's Big Apology

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 9:06am

The tobacco industry is speaking the truth about cigarettes: 11 years after a federal court forced it to.

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What The Upheaval At A Federal Consumer Watchdog Could Mean For Students

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 7:01am

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been a clearinghouse for student borrower complaints. Its future is now in question.

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Senate's Tax Plan Faces A Number Of Hurdles Within Republican Party

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 6:46am

David Greene talks to GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, a member of the Senate finance and budget committees, about the tax overhaul that President Trump would like to have passed by Christmas.

Rep. Davidson: CFPB Has Been Fraught With Politicized Conduct

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 6:29am

Rachel Martin talks to Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio about control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. NPR's Uri Berliner weighs in on the politics at the relatively new agency.

Sexual Harassment Cases Often Rejected By Courts

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 6:28am

Allegations of sexual harassment often sound like they would make a good lawsuit, but many such cases are quickly dismissed. The law sets a high bar for what constitutes sexual harassment.

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Congress Takes Aim At Tax Rules That Hit Hardest At Upper Middle Class

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:05am

The alternative minimum tax was designed to prevent very wealthy families from dodging taxes entirely. But its reach has grown over the years, and now it hits hardest at upper middle class workers.

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Eliminating Alternative Minimum Tax Has A Downside, Analysts Say

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 4:05am

Republicans hope to do away with the Alternative Minimum Tax, which was created to ensure that the rich don't escape taxes with deductions. These days, it also hits many upper-middle-class families.

Time Inc. Sold To Meredith Corporation, Backed By Koch Brothers

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:38pm

Time Inc. announced on Sunday night that it had sold itself to the Meredith Corporation. It was in a deal backed by Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire brothers known for using their wealth and political connections to advance conservative causes.

How Tech Companies Are Catering To Generation Z Teens

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:38pm

Kids born after 1995, also known as Generation Z, will make up 40 percent of consumers by 2020, and retailers are desperate for their attention. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Karl Haller, a partner with IBM's Global Consumer Industry team, about how much spending money is at stake and how other companies are competing with the tech giant.

Banks And Governments Paying Attention As Bitcoin Hits Record Highs

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:38pm

Over the past year, Bitcoin's price has gone up more than 900 percent. It's a level of growth unheard of in traditional investing markets. Now, banks, governments, and everyday people are wondering if Bitcoin is the future of money, a giant bubble ready to pop or something in between.

How The Dodd-Frank Act Plays Into The CFPB Succession Debate

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:38pm

As the showdown over the leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues, NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Georgetown University law professor Adam Levitin about what the law says about the succession of bureau directors.

Who's In Charge Of The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:38pm

The White House appointed Republican congressman Mick Mulvaney as interim director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at the same time that Richard Cordray, its outgoing leader, said Leandra English would serve in the interim. So, who's in charge?

YouTube Faces Increased Criticism That It's Unsafe For Kids

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:32pm

Many videos on the site feature popular characters in upsetting and violent situations, and some videos of children have attracted pedophilic comments. YouTube says it is toughening its approach.

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Puerto Rico's Medical Manufacturers Worry Federal Tax Plan Could Kill Storm Recovery

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:21pm

Drug companies and medical device makers in Puerto Rico are still struggling with power and staffing shortages. One device manufacturer says the future of his industry on the island in uncertain.

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In Ads, Tobacco Companies Admit They Made Cigarettes More Addictive

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 3:10pm

A federal judge ordered tobacco companies to pay for ads warning that their products are deadly and that they manipulated them to be addictive. But the form of the ads may be dulling their effect.

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Irish Border Problem Frustrates Brexit Trade Negotiations

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 1:25pm

The U.K. is facing a deadline ahead of a Brexit trade summit next month to find a solution to the Irish border, which has been fluid since Northern Ireland made peace with the Irish Republic in 1998.

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Steely Dan, Inc. Fights Itself In Lawsuit Over Shares

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 1:05pm

Band co-founder Donald Fagen is suing the estate of Walter Becker, his artistic partner for over 50 years, over a contract signed more than 45 years ago, on Halloween, 1972.

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Bitcoin Soars Toward Another Benchmark: $10,000

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 9:44am

In early October, a single bitcoin cost less than $5,000 on currency exchange sites. A year ago, one could be had for around $730.

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CSX Cargo Train Carrying Molten Sulfur Derails In Central Florida

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 7:16am

Several cars are believed to have leaked, in a derailment that left cars mangled. Emergency officials are warning residents to stay indoors and close their windows.

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