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Republicans Want To Get Rid Of Obamacare. But Then What?

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:35pm

President Trump has vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but Sarah Kliff of Vox.com says it's "an overreach" to say that Republicans have a plan for what comes next.

What Worked For Obamacare And What Didn't? Lessons From 5 States

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:33pm

A look at how five states' Affordable Care Act exchanges fared shows that more populous markets had an easier time keeping prices down and offering a choice of plans and providers.

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A Forgotten Group Of Grains Might Help Indian Farmers – And Improve Diets, Too

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 1:00pm

Once a staple in India, millets have fallen out of fashion in recent years. Now, faced with water shortages, one Indian state is re-introducing these drought tolerant cereals to people's diets.

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In Talks With Trump, Japan's Shinzo Abe Will Seek To Smooth Economic Tensions

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:16am

After President Trump's taunts about Toyota and Japanese currency, Japan's prime minister arrives Thursday for talks in which he's expected to propose billions in infrastructure investment in the U.S.

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Trump Vows To Update 'Obsolete' Infrastructure For Planes, Trains And Roads

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:13am

The president told a group of airline CEOs that U.S. airports are at the "bottom of the rung" and in need of an update.

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Tribe Reportedly Files Legal Challenge To Dakota Access Pipeline

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:09am

After receiving a long-awaited easement, Energy Transfer Partners has begun drilling the last portion of the pipeline. The work should last 60 days, the company says.

'Massive Confusion' For Insurers As GOP Wavers On Obamacare Redo

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:35am

Uncertainty about the fate of the Affordable Care Act has created a "nightmare scenario" for health insurers as they try to determine what to charge for coverage in 2018.

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What Big Tech's Quarterly Reports Say About The Future Of Music

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:03am

The past week brought a slew of high-level financial filings from tech and music companies — from which we read the tea leaves.

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Why Shark's Ice Cream Wants To Put Nice Cream Out Of Business

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 9:36am

The Liberian owner of Shark's Ice Cream thinks Nice Cream, owned by a Lebanese businessman, should be shut down. What's her argument?

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What Can India Tell Us About The Worth Of Abolishing High-Value Banknotes?

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:13am

The idea of eliminating high-value notes is gaining traction in advanced economies, as governments look for ways to disrupt $2 trillion in illegal money flowing through the global economy every year.

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Obamacare Brought Jobs To Indian Country That Could Vanish With Repeal

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:00am

Many Native Americans have shifted to the Affordable Care Act for health coverage, and in rural Montana that's created jobs. The state could lose 3,000 health care jobs if the ACA is repealed.

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Airline CEOs To Discuss Aging Infrastructure, Foreign Competition With Trump

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 3:17am

CEOs of major U.S. airlines are to meet with President Trump Thursday morning. They're expected to discuss aging infrastructure, air traffic control reform, and possibly Trump's travel ban.

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Labor Nominee Says He Will Divest Portfolio And Forfeit Unvested Shares

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:51am

Andrew Puzder's confirmation hearing for labor secretary has been repeatedly delayed as he worked to meet ethics standards regarding divestiture of his assets.

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Federal Judge Blocks Merger Of Anthem and Cigna

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 9:06pm

The Justice Department calls the ruling "a victory for American consumers" because the merger would have reduced competition in the health insurance market.

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Trump Slams Nordstrom For Dropping Ivanka's Clothing Line

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 7:14pm

Trump's tweet, which said the company was unfair to his daughter, highlights concerns about the line between his official duties and his family's businesses.

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Episode 436: If Economists Controlled The Borders

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:19pm

What would the perfect immigration system look like? We ask three economists and get three very different answers. (None of which include building a wall.)

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Amid Travel Ban Debate, Chefs And Food Brands Take a Stand On Immigration

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:59pm

From pledges to hire refugees to fundraisers for the ACLU, food businesses large and small are getting vocal about their support for immigrants in the wake of President Trump's new policies.

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An All-You-Can-Eat Buffet: Bald Eagles Prey On Farmer's Chickens

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Controversy Continues Over President Trump's Stake In His Properties

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

Donald Trump Jr., has taken over as president of the company that runs the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C., but there's still controversy over the president's stake in his properties. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Steven Schooner, a law professor at George Washington University who focuses on federal government contract law, about the update.

Pentagon's Interest In Leasing Trump Tower Space Presents Conflict

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 3:21pm

The Pentagon said Wednesday it is interested in leasing space in Trump Tower, the 68-story skyscraper in New York where President Trump lives when he's not in the White House. Ethics experts say that would create a conflict of interest. As president, Trump can tell the Secret Service and Defense Department to rent space in Trump Tower, but as the owner of the trust that manages the building, he can reap a profit.

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