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The Tax Bill And The Military

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:16:00 -0500

President Trump has promised to increase military spending. Rachel Martin talks to retired Army Col. Peter Mansoor about whether that spending is possible under the Republican tax plan.

Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:09:00 -0500

January contracts for the skyrocketing digital currency opened at just under $15,500 on Sunday and had spiked to more than $18,000 hours later.

This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots In The Recession

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:23:00 -0500

This season, a tightened tree supply dates back eight to 10 years ago, when fewer trees were planted. Due also in part to an exodus of tree farmers in the industry, prices have more than doubled.

Labor Abuses After Harvey

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:46:46 -0500

The rains after Hurricane Harvey flooded more than 100,000 homes in the Houston area. Now, thousands of day laborers are working nonstop and are also worried about getting paid.

Loopholes In The GOP Tax Plan

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:46:00 -0500

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to tax lawyer and former George W. Bush administration official Greg Jenner about potential loopholes in the Republican tax plan.

Gaming The Tax Code

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

Experts predict the new rules in the proposed tax overhaul will lead to many complexities in the tax code. And that likely means new opportunities for tax lawyers to find ways to game the system.

What's Behind Bitcoin's All-Time High Value

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

The value of digital currency bitcoin has skyrocketed. But what is bitcoin and is it just a bubble? Timothy Lee of Ars Technica explains to NPR's Scott Simon.

How The GOP Tax Bill Would Affect Community Colleges

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:00 -0500

The tax overhaul making its way though Congress includes some provisions that worry Jose Adames, president of El Centro College, a community college in Dallas. NPR's Scott Simon asks him why.

Worker Shortage Could Dampen Economy

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:22:00 -0500

The U.S. job market has bounced back from a hurricane related slowdown this fall. But with unemployment hovering near 4 percent, a worker shortage could damper future economic growth.

Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:01:00 -0500

They say the Republican tax proposals encourage companies to buy robots instead of hiring people and creating jobs. Some employers and economist say the bill should promote training instead.

FACT CHECK: President Trump's Record On Jobs And Stocks

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:54:00 -0500

President Trump bragged this week about job gains and a rising stock market. So what are the facts?

November Jobs Report: Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs; Unemployment Steady

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:32:00 -0500

U.S. jobs growth has averaged 174,000 per month so far in 2017, compared to an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

How Reagan's Tax Cuts Fared

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:11:00 -0500

For some perspective on the current tax bill speeding through Congress, NPR's Rachel Martin talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the last major tax cuts, in the 1980s.

Generation Z May Not Want To Own Cars. Can Automakers Woo Them In Other Ways?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:11:00 -0500

Selling cars to the group that follows the millennials won't be easy. Instead of just making cars, automakers are trying to make a move, whether it's car-sharing, ride-hailing or self-driving.

Florida Set To Launch Country's First Private High-Speed Train Service

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:25:00 -0500

The $3 billion project is the first privately funded high-speed rail system in the U.S. Trains will begin running along the state's busiest corridor from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale this month.