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What You Need To Know About Foxconn

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:30:59 -0400

Foxconn hasn't had much presence in the U.S., but it's the largest corporate employer in China. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Brian Merchant, a tech reporter for Vice, about the company.



Is Foxconn Getting Too Sweet A Deal In Wisconsin?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:30:00 -0400

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn says it will build its first major U.S. manufacturing plant in Wisconsin. Wisconsin offered Foxconn up to $3 billion to locate there.



Why The 'Trump Bump' Hasn't Happened

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:11:00 -0400

Friday's GDP report is expected to show a rebound from a weak first quarter. But the U.S. economy still isn't likely to sustain the 3 percent growth rate the Trump administration is promising.



Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:14:24 -0400

Declining snail populations in France have led to imports of Burgundy snails from European countries. Consumers love them, but not French snail farmers, who want people to eat locally raised snails.



States Have Already Tried Versions Of 'Skinny Repeal.' It Didn't Go Well

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:24 -0400

Republican senators are warming to the idea of a scaled-back plan that would delete the Affordable Care Act's individual and employer mandates but leave much of the law intact.



U.K. Bans Gas And Diesel Cars Starting 2040: Electric Cars Are The Future

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:53:00 -0400

Promoting a future of electric cars, the U.K. will ban sales of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2040. Many European politicians and regulators see electric autos as critical for reducing air pollution.



Federal Reserve Holds Interest Rates Steady

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:01:00 -0400

As expected, the Federal Reserve says it will hold interest rates in a range between 1 percent and 1.25 percent, while noting job gains have been solid and the labor market continues to strengthen.



Michael Kors To Acquire Jimmy Choo In $1.2 Billion Deal

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:18:00 -0400

Michael Kors is trying to shore up declining demand for expensive handbags and says it aims to double the annual sales of the smaller footwear and accessories brand.



Former CBO Head: Attacks On Scoring Agency Mission And Integrity 'Unacceptable'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, about the letter he signed with all seven former CBO directors, about the importance of the CBO in the legislative process.



Democrats' 'Better Deal' Aims To Reclaim A Populist Image

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:08:00 -0400

In an effort to drive a message ahead of next year's elections, Democrats promised more and better jobs, lower-cost prescription drugs and a crackdown on corporations that ship jobs overseas.



Auto Industry Benefits For Now From Subprime Loans

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

A factor in the auto industry's record sales the past 2 years has been the return of loans to borrowers with less than perfect credit. This has led some to worry about a bubble in subprime auto loans.



Why The Inflation Rate Is A Worry For The Federal Reserve

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about why the U.S. economy is having trouble boosting its rate of inflation.



Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:24:00 -0400

All major stock indexes — including the Dow — are in record territory, even though the Trump administration has failed to deliver on key legislative promises. But other factors are at play.



Trump's Private Clubs In Florida Are Seeking Visas For Foreign Workers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:23:00 -0400

President Trump is marking "Made in America" week to promote American labor. At the same time, his two Florida clubs are seeking visas to bring in foreign workers for low-wage jobs.



Congressional Wrangling Over Obamacare Repeal Could Drag On For Months

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:00:00 -0400

The Senate has voted to send a bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act to the floor for debate. But with multiple bills in play, it could be months before legislation actually emerges.