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How The Case Of The 'Snuggie' Impacts Tariffs And Trade

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:14:00 -0400

Last month the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled on a question with millions of dollars at stake: Is the Snuggie a blanket with sleeves or a sleeved garment that looks like a blanket?

Trump Economic Adviser Gary Cohn At Odds With Inner Circle

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:14:00 -0400

Gary Cohn was a dyslexic kid from an immigrant family in Cleveland who rose to lead Goldman Sachs. Now he's becoming perhaps the most powerful voice for economic policy in the Trump White House.

Stanford Professor Loses Political Battle To Simplify Tax Filing Process

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:41:00 -0400

A tax law professor tries to change the way we pay our taxes, so it is easy and painless. His system has been tested and it works. But when he tried to convince California to adopt it, he had to square off with well-funded lobbyists and political power brokers.

Brexit Gets Real: Prime Minister May Has Triggered U.K.'s Exit From EU

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:20:00 -0400

"This is an historic moment, from which there can be no turning back. Britain is leaving the European Union," British Prime Minister Theresa May tells the House of Commons.

What Trump Misses About Energy Jobs In America

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:18:00 -0400

The president on Tuesday signed an executive order with the intention of helping bring back coal jobs. But clean energy jobs, like solar, have taken off, far outpacing coal.

Tired Of Promises, A Struggling Small Town Wants Problems Solved

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0400

There's a lot of talk about how to revive small towns, especially in the rural Midwest, which Donald Trump carried easily. Visit Cairo, Ill., and at times it feels like a place on life support.

With Fewer Available H-2B Visas, Employers Struggle To Find Seasonal Workers

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:01:00 -0400

The number of H-2B visas available to foreigners seeking work in the U.S. is down from last year. A Maine hotel owner is among those worried about finding enough workers to stay open over the summer.

AP Calculates North Carolina's 'Bathroom Bill' Will Cost More Than $3.7 Billion

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

The Associated Press tallied up business lost because of the controversial law, based on interviews and public records. The AP says its estimate of $3.76 billion over 12 years is probably low.

College Classes In Maximum Security: 'It Gives You Meaning'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:55:00 -0400

A privately funded program provides higher education to about 300 students in New York state prisons. Graduates are less likely to get in legal trouble after prison but getting hired is a challenge.

$5 Billion Error Made By Bank Once Derided As 'Germany's Dumbest'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:53:00 -0400

It's not the first stumble for state-owned KfW, which mistakenly sent hundreds of millions of dollars to Lehman Brothers on the day it went bankrupt.

In Conflict With Trump Agenda, California Sets Stricter Auto Emissions Standards

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:26:20 -0400

California put itself on a collision course with the Trump Administration as the state's clean air agency moved forward with stricter emissions requirements for trucks and cars.

What If You Held An African Summit And No Africans Could Come?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400

That's what happened at an African business conference in Los Angeles. Not one of the African invitees could get a visa to come to the U.S. And it's hard to find out exactly why.

Too Much Experience To Be Hired? Some Older Americans Face Age Bias

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:43:00 -0400

Americans may see themselves working past retirement age, but to do that, they may face obstacles getting hired. New research shows that can be harder when you're older.

Hungry? Call Your Neighborhood Delivery Robot

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:01:00 -0400

Self-driving delivery robots have popped up on the sidewalks of Washington, D.C. — and other locations have expressed interest. The bots learn about traffic patterns with every trip they take.

The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason, two economists say.