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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.



With So Many Obamacare Repeal Options In Play, Confusion Reigns

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

Congress has been trying to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act for years. Now it's down to the wire, but there are multiple proposals on the Senate's table, and more could be on the way.



In Rural Oregon, Efforts To Bring In Large Data Centers Raise Housing Costs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 16:43:00 -0400

In places like rural Oregon, politicians are working to bring in large data centers to town. It's great for folks who want good jobs but don't want to move away. But it's also raising housing costs.



The Side Effect Of That New Malaria Drug? American Jobs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:16:00 -0400

The Trump administration wants to cut the U.S. global health budget. A new study puts a different spin on the spending.



What To Expect When The Biggest Oil Company In The World Goes Public

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Saudi Aramco, the largest oil company in the world, is owned by the Saudi government. And it's set to go public in the coming year.



As Coal Jobs Fade, A Mining County Struggles To Redefine Itself

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Somerset County in southwestern Pennsylvania is deep coal country. For years, it's been looking to remake itself. Wind energy and health care may be its future — if it can attract qualified workers.



Uncertainty Over Obamacare Leaves Next Year's Rates In Limbo

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:50:00 -0400

While Washington ponders the future of the Affordable Care Act, health insurers need to decide right now what to charge people for health insurance in 2018. "It's insane," says one CEO.



Getting Really Smart About Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:06:30 -0400

AI isn't on the way … it's already here.



U.K. Bans Credit Card Surcharges, Calling Them A 'Rip-Off'

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:32:00 -0400

In the U.S., at least 11 states forbid retailers from adding surcharges to credit card transactions. Several also allow discounts for customers paying via cash rather than plastic.



The YouTube Star Who's Teaching Kids How To Bake

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:18:00 -0400

Celebrity chef Rosanna Pansino hosts the YouTube show Nerdy Nummies and has more than 8 million subscribers. Among her fans are thousands of children who want to learn how to bake.