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CHART: How The New Version Of The Republican Tax Bill Would Affect You

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:12:42 -0500

The bill would lower the rate for top earners and also let graduate students keep their tuition waivers.



Trump Could Have Tax Bill On His Desk Before Holiday Break

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

At the moment, it appears that President Trump will get his Christmas wish: To have tax overhaul legislation on his desk, ready for his signature, before the holiday break. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to economist and Harvard professor Gregory Mankiw about the GOP Tax Plan.



Retailers Hope For Strong Holiday Season As November Sales Beat Expectations

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:14:00 -0500

Retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent in November over the same time last year, the Commerce Department said. Retailers are hoping for their best year since before the economic recession.



News Brief: Tax Overhaul Progresses, Tillerson On North Korea

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Tax overhaul would be a legislative victory for Republicans, but they can only afford to loose 2 GOP votes in the Senate. Secretary of State Tillerson heads to the U.N. to talk about North Korea.



How The House Tax Overhaul Bill Could Hurt Affordable Housing

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:54:00 -0500

Builders of affordable housing say the House Republican tax plan has a poison pill inside it that removes a tax incentive crucial for about half of the affordable housing units that get built.



The Most Important Economic Indicator That Everyone Ignored

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

This week on All Things Considered, we're sharing a series of "Highly Specific Superlatives." Cardiff Garcia from NPR's podcast The Indicator talks about the most important economic indicator in 2017 that everyone ignored: global trade.



The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now The Farmers Are Suing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:28:00 -0500

At issue is the Trump administration's withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers, who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.



Unhappy 10th Anniversary, Great Recession. You Still Hurt Us

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:02:05 -0500

The Great Recession began exactly one decade ago this month. Although the economy has been growing steadily for years, the downturn's impact is still deeply felt by millions who lost homes and jobs.



Trump Says Republicans Are Close To Passing Tax Bill

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

In a speech Wednesday, President Trump made the case for why the Republican tax measure would be good for Americans. The remarks come after a big political loss for the president in Alabama.



Republicans Reconcile House And Senate Versions Of Tax Deal

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax deal. GOP leaders hope to pass the bill next week and achieve their first major legislative achievement this year.



Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As Economy Rolls On

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:00:00 -0500

Policymakers increased a key rate for the third time this year. The quarter-point move indicates the Fed is confident in the economy as it continues to recover from the financial crisis.



Trump Gives Final Tax Pitch As GOP Lawmakers Reach A Deal On A Bill

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:28:00 -0500

"We're going to make our tax system work for you again," Trump said Wednesday, the same day that House and Senate GOP lawmakers announced they have a final tax package they think they can pass soon.



Kansas' 2012 Tax Cut Experiment Could Serve As A Cautionary Tale

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:04:00 -0500

People in Kansas are struggling to recover from the state's experiment with deep tax cuts. What happened in Kansas is similar in many ways to what Congress is attempting to do on a national level.



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.