Economics & Economy

Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post and Cardiff Garcia of FT Alphaville join Marketplace Host Kai Ryssdal to discuss the week's business and economic news. This time, they cover President Donald Trump's decidedly ominous speech at the inauguration, the concept of "buying American and hiring American," and whether we can continue being optimistic about inflation and interest rates.

WhiteHouse.gov already has a new list of issues

Jan 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal

The White House IT folks (or was it the policy folks?) didn't waste any time today — the Donald Trump presidency wasn't more than 15 minutes old when the White House website was revamped.

The top issues list now reads: "Energy," "American First Foreign Policy," "Bringing Back Jobs" and "Making Our Military Strong Again." Plus, law enforcement and trade deals.

The Volcker Rule may see some changes

Jan 20, 2017

For years, Republicans have called for a repeal of the Volcker Rule — a ban on certain kinds of risky trading by banks. But in his confirmation hearing yesterday, Treasury Secretary nominee and former Goldman Sachs partner, Steven Mnuchin, said he supports the rule, but he also said some parts of it may need tweaking.

Power shifts in the 'think-tank-ocracy'

Jan 20, 2017
Mitchell Hartman

Think tanks—from the Center for American Progress and Economic Policy Institute on the liberal side, to the Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute on the conservative side—have played an important role in policymaking in recent decades. 

Princeton University political historian Julian Zelizer said President Ronald Reagan ramped up the practice in the early 1980s. “He turned to conservative think tanks like Heritage (Foundation) for some of the actual proposals—literally drafted by them—during his first 100 Days,” said Zelizer.

Sterling Technologies: A small business optimistic under President Trump

Jan 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Caitlin Esch

On Thursday’s live show from Erie, Pennsylvania, we introduced you to a county that voted for a Republican presidential candidate for the first time since 1984.

It’s for our series, "The Big Promise," a yearlong reporting project based in Erie County. We’re looking at what happens in a place where the economy's changing, manufacturing jobs have left and voters are counting on the promises the president made during the campaign.

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