Economics & Economy

Welfare's role in alternative to abortion programs

Jun 23, 2016
Karen Clark

This August will present a milestone: 20 years since welfare reform. The federal government overhauled the cash assistance program for poor families, replacing it with a new system called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.

Among the biggest changes, states now control their welfare spending out of a set amount received from the federal government each year. 

U.S. manufacturers worry about a Brexit

Jun 23, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

The United Kingdom is about 4,000 miles away from the U.S., but its decision on whether to leave the European Union has the potential to affect U.S. suppliers with operations there. 

Jim James is CEO of Ideal Industries, which makes electrical supply equipment and hand tools, among other things. They do some manufacturing in the U.K. and sell into Europe. Ask him about Brexit and he has questions: "Will there be restrictive free trade? Will our employees be allowed to move around freely?"

Victims of this month’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida continue to receive medical care. But while Florida has set aside special funds to help these people pay their bills, the money is expected to fall short of the total tab. 

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Have we reached peak trade?

Jun 23, 2016
David Brancaccio, Katie Long and Justin Ho

Panama opens its new, wider canal on Sunday. This week, we’ve been exploring not just this new and improved lifeline for global commerce, but also its timing, right as world trade is in the doldrums, to use a nautical term.

VidCon 2016 — less up close and personal

Jun 23, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

VidCon — the big national gathering of video producers and their fans — will be held in Anaheim, California from Thursday to Saturday. A long A-list of YouTube, Vine and social media stars will be there, as well as 30,000 or more of their ardent, mostly young, followers.

Only, they won’t be milling and mingling quite as intimately as at previous VidCon shows. After the recent murder of YouTube musician Christina Grimmie and the mass shooting in Orlando, security is taking a front seat.