Economics & Economy

D Gorenstein

A measure to fund billions of dollars in medical aid and research moves to the Senate this week, after flying through the House last week. It pours billions of dollars into the so-called “Cancer Moonshot,” funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis, and many other areas of critical biomedical research.

And while it is enjoying a rare moment of broad bipartisan support, some critics warn that parts of the bill give pharmaceutical and medical device companies a sweetheart deal. 

Trump's stance on tariffs divides Republicans

Dec 6, 2016
Andy Uhler

Donald Trump promised big changes in America's trade policy, and as president-elect he's busy tweeting about it. Over the weekend, he warned that companies that move production out of the United States could face a 35 percent fine on things they sell here. But now some Republican leaders are suggesting they might not be on board with this approach. It represents a distinct split within the Republican party. Representative Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, reacted to Trump's tweet by telling reporters he "didn't want to get into some kind of trade war."

Mexico ponders the future of trade with the U.S.

Dec 6, 2016
Lorne Matalon

Mexicans are anxious about the future of  the North American Free Trade Act, and how the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump may seek to change or even withdraw from the agreement.

Mexican officials are now speaking with Asian nations about how trade between Mexico and Asia might change in a post-NAFTA era.

Adam Allington

The web retailer Amazon has just launched something sure to draw the attention of shoppers — a cashier-free grocery store.

It’s called “Amazon Go,” and the big idea is that shoppers can just grab the items they want and leave. Kind of like Uber for grocery shopping. Analysts believe the concept has the potential to change the face of retail.

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On today's show, we'll discuss how the Republican leadership feels about Trump's proposal for a 35 percent tariff; the president-elect's relationship with corporate America; and news that Lego's CEO has decided to step down.