Economics & Economy

08/16/2017: The price tag of letting Obamacare fail

Aug 16, 2017

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has released a new report evaluating what would happen if Trump cut off Obamacare subsidies. The result: the government will actually end up shelling out more money. We'll take a look at why this move would cost them more, and how taxpayers would be affected. Afterwards, we'll discuss a decline in the number of new homes being built in the U.S., and then talk about fringe sites that are popping up to support white supremacist groups as they get kicked off of more mainstream platforms.

"We make German cars, in America"

Aug 16, 2017

The idea of more open, global trade has been sold as necessary for economic success. Yet today we hear calls to "build a wall" and to break up trading partnerships. Turns out we've seen the pendulum swing between free trade and protectionism many times before. Our series Trade Off looks at key moments when trade barriers have been built up or torn down and at globalization's winners and losers. 

Pop quiz: How are nuclear power plants in the U.S. related to national security? It’s OK if you don’t have an answer, because a new 38-page report from the former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz makes that link explicit. 

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Airbnb, GoDaddy, Google — they've all said to white supremacist groups in so many words: Move on along. Not here. You're not staying with us and your websites aren't welcome. 

This morning, we'll hear from discount retailer Target on how it performed in the second quarter of the year. Last month, Target raised its guidance on sales at stores open at least a year. Analysts will be watching to see how its digital sales perform against big rivals like Amazon, which present ever increasing threats.

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