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How many U.S. flags are made in the U.S.?

Feb 25, 2021
Perhaps the best-known symbol of American patriotism, the American flag is made in the U.S. 94% of the time.
An American flag flies outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 9, 2021.
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Musk’s $100 million prize a complement to needed government climate action

Feb 12, 2021
The tech titan is running an innovation contest for carbon-removal technology. But it can only be a small part of the solution.
Elon Musk, the chief of Tesla and SpaceX, is sponsoring a contest with a big financial payoff, aimed at developing carbon-removal technology.
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Is it legal to purposely bankrupt a hedge fund?

Jan 29, 2021
Hedge fund traders were quick to call foul when Redditors banded together to drive up the price of GameStop stock. But it was probably perfectly legal.
A coordinated effort from Redditors to buy GameStop stock threw the market into a tizzy this week.
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How do all-inclusive resorts make money?

Jan 28, 2021
Several economic theories are at play to make this counter-intuitive business model profitable.
People walk on the beach at Sandals Grande Antigua all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean.
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What the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol means for economic recovery

Jan 6, 2021
"The highest priority that Congress has is restoring stability and creating certainty," said Wendy Edelberg of Brookings.
Supporters of President Donald Trump protest after breaking into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
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The business world hasn't quite grappled with protesters storming the U.S. Capitol

Jan 6, 2021
Sudeep Reddy, managing editor at Politico, joined Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal to discuss the events in Washington and how business leaders are reacting.
Tear gas is deployed against pro-Trump protesters attempting to enter the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The disruption of government unnerved some business leaders, who value stability.
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What makes Christmas music so lucrative?

Dec 23, 2020
The Christmas music industry churns out money-making covers every year, but it’s not so easy to pen a new classic.
Queen Of Christmas, Mariah Carey performs her holiday smash hits at the Beacon Theatre in 2014 in New York City.
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The most effective way to give this holiday season

Nov 25, 2020
As we head into a holiday season like no other, what is the best way to help those in need?
Workers from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distribute boxes of fresh produce to people facing food insecurity in August. Donating cash to food banks allows them to supply produce to people in need more easily.
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Would canceling $10,000 in student debt really help that much?

Nov 23, 2020
Comprehensive policy is crucial in solving the student debt crisis, experts say, but $10,000 of debt forgiveness could actually do a lot to help the people who need it most right now.
President-elect Joe Biden expressed support for student debt forgiveness up to $10,000 at a press conference on Nov. 16 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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How the election certification process works, and why it matters

Nov 13, 2020
Election certification happens after every general election. This year, it’s looking to be costly.
Canvassers process mail-in ballots at a county board of elections headquarters in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Canvassing is part of the election certification process.
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