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Why does our tax system have brackets?

Oct 14, 2021
Each bracket covers a range of incomes, but the rates increase for those who make more.
The U.S. tax system has seven brackets, but some think it should be overhauled to include more.
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How do song royalties for live performances work?

Sep 30, 2021
Artists will often perform covers of other musicians’ songs. A look at the rules that govern who gets paid.
U2 performing in concert in 2019, generating revenue for the songwriters.
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Do insider trading rules apply to corporate stock buybacks?

Sep 23, 2021
Big companies spent nearly $200 billion on share repurchases last quarter. The lack of government oversight has drawn a backlash.
Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Flush with cash, many big American companies are buying back their own shares, a practice that is relatively unregulated.
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Where will we charge all those electric vehicles of the future?

Sep 9, 2021
President Biden wants to build half a million charging stations in the U.S. by 2030. But will most users be plugging in their cars at home?
The Biden administration is pushing for greater adoption of electric vehicles.
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What happens to unsold cars?

Sep 2, 2021
Before the COVID-19 crisis, some dealerships had to deal with surplus inventory on packed lots.
New cars typically remain on dealers' lots until they get sold.
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Why are the waitlists for child care so long?

Aug 19, 2021
Child care centers, which already struggled to recruit staffers, face additional pressures brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.
It can be hard to find child care providers because of the low pay and lack of benefits.
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What common household items are worth recycling?

Aug 12, 2021
The first thing you need to do is find out what your local municipality accepts. And don't put recyclables in plastic bags.
A woman wearing a face mask and a plastic bag pulls a cart loaded with bags of recyclables through the streets of lower Manhattan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Why is veterinary care so expensive?

Aug 5, 2021
U.S. pet owners spend billions of dollars each year keeping their animals healthy. Here's why that amount has been steadily rising.
A veterinarian takes care of a new puppy during his check up.
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