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Inflation is still here, folks
May 26, 2023
Episode 933

Inflation is still here, folks

Plus, do y’all miss the office?

The debt limit is the big economic news story of the day, but yes, you *still need to keep an eye on inflation. The personal consumption expenditures price index, a measure of consumer spending, ticked up last month. That’s bad news if you were hoping interest rates, the tool the Federal Reserve uses to fight inflation, might come down soon. And, some musing on the nature of consequences: Three members of the far-right militia known as the Oath Keepers were recently sentenced to prison for their part in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Plus, we’ll play a round of Half Full/Half Empty!

Here’s everything we talked about today:

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The team

Marissa Cabrera Producer
Bridget Bodnar Senior producer
Marque Greene Associate Producer