Jul 10, 2017

07/10/2017: Congress gets back to work on health care

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The Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess, with health care top of mind. On today's show, we'll look at where reform on the issue stands and why there's dissent among Republicans on what changes should be made. Next, we'll discuss a new government rule that will allow companies to file IPO paperwork confidentially, regardless of size. And finally, we'll talk about the Census Bureau's decision to reconsider asking about sexual orientation and gender identity on upcoming surveys, a move that has advocates for the LGBTQ community concerned.

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LGBTQ advocates ask why questions left off Census survey

Jul 10, 2017
Gay rights advocates say questions about sexual orientation and gender identity would connect the LGBTQ community to all the rich data of the census.
Gay, lesbian and transgender activists react to the unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court recognizing same sex marriage as a civil right during a celebration on April 2009 at the University of Iowa.
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How Amazon’s Prime Day deals get to your head

Jul 10, 2017
Amazon holds its third annual Prime Day on Tuesday, when people who pay the $100 a year subscription get access to special deals. It applies to a variety of items, such as on-demand movies and paper towels. With animated graphics and countdowns galore, it’s like a carnival day at Amazon. There are no crowds, but […]

Will new IPO rules encourage more public offerings?

Jul 10, 2017
The Securities and Exchange Commission wants to encourage more companies to go public. More IPOs, the thinking goes, can be good for the economy. Starting today, the government has instituted a new rule allowing all companies, regardless of their size, to file IPO paperwork confidentially. The filings don’t become public until about 15 days before […]

Big cuts ahead for energy innovation programs

Jul 10, 2017
Funding for the much-lauded ARPA-E innovation program, which funds energy projects with serious potential, will be removed.
Aaron Palumbo looks into a furnace he helped develop in a lab on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. His company, Big Blue Technologies, received a $3.6 million ARPA-E grant in 2014.
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07/10/2017: Will Amazon Prime Day be worth it?

Jul 10, 2017
With Republicans trying to reach a deal that would replace the Affordable Care Act, we'll take a look at how much Wall Street cares about the health care rumble going on in Washington. Afterwards, we'll discuss the psychology behind Amazon Prime Day, and then talk about concerns the LGBTQ community has about the Census Bureau's decision not to ask questions related to gender identity or sexual orientation in its upcoming surveys.

The Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess, with health care top of mind. On today’s show, we’ll look at where reform on the issue stands and why there’s dissent among Republicans on what changes should be made. Next, we’ll discuss a new government rule that will allow companies to file IPO paperwork confidentially, regardless of size. And finally, we’ll talk about the Census Bureau’s decision to reconsider asking about sexual orientation and gender identity on upcoming surveys, a move that has advocates for the LGBTQ community concerned.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC