Jul 18, 2017

07/18/2017: About that whole renegotiating NAFTA thing…

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Despite Trump's criticism of NAFTA on the campaign trail, the White House is now basically saying that maybe it can stay. On today's show, we'll take a peek at the wishlist it's released for renegotiating the trade agreement. One of the biggest items on the list: A push to get rid of those international courts that countries use to settle trade arguments. Next, we'll look at the alliance between many American cities and states to uphold the Paris climate agreement's goals, despite the United States' withdrawal from the pact.

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07/18/2017: Obamacare lives another day

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Jul 18, 2017
Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has scrapped plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act after two more senators said they couldn't support the measure. But McConnell says he's already got another plan in place, which would involve a straight up repeal of Obamacare. On today's show, we'll look at how feasible this plan actually is. Afterwards, we'll talk about a ripple effect from the failure of health care reform in currency markets, and then discuss how Coursera, which provides massive open online courses, is partnering up with the insurance company AXA to provide free courses to AXA's employees.

The Trump administration may want to keep NAFTA after all

Jul 18, 2017
The White House has released a list of terms for renegotiating the trade agreement.
Former president Gerald Ford, then U.S. President Bill Clinton, former president Jimmy Carter and former president George Bush applaud after the signing of side agreements to the North American Free Trade Agreement on Sept. 14, 1993 at the White House in Washington, D.C.
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Despite Trump’s criticism of NAFTA on the campaign trail, the White House is now basically saying that maybe it can stay. On today’s show, we’ll take a peek at the wishlist it’s released for renegotiating the trade agreement. One of the biggest items on the list: A push to get rid of those international courts that countries use to settle trade arguments. Next, we’ll look at the alliance between many American cities and states to uphold the Paris climate agreement’s goals, despite the United States’ withdrawal from the pact.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC