Oct 20, 2017

10/20/2017: Congress moves closer to tax reform

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(U.S. Edition) The Senate has approved a $4 trillion budget, checking one of the boxes the GOP needs before it pushes a tax overhaul. We'll look at how this will help Republicans' tax efforts, and whether the budget provides anymore clues about the party's plans for tax reform. Afterwards, we'll discuss Walmart's courtship of Lord & Taylor, one of the country's oldest department stores, and then report on the emerging demand for "greener" aluminum. 

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The emerging demand for "greener" aluminum

Oct 20, 2017
Can U.S. aluminum producers that use hydroelectricity distinguish their products from many Chinese producers, by touting their lower carbon footprint?
The Alcoa Barra Grande hydroelectric power dam in southern Brazil. 
Photo courtesy of Alcoa

Looking for tech innovators in Mexico's Ciudad Juarez

Oct 20, 2017
One-third of Ciudad Juarez residents live in poverty. A city tech incubator is working to generate higher paid employment.
Santiago Martinez, (left) and Manuel Rangel, (right) show off the virtual reality equipment they're using to develop their start up: VR Tech  . 
Simon Thompson/ for Marketplace

Walmart deal would put Lord & Taylor merch on the discounter's website

Oct 20, 2017
Pressure from Amazon has Walmart.com looking for new kinds of customers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the giant discount store is close to landing a deal with Lord & Taylor, one of the oldest luxury department stores in the country.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might Like […]

With North Korea looming, Japan heads to the polls

Oct 20, 2017
Japan is holding a snap election on Sunday. Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is widely expected to retain power, with his party maybe losing a few seats from its huge majority. In many ways, the election is a referendum on the prime minister’s economic reforms, known as Abenomics. It’s also a vote about national security. Click the […]

(U.S. Edition) The Senate has approved a $4 trillion budget, checking one of the boxes the GOP needs before it pushes a tax overhaul. We’ll look at how this will help Republicans’ tax efforts, and whether the budget provides anymore clues about the party’s plans for tax reform. Afterwards, we’ll discuss Walmart’s courtship of Lord & Taylor, one of the country’s oldest department stores, and then report on the emerging demand for “greener” aluminum. 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC