Jan 3, 2018

01/03/2018: How do you prepare for a "bomb cyclone"?

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As markets hit new records today, the energy industry is preparing to set a new record of its own. The so-called "bomb cyclone" threatening the East Coast with snow and chilly temperatures could push natural gas use to new heights.…

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It's a long wait for Section 8 housing in U.S. cities

Jan 3, 2018
In Los Angeles, it can take 10 years to get a voucher — if you're lucky.
In Los Angeles, 188,000 people applied for 20,000 spots in the housing voucher waiting line.
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As refugee admissions fall, nonprofits lay off staff

Jan 3, 2018
Nonprofits worry about the loss of institutional knowledge as offices are forced to close amid a slow down in refugee admissions.
After he was laid off in August, Todd Miller left refugee resettlement work to teach English as a second language at a local university. 
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Broadway box office has a record-breaking season

Jan 3, 2018
2017 was a great year for musical producers on Broadway. Buoyed in part by the continued success of “Hamilton,” the Broadway box office claimed a record-breaking $1.6 billion last year. The previous record was $1.12 billion in 2014. Yet, for…

What does the U.S get back for its foreign aid spending?

Jan 3, 2018
Over the past few days, President Donald Trump has tweeted quite a bit about foreign aid. On New Year’s Day, he complained about the amount of foreign aid we send to Pakistan and criticized its government for not doing more…

The mystery behind slowing business borrowing

Jan 3, 2018
The amount companies borrow from banks can be an important economic indicator. That’s money those companies might use to buy new equipment or purchase more stuff to sell, or to expand their business or be more productive. And yet, despite…

Cold snaps mean way more demand for natural gas

Jan 3, 2018
There’s plenty of natural gas available to heat and power homes through the cold spell that’s gripping much of the U.S. The problem is getting it where it’s needed, and hiccups in that process can mean price spikes. Click the…

The White House was busy while you weren't looking

Jan 3, 2018
President Trump issued a slew of regulatory rollbacks over the holidays.
President Donald Trump cuts red tape tied between two stacks of papers representing the government regulations of the 1960s, left, and the regulations of today at the White House on Dec. 14, 2017.
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As markets hit new records today, the energy industry is preparing to set a new record of its own. The so-called “bomb cyclone” threatening the East Coast with snow and chilly temperatures could push natural gas use to new heights. We’ll take a look at how utilities are preparing. Then: Leaving aside the dishier news out of the White House today, let’s talk about President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. On New Year’s Day, he complained about the aid we send to Pakistan and criticized its government for not doing more to stop terrorism. Yesterday, he targeted aid to Palestinians, questioning whether payments should continue. So with that in mind, let’s talk about the role aid plays in foreign policy. Plus, the yearslong wait for even a chance at subsidized housing in Los Angeles and Broadway’s record-breaking year.