Jan 4, 2017

01/04/17: Retiring to the State Department

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In both the U.S. and across the pond, politicians won on their promises to dismantle trade deals. In the new year, delivering on those promises could be tough. Then: President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of State pick, Rex Tillerson, was close to retiring with millions in deferred stock. Now he's cashing out to avoid a conflict of interest. Plus, how car companies prepare for a driverless future and the latest from CES 2017.

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Why the parent company of Mercedes-Benz is working toward a future with far fewer cars

Jan 4, 2017
A look at the mobility revolution, and why some of the companies behind the shift aren't what you might think.
Mercedes Benz cars are parked waiting for shipment. 
Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

Politicians who said they’d cut unpopular trade links must now deliver

Jan 4, 2017
Britain’s ambassador to the European Union has quit. Veteran diplomat Ivan Rogers took a swipe at the British government in his resignation letter.  He accused it of “muddled thinking” on Brexit.  The complexity of negotiations to dissolve trade pacts make it hard to deliver on promises politicians made to angry voters, both in Britain and the […]

Snowpack means hope for drought-ridden farms

Jan 4, 2017
California is the largest food producer in the U.S.

China sees opportunity as TPP fades

Jan 4, 2017
With TPP's demise, China promotes it's own agenda therous called R-CEP.
An protestor holds an anti-TPP sign at the Democratic National Convention. 
Alex Wong/Getty Images

The skyline of the future is made of wood

Jan 4, 2017
The latest innovation in construction recalls Lincoln Logs.
Cross-laminated timber blocks.
Courtesy of Oregon Forest Resources Institute/flickr

In both the U.S. and across the pond, politicians won on their promises to dismantle trade deals. In the new year, delivering on those promises could be tough. Then: President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of State pick, Rex Tillerson, was close to retiring with millions in deferred stock. Now he’s cashing out to avoid a conflict of interest. Plus, how car companies prepare for a driverless future and the latest from CES 2017.

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