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Jan 24, 2017

01/24/2017: Can you really run the country like a business?

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Amid a flurry of executive orders, we'll take a closer look at three of President Donald Trump's initiatives: robust infrastructure spending, new auto manufacturers and a federal hiring freeze. After that, we'll ask more broadly: can you really run the country like a business? Plus a preview of our new podcast, "Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly" and a look at Syrian entrepreneurship in the U.S.

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This would-be dentist embodies entrepreneurial spirit of Syrian immigrants

Jan 24, 2017
Syrians drill it into their children’s heads that they have to be self-reliant.
Obay Saidee, 13, and his mother, Zobaida Almajzoub, moved to the United States from Damascus, Syria, in 2012. 
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Big data is revolutionizing the restaurant industry

Jan 24, 2017
Where some may see an odd coupling, one software company sees opportunity.
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Hiring freeze ordered by President Trump

Jan 24, 2017
Blocking federal hires produces questionable results.

Trump's infrastructure plan faces a fight on all fronts

Jan 24, 2017
President Trump has stated he wants to put together a trillion-dollar infrastructure spending plan. Democrats are all for it – they’ve even come up with a plan of their own. Republicans will likely push back on either option. Especially now that the CBO is projecting an increase in federal deficits for the first time in […]

President Trump wants more US auto plants — but there are obstacles

Jan 24, 2017
President Trump told the heads of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler today that he wants to see new auto plants built in the U.S. He signed an executive order to streamline the permitting process for getting domestic manufacturing projects off the ground, the goal being to reduce what he called the “incredibly cumbersome, long, […]

Can the government be run like a business?

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Jan 24, 2017
Now that Donald Trump, businessman, is Donald Trump, President of the United States, he’s in a position to make things happen. And one of the things he talked about while he was campaigning was making government run like a business. In other words, walking away from negotiations, always getting the best deal, negotiating the lowest […]

The Badlands National Park's Twitter account goes rogue

Jan 24, 2017
The account seemingly responds to the president's statement about environmentalism.
This August, 2001 photo shows the vast expanse of the Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

 
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Amid a flurry of executive orders, we’ll take a closer look at three of President Donald Trump’s initiatives: robust infrastructure spending, new auto manufacturers and a federal hiring freeze. After that, we’ll ask more broadly: can you really run the country like a business? Plus a preview of our new podcast, “Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly” and a look at Syrian entrepreneurship in the U.S.

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