Feb 8, 2017

02/08/17: Is a strong dollar good or bad?

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We're starting off today with something the president reportedly did at 3 in the morning, and something else he did at 11 in the morning. Welcome to the American economy in 2017. First up, President Donald Trump reportedly called up his…

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Patrick Ngalamulume, left, and his brother George Ngalamulume are refugees from Zambia who immigrated to the U.S. in 2008.
Courtesy Patrick and George Ngalamulume

Strong or weak? A hard call, when it comes to currency

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Kentucky coal country hangs on to Trump's promise

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Does Trump's Twitter beef with Nordstrom cross an ethics line?

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Or is he just defending his daughter?

We’re starting off today with something the president reportedly did at 3 in the morning, and something else he did at 11 in the morning. Welcome to the American economy in 2017. First up, President Donald Trump reportedly called up his national security adviser to ask if a strong or weak dollar was better for the U.S. It’s a good question! And a complicated one. Next, we’ll look at the president’s Twitter feud with Nordstrom and where ethics rules come into play. Plus, a look at Kentucky coal and Great Lakes shipping.

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