Feb 21, 2017

02/21/2017: Betting on Trump

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The president's plan to crack down on illegal immigration calls for more arrests, more agents and more deportations. But we wondered whether the system for deporting immigrants has the capacity to handle this kind of growth, so we did the…

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EPA bracing for big cuts under Trump administration

Feb 21, 2017
In addition to being required by law, Environmental Protection Agency funding is critical to state budgets.
Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency administrator,  is “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” according to his LinkedIn page.
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Economists outraged by Trump plan to 'cook the books'

Feb 21, 2017
The White House may ask for changes to trade deficit and economic growth data.
President Donald Trump's administration is said to be considering changes to the way the trade deficit is calculated.
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What challenges does McMaster face as Trump’s national security adviser?

Feb 21, 2017
The lieutenant general really has three new jobs. Security consultant Erin Simpson explains.
Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, above with President Donald Trump, has an impressive reputation, but he doesn't have a lot of time in Washington, says consultant Erin Simpson.
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Georgia sees good relationship with China as one key to its economic future

Feb 21, 2017
International companies have been helping to create domestic jobs.
Scott Malone (left), president of Development Authority of LaGrange, and Rami Helminen, CEO of Sentury Tire North America, at the site of the future tire plant. The company is expected to create about a 1,000 jobs in Georgia. 
Elly Yu

Sexual harassment allegation throws spotlight on Uber’s reputation

Feb 21, 2017
Uber has a PR crisis on its hands, and this one has nothing to do with the CEO advising President Donald Trump or alleged strike-breaking in New York. This scandal is related to a former Uber employee’s allegations of sexual…

New immigration guidelines would stretch legal, detention and enforcement capacity

Feb 21, 2017
The system already has a hard time filling border patrol positions and has a backlog of pending cases.
A view of the US-Mexican border fence at Playas de Tijuana in Tijuana, Mexico, in January.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The president’s plan to crack down on illegal immigration calls for more arrests, more agents and more deportations. But we wondered whether the system for deporting immigrants has the capacity to handle this kind of growth, so we did the numbers. Later in the show, we talk to Erin Simpson, co-host of the “Bombshell” podcast, about the appointment of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser. We also hear from two coal miners living in West Virginia, where 12,000 mining jobs have been lost and Trump supporters are betting he’ll bring them back. 

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