Mar 6, 2017

03/06/2017: Don’t get distracted by Trump’s tweets

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You may have noticed the president of the United States tweeted this weekend. We're not going to talk about those unsubstantiated claims today, except to note that when Donald Trump tweets, he's usually trying to distract from less favorable news. News like the 1,100 or so Senate-approved jobs he has to fill, or the new executive order on travel restrictions for six countries (not seven, like the last ban that stalled out in federal court). We'll cover both stories. Plus, we'll answer the age-old question: Why are Carl's Jr. and Hardee's near-identical restaurants with two different names?

Segments From this episode

GM pulls out of Europe as profits elude

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Mar 6, 2017
General Motors is out — of Europe, that is. The carmaker is selling its two European car brands Vauxhall and Opel to a French carmaker called PSA Group, which owns Peugeot and Citroen. GM is selling its European brands for $2 billion and is agreeing to be on the hook for $4 billion in pensions […]

Energy Star program could be targeted for budget cut

Mar 6, 2017
Congress is awaiting President Donald Trump’s budget proposal with the details about his vision of government, and some preliminary elements of that plan are trickling out. According to some reports, the Environmental Protection Agency may lose as much as a quarter of its budget. And the energy and environmental publication E&E News says that one of […]

Why St. Louis was named a 'judicial hellhole'

Mar 6, 2017
Big jury verdicts have made Missouri a target for tort reform.
The American Tort Reform Association says Missouri courts make it too easy for people to sue corporations. Above, the Civil Courts building in St. Louis.
Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio

Why a burger at Carl's Jr. may be the same at Hardee's

Mar 6, 2017
Why do seemingly identical brands go by different names in other regions?
Is this a Carl's Jr. burger or a Hardee's burger? Or both?
CKE Restaurants

Iraqis are relieved to be excluded from new travel ban

Mar 6, 2017
BBC correspondent Rami Ruhayem says Iraqis are relieved by the new executive order as refugees flood camps near Mosul.
An Iraqi family that has fled fighting as Iraqi forces advance into Islamic State-controlled west Mosul.
Martyn Aim/Getty Images

Plenty of blame to go around on high level Trump administration vacancies

Mar 6, 2017
Some agendas could get stuck at the top of the pipeline.

You may have noticed the president of the United States tweeted this weekend. We’re not going to talk about those unsubstantiated claims today, except to note that when Donald Trump tweets, he’s usually trying to distract from less favorable news. News like the 1,100 or so Senate-approved jobs he has to fill, or the new executive order on travel restrictions for six countries (not seven, like the last ban that stalled out in federal court). We’ll cover both stories. Plus, we’ll answer the age-old question: Why are Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s near-identical restaurants with two different names?

Music from the episode

Seventeen Years Ratatat
Falling - Duke Dumont Remix HAIM, Duke Dumont
Slow Boogie Various Artists
Leaving Los Feliz Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker