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Mar 13, 2017

03/13/2017: Let’s do the numbers on health care

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Snowstorm aside, it's a busy start of the week in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office just did the numbers on Republicans' Obamacare replacement, and, well, we may need to break out "Stormy Weather." Plus, the Federal Reserve is meeting tomorrow and Wednesday, so we'll soon have an official call on interest rates. We'll look at the relationship between the Fed and the White House over the years. Plus, can Trump help send a human to Mars?

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Fed chairs and presidents: a history of rocky relationships

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Mar 13, 2017
President Donald Trump and the Fed have had a bit of an up-and-down relationship even before he became president. At one point, he accused Fed Chair Janet Yellen of keeping interest rates low to help President Barack Obama. Another time, he said raising rates would be a disaster. To be fair, he has also said […]

Consumer credit-scoring system to eliminate error-prone data

Mar 13, 2017
Consumer credit reporting agencies are going to start eliminating some information from credit reports that might reflect negatively on would-be borrowers. Some of that information has been prone to errors in the past, and consumer advocates argued it was unfair to consumers. This is likely to raise credit scores for some who would not be […]

Trump executive order calls for downsized government

Mar 13, 2017
President Donald Trump issued an executive order on “a Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch” today. The White House said it’ll make government more efficient, effective and accountable. It’s not the first time a president has done something like this. But, the plan is more about Trump making good on his campaign promises on […]

Reaching Mars is a hard sell, but not impossible

Mar 13, 2017
The U.S. lacks a long-term plan for traveling to the red planet.
Space exploration comes with a huge price, but it also comes with the benefit of adding jobs, says science journalist Rebecca Boyle.
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Why a proposed Medicaid cut terrifies the parents of a severely disabled man

Mar 13, 2017
'I am scared as to what his life will be, that he’s going to be alone and put away somewhere and no one is going to take care of him,' Fern Pivar says.
 

 
 
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Without IRS tool, families scramble to fill out financial aid forms

Mar 13, 2017
It’s FAFSA season, when families apply for federal aid to pay for college. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool makes it easier for applicants to add the required tax information to their forms by transferring it directly from the IRS. Or it did. The IRS has suspended the service for several weeks, and if history is […]

24 million Americans could lose health insurance under GOP plan

Mar 13, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office's estimate is worse than analysts were expecting.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-WI, center, answers questions about the American Health Care Act with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, left and Greg Walden, R-OR, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman.
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Snowstorm aside, it’s a busy start of the week in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office just did the numbers on Republicans’ Obamacare replacement, and, well, we may need to break out “Stormy Weather.” Plus, the Federal Reserve is meeting tomorrow and Wednesday, so we’ll soon have an official call on interest rates. We’ll look at the relationship between the Fed and the White House over the years. Plus, can Trump help send a human to Mars?

Music from the episode

Shimmy Shimmy Ya Ol' Dirty Bastard
Shut Up and Dance WALK THE MOON
Gypsy Queen Chris Norman
Someday The Strokes