Apr 26, 2017

04/26/2017: Trump and the one-page tax plan

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The White House unveiled a one-page set of bullet points today, outlining President Trump's long-touted tax plan. We'll run through those points while looking at what could actually happen once lawmakers start actually fleshing things out. Then FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a big announcement of his own on net neutrality. Molly Wood is here to make us smart. Plus: more from our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll and the controversy around the White House Correspondents' dinner.

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Trump tax plan is heavy on cuts but light on details

Apr 26, 2017
Those cuts have to be paid for, and the president may have trouble getting Republicans on board.
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Director Gary Cohn speak about President Trump's new tax reform plan at the White House today.
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The 'nerd prom' had critics long before Trump

Apr 26, 2017
'I don't think we represent ourselves very well,' says journalist Patrick Gavin.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush and his inner monologue, played by Steve Bridges, entertain guests at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, DC.
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Fact-checking Trump’s latest tweet on the economy

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Apr 26, 2017
Key to President Trump’s tax plans announced today is accelerated economic growth. That’s probably one reason the president took to Twitter this morning to complain about modest growth in 2016. He said trade deficits were to blame. “Trade deficits hurt the economy very badly” he wrote. But economists say that’s not really right.  Click the audio […]

Why net neutrality rules are in danger

Apr 26, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signaled a rollback of restrictions on internet service providers.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talks about rolling back net neutrality rules at the Newseum today in Washington, D.C.
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What the "Spinal Tap" lawsuit means for Hollywood

Apr 26, 2017
The creators of the beloved mockumentary are taking on Hollywood accounting practices in a $400 million lawsuit.
Members of Spinal Tap, from left, David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel pose for photographers at a showing in 2000.
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Majority of Americans feel 'forgotten' by government

Apr 26, 2017
Poll respondents are cynical about Washington politicians and distrust them.
A person in Detroit walks past the remains of the Packard Motor Car Co., which ceased production in the late 1950s.
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ESPN cuts jobs as cost of sports broadcast rights increases

Apr 26, 2017
ESPN announced a long-awaited round of layoffs today. About 100 staff members are expected to be let go, including on-air reporters and commentators. The cuts are a clear sign of the new economic reality facing live sports broadcasting. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might Like 09/05/2017: Ajit Pai […]

The White House unveiled a one-page set of bullet points today, outlining President Trump’s long-touted tax plan. We’ll run through those points while looking at what could actually happen once lawmakers start actually fleshing things out. Then FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a big announcement of his own on net neutrality. Molly Wood is here to make us smart. Plus: more from our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll and the controversy around the White House Correspondents’ dinner.

Music from the episode

Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake
Banquet Bloc Party
Grindin' Clipse
Fireball (feat. John Ryan) Pitbull, John Ryan
I Need Never Get Old Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Do I Wanna Know? Arctic Monkeys