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May 11, 2017

05/11/2017: Trumponomics

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As we await tonight’s already-a-bombshell conversation with NBC News, there’s another Trump interview we’ve been unpacking today. The president and two of his key economic advisers sat down with The Economist to talk health care, trade and more. We're going to zoom in on one part, where Trump said he'll "prime the pump" of the economy while claiming he invented the term. He didn't, but we'll talk about what it means and why that policy matters. Then: The Senate has confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. trade representative, and he's going to have his hands very full (see above). Plus, we'll look at a grim but hidden dimension of this country's opioid epidemic: morgues and medical examiners are overwhelmed.

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Redfin CEO: To survive, keep thinking like a startup

May 11, 2017
Glenn Kelman says the most important qualification for his job is passion.
“We still have to be financially disciplined in a different way than Google or Facebook, because we still employ real people to help sell these houses,” says Glenn Kelman, Redfin CEO.
Photo courtesy of Redfin

Seattle tests new law aimed at preventing discrimination by landlords

May 11, 2017
The first qualified applicant must be approved under the ordinance. Landlords are suing.
Beth Bylund outside one of the houses she rents in north Seattle.
Eilis O'Neill

Opioid overdoses overwhelm the nation's morgues

May 11, 2017
Drug-related deaths highlight a critical need for more trained pathologists.
As of 2015, overdose became the number one cause of injury-related death, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Trump’s tax plan is more trickle down than pump priming

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May 11, 2017
By the way, he didn't coin the phrase 'priming the pump.'
President Trump makes his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

New trade representative steps into the spotlight on deals like NAFTA

May 11, 2017
One more of President Trump’s nominees can move into his office and take up the president’s agenda on international trade, specifically NAFTA. Robert Lighthizer, an international trade lawyer and former trade official in the Reagan administration, was confirmed as U.S. trade representative today by the Senate on a vote of 82 to 14.  He’s likely […]

If Snap wants better earnings, Wall Street watchers say it needs more users

May 11, 2017
Snapchat’s first quarter earnings fell short of expectations on many fronts, and that has investors wondering if Instagram and its owner, Facebook, are beating Snap at its own game. Instagram and Facebook have copied many popular features of Snapchat and its “stories” platform, and they have the bigger user base in place that Snap wants […]

As we await tonight’s already-a-bombshell conversation with NBC News, there’s another Trump interview we’ve been unpacking today. The president and two of his key economic advisers sat down with The Economist to talk health care, trade and more. We’re going to zoom in on one part, where Trump said he’ll “prime the pump” of the economy while claiming he invented the term. He didn’t, but we’ll talk about what it means and why that policy matters. Then: The Senate has confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. trade representative, and he’s going to have his hands very full (see above). Plus, we’ll look at a grim but hidden dimension of this country’s opioid epidemic: morgues and medical examiners are overwhelmed.

Music from the episode

Seventeen Years Ratatat
Sooner or Later Arms and Sleepers
Paranoid Times (feat. Tre Hardson) Alex Lilly, Tre Hardson
New Adventures (feat. Pav) Coucheron, Pav