Jun 1, 2017

06/01/2017: Pittsburgh or Paris?

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After days of build-up, President Trump finally made it official: The U.S. is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," Trump said. That's true! But not for nothing, moving away from coal and steel has made that city's economy strong again. Plus, with the U.S. taking a seat on the sidelines of the fight to control global warming, it's also sitting out big investment opportunities that China and the E.U. are promising to grab. Then: There's something of a tug-of-war going on within the Trump administration over the debt ceiling. We'll tell you what you need to know. Plus, the latest installment of our series "My Economy" visits a stay-at-home mom in Texas.

Segments From this episode

The inexplicable magic of Zoe Lister-Jones' all-female crew

Jun 1, 2017
The 'Life in Pieces' actress makes her directorial debut with 'Band Aid.'
From left: Adam Pally, Fred Armisen, and Zoe Lister-Jones in "Band Aid."
IFC Films

To cut or not to cut? The debate over the government’s debt

Jun 1, 2017
There’s a tug of war in the Trump administration over the debt ceiling — specifically, whether Congress should attach spending limits to legislation raising or suspending the ceiling. It limits how much the Treasury Department can borrow to pay its bills. Now, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling with […]

California community colleges try to boost graduation rates

Jun 1, 2017
The plan aims to help students finish faster by narrowing choices.
Alana Bachor, left, and Kelly Coreas create a semester-by-semester plan for a student studying respiratory therapy.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

My Economy: Working as a CFO — chief family officer

Jun 1, 2017
Sherri Messer loves being a stay-at-home mom, but she's nervous about what comes next.
LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Does it matter if the US doesn’t lead on climate change policy?

Jun 1, 2017
President Trump says we’re withdrawing from the Paris Agreement and other countries are pledging to fill the gap.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Philly enforces law protecting immigrants from non-attorney advice

Jun 1, 2017
Some businesses promising help with immigration applications have taken advantage of clients or simply offered bad advice.
The storefront office of Ricardo Mejia, located in a heavily immigrant neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Emma Jacobs

Illinois already had the worst credit rating of any state, and it just got lower

Jun 1, 2017
Illinois’ credit rating is now just short of junk. That’s the news after a downgrade from S&P Global Ratings. The agency cited Illinois’ budget stalemate and its $14.5 billion in unpaid bills. It will take more revenue and more cuts to make any progress, but the state’s regular legislative session just ended — with no […]

After days of build-up, President Trump finally made it official: The U.S. is pulling out of the Paris climate agreement. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” Trump said. That’s true! But not for nothing, moving away from coal and steel has made that city’s economy strong again. Plus, with the U.S. taking a seat on the sidelines of the fight to control global warming, it’s also sitting out big investment opportunities that China and the E.U. are promising to grab. Then: There’s something of a tug-of-war going on within the Trump administration over the debt ceiling. We’ll tell you what you need to know. Plus, the latest installment of our series “My Economy” visits a stay-at-home mom in Texas.

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