Jun 23, 2017

06/23/2017: You-know-what

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We thought we could go the whole day without talking about, um, that big bill the Senate unveiled this week. No dice. But we're getting it out of the way right up top, discussing the Senate's hurry-up-and-wait-outside approach to health…

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Here’s the company that makes those National Park and Smokey Bear signs

Jun 23, 2017
One woman started it out of a garage and now they make 25,000 signs and markers a year
Wood Product Signs and Rocky Mountain Aluminum workers posing with Smokey the Bear signs.
Courtesy Wood Product Signs and Rocky Mountain Aluminum

A year after Brexit vote, some want 'nuclear option'

Jun 23, 2017
Hardliners say Britain should quit Brexit talks and offer unilateral free trade.
Some “hard Brexiters” say that if the U.K. fails to secure a satisfactory deal during negotiations, it should walk out of the talks and make a unilateral declaration of free trade.
Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Economists say the bottom line beats presidential callouts for manufacturers

Jun 23, 2017
President Trump’s practice of calling out major U.S. corporations to publicly pressure them to keep jobs in the U.S. has been well publicized since the 2016 election campaign. Trump has in the past, for example, criticized the air conditioning company…

The Wall Street Journal made a phone for just 70 bucks

Jun 23, 2017
Chinese smartphone makers can pump out phones at a much cheaper price than well-known U.S. competitors.
“As of the first quarter of 2017, Chinese brands have doubled their market share,” says Wall Street Journal reporter Liza Linn. “So you're looking at a market share globally of 40 percent. Basically, they're eating Apple and Samsung for lunch.”
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Where’d you get that beef? Rancher groups sue USDA over labels

Jun 23, 2017
Two industry groups that represent cattle ranchers have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They want the USDA to reinstate country-of-origin labeling for beef, because they say consumers want to purchase meat from animals born, raised and…

Wall Street had a busy day reshuffling popular trading benchmarks

Jun 23, 2017
It was a busy day on Wall Street today, and there was good reason for that. It was the annual reshuffling of the popular trading benchmarks known as the FTSE Russell Indexes. Those indexes track the largest U.S. companies in…

Weekly Wrap: Is it a health care bill or a redistribution of wealth?

Jun 23, 2017
Rachel Abrams from The New York Times and Sheelah Kolhatkar from The New Yorker join us to discuss the week’s business and economic news. Now that Senate Republicans have unveiled their health care plan, a bill drafted in secret, we look…
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talks with reporters following the weekly GOP policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Behind him is Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas is on the right.
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We thought we could go the whole day without talking about, um, that big bill the Senate unveiled this week. No dice. But we’re getting it out of the way right up top, discussing the Senate’s hurry-up-and-wait-outside approach to health care reform and what this bill is really designed to fix. Then: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to negotiate a trade deal on her way out of the E.U., and some Brexit supporters are pushing the so-called “nuclear option.” Plus: We’re used to paying $700ish for an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, but the Wall Street Journal was able to build one for a 10th of the price. What gives?

Music from the episode

Make Me Like You Gwen Stefani
Downtown (feat. Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee & Eric Nally) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grandmaster Caz, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Eric Nally, Kool Moe Dee
Oye Como Va Santana