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Jun 30, 2017

06/30/2017: Where’s Trump’s trade policy?

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Today was the deadline for an Trump-ordered national security investigation into steel and aluminum imports. The Commerce Department missed it, thanks to what the administration called "unanticipated complexities." To paraphrase the president, who could have imagined running the world's largest economy could be so complicated? Then: It's the Friday before a holiday weekend, so what better time to revisit our series "Summer, Brought to You By" with an honest-to-god ice cream historian. Plus, Teslas, Volts, Leafs and the rest are almost commonplace on American roads now, so what's the next frontier for electric vehicles? The bus lane.

Correction (June 30, 2017): A previous version of this podcast description named the wrong president. We were just testing you.

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What is the bond market trying to tell us about the economy?

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Many investors focus on the stock market. But the bond market’s been doing some interesting things lately, things that are getting investors’ and economists’ attention. Since the beginning of this year, there’s been a decided flattening of the yield curve on Treasuries — the difference between the interest rates on short-term bonds and those that […]

Uncertainty over U.S. trade policy frustrates allies

Jun 30, 2017
Do imports of foreign steel and aluminum compromise national security? President Trump told the Commerce Department to speed up its investigation of that question and come back with some answers today. It didn’t happen. Officials said that was due to “unanticipated complexities.” But China, the European Union and other steel-exporting nations, fearing the U.S. could  […]

Janet Yellen says not to expect another financial crisis anytime soon. Is she right?

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The mid-point of the year is kind of an artificial time to reflect, but here we are.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a press conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, D.C., on June 14.
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Today was the deadline for an Trump-ordered national security investigation into steel and aluminum imports. The Commerce Department missed it, thanks to what the administration called “unanticipated complexities.” To paraphrase the president, who could have imagined running the world’s largest economy could be so complicated? Then: It’s the Friday before a holiday weekend, so what better time to revisit our series “Summer, Brought to You By” with an honest-to-god ice cream historian. Plus, Teslas, Volts, Leafs and the rest are almost commonplace on American roads now, so what’s the next frontier for electric vehicles? The bus lane.

Correction (June 30, 2017): A previous version of this podcast description named the wrong president. We were just testing you.

Music from the episode