Jul 10, 2017

07/10/2017: Congress’ long to-do list

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Congress is back from its July Fourth break, and there's a lot to do in a short few weeks before the next recess. Health care is at the top of a long agenda, but if it doesn’t pass, the delay will push onto other legislation coming down the pike. We'll break it all down. Then: President Trump and European leaders had pretty different assessments of this weekend's G-20 Summit, so with that in mind, let's do an economic cost-benefit analysis of "America First." Plus, a story of good intentions gone wrong in a couple of the busiest ports in the country. 

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As fewer farmers work the land, the small town way of life fades

Jul 10, 2017
Average farms are growing and adopting new technologies to make ends meet.
Farmer Brandon Biesemeier stands on his herbicide sprayer on his family's land near Haxtun, Colorado.
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It's Facebook and Google versus the newspaper industry

Jul 10, 2017
An alliance of news outlets wants special permission to bargain collectively when dealing with Facebook and Google.
"Some of these business problems are of the businesses own making," says Marketplace senior tech correspondent Molly Wood. "And ganging up to negotiate better with Google and Facebook doesn't really help those fundamentals."
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Congress has three weeks before its next break — and a mighty long to-do list

Jul 10, 2017
Congress is back from its July Fourth break, facing a daunting to-do list, like the reauthorization of expiring programs, funding for veterans, children’s health insurance and the Federal Aviation Administration. Lawmakers are scheduled to start their August recess in just three weeks. Health care is at the top of Congress’ agenda, but if it doesn’t […]

What Qatar's diplomatic crisis means for the global helium supply

Jul 10, 2017
"There's been a lot of instability and drama in the helium market in the past few years."
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After G-20, U.S. isolated on trade and climate change

Jul 10, 2017
At the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany over the weekend, Japan and the European Union announced an agreement in principle for a new trade accord. And they touted free trade at a time when they see America shifting towards protectionism. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement […]

Congress is back from its July Fourth break, and there’s a lot to do in a short few weeks before the next recess. Health care is at the top of a long agenda, but if it doesn’t pass, the delay will push onto other legislation coming down the pike. We’ll break it all down. Then: President Trump and European leaders had pretty different assessments of this weekend’s G-20 Summit, so with that in mind, let’s do an economic cost-benefit analysis of “America First.” Plus, a story of good intentions gone wrong in a couple of the busiest ports in the country. 

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