07/31/2017: If the government can get its act together, maybe businesses can?
Jul 31, 2017

07/31/2017: If the government can get its act together, maybe businesses can?

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We're starting today with an attempt to bring order out of chaos. We're not talking about the recent White House staffing changes, but lobbying groups that are moving past health care as Congress turns to tax reform. Millions are set to be unleashed, but what do those groups hope to get for their money? Then: It's earnings season, and so far things are pretty good, but what does corporate health tell us about the economy? Plus, a history of the income tax deduction, and what "The Emoji Movie" says about Hollywood.

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How airports are failing senior travelers

Jul 31, 2017
Long distances to walk, heavy bags to lift, arrival screens to squint at — older flyers face challenges
Travelers go through the TSA PreCheck security point at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida.
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How tax withholding became the norm for American workers

Jul 31, 2017
Not everyone thinks automatic deductions for state and federal taxes are a good idea.
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Tax reform is the next battleground

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Jul 31, 2017
With the drama around health care refusing to die, legislators already have begun the next big policy effort on the Hill: tax reform. Congressional Republican leaders last week laid out what they want — permanent tax reductions is what it boils down to. And conservative organizations and grassroots groups are getting ready to blast Congress […]

Internet restrictions make doing business harder in China

Jul 31, 2017
Many popular internet sites are blocked for users of the state network in China — Google, YouTube and more. Some users, many of them business users, employ a VPN, a virtual personal network, to get around that “Great Firewall.” In a crackdown on unregistered VPNs, China has persuaded Apple to pull all major VPN services […]

Why the oil industry may be the most corrupt in the world

Jul 31, 2017
Two cases of illegal payments and bribery came to light recently. One is against the oil services company Halliburton in Angola. The other involves a mining subsidiary of Glencore doing business in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With government heavily involved and centralizing many so-called extractive industries, drilling and mining are more prone to corruption […]

First there was "The Emoji Movie." Is Fruit Ninja next?

Jul 31, 2017
No. 1 at the box office this weekend was Christopher Nolan’s World War II film “Dunkirk.” Right behind it at No. 2 was “The Emoji Movie.” That’s right, a movie about those little pictures you use when you’re texting. It’s yet another in release in a developing trend in Hollywood of making films from sometimes […]

Corporate profits surprise analysts this earnings season

Jul 31, 2017
Earnings season is well underway, and so far corporate profits for the second quarter have been pretty good. Surprisingly good, actually. Of the companies in the S&P 500 index that have reported results so far, most have exceeded analysts’ expectations. Plenty of earnings news is still to come, including reports tomorrow from biggies like Apple, […]

We’re starting today with an attempt to bring order out of chaos. We’re not talking about the recent White House staffing changes, but lobbying groups that are moving past health care as Congress turns to tax reform. Millions are set to be unleashed, but what do those groups hope to get for their money? Then: It’s earnings season, and so far things are pretty good, but what does corporate health tell us about the economy? Plus, a history of the income tax deduction, and what “The Emoji Movie” says about Hollywood.

Music from the episode

Seventeen Years Ratatat
Te Vi Julieta Venegas
Cherry Chromatics
Saxy Beast Wuh Oh
Fantasy Mariah Carey