Sep 5, 2017

09/05/2017: Dreamers aren’t taking jobs

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump's decision today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era rule protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Sessions argued, without evidence, that the 800,000 or so Dreamers harmed the labor force. We'll start the show today looking into that claim. Then: Congress is back to work, and topping its long list of priorities is disaster relief. The House is taking up the first bit tomorrow, and we'll talk about what that $7.8 billion will buy. Plus: We hear a lot about tax brackets, but what do you really know about them? We're here to help.

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Building bridges and fighting division in small town America

Sep 5, 2017
Folk musician Dar Williams talks about her new book, "What I Found in a Thousand Towns."
 Williamsport, Pennsylvania on July 2017.
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Tax brackets and why you shouldn't fear a raise

Sep 5, 2017
There's a whole lot of misinformation out there about how taxes are figured.
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Are Dreamers job stealers?

Sep 5, 2017
The fate of 800,000 so-called Dreamers is in question today after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program put in place under President Obama. The program gives undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children the ability to study and work here while protecting them from […]

First Harvey aid package for immediate needs, not long-term recovery

Sep 5, 2017
Congress is expected to vote tomorrow on a $7.8 billion package for aid to those hit by Hurricane Harvey. It’s a first round of funding that almost entirely goes to shoring up FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. That money helps reimburse local search and rescue efforts, and clean up and re-open some public services like schools […]

South Korea may buy billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. weaponry

Sep 5, 2017
The White House said President Donald Trump has given “conceptual approval” to South Korean plans to buy billions of dollars of U.S. military equipment. And today, the president tweeted that he’s “allowing Japan and South Korea to buy a substantially increased” amount of U.S. weaponry.  So, what U.S. defense contractors stand to benefit from these […]

No, you aren't crazy, airline seats are getting smaller

Sep 5, 2017
Justin Bachman, who wrote about "The Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat" for Bloomberg, stopped by to talk to Kai Ryssdal.
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To fix Obamacare, look back at another health care battle

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Donald Trump’s decision today to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, an Obama-era rule protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. Sessions argued, without evidence, that the 800,000 or so Dreamers harmed the labor force. We’ll start the show today looking into that claim. Then: Congress is back to work, and topping its long list of priorities is disaster relief. The House is taking up the first bit tomorrow, and we’ll talk about what that $7.8 billion will buy. Plus: We hear a lot about tax brackets, but what do you really know about them? We’re here to help.

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