Sep 25, 2017

09/25/2017: Did you know it’s tax reform week?

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Congressional Republicans and the White House have promised they'll start filling in the blanks on their proposals to overhaul the tax code Wednesday, though you'd be forgiven if it escaped your notice. Anyway, the early glimpses we've gotten of the White House's plans have been a bit confusing, so we'll start today's show trying to sort it all out. Then: Critics have accused the government of being slow to respond to the devastation in Puerto Rico, but one industry is watching very closely: Big Pharma. More than a quarter of all the drugs we export are made in the territory. Plus, Nebraska has more refugees than any other state in the country per capita. Today we'll take a look at Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq that has found a second home in Lincoln.

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Lobbyists line up to defend the mortgage interest deduction

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The tax break for homeowners has been around as long as the tax code itself.
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How Germany's election shake-up could change its economy

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Desperately needed: details on the federal tax plan

Sep 25, 2017
The president is scheduled to talk more about it on Wednesday.
President Donald Trump talks about his tax reform plan in Springfield, Missouri, in August.
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What will be Hurricane Maria’s impact on Puerto Rico's drug industry?

Sep 25, 2017
The island territory manufactures a quarter of all US exported drugs.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 20, after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory.
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Yazidis find a home in Lincoln, Nebraska

Sep 26, 2017
The state capital is the home of the largest Yazidi community in the country.
Khaled Hesso and his family were among the first Yazidis to move to Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Congressional Republicans and the White House have promised they’ll start filling in the blanks on their proposals to overhaul the tax code Wednesday, though you’d be forgiven if it escaped your notice. Anyway, the early glimpses we’ve gotten of the White House’s plans have been a bit confusing, so we’ll start today’s show trying to sort it all out. Then: Critics have accused the government of being slow to respond to the devastation in Puerto Rico, but one industry is watching very closely: Big Pharma. More than a quarter of all the drugs we export are made in the territory. Plus, Nebraska has more refugees than any other state in the country per capita. Today we’ll take a look at Yazidis, a religious minority in Iraq that has found a second home in Lincoln.