Sep 29, 2017

09/29/2017: A "giant, beautiful, massive" tax cut

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Lobbying is the word of the day as we look toward the rest of Congress' year. Tax policy might be the only issue that affects more Americans than health care, and if you thought the fight over Obamacare was intense, you ain't seen nothing yet. Then, we'll look at Facebook and Twitter, who are both in hot water with lawmakers over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Later, we'll examine the rebuilding effort in Puerto Rico and what debt's got to do with it. Plus, we'll talk about President Donald Trump's tax cut in the Weekly Wrap.

Segments From this episode

Not all men agree that Silicon Valley has a gender problem

Sep 29, 2017
Nellie Bowles of the NYT says that fringe ideas about gender roles have become "emboldened" and grown.
Patricia de Melo Moreira/Getty Images

Smoke from this season’s wildfires is worrying West Coast winemakers

Sep 29, 2017
Notes of ashtray or campfire in your pinot? Vineyards say smoky weather from this year’s wildfires could leave lasting mark on wines.
Jocelyn Bentley-Prestwich, the marketing manager at Cathedral Ridge Winery in Hood River, Oregon, tests the ripeness of the vineyard's Riesling grapes. 
Molly Solomon/ for Marketplace

How federal officials assess damage and rebuilding needs after disasters

Sep 29, 2017
President Donald Trump has tweeted out criticisms of Puerto Rican elected officials over their emergency response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. He has linked the enormous scale of devastation to the island’s poorly maintained infrastructure, and suggested that federal financial assistance for rebuilding might be impacted by the island’s multi-billion dollar outstanding debt. Experts […]

Social media giants gear up for possible regulation

Sep 29, 2017
Pressure is mounting on Facebook, and now Twitter, to take action over ads bought or accounts created to apparently breed divisiveness or exert influence over the American public. While the companies are staving off political outcries with promises of self-regulation, they’re also increasing lobbying and policy efforts. Click the audio player above to hear the […]

There’s a lobbyist behind every Washington, D.C., corner

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Sep 29, 2017
The only issue that could possibly affect more Americans than health care is taxes. And as you might expect, lobbyists and trade organizations of all stripes and sizes have something to say about the new GOP tax framework. Capitol Hill is about to become a hornet’s nest of lobbying activity, as multiple parties seek their […]

Trump’s tax plan: Who gets the money?

Sep 29, 2017
A look at what the proposal will mean for the economy.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on tax reform to the National Association of Manufacturers at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel today in Washington, D.C.
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Lobbying is the word of the day as we look toward the rest of Congress’ year. Tax policy might be the only issue that affects more Americans than health care, and if you thought the fight over Obamacare was intense, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Then, we’ll look at Facebook and Twitter, who are both in hot water with lawmakers over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Later, we’ll examine the rebuilding effort in Puerto Rico and what debt’s got to do with it. Plus, we’ll talk about President Donald Trump’s tax cut in the Weekly Wrap.

Music from the episode

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