Oct 27, 2017

10/27/2017: Politicians love to hate regulations

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But how did they actually come about — and why? We play a segment from the new season of Marketplace's The Uncertain Hour, a documentary podcast exploring the origin of regulations in America, starting with the story of one fervent homemaker, Ruth Desmond. And as the tax bill countdown begins, we look at how tax cuts will be paid for — likely by getting rid of nearly every deduction. Plus, is Amazon planning a takeover of the prescription drug and business-to-business office supply industries, too?

     

 

Segments From this episode

Is Amazon finally poised for a complete retail takeover?

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Oil companies make do with breaking even

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A few years ago, oil prices were hitting record highs. A barrel of West Texas Intermediate went for $107 dollars in the summer of 2014. Then, there was a fracking boom in the U.S., a worldwide oil supply glut and prices collapsed. Many oil producers went out of business. But oil prices are now picking […]

Hey! Hands off my deduction

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The battle lines are being drawn as the tax bill nears.

What will the GOP tax plan look like?

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We discuss the hurdles it faces.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, addresses reporters on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
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But how did they actually come about — and why? We play a segment from the new season of Marketplace’s The Uncertain Hour, a documentary podcast exploring the origin of regulations in America, starting with the story of one fervent homemaker, Ruth Desmond. And as the tax bill countdown begins, we look at how tax cuts will be paid for — likely by getting rid of nearly every deduction. Plus, is Amazon planning a takeover of the prescription drug and business-to-business office supply industries, too?

     

 

Music from the episode

Pick Up Bonobo
Trapped Onra
Mad Solange, Lil Wayne
Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos) Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos
Kick, Push Lupe Fiasco