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Oct 30, 2017

10/30/2017: Prosecutors love a paper trail…

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...and paying taxes on things (or not paying taxes on things) always leaves one. That’s probably why special counsel Robert Mueller is starting with indictments of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, on charges including funneling money through overseas shell companies. And lucky for us, tax evasion and money laundering are the kind of things we talk about every day. While that situation unfolds in the coming weeks, we’re looking to a more immediate date: this Wednesday, which is the first day of health care open enrollment and supposedly when we'll see the Republicans' tax bill. Plus, ever wondered how much money is in the whole, wide world? We take a stab at answering that question on today’s edition of I’ve Always Wondered.

 

Segments From this episode

Why accountants can't wait for the new tax bill

Oct 30, 2017
Once it's released their real work begins: hunting for new loopholes.
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How much money is there in the world?

Oct 30, 2017
Depending on how money is defined, the answer ranges from a few trillion to tens of trillions of dollars.
Newly redesigned $100 notes lay in stacks at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on May 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
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The National Association of Home Builders opposes the Republican tax bill

Jerry Howard, CEO of the National Association of Home Builders, discusses why the group is against the tax bill.
A worker helps to build a townhome complex under construction on May 15, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort checks the podium at Trump SoHo Hotel on June 22, 2016 in New York City.
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The decision about the new Federal Reserve chair is coming soon

Oct 30, 2017
Victoria Guida from Politico talks about Fed Chair Janet Yellen and her possible successor.
Flags fly over the Federal Reserve Building on December 16, 2008 in Washington, D.C. 
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The health insurance exchanges were meant to lower premiums through competition. So what happened this year?

Oct 30, 2017
It’s sign up season for the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment starts on Wednesday. Government numbers out today show that almost half of the population live in places where they can only choose from three or fewer insurers. Not much competition, so you’d expect premiums to be high. But in other places, there’s seven, eight or even […]

…and paying taxes on things (or not paying taxes on things) always leaves one. That’s probably why special counsel Robert Mueller is starting with indictments of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and his business associate, Rick Gates, on charges including funneling money through overseas shell companies. And lucky for us, tax evasion and money laundering are the kind of things we talk about every day. While that situation unfolds in the coming weeks, we’re looking to a more immediate date: this Wednesday, which is the first day of health care open enrollment and supposedly when we’ll see the Republicans’ tax bill. Plus, ever wondered how much money is in the whole, wide world? We take a stab at answering that question on today’s edition of I’ve Always Wondered.

 

Music from the episode

Aminals Baths
Dans Le Noir Dark Rooms
Chaghaybou Tinariwen
My Sentiment Universal Togetherness Band
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