Nov 9, 2017

11/09/2017: "That’s the end of research in the United States"

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That's what policy analyst Barmak Nassirian said when he saw the tax bill. He was thinking of the graduate students who work as research assistants and take advantage of certain tax breaks to offset the cost of their education, which is one of the deductions Republicans working on the bill are looking to slash. Continuing with tax overhaul analysis, we discuss whether cutting corporate taxes will actually bring jobs back to the U.S., since the tax bill can't change the dynamic of the global economy. And with UN climate change talks underway with little support from the White House, we look into the possibility of smaller state and local efforts.

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How do you report sexual harassment in politics when there's no HR?

Nov 9, 2017
Lobbyist Jodi Hicks says she thinks change is coming, but I think "it's going to be uncomfortable along the way."
More than 140 women signed an open letter published in the Los Angeles Times alleging widespread sexual harassment at the state Capitol.
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Graduate students could lose big in the GOP tax plan

Nov 9, 2017
Many students rely on tax-free tuition waivers to make education affordable.

Food halls: the ritzier, foodier cousin of the suburban mall food court

Nov 9, 2017
Food halls are proliferating in cities big and small.

New leaders want to add their states to carbon trading program

Nov 9, 2017
As the United Nations climate change talks continue in Germany, the U.S. could see an increase in commitments to the cause — from states, not federal programs. The governors-elect of Virginia and New Jersey want to add their states to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The cap-and-trade program includes nine states already, and the addition […]

Chicago's decaying water system is delivering disparate rates

Nov 9, 2017
Minority and lower-income residents are struggling to pay skyrocketing bills for a basic resource, says Patrick O'Connell of the Chicago Tribune.
“How far you are away from Lake Michigan doesn't always correspond with how much you pay for water,” says journalist Patrick O'Connell.
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That’s what policy analyst Barmak Nassirian said when he saw the tax bill. He was thinking of the graduate students who work as research assistants and take advantage of certain tax breaks to offset the cost of their education, which is one of the deductions Republicans working on the bill are looking to slash. Continuing with tax overhaul analysis, we discuss whether cutting corporate taxes will actually bring jobs back to the U.S., since the tax bill can’t change the dynamic of the global economy. And with UN climate change talks underway with little support from the White House, we look into the possibility of smaller state and local efforts.

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Trapped Onra
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Run Away With Me Carly Rae Jepsen
Balance Future Islands