Nov 15, 2017

11/15/2017: Who wins the tax bill? People or companies

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Last night Senate Republicans made some major changes to their mammoth tax bill, including some improvements for the middle class. But these credits and lower rates are temporary — they would sunset beginning in 2025, and tax cuts for corporations would be permanent. Plus, we talk about changes to the financial regulatory environment under the Trump administration, a potential merger between giants AT&T and Time Warner and play part two of our report on the health risks associated with fracking operations.

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For $100, you can buy thousands of twitter bots

Nov 15, 2017
The internet, for all it’s wonders, is also a place where not-so-great things happen — like harassment of various kinds. And, of course, there’s an industry for that. ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin got firsthand experience after contributing to an article on how extremist websites make money. She, and several colleagues, were the targets of an […]

"The public has a right to know": Fracking companies don't have to disclose chemicals linked to health concerns

Nov 15, 2017
With drilling and fracking, the ingredients that make up the chemicals used to obtain oil and gas are legally allowed to be kept confidential.
A natural gas drill at a hydraulic fracturing site on in Springville, Pennsylvania, in 2012.
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How the DOJ could approach the AT&T bid for Time Warner

Nov 15, 2017
Telecom giant AT&T’s $85 billion bid for Time Warner has, depending on who you ask, been held up by legitimate antitrust concerns, or by politics.  President Donald Trump has spoken out against the merger since his campaign days, and yesterday, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee, he ducked the question […]

Senate makes sunset revisions to tax plan that may not see the light of day

Nov 15, 2017
Latest version would allow individual cuts to expire after 2025.

Head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will step down

Nov 15, 2017
Richard Cordray announced today that he’s leaving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by the end of the month. President Donald Trump will get to appoint Cordray’s successor, giving him yet another way to reshape U.S. financial regulation. We take a look at how the president is putting his stamp on these regulations.  Click the audio player […]

The Cigna CEO on what happens when health care is politicized

Nov 15, 2017
But at least, he says, we're all talking about health care now.
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Last night Senate Republicans made some major changes to their mammoth tax bill, including some improvements for the middle class. But these credits and lower rates are temporary — they would sunset beginning in 2025, and tax cuts for corporations would be permanent. Plus, we talk about changes to the financial regulatory environment under the Trump administration, a potential merger between giants AT&T and Time Warner and play part two of our report on the health risks associated with fracking operations.

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