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11/24/2017: Let’s do the numbers on Black Friday

People line up for a Black Friday giveaway outside the Mall of America on November 24, 2017 in Bloomington, Minnesota Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

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We’ve got a whole bunch of stories about America’s biggest shopping holiday: From communities recovering after a long storm season, to shoppers in Korea trying to get in on the action. Then we talk with PayPal President Dan Schulman to get his perspective on this year’s shopping season and the continuing rise of mobile payments. Plus: While we’re all rushing around to stores, Congress is enjoying one more day of rest before a frenzy of their own: Passing the tax bill before the end of the year.

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Potential for tariffs on imported steel divides the U.S. steel industry

by Marketplace Contributor Nov 24, 2017
U.S. steel manufacturers worried about competition as well as those that depend on cheaper foreign steel imports to keep their businesses running, eagerly await a decision.

PayPal's president says this Cyber Monday is all about mobile

by Molly Wood and Hayley Hershman Nov 24, 2017
80 percent of Americans are expected to use their phones to shop this holiday season.

Korean firm helps extend Black Friday benefits overseas

by Jed Kim Nov 24, 2017
Black Friday is an American phenomenon that increasingly, belongs to the world. Globalization and technology have made it much easier for folks overseas to buy sought-after American goods. This cross-border commerce has been around for decades but today, it’s getting a big boost. Click the above audio player to hear the full story.  Correction: A […]

In Rockport, Texas, residents review Black Friday priorities

by Andy Uhler Nov 24, 2017
As many Americans try to make the most of retailers offering deals on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the 10,000 or so residents of Rockport, Texas, are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Many are still living in hotel rooms. Some have had to relocate to rental properties miles […]

The mysterious jump in Obamacare enrollment

by Dan Gorenstein Nov 24, 2017
We’re half-way through the Obamacare open enrollment period and we’ve got a bit of a health care mystery on our hands. Earlier this week, federal health officials reported nearly 800-thousand consumers selected plans on – the federal website where people shop for plans under the Affordable Care Act. It’s the third consecutive week enrollment […]
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Republicans are gearing up for a race to the finish on taxes

by Molly Wood Nov 24, 2017
So much for a restful holiday weekend.

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