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America’s child care system is failing families. Just ask the Treasury Department.

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A Treasury Department report released Wednesday argues that the child care industry is failing families because of inadequate availability and high costs. Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

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Import prices declined unexpectedly in August

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 15, 2021
These prices may be a bellwether of where domestic or worldwide inflation are headed, says Cornell economist Eswar Prasad.

Treasury says U.S. child care system is a market failure

by Kimberly Adams Sep 15, 2021
The Biden administration is calling for Congress to expand existing programs and tax credits, as well as provide universal preschool.
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The container price surge is weighing on the customs business

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Sep 15, 2021
Tariffs used to be the main concern for customs broker Gretchen Blough's clients. Now, it's all about the shipping containers.

Pepsi pledges to halve unrecycled plastic in packaging by 2030

by Caroline Champlin Sep 15, 2021
The single-serving plastic bottle has been the target of pushback against plastic pollution for decades.
A Warmer World

Can Germany – Europe’s biggest carbon polluter – clean up its act?

by Stephen Beard Sep 15, 2021
Germany has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Is that achievable?
Parenting in a Pandemic

How have dads been stepping up as caregivers during the pandemic?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Sep 15, 2021
Dads have played a more active role in domestic labor and caregiving during the pandemic. That's helped moms — just not enough.

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