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Dec 8, 2016

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Trump says he wants to "prime the pump" and with infrastructure spending, but what happens when you stimulate an economy that's already stimulated? For that matter, how will an attorney general who's spent his career fighting the EPA run it? We look into both questions, plus vaping and the Oscars for money.

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UPS is betting big on software this holiday season

Dec 8, 2016
The company says technology will help it deliver 700 million packages
Nafis Muhammad is a driver for UPS in New Jersey. A few months ago, his delivery center started using a software program that dictates the order that packages must be delivered in, with locations. That makes the job a whole lot easier.
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What can an oil industry ally do to the EPA?

Dec 8, 2016
Trump’s pick, the Oklahoma attorney general, works closely with oil and gas interests.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower on December 7, 2016 in New York City. 

 
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There is an award for the prettiest money

Dec 8, 2016
And the United States can barely get nominated.
 

 
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New surgeon general report says vaping is a threat to kids

Dec 8, 2016
E-cigs are popular among high schoolers, but the government says the nicotine can hurt developing brains.
E-cigarettes are displayed at Gone With the Smoke Vapor Lounge on May 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California. 
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Why Donald Trump is going after union leader Chuck Jones on Twitter

Dec 8, 2016
Jones has been a critic of Trump's deal to save jobs in Indianapolis.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 01: Vice President-elect Governor Mike Pence greeets President-elect Donald Trump as he takes the stage to speak to workers at Carrier air conditioning and heating on December 1, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
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Priming the pump for an economy that’s already pumped

Dec 8, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump told Time magazine, as part of its cover story profile of him, that  “sometimes you have to prime the pump” to get jobs and the country going. Trump and his advisers have called for hundreds of billions in tax cuts, and hundreds of billions more in new infrastructure spending, to juice the […]
President-elect Donald Trump addresses an audience at Crown Coliseum on December 6, 2016 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 
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Some Minnesota iron mine workers prepare for uncertain future

Dec 8, 2016
After being laid off for 18 months, some mine workers start training for other jobs.
David Meyer is one of several laid off mineworkers from Keewatin Taconite enrolled in the Industrial Systems Technology program at Hibbing Community College. 
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Trump says he wants to “prime the pump” and with infrastructure spending, but what happens when you stimulate an economy that’s already stimulated? For that matter, how will an attorney general who’s spent his career fighting the EPA run it? We look into both questions, plus vaping and the Oscars for money.

Music from the episode

Money Pink Floyd
Everyone Knows Vacationer
Slow Boogie Various Artists
It Gets Dark Holy Ghost!