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After stressing last year that hydraulic fracturing had no "widespread, systematic impact" on water, the EPA now is emphasizing that fracking can affect drinking water under some circumstances. More of our investigation with APM Reports on the show today. But first, Trump's conflict of interest tweet raises more questions than it answers — what does "no new deals" mean? Plus, an interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and holiday shopping at the airport.

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For holiday shopping, try the airport

Dec 13, 2016
If you're doing last minute shopping, this is the perfect solution.
 
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EPA reverses course, highlights fracking contamination of drinking water

Dec 13, 2016
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today issued a final report on the connection between hydraulic fracturing and contamination in drinking water. After stressing in June 2015 that there was no "widespread, systematic impact" on water, the agency now is emphasizing that fracking can affect drinking water under some circumstances.
A natural gas well pad in Dimock, Pa.
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Finland to test a basic income for the unemployed

Dec 13, 2016
Conservatives hope a basic income can cut other welfare costs.
Olli Kangas is leading Finland's basic income experiment. Kangas says the government favors "evidence-based" policy making, testing social programs before enacting them.
Sarah Gardner

What does the future of the Affordable Care Act look like?

Dec 13, 2016
As Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell leaves office, she looks back on the Affordable Care Act and the challenges the incoming administration may face.
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell testifies during a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee June 10, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on 'Obamacare Implementation and the Department of Health and Human Services FY2016 Budget Request.' 
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What does it mean to have the ExxonMobil CEO as secretary of state

Dec 13, 2016
The multinational oil company has what amounts to its own foreign policy, which can be contrary to U.S. policy.
Chairman and CEO of US oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, speaks during the 2015 Oil and Money conference in central London on October 7, 2015. 
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Trump tweets three short words to address future conflicts of interest

Dec 13, 2016
The President-elect emphasizes no new deals while in office.
President-elect Donald Trump delivers remarks with his children Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump during the grand opening ceremony of the new Trump International Hotel October 26, 2016 in Washington, DC. 
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My Economy: A Dreamer caught between DACA and what comes next

Dec 13, 2016
Kathia Garcia is able to work and support her family now, but worries about what might change under a Trump administration.
Kathia Garcia

Google creates 'Waymo', an independent self-driving car company

Dec 13, 2016
Google’s plan to take over the world takes another step forward. The company has turned its self-driving car project from a research operation to a full-fledged business division, according to the latest from Reuters. The new venture is called Waymo — which stands for “a new way forward in mobility”. The move seems to suggest […]
This picture taken on June 30, 2016 shows the Google's self driving car project on the Google stand at the Viva technology event in Paris. 

 
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After stressing last year that hydraulic fracturing had no “widespread, systematic impact” on water, the EPA now is emphasizing that fracking can affect drinking water under some circumstances. More of our investigation with APM Reports on the show today. But first, Trump’s conflict of interest tweet raises more questions than it answers — what does “no new deals” mean? Plus, an interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and holiday shopping at the airport.

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