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You may need to get used to the threat of government shutdown

Jan 18, 2018
This economy has been reduced to getting by on a never-ending series of four week budget stopgaps.
The House of Representatives has been holding virtual hearings during the pandemic, but lawmakers have been required to vote in person or have another member of Congress cast a proxy vote on their behalf.
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The head of BlackRock just gave CEOs a talking to

Jan 17, 2018
Larry Fink, the company's chairman, issued a letter to corporate leaders urging more corporate responsibility.
“We believe companies need purpose," BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says.
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Why we're hanging up the power suit

Jan 10, 2018
Power suits are out. That may not come as a shock in the era of hoodie-wearing billionaires, but it doesn’t mean suits are gone for good. Millennial men are still buying suits, just not for work. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Robin Givhan, fashion critic for The Washington Post, who wrote about the demise […]

Why the tax debate won't end this December

Dec 18, 2017
The tax bill is likely to pass Congress this week, but the debate over taxes will rage on.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks as Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and other congressional Republicans listen during a press event on tax reform September 27, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
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What happens when your designer-in-chief resigns?

Dec 15, 2017
Fashion writer Elizabeth Holmes fills us in on the quick departure of Diane Von Furstenberg's chief creative officer.
Karlie Kloss, left, Jonathan Saunders, Diane von Furstenberg and Kate Bosworth attend the 2017 DVF Awards at United Nations Headquarters in April in New York City. Saunders, DVF's former chief creative officer, left the company after 18 months.
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The Treasury Department's tax plan analysis is one page long. Really.

Dec 12, 2017
Is empirical analysis dead? We ask Politico's Ben White.
A statue of Alexander Hamilton, the first United States secretary of the Treasury, stands in front of the Treasury in Washington, D.C.
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His father fled China and rode the escalator of globalization

Reporter Scott Tong's book tells the story of his family's journey to the West against an economic backdrop.
A paramilitary police officer stands guard in front of a portrait of the late communist leader Mao Zedong in Beijing.

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Hurtling toward the tax bill's unintended consequences

Dec 7, 2017
Economist Martin Sullivan's problematic fave from the GOP plan is the pass-through tax.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, speaks to reporters Tuesday at the Capitol about the tax reform bill the Senate passed last week.
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What if someone gave you bitcoin for your wedding?

Dec 6, 2017
Would you cash out early or hang on to it? A Wall Street Journal reporter tells how he tried to time the cryptocurrency market.

Can you tell if these are fake Yeezys?

Dec 4, 2017
The boom in the high-end sneaker market makes counterfeit kicks a real problem.
One of the shoes Eddy Lu brought by our studio. Can you tell if it's real?
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