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This Is Uncomfortable

Episode 2: Crying at work

Jun 20, 2019

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Trade showdown

As China raises tariffs on the U.S., it's lowering them for everyone else

by Sabri Ben-Achour Jun 12, 2019
With one hand, China is closing the door to U.S. products. With the other, it’s opening the door to U.S. competitors in the rest of the world. Chinese tariffs on U.S. products have increased to an average of 42%; everyone…
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Survey finds business leaders are more downbeat

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 12, 2019
Duke University's Global Business Outlook finds nearly half of U.S. CFOs expect a recession by spring 2020.
A sign is posted on the window of a closed CVS store on June 10, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
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Layoff announcements on the rise, report says

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 6, 2019
Layoffs were concentrated in technology, retail, manufacturing and auto production, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said.
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Mexico tariffs could hike car prices by $1,500

by Kimberly Adams May 31, 2019
The Trump administration has threatened to levy a 5% tax on Mexican imports next month, which could go as high as 25%.
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Trump prompts protests with promise of new Mexican tariffs

by Associated Press May 31, 2019
Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to curb immigration into the U.S. by undocumented migrants.
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Why a mystery social media account on the U.S.-China trade talks is generating buzz

by Jennifer Pak May 28, 2019
China’s state-run media has been tight-lipped about trade talks, but a mystery social media account seems to have the inside track.
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Could tariffs make U.S. businesses less productive in the long run?

by Sabri Ben-Achour May 24, 2019
Higher tariffs on Chinese imports, especially those that are used to make things in the U.S., can cut efficiency and competitiveness, experts say.
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Farmers to get $16 billion in aid as trade war hurts exports

by Andy Uhler May 24, 2019
The new package totals $16 billion, with $14.5 billion of it going directly to producers.
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Changing supply chains isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3

by Tracey Samuelson May 22, 2019
Some companies are better suited to change where they get things made than others.
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Is it time for U.S. businesses to rethink their Chinese partnerships?

by Kai Ryssdal and Daniel Shin May 22, 2019
Democratic Senator Mark Warner has been urging American executives to reflect on the risks.
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