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John Ydstie

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Fast Growth Does Little To Budge Fed's Caution โ€” For Now

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers are announcing that the Fed plans to leave short-term interest rates at a level near zero. This, despite an economy that grew at a surprisingly strong 4 percent annual rate in the most recent quarter.

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U.S. Judge Sides With Iraq, Blocks Kurds' Attempt To Sell Oil

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A U.S. judge has blocked an effort by Iraq's Kurdistan region to sell $100 million worth of crude oil to refiners in the U.S. It's sitting in a giant tanker ship off the coast of Texas. The judge agreed with the Iraqi government that the oil belongs to it and not the Kurds.

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All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings

Friday, July 25, 2014

For the first time in years, all of the major U.S. airlines are doing well. American Airlines Group said its second-quarter profits were the highest in the company's history. American only recently exited bankruptcy protection, so the results represent an impressive turnaround.

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What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them.

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GOP Marks Dodd-Frank's 4th Birthday With Calls For Repeal

Monday, July 21, 2014

It's been four years since Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law. On the anniversary of this sweeping overhaul of financial regulations, Republicans have released a report that argues the law falls short on one of its main tasks.

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Despite Brightening Signs, Fed Is Likely To Stay The Course

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is on Capitol Hill, delivering her semi-annual economic report to Congress. Yellen expressed concern that labor force participation remains weak and that there's been a lack of progress in the housing sector.

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Political Support Erodes For Export-Import Bank

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Free market Republicans want to shut down the Export-Import Bank, claiming it is a rancid example of crony capitalism. The fight has laid bare a sharp philosophical split within the GOP.

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How Much Does Iran Dominate Iraq's Government?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Iraq crisis could draw the U.S. and Iran into an uneasy alliance. To sort out the regional dynamics, Steve Inskeep talks to Shadi Hamid, a fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution

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Latest Climate Change Report Paints Dire Picture For Business

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The economy faces great risks from climate change, according to a study by a bipartisan group of former business leaders and public officials. It predicts harsh consequences if action isn't taken.

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In Press Conference, Fed Chair Keeps Things Upbeat โ€” And Vague

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Federal Open Market Committee is announcing changes to its massive bond-purchasing program. The announcement will mark the second news conference of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's tenure.

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Study: Climate Change Is A Growing Threat To Corn Production

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Volatile weather has led to supply and price shocks that have rippled through 16 industries dependent on corn. From the meat industry to the ethanol industry, prices are higher for consumers.

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In May Jobs Report, A Milestone: A Return To Pre-Recession Levels

Friday, June 06, 2014

The May jobs report showed steady job creation. Payrolls expanded by 217,000, and unemployment held steady at 6.3%. And there was a milestone: The U.S. economy now has slightly more jobs than it did in December 2007, when the last recession began.

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May Employment Data Show U.S. Surpassed Pre-Recession Job Totals

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Labor Department released its monthly employment report on Friday. The economy added 217,000 jobs in May, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent.

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New Pollution Rules Leave Utilities Frustrated, As Details Remain Up In Air

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Obama administration has proposed rules for limiting greenhouse gases, but many of the details must still be set by states, leaving utilities unsure about specifics they'll be expected to achieve.

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Lifting Ban On Crude Oil Exports Would Boost U.S. Economy

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Ending the four-decade ban on U.S. crude oil exports would lower gasoline prices, create jobs and boost government revenues, according to a study by the energy arm of IHS, a global consulting firm.

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Study Questions Need For Employer Health Care Requirement

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The component of Obamacare that requires employers to provide health insurance has been delayed twice. Now, groups on both sides of the political spectrum are arguing to get rid of it altogether.

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'Financial Times' Picks Apart Picketty, Sparking An Argument

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Is the story of rising inequality presented by Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century an exaggeration? A Financial Times editor said as much recently. Now, the argument has begun.

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The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Economists say too much income inequality is a bad thing. But they also say some inequality is necessary, and even good for society. Here are suggestions for finding that balance.

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Mirror, Mirror: Does 'Fairest' Mean Most Beautiful Or Most White?

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In sonnets and skin-whitening ads, the word "fair" stands in for both beauty and paleness. Once upon a time, it simply meant lovely; hundreds of years later, it gained the meaning "light-skinned."

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The Intra-Party Landscape, Seen From The Edge Of Primary Season

Monday, May 05, 2014

Three states go to the polls Tuesday, starting what will be an eight-week stretch of primaries in the U.S. For a look at the intra-party political landscape, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian has this overview.

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