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641 10/31/2017: Is the estate tax saving America from aristocracy?2017-10-31 17:53:00
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642 10/30/2017: Prosecutors love a paper trail…2017-10-30 17:38:00
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643 10/27/2017: Politicians love to hate regulations2017-10-27 11:43:11
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644 10/26/2017: So it's an emergency. Now what?2017-10-26 17:30:00
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645 10/25/2017: Hey, how much are you making?2017-10-25 18:09:00
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646 10/24/2017: The Uber of office space2017-10-24 18:00:00
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647 10/23/2017: Harassers' perfectly legal hiding spot2017-10-23 12:00:00
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648 10/20/2017: Macroeconomics' big mystery2017-10-20 18:00:00
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649 10/19/2017: Tax reform's brain drain2017-10-19 17:40:00
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650 10/17/2017: China's done doing our recycling2017-10-17 12:00:00
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10/17/2017: China's done doing our recycling

At America's largest ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, bales of plastic and paper are piling up. Once upon a time, they would have been packed and shipped to Asia, where they'd be turned into consumer goods and shipped back. But China has plenty of its own recycled materials now to sustain the manufacturing of goods, leaving the U.S. with a big problem: where's it all going to go? Maybe it can be hidden in the giant $2.4 trillion hole that the GOP's tax plan would leave in the budget (but it's likelier to end up in storage for now.) The tax plan is a big flip-flop from the fiscal responsibility Republicans have been been preaching, but it's not without precedent — historically, each side cares more about debt when they're in the opposition. Plus, NAFTA negotiations, what's really behind Amazon's choice of location for their secondary headquarters and how Houston's undocumented parents are struggling to receive federal aid for their children as the city recovers from Hurricane Harvey.…read more

651 10/13/17: Time is running out for Congress2017-10-13 13:50:00
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652 10/12/17: If you can't repeal it ...2017-10-12 18:00:00
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653 10/11/2017: The truth about taxes2017-10-11 16:00:00
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654 10/10/2017: The sock industry is "wildly misunderstood"2017-10-10 17:34:00
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655 10/09/2017: This week in policy reform, "synthetic repeal"2017-10-09 18:35:00
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656 10/06/2017: How do we count jobs numbers?2017-10-06 12:00:00
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657 10/05/2017: The economy according to Donald Trump2017-10-05 12:00:00
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658 10/04/2017: How to harden America's soft targets2017-10-04 15:48:00
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659 10/03/2017: What's really throwing the budget out of whack?2017-10-03 12:00:00
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660 10/02/2017: How is this economy doing, really?2017-10-02 12:00:00
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