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The Keystone XL pipeline, an $8 billion project that has attracted significant protest from environmental groups, has cleared a major regulatory hurdle on its path to completion. On Monday, the Nebraska Public Service Commission certified the pipeline to run through the state.

Killing the "death tax": Is it fair?

Nov 20, 2017

With the U.S. Congress determined to get tax reform done before the end of the year, one of the taxes on the chopping block is the estate tax. Up till now, if you had a lot of money —  more than $5.5 million for an individual or $11 million for a couple — and you wanted to leave it to your kids when you died, Uncle Sam would get a piece. And not a small piece: 40 percent.

(Markets Edition) On today's show, we'll take a peek at what leading indicators have to say about our economy. Turns out it's looking much better because our major trading partners are on a roll. Afterwards, we'll look at news that a former Obama official — Maria Contreras-Sweet — is making a $275 million bid for The Weinstein Co., with plans to reform it by installing a female-majority board. And finally, we'll discuss what the GOP's planned tax overhaul would mean for independent contractors. 

Former Obama official makes bid for Weinstein Co.

Nov 20, 2017

The movie studio The Weinstein Co., has seen its value plummet after numerous allegations of sexual abuse by its co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

It’s been looking for a buyer, and now it appears to have at least one offer. Maria Contreras-Sweet — the head of the Small Business Administration under President Barack Obama — has brought together a group of investors that’s offering $275 million for the embattled movie studio.

There's news a former Obama administration official is leading a team that has offered to buy the disgraced Weinstein movie studio. 

Maria Contreras-Sweet, who used to run the Small Business Administration, is reportedly offering $275 million for the company. If the deal goes through, the plan is to set up a majority female board and establish a $30 million fund to support those allegedly abused by Harvey Weinstein. 

The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index (LEI) report for October is expected to rebound from a 0.2 percent decline the previous month. That drop—the first in a year—resulted in part from weak employment and residential construction activity tied to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, according to the Conference Board. (LEI is compiled from ten economic indicators—including first-time unemployment claims, factory orders, building permits, stock prices and interest-rate spreads.)

(U.S. Edition) In Germany, talks aimed at forming a ruling coalition fell apart last night. Chancellor Angela Merkel won the most votes in a general election in September, but not enough to rule outright. On today's show, we'll take a look at the current state of Germany's economy and what political instability could mean for it. Afterwards, we'll look at Toshiba's financial woes: it faces $6 billion in liabilities because its U.S. subsidiary Westinghouse is in bankruptcy.

11/20/2017: German coalition talks fail

Nov 20, 2017

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … German Chancellor Angela Merkel is back to square one after a potential partner walked out of negotiations to try and form a coalition government. We find out what the political uncertainty means for Europe's largest economy.  Afterwards, the Japanese corporate giant Toshiba's shares fell nearly 5 percent on news it's trying to raise more than $5 billion through a massive new stock listing. Then, we hear how Cuba's recent boom in tourism could be reversing as diplomatic relations with the United States become icy again. 

Predicting the technology of the future for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles

Nov 20, 2017

The city of Los Angeles has more than a decade to plan for the 2028 Summer Olympics. That means upgrades to sports venues, transportation and security. The thing is, no one can predict exactly what technology will look like that far into the future. For a little perspective, the iPhone came out just 10 years ago. And back then, we didn't have Google Chrome, Uber or the 4G network.

11/20/2017: Planning for the 2028 Olympics

Nov 20, 2017

Los Angeles will host the Summer Olympics in 2028. That gives the city more than a decade to plan the international event. But how do you do that if no one knows what technology will look like in 2028, and how it will affect the way athletes compete, judges judge and viewers at home watch? Marketplace’s Adriene Hill talks with Proday’s Sarah Kunst about everything from body-enhancing technology to LA’s notorious traffic.

In a new hour-long special, "Sexual Harassment: A Moment of Reckoning," Weekend Edition Sunday host Lulu Garcia-Navarro takes a deep dive into a national conversation that is growing louder by the day.

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There's a growing number of defense industry insiders landing top jobs at the Pentagon. Some happen to be from the Pentagon's biggest customers. And that led to a bipartisan beating up at a confirmation hearing this week. NPR's David Welna has that story.

To Tax Or Not To Tax University Endowments

Nov 19, 2017

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Living On $100,000 A Year: Student Debt

Nov 19, 2017

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When he started working as a bartender a few years ago in Seattle, Howie Echo-Hawk says he began experiencing discrimination. First, a bar manager told him to get a respectable haircut.

"I had a Mohawk, which is the traditional style of my people and I wore it because of that," he said. Echo-Hawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.

Rather than argue, Echo-Hawk cut his hair. Then, a few months later, he broke his ankle and had to take some time off.

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