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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Even if Donald Trump can prevent companies like Carrier from moving production out of the U.S., what about his promise of putting millions of people back to work? Well, Mark Muro of the Brookings Institution says it'll be hard for Trump to deliver on that promise. That's because so much of manufacturing is now automated. MARK MURO: What's interesting is, today's manufacturing is actually quite successful, and it...

Donald Trump announced in a series of tweets Wednesday that he will be taking himself " completely out " of his business operations to avoid potential conflicts of interest as president. The president-elect did not offer details of the plan or say that he would divest financially from his businesses, but he did promise a news conference in the coming weeks that would address the issue. New York Times investigative reporter Eric Lipton tells Fresh Air 's Terry Gross that because of a "quirk in...

The Obama administration is challenging a federal judge's decision last month to block the implementation of a new rule that would have made 4 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. The Department of Labor and its co-defendants filed a notice of appeal at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday, the same day that the rule was set to take effect before the temporary injunction was issued. "The Labor Department's sweeping overhaul to the overtime rule...

The announcement that President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence helped persuade Carrier to keep 1,000 factory jobs in the U.S. is a pretty big win. After all, they ran on a message of protecting The American Worker, and Trump isn't even in the White House yet. Details about the deal dripped out Thursday morning. United Technologies Corp. (parent company to Carrier) will get $7 million in tax breaks over 10 years, the Wall Street Journal reports , but the Indiana...

Princess Cruises will pay a $40 million fine for "deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up," according to the Department of Justice, which calls it "the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution." The California-based cruise operator also agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges over illegal practices on five ships dating back, in at least one case, to 2005. The Justice Department said in a statement that Princess illegally dumped...

Citing Belgian beer's integral role in social and culinary life, UNESCO is putting the country's rich brewing scene (with nearly 1,500 styles) on its list representing the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Belgium's beer culture is one of 16 new additions that were announced Thursday. Other honorees include the making of flatbread in Iran, Turkey, and elsewhere; Cuba's rumba music, Egypt's Tahteeb stick game, and long-observed festivals in Japan, France, Spain and Greece. When Belgium...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN3aWBqdcoc Zlota Kurka, or Golden Hen, sits in a central Warsaw neighborhood surrounded by telecom offices and wine bars. Inside, there's a window-sized menu offering Polish-style soups, eggs, dumplings, cabbage and potatoes, all cooked by women in flowered aprons and schoolteacher glasses. Jakub Szwedowski, a 32-year-old postal worker, is finishing his Sunday dinner at one of the tables, which are decorated with tiny vases of fabric flowers. It's the same...

Copyright 2016 WGBH Radio. To see more, visit WGBH Radio . STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Now when students borrow money from the federal government to go to school, they sometimes qualify for debt forgiveness after 10 or 20 or 25 years of payments. A report out yesterday from the Government Accountability Office shows that the amount the U.S. could forgive is more than $100 billion, much higher than earlier estimates. Kirk Carapezza from member station WGBH in Boston has more. KIRK CARAPEZZA, BYLINE:...

On a hillside overlooking the steppes of northeastern Mongolia, an entire family shovels jet-black chunks of coal into a truck. Every half-hour or so, they fire up a machine that steadily pulls a steel cable attached to what looks like a roller-coaster car emerging from a hole in the ground. It takes five minutes before it arrives at the surface, full of more coal, extracted by cousins working half-a-mile beneath the earth. For some rural Mongolians, risking their lives in crude, makeshift...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK2qBbDn5W0 You might not know his name but you undoubtedly know his famous sandwich, and many of us remember singing its ingredients along with a commercial in the 1970s: "Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun." Michael "Jim" Delligatti, the McDonald's franchisee who created the Big Mac, died Monday. He was 98. Delligatti was one of McDonald's earliest franchise holders, opening his first restaurant in...

In the race for video streaming domination, Netflix surges forward. On Wednesday, Netflix announced and implemented in its latest update, the ability to download TV and movie titles on mobile devices. At no extra cost to the user, Netflix subscribers will now be able to save select content to their iOS or Android devices, then watch on the go without the need for an Internet connection. Say goodbye to lackluster in-flight movies, Netflix is now airplane-mode compatible. The move places...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Before the presidential election, two prominent economists predicted that a surprise Trump victory would drive the stock market sharply lower. They based this on research that seemed sound, and they tracked movements in the market. But the market has been on a big rally since Trump won, so what happened? NPR's Chris Arnold reports. CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Right before the votes were cast, economist Eric Zitzewitz was...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: We're going to talk now about one specific way that Donald Trump's business interests might conflict with his role as president. For years, when Trump's needed a business loan, he's turned to struggling German bank Deutsche Bank. And since Trump was elected, Deutsche Bank's stock has been going up. We wanted to learn more about this relationship, so we called up Jesse Eisinger. He's a senior reporter for...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump said today that he's taking steps to separate himself from his businesses in order to fully focus on running the country. He made the announcement in a series of tweets this morning. Trump owns a vast network of businesses all over the world that represent enormous conflicts of interest for the incoming administration. We're joined now by NPR's Jim Zarroli. He's been covering this...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: To look at what the Carrier deal means for U.S. manufacturing in general, we turn now to Edward Alden. He's a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations and author of the book "Failure To Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind In The Global Economy." Welcome. EDWARD ALDEN: Good to be here, Ari. SHAPIRO: Does this deal with Carrier to keep jobs in the U.S. look to you like a one-off just so that Donald Trump...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: President-elect Donald Trump is delivering on part of a campaign promise to stop in Indiana air conditioning factory from moving to Mexico. The Carrier Company announced last night it's reached a deal with Trump to keep about a thousand jobs in Indianapolis. Trump is set to announce details of the deal tomorrow, but the news is already making waves in Indiana. And as Annie Ropeik of Indiana Public Broadcasting...

The federal ethics watchdog isn't the kind of agency that typically airs its positions on Twitter — let alone in a snarky tone, with exclamation points. But it's been an all-around weird day at the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. It started Wednesday morning, when President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to address concerns about his ability to lead the U.S. government while also holding massive business interests around the world. "While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I...

For the first time in eight years, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries has agreed to cut oil output, ratcheting down production by 1.2 million barrels per day in hopes of stabilizing the global oil market. News of the deal sent oil futures higher Wednesday morning. With the cut, OPEC's production will drop to 32.5 million barrels a day, effective on Jan. 1, 2017. "The agreement is contingent on key non-OPEC countries agreeing to also cut oil production by 600,000 barrels a day,"...

In the current issue of the New York Review of Books , David Kaiser and Lee Wasserman, the president and the director of the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), respectively, explain why the organization decided to divest its holdings on fossil fuel companies. Although the divesting decision is broad-ranging, they single out ExxonMobil for its "morally reprehensible conduct." "For over a quarter-century the company tried to deceive policymakers and the public about the realities of climate change,...

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump tried to tamp down growing concerns that he will not separate his vast global business interests from his role as head of the U.S. government. Trump is promising to hold a "major news conference" in two weeks to talk about how he's turning his empire over to his children. "While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various...

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Wilbur Ross Jr., a billionaire investor and turnaround specialist, as his commerce secretary. Ross announced his selection Wednesday during a joint CNBC interview with longtime Wall Street banker Steve Mnuchin , Trump's pick for Treasury secretary. "Wilbur Ross is a champion of American manufacturing and knows how to help companies succeed," Trump said in a statement announcing his choice. "Wilbur knows that cutting taxes for working families, reducing...

President-elect Donald Trump has picked his campaign finance chairman, Steve Mnuchin, to be his Treasury secretary. The Wall Street banker spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a partner, and is now chief executive of Dune Capital Management, a privately owned hedge fund. Mnuchin confirmed his selection Wednesday during a joint CNBC interview with billionaire investor Wilbur Ross Jr. , who has been tapped for commerce secretary. "Steve Mnuchin is a world-class financier, banker and...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We're learning a bit more about President-elect Trump's approach to trade with Latin America. Of course, he campaigned on a pledge to improve or cancel trade deals like NAFTA. Now, he's promising to block the U.S. opening to Cuba, unless it becomes more democratic. In the United States, he pushed Carrier to keep Indiana jobs that it was moving to Mexico, and the company now says it will preserve some of those...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We know a little more this morning about President-elect Trump's economic team. He has selected billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, Jr. for commerce secretary. And Trump has picked his campaign finance chairman Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary. He's had a career on Wall Street and in Hollywood. David Wessel joins us next. He's director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing...

The number of people who have trouble paying their medical bills has plummeted in the past five years as more people have gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and gotten jobs as the economy has improved.

A report from the National Center for Health Statistics released Wednesday shows that the number of people whose families are struggling to pay medical bills fell by 22 percent, or 13 million people, in the past five years. And that's good news, according to...

President-elect Donald Trump and Carrier have reached an agreement to keep 1,000 jobs in the U.S., the air-conditioner company announced Tuesday evening. Trump also tweeted: The company's plans to move some 2,000 jobs to Mexico from Indiana was a major campaign issue for Trump, who promised as president he would work to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S. Now, along with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the current Indiana governor, reports say they will preserve about half of those jobs. The...

After campaigning with lots of populist and anti-Wall Street rhetoric, Donald Trump is seriously considering a veteran Wall Street financier, Steve Mnuchin, to be his Treasury secretary. Mnuchin spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs, ultimately as a partner at the investment bank. More recently, he's headed a privately owned hedge fund, Dune Capital Management. Last April he became Trump's chief fundraiser, and he's now a member of the president-elect's transition team. But Mnuchin's resume also...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The new Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., is in a historic federal building. A government agency called the General Services Administration, or GSA, negotiated the lease with the Trump Organization. And that lease includes this language. No elected official shall be admitted to any share or part of this lease or to any benefit that may arise there from. Earlier today I spoke with...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: Donald Trump's business entanglements have already raised questions that will likely follow him into the White House. One of his business partners in the Philippines was just named special envoy to the U.S. And as we'll hear elsewhere in the show, Trump leases a government building for his new hotel here in Washington. Now Democrats plan to keep an eye out for potential conflicts of interest. And Maryland...

President-elect Donald Trump says environmental regulations are stifling the U.S. economy. He has vowed to roll back some of those rules, and he's also taken aim at the international climate agreement signed in Paris last year. Now, environmentalists are getting ready to fight back. Some are soliciting donations by invoking an inevitable legal battle. And environmental attorneys are preparing their defense. Natural Resources Defense Council attorney John Walke says that if Trump tries to roll...

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