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The Trump Administration is trying to figure out how to act on a campaign promise to make trade with China more fair. One thing the administration is considering is imposing tariffs or quotas on imports of steel and aluminum. The justification? National security. Here's a look at the theory behind that connection, and the administration's options.

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Italians head to the polls this weekend in the latest big European election. Since Italy was one of the founding members of the European Union and is the third-largest economy in the eurozone, the result will have repercussions beyond the borders of Italy and could certainly affect the future of the bloc. 

But one of the issues emerging in the election campaign is specifically Italian: the plight of the so-called “bamboccioni.”  

What the world economy might look like without the U.S.

Feb 26, 2018

With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, public criticism of the World Trade Organization and renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it's clear that policymakers are reconsidering the role of the United States in the global economy. But what if the extreme happens, and the U.S. withdraws from global commerce completely? What does that future look like?

Editor's note: Since we published this story on Dec. 12, 2017, Kalman Aron, the artist featured here, died on Feb. 24. He was 93. 

When you step inside artist Kalman Aron’s modest apartment in Beverly Hills, a lifetime of creation surrounds you. The walls are covered in paintings and finished canvases are stacked on the floors, a dozen deep. The paintings range from portraits to landscapes to abstract works. They’re just a fraction of the roughly 2,000 pieces Aron says he’s created over the decades.

In 2008, Harley-Davidson started selling the Screamin' Eagle line of motorcycle tuners. The small, neon-orange box, when put on a regular motorcycle, allowed owners to “tune” the efficiency of their bikes, making them louder, faster and more powerful.

(Markets Edition) The movie studio founded by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein is set to file for bankruptcy. We'll take a look at why sales talks might have fallen through. Afterwards, we'll talk with economist Julia Coronado about what we can expect from Fed Chair Jay Powell's upcoming speech to Congress, and then discuss how Colombia's LGBT community may not be benefiting fully from the country's reparations system.

New home sale numbers are out today from the U.S. Census Bureau. In a tight housing market, strong new construction numbers could be a boost to first-time homebuyers.

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Minus 8 degrees. That was the temperature one recent day in Shishmaref in far-western Alaska — frigid for most of us, but pretty good for Dennis Davis, because minus 8 means good ice formation on the Chukchi Sea surrounding his tiny island community near the Bering Strait.

Like his neighbors in this Native community, Davis needs to get out to the ice edge to hunt the marine mammals his family depends on for food. But the weather early this winter was warm and the ice was late in coming, which created a dangerous patchwork extending from the town’s seawall on toward the horizon.

When Aura Hinestroza talks about her life, she divides it in two chapters: “The Aura who was happy, and the Aura who came after,” Hinestroza said. 

Eighteen years ago, Hinestroza was working as a journalist in Chocó, a western region in Colombia. She got a tip about the FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, fighting in the area. But when she went to track the story down, it was a trap. She said she was raped, beaten and left for dead. And she said it was because she's a lesbian.

How to grow a union in an anti-union state

Feb 26, 2018

Before Mark Janus gets his paycheck, a number of things get deducted: taxes, Social Security and Medicare. And then a small portion of Janus’ paycheck goes to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, a union that negotiated his contract. Janus is not a union member, but he is required to pay what is called a “fair-share” fee that covers the union’s costs of negotiating and maintaining a contract.

The Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy

Feb 26, 2018

The Weinstein Company says it will file for bankruptcy after sale talks fell through. The company emailed a statement late Sunday night claiming the interested buyer — an investment group led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet — failed to meet adequate terms of the sale.

02/26/2018: The eternal CEO

Feb 26, 2018

(U.S. Edition) CEOs get criticized for short-term thinking, but what if you kept them in power for several decades? In China, President Xi Jinping could stay in power for the remainder of his life. We'll look at news that the ruling Communist party wants to change the constitution that would grant him the ability to. Afterwards, we'll discuss the importance of checking your credit score, and then talk to Gary Kennedy — the former top lawyer of American Airlines — about whether airlines have to deal with too many rules and regulations.

Most people say they care about credit card security. They just don’t take time to deal with it before it’s too late.

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How to be a Zamboni driver

Feb 23, 2018

Ryan Hevern is an ice technician at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. He also works part-time driving Zambonis at Minnesota's 3M Arena and is currently working at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. He started driving a Zamboni right out of high school and has been working on the ice for eight years. 

Student loan debt affects more than 44 million Americans, who hold about $1.4 trillion in debt.

Marketplace Weekend spoke to Adam Looney, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and author of the group's latest report on student loan repayment. Here are the three big takeaways:

Researchers from George Washington University announced Thursday they will be conducting a recount of Hurricane Maria's death toll amidst conflicting accounts that have emerged since the hurricane hit, rekindling conversation about recovery efforts on the island. Beyond the challenges of physical reconstruction, Puerto Rico is also facing a debt crisis.

Does your dog really need "natural" food?

Feb 23, 2018

General Mills is set to pay $8 billion for pet food maker Blue Buffalo. That's the company that markets, among other products, "farm-to-table canine cuisine.” Here’s what’s behind this deal — and why this market is so red hot.

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Baltimore subway closure exposes deeper problems

Feb 23, 2018

At the Reisterstown Plaza Metro station in Baltimore, loudspeakers were blasting WTTZ, the Maryland Transportation Channel. Yes, the Baltimore Metro has a radio station. But today, and for another few weeks, there is no subway service. On Feb. 11, the Maryland Transit Administration announced it would shut down the city’s only subway line for a month to make emergency track repairs.

Habib Malik, 64, stood on the curb, waiting for one of the free shuttles the MTA has arranged during the repairs.

People are fascinated by cryptocurrency. It’s not hard to see the appeal — you could make millions.

And that’s what Venezuela seems to be counting on. This week, Venezuela launched the petro, the world’s first government-backed cryptocurrency.

It's almost that time of the year again: tax filing season.

We've got new tax rules that were recently signed into law. Most of the changes from the new law will go into effect in 2019, but there are some issues people ought to think about right now. Investment adviser and certified personal accountant Jonathan Gerber shares five things you need to know about the new law.

1) What impact has the tax reform act had on the tax rates of most Americans?

"America's pastor," the Rev. Billy Graham, died on Wednesday at 99.

The son of a North Carolina farmer, Graham went on to become an adviser and friend to US presidents, meet face-to-face with dictators and bring the Christian message to millions around the world. At the same time, he had fierce critics and made comments that would be outside the mainstream today. He said AIDS was God’s punishment, though he later apologized, and made anti-Semitic comments to Richard Nixon that he later tried to explain away.

02/23/2018: Can "Black Panther" shake up Hollywood?

Feb 23, 2018

(Markets Edition) The big financial story of this week: what the guardians of interest rates said about future interest rates. Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, stopped by to talk with us about how difficult it is to forecast inflation. Afterwards, we'll discuss news that the Chinese government has seized control of Anbang, the firm that owns some famous U.S. properties. Plus: We talk about whether "Black Panther" will help create more opportunities in Hollywood for black actors.

After every high-casualty mass shooting, there's a lot of heated political debate over how to interpret what happened and how to prevent the next one. The Parkland, Florida, tragedy is no exception, except that these days, the debates come with a steroid boost in the form of tweets that divide Americans even further.

Host Marco Werman speaks with Erin Griffith, a senior writer at Wired who wrote the article, "Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting."

Will “Black Panther” be a game changer?

Feb 23, 2018

"Black Panther" moves into its second weekend in theaters having already posted half a billion dollars at the box office. Sure, it’s a Disney film based on a Marvel comic book, but could it also be a game changer for how Hollywood looks at mostly black casts and distinctly African narratives? 

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The National Rifle Association has backed President Trump's call to arm teachers in the wake of the Florida and other deadly school shootings.

Trump advocated arming school officials, only "if they really have the aptitude." But would this actually help people in the midst of a crisis? 

Bering Sea loses half its sea ice over two weeks

Feb 23, 2018

The Bering Sea has lost roughly half its sea ice over the past two weeks and has more open water than ever measured at this time of year.

“This is unprecedented,” said Brain Brettschneider, a climate researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “The amount of ice is less than it’s ever been during the satellite era on any date between mid-January and early May.”


Real ID fuels demand for passports

Feb 23, 2018

You may have been hearing about something called "Real ID" lately. The Real ID Act, passed in 2005, requires U.S. fliers to have a new, more secure kind of ID card to get through TSA checkpoints. About half of U.S. states are issuing driver licenses that comply, while the rest have been given extensions to get there. When it comes to Real ID, travelers have some choices to make.

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Supreme Court to hear arguments on "fair-share" union dues

Feb 23, 2018

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — a case that some view as the biggest threat to labor unions in years. If the justices rule in favor of the plaintiffs, millions of public-sector workers would be able to opt out of paying dues to their labor union.

(U.S. Edition) The Chinese government has seized the control of Anbang, a firm that owns some high-profile U.S. properties. We'll look at Anbang's origins and why China is cracking down on it. Afterwards, we'll discuss a major Supreme Court case that could affect economic mobility. The case questions whether public-sector unions have a right to collect fees from government workers who refuse to join. Plus: A look at upgrades to the Real ID, and what could happen if states don't comply with their requirements.  

02/23/2018: Donald Trump Jr.'s business with India

Feb 23, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … The Royal Bank of Scotland turned its first profit in 10 years, but we’ll explain why looming fears about the bank’s actions in the run up to the financial crisis are hitting the bank’s share price today. Then, Donald Trump Jr. is in India today meeting buyers of his firm’s luxury real-estate business…the same day a new report says inequality in the country has risen sharply for the last three decades. Afterwards, royal waters have plenty to look forward to this year with two weddings and a baby on the way.