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    • Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey. Now What?

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    President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House said, for the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. We'll talk with Politico's Sudeep Reddy about whether that reasoning passes the sniff test and what this news means for Republicans' congressional goals. Then: The Trump administration has put off a decision about staying in Paris climate agreement as coal production is up. The long-term for coal is trickier though.

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    • Half of All the Venture Capital Goes to Two Places

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    Yesterday we were talking about how bank ethicists measure success (by boredom), today we're looking at a way President Trump and Republicans could actually make banking a little more boring. Gary Cohn, one of Trump's economic advisers, told Bloomberg he'd be okay with the financial sector going back to the days when investment banks did trading and underwriting of securities, and commercial banks did banking as the rest of us know it. We'll talk about it, plus the unusual way Spotify could go public and injecting a little geographic diversity in the start-up world.

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    • Don't Touch Your Retirement!

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    President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time today, and at a joint press conference Trudeau stressed the two countries' trade relationship. Could Canada be the one to save NAFTA? Then: Most Americans aren't saving enough for retirement, and those who are saving often raid their funds for big and unexpected expenses. We'll look at different saving plans that can keep you from self-sabotage. Plus, the economics of pilot season and why smart cars need smarter roads.

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    • The Retirement Crisis

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    Nearly 100 tech companies, including giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and Netflix, filed a legal brief Sunday challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban. We'll look at what that brief can do and how much of it is symbolic. Plus, it's no secret that Trump watches a lot of cable news, and advertisers are catching on. Then, we'll look at two very different crises in this country: a lack of retirement savings and missing railroad crossings on GPS.

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    • The Unintended Consequences of NAFTA

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    It's NAFTA week here, so today we're heading to the Midwest. The trade deal opened up the Mexican market to American farmers, who enjoyed billions in exports. But Mexican farmers couldn't compete, and many of them immigrated to the U.S. illegally after going out of business. Then: we'll talk with the American and Canadian architects of NAFTA about how the negotiated the agreement in the first place. Plus, we'll unpack the latest travel restriction's impact on business travelers and look ahead to the House's big health care vote.

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    • New Deal Lessons for the Trump Administration

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    President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is still in the nascent stages, but it’s a key part of his promise to create millions of jobs. Once upon a time, infrastructure was this country’s job. After the Great Depression the government put millions of Americans to work building stuff. We'll look back at that history and what lessons it might hold for Trump's ambitious infrastructure plan. Plus: Auto earnings, Trump's visit from Xi Jinping and an exit interview with Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo.

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    • NAFTA, Explained

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    We're kicking off a new series today, explaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and what could happen if President Donald Trump renegotiates it. To start off, we have to talk about your pants. Where they were made and what you paid for them are essential to understanding how NAFTA works. Then, we'll talk with Jaime Serra, one of the agreement's architects in Mexico. Plus, the latest on Brexit negotiations and Uber's scandal-filled year.

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    • Did NAFTA Cost Jobs, or Create Them?

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    We've been talking a lot about NAFTA this week, but let's get down to brass tacks: What did the North American Free Trade Agreement do? President Donald Trump (not to mention Sen. Bernie Sanders) made NAFTA as a favorite target during the presidential campaign. They'll both tell you it was a “disaster” for the U.S. economy, that it cost the United States hundreds of thousands of jobs. The reality is not nearly as dramatic or tidy a story. Then, we'll look at how negotiating NAFTA could affect your happy hour. Plus, the latest on Sears' financial woes and more from our series in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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    • When Health Care Reform Is Tax Reform

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    We're still digging through the Congressional Budget Office report on Republicans' Obamacare replacement. Today we're looking at the plan's $600 billion in tax cuts for the health industry and wealthy Americans. Then, what you need to know about Intel's big bid to get in the autonomous car business. Plus: inside the NBA's minor leagues and one man's mission to spread the truth about caramelized onions.

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    • How to Build a New Blockbuster Franchise

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    Ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit tomorrow, let's look at our trade relationship with Japan. Then, we check in with Remitly, an app that helps immigrants send money back, to see how business is going since President Donald Trump took office. Plus, we learn how The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie built the new franchise, and talk about the pressure of making everything awesome again.

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    • American Infrastructure Stinks

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    If you're listening to our show in your car, or on the train or while looking at a dam, we probably don't need to tell you: American infrastructure is not great. In fact, thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineers' annual report card we know it's just this side of failing: D+ this year. President Donald Trump has promised to fix the country's infrastructure, in part with tax incentives and public/private partnerships. Will look at how that works. Then: We've learned more about how Trump plans to fund his big defense boost: by cutting about $6 billion from Housing and Urban Development. Plus, a commercial drone industry begets a anti-drone industry.

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    • Nobody Knew Health Care Could Be So Complicated

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    So, no vote on the big GOP health care bill today. There might be one tomorrow, depending on whether you listen to the White House or to Republican leaders in Congress. The latest carrot they're using to win votes is scrapping an Obamacare provision that standardized insurance policies. We'll talk about "health care a la carte." Plus, a NAFTA thought experiment and the latest in our My Economy series.

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    • Let's Do the Numbers on Health Care

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    Snowstorm aside, it's a busy start of the week in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office just did the numbers on Republicans' Obamacare replacement, and, well, we may need to break out Stormy Weather. Plus, the Federal Reserve is meeting tomorrow and Wednesday, so we'll soon have an official call on interest rates. We'll look at the relationship between the Fed and the White House over the years. Plus, can Trump help send a human to Mars?

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    • Businesses React to Trump's Policies

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    We're leading off with two macro-economic stories today. First, currency manipulation: Trump and his aides have accused China, Japan and now Germany of benefiting from undervalued currency. Then, companies are trying to figure out how to navigate the new Trump era: Some are feeling pressure to move manufacturing back to the States, others to take a stand on his executive order and others still just want to stay off his Twitter feed. Plus, a preview of this week's "Make Me Smart."

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    • 12/22/16: What's your return policy?

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    Greece, Italy... We're nearly a decade from the beginnings of the global financial crisis, and debt crises keep popping up. Then: the Commerce Department announced the economy grew even faster than we thought in the third quarter. We're at a healthy 3.5 percent, and there's still the fourth quarter to measure. Also President-elect Donald Trump will take office with a pledge to sharply raise tariffs. Will that expand the economy, or shrink it? Plus: The Navy's fight against climate change and everything you've always wondered about return policies, just in time to wrap up your holiday shopping.

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    • What Makes a #Sponsored Instagram Post?

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    Productivity has been lackluster for a while, and it slowed down in the fourth quarter. We'll look at what that means ahead of the first new jobs report of the Trump administration tomorrow. Plus, we'll examine an unintended consequence of President Donald Trump's travel ban: potentially worsening a shortage of rural doctors. Plus, we'll learn how to parse ads and non-ads on Instagram and Norman Lear takes a phone call in the middle of our conversation about "One Day at a Time."

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    • The Cost of Russia's Support for Syria

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    The full global political reaction to last night's U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian air base remains to be seen, but the impact on Russia’s economic ties to Syria will only heighten tense relations. Russia, as President Bashar Assad’s staunchest ally, has boosted the Syrian government’s military might in its civil war and in turn profited from billions of dollars in arms and equipment sales. Let's face it, there's no easy transition to our next story, where we meet Mark Wagner, the New York-based collage artist who deconstructs dollar bills to make portraits of presidents and re-create famous paintings. And, as always, we'll wrap up the week in business and economic news.

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    • How Small Is Too Big to Fail?

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    There was a time when a North Korean missile launch, a Russian spy boat, a resigned national security adviser and a couple of disastrously rolled out executive orders might have been very bad news for Wall Street and stock prices. Not anymore. We'll look into that, plus President Donald Trump's new pick to head the Labor Department and the measure the government uses to decide what's "too big to fail." Plus, more dispatches from America's downtrodden steel towns and a bit on Trump's press conference today.

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    • All Options Are on the Table in North Korea. Any Economic Ones?

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    Things are heating up on the Korean peninsula, you may have heard. North Korea will reportedly test missiles weekly, and South Korea has doubled down on a missile defense system China finds threatening. Vice President Mike Pence said all options are on the table to contain North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. What, short of war, can the U.S. do? We'll look into it, Then, Google Adobe have font makes Asian scripts consistent, and that's a big deal. Plus: Why a former Chanel CEO purged her closet

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    • The Mexican Energy Industry Has a Long Road Ahead

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    Just because foreign companies can now invest in Mexico’s state-owned energy agency Pemex, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will. Seventy-five years of monopoly bred messy finances, debt, nepotism and corruption. But it’s too big an opportunity for some to pass up, and we’ll likely see U.S. companies involved with Pemex’s modernization. Next, our sustainability desk visits tech startups that are figuring out better places to put carbon dioxide than into the air — and some of their solutions make pretty useful products. Plus, the coal conversation continues with an update from Wyoming.

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