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Oregon Businesses Breathe Sighs Of Relief Over New North American Trade Deal

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The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement wins wide political and business support in Oregon, one of the nation's most trade dependent states.

French Prime Minister Unveils Pension Plan As Strike Continues To Paralyze Paris

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The plan calls for a shift from 42 distinct pension plans into one universal scheme. The new system will be based on the principle of giving each pensioner the same rights for each euro they pay in.

New Seasons Market Selling To Good Food Holdings

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Good Food Holdings, a subsidiary of a major South Korean retailer, is buying the Portland-based grocery chain. New Seasons CEO Forrest Hoffmaster expects the deal to be finalized in January.

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Researchers Find A Remarkable Ripple Effect When You Give Cash To Poor Families

Research suggests the most effective way to help poor people can be to give them no-strings-attached cash. Now a new study finds even neighbors who don't get the aid benefit.

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Student Loans A Lot Like The Subprime Mortgage Debacle, Watchdog Says

Mike Calhoun rang the alarm bell early on about the subprime mortgage debacle — before reckless lending drove the economy into recession. These days, he's sounding the alarm about student loans.

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A Q&A With Esther Duflo, Who Wins Nobel Prize Today

Esther Duflo is the first female economist to win the Nobel Prize. Planet Money talks to her about her win, the state of gender inequality in economics, and her new book.

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Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker Dies At 92

Volcker took the top job at the Federal Reserve in 1979, at a time when inflation was spiraling out of control. He is credited with taming it.

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Time Running Out For Wheeler To Deliver On Portland Homeless Crisis Promises

Mayor Ted Wheeler pledged that under his watch, every person sleeping on Portland’s streets would have the option of heading inside. Three years later, he has not kept that promise. 

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Job Market Surges As Employers Add 266,000 Jobs In November

U.S. employers added a better-than-expected number of jobs last month, boosted in part by the return of General Motors workers who had been on strike in October. The unemployment rate fell to 3.5%.

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Lawmakers Call For Investigation After NPR Report On Troubled Student Loan Program

NPR found the vast majority of student loan borrowers with disabilities aren't getting the debt relief their owed. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking for an investigation.

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How Hard Are Tariffs Hitting The Economy? It Depends On Who You Ask

The U.S. economy is still growing, but trade tensions have taken a toll — especially on factories and farms. The trade war's impact on the overall economy is being debated.

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Why America's 1-Percenters Are Richer Than Europe's

The share of total income of the top 1% of earners in the U.S. more than doubled over four decades. But in Europe, the gains were less dramatic. What accounts for the difference across the Atlantic?

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Schools Plan, Businesses Worry – An Old Timber Town Prepares For Oregon’s New Tax

Oregon’s new business tax goes into effect Jan. 1. It’s meant to raise $1 billion a year for education. It’s an opportunity for schools, but it’s prompted mixed reactions from businesses.