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Week Ahead: April Jobs Report, Fed Meeting

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This week's economic schedule is packed, highlighted by the April jobs report. Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Morath explains whether we should expect a rebound in job growth. He's also closely watching the Fed's interest rate policy meeting.

7 Min

Apr 30, 2017

April Showers Gains on U.S. Stocks

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A slight pullback for stocks Friday, but the major averages enjoyed a strong week and a strong month. Wall Street Journal markets reporter Corrie Driebusch says earnings were a big market driver during April.

6 Min

Apr 29, 2017

SUVs, Pickups Drive GM's Profit Gain

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General Motors said first quarter profit rose 34 percent, as sales and earnings were better than expected. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias said that pickup trucks and SUVs were once again the main drivers for GM's growth.

7 Min

Apr 28, 2017

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6 min
Apr 28, 2017
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The gross domestic product rose 0.7% during the first quarter. Wall Street Journal reporter Jeffrey Sparshott joins John Wordock in Washington with a closer look.

5 min
Apr 27, 2017
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The Pentagon's internal watchdog has opened a probe into whether former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn broke the law when he took payments linked to foreign governments. We get details from Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Byron Tau.

6 min
Apr 27, 2017
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Donald Trump is approaching the 100-day point of his presidency. Wall Street Journal Executive Washington Editor Gerald Seib says a president's first 100 days means less from a grades standpoint than what he learns about how best to operate.

6 min
Apr 27, 2017
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Defense Department leaders are calling for faster development of offensive weapons to protect U.S. spy satellites. The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor says this breaks with a decades-long policy.

7 min
Apr 26, 2017
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President Donald Trump Wednesday called for deep cuts in business taxes and big changes to the individual tax system. The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos says the plan faces budgetary and political hurdles.

7 min
Apr 26, 2017
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Silicon Valley was not happy when Donald Trump was elected president, since they saw his policies as likely to hurt the technology industry. But the Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip says the tech sector has flourished under a Trump administration.

6 min
Apr 26, 2017
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A yogurt when we wake up, then something more substantial during mid-morning. The Wall Street Journal's Ellen Bryon says more Americans are eating a second breakfast. Food companies, restaurants - and Weight Watchers - are all taking note of this trend.

6 min
Apr 25, 2017
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A new survey finds that companies plan to increase their hiring of college grads for the eighth straight year. But the Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee says a separate survey finds that many college seniors are ill-prepared for the job hunt.

7 min
Apr 25, 2017
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The Trump administration plans to impose a 20 percent tariff on imports of Canadian softwood lumber. The Wall Street Journal's Will Mauldin reports from Washington on the dispute, which goes back decades.

4 min
Apr 25, 2017
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The tobacco industry is booming today, after it was thought to be close to getting snuffed out. The Wall Street Journal's Jennifer Maloney says Big Tobacco has been boosted in part by higher cigarette prices.

6 min
Apr 24, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Mike Bender says President Donald Trump has told aides to draft a plan to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent. The president wants it done in time to announce a plan on Wednesday.

6 min
Apr 24, 2017
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Wall Street Journal Capitol Hill reporter Kristina Petersen says the White House wants any budget deal to include funds for a border wall. That last-minute push is muddying congressional talks to reach a spending agreement that would avoid a government shutdown.

6 min
Apr 23, 2017
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Wal-Mart's fight to defend its low-cost reputation is helping to extend the longest food-price decline in decades. The Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon joins us from Chicago.

6 min
Apr 23, 2017
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Expect several highly-anticipated updates this week on the economy. The Wall Street Journal's Joshua Mitchell joins us from the Washington newsroom with a preview.

6 min
Apr 22, 2017
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The Dow edged lower Friday, weighed down by the energy sector as oil prices extend losses. However, a batch of encouraging earnings reports lifted the S&P 500 to its first weekly gain of the month. WSJ's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio.

6 min
Apr 21, 2017
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Tesla is voluntarily recalling 53,000 Model S sedan and Model X sport-utility vehicles over an issue with electric-parking brakes that could prevent them from being released. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins brings us the latest.

6 min
Apr 21, 2017
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Trump's effort to force the federal government to "Buy American" will be a challenge. Foreign companies hauled in more money from federal contracts in the past three months than in any corresponding period in a decade. WSJ's Coulter Jones reports.

6 min
Apr 21, 2017
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Emirates Airline, the world's biggest carrier by international traffic, is cutting flights to five U.S. cities after actions by the Trump administration slowed bookings from Middle Eastern countries. WSJ's Robert Wall joins us from London.

5 min
Apr 20, 2017
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Exxon Mobil applied to the Treasury Department for a waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia in a bid to resume its joint venture with state oil giant PAO Rosneft. The Wall Street Journal's Bradley Olson reports from Houston.

5 min
Apr 20, 2017
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Fox News is parting ways with Bill O'Reilly in the wake of a sexual-harassment scandal, bringing an end to the combative host's two-decade run. The Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint looks at what comes next from Los Angeles.

7 min
Apr 20, 2017
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Hooray for China! The Wall Street Journal's Erich Schwartzel says the U.S. movie business has become reliant on Chinese investors and China's more than one billion moviegoers.

6 min
Apr 19, 2017
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Democrat Jon Ossoff fell short in a bid to claim an outright win over his GOP challenger for a U.S. House seat in Georgia. There will be a runoff election in June. The Wall Street Journal's Cameron McWhirter reports from Atlanta on this closely-watched race.

6 min
Apr 19, 2017
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The Navy confirmed it didn't send the USS Carl Vinson straight to North Korea amid growing tensions in the region. This, despite contrary comments from the White House and defense officials. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Kesling on the communications snafu.

6 min
Apr 19, 2017
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Donald Trump's presidency has slowed the expansion of his family business. Son Eric Trump tells the Wall Street Journal's Peter Grant the company has passed on some deals due to worries about conflicts.

7 min
Apr 18, 2017
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President Trump will call for a government-wide review aimed at strengthening "Buy American" and "Hire American" mandates. Wall Street Journal White House reporter Eli Stokols joins us from Washington.

6 min
Apr 18, 2017
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British Prime Minister Theresa May wants an early general election in the U.K. The Wall Street Journal's Jenny Gross, reporting from London, says it's a bid to give May more leverage in upcoming exit negotiations with the E.U.

7 min
Apr 18, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's latest monthly survey of economists finds that they've lowered their growth forecasts for the U.S. economy. WSJ's Josh Zumbrun says economists are more pessimistic because of doubts about Congress to pass hoped-for reforms.

5 min
Apr 16, 2017
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Most eyes will focus on housing this week. But there's also fresh industrial production data, the IMF meetings and more to consider. The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Sparshott joins us with what to watch.

5 min
Apr 15, 2017
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Solar panels are becoming more affordable than ever for U.S. homeowners. The Wall Street Journal's Cassandra Sweet discusses why that's bad news for Elon Musk's SolarCity and the heavy hitters in the industry.

6 min
Apr 14, 2017
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Donald Trump's reliance on former and current executives helps lead to a shift away from hard-line positions on China, Ex-Im Bank and NATO. The Wall Street Journal's Eli Stokols reports.

5 min
Apr 14, 2017
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The nearly 22,000-pound bomb targeted a militant cave-and-tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Donati joins us from Kabul with the latest details.

5 min
Apr 14, 2017
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Research suggests road closures and delays on marathon days may put some older patients at greater risk of death. The Wall Street Journal's Melanie Evans joins us in the studio with the details.

6 min
Apr 13, 2017
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Analysis from our wide-ranging interview with President Trump. Executive Washington Editor Jerry Seib on North Korea. Trump in his own words on where things stand on a healthcare overhaul, plus White House Reporter Michael Bender on the Ex-Im Bank.

6 min
Apr 13, 2017
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President Donald Trump says a healthcare overhaul still takes priority over tax reform. WSJ's Richard Rubin has details from Washington.

9 min
Apr 12, 2017
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President Donald Trump offers China better trade terms in exchange for help on North Korea. He also says the dollar is "getting too strong" and he presses Democrats on a health bill. The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender joins us from Washington.

6 min
Apr 12, 2017
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Several major banks report quarterly earnings Thursday. Peter Rudegeair of the Wall Street Journal says results should be much improved over a year ago. But analysts are restrained in their forecasts, given the absence of any regulatory reform.

6 min
Apr 12, 2017
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United Continental's CEO blamed what he called a system failure following a passenger being forcibly removed from a flight. The Wall Street Journal's Doug Cameron reports from Chicago on the continuing fallout from the incident and United's response.

6 min
Apr 12, 2017
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It's a mystery: business and consumer confidence is up, yet the growth in bank lending is slowing down. Wall Street Journal Heard on the Street columnist Aaron Back offers some possible reasons.

6 min
Apr 11, 2017
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Felicia Schwartz joins us from Moscow as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds high-level talks there with Russian officials. Tillerson had harsh words for both Syria and Russia in the wake of Syria's recent chemical attack.

6 min
Apr 11, 2017
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President Trump's first 100 days in office have been marketed by staff infighting and divisions within the GOP. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Bender says Trump has told aides to stop feuding among themselves and start promoting his agenda.

6 min
Apr 11, 2017
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NASA, Boeing and Lockheed Martin are partnering on the new Orion space vehicle. But the Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor says that, early in the program, there are already plans to cut costs. One reason: a rival project by Elon Musk's Space X.

6 min
Apr 10, 2017
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One of Goldman Sachs's most successful investments as of late has been in credit reporting bureau TransUnion. The Wall Street Journal's Liz Hoffman explains why.

7 min
Apr 10, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin says it looks unlikely that Republicans and Democrats can come together to pass legislation on tax reform. Republicans themselves are badly split on their priorities for tax overhaul.

5 min
Apr 10, 2017
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Americans, in a generational reversal, are now more likely to work for a large employer than a small one, a shift that's rippling through the economy. The Wall Street Journal's Theo Francis joins us from Washington.

5 min
Apr 8, 2017
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This week brings fresh data about consumers, retailers, inflation and more. The Wall Street Journal's Joshua Mitchell joins us from Washington with what to watch this week with the economy.

5 min
Apr 8, 2017
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Investors bought up shares of defense companies and oil prices rose after the U.S. launched a strike against a Syrian air base. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio with a look at the week on Wall Street.

5 min
Apr 7, 2017
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The sale of the business that once defined General Electric, co-founded by Thomas Edison, could fetch $500 million. The Wall Street Journal's Dana Mattioli joins us in the studio with a look at why this is on the table.

7 min
Apr 7, 2017
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For the first time the U.S. is deliberately targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. What does it mean for the fight against ISIS, or the relationship with Russia? The Wall Street Journal's Dion Nissenbaum reports from the Pentagon.

6 min
Apr 7, 2017
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The U.S. economy added only 98,000 jobs in March. Vincent Reinhart, chief economist at Standish Mellon Asset Management, picks apart the disappointing data and puts the news in perspective.

5 min
Apr 7, 2017
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The internet giant will nearly double it's part-time labor force over the next year, hiring warehouse and customer-service workers to keep up with business. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens joins us from the newsroom in San Francisco.

5 min
Apr 6, 2017
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A GOP-led effort paves the way for Judge Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal's Naftali Bendavid joins us from the Washington newsroom with context for what this change means going forward.

5 min
Apr 6, 2017
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The Labor Department releases its monthly employment report on Friday. The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Sparshott joins us from Washington with a preview.

5 min
Apr 6, 2017
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Costco Wholesale has built an empire selling products in bulk at its stores, so it's been slower than other retailers to embrace online sales. But Costco is feeling pressure from online rivals like Amazon, says Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Nassauer.

6 min
Apr 5, 2017
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Oil prices are expected to remain under 60 dollars a barrel for a third straight year. Wall Street Journal London reporter Georgi Kantchev says OPEC faces tough choices as the cartel decides on whether to extend output cuts at next month's meeting.

5 min
Apr 5, 2017
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Panera Bread has agreed to be sold to JAB Holding for more than 7 billion dollars. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon talks about the sale of Panera, a pioneer in fast-casual dining.

6 min
Apr 5, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Terlep says Gillette is cutting prices on razors and focusing more on cheaper products. Gillette is feeling pressure from online startups like Harry's and Dollar Shave Club.

4 min
Apr 4, 2017
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Foreigners wishing to visit the U.S. could be subject to what President Donald Trump has called extreme vetting measures. What are they? We find out from Wall Street Journal Washington reporter Laura Meckler.

5 min
Apr 4, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Matt Jarzemsky says Staples is in preliminary merger talks with a small number of possible private-equity bidders.

6 min
Apr 4, 2017
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With retailers scaling back, teens may find the bulk of this summer's jobs in unusual places or later in the summer. That's according to a new forecast from Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Here with details is Challenger CEO John Challenger.

7 min
Apr 3, 2017
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Ronco Brands, the company behind those Veg-O-Matic infomercials, is going public again in a bid to raise 30 million dollars. But wait - there's more! The Wall Street Journal's Ruth Simon explains.

6 min
Apr 3, 2017
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Senate Democrats say they have the votes to stall the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to be Supreme Court justice. Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau updates us from Washington on the bitter Senate battle.

7 min
Apr 3, 2017
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For quite some time, the Fed has adopted a two-percent inflation target when considering whether interest rates should rise. Now, as the Wall Street Journal's David Harrison reports from Washington, there are calls to let the target drift higher.

6 min
Apr 2, 2017
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First-of-its-kind feat by SpaceX represents major boost for expanding the commercial-space industry. The Wall Street Journal's Andy Pasztor reports from Los Angeles.

6 min
Apr 2, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf joins us in studio to preview what to watch this week.

4 min
Apr 1, 2017
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A brightening economic outlook and rising confidence among businesses and consumers led to quarterly gains for the indexes. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us with some perspective on the quarter and the week for stocks.

5 min
Mar 31, 2017
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Two new executive orders signed by President Trump are modest compared with the dramatic changes in trade policy promised on the campaign trail. Wall Street Journal White House Reporter Peter Nicholas joins us with the details.

5 min
Mar 31, 2017
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President Trump's former national security adviser tells the FBI, and the House and Senate intelligence committees, he's willing to be interviewed in exchange for a deal. The Wall Street Journal's Shane Harris joins us from Washington.

6 min
Mar 30, 2017
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Request for preliminary pitches draws interest from more than 200 companies. The Wall Street Journal's Dan Frosch analyzed the list and joins us with the details.

6 min
Mar 30, 2017
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The Trump administration inked a $6.5 billion deal with AT&T to build a nationwide wireless broadband network for first responders. The Wall Street Journal's Ryan Knutson joins us in the studio.

5 min
Mar 30, 2017
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The Trump administration is signaling to Congress it will seek mostly modest changes to Nafta in upcoming negotiations with Mexico and Canada. The Wall Street Journal's Bob Davis reports from Washington.

6 min
Mar 30, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Cameron McWhirter says businesses that serve immigrant populations are being impacted by the Trump administration's stepped-up immigration enforcement policies. It's because many immigrants are afraid to come out in public.

4 min
Mar 29, 2017
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As a candidate, Donald Trump had vowed to change the H-1B visa program, which brings high-skilled foreign workers to the U.S. But the Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler says there will be no rule changes to this year's application lottery, which begins Monday.

6 min
Mar 29, 2017
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Britain has formally notified the European Union that it plans to exit the bloc. The Wall Street Journal's Jenny Gross says this opens a two-year window for exit negotiations between the U.K. and the E.U.

5 min
Mar 29, 2017
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There's been an exodus of retailers from shopping malls. So, as the Wall Street Journal's Esther Fung reports, mall landlords have attracted medical and dental providers as new tenants.

4 min
Mar 28, 2017
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Two separate reports find consumer confidence rose to a 16-year high and home prices rose at their fastest rate in more than two years. Gus Faucher of PNC Financial Services Group analyzes the data.

6 min
Mar 28, 2017
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Congress needs to pass a new spending bill by April 28th to keep the government running. Will there be squabbles among lawmakers, similar to what helped sink healthcare legislation? Details from Wall Street Journal reporter Kristina Peterson.

6 min
Mar 28, 2017
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Why has the economic recovery been sluggish? A new study says a slow-recovering housing market is partly to blame. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto has details.

6 min
Mar 28, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Ben Fritz says Hollywood studios are set to move ahead by releasing movies for home viewing less than 45 days after they debut on the big screen. It's known as premium video-on-demand, something that cinema chains don't like.

6 min
Mar 27, 2017
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In a Wall Street Journal exclusive, ex-CIA director James Woolsey talks about a meeting he attended with Mike Flynn and Turkish officials. Woolsey says Flynn, the former NSA chief, discussed covert removal from the U.S. of an enemy to the Turkish president.

6 min
Mar 27, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Siobhan Hughes says the White House is open to negotiating legislation with Democrats, in the wake of the Republicans' failure to pass the healthcare bill.

5 min
Mar 27, 2017
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ModCloth and Moosejaw deals give the retail giant access to new groups of shoppers, but some balk at the change. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer joins us in the studio.

5 min
Mar 26, 2017
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The week brings fresh data from around the globe, including a first look at the trade deficit. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath joins us from Washington with what to watch this week.

5 min
Mar 25, 2017
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The dayslong struggle to pass a health-care bill spurred the biggest weekly decline for major stocks indexes in months. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio with a look at the market this week.

6 min
Mar 24, 2017
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Political leaders in both parties used to agree that the U.S. needs more legal immigrants to sustain its aging labor force. The Wall Street Journal's Chief Economics Commentator Greg Ip takes a closer look at a plan to reduce legal migration.

4 min
Mar 24, 2017
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Ford raised a caution flag for the auto industry, saying higher interest rates and a steady decline in used-car values will hurt affordability. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers joins us from Detroit.

5 min
Mar 24, 2017
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Nike said a sneaker homage to the cult classic film "Space Jam" was a smash hit, but the retro shoes were a rare highlight in otherwise troubling results for the world's largest athletic company. The Wall Street Journal's Sara Germano reports.

5 min
Mar 23, 2017
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New research paints a bleak picture of the nation's largest-population group. Mortality is rising for white adults, starting at age 25, driven by troubles in a hard-hit working class. The Wall Street Journal's Betsy McKay reports.

6 min
Mar 23, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Dante Chinni spent the day with Trump supporters in Pennsylvania talking about healthcare. He joins us from the Washington newsroom with what he heard.

6 min
Mar 22, 2017
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Donald Trump's new pick to be Labor Secretary testified at his confirmation hearing Wednesday. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath says Alexander Acosta stands in sharp contrast to the first Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder.

7 min
Mar 22, 2017
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The FBI has disclosed it's investigating ties between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Wall Street Journal's Shane Harris says that has deepened the partisanship between Democrats and Republicans.

6 min
Mar 22, 2017
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China is the world's largest car market, but Chinese trade barriers make it tough for foreign car rivals to gain access. The Wall Street Journal's Chester Dawson says U.S. carmakers want President Trump to take a harder line on China's trade regulations.

5 min
Mar 21, 2017
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Anyone for sushi, first thing in the morning? The Wall Street Journal's Charles Passy says the Lobster Place, a Manhattan restaurant, has begun offering sushi as part of its breakfast menu.

6 min
Mar 21, 2017
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President Trump paid a visit to House GOP members Tuesday to pressure them into supporting the Republicans' healthcare law. The Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Hughes talks about President Trump's efforts to close the deal.

6 min
Mar 21, 2017
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The U.S. has banned passengers from carrying most electronics bigger than a cellphone into the cabin on direct flights from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa. We get details from the Wall Street Journal's Susan Carey.

7 min
Mar 20, 2017
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General Motors is tinkering with the car ownership model. It's offering a Netflix-like monthly subscription service to customers for its Cadillac brand.

6 min
Mar 20, 2017
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In front of a House committee, FBI Director James Comey denied Donald Trump's charge, made in a tweet, that President Obama had wiretapped him. Comey also confirmed the FBI is probing Russian efforts to intervene in the election.

6 min
Mar 20, 2017
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2016 was a great year to be a CEO. A Wall Street Journal analysis finds chief executive pay jumped nearly 7 percent in fiscal 2016, after falling the year before. WSJ special writer Theo Francis with details on the study.

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