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Senate GOP Leaders Unveil Health Reform Bill

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Senate Republican leaders Thursday unveiled a health-care measure that would undo large parts of the Affordable Care Act. Wall Street Journal reporter Michelle Hackman says, among the many changes, the bill would phase out taxes for high-income earners.

6 Min

Jun 22, 2017

Nike Will Sell Some Products Directly to Amazon

WSJ What's News

Nike has agreed to sell some items directly to Amazon.com. Nike had held out making such a move, but the Wall Street Journal's Sara Germano says Nike has been ramping up its e-commerce efforts, as traditional retailers continue to lose business.

6 Min

Jun 22, 2017

GOP Keeps House Seat in Georgia

WSJ What's News

Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special election to decide a hotly-contested U.S. House seat in Georgia. The Wall Street Journal's Reid Epstein talks about the most expensive race in House history.

6 Min

Jun 21, 2017

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7 min
Jun 21, 2017
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The government's computer systems are old and outdated, and tech companies would love to jump in and overhaul them. But standing in the way, says the Wall Street Journal's John McKinnon, is government bureaucracy.

6 min
Jun 16, 2017
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The European Union's antitrust watchdog is getting set to hit Google with a hefty fine. From Brussels, Wall Street Journal reporter Natalia Drozdiak says Google faces charges it manipulates search results.

7 min
Jun 14, 2017
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Instead of making the decision himself, President Trump has given the military wide latitude on U.S. troop levels for the war in Afghanistan. Wall Street Journal reporter Dion Nissenbaum says it would follow years of troop drawdowns in the region.

6 min
Jun 13, 2017
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The Federal Reserve meets Tuesday and Wednesday to debate interest rate policy. A rate increase is expected. But Wall Street Journal reporter Harriet Torry says economists appear divided on what happens next.

5 min
Jun 12, 2017
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With more people shopping online, the Wall Street Journal's Esther Fung says shopping center landlords are rethinking how they use their space. And the mall they envision contains fewer and fewer department stores.

4 min
Jun 12, 2017
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Denim makers are emphasizing stretch, comfort and styles that fit more like leggings in a bid to win back the athleisure customer. The Wall Street Journal's Anne Steele joins us in the studio with the details.

6 min
Jun 12, 2017
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Colleges and universities nationwide are battling faulty plumbing, leaky roofs and aging electrical systems. The Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn says the bill for maintenance has topped 40 billion dollars by some estimates.

6 min
Jun 11, 2017
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It's an action-packed week between the Fed interest rate meeting and fresh data coming out. The Wall Street Journal's Kate Davidson joins us from Washington with what to watch with the economy.

6 min
Jun 8, 2017
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AvidXchange is a software company that helps businesses pay each other electronically, rather than by the longstanding practice of using checks. The Wall Street Journal's Peter Rudegeair says AvidXchange has raised 300 million dollars in a round of funding.

7 min
Jun 8, 2017
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There's a glut of oil across the globe and U.S. crude prices have been low - between 45 and 50 dollars a barrel. So, why have U.S. oil exports doubled last year's pace? The Wall Street Journal's Lynn Cook explains.

7 min
Jun 7, 2017
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It's a rarity that has some investors nervous: assets such as stocks, bonds and gold are all rising together. The Wall Street Journal's Min Zeng says this could leave the markets vulnerable to sudden shocks.

6 min
Jun 7, 2017
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President Donald Trump has tapped former assistant attorney general Christopher Wray to be the next FBI chief. He would succeed the fired James Comey, who's expected to testify in front of a Senate panel Thursday. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Ballhaus has details.

5 min
Jun 7, 2017
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Amazon.com is cutting its Prime membership fee for people in the U.S. food-stamp program. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Stevens the move is a bid to fight Wal-Mart for its low-income shoppers.

7 min
Jun 6, 2017
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President Trump tweeted his frustrations over the revised travel ban order. He cast blame on his own Justice Department, which is seeking to revive the latest executive order in front of the Supreme Court. The Wall Street Journal's Brent Kendall fills us in.

7 min
Jun 6, 2017
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The nation's unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in May. According to the Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun, recent history tells us that low jobless rates have often come right before economic busts.

8 min
Jun 5, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal says two of the three men who killed seven and injured dozens in London Saturday have been identified. WSJ's Jason Douglas brings us up to date.

7 min
Jun 5, 2017
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President Trump is launching a new campaign this week to invest one trillion dollars overhauling the nation's infrastructure. The Wall Street Journal's Ted Mann has details.

5 min
Jun 4, 2017
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Panera Bread had a problem with customers waiting in long lines to order, then standing in what Panera's CEO called a "mosh pit" waiting for their food. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon says Panera went online to solve the problem.

7 min
Jun 4, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun previews this week's economic schedule, including news on worker productivity. Also, a couple of closely-watched reports from China.

7 min
Jun 2, 2017
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Stocks capped a solid week with record finishes for the major averages Friday, despite a weaker-than-expected May jobs report. Aaron Kuriloff of the Wall Street Journal says investors see no real reason not to buy U.S. stocks at this point.

6 min
Jun 2, 2017
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Unemployment fell to 4.3% in May but the U.S. economy added only 138,000 jobs. Beth Ann Bovino, U.S. chief economist at S&P Global Ratings, parses the May employment data and examines the impact on future Fed interest rate hikes.

6 min
Jun 2, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Will Mauldin says President Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate accord is only the start of a multiyear process.

6 min
Jun 2, 2017
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With the GOP struggling to enact tax reform, there are these questions: how much do the rich, middle income and lower income people pay in taxes? Is it fair? It's complicated, and the Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin explains it for us.

7 min
Jun 1, 2017
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President Donald Trump Thursday said the U.S. would withdraw from the 2015 Paris agreement aimed at combating climate change. Wall Street Journal reporter Eli Stokols said Mr. Trump framed his reasons mostly in economic and political terms.

6 min
Jun 1, 2017
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The government issues the May employment report on Friday. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath thinks non-farm payrolls continued to expand at a solid pace, though maybe a bit slower than during April.

7 min
Jun 1, 2017
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President Donald Trump has been criticized for his hawkish views on trade. But the Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip says Trump is right to criticize Germany and China for their huge trade surpluses.

6 min
May 31, 2017
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Although there are far fewer female CEOs of major companies, they earn more in median salary than male chief executives. The Wall Street Journal's Joann Lublin discusses the results of a WSJ analysis of CEO pay.

7 min
May 31, 2017
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It pays to be the chief executive of a major company. Median CEO pay hit 11.7 million dollars last year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. WSJ's Theo Francis with details of the study.

6 min
May 31, 2017
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Forget the hour-long sit-down lunch at a restaurant. The number of lunch visits by Americans to restaurants is at its lowest level in decades. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon says reasons include cost and workers' busy schedules.

7 min
May 30, 2017
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Fed policymakers meet in two weeks and will likely hike rates and announce a plan for reducing its massive portfolio. The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos says the looming debt limit fight in Congress could inject some uncertainty in the Fed's plans later this year.

7 min
May 30, 2017
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Republican lawmakers' big ideas for tax changes have encountered a lot of resistance, including from within their own party. The Wall Street Journal's Richard Rubin talks about the difficulty in changing the nation's tax code.

6 min
May 30, 2017
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People who played sports in college were once heavily recruited by Wall Street firms since they were seen as having the ideal traits to succeed. That's all changed with the advent of electronic trading, according to the Wall Street Journal's Justin Baer.

7 min
May 28, 2017
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It'll be a holiday-shortened week, but a busy one for economic data. The Wall Street Journal's Jeffrey Sparshott previews the week, highlighted by the May employment report.

6 min
May 26, 2017
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Stocks were basically flat, but the Nasdaq and S&P 500 edged higher to new records. Overall, the major averages posted strong gains. The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch says any worries about political turmoil are being Trumped by earnings.

7 min
May 26, 2017
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First quarter economic growth was stronger than previously thought, at 1.2 percent. The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf points out that it's slower than the fourth quarter, and talks about why first quarter GDP has been traditionally weaker than the rest of the year.

5 min
May 26, 2017
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Schick is the latest brand to start its own online shave club. The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Terlep joins us in the studio with a look at what it means for Procter & Gamble's Gillette.

5 min
May 25, 2017
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Less than 30% of 25- to 34-year-olds can save enough for a 10% down payment in next three years, according to a new study. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto joins us from the Washington newsroom with the details.

6 min
May 25, 2017
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The health-overhaul bill approved by House Republicans would leave more people uninsured while reducing the cumulative federal deficit in the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. WSJ's Kristina Peterson reports from Washington.

7 min
May 24, 2017
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President Donald Trump has set an ambitious goal of three percent economic growth. But the Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip says Mr. Trump has no rigorous plan to back it up.

6 min
May 24, 2017
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Something to make investors happy: quarterly corporate earnings are seen rising at the fastest rate in nearly six years. The Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says ten of the 11 sectors in the S&P 500 are set to post profit growth in the first quarter.

5 min
May 24, 2017
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Police have arrested at least three more in connection with the bombing in Manchester England. This, as authorities probe a possible network linked to the attack. An update from the Wall Street Journal's Robert Wall in London.

4 min
May 24, 2017
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Plenty of teens will be working this summer, though few will work at malls because of thousands of store closures. The Wall Street Journal's Imani Moise says that for teens, this means getting more creative with the job search, or staying unemployed.

7 min
May 23, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Kate Davidson talks about President Trump's budget proposal, which seeks to cut spending by four and a half billion dollars over a decade.

5 min
May 23, 2017
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Joining us from London, the Wall Street Journal's Alistair MacDonald talks about people tweeting for information on loved ones who went to the concert in Manchester, England.

6 min
May 23, 2017
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Why is there a housing shortage? Studies find that as more people, especially millennials, move to cities, less construction is taking place in suburbs. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto explains.

7 min
May 22, 2017
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With President Trump overseas and Congressional investigations heating up, the Wall Street Journal's Bryon Tau says the White House is trying to shift the focus to passing a budget.

7 min
May 22, 2017
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Ford announced a shakeup at the top, ousting CEO Mark Fields and replacing him with industry outsider Jim Hackett. The Wall Street Journal's John Stoll says Ford felt that Hackett was better able to energize and steer the automaker toward new technologies.

5 min
May 22, 2017
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Bank branches in business districts are given low-income designation by a quirk in federal law. The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Louise Ensign joins us in the studio with the details.

5 min
May 21, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf joins us from the Washington newsroom to look at what to watch this week with the economy.

5 min
May 20, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Corrie Driebusch joins us in the studio with a look at the market this week, plus what to watch in the week ahead.

6 min
May 19, 2017
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President Donald Trump will propose the U.S. can balance the federal budget with substantial cuts to safety-net programs, combined with a tax and regulatory overhaul to speed up the nation's economy. The Wall Street Journal's Nick Timiraos reports.

6 min
May 19, 2017
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Financial authorities are concerned that Rosneft, a major creditor to Citgo's parent firm, could end up owning key energy infrastructure in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon joins us from Washington.

6 min
May 19, 2017
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General Motors says it will stop selling vehicles in India, although it will continue to build them there. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Colias says GM wants to focus on selling in more lucrative markets like China and Brazil.

6 min
May 18, 2017
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Wal-Mart's quarterly same-store sales rose 1.4 percent, bucking a slump in the retail industry. The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer says Wal-Mart benefited from increased foot traffic at stores and investments in its e-commerce business.

5 min
May 18, 2017
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From London, Wall Street Journal markets reporter Riva Gold tells us that overseas markets followed Wall Street lower in the wake of ongoing political turmoil in Washington.

7 min
May 18, 2017
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Speculation has persisted in recent years about when Robert Iger would finally step down as Walt Disney's chairman and CEO. The answer is, not anytime soon, according to Wall Street Journal Los Angeles reporter Ben Fritz.

7 min
May 17, 2017
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U.S. stocks plummeted Wednesday as more turbulence in Washington led to a big selloff. Art Hogan of Wunderlich Securities said the turmoil surrounding President Trump will likely push enactment of his economic agenda into next year.

6 min
May 17, 2017
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Target's stock rose Tuesday after quarterly results topped estimates. But its sales fell, and the Wall Street Journal's Khadeeja Safdar says the retailer is revamping its digital strategy.

6 min
May 17, 2017
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The housing market has been on fire, with used home sales at a 10-year high and home prices up seven percent from a year ago. But Laura Kusisto of the Wall Street Journal says affordability could be a growing problem if prices and mortgage rates keep rising.

6 min
May 16, 2017
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President Donald Trump Tuesday tweeted that he had the "absolute right" to share sensitive counterterrorism intelligence with top Russian officials. We get an update on the story from the Wall Street Journal's Shane Harris.

6 min
May 16, 2017
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Sources say Ford is planning to cut its global workforce by about 10 percent in a bid to boost profits. Wall Street Journal reporter Christina Rogers says the cuts would largely target salaried employees.

6 min
May 16, 2017
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It's often difficult to catch people in the act of texting while driving, which is illegal in most states. The Wall Street Journal's Adrienne Roberts on some of the more creative methods police have employed to nab offenders.

7 min
May 15, 2017
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President Trump's firing last week of FBI Director James Comey generated a lot of strong feelings across party lines. But Wall Street Journal reporter Aaron Zitner says Trump's approval ratings haven't changed much, according to a new WSJ poll.

6 min
May 15, 2017
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On Monday, governments and companies reported more infected computers stemming from a global cyberattack. But the Wall Street Journal's Stu Woo, reporting from London, said the ransomware attack was spreading at a slower rate.

6 min
May 15, 2017
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A study finds that average pay for this year's college grads neared 50 thousand dollars. The Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee says that's the highest in at least a decade.

5 min
May 14, 2017
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On this week's economic calendar, expect updates on housing starts and industrial production. Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah Chaney has a preview from Washington.

7 min
May 13, 2017
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Stocks closed mostly lower Friday, with the Dow and S&P posting their first weekly declines in almost a month. But the week's losses were mild, and Wall Street Journal markets editor Corrie Driebusch says earnings are continuing to support the markets.

5 min
May 12, 2017
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McDonald's tells franchisees that it will assume a greater share of the costs for upgrading restaurants. The Wall Street Journal's Julie Jargon says it's contingent on franchisees getting behind a new ad campaign.

6 min
May 12, 2017
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The government said retail sales improved in April, rising four-tenths of a percent. But Ken Perkins at Retail Metrics says companies are poised to report their second worst earnings quarter since the Great Recession.

5 min
May 12, 2017
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Touchy touch screens, buggy software and mystery sounds baffle drivers, forcing some to enroll in two-hour tech seminars. The Wall Street Journal's Christina Rogers reports from Detroit.

5 min
May 11, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's monthly survey of economists gauges the impact of a fully implemented Trump plan for the economy. WSJ's Josh Zumbrun joins us from Washington with what we learned.

5 min
May 11, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Miriam Gottfried breaks down Snap's first quarter of results as a public company and explains why competition from Facebook may be taking its toll on user and revenue growth.

6 min
May 10, 2017
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Wall Street Journal reporter Akane Otani tells us about the trading club at New York's Baruch College. The students pulled off upsets by dominating several college trading competitions that featured higher-profile business schools.

6 min
May 10, 2017
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President Donald Trump fired up his Twitter account to respond to criticism of his firing of FBI Director James Comey. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Bender reports from Washington on the head-spinning series of events.

7 min
May 10, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib looks at FBI director James Comey's firing and its fallout in Washington. Plus, University of Maryland business professor Peter Morici sizes up the impact on tax cuts and health-care reform.

6 min
May 9, 2017
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Business schools are taking a stand against academic rankings published by media outlets. The B-schools are urging other schools not to participate in the process which they say is flawed, according to the Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee.

5 min
May 9, 2017
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Republicans face a backlash over the health reform bill that now moves to the Senate. The Wall Street Journal's Stephanie Armour says Republicans and Democrats are in a big messaging battle that could help shape the bill.

6 min
May 9, 2017
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Beginning today, Southwest Airlines is upgrading its reservations system. The Wall Street Journal's Susan Carey, reporting from Chicago, says the migration to a new technology platform will cost 500 million dollars and is expected to be completed by year's end.

6 min
May 9, 2017
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Berkshire Hathaway chief Warren Buffett covered lots of ground at the company's annual meeting this past weekend. The Wall Street Journal's Erik Holm says topics ranged from trade and taxes to investing and insurance.

5 min
May 8, 2017
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Walt Disney reports quarterly earnings after Tuesday's market close. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz says investors await an update on Disney's TV business.

7 min
May 8, 2017
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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway owns around 60 subsidiaries. There's been an unusually high CEO turnover rate, according to the Wall Street Journal's Nicole Friedman, who attended Berkshire's annual meeting this weekend.

5 min
May 8, 2017
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The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Nassauer reports on a new patent filing by Wal-Mart for automatic delivery technology. The company is considering new sensor technology to track, for example, how much detergent a family has used or when milk is about to expire.

6 min
May 7, 2017
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We're watching what Fed officials say about rates in speeches during the new week. Also in the spotlight? April retail sales. The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun has a preview from Washington.

6 min
May 6, 2017
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Stocks ended higher Friday as the major averages racked up another winning week. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 ended at record highs. Wall Street Journal reporter Corrie Driebusch explains what is driving the markets.

8 min
May 5, 2017
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The healthcare overhaul bill passed by the House now moves to the Senate, which will likely amend the measure. Wall Street Journal Washington reporter Michelle Hackman talks about key GOP senators who will play key roles in shaping legislation.

6 min
May 5, 2017
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The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs last month with unemployment falling to 4.4%. John Wordock examines the robust report with Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group.

6 min
May 5, 2017
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Die-hard fans of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway employ elaborate strategies, from memorizing floor plans to sprinting up staircases, to secure good views of the company's annual meeting. The Wall Street Journal's Erik Holm joins us in studio.

4 min
May 4, 2017
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House Republicans approved legislation to replace most of the Affordable Care Act, giving new life to a bill that had faltered at many stages. The Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky reports from the White House.

6 min
May 4, 2017
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Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect the report will show nonfarm payrolls increased a seasonally adjusted 188,000 last month after growing by just 98,000 in March. The Wall Street Journal's Eric Morath joins us from Washington.

6 min
May 4, 2017
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It can be difficult for millennial executives to supervise older, skeptical colleagues. The Wall Street Journal's Joann Lublin says the challenge for young execs is to admit what they don't know and to seek advice from older workers.

7 min
May 3, 2017
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Fed policymakers, as expected, kept rates steady and indicated two more rate hikes this year. According to the Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry, the Fed said it was looking past recent weak growth and expecting the economy to grow with some momentum.

7 min
May 3, 2017
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Apple's quarterly profit topped estimates, while revenue and iPhone shipments fell short. Its stock fell, but the Wall Street Journal's Dan Gallagher says that Apple's shares had been rising in anticipation of the new iPhone coming out this fall.

6 min
May 3, 2017
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Robotics are expected to replace millions of jobs over the next decade. John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas on which occupations will and won't be affected.

7 min
May 3, 2017
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The White House made concessions on a spending bill while aggressively pushing a health-care measure. Do Republicans have the votes to pass a health-care overhaul? Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Natalie Andrews fills us in from Washington.

5 min
May 2, 2017
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Fewer Americans bought cars and trucks last month, in a bigger-than-expected sales slowdown. Michelle Krebs of AutoTrader.com says sales had been expected to tail off, but points out that sales of trucks and SUVs remain strong.

7 min
May 2, 2017
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Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, failed to disclose a stake in a real-estate financial startup. The Wall Street Journal's David Enrich says that's one of many omissions by Kushner on a federal financial disclosure form.

7 min
May 2, 2017
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Do the math: 36 million U.S. adults have some college but no degree. The Wall Street Journal's Melissa Korn says universities and colleges are catering to this huge market by offering more Web-based classes.

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