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30 Min

Aug 16, 2018

Turkey's Downward Spiral; Erdogan's Hostage Diplomacy

WSJ Opinion: Foreign Edition

Mary Kissel and Eric Edelman on a new nadir in U.S.-Turkey ties and Ankara's search for a financial savior.

22 Min

Aug 15, 2018

Closing Bell Brief for Wednesday, August 15th

WSJ Minute Briefing

Techs lead stocks lower. Uber says quarterly revenue and bookings rise sharply. Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA Director Brennan. Major banks come out against a proposal to ease the Volker rule. Charlie Turner reports.

1 Min

Aug 15, 2018

Amid Global Turmoil, Investors Seek U.S. Security

WSJ What's News

P.M. Edition for August 15: U.S. foreign policy - from tariffs to sanctions - is roiling global markets, causing investors to seek shelter from the global storms in the U.S. But how long can U.S. markets outpace global markets? The Wall Street Journal's Riva Gold has more.

9 Min

Aug 15, 2018

Breaking Down Tuesday's Primaries

WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch

Breaking down Tuesday's primaries, and Omarosa vs. Trump.

20 Min

Aug 15, 2018

Midday Brief for Wednesday, August 15th

WSJ Minute Briefing

Consumer spending was strong in July. Farmers worried about tariffs may soon get more details on federal aid. The owner of Corona Beer is investing four billion dollars in a cannabis startup. Charlie Turner reports.

1 Min

Aug 15, 2018

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1 min
Aug 15, 2018
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Wednesday's economic calendar includes retail sales and business inventories. Closing arguments begin in Paul Manafort's trial. Household borrowing is rising. And millions of consumers now have higher credit scores. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

7 min
Aug 14, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 15: Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, is struggling to keep up with Amazon's Alexa. But Microsoft has plans to overhaul Cortana later this year. The Wall Street Journal's Jay Greene has the details.

1 min
Aug 15, 2018
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Stocks bounce back after the Turkish lira recovers against the dollar. Closing arguments set for Wednesday in Paul Manafort trial. Apple is hiring engineers who can build a chip designed for health applications. Charlie Turner reports.

7 min
Aug 14, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 14: Elon Musk's disclosure that he's been in talks with a Saudi fund about the possibility of taking Tesla private is leading many to scrutinize the plan even more closely. The Wall Street Journal's Dave Michaels explains.

20 min
Aug 14, 2018
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The FBI fires Peter Strzok, and the Kavanaugh document fight.

1 min
Aug 15, 2018
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Regulators may probe Elon Musk's tweets about Tesla going private. Turkey's president says the country plans to boycott U.S. electronic goods. A fatal bridge collapse in Italy. A car crashes into barriers near the U.K. Parliament. Charlie Turner reports.

49 min
Aug 14, 2018
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The president of the American Federation of Teachers says that union members haven’t just cooled on Trump—they’ve turned on him.

1 min
Aug 14, 2018
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Data from China could show the impact of U.S. tariffs. Four states hold primaries. And India ponders new rules for tech companies. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

8 min
Aug 13, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 14: Some ride-hailing drivers are making use of old tactics to break even, amid pay disputes with Uber and Lyft. One of them is longhauling, where a driver takes a longer route to maximize profits. The Wall Street Journal's Greg Bensinger explains.

1 min
Aug 13, 2018
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Stocks take a hit from Turkey's currency woes. Bayer's stock suffers, as Monsanto loses a landmark court case. India wants to slap new regulations on U.S. tech giants doing business there. Charlie Turner reports.

7 min
Aug 13, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 13: More details are emerging about the plan to take Tesla private. Chief Executive Elon Musk says he's been in communication with a Saudi fund for nearly two years about the possibility. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins has the details.

18 min
Aug 13, 2018
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Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the fiscal squeeze on Islamabad and Beijing's campaign against the Uighurs.

1 min
Aug 13, 2018
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk clarifies tweet about secured funding. FBI fires agent who sent anti-Trump texts. Netflix CEO quits after subscriber growth forecasts come up short. Charlie Turner reports.

1 min
Aug 13, 2018
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Earnings season is beginning to slow down. The economic calendar picks up midweek. Facebook unveils new rules for public pages. And the Treasury Department auctions $122 billion in securities this week. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

8 min
Aug 13, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 13: The economic calendar picks up midweek, with the latest data on import and export prices, retail sales, and housing starts. The Wall Street Journal's Sharon Nunn has more on what to look for in this week's economic reports.

8 min
Aug 11, 2018
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U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday after a plunge in the Turkish lira. But the Wall Street Journal's Akane Otani says with risk still remaining in emerging markets, the U.S. market may still be regarded as a safe haven for investors.

1 min
Aug 10, 2018
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U.S. stocks fall amid concerns about Turkey's financial stability. Hearings are scheduled for Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh. U.S. soybeans are forecast for a record harvest despite tariffs. V-F wants to shed Wrangler and Lee jeans unit. Charlie Turner reports.

22 min
Aug 10, 2018
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U.S. sanctions rile world markets, and Democrats discover corruption.

7 min
Aug 10, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 10: This week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk shocked investors - and the markets - when he tweeted that he was considering taking the electric car company private. The Wall Street Journal's Mike Wursthorn has more on how investors are reacting.

22 min
Aug 10, 2018
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Mary Kissel and Nile Gardiner on Tory Party political correctness and Prime Minister Theresa May's response to Russian aggression.

1 min
Aug 10, 2018
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Turkish turmoil pressures global markets. Trump says he'll double tariffs against Turkey on steel and aluminum imports. Two woman sue Nike, alleging discrimination in pay and career advancement. Charlie Turner reports.

34 min
Aug 10, 2018
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Bernie Sanders is endorsing underdog candidates. Winning is a long shot, but there might be a bigger strategy at play.

1 min
Aug 10, 2018
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Preorders begin for the new Samsung Galaxy. Friday's economic calendar includes the consumer price index. Existing home sales fell in the western U.S. And the vice president unveils plans for a Space Force. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

7 min
Aug 9, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 10: Walt Disney's as-yet-unnamed streaming service is likely to have a notable absence when it launches in late 2019. That's because it doesn't have the rights to all of the Star Wars films. The Wall Street Journal's Aaron Back has more.

1 min
Aug 9, 2018
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The major averages end mixed, with the Nasdaq inching up. Nearly everyone expects two more rate hikes this year. Sumner Redstone sets tough conditions for selling Viacom and CBS. Crocs is closing all of its manufacturing facilities. Charlie Turner reports.

9 min
Aug 9, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 9: Tribune Media has called off its 3.9 billion dollar merger agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group. Tribune also sued Sinclair over the latter's efforts to get the deal done. More from the Wall Street Journal's Joe Flint.

47 min
Aug 9, 2018
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A very special episode, where we talk about the OH-12 special. Trump converts. Plus wine & vegetables.

1 min
Aug 9, 2018
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The Tribune Media-Sinclair Broadcast Group merger is off, as is the proposed Rite Aid-Albertsons deal. North Carolina to allow alligator hunting for the first time in more than 40 years. J.R. Whalen reports.

1 min
Aug 9, 2018
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New York places a cap on ride-hailing apps. Mylan plans a strategic review. And NewsCorp, Viacom and others report earnings. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

7 min
Aug 9, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 9: Competition is heating up in the grocery department. Whole Foods is adding pickup points for customers who order their items online. The Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon has more on the move, and the competition.

1 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Stocks end mixed. SEC is asking questions about Tesla's plan to go private. U.S. imposes new sanctions against Russia. Trump's legal team submits counteroffer to Special Counsel Mueller about an interview. Charlie Turner reports.

7 min
Aug 8, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 8: Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted his desire to take Tesla private and claimed he had "funding secured" for the deal. The Wall Street Journal's Dave Michaels says those two words could draw the attention of regulators, as Tesla continues to lose money.

21 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Mary Kissel and Karen Elliott House on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's political maneuvers and Iran's threat to the Kingdom.

22 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Breaking down Tuesday's election results and what they mean for November.

1 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Tesla board members discussed the possibility of the company going public last week. Ohio special House election is too close to call. The number of emotion support animals on board planes hasn't significantly decreased despite new rules from airlines. J.R. Whalen reports.

1 min
Aug 7, 2018
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Keurig, CVS, and 21st Century Fox report earnings. Mining companies are spending more on shareholders. Papa John's reports a sales decline. And Snapchat loses some users. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

8 min
Aug 7, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 8: Bans on plastic straws are picking up steam across the country, in a relatively short amount of time compared to similar environmental campaigns. The Wall Street Journal's Corinne Ramey explains why they're catching on so quickly.

1 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Stocks continued their climb on Tuesday. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk shocked investors. And the price of oil is rising. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

8 min
Aug 7, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 7: Thousands of firefighters are battling what has become the largest wildfire in California history. The blaze is renewing discussions about how California builds its communities. The Wall Street Journal's Alejandro Lazo explains.

20 min
Aug 7, 2018
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The politics of California fires, and an Ohio election preview.

1 min
Aug 8, 2018
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Carl Icahn voices opposition to the $54 billion proposed Cigna-Express Scripts merger. Alibaba joins Hollywood in backing a new app-based entertainment venture from Jeffrey Katzenberg. Privacy issues plague online payment service Venmo. J.R. Whalen reports.

50 min
Aug 7, 2018
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The founder of Moms Demand Action talks about how she created one of the most successful gun control groups in the country—and where they go from here.

1 min
Aug 7, 2018
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Strong earnings push the S&P to its highest level since January. Banks eased lending to small businesses in the second quarter. And Arista agrees to pay Cisco $400 million. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

6 min
Aug 6, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 7: More companies are researching the social media history of potential employees. But with no set standard for what constitutes objectionable material, it's not such an easy task. The Wall Street Journal's Vanessa Fuhrmans explains.

1 min
Aug 6, 2018
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Stocks continue their rise, thanks to strong earnings reports. The Justice Department appeals the AT&T-TimeWarner decision. And SeaWorld reports higher attendance. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

8 min
Aug 6, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 6: Top administration officials are seeking new penalties for those who hack into U.S. infrastructure, like the Russian hackers who got into the U.S. electrical grid. The Wall Street Journal's Rebecca Smith has more on what they're considering.

21 min
Aug 6, 2018
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Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Secretary of State's entreaties to Asian allies and Chinese interference in Australian affairs.

1 min
Aug 6, 2018
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U.S. reimposes sanctions on Iran. Facebook has asked banks for their customers' checking account balances and card transactions. Moviepass to limit customers to watch three movies a month, as opposed to the current policy of one per day. J.R. Whalen reports.

1 min
Aug 6, 2018
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Earnings season continues, with reports from Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox. July saw a boost in tech jobs. And Heineken strikes a deal in the world's largest beer market. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

7 min
Aug 5, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 6: This week brings a lighter economic calendar, after a packed week that included the July jobs report. But we'll get the Producer Price Index and the Consumer Price Index, two measures of inflation. The Wall Street Journal's Paul Kiernan has more.

6 min
Aug 3, 2018
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The Wall Street Journal's Amrith Ramkumar says earnings and economic data have been strong. But he's watching out for any new developments in the trade battles, along with inflation data due in the new week.

1 min
Aug 3, 2018
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Stocks close out the week with gains. Apple's stock rises, one day after becoming a trillion - dollar company. There's a boom in manufacturing hiring. NYSE's parent plans to launch a bitcoin company. Charlie Turner reports.

20 min
Aug 3, 2018
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Trump's midterm rally strategy, plus the fuel-mileage policy shift.

9 min
Aug 3, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 3: Apple has become the first publicly-traded U.S. company to reach one trillion dollars in market value. The Wall Street Journal's Tripp Mickle says the sustained success of the iPhone has propelled Apple's rise.

1 min
Aug 3, 2018
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China threatens the slap $60 billion in tariffs on U.S. products. European leaders not ready to ready to adopt a hard line on Iran. The Trump administration challenges a $50 million tax break benefiting the wine industry. J.R. Whalen reports.

22 min
Aug 3, 2018
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Mary Kissel and Frans Cronje on Harare's rigged election and South Africa's attack on property rights.

8 min
Aug 3, 2018
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Special Edition for August 3: Analysis of the July employment report. The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in July, lower than expected, but the unemployment rate inched lower to 3.9%. Charles Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders explains why job creation was lower than expected in July, and why Wall Street and the Federal Reserve will keep a close eye on the labor market in the coming months.

1 min
Aug 3, 2018
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The U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs in July, lower than Wall Street expectations, but the unemployment rate ticked lower to 3.9%. J.R. Whalen reports.

50 min
Aug 3, 2018
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With Thea Lee, Jason Furman, Jared Bernstein, and James Manyika

32 min
Aug 3, 2018
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How do you win in 2020? By coming out on top in 2018.

1 min
Aug 3, 2018
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Southeast Asia. More school districts are buying active-assailant insurance. The U.S. has cut tariffs on Canadian newsprint. And more earnings reports, plus the July jobs numbers. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

9 min
Aug 3, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 3: The Trump Administration wants to freeze fuel emissions standards in 2020, and adopt one national standard, setting up a likely court battle with California. The Wall Street Journal's Tim Puko has the details.

47 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Kristen saw a concert. Margie has jet lag. We're both in LA, taking in the kale smoothies & easy living.

1 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Tech stocks get a boost from Apple, the first US trillion-dollar company. Sonos soars in its debut. White House says Russia's bid to disrupt the 2018 elections is "pervasive." Charlie Turner reports.

24 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Everywhere East of the Mississippi certain kinds of forest are disappearing. The Woods Doctors have a prescription to cure this illness, if we dare to use it.

7 min
Aug 2, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 2: Vehicle maker Tesla predicts it will become profitable and be cash-flow positive for the rest of this year. The Wall Street Journal's Charley Grant says the positive guidance comes with strings attached.

1 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Russia could be violating U.S. sanctions aimed at North Korea. U.S. schools are buying active-shooter insurance policies. The Trump administration proposes a freeze on fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks. J.R. Whalen reports.

1 min
Aug 1, 2018
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CBS, Blue Apron, and Kellogg Company report earnings. U.S. auto sales fell in July. The U.S. Treasury Department boosts auctions of U.S. debt. And Molson Coors explores cannabis. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

9 min
Aug 1, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 2: For the first time, U.S. drinkers are more likely to choose wine or a cocktail over that classic American beverage: beer. The Wall Street Journal's Saabira Chaudhuri has more on what's behind the shift.

1 min
Aug 1, 2018
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The key U.S. averages end mixed. Strong sales of the Model 3 help Tesla burn through less cash. The Fed hammers home the economy's strong performance. The White House weighs a big hike in proposed tariffs on Chinese goods. Charlie Turner reports.

9 min
Aug 2, 2018
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P.M. Edition for August 1: In an echo of the Russian activities ahead of the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook says it's removed 32 new fake accounts and pages. The Wall Street Journal's Bob McMillan talked about the new misinformation campaign.

26 min
Aug 1, 2018
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Trump and Bannon vs. the Kochs, and firing Robert Mueller.

22 min
Aug 1, 2018
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Mary Kissel and Behnam Ben Taleblu on Iran's monetary and fiscal distress and President Trump's offer to talk 'without preconditions.'

1 min
Aug 1, 2018
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President Trump calls for the end of the Russia election-meddling investigation. Congress prepares a defense-policy bill that targets China. Air passengers often put themselves in danger when taking their luggage with them off of a burning or crippled plane. J.R. Whalen reports.

1 min
Aug 1, 2018
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The Fed wraps up its policy meeting. More earnings are due, from Sprint, Tesla, and T-Mobile. An activist investor has built a stake in Campbell Soup. And another merger in the commercial property sector. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

7 min
Aug 1, 2018
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A.M. Edition for August 1: Fewer young people are pursuing careers in construction. The Wall Street Journal's Laura Kusisto has more on how a shortage in the construction industry is impacting the housing sector.

1 min
Jul 31, 2018
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Tech stocks begin to bounce back. Apple reports higher-than-expected earnings. Facebook removes accounts. And household income and spending rose in June. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

7 min
Jul 31, 2018
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P.M. Edition for July 31: U.S. workers got their biggest pay increase in nearly a decade, in the 12 months to June. But that's leading to higher labor costs for employers trying to attract workers in a tight labor market. The Wall Street Journal's Harriet Torry has more.

20 min
Jul 31, 2018
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Donald Trump vs. the Koch brothers in the 2018 midterm elections.

1 min
Jul 31, 2018
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Iran scoffs at President Trump's suggestion of a meeting between he and Hassan Rouhani. China criticizes Apple for not blocking texts and images dealing with pornography and other prohibited topics. New scrutiny at the New York Stock Exchange over possible kickback schemes. J.R. Whalen reports.

43 min
Jul 31, 2018
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An encore of our first interview of 2018. John Dean — the Nixon aide who flipped, became the Watergate prosecution’s star witness and brought down a president — gets real about the Trump-Russia scandal and the differences between it and Watergate.

1 min
Jul 31, 2018
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Apple reports its earnings. The Federal Reserve kicks off its two-day policy meeting. And Paul Manafort's trial begins in Virginia. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

7 min
Jul 30, 2018
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A.M. Edition for July 31: Data scandals have hit several big companies - from Equifax to Facebook - and that's impacting consumer trust. The Wall Street Journal's Deepa Seetharaman explains how consumers are becoming more wary of data collection.

1 min
Jul 31, 2018
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The FANG group of stocks slips into correction territory. President Trump says he's willing to meet with the president of Iran. And shares of Walmart rise, on news its exploring a video-streaming service. Annmarie Fertoli reports.

21 min
Jul 30, 2018
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Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on Hun Sen's authoritarian regime and China's latest bid to isolate Taipei.