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Wildfires are common in America's arid West, but not in the humid Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Now 14,000 people have been evacuated from the resort town of Gatlinburg. Matt Shafer Powell is Director of News Content at WUOT, public radio for Knoxville, 35 miles away.
Last week, Donald Trump tweeted progress on a campaign promise: Carrier Air Conditioning might not move 2000 jobs to Mexico after all. Does that mean American manufacturing is making a comeback? Probably not — although Trump will get headlines if Carrier stays in Indiana. Meantime, what's it like to work at a company that might or might not be there tomorrow? Is that what drove former Obama supporters to vote for Trump? In any case, they're faced with stark circumstances. Would infrastructure rebuilding help? Should it be privatized or financed with federal taxes?
Nelson Schwartz, New York Times (@NelsonSchwartz)
TJ Bray, United Steelworkers Local 1999
Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Indiana University (@MaurerLawGLS)
Josh Bivens, Economic Policy Institute (@joshbivens_DC)
Schwartz on Trump leaning on Carrier to keep US jobs from moving to Mexico
Schwartz on Carrier employees counting on Trump to save their jobs
Bivens on Trump's infrastructure plan, which won't lead to much new investment
Republicans have promised to repeal Obamacare. Democrats have scornfully challenged them to find a way to replace it. Now, Donald Trump has chosen arch-conservative Congressman Tom Price of Georgia as the first doctor in many years to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. His first job would be to replace Obamacare, and he has a plan to do it. Jonathan Cohn, who reports for the Huffington Post, looks at what Price might do as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
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