We know about as much about Senate Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare as we did yesterday — pretty much nothing, except that we might be able to see the secret bill Thursday. That's a lot of uncertainty around a plan to rework 17 percent of the economy. So in the meantime let's talk about that number. Where'd it come from? Then, as we continue on series "The Big Promise," we'll look at one problem facing rural Pennsylvanians President Trump hasn't talked much about: the digital divide. The lack of high-speed internet means video rental stores still clean up and some business owners have to rely on expensive data plans to get connected. Plus, it's a perennial question that pops up this time of year: Why aren't Americans taking vacations?
You've probably heard the Senate is working on a health care bill. So far there's no public drafts, no hearing, no CBO score, no nothing. But it's there, according to the small group of Senators who are trying to put it up for a vote before July 4. The whole situation is a conundrum for lobbyists and interest groups. Their whole business is legislation, but how can you get a seat at the table when there is no table? Then, speaking of Congress: rank-and-file members are facing shrinking staffs and an ambitious legislative agenda. What could go wrong? Plus, JAY-Z has a new album coming next week, but you can only hear it if you're on Tidal... or Sprint?
Retailers got a shock to the system today when Amazon announced plans to buy the high-end grocer Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. So what does the world's largest digital retailer want with all those stores? We'll talk about it in the Weekly Wrap. Then: What comes to mind when you hear the word "manufacturing"? Giant factories? Big burly dudes operating heavy machinery? Well, it might be time to rethink that. A new group of entrepreneurs are bringing smaller-scale manufacturing back to America's cities. Plus: Another installment of our seasonal series "Summer: Brought to You By."
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt caught a lot of heat for claiming the U.S. has added 50,000 coal jobs. That's not true; there are actually about 51,000 coal miners in this country total. That small group wields out-sized political influence, so we'll do numbers on the coal industry and the way energy is moving overall. Then: A gas explosion in Colorado this spring is renewing an intense debate in that state over drilling in urban areas. Plus, as we approach the ten-year anniversary of the iPhone, we'll take a look at the untold stories of its invention with author Brian Merchant.
As many suspected, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates a fourth of a percent today. It's the third hike in six months, and we'll get a little wonky parsing Yellen's comments on inflation, the labor market and overall economic health. Then, we're going hunting for the silver lining in a very cloudy year for retailers. Plus: a look at why bootlegging is booming again.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants a vote on Republicans' health care bill before Congress leaves town for the July 4 recess. That gives the Senate 13 working days to vote on 17.8 percent of the American economy without, so far, any public hearings. We'll take stock of where that's at. Then: A new Bloomberg investigation found Russia's digital intrusion into the U.S. election was more widespread than we thought. We'll talk about the latest. Plus, two local news stories that get at interesting questions: Why can't the Yankees sell tickets and why do Southern California doughnuts come in pink boxes?