... And the economy isn't the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It's worth repeating today, when the Dow closed above 22,000 and President Trump is touting the record as a big economic win. We'll just note that stocks aren't even the right market to be watching; the dollar is tumbling. Then: Chaos continued in Venezuela today with confirmation that voting machines had been tampered with before last weekend's election. The U.S. is threatening more sanctions, but they could lead to unintended consequences. Plus: Most people expect public Wi-Fi to be free. So how do you make money providing it? We asked Boingo's CEO.
The Trump administration has been pretty distracting. White House comings and goings, tweets, health care, all of it. So today we're bringing you a few stories you might have missed recently. To start, we'll talk car sales, which are tanking, and the bond market, which may or may not be in a bubble. Then: Wells Fargo is somehow still in trouble for something else. Plus: Just a couple generations ago, hunting was a way of life for some families. It put food on the table. Now fewer people are getting up early and putting on camo — but those who do are spending more.
We're starting today with an attempt to bring order out of chaos. We're not talking about the recent White House staffing changes, but lobbying groups that are moving past health care as Congress turns to tax reform. Millions are set to be unleashed, but what do those groups hope to get for their money? Then: It's earnings season, and so far things are pretty good, but what does corporate health tell us about the economy? Plus, a history of the income tax deduction, and what "The Emoji Movie" says about Hollywood.
Wow, TGIF. We're going to try to fit in as much analysis as we can about health care, staffing changes, the Federal Reserve and more. Then: Tax reform. It's the next big thing on Republicans' list. After six months, Congressional leaders and negotiators from the White House have come to agreement on the broad outlines of what they think it'll look like. And that was the easy part. We'll talk about what's next. Plus: As part of our series "Summer, Brought to You by..." we'll take a look at the origin of the classic beach cruiser bike.
We're going to set aside the palace intrigue around new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci today (yes, even that) and take a look at his finances instead. He ran a fund-of-funds firm called SkyBridge Capital, which he sold to a Chinese company to take a government job. We'll take a look at the sale and how much "The Mooch" is set to make from it. Then: a deep dive into the challenges and promise of wind farms at sea and a visit to a virtual charter school in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The Federal Open Market Committee wrapped up its meeting today. No changes in interest rates, as we all knew there wouldn't be. But the Fed did change its narrative of the American economy. We'll try to read the tea leaves in Chair Janet Yellen's statement. Then: Amazon says it's hiring 50,000 people for fulfillment centers all around the country. That's about a quarter of all the jobs the entire economy has been adding every month. But is the hiring spree actually as big a deal as it seems? Plus: A Nashville organization tries to pair refugee organizations with hipster restaurants.