Yeah, we're going to talk about the trade war and corporate earnings today. We'll do the numbers, too. But let's be honest: The main event is Kai Ryssdal's conversation with RuPaul. They got coffee in West Hollywood last week to talk about the business Ru has built on drag and how he became the "Queen of Queens." Plus, what the holiday season will look like without Toys R Us.
Midterm elections are just a couple weeks away, and record donations are flowing to congressional candidates. All told, we're looking at $5 billion this year, up from 2016's congressional races and President Barack Obama's first midterms in 2010. One reason? Billionaires are lavishing more of their cash on politicians. Then, FICO scores are getting a makeover, and that could mean a boost for your credit. Plus, recreational marijuana has been legal in California for less than a year, and the industry's already seeing a tech disruption. We'll take you inside the emerging pot-on-demand business.
China’s economic growth hit a 10-year low in the third quarter, the lowest since the financial crisis. Consumers are showing signs of consuming less. We'll look at what that means for the economy at large. Plus, we hear from an Irish farmer at the Northern Ireland border about how Brexit affects him. Then we'll tell you everything you need to know about Facebook's scandal involving a pivot to video. But first, we'll recap the rest of the week's business and economic news.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the budget deficit. At last count, it's up 17 percent over last year — the government spent $779 billion more than it collected in taxes. Seems we're paying the price for one of the biggest tax cuts in history. But wasn't that cut supposed to pay for itself? Then: African-Americans are more scared of a recession than white Americans, according to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll. We'll look at how communities of color are still recovering from the last recession. Plus, the big business of disaster cleanup.
A majority of Americans believe the United States is in a trade war with other countries, according to the latest edition of the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, which is out today. As trade tensions with China increase, so too has the concern that the country could weaponize its large holdings of U.S. debt, selling its reserves suddenly in an attempt to destabilize the U.S. economy. We'll talk about what that could mean for the trade war. Then, we talk with five participants from our poll about what financial security means to them. Plus, the big business of secondhand luxury with the CEO of The RealReal.
Corporate tax cuts from earlier this year have helped drive up the deficit, and lawmakers are debating ways to pay it down. We'll look at how the deficit works and how politicians like to use it. Then, the U.S. posted more than 7 million jobs in August. Why are so many of them in transportation? Plus, 10 years after the financial crisis, Americans are still less likely to own a home than before the crash. We'll look at what's keeping them out of the market.