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Farm bill calls on more SNAP recipients to work

Apr 13, 2018

House Republicans have unveiled the 2018 farm bill. The legislation doesn’t just deal with agriculture, though. It also includes money for food stamps, now known as SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. And that funding comes with strict work requirements.

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TPP re-think could boost U.S.-Pacific trade

Apr 13, 2018

The world has had about a day to digest President Donald Trump's 180-degree turn on trade. We are talking about TPP — the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Candidate Trump railed against TPP. He pulled the U.S out in his first week as president. Now, he’s told his top economic lieutenants to explore going back in. What do American farmers and companies stand to gain?

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Out with the old tax season, in with the new

Apr 13, 2018

It's the last weekend before tax season ends, and a lot of us are already thinking ahead, particularly because the whole tax system is going to change. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law in December 2017 will apply to our tax filing for 2018, but accountants are already fielding questions from clients about it. We checked in with accountants around the country about it.

Does the new tax law apply yet?

How to be an umpire

Apr 13, 2018

Everyone has a dream job growing up: doctor, vet, ice cream taste tester. But how do you actually get the gig? Marketplace Weekend is looking into how, with the occasional series, “How to be a ...”

In honor of baseball season, we are looking at how to be an umpire. Let’s get the basics out of the way: Yes, you need good eyesight. Yes, women can be major league umpires, too. And no, you can't have a favorite team

Choose a job you love and you will never have to ... die prematurely?

Apr 13, 2018

As much as we joke around about our jobs killing us, it looks like work really could do us in.

In fact, according to Stanford business professor Jeffery Pfeffer, workplaces account for the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

In his book, "Dying for a Paycheck," Pfeffer goes in depth on the physical and mental impact of the workplace, and how “work’s killing me” might not just be a figure of speech.

How did we get here?

New Farm Bill proposes changes to food stamps

Apr 13, 2018

Every five years, Congress is expected to display bipartisanship for one major bill - the Farm Bill. This year, amid talk of trade wars that greatly affect farmers and ranchers, the proposed farm bill released April 12 is already dividing the legislature. That's at least in part because it seeks to impose stricter rules on people receiving food stamps, or SNAP. Catherine Boudreau, food and agriculture reporter at Politico, breaks down the different parts of the bill that affect farmers, ranchers, and low-income Americans.

There have been over 8,000 IPOs — initial public offerings — in the U.S. market since 1980. 

What do you need to know about IPOs if you think that you want to invest in the stock of a newly listed company?

Bill Mann, director of Small Cap Research at the financial services company The Motley Fool, shares the five things you need to know before you invest.

1. Don't get swept away by the hullabaloo and pay too much for your investment.

4 things to know about Russian internet usage

Apr 13, 2018

This past week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went to Washington, D.C. to testify before Congress about how Cambridge Analytica accessed user data. The hearings also touched on advertising, privacy and false content. Zuckerberg was asked about what role Facebook played in the 2016 elections, specifically Russian advertising and influence.

On Jan. 23, 2017 — the same day that President Donald Trump formally pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership — Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with Keith Alverson to see how he was feeling. He's a corn and soybean farmer in Chester, South Dakota and sits on the National Corn Growers Association board of directors.

Do work requirements for welfare recipients work?

Apr 13, 2018

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order designed to strengthen work requirements for welfare recipients. That means low-income Americans who receive food assistance, Medicaid and low-income housing subsidies might now be required to join the workforce or lose their access to such benefits.

The ISIS regime you've never seen

Apr 13, 2018

In 2014, ISIS declared a caliphate — a traditional form of Islamic rule. It controlled territory in Syria and Northern Iraq about the size of Great Britain. By the end of 2017, it had basically lost it all. In its retreat, ISIS left behind paperwork — detailed records of how it functioned as a bureaucracy.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Congress this week. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman was watching.

He heard the senators' questions and wondered how many of our congressional representatives have any kind of computer background.

The answer? Not that many. Right around three percent. And, Kellman says, that's a problem for all of us.

Will people drink less sugary soda if the price goes up? A new study suggests the answer is ... yes.

Researchers at Drexel University surveyed residents of Philadelphia both before and after a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks took effect. They also surveyed people in three other cities that don't have a beverage tax. The researchers found Philadelphians were about 40 percent less likely to drink sweetened beverages daily after the tax went into effect, compared with people in the other cities.

SAG-AFTRA is calling for an end to auditions in private hotel rooms or residences, after a spate of sexual harassment allegations against powerful Hollywood figures.

"We are committed to addressing the scenario that has allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors under the guise of a professional meeting," the union's president, Gabrielle Carteris, said in a statement.

(Markets Edition) Every five years or so, the Farm Bill — which sets the country's food and agriculture policy — goes up for renewal. Much of its funding is related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as food stamps. House Republicans want to add work requirements for SNAP recipients, which would include working or enrolling in job training at least 20 hours a week. We'll talk to the vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee — Glenn Thompson (R-PA) — about why they're pushing for these requirements.