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An empire built on fame reaches a 10-year milestone

Oct 13, 2017

Say what you want about the Kardashians. Whether you watch their reality television show or not, it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard of them. The family, famous for being famous, has reached the decade milestone of coming into millions of homes, notwithstanding their fans who follow every move they make on social media. Even if the show ends, the Kardashian brand likely won’t.

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(Markets Edition) The Trump administration plans to cut off payments to insurers that allow them to subsidize the plans they offer to middle- and lower-income Americans. We'll discuss the pushback this move is facing from different parts of the country. Afterwards, we'll chat with FTN Financial's chief economist, Chris Low, about the reason for last month's inflation spike.

Trump to cut off federal subsidies to health insurers under Obamacare

Oct 13, 2017

The White House announced late Thursday that the administration will stop making cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers to subsidize health insurance plans they offer to low-income Americans under the Affordable Care Act.

The action came just after a set of other regulatory changes were announced relaxing the rules and required benefits for health plans under Obamacare.

Homeowners might have to start paying taxes on forgiven debt again

Oct 13, 2017

It was 2007. The air was starting to leak out of the housing bubble. Home prices were beginning their free fall. 

“Many homeowners struggled to repay their mortgages, and were re-negotiating their mortgages with banks,” said Steve Rosenthal, senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.

(U.S. Edition) The White House says the administration will stop paying federal money to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act. We'll discuss what this money has been used for and the potential consequences of this move, which may include the withdrawal of insurers from Obamacare exchanges. Afterwards, we'll talk about who might run Samsung following the resignation of its CEO, and then look at the new payday loan rules in the U.S.

(Global Edition) From the BBC’s World Service … Ryanair has announced it will complain to regulators after rival Lufthansa’s announced a $250 million deal to buy part of Air Berlin. It claims Lufthansa’s dominance of the German market will push up prices, but with three airlines collapsing in recent months, what is really going on with Europe’s budget airlines? Then, 20 years after America imposed economic sanctions on Sudan, it has lifted them again. We explore what life was like under the sanctions and what the U.S. move means for businesses.

To find out how your trusted weather app gets its intel, look no further than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Getting that intel takes a lot of equipment. There's a building in Maryland where NOAA pulls that information down from space, using giant antennas and dishes on its roof.  It's got a massive server room where the data they collect gets stored and sent out.

"When you get the data down from the satellite, it's only as good as where you can send it," said Bill Carter, IT systems specialist at NOAA's Satellite Operations Facility.

To find out how your trusted weather app gets its intel, look no further than the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Virginia outpost of NOAA has huge disks on its roof that pull in information from the satellites floating in space, and a massive server room where all of the data they collect gets stored and sent out. Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams took a tour of the building with Bill Carter, who’s in charge of ground systems and maintenance.

10/12/17: If you can't repeal it ...

Oct 12, 2017

President Donald Trump signed an executive order today that will eventually allow Americans to buy health insurance with lower premiums. While younger, healthier people may be able to take advantage of these plans, they may exclude some sick people with pre-existing conditions and other factors Obamacare eradicated. The president is keeping us in business as fact-checkers: Last night he said the rising stock market will fix the debt problem. But debt and stocks are entirely different assets and can't be compared dollar for dollar.

Do rising stock prices help the nation’s debt?

Oct 12, 2017

The stock market has surged for much of the last year, and the president — like all presidents — is trying to take credit. Fair enough. But last night, he suggested the stock market can help fix the country’s national debt problem. Which got a lot of people scratching a lot of heads. Is there even any connection between the two?