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Kim Adams

New guidance memos out from the Department of Homeland Security call for more agents, more detention capacity and more deportations as part of President Donald Trump's plans to crack down on illegal immigration.

Uber has a PR crisis on its hands, and this one has nothing to do with the CEO advising President Donald Trump or alleged strike-breaking in New York. This scandal is related to a former Uber employee's allegations of sexual harassment at the company and of an inadequate response. Uber has promised an urgent investigation and is hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead it. For a firm that can be boycotted by just deleting a phone app, reputation is key. 

Elly Yu

Scott Malone unlocks a gate at the front of a dirt path in LaGrange, Georgia, about an hour southwest of Atlanta. Malone is the president of the Development Authority of LaGrange, and standing at the top of a hill on a site where the land has been cleared, he looks out at what will become a factory for Chinese tire company Sentury Tire.

“Everything you see out there will be plant,” Malone said. “So it’s a huge, huge site, no question.”

What challenges does McMaster face as Trump’s national security adviser?

18 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova

President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster as his national security adviser. What challenges does McMaster face and how prepared is he to manage them? Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with Erin Simpson, national security consultant and co-host of the "Bombshell" podcast. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Economists outraged by Trump plan to 'cook the books'

18 hours ago
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Trump administration is causing an uproar among economists because the White House is said to be considering changes to the way the trade deficit and economic growth are calculated. Economists generally aren’t a very excitable bunch, but mess with numbers and they get upset.

"It is cooking the books," said Don Boudreaux, who teaches economics at George Mason University. "It verges on fraud."

Coal miners from two generations betting on Trump

20 hours ago
Marketplace staff

In the Appalachian region of West Virginia, people are holding on to President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back coal mining jobs. For the last year, our collaborative series with "Frontline" and "PBS NewsHour" called “How the Deck is Stacked” has examined the issues that Americans in different parts of the country find most important to them.

5: Reputation in the age of the protest economy

22 hours ago

Reputation matters. Whether it's U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Iraq, or Vice President Mike Pence in Brussels, Belgium or Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber. And that's just the stuff that happened this weekend!

Uber has hired a former U.S. attorney general to investigate allegations of sexual harassment within the company. We'll look at how other companies have handled similar cases. Next, we'll compare the market values of the top U.S. banks with their European rivals, and then look at Seattle's efforts to reform campaign finance. 

EPA bracing for big cuts under Trump administration

23 hours ago
Adam Allington

The Environmental Protection Agency's new head, Scott Pruitt, is already signalling his intent to start undoing climate change regulations introduced under the Obama adminstration.

Bobby Allyn

Alex Capano is a nurse practitioner in Philadelphia. Not too long ago, she was filling out a job application and was asked about her current salary. She answered reluctantly.

“Do they check up on this?" she wondered. "How honest do I have to be? Am I setting myself up for a low-ball offer?"

She got that job offer, but the salary seemed low, so she turned it down.