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U.S. Treasury Jack Lew says a better case needs to be made to U.S. workers who fear the effects of proposed trade deals with Asia and Europe. Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Treasury Secretary Lew On Global Trade Deals And Corporate Taxation

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Marv Sepe is the chief operating officer of CTC Global in Irvine, Calif. The company manufactures high-capacity conductors for transmission lines. Maya Sugarman/KPCC hide caption

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In California, Curbing Trade Might Have Its Trade-Offs

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Economists Point Out Abnormalities As Housing Market Appears To Heal

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Recording artist Killer Mike is credited with jump-starting the #BankBlack movement in July. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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For Some African-Americans, Efforts To #BuyBlack Present Challenges

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Farmworker Maria Diaz works in the pepper fields of Dixon, Calif. Julia Mitric/Capital Public Radio hide caption

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Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

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Protesters demonstrate against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership in Germany, in April. Officials conceded that opposition to trade agreements is building on both sides of the Atlantic. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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Hanging On: The Economic Woes Of Being A Grad Student

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Now Hiring: U.K.'s First 'Night Czar' To Boost London Nightlife

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After Hurricane Sandy, Many Chose To Move Rather Than Rebuild

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An exhibitor shows a smart rice cooker to a visitor at a display booth for MiJia, a new brand by Xiaomi at the 2016 Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing on April 28. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

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Examining The Effectiveness Of The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

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Esther George (center), president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, speaks as Shawn Sebastian (right), field director of the Fed Up coalition, listens Thursday during a meeting on the sidelines of an economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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