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How An American Company Is Grappling With The Potential Impact Of A Trade War

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Defends U.S. Trade Policies

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News Brief: Republicans Talk Immigration Overhaul, China Tariffs Latest

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A single soybean plant grows in a field in the village of Sandaogou, China. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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China Tells Farmers To Grow More Soybeans Amid Trade Fight With U.S.

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After the 2008 financial crisis, rules required much greater transparency on the sale of credit default swaps. But a loophole allows banks to evade regulation by offloading the trades to foreign subsidiaries. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters hide caption

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Big Banks Are Once Again Taking Risks With Complex Financial Trades, Report Says

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Global Markets Fall As U.S.-China Trade Tensions Rise

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Sukup Manufacturing Co.'s thriving factory outside tiny Sheffield, Iowa, gives the town an economic anchor. But that hasn't stopped the population numbers from slipping. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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As Rural Towns Lose Population, They Can Learn To 'Shrink Smart'

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U.S. Towns Along Canadian Border Are Caught Up In Tariff Dispute

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An arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen, also known as Percocet, in New York. A new report finds a link between workforce participation and the prescription rate of opioids in the U.S. Patrick Sison/AP hide caption

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Kathy Kraninger, left, is seen in a 2008 photo, during her tenure the as Department of Homeland Security Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy under Director Michael Chertoff, center. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Looking At U.S. Trade With China

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