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The Politics Of Trade Under Trump

7 hours ago
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When a robotic probe finally lands on a watery world like Jupiter's moon Europa, what do scientists have to see to definitively say whether the place has any life?

That's the question retired astronaut John Grunsfeld posed to some colleagues at NASA when he was in charge of the agency's science missions.

A lawsuit on behalf of Alabama's prisoners, claiming they're being denied mental health care, begins in federal court Monday. The class-action suit states that Alabama doesn't provide adequate mental health treatment for those behind bars.

Lawyers for the prisoners argue that the state provides little other than medication, and sometimes inmates are forced to take it against their will. The plaintiffs allege prison conditions are dangerous and discriminatory, which amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

Student parent.

Ever heard that term? It's used for a student who is also a parent, and there are nearly five million of them in colleges around the country. That's over a quarter of the undergraduate population, and that number has gone up by around a million since 2011.

It can be really, really expensive to be a student parent, especially if you need to pay for child care while you're in class.

Bay Area fire highlights region's housing issues

9 hours ago
David Brancaccio

Authorities in Oakland, California caution that the number of casualties in Friday's concert fire could rise significantly. Thirty-six people are known dead in an old warehouse that had been dubbed the Ghost Ship, a structure where some people reportedly lived amid makeshift electrical gas and plumbing lines. 

The investigation has only begun, but there are already discussions about Silicon Valley-driven real estate prices that drive some residents into marginal structures.

Universal basic income could become reality

10 hours ago
David Brancaccio

One big idea is re-emerging as automation and software take over many jobs formerly held by humans. It's called universal basic income, a policy in which all citizens would get money from the government. There are already a number of experiments going on around the world based on universal incomes. 

Marketplace's senior economics contributor Chris Farrell explains why this concept is returning to the discussion table.

On why economic conservatives are seriously discussing the idea of a universal income:

Surprise. China is not a currency manipulator

10 hours ago
Sabri Ben-Achour

President-elect Donald Trump is wrong when he says China is holding its currency down. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, China is not a currency manipulator.  It may have been in years past, but for the past two years or more, economists have observed that China is — if anything — propping its currency UP, not holding it down. In the words of one economist, China is "doing the U.S. a favor."

Click the above audio player to hear the full story. 

Italy referendum casts uncertainty on country's banks

11 hours ago
David Brancaccio

Italian voters have defeated a referendum on constitutional reform by a wider than expected margin — 59 percent of them said "no." Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi plans to resign, with new elections likely to begin by early spring, if not earlier.  

Marketplace Tech for Monday, December 5, 2016

12 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about Facebook's expansion in Menlo Park and Palo Alto — and how it plans to deal with potentially displaced residents. We'll also look at algorithms that are being trained to identify different kinds of audio through video footage. 


On today's show, we'll talk about the defeat of Italy's referendum on constitutional reform; Austria's new pro-European Union president; and Universal Basic Income — a policy in which all citizens would get money from the government.