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The presidential effect on foreign business deals

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Sabri Ben-Achour

Boeing has made a deal to sell aircraft to VietJet.  GE Wind will partner with the Vietnamese government to develop windpower.  Pratt & Whitney will sell advanced engines to Vietnam. 

All these deals are announced just as President Obama is in Hanoi to put an end to a decades long arms embargo and highlight improving ties with the former adversary. 

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Marketplace for Monday, May 23, 2016

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Aircraft manufacturing deals abroad, hospital mergers at home and an interview with Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann. Plus: Why are there no ads on most streaming sports?

The Colorado River has been a major source of water in the southwestern United States region, but many worry that it's beginning to dry up. Some observers point to population growth, climate change and water mismanagement as causes in discussions regarding the dwindling river.

Could the water crisis that has struck many western states be a sign of what's to come for the rest of the nation? And who decides how much water is used or who controls it?

When mergers fail because of clashing work culture

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D Gorenstein

The Wall Street Journal got a hold of correspondence Monday that suggests there may be some tension between insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, two companies that have proposed a $48 billion merger.

Apparently the two firms don’t see eye-to-eye on several matters, including submitting merger documents to federal anti-trust officials. It could be a sign of fraying nerves as regulators scrutinize the deal, or a lack of leadership and communication.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a black Georgia man convicted of murder by an all-white jury should have a new trial because the prosecution deliberately excluded African-Americans from the jury based on their race.

The court's decision reversed as "clearly erroneous" an earlier ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court, which had said the defendant had not proved racial discrimination in the selection of his jury.

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Kai Ryssdal

Here's a chance to get something special for the big "Mad Men" fan in your life.

Lionsgate is auctioning off a bunch of old props. 

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Kai Ryssdal

Last week, Sumner Redstone, majority owner of CBS and Viacom, kicked Viacom CEO and protégé Philippe Dauman off the trust Redstone setup to run things after his death. Suits and countersuits have been filed as the Redstone saga continues.

William Cohan is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair where he’s reported on the Redstone story extensively. Cohan spoke with Kai Ryssdal about how the case is progressing.

Who is Sumner Redstone and why does he matter in corporate America?

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Amy Scott

Every Wednesday, the teachers and staff at Lanier High School wear college T-shirts and sweatshirts to work. Lanier is in Austin, Texas, so there’s a lot of burnt orange – for the University of Texas.

“It just makes you wonder, ‘what if I went there?’” said Janet Aviles, a senior at Lanier.  “I could become one of them, too, like a role model.”

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