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A top FBI official says that the man who opened fire at a Republican baseball practice a week ago didn't appear to be targeting a specific individual and that the attack appears to have been spontaneous.

James T. Hodgkinson was killed by police after he fired more than 60 shots at GOP congressmen, staffers and police at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., last Wednesday. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was hit by gunfire in the attack, along with three other victims.

The Senate vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is, according to conventional wisdom, one week away.

And we still don't know what's in the bill.

Not having concrete information is deeply uncomfortable for a journalist like me.

Some economists think technology might be slowing inflation

Jun 21, 2017

Should inflation be added to the list of things disrupted by tech? For years, we’ve accepted the integrity of the idea of the Phillips curve: that as unemployment declines, wages rise and companies pass along those increased labor costs in the form of price hikes on goods and services. Inflation. But as unemployment has declined in this economic cycle, we’re seeing very little inflation. Is that because of the influence of technology?

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Today is the deadline for health insurance companies to decide if they're going to be in or out of the health care exchanges in 2018. Several of the big insurers, like Anthem and Humana, are bailing on the exchanges in many markets, limiting or eliminating options for patients using Obamacare. But while some companies are jumping ship, others are jumping in — like New York startup Oscar, and Centene, based in St. Louis. Why do these companies see this moment as an opportunity when many others are fleeing?

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Kai Ryssdal

The calendar says today is the first day of summer, so we're going to take a look at the business of vacations. Specifically, a vacation tens of millions of Americans take every year: cruises.

Carnival Corp. is one of the biggest travel and leisure companies in the world, encompassing not just Carnival lines but also Princess and Holland America, among others.

In the catfish economy, things are hopeful

Jun 21, 2017
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Kai Ryssdal

We like to talk to small business owners in order to get a handle on how the economy feels. Catfish farmer Townsend Kyser, who runs Kyser Family Farms with his father, is someone we check in with every so often. The last time we spoke to Kyser, Barack Obama was still in the White House. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal gave Kyser a call to see how his business is doing. Below in an edited transcript of their conversation. 

Townsend Kyser: Good to talk to you again, Kai. How are you?

Kai Ryssdal: How are the catfish?

How towns are hurt when malls run into trouble

Jun 21, 2017
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Marielle Segarra

After more than 20 years, Jim Quigley left his job at a Wall Street investment firm for a smaller market. He got elected town supervisor in Ulster, New York, about 100 miles north of Manhattan. Population: 12,251.  

“My family's been in this community since 1849,” Quigley said.

These days, Quigley is working 60-hour weeks, trying to keep the town’s budget in the black. He’s been preparing for a drop in tax dollars from Ulster’s largest taxpayer, the Hudson Valley Mall.

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Jana Kasperkevic

If there were any lingering doubts about whether video game tournaments were becoming a mainstream phenomenon, today those doubts were dispelled.

NBC Sports Group, part of media giant NBCUniversal, has announced it will launch an esport tournament of its own. Participants will compete in regional, national and international rounds. More than 40 hours of coverage will be available via live-streaming and video-on-demand. The game chosen for the inaugural tournament, Rocket League, pits players, as vehicular avatars, in a soccer match.

Defeat is an orphan.

Summing up the left's response to its deflating loss in a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs were two reactions:

1. Jim Dean, chairman of the progressive activist group Democracy For America, in a statement:

The video is mesmerizing, if a bit noisy: Moving in a figure-eight pattern, elementary school students hop over a jump rope with perfect timing, setting a new Guinness World Record with an incredible 225 skips in one minute.

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Kai Ryssdal

It's officially summer, as you may have heard, so this week’s Corner Office is all about the business of vacations. Cruises, actually, under the umbrella of Carnival Corp. Carnival is one of the biggest travel and leisure companies in the world. Its brands include Carnival, of course, but also Princess and Holland America. This week, Kai talks with Arnold Donald, who’s been president and CEO of Carnival since 2013.

 

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If two nearly simultaneous hearings Wednesday by the House and Senate Intelligence Committees into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election revealed anything, it's that U.S. officials saw what was going on but were all but powerless to stop it.

In his prepared remarks, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the Russian government, "at the direction of Vladimir Putin himself, orchestrated cyberattacks on our Nation for the purpose of influencing our election — plain and simple."

Running the Justice Department presents a challenge in any administration. But the Trump era is different.

In just five months, Justice leaders have been under heavy pressure, on everything from the travel ban to the Russia investigation. And one man, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is bearing the weight.

Here's something you need to know about Rosenstein: He's worked at the Justice Department for his entire career, nearly 27 years.

Last year, Rosenstein told NPR the advice he gives younger lawyers.

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Marketplace

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is making his time away from the C-suite permanent amid investor pressure and a PR firestorm. Kalanick's company changed transportation as we know it, and his aggressive attitude toward growth over everything got the company where it is today in every sense. We'll talk about it. Then: As the GOP keeps hashing out its bill behind closed doors, insurers are deciding whether to stay on Obamacare exchanges. Some big players are dropping out, and that's giving smaller companies an opportunity.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has changed his pick for a successor, naming his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince and deposing Prince Mohammed bin Nayef from the post. At 31, the country's new successor to the throne is 50 years younger than the current monarch.

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How Do You Become The Best Cheesemonger In The World?

Jun 21, 2017

When you walk into a cheese shop to buy a wedge for your next party, your go-to person behind the counter is the cheesemonger. In France, where cheese is king, this role is crystal clear. In the U.S., it's a bit hazy.

In case you are wondering, a monger is a bit of a cheese therapist. It's someone who helps you navigate your tastes and desires. Don't want anything too barny? A good cheesemonger will steer you clear of washed-rind cheeses.

06/21/2017: The future of Uber

Jun 21, 2017

Uber has just undergone a shareholder revolt. Investors have ousted CEO Travis Kalanick following investigations that found widespread abuse in the company's workplace. Adam Lashinsky, an executive editor at Fortune who's also authored a book on Uber, joined us to talk about whether Uber has what it takes to turn itself around, and where Kalanick fits into the future of the company. Afterwards, we'll look at Ford's decision to move production of its next-generation Focus model to China, and then talk about the market for selling Obamacare policies. 

Ford moving compact car production to China

Jun 21, 2017
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Adam Allington

Several months after scrapping plans to shift production of the next-generation Ford Focus to Mexico, the company now says it will built the compact car in China instead.

Ford was slammed by President Trump repeatedly over the proposed Mexico move and the administration raised the possibly of punitive tariffs for carmakers who located south of the border.

Uber CEO's resignation doesn't change his voting power

Jun 21, 2017
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Marketplace staff

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick may have been forced to resign the top spot at the company, but don’t count him out just yet.

Word came out on Tuesday night that investors had ousted him, a move following investigations into the company’s culture and allegations of sexual harassment. Uber has already fired 20 employees amid these probes. Kalanick remains on the board of directors at the company. 

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

Jun 21, 2017

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Costa Rican Wasps Beware

Jun 21, 2017

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Ohio Couple More Generous Than Intended

Jun 21, 2017

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Why are subprime auto loans still a thing?

Jun 21, 2017
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Jana Kasperkevic

What are subprime auto loans? 

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So today is the first day of summer. But in the West, people have already been sweating a lot, and I mean a lot. If you're along the coast in California, it's not too bad. But it's really bad elsewhere. It's especially bad in the Southwest.

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