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What's News brings you the headlines and business news that move markets and the world—twice every weekday. In 10-12 minutes, get caught up on the best Wall Street Journal scoops and exclusives, with insight and analysis from the award-winning reporters that broke the stories. Hosted by Annmarie Fertoli and Luke Vargas.

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What's News brings you the headlines and business news that move markets and the world—twice every weekday. In 10-12 minutes, get caught up on the best Wall Street Journal scoops and exclusives, with insight and analysis from the award-winning reporters that broke the stories. Hosted by Annmarie Fertoli and Luke Vargas.

Investors Snap Up Vacant Land Across America’s Sunbelt

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 10. Some of America’s fastest-growing cities are experiencing a land rush, as investors buy up vacant lots on a massive scale. WSJ commercial real estate reporter Konrad Putzier explains who is getting into the game and why tax incentives mean these plots may not see immediate development. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 10 2022

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Mar-a-Lago Search Could Test Rarely Used Legal Statutes

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P.M. Edition for Aug. 9. The FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, is raising plenty of questions, including whether federal agents found any classified government documents. Such a discovery could have serious legal and political implications for Trump. Reporter Corinne Ramey joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss.

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Aug 09 2022

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NATO Anxiety Rises Near Russia’s Kaliningrad Territory

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 9. Wedged between the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and close Russian ally Belarus is a 45-mile corridor of NATO territory. WSJ Brussels bureau chief Dan Michaels says that Western military officials are worried Russia could resort to force to try to take over the border region, as once-unthinkable scenarios become a source of anxiety. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 09 2022

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Senate Passes Inflation Reduction Act. Will it Reduce Costs?

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P.M. Edition for Aug. 8. Senate Democrats have approved a new climate, healthcare and tax plan that includes a 15% minimum tax on corporations. WSJ economic policy reporter Andrew Duehren joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss what made it into the bill, what got kicked to the curb, and what comes next.

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Aug 08 2022

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CEOs Start Talking Tough as Economy Shows Signs of Cooling

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 8. Corporate chiefs who spent much of the pandemic projecting a softer image to employees are starting to change their tune as signs emerge that the economy is worsening. WSJ reporter Chip Cutter explains how executives are reconciling this abrupt change in their management style and why some are taking a different approach. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 08 2022

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U.S. Hiring Shows Strength Despite Recession Concerns

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P.M. Edition for Aug. 5. U.S. employers added 528,000 jobs to the economy in July, according to the latest report from the Labor Department. That means the economy has now recouped the 22 million jobs it lost during the pandemic. But while the labor market is going strong, there are concerns in the broader economy, chief among them persistently high inflation. Labor economics reporter Sarah Chaney Cambon joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss.

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Aug 05 2022

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China Agrees to Restructure Zambia’s Debt. Are Other Poor Borrowers Next?

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 5. China and other government creditors recently agreed to negotiate debt relief for the southern African nation of Zambia. WSJ deputy bureau chief for Africa Gabriele Steinhause says the move marks a milestone in an international effort to avoid a wave of chaotic defaults among developing countries as interest rates rise worldwide. Plus, as China flags, luxury brands set their sights on Middle America. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 05 2022

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Bank of England Raises Interest Rates, Warns of Recession

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P.M. Edition for Aug. 4. The Bank of England has made its biggest rate hike in more than 25 years, to help tame soaring inflation. But the central bank still warned that the U.K. economy is headed for a recession this year. Reporter Will Horner joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss how the BOE’s move compares to global efforts to rein in inflation.

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Aug 04 2022

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Ukraine War Shifts South as Kyiv Aims to Retake Lost Territory

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 4. The next phase of the war in Ukraine is beginning to take shape, as the country readies a southern counteroffensive to take back the city of Kherson. WSJ chief foreign correspondent Yaroslav Trofimov explains what is at stake for both Kyiv and Moscow in the coming battle. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 04 2022

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How Kansas’ Abortion Referendum Could Affect Other States

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P.M. Edition for Aug. 3. Kansas voters have rejected a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that would have ended abortion protections there, in the first state referendum on abortion access since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. National legal-affairs reporter Laura Kusisto joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss what the outcome could mean for other states.

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Aug 03 2022

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Pelosi Vows ‘Ironclad’ Defense of Taiwan, as China Plans Live-Fire Drills

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 3. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concluded a visit to Taiwan today, pledging to preserve democracy on the island in the face of growing threats from mainland China. WSJ senior China correspondent Brian Spegele says that Beijing’s response to the visit –which includes new military exercises around Taiwan and a ban on certain Taiwanese products – is still just getting underway. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 03 2022

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Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip, Afghanistan Strike Shift Biden’s Focus Overseas

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P.M. Edition for Aug. 2. Two foreign-policy developments are front and center for the Biden administration this week: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and the U.S. missile strike that killed al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in Afghanistan. WSJ White House reporter Ken Thomas joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss the developments, and what they could mean for the administration’s challenges at home.

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Aug 02 2022

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Rising Rates Loom Over Europe’s Weakest Economies

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 2. The European Central Bank recently raised interest rates to 0%, but even that is too much to handle for some borrowers in countries like Italy, Spain and Portugal. WSJ financial reporter Patricia Kowsmann explains why variable-rate mortgages make many Southern European borrowers more vulnerable to rate hikes and what, if anything, individual governments can do about that. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 02 2022

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DOJ Antitrust Push Tested by Trials in Healthcare, Publishing

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P.M. Edition for Aug. 1. Two merger trials in the healthcare and publishing industries are underway in Washington, D.C. In one, UnitedHealth Group is seeking to acquire health-technology firm Change Healthcare. In the other, Penguin Random House is seeking to acquire Simon & Schuster. The Biden administration has filed suit against both tie-ups as part of a push to more aggressively challenge deals it sees as anticompetitive . WSJ national legal-affairs reporter Erin Mulvaney joins host Annmarie Fertoli to discuss.

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Aug 01 2022

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Ukraine Grain Shipment Departs for First Time Since Russian Invasion

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A.M. Edition for Aug. 1. The first Ukrainian grain shipment since the start of Russia’s invasion left the port of Odessa on Monday, under a deal aimed at easing global food shortages and bolstering Ukraine’s finances. WSJ Middle East correspondent Jared Malsin discusses the significance of this shipment. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Aug 01 2022

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Consumer Spending Grows, But Inflation Means Less Bang For The Buck

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P.M. Edition for July 29. New federal data shows consumers keep spending as inflation hits a four-decade high, although their purchasing power is diminished. WSJ’s chief economics commentator Greg Ip explains how to interpret the latest economic signals. Daniella Cheslow hosts.

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Jul 29 2022

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Saudi Crown Prince Visits Europe, With Oil on the Agenda

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A.M. Edition for July 29. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Europe this week for the first time since the 2018 killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi made him less welcome in Western capitals. WSJ Middle East correspondent Stephen Kalin explains how the trip could mark a new phase in Saudi Arabia's relationship with much of the rest of the world as high energy prices drive inflation. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Jul 29 2022

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Senate Democrats Revive Climate, Healthcare Package

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After years of negotiations, Democrats say they have a new package to reduce emissions, lower drug prices and implement a 15% minimum tax on corporations, among other tax measures. WSJ’s Timothy Puko discusses. Plus, a second quarter of GDP contraction raises worries of a recession. Daniella Cheslow hosts. (

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Jul 28 2022

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As Monkeypox Spreads, Should You Be Worried?

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A.M. Edition for July 28. As monkeypox spreads to thousands of people across dozens of countries, the World Health Organization has declared it a public-health emergency of international concern. WSJ reporter Denise Roland explains how concerned people should be about the outbreak and how public-health authorities are responding. Luke Vargas hosts.

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Jul 28 2022

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Fed Raises Interest Rates 75 Basis Points, Says More Hikes Likely

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P.M. Edition for July 27. The Federal Reserve continues a sprint to tighten monetary policy with another large interest rate increase and a signal of more to come in an effort to bring down inflation. The Wall Street Journal’s Michael Derby joins host Daniella Cheslow to discuss.

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Jul 27 2022

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Better left than right. Take everything with a grain of salt.

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By By1992 - May 14 2020
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What’s News is a great way for me to get a twice daily summary of the news.