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  • Philadelphia bars employers from requesting salary history

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Despite a threat from cable giant Comcast to take legal action, Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing the wage gap between men and women. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney signed the measure Monday and said he’s confident...

  • EU to Trump: Trade barriers, building walls ‘doomed to fail’

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday told President Donald Trump that his “America First” and protectionist trade policies are “doomed to fail” and said the kind of trade deals like the one he scuttled with the Asian Pacific countries “are a handy scapegoat.” Instead of protectionism, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the...

  • New study: Trump to inherit $559B deficit, stable economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has inherited a stable economy but a government that faces a worsening debt and deficit picture, congressional analysts said Tuesday. The estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office say the economy will hold relatively steady, with economic growth rising slightly to 2.3 percent this year and unemployment averaging less...

  • The (robot) elephant in the room with the auto titans

    You snooze, you lose. Thus, Ed Kilgore of New York magazine was first to the plate in writing something I had been thinking: Donald Trump’s “economic strategy is looking more and more like a right-wing governor’s.” And hasn’t that worked out dandy for such basket cases as Kansas and Arizona. Still, Trump has potential control...

  • Seattle’s silver bullet: civic stewards who give back

    The $279 million gift by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Washingtonmarks a historic record but it’s also in line with a historic Seattle strength. Civic stewardship, particularly by people and companies with the means to write checks and (oh-so-Seattle-nicely) knock heads, is an enormous advantage here. By almost any economic...