Business

8:24am

Mon October 28, 2013
It's All Politics

Monday Morning Political Mix: Obamacare Site Hits Another Snag

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 10:54 am

President Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr in Russia in September in happier times before revelations that the NSA electronically eavesdropped on U.S. allies.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Good morning, fellow political junkies.

It's the last week of October. That means the administration has just a month to meet its self-imposed deadline to have the Affordable Care Act website running as efficiently as it and millions of Americans had originally envisioned.

But the first item in our Monday political mix of some of the more interesting tidbits that caught my eye this morning indicates why setting such a deadline might be easier than meeting it.

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6:13am

Mon October 28, 2013
Business

Halloween Is For The Dogs

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 8:00 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business a canine costume. Forget about what you or your kids may be wearing for Halloween. The big question is how to dress up your pets.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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3:42am

Mon October 28, 2013
Business

Moving In With Manufacturers, Amazon Delivers A New Approach

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 11:58 am

Faster delivery is the new frontier of Internet competition.
iStockphoto.com

Amazon's business is built on three basic concepts: faster delivery, greater selection, and cheaper prices.

In service of that, it has built enormous warehouses staffed largely by robots that shuttle around, pulling goods out of bins at remarkable speed. It can take just a matter of minutes to go from order to shipment.

And lately it's pursuing a program where Amazon goes directly into manufacturers and manages their logistics and online retailing.

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5:36pm

Sun October 27, 2013
Arts & Life

One Way For An Indie Bookstore To Last? Put Women 'First'

Originally published on Sun October 27, 2013 5:59 pm

As recently as 25 years ago, there were more than 100 self-described feminist bookstores in the U.S. — stores focusing on books written by and for women. Like most independent bookstores, though, their numbers have dropped dramatically over the years.

Chicago's Women and Children First is among the few feminist stores still standing, and one of the largest. The store opened 34 years ago in 1979. Now, after a long, successful run, the store's owners say they're ready to retire — and they're looking for a buyer to continue the store's mission.

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5:19pm

Sat October 26, 2013
Digital Life

Where HealthCare.gov Fell Short Of Other E-Commerce Sites

The federal government's beleaguered health care exchange site, HealthCare.gov, shares little in common with the e-commerce sites consumers use every day. On most e-commerce sites, prices are simple to find. Not so on HealthCare.gov. That may be one of the reasons relatively few visitors to the site have actually enrolled. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Oct. 22, 2013.)

5:04am

Sat October 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

No Seat Belts Required: Drone Hobbyists Talk Safety

Originally published on Sat October 26, 2013 9:38 pm

Christopher Vo pilots his aircraft as local drone enthusiasts gather for a Maryland fly-in at an airport in Laytonsville, Md.
Bill O'Leary The Washington Post/Getty Images

Last month, I got hit by a drone. No, it was not a giant surveillance robot, or a sinister armed device. It was a cute little quadcopter about the size of a coconut, operated by a professor who built it for fun.

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6:26pm

Fri October 25, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Obamacare To Work, It's Not Just About The Numbers

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 3:38 pm

Ashley Hentze (left) gets help signing up for the Affordable Care Act from a volunteer in Florida. The government says that 40 percent of the expected enrollees for 2014 must be young and healthy for health insurance premiums to remain affordable.
Chris O'Meara AP

Relatively few people have enrolled in new health insurance plans since the Affordable Care Act exchanges launched this month. But some health care experts say it's early days yet — and that getting the right proportion of healthy, young new enrollees is just as important as how quickly people sign up.

The Congressional Budget Office projects that 7 million people will buy health insurance for 2014 through the new exchanges, integral to the implementation of the government's new health care law.

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6:01pm

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

JPMorgan Chase Settles With Housing Regulator For $5.1 Billion

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 7:31 pm

JP Morgan Chase & Company headquarters in New York.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

JPMorgan Chase announced that it reached a $5.1 billion settlement with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which is a conservator for the mortgage giants Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

The Wall Street Journal explains:

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5:34pm

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

United Slapped With $1.1 Million Fine Over Tarmac Delays

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 7:22 pm

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner at O'Hare International Airport.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The Department of Transportation has slapped United Airlines with a $1.1 million fine for lengthy tarmac delays at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in July of 2012.

In a press release, the DOT said the fine was the largest issued since it instituted a rule that penalizes U.S. carriers for holding a plane with passengers on a tarmac for more than three hours.

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4:27pm

Fri October 25, 2013
Parallels

Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 7:55 pm

France's government has taken legal steps to protect the country's independent booksellers from behemoths like Amazon. It already prohibits discounts of more than 5 percent on books. Now it's considering a law that would not allow online retailers like Amazon to offer both a 5 percent discount and free shipping.
Christine Zenino Flickr

Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.

In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.

Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.

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