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All eyes are on Fed Chair Jerome Powell as the central bank prepares to raise rates for the first time in three years. Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP

Federal Reserve plans to raise interest rates ‘soon’ to fight inflation: What that means for consumers and the economy

The US central bank said surging inflation is guiding its decision about when to lift interest rates. Two experts on financial markets explain what might happen next.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans. AP Photo/John Raoux

The EPA is banning chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, after 14 years of pressure from environmental and labor groups

What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
A drone flies above search and rescue personnel at the site of the Champlain Towers South Condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

An expert on search and rescue robots explains the technologies used in disasters like the Florida condo collapse

At building collapse sites, aerial drones and ground robots can extend the eyes and ears of search and rescue personnel to places people can’t go – above and inside the rubble pile.
President Biden said he wants to raise capital gains taxes to help pay for his ambitious proposals. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

What’s a capital gain and how is it taxed?

President Biden wants to raise the capital gains tax that wealthy people pay and use the extra revenue to fund new social spending on children and education.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats meet with reporters before the House voted to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package on Feb. 26, 2021. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Why using reconciliation to pass Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus bill violates the original purpose of the process

In 1974, Congress invented the reconciliation process to reduce deficits. More recently, reconciliation has been used in ways that increase the deficit. A public policy scholar explains the process.

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