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Kai Ryssdal

The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis today of the Senate Republican health care bill. That bill, which was made public on Thursday, is expected to go to a vote later this week. Sarah Kliff is a senior editor at Vox and co-host of the podcast “The Weeds.” She talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about the latest analysis from the CBO. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

Kai Ryssdal: So tell you what, give me the headline numbers on this thing, would you?

South Carolina’s political elite turned out today to celebrate an expansion of BMW’s facility in the Palmetto State. It’s now BMW’s largest in the world. At the event, Sen. Lindsey Graham had this to say on Twitter: “to those who fear globalization, embrace it b/c it’s not going away...if you want to see the good it can do, come to SC.”   The senator’s tweet could be interpreted as a jab at President Trump, who has been highly critical of Germany and other U.S. trading partners.

What the Trump White House and a newly public company have in common

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Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry

One of the president's main pitches for his presidency was the assertion that business management equates to government experience. While, yes, a for-profit business is not the same thing as government, consider this thought experiment for a moment: In a way, the president's transition from running the privately owned Trump Organization to the U.S. government is sort of like going public. And like companies that go public, the president has been met with all sorts of unexpected challenges, not the least of which is public scrutiny.

In yet another branded White House initiative, it's Energy Week. President Trump will be focused on American "energy dominance," and touting the boom in U.S. fossil fuels and plans to support and increase energy exports. A ban on exporting U.S. oil and gas was lifted under the Obama administration. Energy companies may appreciate less oversight and more access under Trump, yet their activity is driven by markets over Washington moves.

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Activist investor Daniel Loeb announced over the weekend that his hedge fund, Third Point, has taken a $3.5 billion stake in the Swiss food conglomerate Nestle, and he wants some changes at the company. That may sound like a lot of money, but the investment represents just over a 1 percent stake in the company. It’s enough though to get the company’s attention. That’s because activist investors are looking to drive change, unlike a lot of “passive” investors, who just sell their stock if they don’t like how a company is run. How do activist investors work?

Why the US buys all its rare earth metals from China

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Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst

Rare earth minerals, though not actually rare, have unique chemical properties that make them essential for wide-ranging technologies, including smartphones, hybrid cars and high-tech weapons. Two years ago, the only rare earth mine in the United States filed for bankruptcy protection. The ongoing dispute over control of that mine's assets, and thus the ore it produces, center on China's near monopoly over the rare earth element supply chain.

Olga Oksman

The map that started it all — the original 1953 drawing used to persuade investors to fund theme park Disneyland — has sold at auction for $708,000. While a respectable sum, it fell short of the $750,000 to $1 million that Los Angeles-based auction house Van Eaton Galleries estimated. An anonymous American collector put in the winning on bid on June 25 for the 3 ½-foot-by-5 ½-foot plan for Disneyland, which would come to fruition in 1955.

US President Donald Trump hosts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday for a first face-to-face meeting, seeking to forge a chemistry that can add new fizz to a flourishing relationship between the world's two largest democracies. They will meet one-on-one for 20 minutes starting at 3:50 p.m. EDT and afterward, will host bilateral discussions. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. EDT, according to White House information.