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In 19th century Georgia, Princess Barbare Jorjadze grew up to be the country's first feminist. But until recently she's been best remembered for another accomplishment – her cookbook.

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Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET.

With the clock ticking, Congress on Friday managed to fulfill its basic function — keeping the federal government running.

The House and Senate approved a short-term measure that funds the government for another week. Lawmakers voted hours ahead of a midnight deadline to avoid a partial shutdown of federal agencies.

Friday's extension gives members of Congress more time — until midnight on May 5 — to try to reach a deal on a spending bill that will last through the rest of fiscal year 2017, which ends Sept. 30.

Jean-François Jalkh has stepped down as the leader of France's far-right National Front party, after controversy over his remarks about Nazi Germany's use of Zyklon B gas to kill Jews during World War II. Jalkh had taken over from presidential candidate Marine Le Pen just three days ago.

President Trump’s latest executive order seeks to open new federal waters for offshore drilling, but the most popular place for oil companies is decidedly land based – the Permian Basin in Texas.

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A look at why first-quarter GDP is often lackluster

Apr 28, 2017

Today’s report of a tepid rise in first-quarter gross domestic product, by 0.7 percent, comes with an asterisk: There appears to be a recurrent pattern of low growth in first-quarter GDP going back years. Some economists argue it goes back decades.

There was a common theme in some of the big tech earnings announcements this week: the cloud. Most of Amazon’s more than $700 million first-quarter profit came not from shipping books and electronics all over the globe, but from its Amazon Web Services business. Amazon was a pioneer in letting companies rent computer processing and data storage on its huge collections of internet-connected servers, but this week, Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google also reported growth in their cloud businesses. 

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Weekly Wrap: What Trump's tax plan tells us

Apr 28, 2017
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Kai Ryssdal

Nela Richardson from Redfin and Sudeep Reddy of Politico join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. This week, they talk about President Trump's tax plan. There are still a lot of questions surrounding it, but it aims to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent and would benefit the wealthy and corporations the most. Plus, we revisit Trump's comments on NAFTA.    

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