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Mar 3, 2019

Whta's Next | What's Next: AT&T to Revamp CNN | A Hot Labor Market; Hidden Costs of Stressed Workers

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What’s Next
Good Afternoon Welcome to What’s Next, a Sunday newsletter from the folks who deliver your essential weekday What’s News briefing. We won’t overload you: just a quick look at the week ahead and great stories you ought not to miss.
 

Week Ahead

The work week is coming. Be ready.
AT&T plans revamp of WarnerMediaAT&T is shuffling the executive ranks within its newly acquired WarnerMedia entertainment empire.
  • Upheaval ahead. A deal to give veteran television executive and producer Robert Greenblatt a senior role at WarnerMedia could be reached this week, just one phase of what is expected be a period of dramatic restructuring of the Time Warner assets AT&T has acquired.
Huawei CFO heads to court. Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, which is when the Canadian Justice Department plans to confirm its intention to proceed with an extradition hearing for a case at the center of tensions between the U.S., China and Canada.
European Central Bank considers policy adjustment. Officials at the ECB must decide whether to provide more support for the eurozone’s slowing economy. They are likely to say that the region will continue to expand, allowing the central bank to raise interest rates as soon as this year, according to a note by economists at RBC Capital Markets.
  • Investors scale back inflation bets. Investors are pulling back from wagers on higher inflation, betraying skepticism about the economy. A clue at where inflation is headed comes on Friday, with the U.S. monthly jobs report.
Prosecuting bankers proves tough. An expected ruling Monday on a request to throw out a case against a senior Barclays trader will turn on an issue that has prompted previous cases to run into trouble: whether individuals can be held to account for activity consistent with the bank’s practices.


Trumps effort to narrow the trade gap has flopped so far. A report to be released by the Census Bureau on Wednesday will likely say the U.S. last year registered the largest trade deficit in its history. How that happened is a lesson in the economics of imbalances.

Go Deeper

Long reads and smart WSJ analysis curated by our editors
TIM PEACOCK
This is the hottest labor market in half a century. The U.S. economy has added jobs for 100 consecutive months and unemployment recently touched its lowest level in 49 years. We look at how women are driving the labor-force comeback, list the hottest and coldest markets, go to an oil town where a barber can make $180,000, and show how to make the booming job market work for you
 
A regime that is still fighting the Great Satan. Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy has been defined by one key principle: anti-Americanism.
The hidden costs of stressed-out workers. Companies often don’t realize how much they pay for lost time and productivity from unhealthy workplace dynamics. But there are ways to lower the stress level.
Tesla touts online-only car sales. Elon Musk believes he can persuade mainstream consumers to purchase cars online the way they buy books or clothes. The car maker is betting consumers will make one of life’s biggest purchases without a test drive or store to guide them.
Democrats adopt GOP strategy in fight for information on Trump. Republicans have recently gained access to information that was once seen as too sensitive to share. Now Democrats are adopting that strategy in pursuit of inquiries into President Trump. Meanwhile, the president's job-approval rating ticked up despite broad opposition to his emergency declaration to fund a border wall, a WSJ/NBC News poll finds
Six tales of lifelong learning. Lifelong learning has become a mantra as employees face pressure to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving workplace. We asked workers how they think about their careers and keep their skills fresh.
We’re getting better at anticipating the next big tremor. Recent advances including aquatic robots, ultra-precise sonar beacons and GPS systems are now giving scientists the chance to view the ocean floor to better predict how, and where, the biggest earthquakes might occur.
The crippling problem for small-town banks. Technology is causing strains throughout the banking industry, especially among smaller rural banks that are struggling to fund the ballooning tab. 
The pain of being ignored at work. When a woman’s male co-workers ignore her “like the office plant,” how should she react? Here’s some advice from behavioral economist Dan Ariely.

This Day in History

March 3, 1991
Rodney King Beaten by Los Angeles Police
Construction worker Rodney King was violently beaten by LAPD officers during his arrest for a traffic violation. A witness to the event filmed the incident, bringing international attention to race relations and police brutality in the U.S. A year later, the four officers were found not guilty of using excessive force. Fury over the verdict led to the start of the 1992 Los Angeles riots where 63 people were killed and thousands injured. The federal government prosecuted a separate civil rights case, convicting two of the officers.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 
—Compiled and edited by Josée Rose in London and Sarah Chacko,  Jim Jaworski and Phil Nobile in New York
   

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