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The oil giant BP opened a gas station in the outskirts of Mexico City in March.

On the surface it doesn’t sound like much. But it also happens to be the first global retail brand to operate a fueling station in Mexico since the country began loosening restrictive energy policies that date back to the 1930s.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd takes a closer look at where the new station fits in the Mexican government’s efforts to open the country’s energy market.

About 1 million Americans live in Mexico, and many of them do so illegally. But it’s much easier to navigate life in Mexico as an immigrant without proper documents than it is in the United States.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson explores this with two people who have firsthand experience with the differences.

Editor’s Note: Here & Now agreed not to use our guests’ last names for this conversation.

Interview Highlights

On Eddie’s immigration story and the limitations of his status

President Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes Wednesday in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America’s middle class. But his ambitious plan is alarming lawmakers who worry it will balloon federal deficits.

NPR economics correspondent John Ydstie (@jey51) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to go over the details.

Grant Sabatier was a college graduate, living with his parents, too broke to buy a burrito, when he decided that he was going to make $1 million by age 30. He says the first thing he needed to do was change his mindset to one of saving — which he refers to as “paying yourself first.”

He’s now a successful blogger and digital strategist who offers six steps to wealth, which include side jobs, stock market investment, lifestyle changes and daily saving goals.

When kids don’t brush their teeth, they risk more than just cavities. Experts say tooth decay can affect a child’s diet, their ability to concentrate and do well in school and their self-esteem.

Overall, children’s oral health is getting better. But poor kids aren’t improving as much. Take San Francisco’s Chinatown, a neighborhood with the highest rate of childhood tooth decay in the city.

In a series of full-page newspaper advertisements in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, Silicon Valley investor Doug Derwin published an open letter calling on Elon Musk to sever ties with the Trump administration.

Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, sits on the White House Strategic and Policy Forum and has responded to critics before, saying that to leave the board over political differences “would be wrong.”

The political battle over Georgia’s 6th District could become the most expensive House race in history.

Last week, Democrat Jon Ossoff just missed an outright win in a special election to replace now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. He faces Republican Karen Handel in a June 20 runoff that’s drawn the money and attention of both national parties, and has been called an electoral test for President Trump.

Overnight masked workers guarded by snipers removed a prominent Confederate monument in the city of New Orleans, in a controversial move that Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Monday morning was “not about taking something away from someone else.”

Longtime New Orleans journalist Tim Morris (@tmorris504) joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young to discuss the fallout.

A new study has found an association between frequent drinking of diet sodas and an increased risk of both stroke and dementia.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Dr. Matthew Pase, the study’s lead author and a neurologist at the Boston University School of Medicine, about what it means for the average soda drinker.

Interview Highlights

On the study’s findings

Where does a foodie find food on the road? Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst drove from coast to coast on her way back to her home in New England, and discovered lots of great restaurants along the way. She shares some of her finds with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson. You can also check out Kathy’s Instagram for more photos from the trip.

Chechen officials are carrying out a campaign of violence against gay men. Those who’ve escaped say they were beaten and tortured by authorities, and forced to reveal the names of their gay friends. Police and government officials have also encouraged so-called “honor killings” by outing gay men to their families.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Rachel Denber (@Rachel_Denber) of Human Rights Watch about the violence.

Today is 4/20, the unofficial holiday for marijuana enthusiasts. So, it’s fitting that a new church that’s all about pot opens in Denver today.

Tennis great Serena Williams announced Wednesday that she’s 20 weeks pregnant, which means that she was expecting her first child when she won the Australian Open in January. That made us wonder: How much exercise is safe during pregnancy?

A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that exercising, in most cases, is good for mothers and their babies. But that also leaves some women questioning whether there’s such a thing as too much.

On Sunday the first round of voting will be held in France’s presidential elections. With 10 percent unemployment and one of the slowest growth rates in the European Union, the country’s flagging economy has been an issue during the campaign.

CNN’s Maggie Lake (@maggielake) speaks with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson about the state of the French economy.

Aaron Hernandez died by suicide Wednesday, less than a week after a jury cleared him of committing a double murder in 2012.

The former New England Patriots tight end was already serving a sentence of life without parole for another murder in 2013. Massachusetts state police have launched an investigation into Hernandez’s death, which authorities say occurred early Wednesday at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.

A shooting rampage in Fresno, California, that lasted just a few minutes on Tuesday has killed three people. Officials say the suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, might have been racially motivated. He reportedly posted comments on social media expressing hatred toward white people.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jeffrey Hess, reporter for Valley Public Radio, to get the latest.

American students lag behind many other industrialized countries in math and science. And now, some students are enrolling in after-school programs called “Russian math.”

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, there’s still time since the IRS extended the deadline to Tuesday this year.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets advice on last-minute ways to save you time and money on your taxes with CBS News’ Jill Schlesinger (@jillonmoney), host of “Jill on Money” and the podcast “Better Off.”

Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution this week condemning the chemical weapons attack in Syria. It was the 8th time Russia has used its veto power.

The vote came after intense debate over who was to blame for the conflict there. Russia blamed the West for supporting rebel groups, which it says are terrorists. Syria said the U.S. manufactured the chemical attack as an excuse to attack. And the U.S. said Russia and Iran should both get out of the region. Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti takes a closer look at the vote.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee (@timberners_lee) is credited with inventing the World Wide Web in 1989. Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti talks with him about his concern that his invention is being used to spread disinformation, and his ideas about how to address the problem.

The passenger who was dragged off that United flight on Sunday, David Dao, has been discharged from a hospital and is expected to file a lawsuit over what happened to him. One of his lawyers Thomas Demetrio said that Dao suffered a serious concussion, a broken nose and lost two teeth from what took place on the plane.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest news from Curt Nickisch (@CurtNickisch) of the Harvard Business Review.

At the White House press briefing on Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer created a controversy by saying Adolf Hitler did not use chemical weapons in World War II. Spicer later apologized on CNN.

President Vladimir Putin made the comment that Russia-U.S. relations are worse under President Trump to Russian TV today as his foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The U.S. is pressuring Russia to cut ties with Syrian President Bashar Assad after a chemical attack on civilians the US believes his regime carried out.

Within 48 hours of striking a Syrian airfield last week, President Trump sent a short letter to Congress, justifying his reasons for ordering the strike, as required under the War Powers Resolution of 1973. But there are questions about whether Trump should have consulted Congress — or the United Nations — before launching an attack on the Syrian government.

Passover is a holiday of freedom, celebrating the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt. And what would a holiday celebration be without a festive meal? Resident chef Kathy Gunst spoke with Here & Now‘s Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson in 2016 about her favorite Passover foods and recipes.

Warm waters continue to bleach coral along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in what scientists are calling the first-ever back-to-back bleaching event for the world’s largest coral reef. Last year two-thirds of the coral along the northern part of the reef died during an unusually warm El Niño year. Surprising many researchers, the bleaching continued in 2017, despite El Niño having ended.

Scientists with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Queensland made the dire assessment after a 5,000-mile aircraft survey of the reef.

Sarah Dunn’s new novel “The Arrangement” is a humorous, sometimes light-hearted, but in-the-end poignant look at life in a small, fictional town situated on the Hudson River in New York.

The U.S. economy added 98,000 jobs in March, which was about half what economists had expected.

Friday’s report from the Labor Department had better news for the unemployment rate. It fell to 4.5 percent — a low not seen in nearly a decade. Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson gets the latest from Michael Regan (@Reganonymous) of Bloomberg News.

Senior housing is a growing industry in the U.S., especially in states like Arizona.

The Black Lives Matter movement originated as an organization to combat police violence but has morphed into an organization for civil rights issues. How does it compare to the civil rights movement, and the Black Power movement of the 1960s?

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