Back to the budget brink

Today we look at what’s in the deal, and what’s holding it up. Plus: How cities are dealing with the heat wave, and how Netflix lost American subscribers for the first time.

The cost of living (in Shanghai)

The average monthly wage in Shanghai is about $1,047. Today, we look at what it’s like to live on that. Plus: The Fed and business leaders are puzzled by the economy, but consumers don’t seem to mind.

I need a vacation from my vacation

More than half of American workers don’t use all their paid vacation days, and when they do, it’s with a fair amount of guilt. Plus: Alexander Acosta’s legacy at the labor department and a woman who found a career in counting cards.