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The Economy Can Handle Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. The Real Risk Is Erratic Policy.

The Economy Can Handle Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. The Real Risk Is Erratic Policy.

A worker measuring rolls of aluminum at a factory in Shandong Province in eastern China.

The Era of Fiscal Austerity Is Over. Here’s What Big Deficits Mean for the Economy.

The Era of Fiscal Austerity Is Over. Here’s What Big Deficits Mean for the Economy.

When he was running as a Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2012, Paul Ryan spoke in front of a national debt clock.

Walmart and Now Starbucks: Why More Big Companies Are Offering Paid Family Leave

Walmart and Now Starbucks: Why More Big Companies Are Offering Paid Family Leave

Supporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he spoke to promote his paid family leave initiative at a rally in New York City in 2016. This month, New York became the fourth state to offer it.

Anonymous Owner, L.L.C.: Why It Has Become So Easy to Hide in the Housing Market

Anonymous Owner, L.L.C.: Why It Has Become So Easy to Hide in the Housing Market

Parcel surveys of Memphis have revealed that a majority of the most blighted properties belong to L.L.C.s. Many have effectively gone out of business without selling the homes, leaving their ownership in limbo.

Why Trump’s Intense Focus on the Trade Deficit Could Cost the Economy in the Long Run

Why Trump’s Intense Focus on the Trade Deficit Could Cost the Economy in the Long Run

A soybean field in Indiana. Selling more commodities like soybeans to the Chinese would make U.S. farmers happy, and reduce the trade deficit, but would not accomplish much more than that.

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Antonio Brown of the Steelers about to haul in a 2-point conversion pass in September. Over all, the 2-point conversion hasn't quite caught on with coaches.

In Panama Papers, Finding the Good News in Widespread Tax Cheating

In Panama Papers, Finding the Good News in Widespread Tax Cheating

Vladimir Putin with Sergei Roldugin, left, a longtime friend. Mr. Roldugin, a cellist, is a shareholder in some of Russia’s biggest companies, according to the Panama Papers.

Wages Up, Prices Low: Shake Shack’s Food for Thought for the Fed

Wages Up, Prices Low: Shake Shack’s Food for Thought for the Fed

Labor costs are going up at restaurant chains like Shake Shack, but the company is envisioning price increases of only 1 to 2 percent in early 2016.

As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back

As an Insurer Resists Paying for ‘Avoidable’ E.R. Visits, Patients and Doctors Push Back

“I thought I was dying and I needed to go to the E.R.,” said Jason Salyers, of Ashland, Ky. His insurer, Anthem, paid his bill only after an appeal.

If Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates

If Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates

Heidi Cruz and Ted Cruz, who won in Wisconsin by 13 percentage points on Tuesday night. He finally made significant headway with moderate voters.

A California Dream for Paid Leave Has an Old Problem: How to Pay for It

A California Dream for Paid Leave Has an Old Problem: How to Pay for It

Gavin Newsom, campaigning last fall with his son Dutch, emphasized family-friendly issues like early childhood education programs and prenatal and child care during the closing weeks of his race.

Finally, Some Answers on the Effects of Medicaid Expansion

Finally, Some Answers on the Effects of Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, back to camera, got a hug from State Senator Emmett W. Hanger Jr. last month after signing state budget bills that included Medicaid expansion.

Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion

Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion

The BMW factory in Greer, S.C. The auto industry is one that stands to lose from a trade war.

Liberals Wanted Fiscal Stimulus. Conservatives Delivered It.

Liberals Wanted Fiscal Stimulus. Conservatives Delivered It.

President Obama discussed fiscal stimulus in a meeting with governors in 2010. At the time, Republicans were typically more focused on the debt.

What Should You Do About a Falling Stock Market? Nothing

What Should You Do About a Falling Stock Market? Nothing

A nap can be a good strategy when the market nosedives. An investor getting some sleep at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October.

A Guide to Watching the N.F.L. Playoffs

A Guide to Watching the N.F.L. Playoffs

Keep an eye on players like Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59), trying to defend a pass against the Falcons' Julio Jones.


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