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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.

The Economy Is Getting Hotter. Is a Productivity Boom Next?

The Economy Is Getting Hotter. Is a Productivity Boom Next?

Self-serve kiosks are already a familiar sight at the supermarket or in airports. But more settings, like restaurants or casinos, might start to find them cost-effective as workers grow harder to find, and this infusion of technology might in turn increase productivity.

Coaches Are So Close but Can’t See It: Just Run the Ball

Coaches Are So Close but Can’t See It: Just Run the Ball

Not everyone can be as passing-savvy as Niners Coach Bill Walsh and quarterback Joe Montana were (in 1982 in the week before the Super Bowl in Pontiac, Mich).

These 95 Apartments Promised Affordable Rent in San Francisco. Then 6,580 People Applied.

These 95 Apartments Promised Affordable Rent in San Francisco. Then 6,580 People Applied.

A new affordable apartment awaits tenants at Natalie Gubb Commons in San Francisco. More apartments in the development are visible across the courtyard.

The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?

The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?

In November, people in Caracas started lining up at midnight outside a bodega that was rumored to have received a shipment of cornflour. Venezuela has been plagued by high inflation.

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.

Trump Says N.F.L. Is Boring; It Has Actually Never Been More Exciting

Trump Says N.F.L. Is Boring; It Has Actually Never Been More Exciting

Quarterback Craig Morton and the Broncos threw for only 35 yards in a Super Bowl loss to Dallas in 1978.

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.

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.

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

A recent demonstration in Raleigh, N.C., over teacher pay and school funding.

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.

Worried About Risky Teenage Behavior? Make School Tougher

Worried About Risky Teenage Behavior? Make School Tougher

A math camp at Murry Bergtraum High School in New York. Studies have shown that increased high school math graduation requirements have been linked to higher future earnings.

Strong Economies Lift Presidents. Trump Seems an Exception.

Strong Economies Lift Presidents. Trump Seems an Exception.

President Trump's approval ratings are in the upper 30s.

Pave Over the Subway? Cities Face Tough Bets on Driverless Cars

Pave Over the Subway? Cities Face Tough Bets on Driverless Cars

A quiet moment on the New York subway. Because it's so hard to predict the future of transit, some technologists feel a key is to keep options open by laying concrete and letting innovators design what rides on top of it. By definition, rail precludes all possibilities other than a train.

What Is the Trade Deficit?

What Is the Trade Deficit?

Money has been flowing from China to the United States, the flip side of the U.S. trade deficit that President Trump has bemoaned.


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