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What to Keep in Mind When Thinking About the Midterms

What to Keep in Mind When Thinking About the Midterms

Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, a Democrat, lost a special election in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District this week. But she lost by a surprisingly small margin, considering how strongly Republican the district has been.

What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines

What a Trade War With China Looks Like on the Front Lines

President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing last year.

The 10-Year Baby Window That Is the Key to the Women’s Pay Gap

The 10-Year Baby Window That Is the Key to the Women’s Pay Gap

Even in families in which both parents work full time, women spend almost double the time as men on child care and housework.

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.

Italy’s Political Crisis: The Danger It Poses for the Global Economy

Italy’s Political Crisis: The Danger It Poses for the Global Economy

An honor guard outside the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, the presidential residence.

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.

The Big Question for Markets: Is There a Kudlow or Powell ‘Put’?

The Big Question for Markets: Is There a Kudlow or Powell ‘Put’?

Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council director, being interviewed on TV outside the White House last Friday.

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks

A marijuana vape lounge in Oakland, Calif. The medical literature focuses on the potential harms involving smoked cannabis, but we know little to nothing about edibles.

If the World Economy Is Looking So Great, Why Are Global Policymakers So Gloomy?

If the World Economy Is Looking So Great, Why Are Global Policymakers So Gloomy?

The World Economic Outlook news conference at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington on Wednesday. “The present good times will not last for long,” said Maurice Obstfeld, chief economist of the I.M.F.

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.

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.

The Large Hidden Costs of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

The Large Hidden Costs of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

On the surface, there’s stability in premiums for obtaining prescription drugs, but they’re not reflecting the true costs of the program.

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

A delivery robot rolled through a neighborhood in Philomath, Ore., in April. The robot’s inventor is a native of the town and hopes that with more people shopping online, such robots will take off, reducing traffic and pollution.

Super Bowl Preview, and the Silly Complaints About Celebrations

Super Bowl Preview, and the Silly Complaints About Celebrations

Cam Newton of the Panthers. Is there such a thing as too much fun?

How Santa Claus Ended Up on U.S. Military’s Radar

How Santa Claus Ended Up on U.S. Military’s Radar

The combat operations center of what was then called the North American Air Defense Command, in Colorado Springs, around 1961.

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.


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