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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 Era of Very Low Inflation and Interest Rates May Be Near an End

The Era of Very Low Inflation and Interest Rates May Be Near an End

Gas prices on display last week in New York. A rise in the price of oil is likely to be passed along to consumers in the months ahead.

Have You Ever Seen Someone Be Killed?

Have You Ever Seen Someone Be Killed?

A county jail in Tennessee. A question on a study following newly released prisoners in Massachusetts revealed that being a witness to deadly violence as a child was surprisingly common among the study participants.

Why Green Bay Should Have Chosen Boldness

Why Green Bay Should Have Chosen Boldness

It was an astonishing finish as Aaron Rodgers heaved a touchdown pass in the final seconds of regulation in the Packers-Cardinals game. But Green Bay chose not to go for a two-point conversion, and a possible victory, and wound up losing in overtime.

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.

Why Markets Have Gotten So Jumpy

Why Markets Have Gotten So Jumpy

If you're wondering what happened to the steady bull market, a drought metaphor can help explain. New Mexico ranchers are dealing with a severe drought this week, above.

A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

Jeffrey Kaplow working behind the counter of the Subway store he owns in Lower Manhattan. Finding employees has been a challenge for him, as it has been for many small-business owners.

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 Fed Is Searching for a New Framework. New Minutes Show It Doesn’t Have One Yet.

The Fed Is Searching for a New Framework. New Minutes Show It Doesn’t Have One Yet.

Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, continues to face a tricky situation in deciding what to do about interest rates.

George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon

George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon

George Washington depicted as a farmer in an 1851 painting.

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.

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.

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 U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers

The U.S. Fertility Rate Is Down, Yet More Women Are Mothers

This baby, Emma, was born in November in Knoxville, Tenn., from an embryo that had been frozen for nearly 25 years. Progress in reproductive technology is part of the story of why women are delaying motherhood.

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 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.


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