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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why Cities Can’t Stop Poaching From One Another

Why Cities Can’t Stop Poaching From One Another

Mitch Daniels, then the governor of Indiana, and the Nesquik Bunny exchanged high-fives after a ribbon cutting to officially open Nestle’s production and distribution facility in Anderson, Ind., in 2009.

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Jessica Boer, 26, kissing her cat Kip at her home in Portage, Mich. Like an increasing number of people in her generation, she does not plan to have children. “Now we know we have a choice,” she said.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.


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