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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.

A Look Back at the Super Bowl, and Three Reforms That Are Needed Now

A Look Back at the Super Bowl, and Three Reforms That Are Needed Now

In 2010, some football helmets used for testing helmet-to-helmet collisions were put on a rack at a laboratory in the Cleveland Clinic’s Lutheran Hospital.

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.

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.

Republicans Couldn’t Knock Down Obamacare. So They’re Finding Ways Around It.

Republicans Couldn’t Knock Down Obamacare. So They’re Finding Ways Around It.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, during a visit to Nashville last month. On Monday, she unveiled a series of policies that were aimed at working around Obamacare's requirements.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

A book about “Fake News” was displayed last November by a supporter of Roy Moore, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Alabama.

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.

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.


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