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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Retro Super Bowl, Putting Defense and Running First

A Retro Super Bowl, Putting Defense and Running First

Peyton Manning is back in the Super Bowl, but it wasn’t his passing that put the Broncos there.

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.

Sports Sharpen the Presidential Image

Sports Sharpen the Presidential Image

George Tames/The New York Times

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Antonio Brown of the Steelers about to haul in a 2-point conversion pass in September. Over all, the 2-point conversion hasn't quite caught on with coaches.

When Health Insurance Prices Rose Last Year, Around a Million Americans Dropped Coverage

When Health Insurance Prices Rose Last Year, Around a Million Americans Dropped Coverage

Signing up for health insurance in Dallas last year during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period.

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.

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.

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?


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