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The Stories That Shaped 2014

December 26, 2014
From good economic news to foreign policy challenges, 2014 was eventful.
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The decline of the middle class, in video-game format

December 23, 2014
Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post
Several months ago, when we were readying the stories that would become our six-part Liftoff & Letdown series on how the American middle class lost its way, a few of us at the Post had an idea: How would the last 25 years in the economy look if you rendered them like a classic video game? Ace graphics artist Sohail Al-Jamea started playing around with the concept, and this video was born. If you enjoy old Sega games, or you’re just looking for an accessible way to understand what’s happened to the middle class in the last few decades, you’ll probably dig it.
Vladimir Putin
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Is Obama destroying the Russian economy?

December 17, 2014
Michael Crowley | Politico
Speaking at a Moscow event in early October, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded cocky about the sanctions imposed on his country by Washington and its European allies. The penalties, Putin said, were “utter silliness” that would only hurt Western businesses.
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Good Economic News, but Democrats Differ on Whether to Take Credit

December 16, 2014
Jackie Calmes | The New York Times
Democrats would like some credit for the run of good economic news. Yet the better those reports are, the more divided the party has become over how — even whether — to take any.
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A Jump in Economic Optimism, but Will It Last?

December 12, 2014
Amy Walter | Cook Political Report
For the last couple of years we’ve been hearing the same story. While unemployment drops and the stock market rises, Americans’ views of the economy remain dour. Some Democrats argue that’s because the president and the party haven’t done a good enough job selling the economic recovery. Others point to flat wage growth and anemic GDP growth. But the latest poll from CNBC’s “All-America Economic Survey” (conducted by Hart Research and Public Opinion Strategies) finds Americans are more optimistic about the economy than they have been in the last three years. While lower gas prices may be part of the reason for this new-found enthusiasm, it’s also clear that there has been a steady (if slow) uptick in optimism.
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Why aren’t voters embracing the economic upswing?

October 31, 2014
The U.S. economy appears to be on the upswing, consumer confidence and growth are up and the jobless rate is down. But polls show that voters’ feelings about the economy lag behind the signs of improvement. Gwen Ifill talks to NewsHour political director Domenico Montanaro about some of the races that will most affected by the economy.
John Boehner
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Economists See Limited Gains in G.O.P. Plan

October 23, 2014
Jackie Calmes | The New York Times
Anticipating a takeover of Congress, Republicans have assembled an economic agenda that reflects their small-government, antiregulation philosophy, but also suggests internal divisions that could hinder a united front against President Obama — much as happened in the 1990s, when a Republican-led Congress confronted President Bill Clinton.

Obama Names Ebola Czar, Economic Recovery Anxiety, Midterm Debates and ISIS Movement

October 17, 2014
Will the new Ebola Czar help contain panic and fears about the virus?
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