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Politics Dec 10A shutdown deal with extras: light bulbs, campaign finance and fishing tackle
Negotiators in the House and Senate unveiled a $1.012 trillion spending bill Tuesday night that would fund most of the government through September 2015. So what’s in the deal? We have a quick breakdown.
Politics Dec 09What to know about the CIA interrogation report
For five-and-a-half years, nearly the entire Obama presidency, the U.S. has waited for a report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee will release the (partially redacted) executive summary of that report. To help…
Politics Dec 08Not the way women wanted to make history this election
Yes, there’s a recount in an Arizona House race ongoing, but for pretty much all intents and purposes, the runoff election in the Louisiana Senate race Saturday put the final nail in the 2014 midterm elections.
Nation Dec 05What’s the most reliable indicator of monthly job gains?
Friday's jobs report showed a surprisingly high 321,000 jobs were added in November. Inspiring even more good cheer, however, average hourly earnings for private nonfarm payrolls actually rose 9 cents last month.
Politics Dec 04Does the Garner case weaken the argument for body cameras?
Today in the Morning Line: Does getting caught on tape matter? Where does President Obama’s call for police cameras go from here? House GOP to hold protest vote against President Obama’s immigration executive action Body cameras: President Obama made…
Politics Dec 03The political complications of a ‘Clinton Doctrine’
Today in the Morning Line: Clinton talks foreign policy GOP nod is still anyone’s guess House and Senate vote on tax extenders today The Clinton Doctrine: Hillary Clinton leads in all major polls for the Democratic nomination — and not…
Politics Dec 02How lame might the lame-duck Congress be?
Today in the Morning Line: Congress has two weeks left and some hefty legislating to do. Spending bill, Ebola, IS funding, military reauthorization, tax extenders top list of priorities Republicans do not want a shutdown Mary Landrieu accuses GOP opponent…
Nation Nov 27The economics of Thanksgiving from 1621 to 2014
Paul Solman stepped back to 1621 to explore the economics of the very first Thanksgiving, where, he learned, profit wasn't everything. Neither is profit everything in 2014 on a family turkey farm that sells most of its free-range turkeys during…
Nation Nov 21Jonathan Gruber: Success of insurance marketplaces hinges on competition
The second year of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is now underway. This year, more insurers are participating in health insurance marketplaces, and if evidence from last year is any indication, increased competition should result in lower premiums.
Nation Nov 20Taking selfies and talking inequality, has Janet Yellen gone too far?
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hosted a rare meeting with community organizers and low-wage workers at the Fed Friday. And last month, she delivered a controversial speech on inequality and posed for selfies with the jobless. Like other Fed chairs…