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What Is the Trade Deficit?

What Is the Trade Deficit?

Money has been flowing from China to the United States, the flip side of the U.S. trade deficit that President Trump has bemoaned.

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.

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.

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.

The Number of Female Chief Executives Is Falling

The Number of Female Chief Executives Is Falling

Denise Morrison was the chief executive of Campbell Soup Company until last Friday. With her departure, the number of female chief executives in the Fortune 500 declined 25 percent from last year.

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.

If Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates

If Cruz Keeps This Pace, Trump Won’t Get a Majority of Delegates

Heidi Cruz and Ted Cruz, who won in Wisconsin by 13 percentage points on Tuesday night. He finally made significant headway with moderate voters.

Anonymous Owner, L.L.C.: Why It Has Become So Easy to Hide in the Housing Market

Anonymous Owner, L.L.C.: Why It Has Become So Easy to Hide in the Housing Market

Parcel surveys of Memphis have revealed that a majority of the most blighted properties belong to L.L.C.s. Many have effectively gone out of business without selling the homes, leaving their ownership in limbo.

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?

Interview With a Fed Dissident: The Sole Vote to Raise Interest Rates

Interview With a Fed Dissident: The Sole Vote to Raise Interest Rates

Esther George at the Central Exchange in Kansas City last year. She became president of the Kansas City Fed in 2011.

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.

Why Trump’s Intense Focus on the Trade Deficit Could Cost the Economy in the Long Run

Why Trump’s Intense Focus on the Trade Deficit Could Cost the Economy in the Long Run

A soybean field in Indiana. Selling more commodities like soybeans to the Chinese would make U.S. farmers happy, and reduce the trade deficit, but would not accomplish much more than that.

The March Jobs Numbers Show the Economy Is Sound, but Far From Invincible

The March Jobs Numbers Show the Economy Is Sound, but Far From Invincible

On the factory floor at a Samsung washing machine plant in Newberry, S.C., last month. The United States added only 103,000 jobs in March, down from 326,000 in February.

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.

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.

After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

After a Debacle, How California Became a Role Model on Measles

The 60th anniversary of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., in 2015. A few months earlier, a measles outbreak that originated there convinced California to reconsider its childhood vaccination policy.


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