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Revolt Against Wall Street

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Clinton’s Bad Trade

Manufacturing won’t find a friend in Hillary.

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The Safety Net vs. Marriage

Marriage penalties are a clear fairness issue and may have bad practical consequences.


A Reason for Optimism

Americans across the economic spectrum are consuming more than they used to.

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188.6 Million Hours of EPA Paperwork

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Why Trump Challenges Free Trade

The Donald is willing to question policies that privilege shareholders and consumers over average workers.

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Uber’s Allies

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