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Walmart and Now Starbucks: Why More Big Companies Are Offering Paid Family Leave

Walmart and Now Starbucks: Why More Big Companies Are Offering Paid Family Leave

Supporters of Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he spoke to promote his paid family leave initiative at a rally in New York City in 2016. This month, New York became the fourth state to offer it.

The Big Question for Markets: Is There a Kudlow or Powell ‘Put’?

The Big Question for Markets: Is There a Kudlow or Powell ‘Put’?

Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council director, being interviewed on TV outside the White House last Friday.

Trump Says N.F.L. Is Boring; It Has Actually Never Been More Exciting

Trump Says N.F.L. Is Boring; It Has Actually Never Been More Exciting

Quarterback Craig Morton and the Broncos threw for only 35 yards in a Super Bowl loss to Dallas in 1978.

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.

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

If the Robots Come for Our Jobs, What Should the Government Do?

A delivery robot rolled through a neighborhood in Philomath, Ore., in April. The robot’s inventor is a native of the town and hopes that with more people shopping online, such robots will take off, reducing traffic and pollution.

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.

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 Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt

A recent demonstration in Raleigh, N.C., over teacher pay and school funding.

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.

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.

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.

Why Markets Have Gotten So Jumpy

Why Markets Have Gotten So Jumpy

If you're wondering what happened to the steady bull market, a drought metaphor can help explain. New Mexico ranchers are dealing with a severe drought this week, above.

Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion

Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion

The BMW factory in Greer, S.C. The auto industry is one that stands to lose from a trade war.

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.

How Same-Sex Couples Divide Chores, and What It Reveals About Modern Parenting

How Same-Sex Couples Divide Chores, and What It Reveals About Modern Parenting

Jared Hunt and Dorian Kendal at home with their son, Jackson, 2, and dog, Parker. The two have been married four years, and they say they divide household chores based on their personal preferences.

The Fed Is Searching for a New Framework. New Minutes Show It Doesn’t Have One Yet.

The Fed Is Searching for a New Framework. New Minutes Show It Doesn’t Have One Yet.

Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, continues to face a tricky situation in deciding what to do about interest rates.


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