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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.

A California Dream for Paid Leave Has an Old Problem: How to Pay for It

A California Dream for Paid Leave Has an Old Problem: How to Pay for It

Gavin Newsom, campaigning last fall with his son Dutch, emphasized family-friendly issues like early childhood education programs and prenatal and child care during the closing weeks of his race.

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.

How Santa Claus Ended Up on U.S. Military’s Radar

How Santa Claus Ended Up on U.S. Military’s Radar

The combat operations center of what was then called the North American Air Defense Command, in Colorado Springs, around 1961.

The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?

The Stock Market Is Worried About Inflation. Should It Be?

In November, people in Caracas started lining up at midnight outside a bodega that was rumored to have received a shipment of cornflour. Venezuela has been plagued by high inflation.

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.

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Jessica Boer, 26, kissing her cat Kip at her home in Portage, Mich. Like an increasing number of people in her generation, she does not plan to have children. “Now we know we have a choice,” she said.

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.

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.

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.

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 Large Hidden Costs of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

The Large Hidden Costs of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

On the surface, there’s stability in premiums for obtaining prescription drugs, but they’re not reflecting the true costs of the program.

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Unloved 2-Point Conversions, Carolina’s Lucky Loss and a Strange Coin Flip

Antonio Brown of the Steelers about to haul in a 2-point conversion pass in September. Over all, the 2-point conversion hasn't quite caught on with coaches.

The Economy Can Handle Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. The Real Risk Is Erratic Policy.

The Economy Can Handle Steel and Aluminum Tariffs. The Real Risk Is Erratic Policy.

A worker measuring rolls of aluminum at a factory in Shandong Province in eastern China.

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.


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