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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.

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.

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.

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.

Sports Sharpen the Presidential Image

Sports Sharpen the Presidential Image

George Tames/The New York Times

The Non-Quarterback, Non-Running Back Heisman

The Non-Quarterback, Non-Running Back Heisman

Notre Dame's Leon Hart, a rare lineman to have won the Heisman Trophy, in 1949.

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks

It’s Time for a New Discussion of Marijuana’s Risks

A marijuana vape lounge in Oakland, Calif. The medical literature focuses on the potential harms involving smoked cannabis, but we know little to nothing about edibles.

Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

A book about “Fake News” was displayed last November by a supporter of Roy Moore, who unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Alabama.

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.

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.

Coaches Are So Close but Can’t See It: Just Run the Ball

Coaches Are So Close but Can’t See It: Just Run the Ball

Not everyone can be as passing-savvy as Niners Coach Bill Walsh and quarterback Joe Montana were (in 1982 in the week before the Super Bowl in Pontiac, Mich).

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.

Republicans Couldn’t Knock Down Obamacare. So They’re Finding Ways Around It.

Republicans Couldn’t Knock Down Obamacare. So They’re Finding Ways Around It.

Seema Verma, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, during a visit to Nashville last month. On Monday, she unveiled a series of policies that were aimed at working around Obamacare's requirements.

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.

The Era of Very Low Inflation and Interest Rates May Be Near an End

The Era of Very Low Inflation and Interest Rates May Be Near an End

Gas prices on display last week in New York. A rise in the price of oil is likely to be passed along to consumers in the months ahead.


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