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A Recipe for Retro Housing Policy

The Trump administration could overcome the past decade's skepticism toward homeownership.<p>The Trump administration's first official act was to restore some mortgage fees that had just been eliminated by the Obama administration. The Democratic response to it suggests that nearly a decade after the …

Real Estate

Blame Monopolies for Short-Changing U.S. Workers

Monopolies drive down labor's share of GDP, not globalization or cheap capital.<p>There are several worrying trends in the global economy, such as rising inequality within countries and slowing productivity growth. But perhaps the most troubling of them is the fall in labor’s share of national …

Economics

How a Clever GOP Tax Plan Managed to Baffle Everyone

The "border adjustment" idea is falling victim to the special chaos of policy-making in the Trump administration.<p>House Republicans, led by Paul Ryan, have been trying to give President Donald Trump an outlet for his protectionist impulses while avoiding any increase in tariffs. They hit on a clever …

Economics

Hillary Clinton and the Populist Revolt

The Democrats lost the white working class. The Republicans exploited it. Can Clinton win it back?<p>The basement of a hotel on Capitol Hill. A meeting room with beige walls and headachy light, cavernous enough to accommodate three hundred occupants but empty, except for Hillary Clinton. She sat at a …

Society

How Japan has almost eradicated gun crime

<b>Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. What is the secret?</b><p>If you want to buy a gun in Japan you need patience and determination. You have to attend an all-day class, take a written exam and pass a …

Guns

Medicare Special Report: Why Medicare Matters - AARP

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Retirement

College Football’s Financial Woes

January 3, 2017<p>Low attendance threatens today’s ticket revenue and tomorrow’s alumni donations.<p>1<p>January 4, 2017<p>Football’s critics often point to …

College Football
Dow Jones

Donald Trump and the Rise of Alt-Reality Media

You think the truth took a hit last year? It's about to get worse. A lot worse.<p>Earlier this year, I argued that the conservative movement did not merely have a Donald Trump problem—it had a media problem. As Trump slouched toward the nomination, he was backed by a conservative media that had …

Donald Trump

Gene editing will transform cancer treatment

Jennifer Doudna | CRISPR pioneer<p>You may have heard of the gene-editing technique CRISPR-cas9, often simply called CRISPR. Introduced in 2012, CRISPR works like a pair of scissors to cut DNA, inserting or reordering bits of genetic code with remarkable, science-fiction-like results: CRISPR can help …

Genetics

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Every successful technology, product, or service has a tipping point. Many signs indicate that 2017 will be the tipping point for electric cars. Here's why, and a startup that can make it happen.<p>Electric car hockey stick starting?<p>Global electric ("plug in") vehicle sales showed a 42 percent …

Electric Vehicles

How the Left Created Trump

Nov. 8 represented an explosion of anger on the right at years of smugness and disdain by liberals.<p>Well before Donald Trump declared he was running—to the amusement of the liberal media and Washington establishment, who didn’t stop laughing until Nov. 8—and long before Hillary Clinton dismissed …

Democratic Party

How the Loyal Opposition Will Work in Trump’s America

When he took office in 2001, George W. Bush inherited a healthy Republican Party roughly at parity with its opposition. When he left office eight …

HBO's 'Westworld' Filming Locations You Can Visit

We're a Game of Thrones–obsessed office, but while we wait impatiently for the next season, HBO's Westworld is sating our need for rough-and-tumble TV. Set in a futuristic park made to look like the wild west (and tended by android "hosts"), the show has caught our eye with its sweeping panoramas …

National Parks

Fact-checking the third Clinton-Trump presidential debate

The final presidential debate once again demonstrated Donald Trump’s thin grasp of the facts and his willingness to make poorly sourced or inaccurate claims. Hillary Clinton, for the most part, was more factually accurate.<p>Here’s a roundup of 24 of the more notable claims. As is our practice, we do …

Government

Where does the GOP go from here?

With Trump having all but thrown away the White House, Republicans are struggling to contemplate their future.<p>With the last glimmers of Donald Trump’s White House hopes fading on the heels of his final debate performance, Republicans don’t even want to think about what comes next.<p>As they scramble …

Donald Trump

Four cities vote on soda taxes tomorrow. Soda companies are terrified.

Voters in four US cities will have the rare opportunity on November 8 to decide whether sugary beverages should be taxed, and billionaires and soda makers are pouring huge sums of money into swaying their choice at the polls.<p>San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, all have ballot measures …

Diabetes
Government

BuzzFeed's CEO just made an explosive claim about Ivanka Trump's own alleged lewd language

"I met her once & she casually said: 'I've never seen a mulatto c--k, but I'd like to!'" Peretti wrote in a tweet.<p>The tweet, which Peretti later confirmed was indeed sent by him, spread like fire across the internet during the last weeks of what has already been a heated and at times surreal US …

Donald Trump

Clinton buying ads in Texas is 'a classic political prank'

Or is she?<p>Clinton's campaign is launching a one-week ad campaign in Texas, aides to the Democratic candidate announced this week, dropping $100,000 on television spots in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and online.<p>It's a modest ad buy — compare it to the $2 million on ads Clinton is spending in …

Government

Meet Fancy Bear

For the first time in history, Washington has accused a foreign government of trying to influence the US election. Sheera Frenkel investigates the Russian group accused of hacking the US election — and finds they’ve been practicing for this moment for a long time.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — On the morning of …

Brain belts: The many innovation centers that will take on Silicon Valley

To most high-tech enthusiasts, towns like Akron, Albany, Batesville, Malmö, and Eindhoven probably don’t hold much significance. Yet, while the world is busy watching Silicon Valley, these relatively obscure spots in the US and Europe are quietly building the infrastructure for innovation …

Chipotle Eats Itself

Chipotle Mexican Grill was a sizzling business with a red-hot stock until an E. coli outbreak derailed its future. Can a mission-based company make gobs of money and still save the world?<p>Chipotle’s annual shareholder meeting on May 11 was set to be a doozy. Angry activists and investors were poised …

E.coli

The 'Airbnb effect': is it real, and what is it doing to a city like Amsterdam?

In the Dutch capital, Airbnb has been accused of driving up property prices and disrupting communities – while others say the website’s gentrifying tendencies are much exaggerated. So who’s right?<p>Sito Veracruz lives in the centre of Amsterdam. Some years ago, he enthusiastically rented out a room …

Housing

Deutsche Bank Said Set to Advance on 1,000 Planned Job Cuts

Deutsche Bank AG is poised to reach an agreement with labor representatives this week that will pave the way for the German lender to eliminate about …

Investing

Backlash to World Economic Order Clouds Outlook at IMF Talks

Policy-making elites converge on Washington this week for meetings that epitomize a faith in globalization that’s at odds with the growing backlash …

Economy

White riot - Vox

How racism and immigration gave us Trump, Brexit, and a whole new kind of politics<p>Today, Donald Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. But the story of how he managed to become the most powerful man in the world — why Americans were drawn to someone with authoritarian tendencies …

Society

A world without work is coming – it could be utopia or it could be hell

Most of us have wondered what we might do if we didn’t need to work – if we woke up one morning to discover we had won the lottery, say. We entertain ourselves with visions of multiple homes, trips around the world or the players we would sign after buying Arsenal. For many of us, the most …

Economics

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in …