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02/26/2017 - 3:00pm

    I love the names: Bobcat Farm, Golden Eagle Ranch, Long Prairie, Ten Mile Farm. They conjure up Americana, the old homestead, and our rich rural culture.

    Less bucolic, however, is the fact that all those farms are part of a massive Wall Street investment scheme called Farmland Partners Inc. It...

02/20/2017 - 1:00pm

    Two years ago, I suggested that the U.S. economy is riddled with strangely high costs in key sectors of the economy. Now, more and more people seem to be zeroing in on this problem. On Slate Star Codex, blogger Scott Alexander has a long, excellent rundown of high costs in five areas --- K-12 education...

02/19/2017 - 8:00pm

    For the past eight years, a presidential news conference was a chance to hear from Professor Barack Obama, the long-winded lecturer in chief who expounded on domestic politics and international relations with nuance, depth, range and, most of all, a lot of words.

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02/19/2017 - 7:00pm

    Economists are increasingly turning their attention to the problem of monopoly. This doesn't mean literal monopoly, like when one utility company provides all the power in a city. It refers to market concentration in general -- when an industry goes from having 20 players to having only 10, or when...

02/19/2017 - 4:00pm

    Everybody loves free speech, it seems -- and just about everybody also knows someone who they wish would just hush up.

    That's an old saying that I just made up. It came to mind amid some of the protests that have been busting out all over Donald...

02/18/2017 - 7:00pm

    On Sunday, Swiss voters rejected a reduction in corporate tax rates by a 59 percent to 41 percent margin.

    Some of the factors that drove their decision were unique to Switzerland and this particular referendum. The tax change had been forced on...

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