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02/07/2016 - 3:00pm

    Tesla Motors has taken the first step toward challenging a year-old Michigan law that bars direct-to- consumer auto sales in the state. I trust you'll agree with me that the law is a blatant piece of protectionism, designed to help car dealers at the expense of consumers. But that still leaves an important -- and...

02/05/2016 - 9:00pm

    U.S. workers and consumers (who are for the most part the same people) seem to be doing pretty well at the moment. Businesses, not so much. As Bloomberg reported last week:

    "Consumer spending grew last...

02/05/2016 - 8:00pm

    The hot topic in economic policy discussions is inequality. Lots of kinds of inequality have been increasing in the U.S. -- income, wealth, housing, longevity and almost everything else. New data has caused economists and the public to become more alarmed about the...

02/04/2016 - 1:00pm

    This is the first of two excerpts from "The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War," published this month by Princeton University Press. The second will explain the implications of all this for the next quarter...

02/03/2016 - 7:00pm

    This is the second of two excerpts from "The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War," published this month by Princeton University press.

    Does the last...

02/03/2016 - 3:00pm

    The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who'd taken it over. This and other federal lands were acquired through conquest over, purchases from or treaties...

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