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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.

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.

George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon

George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon

George Washington depicted as a farmer in an 1851 painting.

If the World Economy Is Looking So Great, Why Are Global Policymakers So Gloomy?

If the World Economy Is Looking So Great, Why Are Global Policymakers So Gloomy?

The World Economic Outlook news conference at the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington on Wednesday. “The present good times will not last for long,” said Maurice Obstfeld, chief economist of the I.M.F.

Finally, Some Answers on the Effects of Medicaid Expansion

Finally, Some Answers on the Effects of Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, back to camera, got a hug from State Senator Emmett W. Hanger Jr. last month after signing state budget bills that included Medicaid expansion.

A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

A Fast-Food Problem: Where Have All the Teenagers Gone?

Jeffrey Kaplow working behind the counter of the Subway store he owns in Lower Manhattan. Finding employees has been a challenge for him, as it has been for many small-business owners.

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.

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.

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).

The Economy Is Getting Hotter. Is a Productivity Boom Next?

The Economy Is Getting Hotter. Is a Productivity Boom Next?

Self-serve kiosks are already a familiar sight at the supermarket or in airports. But more settings, like restaurants or casinos, might start to find them cost-effective as workers grow harder to find, and this infusion of technology might in turn increase productivity.

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.

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.

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 Number of Female Chief Executives Is Falling

The Number of Female Chief Executives Is Falling

Denise Morrison was the chief executive of Campbell Soup Company until last Friday. With her departure, the number of female chief executives in the Fortune 500 declined 25 percent from last year.

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.


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