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SpaceX Successfully Launches Payload Using Recycled Rocket

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Another SpaceX success.

So Far, There’s No Sign Of A ‘Trump Bump’ In The Economy

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So far, there’s no sign that Donald Trump is having much of an impact on the economy.

Oakland Raiders Set To Move To Las Vegas

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The Oakland Los Angeles Oakland Raiders are headed to Vegas, baby!

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For Third Time In Fifteen Months

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For only the third time since the Great Recession ended, the Federal Reserve Board has raised interest rates.

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part II

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Part Two in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan. This post examines several ideas advanced by conservatives, and the reasons they aren’t complete answers to the problems we face.

Some Observations On The Debate Over Health Care And Insurance, Part I

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Part One in a series of observations about health care and health insurance in light of the introduction of the House GOP’s health care plan.

February Jobs Report Is Good, But Hardly Great

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The first Jobs Report for the first full month of the Trump Presidency is out, but it’s nothing to write home about.

Policy Analysts From Left, Right, And Center Criticize House GOP Obamacare Replacement

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Health care policy analysts seem united in their assessment of the House GOP’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act, and it’s overwhelmingly negative.

Estimates of the Trade and Welfare Effects of NAFTA?

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I am going to construct a complicated mathematical model of the economy, and then I’m going to calibrate it using some actual data, and in the end I will be able to tell everyone how much better or worse off they are given various changes in the economy. And it will be totally and completely true. Trust me, it’s math and therefore science.

Viewership For Live Televised Events Down Across The Board

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Fewer people are watching live television events such as the Super Bowl and Academy Awards.

Trump’s Economic Ignorance Costing the U.S. Jobs

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Trump’s attempt to fix the balance of trade will almost surely end up leaving us all worse off.

Janet Yellin Hints At Another Rate Increase This Month

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Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellin hinted strongly today that we’re likely to see another interest rate increase this month.

A ‘Trump Slump’ In The U.S. Travel Industry?

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Travel industry experts are reporting a noticeable drop in international travel and tourism since Donald Trump was elected President.

SpaceX Wants To Send Civilians To Orbit The Moon, By The End Of 2018

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An ambitious plan to return men to the Moon in less than two years.

Republican Budget Hawks Have A Donald Trump Problem

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Budget hawks in the GOP face a showdown with Donald Trump’s spending ambitions this year that will likely decide whether we’ll ever get spending under control.

Playboy Is Bringing Back The Nudity

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After a year long experiment, Playboy is bringing nudity back.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

The Rise Of The Robots And The Decline Of The Middle Class

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Technology continues to make more and more jobs unnecessary and irrelevant. And the consequences are going to be widespread.

Super Bowl Viewership Dips Slightly For Second Straight Year

There were 111.3 million people tuned into the Super Bowl on Sunday, slightly lower than last year.

A Strong January Jobs Report, But Signs Of Possible Weakness Ahead

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The first Jobs Report of 2017 saw healthy jobs growth in January, but there are signs we may be reaching a point where hiring could slow down.

Super Bowl Commercial Prices Hit $5,000,000 For 30 Seconds Of Ad Time

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A Super Bowl ad will cost you a cool $5,000,000 for thirty seconds.

More on Megaprojects

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Megaprojects are not a partisan thing. Megaprojects are large projects typically costing more than $1 billion and often tens of billions of dollars and impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people if not millions.

Donald Trump’s Plan to Increase the Trade Deficit

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Yet another example of why Trump and his views on Trade and the economy are contradictory and even incoherent. Not only should Trump be building his Great Trump Wall™ in Mexico he should be furiously working against any and all foreign investment in the U.S.

How to Make Cars

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There are two ways (at least) to have cars in America.

The New Trump Tax

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Yet more incoherent economic policy from the Tweeter in Chief. A border tax will mean that Americans will undoubtedly pay for at least part of the Great Wall of Trump™.

The Great Wall of America

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The Great Wall of Trump™ is almost surely going to be a disaster, the question remains how big of a disaster will it be.

Trump Reverses Obama’s Course On Keystone XL Pipeline And Other Projects

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President Trump reverses a decision made by President Obama just over a year ago.

Search For Flight MH370 Officially Comes To An End

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The mystery of what happened aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 may remain at the bottom of the Indian Ocean forever.

Ringling Brothers Circus To Shut Down After 146 Years In Business

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A long-standing staple of American culture will soon be no more.

December Jobs Report Reveals Tepid Jobs Growth

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A tepid December jobs report tops off a tepid year.

Paul Ryan Breaks With Trump On International Trade Policies

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In a break with President-Elect Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Congress would block any effort to increase tariffs.

Government Reports Strong Economic Growth In Third Quarter, But It’s Unlikely To Last

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The economy grew strongly in the third quarter of the year, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

As Expected, Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For Second Time In Ten Years

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The Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates for only the second time in a decade, but it still seems like it’s chasing an inflation monster that doesn’t exist.

Solid November Jobs Growth Seems To Guarantee Higher Interest Rates In December

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Another month of solid but not spectacular jobs growth seems to guarantee that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates this month.

Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

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On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)

October Jobs Report Shows Resilient Jobs Growth

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Another month of resilient, but not noteworthy, jobs growth.

Initial G.D.P. Reports Show Stronger Growth In The Summer

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Initial reports for the third quarter show strong economic growth during the summer;

September Jobs Report Reveals A Resilient, But Not Strong, Economy

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The September Jobs Report continues to show an economy that is growing to some degree, but hardly growing as fast as it should be.

Vice-Presidential Debate Draws Lowest Viewership Since 2000

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Tuesday night’s running mate debate had lower viewership than any such encounter in sixteen years.

No, Immigrants Aren’t Taking Your Job

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A new study debunks an old idea.

Federal Reserve Board Declines To Raise Interest Rates Again

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An unsurprising decision from the Federal Reserve.

The Minimum Wage

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The minimum wage has been a big part of this year’s election cycle, mainly due to Bernie Sander’s campaign and his idea of a national minimum wage. There has been lots of discussion of this, but most of it is just, well, bad. There are really two things that one can point to as to why wages above the market wage can be good.

Libertarians Are to Blame for Donald Trump’s Racialized Rhetoric?

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The idea that Donald Trump has gotten his racialized rhetoric from libertarians is simply errant nonsense. The libertarian view, broadly speaking, is not defined by Murray Rothbard, Llewellyn Rockwell, and Ron Paul and those who share their views. This is but a small and even fringe group of what could be called the libertarian community.

Fox News Pays Gretchen Carlson $20 Million To Settle Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Roger Ailes’s sexual harassment has led to Fox News paying out some big dollars.

August Jobs Report Delivers Mediocre Numbers

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A mostly mediocre jobs report for August.

Sluggish Economic Growth, The Federal Reserve, And The 2016 Election

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Another sign of a weak economy as the Federal Reserve considers rate hikes and the Presidential campaign moves forward.

Summer Olympics Were Lowest Rated Since 2000

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Despite being much more conveniently located for viewers in the United States, viewership for the just-concluded Olympics were the lowest they’ve been in sixteen years.

Good Bye Peak Oil Hypothesis

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Remember Peak Oil? Whatever happened to that idea?

Donald Trump’s Bad Reasoning on NAFTA

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Donald Trump engages in some nice post hoc ergo propter hoc by implying that the decline in manufacturing jobs in North Carolina is due to NAFTA. Ignoring that other factors are more likely playing a far greater role in the loss of manufacturing jobs.

Ross Kaminsky: Protectionism is Political Pandering

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It is a misguided and foolish attempt to try and buy votes without appearing to buy votes.

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