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Trump will be great for the Democrats

The cyclical nature of electoral politics provides some solace for Democrats. If history is any guide, a Trump presidency will cure the three problems...

Cities pay dearly for pro sports, for good reason

Sometimes you can't just follow the money. Las Vegas's plan to commit $750 million of public funding toward building a football stadium for the Raiders...

Meal-delivery startups show that tech is disrupted

Blue Apron, the leading meal-delivery startup, pitches itself as “disruptive tech,” but a recent BuzzFeed article shows that the tech is what’s being disrupted....

Conditions are ripe for an exodus from big cities

The stock market of the late 1990s is remembered mostly for high-flying dotcom equities that eventually crashed back to earth. Yet, from a money...

How geographic equality benefits the whole economy

I argued last week that the high cost of housing in cities such as New York and San Francisco has a bright side for...

A new normal for the U.S. economy: Slow and steady

For the first time since 2009, all sectors of the economy are chugging along at normal rates: The housing industry pulled out of its...

Big businesses’ latest power play: Raising wages

In the 1990s, Wal-Mart’s "everyday low prices" crushed small businesses. Mom and pop stores just couldn’t compete against the behemoth’s economies of scale and...

The end of the American manufacturing renaissance

The June 3 employment report cast a pall over the economic outlook. Headline jobs growth of just 38,000 was much weaker than expected and...

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