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    5 Reasons Trump’s Promised Tax Overhaul Won’t Be So Easy

    5 Reasons Trump’s Promised Tax Overhaul Won’t Be So Easy


    Representative Kevin Brady, seated left, chairman of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Greg Walden, both Republicans, at a House Rules Committee meeting about health care last...

    The president’s failure to push through broad health care overhaul has raised questions about the prospects of a sweeping rewrite of the tax code.
    After Trump Comes to Talk, Border Agents Find Their Political Voice

    After Trump Comes to Talk, Border Agents Find Their Political Voice


    Art Del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol union in Tucson, records a podcast: “They’re illegal aliens, that’s what they are, and we’ll say it all day long on the Green...

    With President Trump’s focus on the border, the union’s weekly podcast has become an influential, unfiltered and entirely one-sided megaphone.
    Automation Nation: Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

    Automation Nation: Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs


    Robot arms weld a vehicle at the General Motors plant in Lansing, Mich. Automakers are the biggest users of industrial robots, which have decreased employment and wages in local...

    Researchers are surprised to see very little employment increase in other occupations to offset the job losses in manufacturing.
    Equal Pay for Men and Women? Iceland Wants Employers to Prove It

    Equal Pay for Men and Women? Iceland Wants Employers to Prove It


    At the Icelandic Customs agency, which participated in an equal pay pilot program, officials found that salaries were lower where women were employed as a large...

    Although the country has had equal pay laws for half a century, gaps still exist, and new legislation is intended to address the imbalances more forcefully.
    Economic View: What Comes Next for Obamacare? The Case for Medicare for All

    Economic View: What Comes Next for Obamacare? The Case for Medicare for All


    Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, at a news conference this month. His bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has drawn criticism from the right and the...

    The pains of losing the Affordable Care Act would generate a gigantic backlash. But universal access to Medicare would change that.
    College Is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There.

    College Is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There.


    TaTy’Terria Gary in her entrepreneurship class at Topeka High School last fall. Like many working-class students, she struggled with the college admissions...

    For working-class students like Nate, Zac and TaTy, the road to college is unfamiliar and rocky, and even imagining oneself on campus can be an obstacle.
    Survey Says: Americans Agree on Paid Leave, but Not on Who Should Pay

    Survey Says: Americans Agree on Paid Leave, but Not on Who Should Pay


    Ivanka Trump at a luncheon at the White House for International Women’s Day. She is pushing for a paid parental leave policy, for which there is bipartisan support but disagreement about the...

    Pew surveys also show people disagree on whether it should be mandatory or optional.
    In a Rare Survey, Cubans Express a Hunger for Economic Growth

    In a Rare Survey, Cubans Express a Hunger for Economic Growth


    A public phone inside a government-run butcher shop in Havana. Cubans have little faith in their government’s capacity to deliver economic growth, the survey...

    An independent research group at the University of Chicago interviewed 840 Cubans on topics from free speech to diplomatic ties to crime.
    Economic Scene: What’s at Stake in a Health Bill That Slashes the Safety Net

    Economic Scene: What’s at Stake in a Health Bill That Slashes the Safety Net


    The United States still spends less than most of its peers across the industrialized world to support the general welfare of its citizens. But during the Obama administration the gap shrank to its smallest since the early...

    By reversing the Medicaid expansion and leaving millions unable to pay for coverage, the bill would be a landmark retreat in American social welfare.
    After Dutch Election, Eurogroup Leader’s Fate Looks in Doubt

    After Dutch Election, Eurogroup Leader’s Fate Looks in Doubt


    Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister, in 2013, the year he began his tenure as president of the Eurogroup, the 19 finance ministers from countries that share the...

    Jeroen Dijsselbloem appears to be on the way out as head of the Eurogroup, the 19 finance ministers from countries that share the euro. He has presided over a tumultuous period.
    China’s Taxes on Imported Cars Feed Trade Tensions With U.S.

    China’s Taxes on Imported Cars Feed Trade Tensions With U.S.


    The Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai. Taxes on imported cars have become a growing area of friction between the United States and...

    Autos are emerging as a potential point of contention ahead of President Trump’s meeting with his Chinese counterpart, but the industry sees no easy answers.
    Economic View: What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?

    Economic View: What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?


    Economists traditionally dominate policy making in Washington, but they don’t have all the answers. Sociologists have a lot to teach...

    Economists traditionally dominate policy making in Washington, but they don’t have all the answers. Sociologists have a lot to teach us.

    Fed Raises Interest Rates for Third Time Since Financial Crisis


    The move will increase the upward pressure on interest rates that consumers pay, but the immediate effect is likely to be...

    The move will increase the upward pressure on interest rates that consumers pay, but the immediate effect is likely to be modest.

    Federal Reserve on Interest Rates


    Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, announced the board’s decision on interest...

    Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, announced the board’s decision on interest rates.