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Most Puerto Ricans are still in the dark, as is the mainland about the recent hurricanes’ economic impact. Reuteres/Alvin Baez

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government

Although Puerto Ricans are American citizens, what happens on the island tends to stay there, at least in terms of economic data.
Without investment, fewer products will bear this ‘Made in the USA’ logo in the future. AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

How to ensure the fourth industrial revolution is ‘Made in the USA’

If President Trump really wants to restore America's manufacturing might he should invest heavily in AI, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that are changing the world.
Speaker Paul Ryan talks about the new GOP tax plan. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Do tax cuts stimulate the economy more than spending?

President Trump recently released his tax plan, but he's also said he wants to stimulate the economy with infrastructure spending. Is one more effective than the other at boosting growth?
The U.S. is slapping tariffs on China-made aluminum, which could lead to a trade war. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Why the US shouldn’t start a trade war with China

Some fear that recent actions against China taken by the Trump administration mean we're on the verge of a trade war. What would be the cost?
How each U.K. party leader would drive Brexit is the key issue on voters’ minds. AP Photo/Matt Dunham

What the UK election means for Brexit and America

While security concerns have punctuated the campaign's closing days, Brexit remains the most important issue on voters' minds. How the EU exit is managed will matter a great deal to US interests.
Pittsburgh, between its industrial past and a clean, green tech-driven future. Dllu

Pittsburgh: A city of two post-industrial tales

Pittsburgh's post-industrial economic resurgence is promising, a historian of the region writes, but there's a reason President Trump highlighted the area in his speech exiting the Paris climate deal.
University students experiment with human-robot interaction and autonomous manipulation, two elements of manufacturing’s future. Nikolaus Correll

To really help US workers, we should invest in robots

Today, the U.S. is leading the robotics revolution. But without timely investment, China will overtake us, and could permanently put Americans out of work.
The U.S. and EU are stronger together. Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo

America can’t be first without Europe

The Treaty of Rome, which eventually led to the European Union, is turning 60 at a time when many inside and outside Europe are questioning the union's value. For the U.S., much is at stake.
Deporting more illegal immigrants means hiring more ICE agents. The costs add up. Charles Reed/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via AP

Why mass deportations are costly and hurt the economy

Following through on campaign promises to forcibly evict several million illegal immigrants, Trump has set in motion a plan to deport those with criminal records. But doing so won't come cheap.

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