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Foreign goods wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles. AP Photo/Nick Ut

What is a tariff? An economist explains

President Trump recently imposed steep tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. An economist explains what they are, how they work and why they matter.
A line of AR-15s are on display at gunmaker Daniel Defense in Georgia. AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane

Why do gun-makers get special economic protection?

The gun industry has been virtually immune from liability for the deaths and injuries caused by its products since 2005. Can this change?
Students who walked out of school protest against gun violence in front of the White House. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

Why is the NRA boycott working so quickly?

The lightning-quick corporate response to demands for a boycott against the NRA shows that companies can't escape politics in an age saturated with social media.
Pres. Dwight Eisenhower, right, looking at a map in 1955 of highways to be built with federal funds that retired Gen. Lucius Clay, left, had outlined. AP Photo/Byron Rollins

Why Trump may usher in the biggest gas tax hike ever

Despite all their anti-tax sentiments, Republicans from Hoover to Trump have embraced this levy on sales at the pump.
Most parents are unaware just how easily available ‘hardcore’ porn has become. Chepko Danil Vitalevich/

Parents need to start talking to their tweens about the risks of porn

While parents are growing more concerned about their children's easy access to porn, they often don't realize just how 'hardcore' and violent it has become and how early their kids are seeing it.
Jonathan Cheever is an Olympic snowboarder – and a plumber. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

The other feats US Olympians pull off

A lack of federal funding for their training, travel or living expenses leaves many elite American athletes juggling day jobs and scrambling to pay their bills.