Slavery was a sticking point at the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
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The Apportionment Clause forbids a direct tax on wealth. Expanding the 16th Amendment would not only allow such a tax but abolish slavery's last remnant in the US Constitution as well.
Does a few more trillion make a difference?
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Although US debt may be at eye-popping levels, an economist explains why it shouldn't keep you up at night.
Brooklyn Brewery was sold to Kirin, Japan’s second-biggest brewer, in 2016.
The likes of AB InBev and MillerCoors have been trying to jump on the craft beer bandwagon by snapping up artisanal breweries. Do consumers care?
The Mark 1 robot resembles actor Scarlett Johansson.
Intimacy with robots is closer than you think, and cities are already fighting the advent of sexbot brothels. Yet society has barely begun to explore their implications.
Gov. Ralph Northam has fumbled his apology.
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Trying to figure out if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam or other would-be penitents are sincere? A scholar who analyzed dozens of recent apologies offers a user's guide.
Amazon’s plan to build a new headquarters in Long Island City faced significant resistance.
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Amazon nixed plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City after some New Yorkers questioned the wisdom of offering billions in tax breaks in exchange for job promises. A Texas study suggests they had reason to worry.
Seattle shipyard workers in 1919 as they walk off the job.
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On Feb. 6, 1919, half of Seattle’s workforce went on strike over a demand for higher wages. A labor historian explains why it matters 100 years later.
Black Americans were most affected by the 2009 recession.
It's been a decade since the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and blacks still haven't fully recovered financially, leaving them unprepared if another recession hits.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro created a new cryptocurrency called the ‘Petro’ to combat hyperinflation.
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When an elected leader turns autocratic, the economy tends to suffer. That's because, in a functioning democracy, economic policy is made jointly, with lawmakers playing a key role.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, left, shakes hands with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
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Even though young leaders and old leaders may have different approaches, one isn't necessarily better than the other. But in order to succeed, a leader better be able to bridge generational divides.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference.
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The Fed abruptly ended two years of aggressive interest rate hikes, signaling the longest economic expansion on record may be coming to a close.
A hallowed chamber for an important address.
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As Trump prepares to deliver his delayed State of the Union address, here's what four economists had to say about the state of the union.
Women earn less than men in most occupations, including soccer.
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A decade ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the latest legislative effort to close the persistent gap between how much women and men earn. Here's why it hasn’t made much of a difference.
Since the Great Recession, the employment rate has gone up — but some rural groups lag behind.
There's a notable disparity between the rate of employment for people with and without disabilities, especially in certain pockets of the US.
Wall Street traders aren’t the only ones who rely on government economic data.
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The government collects reams of economic data that are vital to the functioning of companies, policymakers and even families.
A police officer stands guard over the global elites who decided to make the trek to Davos this year.
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The high-profile absence of several world leaders including Trump from the World Economic Forum has led some to suggest its influence is in decline. A philosopher who has seen Davos up close disagrees.
What will it take for the president and speaker to shake hands again?
Two labor negotiation experts explain how a 2015 dispute that seemed intractable got resolved, with important lessons for the partial government shutdown.
Fewer people getting SNAP benefits can lead to more skipped meals.
In some cases, these restrictions have plunged people deeper into poverty.
One of the more visible impacts of the shutdown is garbage piling up in parks.
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The shutdown is highlighting the crucial role government plays in the lives of citizens and businesses, offering a reminder of its fundamental value to the economy.
John C. Bogle, founder of Vanguard Group, died in January.
The index fund revolutionized investing for millions. Its founder died on Jan. 16.
More data may be key to disrupting health care.
The president should use his penchant for shaking up the status quo to tackle the genuine crisis in health care.
Theresa May likely wants to escape this room.
The UK's agonizing efforts to find a path out of the European Union is beginning to look a lot like a game or riddle with no solution – and certainly no winners.
Trump recently called the border a crisis during a televised address.
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Trump and other leaders use the word 'crisis' to claim there's an emergency that demands urgent action. A leadership expert explains how to evaluate those claims.
Gee, you shouldn’t have.
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The problems from a disappointing gift don't end once you've awkwardly thanked the giver and tossed the wrapping paper.
The president met with veterans in September at a signing ceremony.
The Trump administration is preparing to shift billions in veterans' health care spending to private providers. Research suggests privatizing essential services comes with a social cost.