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A Democratic Senate could mean big economic policy changes

Jan 7, 2021
A unified Democratic government might approve more stimulus, aid to states and tax hikes to fund health, education and green energy.
Jon Ossoff, left, and Raphael Warnock campaign with President-elect Joe Biden in Atlanta. With the victories of Ossoff and Warnock, Democrats will control the Senate.
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Capitol Hill is still overwhelmingly white

Dec 1, 2020
The 117th Congress will be one of the most racially diverse in history, but what about the lawmakers' staffers? LaShonda Brenson of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is working on it.
Top staffers on Capitol Hill are far less diverse than the people they represent, according to LaShonda Brenson of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
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Are Black women being “centered” in this economy yet?

Nov 23, 2020
Janelle Jones is "super hopeful" about Black women's influence in the next U.S. government, but worried about the disinvestment that may come with austerity.
In her victory speech, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris called Black women the “backbone of democracy.” But will the new administration’s economic policy treat them that way?
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A primer on Joe Biden’s fiscal and economic policies

Nov 7, 2020
Biden has been declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. What will he do for the U.S. economy?
President-elect Joe Biden delivering remarks on COVID-19 back in October in Wilmington, Delaware.
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What are Kamala Harris’s economic priorities?

Aug 13, 2020
How might the current pandemic and financial crisis change the economic priorities of VP candidate Kamala Harris?
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Paul Krugman on why "zombie" economic ideas should stay dead

Jan 29, 2020
Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman on why some bad ideas just won't die.
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From Reagan to Trump: How the Heritage Foundation has influenced policy

May 3, 2017
The president has relied on the conservative think tank for guidance, but its ideas can be traced to health care and welfare reform.
The Heritage Foundation's role in the conservative movement goes back to the 1970s, says Atlantic writer Molly Ball. Above, George W. Bush speaks to the foundation in 2007.
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Why governments have a hard time changing GDP

Jan 27, 2017
Economist Marc Levinson says governments can't do much to increase productivity, despite what you've heard.
President Donald Trump has promised to return the American economy to 4 percent annual growth. That would be up from the 2016 U.S. Gross Domestic Product rate of 1.6 percent.
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Outgoing Treasury Secretary Jack Lew talks legacy and economy's future

Jan 11, 2017
"The fact there hasn't been a financial crisis is not a reason to unwind what we've done."
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew addresses the media after visiting the Marian Anderson Residence Museum to discuss her inclusion on the $5 bill October 21, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

 
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Richard Nixon 'wanted to be a good prince'

Author looks into the psyche of the anxious introvert who was 37th president.
“Nixon's become kind of a cartoon to us," says author Evan Thomas. "We think he's wicked and evil. I just didn't believe that.”
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