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Paul Krugman on why "zombie" economic ideas should stay dead

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon 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

by Kai Ryssdal 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

by Kai Ryssdal 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

by David Brancaccio 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'

by Kai Ryssdal, Mukta Mohan, and Daisy Palacios Jul 2, 2015
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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‘Economic patriotism’: Rhetorical, not economic, policy

by David Gura Jul 23, 2014
Politicians love to say it, but what does it actually mean?