Can the government's economic books be cooked?

Jul 3, 2019
U.S. civil servants who collect and analyze statistics are effectively shielded from political pressure.
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Airline tickets are priced to confuse

Jan 9, 2019
Sometimes flying a longer distance is less expensive.
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Do people even work 9-to-5 anymore?

May 28, 2018
Or is it just a phrase we use?
People arrive on a commuter train to Grand Central Terminal on December 12, 2017 in New York City.
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Who benefits when your money is sitting in some app instead of in your savings? 
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A worker pushes carts outside a Costco Wholesale store in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
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Where did 'I approve this message' come from?

Oct 17, 2016
The fix for attack ads run amok has lost some of its power in the digital age.
A view of a digital billboard supporting Donald Trump in Times Square, New York City. The billboard was paid for by a pro-Trump political action committee (Super PAC) called 'Committee to Restore America's Greatness.' 
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Whiskeys have to age for years, so how do distilleries make money?

Mar 7, 2016
Distillers have to find another way to make money while whiskey ages.
Barrels of whiskey aging at the Kings County distillery.  Colin Spoelman, Kings County’s master distiller says when it comes to aging whiskey, a barrel can be like a tea bas. “The first time you use it, you get a lot of spice, a lot of infusion, flavor.”
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How do wineries set the price for a bottle of wine?

Feb 22, 2016
It depends on the winery. But for the big players, much of the cost is marketing.
Ever wonder what goes into pricing wine?
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Who writes the tax code?

Dec 7, 2015
Rick Stone of Nebraska thinks the presidential candidates are getting it wrong.