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The U.S. November trade deficit was $63B, but that's not the important thing

Jan 9, 2024
Trade deficit numbers get a lot of attention in election years. Here are some things to know about the nuance behind the numbers.
"Counterintuitively, an expanding trade deficit is typically associated with stronger economic growth in the United States," says Scott Lincicome with the Cato Institute.
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Small-dollar donors are playing a much bigger role in this year's campaigns

Oct 6, 2020
They now account for nearly a quarter of all donations. This year, they are giving more than PACs and super PACs combined
People watch the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at The Abbey on Sept. 29 in West Hollywood, California.
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Supreme Court battle reignites fundraising by Democrats and Republicans

Sep 22, 2020
Some campaign fundraising websites saw a spike in donations after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Volunteers work a phone bank for Joe Biden's presidential campaign. Democratic fundraising site ActBlue saw a surge in donations over the weekend after Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.
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Presidential elections are bad news for the economy

Jun 3, 2016
Uncertainty over who the next president will be makes businesses press pause.
"I don’t think there’s nearly as much uncertainty about Clinton" because she's "predictable," says Nicholas Bloom of Stanford University. Above, the Democratic presidential candidate speaks at an event on Friday in Westminster, California. 
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A long view of the flat tax

Oct 29, 2015
One historian takes us through America's brief flirtations with the tax policy

One pair of Rand Paul flip flops, please

Apr 7, 2015
The candidate's shop is up and running. Plus, the demographics of the IRS.

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Ted Cruz is Obamacare's latest customer

Mar 24, 2015
With his wife on leave, the family had lost its health care.