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  • Robert J. Samuelson: Slow growth may be insurmountable, says Greenspan

    What’s happening, Greenspan says, is that spending on “entitlements” (Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and the like) is crowding out gross national saving.


  • Robert J. Samuelson: Uncertainty will certainly trip Trump

    A huge contradiction sits at the core of his economic agenda. He wants faster economic growth, but his proposed policies would also elevate economic uncertainty – and uncertainty hurts growth


  • Robert J. Samuelson: Campaigns mask economic reality

    We expected a stellar economy; that had been our experience since the late 1940s. Unfortunately, the powerful boom created expectations of perpetual (and rising) prosperity that can’t be met.


  • Robert J. Samuelson: We’re having wrong immigration debate

    We need an immigration system that gives priority to skilled over unskilled workers, rather than today’s policy that favors family preferences for green cards.


  • Robert J. Samuelson: The old Fed is dead

    Central banks aren’t as influential as we supposed. Low interest rates – a product of both policy and wider economic forces – haven’t had the expected rejuvenating effect.


  • Robert J. Samuelson: Are aging, economic slowdown linked?

    If other economists confirm the study, we’d probably resolve the ferocious debate about what caused the economic slowdown. The aging effect would dwarf other alleged causes.


  • Five things we learned from the surprisingly strong July jobs report

    U.S. employers added a healthy 255,000 jobs in July, a sign of confidence amid sluggish economic growth that points to a resilient economy.


  • IMF says Brexit will drag down world economic growth

    Britain’s decision to leave the European Union will reduce global economic growth this year and next, the International Monetary Fund says. The IMF said Tuesday that it is shaving its …


  • Robert J. Samuelson: The economy’s real drag? Us

    In theory, it’s easy to replace lost consumer demand. In practice, it’s not so easy. Businesses could build more factories and shopping malls. But with weaker consumer spending, do we …


  • Robert Samuelson: U.S. slower-growing, but not poor

    We feel poor not because we are poor but because our stunted economic growth cannot satisfy all our demands.


  • US economy slowed to 1.5 pct. growth rate in third quarter

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the summer, reflecting a cutback in businesses’ stockpiling of goods, which offset solid consumer spending. But most economists think growth has been …


  • US adds a robust 295K jobs; jobless rate falls to 5.5 pct.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. It was the latest sign that …


  • India slides, US gains in gender equality ranking

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian women still face some of the world’s worst inequality in access to health care, education and work, despite years of rapid economic growth, according to …


  • $4 trillion no magical cure for debt problem

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has proposed saving more than $4 trillion over the next decade in his “fiscal cliff” talks with Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner has offered …


  • Election over, administration unleashes new rules

    WASHINGTON (AP) — While the “fiscal cliff” of looming tax increases and spending cuts dominates political conversation in Washington, some Republicans and business groups see signs of a “regulatory cliff” …


  • Sandy is thought to have slowed US hiring in Nov.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Superstorm Sandy is widely thought to have slowed U.S. job growth last month. The only question is how much — an answer that’s expected to emerge Friday …


  • Americans OK renewing Obama’s Oval Office lease

    WASHINGTON (AP) — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress …


  • Obama’s lease renewed despite tough economic times

    WASHINGTON (AP) — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress …


  • Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp …


  • Obama takes NH, Pa., trails in electoral count

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama captured hard-fought New Hampshire Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House with Mitt Romney, claiming the first of the pivotal battleground …


  • Race tight as election night count goes to wire

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama won the reliably Democratic Northeast, and Republican Mitt Romney secured his conservative base Tuesday night in a duel for the White House shadowed by …


  • Obama? Romney? Nation decides after long campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney captured Kentucky and West Virginia and President Barack Obama countered with Vermont on Tuesday night in a duel for the White House …


  • FACT CHECK: Presidential debate missteps

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth. They made some …


  • Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

    DENVER (AP) — In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong …


  • Obama boosted by upbeat housing reports, new polls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Fresh signs of a national housing rebound and growing support in public opinion polls boosted President Barack Obama’s bid for a new term in the White House …


  • Fed unveils bold, open-ended steps to aid economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by the chronically weak U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive new effort Thursday to boost the stock market and make borrowing cheaper for years …


  • WHY IT MATTERS: The Economy

    The issue: The economy is weak and the job market brutal. Nearly 13 million Americans can’t find work; the national unemployment rate is 8.1 percent, the highest level ever three …


  • Transcript of Bill Clinton’s remarks

    A transcript of former President Bill Clinton’s remarks Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, as provided by the Democratic Party: ___


  • Republican convention is in full-throated roar

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team reached out Wednesday to connect with critical voting groups — …


  • Northeast development panel applicants sought by city

    City officials are searching for people interested in stimulating local economic growth to serve on a planning and development board for northeast Spokane. Last year, the city created the Northeast …


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