National economics correspondent, The Wall Street Journal

Third-Quarter GDP — Here are key numbers from the Commerce Department's report on Thursday.

5 Things To Watch in Thursday’s U.S. GDP Report — Consumption accounts for the lion's share of GDP, at around 68%. Over the past two years, as the boost to the economy from government spending and tax cuts has waned, low interest rates have become the main pillar of support. This has kept borrowing costs low and boosted values of stocks and homes.

Gas at $3 Carries Rewards-and Risks — Gasoline prices have dropped below $3 a gallon at most U.S. gas stations, delivering a welcome lift to American consumers and retailers. But the related oil-price drop has a thorny underside: It is threatening to slow the nation's energy boom.

Is It About to Get a Lot Easier to Obtain a Mortgage? (Hint: No) — Federal regulators announced last week a handful of measures designed to help ease post-crisis mortgage-lending standards that some policy makers worry are too tight. Just how much of an impact will they have? Most people who follow the sector closely don't think they'll have a big effect right away.

New Alarm Sounds in U.S. Over ‘Lone Wolf’ Attacks — New York City's top counterterrorism official went to Florida last week to warn a group of police chiefs about the growing threat of self-radicalized terrorists. Back home in New York on Thursday, a 32-year-old man provided Exhibit A, attacking two police officers with a hatchet before he was shot and killed by police.

Christie, Bush Still Thinking About Running for President — Nobody running for president in 2016 is likely to make an announcement about their plans two weeks before November's midterm election. But at least a couple of candidates and their camps aren't doing much to tamp down speculation. "I have not made a decision, but I'm not being coy about it.

5 Quotes From Sunday’s Talk Shows — "Immediate isolation for people for 21 days is not the answer... Governors of both parties are reacting to an absence of leadership, an absence of belief that the federal government really does know what they're doing." - Rep. Darrell Issa, (R., Calif.), Chairman of the House oversight committee, on CNN's "State of the Union.

Christie defends mandatory Ebola quarantine — WASHINGTON-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday stood by a decision to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine for health-care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, while a top health-care official said the move wasn't justified by science. "I absolutely have no second thoughts about it," Christie said on Fox News Sunday.

Christie Defends Mandatory Ebola Quarantine for Health-Care Workers — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood by a decision to impose a mandatory 21-day quarantine for health care workers returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, while a top health-care official said the move wasn't justified by science.

The U.S. Housing Market in 10 Charts — How's the housing market doing? The answer is that it depends on your time frame. Looking back against 2011, when prices and sales hit bottom, the market is clearly improved. Compared with last year, the pace of sales gains have slowed, but they're not getting dramatically worse, either.
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