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Trump’s pessimism at odds with every postwar president — By Even when times have been much, much worse than they are today, presidents have tried to convey optimism and good faith. With the Civil War raging in 1861, Abraham Lincoln spoke of America's blessings and his hopes for its "vast future."

Little to show from the Obama economic recovery — By The way the Obama administration talks, it's like the good old days are back. Housing prices are up, the auto industry has staged a strong rebound. Gas prices are low, the deficit's been cut 69%. More than 14 million jobs have been added to the economy.

Why gun industry’s biggest threat is neither Obama nor Clinton — By The National Rifle Association and the lawmakers it owns in Congress say "liberal gun grabbers" like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are their biggest threat. Actually, they should worry about a far more powerful force: the American consumer.

For better or worse, Clinton’s running on Obama’s economy — By Hillary Clinton is thrilled to have President Obama's endorsement. They'll campaign together next week in Wisconsin-as the race to November 8th shifts into high gear.

How much a Trump trade war could cost you — By Donald Trump is absolutely right that the U.S. has a big trade deficit with China. Last year it was $365 billion-a far cry from his half-trillion-dollar claim-but still a cool billion dollars a day.

Global jitters mean good times for defense stocks — By How time flies. It has been a year - May 18, 2015 - since stocks peaked, as measured by the S&P 500 and since then the air has been leaking out of the balloon - or should I say bubble? We're down about 2.5% since then, hardly catastrophic, but a lost year nonetheless.

Too big to fail isn’t the only problem — By Let's be honest. No one knows when the next financial meltdown will hit, or what it will look like. They're all different. We're always trying to prevent the last one from happening again-just before we're nailed by something new that few, if anyone, saw coming. What might cause the next crisis?

Compared to most countries, we’re undertaxed — By Ouch: if you're an average American, you'll pay about $17,340 in taxes-federal, state and local-this year, about 31.5% of your hard-earned money. Painful? Tell me about it. But as you write those fat checks, here are two surprising facts that might soften the blow: First, we really don't pay much more than prior generations of Americans did, and second, we pay less-a lot less-than citizens of most other first-world nations.

On trade, Trump could borrow from Reagan playbook — By Want proof that we have short memories? Donald Trump comes along and ta-da! Voters think we finally have a presidential candidate who talks tough on China. What a breath of fresh air! Fact is, bashing China is about as common for presidential candidates as shaking hands and kissing babies.

If Kasich becomes the default candidate, here’s what to expect on the economy — By Donald Trump had another big night Tuesday, winning Florida (knocking out "Little Marco" Rubio), Illinois and North Carolina. He remains the undisputed Republican frontrunner, with 661 delegates in the bag, more than half needed (1,237) to win the nomination at the Cleveland convention this summer.
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Jul 28, 2016

RT @AriBerman: Big sleeper issue in 2016: 17 states with 189 electoral votes have new voting restrictions in effect for first time

Jul 28, 2016

That's a good question, @RealDonaldTrump. Sir, have you ever visited Arlington Natl. Cemetery? When/where did you last visit a VA hospital?

Jul 28, 2016

Easily the most powerful moment of DNC - parents of a U.S Army officer, a Muslim, who sacrified himself to save his Army buddies

Jul 28, 2016

Mr. Khan asks Trump if he has ever read the Constitution or visited Arlington Cemetery. "You," he tells Trump, "have sacrificed nothing"

Jul 28, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Khan's tribute to their late Army officer son is a powerful moment; pain on their faces alone is a stark rebuke to Trump

Jul 28, 2016

Most speakers at RNC last week and DNC now have blown numerous opportunities to tell people to register to vote

Jul 28, 2016

Jennifer Granholm once appeared on the "The Dating Game" and wound up with this '70s hipster

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