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Cloudy With No Chance of Normal

A full recovery is nowhere in sight. So beware economists who use a false dawn to push awful policies.

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Cities are (Still) Dropping Like Flies

Local governments just can’t get a break. Stockton, California, is case in point.

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The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time

Fred Block, a professor of sociology at the University of California, Davis, reviews William K. Tabb’s view of the 2008 financial crisis.

Unleashing a Wall Street Watchdog

How a 1920s law meant to protect investors was manipulated to protect big banks and investment firms—until now.

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Housing Crisis Hits Poor Renters Hard

As the middle class sidles out of the houses it can no longer pay for, the migration is making it harder for the poorest renters to find a place.

Can a Bad Economy Save Your Marriage?

Spouses who blame the economy for their woes, rather than pointing the finger at their partner, are more likely to be satisfied with their marriages.

How Foreclosures Feasted on Some Cities, Not Others

A look at foreclosures in two Southern California cities shows why some fared better than others in the housing crisis.

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What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014