Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Volcker, Reagan & History

WASHINGTON -- It's important to get history right -- and economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has got it maddeningly wrong.

Krugman recently wrote a column arguing that the decline of double-digit inflation in the 1980s was the ...

Europe's Unending Crisis

WASHINGTON -- The European economic crisis refuses to go gently into the night. As 2015 opens, Europe represents "the biggest economic threat" to the fragile global recovery, as The Economist magazine puts it. Few would dispute this assessment. ...

Is the Economic Slog Really Over?

WASHINGTON -- Hello, 2015. We now are in the sixth year of economic recovery since the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009, says the National Bureau of Economic Research, a group of academic economists that dates business cycles. But, if upbeat...

2015: Five Economic Stories to Watch

WASHINGTON -- The start of a new year is a good time to take stock. For those of us in the news business, this suggests stepping back and asking what's important. Here are five economic stories worth watching.

(1) What happens to oil? ...

Repairing the Middle Class in 2015

WASHINGTON -- What is curious about the present understandable preoccupation with the middle class is the assumption -- both explicit and implicit -- that the system is "rigged" (to use Sen. Elizabeth Warren's favorite term) against this vast ...

The Best Stats of 2014

WASHINGTON -- This is the time when we make lists. The best movies of 2014. The best books. The funniest cartoons. The greatest photos. The most amazing sports performances. The 10 best botched athlete celebrations. (No kidding, The Washington ...