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Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Bitcoin -- Boom or Bubble?

WASHINGTON -- The baffling Bitcoin boom is either an exercise in self-delusion -- a high-tech Ponzi scheme that will come crashing down -- or an imaginative new Internet technology that will ultimately change how millions of people around the ...

Minimum-Wage Mirage?

WASHINGTON -- This minimum wage business is tricky. On its face, raising the minimum seems an easy way to fight poverty. Just pay low-wage workers more. After all, some scholarly research finds that, within reasonable limits, there's no job ...

How We Won -- and Lost -- the War on Poverty

WASHINGTON -- We are awash in retrospectives of the "War on Poverty," launched 50 years ago this month by Lyndon Johnson. A furious debate has developed between those (mostly liberals) who consider the war an important, if incomplete, triumph and ...

Will Health Costs Continue Slowing?

WASHINGTON -- Call it the $2.8 trillion enigma. That's what Americans spent on health care in 2012. The good news is that health spending slowed unexpectedly for the fourth consecutive year. The enigma is that no one really knows why. Despite many...

The Hidden Consequence of Snowden

WASHINGTON -- There is more than a little hypocrisy to the outcry that the government, through the National Security Agency (NSA), is systematically destroying Americans' right to privacy. Edward Snowden's revelations have been stripped of their ...

A China Debt Crisis in 2014?

WASHINGTON -- Here's something to watch in 2014: China's debt. Although the odds of a full-blown financial crisis are slim, they're not non-existent. The flash point is the burgeoning debt of Chinese localities to finance major infrastructure -- ...