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Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

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 -- ...

The Good News About 2014 (Maybe)

WASHINGTON -- For four and a half years, we have waited for a powerful and self-sustaining economic recovery. More than once it seemed imminent. Then, for various reasons, it vanished, and we returned to a plodding expansion with too much ...

Stats of the Year, 2013

WASHINGTON -- It's a journalistic ritual. At the end of the year, we do lists and rankings. There's the year's biggest news stories, the best photos, the most notable deaths, the best books, the funniest cartoons, the best (and worst) movies. Now,...