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Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

The Idleness Trap

WASHINGTON -- If you know someone among the long-term unemployed -- a category that includes workers who have been jobless at least six months, but in many cases much longer -- you understand what a frustrating and demoralizing experience it is, ...

The Deleveraging of America

WASHINGTON -- The deleveraging of America is over, or mostly over -- and that's good news and possibly bad. All that "leverage" (loans, debts, mortgages) impeded recovery. Borrowers were overborrowed. Lenders were overlent. Credit standards were ...

Restoring Free Speech

WASHINGTON -- On its present course, the Supreme Court will ultimately overrule its 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valeo, the landmark case upholding campaign finance "reform" legislation. It can't come too soon, because Buckley expressly ignored the...

Putinomics

WASHINGTON -- What's occurring in Ukraine, says the Peterson Institute's Fred Bergsten, is an unwelcome consequence of globalization. Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks he can enjoy political and military freedom in dealing with Ukraine ...

A Permanent Economic Slowdown?

WASHINGTON -- You might compare the U.S. economy to someone who's recovering from a serious illness. At first, everyone hopes the patient will return to normal. Then it's gradually realized that the patient suffered permanent damage and will never...

Russia's (Overblown) Natural Gas Weapon

WASHINGTON -- The continuing Ukrainian crisis has cast a specter over Europe: a natural gas cutoff. Russia supplies 30 percent of Europe's natural gas. In any tit-for-tat exchange of sanctions, this seems the ultimate weapon, dwarfing almost ...