There was bound to be a political commotion when the Trump administration released its 2018 budget. After all, it isn’t every day that the White House proposes deep cuts in agency spending: for 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency would be down 31%; the State Department, 29%; the Department of Education, 14%; and the Department of Transportation, 13%.
Outrageous, screamed critics. Good programs are being gutted. Surely true. But some ineffective or unimportant programs would also be gutted. The reflexive horror from Congress and (yes) the media to spending cuts reveals a central cause of…

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Small-business owners have been among the Affordable Care Act’s most vocal opponents, but demolishing it without putting new guardrails in place is not, for most, the ideal outcome.

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Small-business owners have been among the Affordable Care Act’s most vocal opponents, but demolishing it without putting new guardrails in place is not, for most, the ideal outcome.

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The idea of a universal basic income is nothing new, but now more people are beginning to consider its feasibility in the U.S.

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<p>In a series of advertisements Secret, the antiperspirant, highlights women working up the courage to deliver a business pitch, request a raise, ask for a man's hand in marriage and, in the case of a transgender woman, walk out a bathroom stall and interact with the women in the ladies room.</p><p></p>

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Independent home-improvement suppliers are defying the gloomy retail environment and making their mark on Main Street.

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<p>The auto dealer — around for more than a century and viewed almost as negatively as members of Congress — looked like a ripe target for disruption when retailing moved online. Now that startups have tried and failed to beat the car salesman, many are taking a different route: catering to them.</p>

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<p>Many experts have blamed a poor job market, but new research indicates that an overlooked cause may be poor health.</p>

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<p>Practitioners of what George Soros called the “alchemy of finance” appear to be out of the dock. U.S. President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with at least five former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bankers and pledged to unshackle the industry.</p>

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<p>The outcry over the latest shows leaving Netflix reflects greater misgivings about what exactly Netflix is becoming. While originally launched as a sort of complete archive for film, Netflix has increasingly made headlines (and won awards) for its original content.</p>

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<p>Investors and traders in stocks and other financial markets had focused this week on a take-it-or-leave-it House vote to repeal Obamacare, convinced its outcome would set at least the near-term direction for a variety of assets.</p>

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Mountains have been flattened and villages bulldozed to build Lanzhou New Area in China’s wild west. Four years ago Tom Phillips met empty streets and an eerie hush, but now he finds this improbable desert mirage finally filling up

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<p>The U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which links U.S. exporters with development projects in emerging economies, was one of 19 agencies that the White House proposed eliminating entirely in the budget it released last week.&nbsp;</p>

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Americans are facing surging water prices as aging infrastructure and climate change take a toll

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Managed care and drug stocks will be ones to watch, now that the GOP's health-care bill has been stopped.

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