December Jobs Report Reveals Tepid Jobs Growth

A tepid December jobs report tops off a tepid year.

Paul Ryan Breaks With Trump On International Trade Policies

In a break with President-Elect Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Congress would block any effort to increase tariffs.

Today in Bad Ideas: a 5% Tariff

A trial balloon hopefully made of lead.

Government Reports Strong Economic Growth In Third Quarter, But It’s Unlikely To Last

The economy grew strongly in the third quarter of the year, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

As Expected, Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For Second Time In Ten Years

The Federal Reserve Board raised interest rates for only the second time in a decade, but it still seems like it’s chasing an inflation monster that doesn’t exist.

French Center-Right Party Picks Presidential Candidate

The players are almost completely set for France’s 2017 Presidential elections, and the choice seems likely to come down to center-right candidate Francois Fillon and Marine Le Pen, France’s Donald Trump.

Janet Reno, First Female Attorney General, Dies At 78

Janet Reno, who served as Attorney General for nearly all of the Bill Clinton Administration, has died at 78.

Anyone But Trump

Even if you’re not sure who you should vote for, it’s obvious who you shouldn’t vote for.

October Jobs Report Shows Resilient Jobs Growth

Another month of resilient, but not noteworthy, jobs growth.

Initial G.D.P. Reports Show Stronger Growth In The Summer

Initial reports for the third quarter show strong economic growth during the summer;

No, Immigrants Aren’t Taking Your Job

A new study debunks an old idea.

Federal Reserve Board Declines To Raise Interest Rates Again

An unsurprising decision from the Federal Reserve.

August Jobs Report Delivers Mediocre Numbers

A mostly mediocre jobs report for August.

Sluggish Economic Growth, The Federal Reserve, And The 2016 Election

Another sign of a weak economy as the Federal Reserve considers rate hikes and the Presidential campaign moves forward.

Good Bye Peak Oil Hypothesis

Remember Peak Oil? Whatever happened to that idea?

Janet Yellen Hints At Slow Economic Growth, But No Recession, Going Forward

The head of the Federal Reserve tells Congress that the economy is unlikely to enter recession this years, but isn’t exactly going to be booming either.

Federal Reserve Declines To Raise Rates Again

Once again, the Federal Reserve chooses to pass on the opportunity to raise interest rates.

An All-Around Bad Jobs Report For May

The May Jobs Report was bad all-around. The question is whether this will come to be seen as an anomaly or the beginning of a worrisome trend.

April Jobs Report Disappoints After Three Months Of Positive News

After starting off the year strong, the jobs market seems to have taken a rest in April.

Modestly Good News From The March Jobs Report

March’s Jobs Report was good, but could be better.

Solid Jobs Growth For February, But Shadows Remain Hovering Over The Economy

February’s Jobs Report was relatively positive, but there are still shadows hovering over the economy as we head further into the year.

Economic Growth In Final Quarter Of 2015 Pegged At Anemic 1.0%

Not exactly inspiring economic news from the Commerce Department.

United Kingdom Sets ‘Brexit’ Referendum Vote For June 23rd

Britons will go to the polls in June to decide the future of their country’s relationship with the rest of Europe.

After Two Solid Months, January Brings A Decidedly Mediocre Jobs Report

January’s Jobs Report was nothing to write home about.

Economy Grows At Anemic 0.7% In Final Quarter Of 2015

An anemic end to 2015 raises concerns about the health of the economy going forward.

China’s Economy Appears To Be Slowing Significantly, And That Could Have A Huge Impact

China’s economy is still growing, but it’s most recently reported growth rate is slower than the nation has seen in quite some time.

93% of America’s Counties Still Haven’t Recovered from Great Recession

The economy is booming. Except where it’s not.

December Jobs Report Makes 2015 Second Best Year For Jobs Growth Since 1999

A strong month for jobs growth in . means 2015 ended on a strong note

Donald Trump, Liar Of The Year

Donald Trump has won Politifact’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ because, well, he’s told so many things that are utterly and provably false.

Final Report Shows Tepid Economic Growth During Third Quarter

The final report to third quarter Gross Domestic Product shows that growth over the summer was, at best, tepid.

Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates For First Time In Nearly A Decade

In a move it had been telegraphing for the better part of a year, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time since July 2006.

Paris Climate Change Agreement Mostly Hype, With A Lot Of Hope

Representatives from 195 nations reached an agreement supposedly devoted to addressing global climate change, but it’s really more hype than anything else.

A Good, But Not Great, Jobs Report For November

The November Jobs Report was good, but there still aren’t signs of the kind of stronger economic growth we need to see.

Is Portugal Europe’s Next Greece?

The election of an anti-austerity government in Portugal is raising some concerns.

Economic Growth Was Slightly Better Over The Summer Than Initially Reported

The economy performed a little better than previously reported over the summer. It’s not great, but it’s probably enough to convince the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

To no real surprise, the Obama Administration has rejected the application to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is likely to remain an issue in the upcoming Presidential campaign, though.

China Ends ‘One Child’ Policy Over Demographic Concerns

Thanks mostly to well-founded demographic concerns, China is ending the ‘One Child’ policy, but it is probably too late for them to avoid the consequences of the forty year program.

Economic Growth Over The Summer Was Quite Sluggish

Gross Domestic Product grew at a sluggish 1.5% in the just-concluded Third Quarter, calling the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates at some point even further into question.

Congress, White House Reach Budget Deal, John Boehner’s Parting Gift To Paul Ryan?

Congress and the White House have reached a tentative deal on the budget and debt ceiling that promises to make Paul Ryan’s initial months as Speaker a lot easier.

Donald Trump Tries To Bully Yet Another Critic

The Club For Growth has released two ads criticizing Donald Trump, so of course Trump is threatening to sue them.

Surprising Many, Federal Reserve Declines To Raise Interest Rates

After months of hinting that interest rates would be rising this month, signs of economic weakness led the Federal Reserve to hold back.

Republican Candidates Abandon Reagan’s Optimism In Favor Of Doom And Gloom

To listen to many of the Republican candidates for President, it would appear that the lights have been turned out on Ronald Reagan’s shining city on a hill.

August Jobs Report Nothing To Write Home About

The August Jobs Report was positive, but weak, calling into question the Federal Reserve’s apparent plan to raise interest rates this month.

Second Quarter G.D.P. Revision Shows Strong Growth, But Future Weakness Seems Likely

Today’s revision of Second Quarter G.D.P. growth was good news, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

The “Anchor Baby” Myth

There are no “anchor babies,” there are only Americans.

Jobs Report Points To An Anemic Economy, So Why Is The Fed Thinking Of Raising Rates?

The July Jobs Report indicates that while the economy is growing, it is not growing very much. This seems to call the Federal Reserve’s interest rate plans into question.

Economy Rebounds In Second Quarter, But Weakness Remains

The economy rebounded from it’s winter shock, but it still doesn’t seem strong enough to justify the Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates.

Greece Reaches Deal With Europe That’s Quite Similar To The One Voters Rejected

Greece reached a new deal with European bankers that seems oddly similar to the one that voters rejected just a week ago.

Meanwhile, China’s Stock Market Has Been Crashing For The Past Month

In the past month, the Chinese stock market has lost more than 1/3 of its value.