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Unsung Economists #1: Sadie Alexander


Sadie Alexander was the first African-American to earn a PhD in economics. We think her contributions deserve another look.

Investing: Wait For It...?


Personal finance specialist, author and former trader Jill Schlesinger explains market timing--that is, trying to figure out when to buy and sell stock--and why it's a fool's errand.

'Expect Change': Robert Lighthizer Is Trump's Hardball-Playing China Trade Negotiator


The U.S. Trade Representative has spent his career warning about the problems and perils of global trade. Now, as the chief U.S. negotiator with China, he's in a position to do something about it.

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Portland City Council Reconsiders Rules For Unreinforced Masonry Buildings

The Portland City Council got an earful from business owners concerned about new requirements for buildings that may not be earthquake-ready. 

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Why Americans Can't Quit Tipping

Tipping is ingrained in America's retail culture. And there's not much we can do to stop that.

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In Garlic Capital, Tariffs And Immigration Crackdown Have Mixed Impacts

Gilroy, Calif., is known as the garlic capital of the world. Two Trump administration policies — one on trade, the other on immigration — are affecting the town in starkly different ways.

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The Super Bowl: Key Housing Indicator

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman told us last year that Super Bowl weekend is one of the most accurate indicators of the health of the housing market for the year ahead. Well, what happened with housing?

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Scrubbing The Past To Give Those With A Criminal Record A Second Chance

A criminal conviction can present obstacles to everything from jobs to housing. Since 2017, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws that help people seal or expunge their criminal record.

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Are Movies Getting Better?

Spoiler Alert: An economist has evidence that we're in a golden age of cinema.

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Asian Markets Close Higher Reflecting Optimism Ahead Of U.S.-China Talks

Indexes climbed on Monday as Washington and Beijing officials continue to try to hash out a deal and avoid an escalation of a trade war.

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Is Venmo Changing Your Money Habits? Tell Us About It

Has Venmo changed the way you talk to your friends? And do you have questions about how to use it?

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Portland General Electric Set To Build 1st-Of-Its-Kind Renewable Energy Site

Eastern Oregon may soon be home to a next-generation renewable energy project that would be the country's first large-scale facility that combines wind turbines, solar panels and battery storage.

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What Does "National Emergency" Actually Mean?

President Trump asked Congress for funds to build an extension of the wall on the border with Mexico. Congress refused, so Trump declared a national emergency. But what does that mean?