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Traffic jams up on the Kennedy Expressway leaving the city for a holiday weekend in Chicago.

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Traffic jams up on the Kennedy Expressway leaving the city for a holiday weekend in Chicago.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 34.8 Million

About 34.8 million people plan to drive at least 50 miles from their home during the five-day period ending July 6. That’s up from 34.1 million last year, and the most since 2007, according to AAA. “Stronger business travel and...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, 2014.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 9, 2014.

Warren to Piketty: ‘Hit Back’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and best-selling author-economist Thomas Piketty – two players in the nation’s income inequality debate — took the stage in Boston last night to convey a favorite message: The system is rigged in favor of moneyed classes. “Those...

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A homeless at Penn Station in New York City.

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A homeless at Penn Station in New York City.

‘Capital in the 21st Century:’ Too Big to Tweet

In that extended conversation about “The Great Gatsby Curve,” the fact that income distribution in modern-day America roughly equals the way money was held in 1928, Thomas Piketty hasn’t yet become the household tweet that political leaders favor lately. President...

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Leemore Dafny, deputy director for health care and antitrust with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Economics, in Washington, D.C., on May 14, 2013

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Leemore Dafny, deputy director for health care and antitrust with the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Economics, in Washington, D.C., on May 14, 2013

Obamacare Has Roots in a Passion

When Leemore Dafny wants to accomplish something, the Northwestern University economist finds a way to make it happen. Dafny wanted to determine whether health insurance markets are competitive. She got hold of a robust data source and, in a 2010...

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