With control of Congress at stake, this fall's elections represent a major test of whether organized labor can reclaim its hold on the blue-collar vote.
When a Republican congressman from Florida proposed a tax on carbon emissions, a conservative backlash followed. Yet many GOP voters and businesses support incentives for a clean-energy economy.
For a seemingly dry subject, trade policy seems to resonate with Americans. Perhaps competitive disadvantage is intuitive. The idea of a trade war instills fears, but unfair practices breed resentment.
Is bank regulation growing more pragmatic or just weaker? It's an important question as a long economic expansion continues, but with the Federal Reserve raising interest rates.
By ruling that public sector unions couldn't compel nonmembers to pay contributions, the US Supreme Court has presented new challenges to the political and economic clout of organized labor at a time of rising inequality.
Seattle just dropped a controversial plan to ease homelessness by taxing large local firms like Amazon. But the underlying question lingers: Should big employers be tasked with helping to reduce inequality?
Coming out of the Group of Seven summit, the rift between the United States and key trade partners seemed to deepen amid unusually harsh rhetoric. Key to the clash is Trump's worldview on trade.
Talk of a potential truce has given way to a ratcheting up of tensions between the US and key trading partners. Even supporters of tougher US policies say this holds hazards.
California and New York are leading the nation in a transition to cleaner energy. But even these states are finding it’s a lot easier to get to a 50 percent reduction in emissions than get to complete “decarbonization.”
Banks are a fulcrum of the economy, either fueling growth or sometimes stifling it when their condition turns sour. So it's worth a closer look when some Democrats join Republicans to ease their regulatory boundaries.
Some employers have faced allegations of widespread workplace discrimination or cheating workers on their pay. Yet increasingly workers are asked to waive any right to class-action lawsuits in order to be hired. A Supreme Court ruling now gives employers added leverage.
Congress has kept in place federal funds that support the key period when inventors have to build prototypes to show potential investors. Some corporations and states also help maintain momentum on clean energy.
White House economist Kevin Hassett says Congress should stay focused on countering the decline in the share of Americans in the workforce. Many Democrats agree.
Plenty of Americans have concerns about taxes, but overall, most view their returns through a lens of communal responsibility. It's a view that underpins democracy, some experts say.
Even Facebook's founder says regulation of social media platforms is 'inevitable.' A new EU privacy law may also push corporations to adopt similar practices universally.
Carmakers haven't issued a unified call to roll back regulation to improve fuel economy, yet the EPA appears headed in that direction. With high stakes surrounding climate change, the courts could have the final say.
Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data on 50 million Americans for the Trump campaign. The revelation offers a glimpse into how 'big data' is eroding privacy and reshaping politics.
Lighter regulation could make loans more accessible and help level the playing field for small banks against big ones. But critics warn of risks in legislation rolling back Dodd-Frank protections against a financial crisis.
President Trump's tax reform has put high-tax Democratic states in a quandary: Should they tax more as Uncle Sam taxes less? Or will that push the rich to leave?
With a globalist mind-set, big corporations are often wary of rocking the boat in trade dealings with others nations. By contrast, Trump's stance is confrontational, and the departure of top economic adviser Gary Cohn suggests a widening rift.
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