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The policy steps you might take to respond to this startup wind-down — and the decline in innovation and good jobs it implies — are pretty smart ideas in their own right.

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What was the biggest math story of 2014 according to the popular Political Calculations blog? It’s a math story of statistical fraud that reaches all the way into the Oval Office, and was reported on this blog numerous times this year.

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Washington is grabbing too much power — just look at Obamacare, environmental regulations and education standards. That has been a constant complaint of conservatives, not only during Barack Obama’s presidency but during George W. Bush’s as well.

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The surprising 5 percent third quarter 2014 US economic growth rate was due in large part to positive uptakes in US wealth and consumer confidence. Assuming this trend will continue in 2015, however, is likely unfounded.

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In our approach to homelessness, let’s choose compassion over cleanliness. After all, a society is not measured by how many vulnerable people can be seen — it is measured by how it treats the vulnerable wherever they are.

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The story of next year might be an economic battle between oil prices and geopolitical events.

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A simple fix could save taxpayers $40 billion without damaging the US food supply.

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Here’s today’s assortment of graphs, economic news, quotations, ‘markets in everything,’ energy news and price forecasts, investment advice and more.

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The Obama administration needs an integrated strategy for dealing with North Korea, not a spasmodic response that has no more upside than us being able to boast, “We got you back!”

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With the final GDP growth estimate for Q3 2014 in at 5.0 percent, there is reason to be optimistic for the economy moving into the new year. This morning’s estimate is the strongest growth in 11 years.

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