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    The Great Jobs Mismatch

    One puzzle of this somber economy is the existence of unfilled jobs in the midst of mass unemployment.
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    Imagination in Flight

    Trailblazing design teams are taking passenger comfort to a whole different plane.
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    Hunkered-down America

    It’s a cliche—but true—that an obstacle to a stronger economic recovery is the lack of confidence in a strong recovery.
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    The Chrysler Miracle

    Revived from bankruptcy, the automaker is repaying its bailout debt. How an Italian saved a Detroit icon.
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    The Facebook Bubble

    The social-networking juggernaut may be more vulnerable than it appears at first glance.
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    My Favorite Mistake: James Dyson

    After five years of testing, tweaking, fist banging, cursing, and more than 5,000 mistakes—or prototypes, as engineers call them—it was there. Or nearly there.
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    Stuck in a Post-Crisis Gloom

    It may be time to move beyond pessimism. Ever since the financial crisis, Americans have wallowed in fear and anxiety. Understandably. Although a recovery — as defined by academic economists — started about two years ago, it hasn’t felt like one.
  • Samuelson: The Elderly are Better Off Than Advertised

    When House Speaker John Boehner calls for trillions of dollars of spending cuts, the message is clear. Any deal to raise the federal debt ceiling must include significant savings in Social Security and Medicare benefits. Subsidizing the elderly is the biggest piece of federal spending (more than two-fifths of the total), but trimming benefits for well-off seniors isn’t just budget arithmetic. It’s also the right thing to do.
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    A Silver Lining in the Housing Bust

    Almost everyone considers the housing collapse a disaster, and it is. Since 2007, roughly 8 million homes have gone into foreclosure. If you’re a homeowner, the steep fall in prices is calamitous. But if you’re a future buyer, it’s a godsend. What we’re seeing is a massive wealth transfer from today’s older homeowners to tomorrow’s younger homeowners.
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    Sticker Shock

    The Fed may deny it, but Americans know that prices are rising. Inflation is back.
  • Obama Abdicates on the Budget

    If you’ve wondered why it’s so hard to subdue budget deficits, you should consult a new study from the Congressional Budget Office called “Reducing the Deficit: Spending and Revenue Options” (free at www.cbo.gov). You’ll learn from its 240 pages that the deficits definitely can be curbed. The CBO presents 105 policies (it doesn’t endorse them) that would shrink deficits by trillions of dollars over the next decade. You’ll also learn — surprise! — that most choices are political poison....
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    Interview: Elon Musk

    The electric-car pioneer and space prophet talks about his Hollywood reputation and why so many billionaires have intergalactic fantasies.
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    Warren Buffett's Management Bungle

    America has a way of elevating its heroes beyond the realm of mere mortals. This has not been an issue on Wall Street, where heroes do not exist. Warren Buffett has been the glaring exception.
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    Copper Is King

    Gold prices are up, but another metal connects the world—and reveals our economic future.
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    Sidney Harman: An Extraordinary Life

    Philanthropist, triumphant entrepreneur, government servant and steward of journalism, Sidney Harman, executive chairman of The Newsweek Daily Beast Co., died last night. Jonathan Alter on the remarkable 92 years of a true polymath who built one of America's great companies. Plus, the Harman family statement.
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    Pyramid of Profiteers

    What was David Sokol thinking? The Berkshire Hathaway golden boy shocked the business world last month after he came under scrutiny for possible insider trading. He's hardly alone.
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    The Real GE Scandal

    It’s not that the company won’t pay any 2010 U.S. income taxes. It’s that we don’t know how to tax global business.