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  • Samuelson: Lollipop Economics 101

    An 'economic stimulus' package would be less about altering the unemployment rate and more about influencing voters' views of vying politicians.
  • Q&A With Henry Paulson

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on the price of oil, China and who's to blame for the credit crunch.
  • With Lust In Our Hearths

    The housing boom was driven by more than economics. Our exuberance for lavish renovations, custom mansions and vacation getaways was fueled partly by the media. In a new book, NEWSWEEK's Daniel McGinn explains why.
  • Unleash The Little Guys

    Once the land of the free, America now holds up entrepreneurs and start-ups. Four ways to fix the problem.
  • A Rock Star’s Rebirth

    Carlos Ghosn made history saving Nissan. Then the company stumbled. Now he's trying for a comeback.
  • Electroshock Therapy

    Taser International tries to soften its weapon's harsh image, with a civilian model designed just for her.
  • Food vs. Fuel

    The world's food system may be about to go into crisis, and the U.S. government's energy policy may be partly to blame.
  • Q&A With Jim Cramer

    The CNBC anchor on his new book, the mortgage mess and the on-air competition at Fox Business News.
  • Panda Lovers Love Coal

    It isn't just pandas the World Wildlife Fund is hugging. In a major policy shift, the group is cautiously embracing a longtime foe of the greens: King Coal. Its report, "Climate Solutions: WWF's Vision for 2050," maps out a plan for doubling global energy consumption while slashing greenhouse-gas emissions by 60 percent—the minimum necessary to limit global warming to 2 degrees C. Amid the usual call for renewables, WWF envisions coal delivering 20 percent of global energy needs in 2050.Why coal? Because "there is no silver bullet" to stop global warming, says Liam Salter, head of WWF's climate-change program in Hong Kong. Nor is it practical to rule out the dirty but abundant fossil fuel. The report envisions "a clearly defined, though limited, role for coal in a climate-friendly economy." Coal would fire highly efficient (and still experimental) power plants that store CO2 underground. Conservation would help bridge the gap between now and 2030, when the new coal plants will be...
  • Subprimes: From Bad to Worse

    The mortgage mess isn't causing our worsening economic condition; it's a symptom of a far more serious problem.
  • High-Stakes Science

    Labs that research deadly microbes are proliferating around the country, but are they creating more risks than they prevent?
  • Bali: Talking Up Climate

    The stakes are high for the U.N. climate talks in Bali, but without the United States progress will be limited.
  • Rx for Health Care: Pain

    Health care is ultimately a political issue of making choices. The present politics aims to hide the costs and skew the choices.
  • Do Real Friends Share Ads?

    Who wants to broadcast the news that he's bought a can of Sprite? Who wants to see that on a Facebook News Feed?
  • 1st Class Airports in 3rd World

    In the developing world, Urban life is a hieronymus Bosch-like vision of tangled traffic, crumbling infrastructure, overcrowding and crippling economic inefficiencies. The population of Vietnam is 85 million souls, of which roughly 84.7 million are driving motorbikes through the center of Ho Chi Minh City right now. In Phnom Penh, the streets leading down to the picturesque Mekong River waterfront are lined with uncollected garbage.But the airports—ah, the airports—in these poor countries are First World havens, oases of cleanliness, serenity and order. The United States, the wealthiest nation on earth, presents the flip side of this paradox. Outside the airports, it's a model of calm and prosperity. But step inside, and conditions instantly degenerate. Citizens queue in interminable lines and suffer humiliating treatment at the hands of surly authorities. In the first nine months of 2007, only 73.2 percent of flights at the top 32 U.S. airports arrived on time, and one of every 138...
  • Capital Ideas

    So, how are you doing? It used to be that you were OK if you earned the equivalent of your age in thousands, but success has become a lot costlier and more complicated since then. Here are some updated ways to measure your financial health.• Check the averages: Median U.S. household income is $48,000, and if your family brings in $88,030, you're in the top quintile of households. If the members of your household are earning more than $157,176, you're in the top 5 percent. When it comes to those credit-card balances, you should try to underachieve: $10,000 is now about the average credit-card debt per household, according to• Pretend you're a business: Denver financial adviser Charles Farrell evaluates clients' health with financial ratios that are similar to the ones used for companies, and he pegs it to their age, too. At 30, you should have your highest levels of debt (including mortgage, student loans and credit cards) to earnings, with total debt double your annual...