Bitcoin’s Many Flaws

Its value is volatile. Its users aren’t as anonymous as they think. It might be a threat to the environment. And it could be exacerbating inequality.

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Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier

The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.

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Virus Did Not Bring Financial Rout That Many States Feared

Grim forecasts held up for a few states, but many took in about as much tax revenue as before the pandemic — sometimes a lot more.

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Criminal Justice Is a State Issue

State power is the path to racial equality and liberation.

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Janet Yellen Readies Big Changes for Treasury

From financial regulation to minority lending, Biden’s pick is poised to change course sharply from the policies of Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

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They’re Young, Unemployed and Facing Bleak Prospects

They worked low-paid jobs in restaurants, stores and theaters. Now they are filing for unemployment at twice the rate as before the pandemic.

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Brazen Killings Expose Iran’s Vulnerabilities as It Struggles to Respond

After suffering a string of audacious attacks, Tehran faces an agonizing choice: embracing hard-liner demands for swift retaliation, or trying to make a fresh start with the Biden administration.

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Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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With Adult Children Home, Now’s the Time: Talk About Your Money

Riding out the pandemic with family presents the perfect chance to lay it all out: priorities, account balances, end-of-life directives.

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2020 Is the Struggle Between Racial Liberalism and Racial Conservatism

Biden vs. Trump recapitulates American history, but may also alter it.

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